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.
Tricia G. Secteur: Gestion de l'enseignement Nombre d'employés: 2-10 employés
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!
Ease of use, many tutorials and FAQ to help problem solve, easy access to support with quick response time.
The cost was a little higher than that of others we compared.
The structure they use to set up the website and database are easy to understand. The point person from SilkStart walks you through each step of the process which keeps the pieces in smaller chunks and helps to keep it from being an overwhelming project.
Réponse : SilkStart 24/11/2016
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.
Ron J. Secteur: Administration publique Nombre d'employés: 51-200 employés
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
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.
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.
Kim B. Secteur: Développement et commerce international Nombre d'employés: 51-200 employés
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.
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.
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.
Réponse : SilkStart 24/11/2016
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.
Martin B. Secteur: Gestion d'organisme à but non lucratif Nombre d'employés: 2-10 employés
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.
Cost effective, fresh templates. various design options with the use of the many widgets available.
Not really a con, but the SilkStart is targeting a segment of the not-for-profit market.
Cannot recommend SilkStart enough, the whole experience has been very positive.
Réponse : SilkStart 24/11/2016
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.
Annie J. Secteur: Organisme social ou civique
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.
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.
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