Product ideas board vs spreadsheets


Collecting and qualifying ideas and suggestions from your team can be a complicated and time consuming process. Particularly if you use docs or spreadsheets.

You need to collect together all that feedback from multiple channels. Then you have to manually prioritise, based on a variety of criteria, some more subjective that you’d like.

It’s hard to quickly see which ideas are most popular and to encourage everyone to add their own ideas without doing horrible things to your document structure.

It doesn’t have to be like this.

Infographic comparing a product ideas board to a DIY approach to collecting and prioritising feedback

Benefits of a product ideas board

1. Collect feedback in different languages

I’m writing this in English, but our team is multi-lingual and we’re actually based in Barcelona. We have customers in more than 32 countries around the world. We’re ambitious about being a global company, and we’re sure you are too.

Feature Upvote makes it easy for you to host your product ideas board in the language that your team and customers use, including: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Spain).

Feature Upvote also works on all devices, whether your customers have mobiles, tablets, laptops or standalones.

Map of the world painted on two hands Go global with a product ideas board in the right language.

Here’s our support article on choosing a language for your product ideas board.

2. Ability to directly reach out for qualitative feedback

Feature Upvote makes it easy for you to add a comment to a suggestion, asking for more detail about the idea or even explaining why you won’t be implementing a suggestion.

A form showing someone asking for more details about a suggestion We explain the reasoning behind one of our UI decisions to a few customers.

3. Easy to test out a specific idea

If a manager has an idea that they think is a winner, you can test this out with your entire team.

Simply pin the idea to the top of your product ideas board (perhaps with a custom tag to say #testidea or similar) and see whether the idea attracts votes or comments.

Pinning a suggestion We tested out whether our customers wanted to be able to pin suggestions.

Test out a product ideas board

Product ideas boards are purpose-built to make it easy for you to collect feedback in one place and quickly prioritise it through voting. They:

  • Save you time because team members add suggestions in one central place and don’t send repeat suggestions

  • Inspire team members who can see that the company cares about their ideas and is transparent in how they implement them

  • Prevent ‘feature flop’, when management-driven ideas and new features fail to impress customers

Feature Upvote offers a 30 day free trial with all features included. This takes about 2 minutes to set up and doesn’t require a credit card or a sales call.