Best internal community management software in 2021

Discover our comparison of the 10 best solutions for bringing together your community members and boosting their interactions.

Best internal community management software in 2021

Do you think it's important to bring your members together to form a community?

Do you agree that usability and performance are compatible?

Do you need a tool to help manage your communities


Check out our top 10 best software for community animation

  1. Talkspirit
  2. Hivebrite 
  3. Workplace
  4. Tribe
  5. Yammer
  6. Mobilize 
  7. Socio 
  8. Higher Logic 
  9. Mighty Networks 
  10. Discourse 

And choose the one that suits you best.




1. Talkspirit

The French internal social network that simplifies community management for companies, associations and institutions

Talkspirit community animation

Talkspirit is an easy-to-use enterprise social network that allows you to gather on the same platform all your company's ecosystem, including your internal stakeholders (directors, managers, employees) and external stakeholders (customers, suppliers, service providers, partners, subcontractors). Thanks to the management of access rights, you can easily manage and animate your communities as you wish. Mainly designed for SMEs and middle-market companies, Talkspirit currently satisfies more than 500 customers. Among them, the Food Emotion division, which has succeeded in gathering and strengthening the cohesion of its community of 300 employees in nine countries.

Key features:

  • platform customizable to your colors 
  • news feed and home portal 
  • chat
  • access without email possible to integrate ALL your employees
  • activity statistics available to administrators 
  • possibility to create groups by job, by team but also by center of interest 
  • mobile and desktop applications 
  • responsive customer service and user support (FR and EN) seven days a week
  • GDPR : data hosted in the EU (at OVHcloud)

Limitations and drawbacks: Even if Talkspirit allows you to fully meet your community animation challenges, it may not be the ideal solution if you're looking for software dedicated solely for this activity.

Pricing: 

  • free Essentials plan
  • paid plans from €4 per month per user(decreasing from 500 users and preferential conditions for associations)  
  • free trial (15 days) 
  • free personalized demo 

Learn more from Talkspirit users' feedback 



2. Hivebrite 

The online community management platform

Hivebrite community animation

Hivebrite is a multi-use SaaS community management software. Equally useful for businesses, alumni communities, and members of other types of organizations, Hivebrite allows you to network your entire membership.

Key features:

  • intuitive operation 
  • possibility for admins to send bulk emails
  • solution that allows online payment
  • user directory 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • mobile application to be optimized 
  • lack of personalization options 

Pricing: More information on the publisher's website


3. Workplace 

The enterprise social network developed by Facebook

Workplace community animation

Facebook's Workplace is a tool that tends to develop towards multi-use, but remains a platform that uses the vast majority of the functionalities and design of the Facebook social network. Workplace is therefore a useful enterprise social network for bringing together and animating the professional lives of your employees. 

Key features:

  • quick and intuitive to use 
  • chat and groups
  • photo and video sharing 
  • creation of custom groups 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • Familiarity with the platform due to its similarity to social network Facebook can lead to use that's not appropriate for the professional sphere—even in the context of community events. 
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act*

Pricing: 

  • Advanced plan at $4 per month per user
  • Enterprise plan at $8 per month per user
  • 30-day free trial



4. Tribe 

The solution to create your online community

Tribe community animation

Tribe is a cloud-based community management platform. It allows you to create and connect in an online space with your members. With Tribe, you can create a community animation space for your employees and third parties, and you can also create a space dedicated to your customers. 

Key features:

  • newsfeed
  • polls
  • questions
  • easy to integrate with other applications 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • documentation to help develop 
  • some features to be improved (notably the ability for a user to reply to a publication with a photo)

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Plus plan at $85 per month
  • Premium plan at $249 per month 
  • Enterprise plan on request 
  • 14-day free trial without commitment



5. Yammer 

The Microsoft 365 social network to animate your business community

Yammer community animation

Yammer is an enterprise social network integrated with the Microsoft 365 suite of tools (Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, OneDrive, Outlook, Teams). Structured around groups, Yammer allows you to animate the daily professional life of your employees. 

Key features:

  • usability 
  • accessible on mobile and tablet devices 
  • chat and groups

Limitations / disadvantages: 

  • internal integrations (with other Microsoft 365 tools) and external integrations to be developed 
  • interface to be improved
  • publisher subject to the Cloud Act* 

Pricing: 

  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic at €4.20 per month per user
  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard at €10.50 per month per user 
  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium at €16.00 per month per user 
  • Microsoft 365 Apps at just €8.80 per month per user


6. Mobilize  

The software that centralizes and facilitates the management of your community


Mobilize community animation

Mobilize is a software specifically designed to help you animate your community in a context of information saturation. Built on the idea that communities are more the result of adopting new processes than simply adopting new tools, Mobilize collects and uses data to tailor the platform to your organization's needs.

Key features:

  • All-in-one aspect of the solution (community, events, and email management, chats, and more)
  • custom onboarding

Limitations and disadvantages: high pricing

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Premium plan at $800 per month 
  • Enterprise plan on request 



7. Socio

The software that identifies your teams' engagement levers in 10 minutes a week

Socio community animation

Socio is a community animation platform specially created to facilitate the management of events—both in person and online. 

Key features:

  • usability
  • responsive support team 
  • numerous customisation options 

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • the videoconferencing service needs to be improved
  • admin rights are quite restricted 

Pricing: 

  • free trial available
  • quotation to be made on the publisher's website



8. Higher Logic  

The software that engages all participants. 

 

Higher Logic community animation

Higher Logic is a SaaS tool that allows you to improve the engagement of your internal and external stakeholders (employees, customers...). Higher Logic allows you to animate these different communities, to offer them the best possible experience and thus maximize retention. 

Key features:

  • creating an online space for your community is quick and easy 
  • a tool that allows regular measurement of member engagement

Limitations / disadvantages:

  • few customization options
  • server stability can be improved

Pricing: More information on the publisher's website 



9. Mighty Networks

The platform that unites your members in your company's colors

Mighty Networks community animation

Mighty Networks is a platform that allows you to gather a community online under your company's banner. Available on iOS and Android, this tool offers multiple features like activities feeds, sub-groups, member categories, and a CMS(content management system)...

Key features:

  • rapid information gathering 
  • high-five feature

Limitations and drawbacks: lack of customization options

Pricing: 

  • free plan
  • Community plan at just $23 per month 
  • Business plan at $81 per month 
  • 14-day free trial



10. Discourse 

The online discussion platform that brings your community together 

Discourse community animation

Discourse is a discussion platform that revolutionizes the traditional "forum" with features such as real-time notifications, conversation view, the ability to quote a member, etc. Modular according to your needs, Discourse facilitates the creation and the animation of your community. 

Key features:

  • infinite scrolling instead of traditional pages
  • real-time notifications
  • adapted to mobiles and tablets 

Limitations and drawbacks: Discourse is above all a social/community animation tool that should not be confused with other more collaborative communication tools

Pricing: 

  • Standard plan at $100 per month
  • Business plan at $300 per month 
  • Enterprise plan on request 
  • 14-day free trial 


*Cloud Act: US federal law on the surveillance of personal data, adopted in 2018, which obliges US service providers to provide the federal authorities all stored data upon request, regardless of the location of the servers (even in the  EU) (Source: Wikipedia)



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