What do you like best?
The robustness of the survey tool is top of the line. In terms of community providers, Vision Critical has the best survey capabilities out there. I love their Quick Reports feature which provides nicely formatted data that I can quickly share with my team.
They are forward thinking. Vision Critical is always reaching out to me for feedback on their tool and I've even been able to participate in some usability studies for new features. I know they are constantly looking for ways to improve and add features to sparq.
The people are great. Vision Critical has a clear set of best practices for their tool and every Customer Success Manager I've worked with has helped me to follow these best practices and has even provided new ideas that boost the engagement of our members. I can always trust them that they want to and are doing the right thing for my insights communities.
What do you dislike?
The portal page. I wish that the member login felt more like a full website experience or like a social media site. I understand that this is not as important for clients who use their insights community more like a panel.
Recommendations to others considering the product
I have nine years of experience using online communities. In that time, I've seen many companies get into online communities by going with a self-service model. Not many insight community providers in the space have both a full-service and self-service model. Vision Critical is great in that they are able to tailor their service to your needs as you grow. When we started, we were using a completely self-service type of model and now we are considering moving to a full-service model.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
I'm in awe of how much research we have conducted in the last year that we would simply have not done if we didn't have our communities. We've gained a lot of insight into our customers and our senior leaders are making our insight communities as part of their strategic planning.