SilkStart Software

4.43 / 5 (35)

About SilkStart


SilkStart is an integrated suite of association management tools created for small to midsize associations, as well as multi-chapter associations. SilkStart serves the needs of multi-chapter organizations through a connected backend database.

SilkStart’s Association Management Software (ASM) platform can either create new mobile-ready websites or integrate with a current site. In addition, the platform provides a database to track membership, events, payment processing, job postings and more.

Members can sign up for free or paid events, view job postings and update their profile information. SilkStart syncs with many common payment providers, including Stripe, Paypal, Authorize.net and Beanstream.

Associations can set up automated emails for when a member joins, renews, or is about to expire and can also create groups and send newsletters and other updates. SilkStart integrates with other applications like MailChimp and Google Analytics.

Pricing is based on the number of active users and billed on a monthly subscription basis. Support is offered via phone, email and an online knowledge repository.



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Supported Operating System(s):

Mac OS, Web browser (OS agnostic), Windows 8

35 Reviews of SilkStart

Average User Ratings

Overall

4.43 / 5 stars

Ease-of-use

4.5

Value for money

4.5

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.5

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(19)

4 stars

(13)

3 stars

(2)

2 stars

(1)

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October 2017

Ron from The Packaging Alliance

Company Size: 51-200 employees

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Ease-of-use

5.0

Functionality

5.0

October 2017

The Benefits of CRM and Great Website Integration in One Package

SilkStart was not the least expensive of the alternatives we evaluated, but was also not the most expensive. On balance it delivered good value for money. Some other association management platforms may appear to be inexpensive, but to get the same functionality as SilikStart would have required bolting on additional 3rd party modules and probably some IT skills to enable them. In the end, they were of no better value. SilkStart kept it simple

Pros

Starting with the website, we found the available templates yielded clean and contemporary page designs that helped communicate professionalism to members.
Integration of a dynamic member directory into the website gives small members an opportunity to showcase themselves and realize a mini website as part of the perks of joining the organization. With SilkStart, this was easy to do - even for people with limited experience on website publishing.
SilkStart also streamlined the membership acquisition process by making it faster and easier for new members to join and for the organization to receive payment. A process that used to take days was reduced to minutes.
Collecting member fees is usually a headache for organizations and can require significant resources to follow up with members to collect payment. With SilkStart, members receive reminders of their renewal and, if they do not pay on time, SilkStart can continue to send reminders and serve as a virtual collection agency.
Many organizations hold events - either as their primary raison d'etre or as fundraisers. With SilkStart, we were easily able to set up events, ticket pricing tiers and create and send messages to promote them.
For my client, integration with their QuickBooks system was important. SilkStart delivered.

Cons

It would have been nice to have a dashboard for administrators, to give them a quick overview of the organizations member status and activities.

A member acquisition funnel (like a sales funnel) would be helpful, but is not currently available.

November 2016

Tricia from ECE-RJ

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

November 2016

SilkStart Database and Website-a great choice

I did a lot of research before choosing SilkStart and while the cost was a little more than the other comparable options, I felt that the customer service was extremely important and worth the extra cost. From the start, the people from SilkStart were very helpful and knowledgeable. Having never built a website and starting essentially from scratch, they helped guide me through the process and make important decisions on what to include in both the website content and database information captures, how to prioritize and tutorials on how to manage both the website and the database. We launched our site 5 months ago and we are so happy with the website. We are in the midst of registering for a big conference and the set up was easy for us to do. We were able to offer multi sessions within the conference as well as a variety of ticket options which has been extremely helpful. We had a few questions along the way, and after submitting a ticket, we had the questions answered within a couple of hours. SilkStart was a great choice for us!

Pros

Ease of use, many tutorials and FAQ to help problem solve, easy access to support with quick response time.

Cons

The cost was a little higher than that of others we compared.

Response from SilkStart of SilkStart Technology Inc.

Replied November 2016

Thanks Tricia. We're glad to hear that our commitment to ongoing customer support was one of the things that won you over. Its great to hear the conference setup was also easy for you.

November 2016

Martin from Council of Ontario Construction Associations

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

4.0

November 2016

Great choice for small to medium sized not-for-profits.

One my major tasks in my first year of employment was to select a new platform for our ageing website and to find an AMS so that we could consolidate our various contacts. I researched a number of options and finally settled on SilkStart. Silkstart offers current technology (updates are frequently rolled out), fresh, modern looking templates and a robust contact/event management system. The pricing is comparable to other more popular software solutions without the burden of a contract. The staff have been fantastic, and the transition was very smooth. It was also important that we find a Candian solution to our needs. I would not hesitate to recommend SilkStart.

Pros

Cost effective, fresh templates. various design options with the use of the many widgets available.

Cons

Not really a con, but the SilkStart is targeting a segment of the not-for-profit market.

Response from SilkStart of SilkStart Technology Inc.

Replied November 2016

Thanks Martin. We pride ourselves on making the transition to SilkStart a painless experience and I'm glad to hear that you're finding SilkStart's features robust. Our modern website templates and technology help your organization stand out online and I'm glad to see this helped us stand out over the competition.

June 2016

Annie from Georgia Association for Women Lawyers


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

June 2016

Great member management platform

Pros

Our organization is thrilled with our new website backed by SilkStart’s robust platform. With this website, we get the best of both worlds: an award-winning website that projects a modern online image, without having to spend the effort to put it together. From the beginning, our site has been easy to use and we can make our own updates with no technical skills required. The features they develop are exactly what we need. SilkStart gets organizations. Truly. End of story.

If we do run into any snags, Silkstart’s topflight customer service is super responsive. Silkstart takes care of us by providing a highly customizable event calendar to suits our needs as event organizers, but also provides a seamless one-stop registration, payment, and feedback experience to out without changing pages.

Thank you SilkStart for making managing 700 members so easy.

Cons

That their software is proprietary. While we've never had a problem with this company, before we came to Silkstart we were left high-and-dry when our web builder went out of business. We were so impressed with Silkstart that we were willing to try again, but we are cognizant that we would have to start from scratch if the same thing happened to them.

March 2018

Dillon from Dallas Geophysical Society

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

March 2018

Very happy transition!

We're happy to be customers!

Pros

SilkStart provides a super simple interface for quickly managing your website and users. Our organization is completely driven by volunteers, so the simplicity of SilkStart has been a huge help to our small society. We were in a tough situation with our old website a few years ago and the SilkStart team was able to transition our site quickly and successfully.

Cons

It's very difficult to find something negative to say about SilkStart. We have only had a couple of small issues over the past few years and all of those were addressed perfectly with unbelievable turnaround.

November 2016

Kim from Global Chamber

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

4.0

Customer support

4.0

Functionality

3.0

November 2016

Pleasure to work with SilkStart

We have been working with SilkStart for over a year now. Through challenges and tribulations of launch and post-launch, training and expectations, SilkStart was very helpful and supportive of our needs. Though the answers were not always what I wanted to hear, they always conveyed with more than just a "yes" or "no" that helped me understand the bandwidth and capacity of the program and the developers.

Pros

Modules cover all the aspects of the business we need. The lay-out of the back-end is very clear and it is easy to understand how to navigation among the modules. When we had a problem with communications, they understood and developed a comprehensive group email program that is light years ahead of what it was when launched. They are good at explaining timelines, sprints and priorities.

Cons

Communications module still needs a lot of work. The templates are very glitchy, image library is difficult to use and cannot manage the images in any order. There's no easy way to send an event notice without creating it in group email module and building from scratch. The bandwidth of the developers, while improved, still seems limited and I'm not really sure where their priorities lie relative to our business functions and requirements.

Response from SilkStart of SilkStart Technology Inc.

Replied November 2016

Thanks Kim. We appreciate that you value the support you receive and the value for money SilkStart provides. We're delighted to have such a progressive multi-chapter association on our platform and look forward to continuing to develop our features to meet your unique needs.

September 2017

Donegal from BC Snowmobile Federation

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

September 2017

We use in a Multi Chapter configuration and it is amazing

We have seen an increase in membership renewals and retention.

Pros

We love being able to see and communicate with all members across all chapters and the ability to have paper and online purchase processes available. The members love the ease of renewals and management of their communication preferences.

Cons

We still use physical member cards and the printing of the cards is not easy. They are working with us to come up with a solution.

August 2017

Sarah from HR Tech Group

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3.0

Value for money

5.0

Customer support

5.0

Functionality

5.0

August 2017

efficient, user friendly, logical workflow, easy to use (except for speed).

Website is much easier to update, members can self serve their changes, invoicing is MUCH easier, recording payments is MUCH easier, reports are easy to create and use. Overall very happy except for the speed of the site - which means even with all these great improvements, I'm not really spending any less time.

Pros

It's got pretty much all the features and functionality we could want, and the customer service is great - they have build new features or suggested work arounds when the software couldn't do what we needed. Great value.

Cons

The whole site is incredibly slow. Mostly the Admin site, but often the main pages as well. Sometimes the save logic is a bit weird - it asks me to confirm I want to leave a site without saving, when I haven't made any changes. I can live with this, but would really like the admin pages to be faster.

Response from SilkStart of SilkStart Technology Inc.

Replied September 2017

I'm very happy to hear that SilkStart is saving you time on many of the organizational processes that you previously spent more time and effort on. We are always measuring the speed of our sites and are focused on making the entire SilkStart experience faster for you. We are currently releasing a database update in Sept that we hope will significantly improve your site speed.

August 2017

PJ from Seattle University

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4.0

Value for money

3.0

Customer support

3.0

Functionality

4.0

August 2017

So far, it's been a great tool for my job. It's easy to use, and pleasantly arranged.

Pros

It's easy to use and gives our alumni the ability to search each other and communicate directly. I will be using the file sharing and message boards often.

Cons

Can't add chapters to our site on our own. Our organization will be changing rapidly so it will be best for us to add chapter pages ourselves.

Response from SilkStart of SilkStart Technology Inc.

Replied September 2017

Thanks for the great feedback PJ! Our entire team was very excited to launch the Seattle University Alumni Association on our multi-chapter platform. It's great to hear that it's already been making your job easier. Our goal is to give our clients more power to add additional chapter networks after their launch on their own. For now, we pride ourselves on a quick turnaround when a new chapter is requested to be added. If you have any other recommendations for speeding up this process for you, I'd be happy to hear them.

November 2015

Tessa from Victoria Advanced Technology Council (Viatec)

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

November 2015

SilkStart for the win!

When we launched our site back in 2009 it had all the bells and whistles. But as time went by, best practices took a new shape and Drupal snuck out the back door. The Silkstart team listened to all of our concerns, paid attention to our wish lists and threw in extra tools to make the entire site seamless. VIATEC was the first to use SilkStart's job board platform, and boy did they deliver. The Job Board was critical as it is one of our largest revenue generators, and helps attract new talent to Victoria. Job Posters can now purchase and manage their own listings, and job seekers can easily search the user-friendly platform. Transactional data is also easily captured in SilkStart. The new VIATEC.ca is not only what we were in need of, but it actually represents who we are and allows us to show off our members more efficiently. We now have an all-in-one system that is super simple and easy to maintain. As a bonus, their team quickly responds to our feedback and works with us to use their software to accomplish our association's goals. SilkStart for the win!

Response from SilkStart of SilkStart Technology Inc.

Replied November 2016

Thanks Tessa. It's great to have a progressive technology association like VIATEC on board with us. We feel it challenges us to continually work to improve the platform so that we can continue to meet your needs. Your organization is also a stellar example to our other customers, and we regularly showcase your job board and how effective it is at generating non dues revenue for your association.

November 2015

Alan from Italian American Studies Association (IASA)

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5.0

Customer support

5.0

November 2015

The team works diligently with you and your members

As the newly elected President of the Italian American Studies Association, I knew that our website required a redesign. Only three years earlier, our organization updated our website, but it had issues. I had never looked for a company that specialized in redesigning websites, so I started with Google searches. I found several companies and began interviewing each one. With each online demonstration, SilkStart became the clear leader in the responsiveness from its members to my numerous emails and features that they offered small organizations like IASA (we have approximately 500 members). Once the Executive Council voted in favor of hiring SilkStart, the one-on-one personalization that we received rei