ThoughtFarmer

ThoughtFarmer

Social, collaborative intranet software for organizations

4.9/5 (15 reviews)

ThoughtFarmer Overview

ThoughtFarmer is a social intranet solution designed to centralize collective intelligence, improve internal communication, promote collaboration, and more. The software offers a variety of features for managing communication through activity streams, forums, and blogs, search and navigation, content, knowledge, and document.

ThoughtFarmer’s communication tools allow users to customize the branding and language of their intranet, and support social media and RSS feeds, global news publishing, email newsletters, videos, blogging, and more. Intranet analytics provide users with insight into activity, engagement, and popular searches, with the ability to drill-down to different sections, groups, and pages. Content can be managed and published using the built-in WYSIWYG editor, drag-and-drop templates, version histories, and image asset management. Customizable page headers, cards, and dev tools allow users to configure their intranet, and old content can be archived manually or automatically.

ThoughFarmer’s social features include activity streams, shout-outs and @mentions for employee recognition, commenting, and personalized employee profiles. Each user can be provided with a personalized homepage, tailored to their role. Users can follow pages to automatically receive updates and notifications for changes, and provide feedback on content using likes. The interactive org chart visualizes the relationships between users, groups, and departments, and can be used to find colleagues and contact details.

Pricing

Starting from
US$500,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

Business size

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Markets

Canada, Europe, Germany, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German and 3 others, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

ThoughtFarmer Reviews

Overall rating
4.9/5
100% positive reviews
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Miguel T.

A delight to use for Intranet Managers, Content Authors and employees

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/06/21
Review Source: Capterra

An easy to use Intranet portal with social capabilities that enable employees to be more engaged.

Simplified infrastructure for on-premises, no need for massive server farms.

Great setup and onboarding experience with their professional services team. Their support staff is stellar, fast and caring for your needs.

Pros

ThoughtFarmer's ease of use, and the easy deployment on-premises (although a cloud option is available) helped us implement our new Intranet on time and budget while providing users with a top-notch experience for corporate news, events and navigating different processes in our organization.

Social features (likes, commenting, @ mentions) really empower our employees to have a voice be more engaged with our strategic direction, operational insights and celebrating milestones with the recent addition of Shout-outs.

From an extensibility perspective, the platform allows for page templates and widget creation (in browser or with modern development IDEs) and it is now based on React, so page loading and navigation is fast and responsive. Customizing with your own fonts. corporate color theme and images is quick and painless. Need to go a bit further? You can add your own CSS or JavaScript to fill in any gaps from the out of the box theming engine.

A recent overhaul of the search experience brings the experience to what you would expect from enterprise search with the addition of best bets, predictive search, etc.

The people directory is beautifully crafted and thanks to the Employee Directory Connector you can bring your users and their active directory properties (such as department, job title, phone, email) in just a few clicks. For authentication, SAML SSO is an option.

The admin area is intuitive and very powerful as many options are configurable in the UI.

Cons

There are only 2 security roles, admin and user, so roles like help desk or others might get exposed to settings one might not want them to have.

From an integration point of view, would like to see more integration with Office 365 as we use it for more day-to-day collaboration. A SharePoint integration is possible, but not sure if it will also work with SharePoint Online.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Rebecca A.

Great value for intranet

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2019/03/25
Review Source: Capterra

We initially looked into ThoughtFarmer as a way to connect multiple offices and keep our entire company aware of corporate initiatives and news.

Pros

After a bit of a learning curve, it's very easy to use as an administrator. Once you understand the concept of adding pages/forums/groups etc, everything is based on that concept. The search functionality is excellent and used extensively by our staff. Being able to give people access to different areas/content or message everyone/individual groups makes it a very useful tool for a multi-office company.

Cons

If there is anything I would suggest it would be to have more integration with MS Office documents. Being able to edit documents directly in the software would be great. But on the whole it's an extremely useful software!

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Denise N.

ThoughtFarmer for the Intranet WIN!!

Used Daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed on 2018/11/19
Review Source: Capterra

Our company did not have any Intranet at all when we purchased ThoughtFarmer, so it was overwhelming to try to imagine how to sort and categorize all of our documentation. We utilized ThoughtFarmer's professional services to help us with it, and it was worth every penny!! They were so great to work this - their process is easy to follow and allowed us to get all of our staff involved. The results were a very logical and easy to follow Information Architecture that I'm not sure we would have ever gotten to without their help - certainly not in the time frame they made it happen in!!

Pros

Using this software is like riding a bike - takes a little practice using all the different features, but once you've done it a bit, it's a piece of cake!! I don't have to go back to notes to remember how I made something work a certain way - it's all very logical and easy to do time and time again.

Cons

I guess what I liked least about the software is that it uses rich text editor which is a bit different from Word, so it took a little bit to get used to. But that's stretching trying to find something negative to say... lol

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Dan T.

ThoughtFarmer has changed the way our organization communicates and collaborates

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/05/29
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

The easy-to-use platform makes it simple for anyone in our organization to post content. The message boards and alignment with individuals' roles has made it much easier for us to communicate with targeted groups and virtually eliminated the mess of mass emails we used to live with.

Cons

The lack of integrated form-building/workflows in the system is limiting, but we've found ways to work around this in most cases. The platform does allow you to embed Wufoo forms, but it's not as elegant or efficient as truly integrated forms that could be linked to the user's identity.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Robin F.

Fantastic and user-friendly intranet software

Used Daily for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2019/05/29
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

ThoughtFarmer turned our intranet from an outdated repository of information to a dynamic site for employees. The kudos feature is great, and the news feed is really good. Very easy to use - all kinds of people (with varying tech savviness) have been posting news items. I like that we can target the audience, e.g. post specifically to leaders.

Cons

Adding header images doesn't quite do what's expected in terms of resizing images. I don't love that almost everything you do ends up in the activity feed, i.e. people creating pages and adding events to group calendars. Not all relevant to the whole organization and it makes some of the more pertinent information harder to see.

Rating breakdown

Ease of Use

Likelihood to recommend

8.0/10

ThoughtFarmer Pricing

Starting from
US$500,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Pricing is based on the number of users.
50-99 users: $10/user/month
100-199 users: $8/user/month
200-499 users: $6/user/month
500-999 users: $5/user/month
1000+ users: $4/user/month
ThoughtFarmer can also be deployed on-premise.

ThoughtFarmer Features

  • Access Control
  • Activity Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Collaborative Workspace
  • Commenting
  • Communication Management
  • Customizable Branding
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Permission Management
  • Search Functionality

  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Chat
  • Document Management
  • File Management
  • Projections
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration

Additional information for ThoughtFarmer

Key features of ThoughtFarmer

  • Blogging
  • Communication tools
  • Content archiving
  • Content publishing
  • Customizable branding
  • Customizable navigation
  • Customizable page headers
  • Data import from Microsoft Word
  • Dev tools
  • Discussion forums
  • Drag-and-drop templates
  • Email newsletters
  • Employee directory
  • Engagement analytics
  • Event calendars
  • Global news publishing
  • Image asset management
  • Interactive organization chart
  • Local news & activity
  • Multi-language
  • Page bookmarking
  • Page sharing
  • Permission management
  • Photo galleries
  • Search functionality
  • Shout outs
  • Social media & RSS feed embedding
  • Team calendars
  • Team collaboration
  • Version history
  • Video support
  • WYSIWYG editor

Benefits

  • Users can manage intranet content with the built-in WYSIWYG editor, drag-and-drop templates, and gallery integrations.

  • The integrated search engine with search-as-you-type and “did you mean”, alongside customizable navigation, page bookmarking, and filtering, is designed to streamline the process of finding information.

  • A social feed with shout-outs, @mentions, commenting, and activity streams enables sharing of internal announcements and employee recognition.

  • Document management tools allow users to upload and manage files including documents, photos, and videos, with previews, document editing, version histories, and customizable permissions.

  • The interactive organizational chart visualizes connections between locations, departments, groups, and employees, with employee cards displaying titles, contact information, and photos.

  • ThoughtFarmer FAQs

    Below are some frequently asked questions for ThoughtFarmer.

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ThoughtFarmer offer?

    ThoughtFarmer offers the following pricing plans:

    Starting from: US$500,00/month

    Pricing model: Subscription

    Free Trial: Available

    Pricing is based on the number of users.
    50-99 users: $10/user/month
    100-199 users: $8/user/month
    200-499 users: $6/user/month
    500-999 users: $5/user/month
    1000+ users: $4/user/month
    ThoughtFarmer can also be deployed on-premise.

    Q. What are the main features of ThoughtFarmer?

    ThoughtFarmer offers the following features:

    • Blogging
    • Communication tools
    • Content archiving
    • Content publishing
    • Customizable branding
    • Customizable navigation
    • Customizable page headers
    • Data import from Microsoft Word
    • Dev tools
    • Discussion forums
    • Drag-and-drop templates
    • Email newsletters
    • Employee directory
    • Engagement analytics
    • Event calendars
    • Global news publishing
    • Image asset management
    • Interactive organization chart
    • Local news & activity
    • Multi-language
    • Page bookmarking
    • Page sharing
    • Permission management
    • Photo galleries
    • Search functionality
    • Shout outs
    • Social media & RSS feed embedding
    • Team calendars
    • Team collaboration
    • Version history
    • Video support
    • WYSIWYG editor

    Q. Who are the typical users of ThoughtFarmer?

    ThoughtFarmer has the following typical customers:

    Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

    Q. What languages does ThoughtFarmer support?

    ThoughtFarmer supports the following languages:

    Chinese (Traditional), Dutch, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish

    Q. What type of pricing plans does ThoughtFarmer offer?

    ThoughtFarmer has the following pricing plans:

    Subscription

    Q. Does ThoughtFarmer support mobile devices?

    We do not have any information about what devices ThoughtFarmer supports

    Q. What other apps does ThoughtFarmer integrate with?

    ThoughtFarmer integrates with the following applications:

    G Suite, Google Docs, Google Drive, Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Okta, SharePoint, Wufoo

    Q. What level of support does ThoughtFarmer offer?

    ThoughtFarmer offers the following support options:

    Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support, Video Tutorials

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