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Brightidea is a cloud-based innovation management solution designed for midsize and large companies. It offers communication tools and suggestion management. Android and iOS apps are also available. Brightidea features discussion... Read more
Aha! is a cloud-based project management solution for small, midsize and large enterprises. It caters to industries including education, energy, finance, government, legal, IT services, marketing, medical, non-profit and others. Primary... Read more
Viima is a cloud-based idea management platform that caters to small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include idea contribution and development, idea ranking, campaign management, email notifications, an activity dashboard... Read more
Crowdicity is a cloud-based idea management and crowdsourcing platform for small, midsize and large businesses. It is suitable for businesses in industries including retail, banking, financial services, media, communications, manufacturing,... Read more
Zoho Projects is a cloud-based project management solution designed for small and midsize companies. It offers project scheduling and budgeting, which allows project managers to define project tasks, assign them to their teams, estimate... Read more
Quip is a project management and task collaboration tool that helps users work together and communicate without emails. Users can create and edit spreadsheets, documents and checklists in the system, and team members can chat and comment... Read more
Flow is a cloud-based task management and project management solution that helps businesses plan projects, assign tasks, prioritize to-dos and manage work. Flow allows users to visually organize their projects with top-down project... Read more
Mind Vector is a cloud-based mind mapping and idea management solution for businesses of all sizes. It offers idea mapping, idea ranking, brainstorming, activity dashboards and collaboration functionalities within a suite. Android... Read more
Spigit is a cloud-based idea management solution suitable for banking, insurance, construction, engineering, energy, utilities, manufacturing, health care and pharmaceutical industries. It offers innovation management, business crowdsourcing... Read more
UseResponse is a cloud-based customer support solution that provides users with customer service tools and a social customer relationship management(CRM) solution. It features a help desk ticketing solution, feedback system, knowledge... Read more
Planbox Innovate is an idea management tool designed for teams across all industries. Key features include a configurable setup centered around a four-level structure: initiatives, projects, items and tasks. Users can create unlimited... Read more
Qmarkets is an idea management solution that is suitable for midsize to large enterprises. Key features include idea evaluation and management, campaign management, access control, gamification and personalization. Qmarkets’ platform... Read more
iMindMap is an idea management solution that caters to businesses of all sizes across various industry verticals such as education, aerospace, technology, animation and more. Key features include idea ranking, brainstorming tools,... Read more
Idea Drop is a cloud-based idea management solution designed for the midsize businesses. It offers an idea submission portal, collaboration tools, campaign management, idea curation and analytics. Idea Drop features idea submission,... Read more
IdeaScale is a cloud-based idea management platform that manages all processes of idea innovation via crowdsourcing, from launching ideas among community members to collating feedback, review and final implementation. Key features... Read more
Co:tunity is a cloud-based idea management solution designed for small and midsize companies that offers idea submission, collaboration, review and analytics functionalities within a suite. Android and iPhone apps are available. Co:tunity... Read more
UserVoice is a product feedback management solution that collects and organizes feedback from multiple sources to provide a clear, actionable view of user feedback for product teams. With a customizable feedback portal, in-app widget... Read more
CrowdWorx is an idea management solution that caters to small and midsize businesses and provides tools for crowdsourced idea evaluation. It can be deployed on-premise or hosted in the cloud. CrowdWorx allows users to build a configurable... Read more
Idea Spotlight is a cloud-based idea management solution that offers an idea submission, collaboration, gamification and analytics functionalities for large and midsize businesses. Idea Spotlight lets users design submission pages... Read more
Exago SMART is an idea management solution for midsize and large businesses that helps collect, improve and review idea portfolios and execute selected ideas. Key features include customizable processes, idea pipeline management, multiple... Read more
“There's no good idea that can't be improved on.” Michael Eisner, CEO of Walt Disney Corporation 1984-2005.
Ideas come and ideas go. Some live, some die—and some need to be chased down. The trick to profiting from the good ideas is, as Eisner implied, to continually improve them. But given their intangible nature, identifying and improving upon good ideas is much easier said than done.
Idea management software—also called ideation management software—is a new collection of tools designed to help companies do just that: identify and develop the best ideas they come across, whether from customers, employees or members of the public. This Buyer’s Guide will help you understand how idea management software works and how it can help your business. It covers:
Reviewers' Choice Products
Our Reviewers’ Choice list shows the five highest user-rated software solutions for Idea Management when adjusted for total number of reviews and recency of reviews.
If a software solution has more reviews, and more recent reviews, we value those ratings more highly than a product with fewer, older reviews. This is because is it much harder to get 100 five-star reviews than it is to get 10.
We also know that software vendors continually tweak and update their product, so we believe that more recent reviews tend to be more accurate.
To determine which products made the final cut, we looked at how users rated each solution's:
A solution can make the Reviewers' Choice top five in all three categories, or just one or two. All software solutions in the Reviewers' Choice have at least 10 reviews from real software users. The final products are listed in alphabetical order from left to right.
For more details on how we selected our Reviewers' Choice, read the full methodology.
Idea management software is designed to help collect, develop and collaborate on ideas that are relevant to your business. The software helps companies categorize ideas and even open up idea submission and development to customers and other interested third parties.
It’s not always immediately obvious if a new idea is actually worth pursuing. But, few new ideas seem worthy until they’re developed at least a little. Not wanting to waste time on fruitless ideas, most companies are forced to ignore all but the most obviously great ideas. This leads to missed opportunities or, worse yet, competitors developing the same idea at a later date.
The main goal of idea management software is to prevent good ideas from going to waste. It does this by systemizing the process of idea management, so that new ideas can be vetted with less effort. This helps the company consider more of them and miss fewer opportunities.
But despite some general similarities, idea management software is purpose-built for the workflows, processes and permission controls needed for idea submission, collaborative development and selection. It is available in many forms and different packages that will contain some or all of the following applications:
|Idea campaigns||Organize ideas by grouping them into specific campaigns and challenges. Campaigns can be open to the public, employees or select groups.|
|Idea funnels||Set up discrete stages for ideas to pass through as they progress from initial idea to final approval, helping systemize, monitor and benchmark the entire process.|
|Mind mapping||Visualize how the various elements of an idea (or several ideas) relate to one another. These are graphical tools, usually with drag-and-drop UIs.|
|Collaboration tools||Many idea management platforms come with tools that help teams work together, like document and file sharing, collective to-do lists and automated notifications.|
|Custom branding||Some idea management platforms allow for custom visual branding, so the interface can match your website and the look and feel of your brand.|
|Gamification||Make idea sharing and development part of a contest, competition or on-going game. Gamification can encourage people to help in the ideation process.|
|Customizable workflows||Rearrange and configure the various stages of the idea management process and control which users get to participate in which stages.|
Cloud-based software, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), is an SMB’s best friend. Compared to on-premise installations, cloud software can usually be expected to be more:
For these reasons, most idea management systems suitable for SMB use are cloud-based. It’s the best option for a majority of SMBs, excluding only those with very specific IT integration requirements.
Idea management software typically allows for a lot of workflow flexibility. This is helpful, even necessary, given the fact that companies have very different approaches to and requirements for idea management. That said, the idea of idea management might be entirely new to you, so below is an example of the types of stages that could be used.