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Bloomfire is a cloud-based social learning platform that has taken the standard LMS layout and taken modern strides with it. The platform emphasizes quick and simple course building and training all through their mobile educational platform. They also aid the learning process by offering up extensive customer support, as well as sales enablement tasks.

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The Good

  • Simplified tasks and options
  • Community feature
  • Price

Every task and option within Bloomfire has been simplified to make both the user and creator ends easier to navigate. Often LMS systems use a series of vague terms and industry "buzzwords" for certain tasks, but this system takes a much more universal approach - for example, in lieu of a complicated feedback survey, employees can instead rate questions they enjoy with a "high-five" toggle. Everything is laid out plain and clear with a user interface intended to cover the common denominator.

Something that especially sets Bloomfire apart is its community feature. Any course you build can easily be sent to others in your group via the cloud-based interface. You can share "playlists" of learning materials with others, contribute to the database of materials, and share many alternative types of media all through the same simple platform.

What's more, Bloomfire's price per user is much lower than you'll find with your typical LMS. You can expect to pay as low as $9 a month for a single user. That's quite affordable as an individual learner, but you could even argue this is a great deal when considering the cost of covering a company full of employees. The highest package is still only $17 a month.

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The Bad

  • No ecommerce shop
  • SCORM and TIN CAN compliant courses
  • No free trial

While Bloomfire has plenty of sharing options, it doesn't allow for easy monetizing. There is no ecommerce shop structured into the platform and really no way to put a price on any of the courses you create. It's only useful if you're planning on free exchanges on materials within your own community.

Bloomfire is also not set up to ensure SCORM or TIN CAN compliant courses. This doesn't mean you can't create them on your own without extra attention to detail - the platform still supports the types of media you need to stay compliant, but you won't get the guardrails you might normally get through a certified system.

The company and product are pretty new, yet they do not offer a free trial to potential buyers. This is problematic especially considering the lack of a reputation or many reviews out there. Your only way to test the system beforehand is to schedule a demo with the company. Bloomfire has a great product, but it hasn't had much time to accumulate user feedback and tweak their platform - it still has plenty of room to grow.

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The Bottom Line

Bloomfire is one of the best platforms out there for flexible community learning. Its sharing options help it excel as one of the most diverse resources for user-built training materials. This is great for anyone satisfied with operating on a more "unofficial" level, but those in need of SCORM compliance and ecommerce options are better off looking elsewhere.

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