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What is Localist?

Localist centralizes your organization's events into one fully-branded calendar, making it easier for your community to know what's happening. Localist isn’t just easy to use. It makes all events more discoverable, increases attendance and gives you a holistic view of your community. And, Localist connects seamlessly with the platforms you’re already using, including existing calendars, your website CMS, video conferencing and more.

Who Uses Localist?

Higher Education, Healthcare, State and Local Government organizations, and Tourism organizations that host online and offline, paid and free events.

Localist Software - Bring all your events into a single interactive calendar to provide a centralized experience for all visitors.
Localist Software - No need for a third-party site. Localist streamlines the registration process with Register, a secure and compliant ticketing tool for paid and free events.
Localist Software - Manage all your events from an easy-to-use Admin Dashboard.
Localist Software - View trending events, registrations, social activity, admin activity, attendee geography and more with Localist's comprehensive analytics suite.

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Reviews of Localist

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Service
4.3
Features
4.2
Value for Money
4.3

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001

Find reviews by score

5
52%
4
37%
3
11%
Nicky
Nicky
Associate Director of Digital Media in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Higher Education, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Localist is the solution!

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: We looked at many different event software solutions before deciding on Localist. It's a great product, and the customer service is unparalleled.

Pros:

I really like how you can brand localist, customize the calendar offerings, and how it is a marketing platform in addition to a events platform.

Cons:

I wish that the integration with Facebook still existed! I don't like double-creating everything - but using Localist and Facebook together = maximum visibility.

Localist Response

5 years ago

Good feedback Nicky - Thanks!

Raymond
Web Designer in US
Higher Education, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

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Ray's review of Localist

4.0 5 years ago

Comments: I'm very familiar with Localist after having used it for a few years so I'm reluctant to change to a different email merge system but I do find it to be user-friendly and easy to introduce people to.

Pros:

It's very easy to get started and set up a basic email. Support is very helpful and great about determining what issues I'm having. The emails usually look pretty great and consistent.

Cons:

After I've uploaded a new audience, the response time a for it to appear and become useable. This is very confusing and stressful when you need to send the campaign. When I import an audience and add new field names, I wish I didn't have to eventually rename them from the default "MEREGE8" in the Audience fields page. I wish it were easier to modify the template and styles without "hacking it" via CSS.

Localist Response

5 years ago

Thanks Raymond! I passed your feedback on to our support team too.

Stanley
Web Developer in US
Hospital & Health Care, 5,001–10,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Customer service is excellent, but the UI and functionality needs a revamp

3.0 5 years ago

Comments: Overall I think the customer service is excellent. The UI and functionality needs to be improved. I've been using this software for 5 years and it has not changed much. It's time to improve on the current concept.

Pros:

I like that I am able to segment my events into separate communities. I like the outstanding software support whenever I have questions. The UI and functionality can be upgraded to better filter events and further improve usability.

Cons:

I don't like that I can't give more control for approval of events. At my organization, we have one admin to approve the events. Events already submitted don't necessarily need to be reapproved by me if there are minor changes like dates. When someone does add/remove dates from an event, the event is no longer visible to the public and needs to be reapproved. Maybe the event shouldn't be pulled from the live feed and be amended by the changes when it's approved. Or there should be an option to automatically approve minor changes. Another thing I don't like is the way you can filter down events. I think being able to see a calendar with the events listed on each day is a plus. (Kind of like seeing a physical calendar or using the Google calendar app.) People like to be able to see the events available on a week or monthly basis. I think this option would be most beneficial for the widget at least. I've been asked multiple times to have an alternative view to the list view we already have. The mini calendar for the widget is not functionally viable. It limits you to being only able to filter events on a day to day basis. If you ask me, I think it is rather cumbersome and not useful.

Localist Response

5 years ago

Hey Stanley! Thanks for your review. We're catching up on responding to some Capterra reviews, and we wanted to check-in. I wanted to let you know that we are weeks away from launching an improved front-end on the Localist platform. Our goal with this front-end release is to update the design of the customizable layout - without disturbing too much in the existing experience. Maintaining simplicity in the user's experience is critical. We have identified opportunities in key moments of interaction to improve user flows and optimize how content is consumed. Looking forward to this release and would love to get some feedback from you after that release! If you have any questions and concerns hit us up at https://www.localist.com/contact/

Frankie
Web Developer in US
Government Relations, 201–500 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Beautiful, functional, and automated.

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: Our previous website calendar system consisted of our staff manually entering events when the public would email them to us. Even with copy/pasting each field, it would take up some time to process a lot of requests. Now, we can approve or deny events with the click of a button and the public takes the time to format the events themselves. This also allows for required fields so we don't receive events with missing information.

Pros:

I really like the clean design of the calendar along with the functionality of event submissions. Having the public submit their own events automates our process so much more than it was before. All we have to do is click one button to approve or deny the events, and that makes our job much easier.

Cons:

I think we could have a little more control over the customization of the design, but we still haven't hit too many roadblocks as it is now.

Localist Response

5 years ago

Hey Frankie! Thanks for your feedback! We're catching up on responding to some Capterra reviews, and we wanted to check-in. I wanted to let you know that we are weeks away from launching an improved front-end on the Localist platform. Our goal with this front-end release is to update the design of the customizable layout - without disturbing too much in the existing experience. Maintaining simplicity in the user's experience is critical. We have identified opportunities in key moments of interaction to improve user flows and optimize how content is consumed. Looking forward to this release and would love to get some feedback from you after that release! If you have any questions and concerns hit us up at https://www.localist.com/contact/

Brandi
Manager, Web Services in US
Higher Education, 1,001–5,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Easy to use and excellent customer service

5.0 5 years ago

Comments: We wanted a tool that would make it easier for our users to add and manage their own events to a calendar, thus adding to the number events on the calendar at any given time. Localist, with its easy to use interface, has solved that problem. People have found it very easy to use with little to no training necessary. The Localist support team has been wonderful about replying quickly to any questions or help I've needed.

Pros:

This was the easiest third-party tool implementation I've ever been a part of. They didn't oversell and under-deliver. The calendar was exactly as promised and so easy to use for both admins and our end-users. The interface is user friendly and has made adding and managing events very easy.

Cons:

There isn't much that I like least about the software. Localist is very responsive to customer suggestions so updates are usually driven by users. The minor things are not deal breakers for me.

Localist Response

5 years ago

Thanks for your feedback, Brandi! What a great review! We're catching up on responding to some Capterra reviews, and we wanted to check-in. I wanted to let you know that we are weeks away from launching an improved front-end on the Localist platform. Our goal with this front-end release is to update the design of the customizable layout - without disturbing too much in the existing experience. Maintaining simplicity in the user's experience is critical. We have identified opportunities in key moments of interaction to improve user flows and optimize how content is consumed. Looking forward to this release and would love to get some feedback from you after that release! If you have any questions and concerns hit us up at https://www.localist.com/contact/