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

Main advantages of a product ideas board (like Feature Upvote)

  • Saves you time because team members add suggestions in one central place and don’t send repeat suggestions
  • Inspires team members who can see that the company cares about their ideas and is transparent in how they implement them
  • Prevents ‘feature flop’, when management-driven ideas and new features fail to impress customers

Nice to have features of a product ideas board

Make sure your board is in the right language

Yes, I’m writing this in English, but our team is multi-lingual and we’re actually based in Barcelona. 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 uses, including: English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish (Spain).

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.

Reach out for qualitative feedback

Feature Upvote makes it easy for you to add a comment to a suggestion, perhaps asking for greater detail or more clarity.

A form showing someone asking for more details about a suggestion Reply to suggestions to extract more detailed information from your team.

Test out a specific idea

If your boss 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.

Test out a product ideas board

We offer 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.