TechSmith Saves $500,000 by Crowdsourcing Snagit on Mac Development Research in Custom Get Satisfaction Community

Public Beta Program Engages 450,000 Users to Gather User Feedback, Ideas

OKEMOS, Mich – April 1, 2011 –TechSmith’s Snagit screen capture software has been available to PC users for twenty years, so the desire to answer users’ top request—Snagit for the Mac platform—required an open dialogue to make Snagit on the Mac worth the wait. So TechSmith launched a crowdsourcing initiative on a Get Satisfaction community site to seek ideas and feedback, producing 450,000 participants and $500,000 in research cost savings.

Get Satisfaction, an online community-building platform, details the crowdsourcing effort and the return on TechSmith’s investment in a case study on their website. More than 48,000 companies use Get Satisfaction to provide a more social support experience, build better products, increase SEO and improve customer loyalty.

TechSmith launched the public beta of Snagit on Mac in December 2009 along with the Get Satisfaction community site. Snagit on Mac 1.0 was released on November 9, 2010.

TechSmith launched the public beta of Snagit on Mac in December 2009 along with the Get Satisfaction community site. Snagit on Mac 1.0 was released on November 9, 2010.

“We’d never done this before,” said Tiffany Wood, Snagit product manager at TechSmith. “Sure, we always had beta software, but it was only accessible to select users–not to the broader public. And feedback came in via individual emails, not collaborative conversations. This time, we wanted to engage our entire user base in our agile development process.”

TechSmith’s use of crowdsourcing enabled it to capture an exceptional amount of information on the features and feel that its users and targeted customer base wanted from Snagit on Mac. Developers were able prioritize their plans by using the voting functionality of the Get Satisfaction site to determine which features were most important to users, and also used the discussion forums to seek feedback on the overall design and feel of Snagit on Mac, which users wanted to be ‘Mac-like.’

“We were able to collect so much valuable information through crowdsourcing. It benefited everyone involved in the development process, and most importantly, our customers,” Wood said. “Our users were able to help design the product that they wanted, and could ask questions, report problems, make suggestions and share what they loved about the product. Meanwhile, TechSmith saved hundreds of thousands of dollars on the research phase of this project. It also helped speed the process and aide developers, as they already knew exactly how to approach the development of Snagit on Mac.”

Here is a deeper look inside the numbers of TechSmith’s crowdsourcing effort:

  • 10: Minutes it took for TechSmith to implement and complete its branded Get Satisfaction site.
  • 10: Months TechSmith’s public beta process lasted.
  • 100,000: People who downloaded the beta version of Snagit on Mac.
  • 120,000: Unique topics about Snagit on Mac generated by users through the Get Satisfaction site.
  • 450,000: People who engaged in dialogue about Snagit on Mac on the Get Satisfaction site.
  • 500,000: Dollars saved on research that TechSmith did not have to conduct due to the information received through the Get Satisfaction site.

Since the Snagit on Mac launch, TechSmith has since implemented Get Satisfaction for its entire portfolio of visual communication software, including Camtasia Studio, Camtasia for Mac, Camtasia Relay, Jing, Morae, Snagit (Windows and Mac) and Screencast.com. More information is available at feedback.techsmith.com.

 Links:

Tweet:

  • RT @TechSmith: Crowdsourcing plays key role in @Snagit on Mac development

About TechSmith Corporation

Founded in 1987, TechSmith Corporation provides practical business and academic software tools and services. TechSmith's solutions enable users to capture, record and enhance digital content from their computer screens so they can share information and knowledge in compelling multimedia formats, and allow others to observe, analyze and learn from their experiences. TechSmith products are used by 99 percent of the Fortune 500. Visit www.TechSmith.com for more information.

###

All-in-One Capture, Camtasia, Camtasia Relay, Camtasia Studio, DubIt, EnSharpen, Enterprise Wide, Expressshow, Jing, Morae, Rich Recording Technology (RRT), Screencast.com, Show The World, SmartFocus, Snagit, TechSmith, TSCC and UserVue are either registered marks or marks of TechSmith Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. This list is not a comprehensive list of all TechSmith Corporation marks. The absence of a name/mark or logo in this notice does not constitute a waiver of any intellectual property rights that TechSmith Corporation has established in any of its product, feature or service names/marks or logos. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. © 2011 by TechSmith Corporation. All rights reserved.

Press Contacts

For more information, contact:


TechSmith PR Team
press@techsmith.com