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CloudSponge is a software-as-a-service tool for importing contacts from address book providers like Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Outlook.com, iCloud and AOL.

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CloudSponge review by Sachin U.
Sachin U.
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"Most Stable Address Book Importer"

What do you like best?

Stability over several years of usage. We have had no issues at all. Reports are easy to use. And it just works. Also, the ease of implementation. It was super easy to get started. And the payment terms were very friendly. As a startup it meant a lot.

What do you dislike?

It's not 'dislike', however, some new features or gamification that can be added out of the box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Implement and forget. It works.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Friend referrals drive a big portion of our business and we keep testing new ways of offering our customers to tell their winning stories on RummyCircle. All these great stories help us spread the word and get more and more customers. It was worked consistently for us for over 10 years now. I am delighted and really glad that I implemented coudsponge in our site and native app.

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CloudSponge review by Joseph U.
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"Couldn’t be easier to harness the power of your users email addresses"

What do you like best?

Provides data in a consistent JSON format regardless of the originating data source.

What do you dislike?

Not much to dislike. Its about as easy as it gets when connecting to multiple address book providers such as GMail, Officer 365 etc....

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you know what a Google API key is then you have all the skills you need to easily allow your users to share contact information from their services such as GMail, Office 365 etc...

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CloudSponge makes it very straightforward to allow my users to connect to their own personal address books and then have that data passed along to my server in an easy to read JSON format. It would take me forever to try and code the UI and integrations with all of these other systems which I can do in under an hour with CloudSponge.

What Other Lead Generation solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
CloudSponge review by Jacob M.
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"Great tool. Extraordinary support."

What do you like best?

The integration was simple, the support is extraordinary, and our time to market was a small fraction of what it would have been were we successful building a similar tool ourselves.

CloudSponge even modified their product to support a unique requirement we had, so we didn’t have to make the customization ourselves. We were certainly impressed with that level of support.

What do you dislike?

No complaints, the tool did exactly what we wanted. It even gave us more options than we knew what to do with.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

PledgeStar wanted to make it easier for its users to send pledge requests by selecting family and friends from their online address books instead of entering them manually.

We initially started to code it ourselves, but then discovered CloudSponge and immediately realized we’d be fools to create what they had already perfected. Developing, testing and maintaining that code would surely increase our time to market and introduce unnecessary risk.

Our initial goal was to make it easier for our users to send pledge requests to their family and friends. What we didn’t anticipate was that users who used our online address book feature received 25% more donations than those who didn’t.

CloudSponge review by Wesley H.
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"Easy drop in to solve a simple (but very difficult in practice) problem"

What do you like best?

My research on how to import email addresses from users' contacts lists and quickly became a search for the best 3rd party solution for it. It would be ridiculous to implement oauth for a couple dozen email providers so you can hook into your user's contact lists. So after an afternoon of research and tinkering around I decided on and set up CloudSponge. Their setup docs are pretty straight forward so it was easy to get working in my Rails/React app. Using the finished product after an afternoon of researching/tinkering was definitely the best part.

What do you dislike?

The pricing is a little steep. It's high enough where I considered implementing my own solution just for Gmail. However it is nice to know that many many email clients are represented so I haven't bothered.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Hustle has a page where subscribers can invite their friends to subscribe, and they get referral credit. The CloudSponge plugin allows users to select emails from their email client's contact list so they don't have to type them in. We're emailing approximately 200 invites a day and about 6 people use the CloudSponge plugin. But when they do use the plugin they tend to email more people. One person invited over 6000 people from his contacts.

CloudSponge review by Desi M.
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"Cloudsponge thumbs up"

What do you like best?

I really enjoyed working with Jay and his team. They were super responsive when we had questions or needed some additional functionality. They deployed so we could. :) We needed to be able to have an easier way for people to invite others to our system since we are a closed invitation only platform and Cloudsponge did the trick.

What do you dislike?

We ended up rolling a lot of our own UI and interactions because what we needed didn't fit into the normal use cases. However, the team was very responsive and helpful in helping us achieve our goals.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our business is an invitation only system and therefore it is pretty important that people can easily invite others. Cloudsponge is helping us help our users do just that. We have only just recently released the functionality but we are already seeing an increase in invitations sent.

CloudSponge review by Arnon S.
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"amazing software"

What do you like best?

The ease of use for the end user. The fast import. The easy integration. The Frequent upgrades.

What do you dislike?

Nothing i can think of in particular. Maybe the dealing with LinkedIn. import which is anyway problematic so I wouldn't blame CS

Recommendations to others considering the product

The staff is awesome !!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

importing contacts for our end users is critical to the success of fundraising campaigns. Since email is the most effective tool for friends raising, CS is instrumental to the success of personal fundraising pages.

CloudSponge review by Brian M.
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"Cornerstone of a Referral Marketing Campaign"

What do you like best?

Jay and Graeme are fantastic guys to work with. They helped us quickly integrate CloudSponge into our project and their website provides developers with clear-cut guidance on how to build a world-class referral marketing program:

https://www.cloudsponge.com/solutions/referral-programs/

Looking forward to CloudSponge helping us exponentially grow our user base.

What do you dislike?

The Con is related to Google's Gmail validation requirements and this is where Jay & Graeme exceeded our expectations - supporting us along the way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Helping our customers more easily access emails from their address books.

CloudSponge review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Cloudsponge has worked well for our users for years"

What do you like best?

We first started using Cloudsponge several years ago. Since the initial setup we haven't had any issues with it and it continues to run month after month. It saved us lots of development time compared to writing our own code to import from Google, Yahoo, AOL, etc. As our business has grown, so has our customer's usage of Cloudsponge to load their contacts into our site. We're now averaging over 1,000 address book imports a month and we almost never get questions about how to use the widget.

We recently upgraded to the new Cloudsponge widget and the timimg was great. Their new widget UI has a mobile first design and works perfectly on our new mobile friendly site.

What do you dislike?

The initial setup was a little tricky when linking Cloudsponge and our API keys with the 3rd party sites. That's been a while ago, so it may be an easier process now.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Cloudsponge allows our customers the ability to imports their friends and family onto their guest list directly from many of the most common webmail and email clients. This is easier for our users than having to build their list manually in an Excel or CSV file.

CloudSponge review by Promothash B.
Promothash B.
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"Best contact importer"

What do you like best?

We have exploring contact importer for our product https://democ.io and we want an seamless integration with minimum efforts. We have tested various products and finally came across Cloudsponge which we feel is the best product in the World. The ease of integration and excellent support. We love Cloudsponge.

What do you dislike?

I hope to see much more Email service providers integration.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It helps people to send invites to their friends or Colleagues to join the Democ groups.

It's ease of integration and excellent support. It supports many Email service providers and the user interface is mobile friendly.

CloudSponge review by Kyle U.
Kyle U.
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"Easy, clean, fast"

What do you like best?

Widget looks clean and is intuitive. And Contact searching is very fast!

What do you dislike?

A little bit cumbersome to setup a fresh install, but still worth it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Saved us lots of time and potential headache with setting up and configuring each social API integration ourselves.

CloudSponge review by Agency in Computer Software
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"Easy setup and many options for customization"

What do you like best?

Using CloudSponge means I don't have to learn and integrate with different APIs, CSV formats and authentication schemes.

What do you dislike?

Setting up OAuth with some of the integration parties can be a pain, but that's more about OAuth than CloudSponge,

Recommendations to others considering the product

Spend a few days getting to know the customization options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We're allowing our users to import their Gmail, Outlook and LinkedIn contacts into our CRM.

CloudSponge review by Administrator
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"Great product and support team."

What do you like best?

I like easy integration of the product and the quick response from the support team when we have an issue.

What do you dislike?

Nothing we noticed so far to dislike and report

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Importing the contacts from the address books of google , yahoo, outlook etc.

CloudSponge review by User in Internet
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"Cloudsponge is an excellent tool and the best contact importer on the market"

What do you like best?

Customizable with fast import, an easy integration. Save us huge amount of development time and headaches.

What do you dislike?

From my experience nothing I can point to

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Allow our users to imports their contact list and spread the word about our causes

CloudSponge review by Kevin W.
Kevin W.
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"Great product for inviting contacts"

What do you like best?

integration for gmail and outlook

easy to use design, layout

What do you dislike?

unknown maximum limits for different types of invitations

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

sending out user referrals.

benefits realized including higher number of invites being sent out

CloudSponge review by Administrator in Financial Services
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"Cloud Sponge has been extremely effective"

What do you like best?

The customer service team and the tech team over at CS have been great in helping us implement this software. Very responsive

What do you dislike?

Google is relatively strict with what you can do with emails and therefore there is a time delay between purchasing

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

CloudSponge is allowing our users to upload emails from their address books into a preset email form so they can share our product

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