Podium is a customer interaction platform that utilizes text messaging to help businesses manage customer relationships and build an online reputation on a variety of websites.

Podium’s platform consolidates customer interactions and online reviews into a single dashboard to help users manage online review management. From the dashboard, users can send review invitations, respond to online reviews in real time, and send and receive text messages with customers and potential customers.

Additionally, Podium’s platform provides businesses with reports on the business’ day to day operations, including sentiment analysis and competitive benchmarking, that can help businesses identify potential areas for improvement.

Pricing is based on the number of locations. Support is provided via phone, online chat, and email.



65 Reviews of Podium

Overall rating

4.60 / 5 stars

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January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 201-500 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

January 2019

Wonderful in capturing information

Pros

Google integration is fantastic! Loved the ability to real time manage reviews and respond immediately. The texting is a great option for the many people who hate emails and calls.

Cons

There wasn't any con that I could see from the product. It has been great to see.

January 2019

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

January 2019

Prepare yourself to accelerate your Google and other third-party reviews!

We have a hard time getting third party reviews because we have reviews we sent out internally to better understand where we may have fallen short throughout the customer buying life cycle. Through Podium, we are able to better leverage our crews to ask and facilitate the review process so that we can get feedback on these other platforms.

Pros

It's focused so much on user experience. Both internal users and those leaving reviews are welcomed with an experience that helps drive results. There are other offerings that do similar things, but Podium is by far the most refined and feature packed.

Cons

It's expensive for what it is. However, the number of reviews you'll get completely offsets these costs. Just be prepared for somewhat of a sticker shock. The actual product is great~

December 2018

Baylee from Self employed

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Fantastic for Growing Online Reputation

This has helped us immensely with capturing reviews as customers are leaving the store with their experience fresh in their minds!

Pros

In addition to being extremely easy to use and straightforward from a backend and frontend standpoint, this software is such an easy way to grow and manage our online reputation. I love that all I have to do (once my campaign is set up) is enter a phone number and hit "send"! It's way easier than asking our customers to leave reviews, and most of them actually do it.

Cons

There wasn't much that I didn't like about the software. The only thing worth mentioning is there are a few creative limitations when setting up your campaign. However, nothing that a few tweaks couldn't fix!

December 2018

Veronica from Income Over Expense

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Customer Review Solution Tool!

Pros

Utilizing Podium as a tool to connect with our customers for reviews has been amazing! It's so great to know that we have Podium working for us to help connect with previous customers that we haven't been able to reach on that level! We've actually seen a lift in terms of word of mouth referrals ever since we started using Podium!

Cons

While Podium does work very efficiently it does take time to set up the review accounts to capture these reviews. Once you plug in the accounts and get going it is amazing!

December 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

December 2018

Excellent product and platform

Implementation was a breeze (thank you, Rep Team!). The platform is simple to use but powerful and full of value-adds.

Pros

Ease of use
Multiple users
Combines communication streams and reviews from Google, FB, and our website into one place.

Cons

Price is a bit steep for SMB, but well worth it if you maximize the value of your positive reviews.

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

November 2018

Decent

Pros

Customers can leave reviews to multiple sites through one portal

Cons

Dashboard is not user friendly. Hard to read reviews of individual users. No filter

November 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

November 2018

Loving Podium for the reviews!

We love Podium and find a ton of value in using it to drive positive reviews.

Pros

How it has helped us drive tons of positive reviews to our online profiles while also capturing negative feedback so we can act on it quickly and make things right. It integrates with Service Titan which is also wonderful.

Cons

Reporting is spread across their site in a confusing manner until you get used to it.

October 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Functionality

3 of 5

October 2018

Limited Analytics

Pros

It has great preset templates for you to go off of that are both aesthetic and simple. They have a high response rate on the text messages they send and ultimately do show results in higher reviews on social media.

Cons

The analytics side is very primitive. The sentiment analysis that they herald is nowhere near as definitive as they sold me on. I'm not sure their NLP algorithm is that good because as I went through many of our reviews, I did not see it aligned with the sentiment analysis they gave us.

October 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

3 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

Podium was the first, but you pay for the name!

Good

Pros

Podium changed the way I manage my reputation online before I was really even thinking about it

Cons

It is expensive. Newer, comparable competitors have entered the space for lower price points

October 2018

Rick from Mobilityworks

Company Size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

October 2018

It works great!

I am at a new company and I suggest they use it too.

Pros

People don't always have a gmail account. It made them jump through hoops to do a review elsewhere. People became cautious and leave the site.

Cons

Nothing. I really did like using it. It was a great reminder to customers to do a review. It required almost immediate follow though.

September 2018

Jasmin from Buckhead Atlanta Dentistry

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

September 2018

Instant Messaging made easy

Overall it has been great. The set-up was fairly fast and painless. The rep that explained to us what the program was did a great job.

Pros

We signed up for Podium and it made messaging our patients super fast and easy. Any patients that have information that needs to be updated they can simply text us the information or a picture. Once we hit send, the patient receives it on the phone.

Cons

At first the web log-in from a computer was limited to not sending images. Now you can send and receive images.

September 2018

Dan from Revampt Goods LLC

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Functionality

1 of 5

September 2018

Hook in Mouth Sales Force

Do not trust Podium, as a review company they have horrible reviews....isn't that ironic? The good reviews are employees. The real customers are speaking out, they hold you by force. It is ridiculous!

Pros

The idea of it... Other than that there is nothing good about this company. They want you to sign, they fill you with false statistics, they show no demo, then they dump you like a bad habit

Cons

Everything. They thrive on one goal! To get the hook in your mouth and get that one year contract. Once that happens good luck. No demo, no service, no concern. This company is dismal. Be warned

September 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: GetApp


Ease-of-use

1 of 5

Value for money

1 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

1 of 5

September 2018

Lied about deal

Pros

Did not use the service because I was lied to by the sales rep. Very disappointing to see a rep professing religious connections treat us this way.

Cons

During the sales process I explained to the executive I would feel more comfortable with a 6-month contract instead of the 12-month contract he was asking for; I would've liked no contract but was trying to be fair. After getting permission from his boss, I was assured by him; he had "never seen his manager do this," so I thanked him and signed up.

Two days ago I met with a company that uses us and Podium for business; our mutual customer explained he had signed up for a 3-month deal with the same executive a just prior to me signing up. He had been disenchanted with the actual use of the service compared to what he was pitched. The service does not match the pitch. He plans to cancel as soon as his contract is over.

I then emailed the account support rep I was assigned - who took over a week to contact me, after signing the contract and billing my credit card, and instructed her to cancel my contract. I was then asked why I was canceling my contract without using it. When I explained she said she'd talk to the executive and his superiors. A day later there's no rush to get to me or confirm cancellation, but there sure was rush for me to sign up and pay! Caveat emptor.

Oh and the customer I spoke with is still waiting on his promised golf balls from the executive...

August 2018

DONNA from NORTHWAY AUTOMOTIVE

Company Size: 2-10 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

2 of 5

Customer support

3 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

August 2018

Very Useful

Been using Podium for almost a year now at my company. Makes it easy to hit review quotas.

Pros

Very simple to sent review requests to customers

Cons

Notifications can be slightly confusing.

July 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Company Size: 11-50 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

3 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

July 2018

Podium helped me to increase the review rate of my product and improve web chat

Ease of use web chat and more product and business reviews

Pros

The additional reviews that my business received have helped us to reach a greater audience and had a great effect on our sales. The web chat functionality is excellent and allows us to stay connected.

Cons

I have had occasional issues reaching customer service but nothing that would prevent me from using the software.

June 2018

Anonymous

Verified Reviewer

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

4 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2018

Great Tool for Local Businesses

Pros

Tried out Podium for our restaurant and really enjoyed the experience. Lots of features for the money, allowed us to stay very organized with media.

Cons

It's a great platform but we found it to be a little too expensive for our venue but still think its a very useful platform.

June 2018

Daniel from Revampt

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Value for money

1 of 5

Customer support

1 of 5

Functionality

2 of 5

June 2018

Don't fall for fake reviews

Pros

The idea is all there is. They are already looking for the next one to sign a one year contract once your is signed

Cons

Everything particularly the customer service. They could care less about any concerns. All the reviews are fake. As a user I warn you stay away from these guys. Do your own leg work to seek reviews the platform is bogus.

June 2018

Jennifer from Tom Ahl Family of Dealerships

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

4 of 5

Functionality

4 of 5

June 2018

Gives options to customers for places to write a review

Pros

We used Podium through another company that we signed up with. We were able to easily text with customers and as for a review through this system. Our company is strong with customer reviews so it was an easier way to ask for one and the customer could access whichever review site they felt most comfortable with right from their phone.

Cons

Some customers complain about leaving a Google review because they don't remember their Google login. This company helps with those customers because it gives them links to other review sites if they don't want to leave a Google review. Nothing in particular that I do not like about this product.

June 2018

Daniel from Specright

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

June 2018

Seriously such a cool and on-spot way to handle chat

Pros

I love the fact that they are bringing something that is done at almost all points of our day into this industry. I am constantly on my phone, so this is the simplest, least effort way for me to respond to someone.

Cons

I don't really have any complaints. I would just recommend always focusing on keeping it as simple and intuitive as possible!

May 2018

Tony from Taylor Audi

Company Size: 51-200 employees

Review Source: Capterra


Ease-of-use

5 of 5

Value for money

5 of 5

Customer support

5 of 5

Functionality

5 of 5

May 2018

Quick and easy to use software that gets results.

We were looking to improve online ratings from Google for Business and Facebook. Results were immediate.

Pros

Simple interface and app. Very user friendly for the end user. Very cost effective. Has improved the ratings we were looking to improve.

Cons

Haven't found anything I don't like yet. The only area of support we've needed was to have a user's email removed from another organisation that he worked at previously to ours.