If you’re feeling the need for an online community, a way to connect customers or fans, it’s a great time to be building. There are so many different options for community platforms.
Mighty Networks and Hivebrite are both established brands that have built a ton of communities. But there are important differences in the different features and the types of communities you can build with each. In this article, we’ll compare these two software options to help you figure out which one is right for you.
Hivebrite vs. Mighty Networks: Comparison Chart
Mighty and Hivebrite are both community management platforms. Both give you robust community engines, the option to create groups, security and SSO features, and member analytics. And both include a community discussion platform to help members share their ideas, get informed, and connect.
Hivebrite vs. Mighty Networks: Community features
Hivebrite gives you a decent community engine for reaching members. With discussion features, members can have conversations and connect. Hivebrite also gives you a good way to manage your members’ data, with profiles, geo-targeting, importing and exporting options, and the option to connect to live events (below).
Hivebrite has multi-language support, which means your community can be translated into different languages. It also has a job board, which is a useful feature for alumni groups and some corporations, as well as some features that are unique to non-profits (e.g. collecting donations and creating fundraising campaign pages).
It has some good content management features, and the option to gate content if you need to.
Hivebrite’s other main use case is to organize live events. Once you have your membership base in place, you can create events on the calendar, and handle email campaigns and payments, as well as tickets for a live event.
Like Hivebrite, Mighty has SSO, the option to create groups (Spaces), email notifications, and community management tools. It also gives you a ton of content options plus detailed member analytics so you can see what’s working and what isn’t in your community.
When it comes to community engines, Mighty has a lot that Hivebrite doesn’t offer. For starters, let’s talk about video. Hivebrite is very limited in all its video features with no native video. On the other hand, Mighty offers native video everywhere, which includes uploading natively into posts and courses, but ALSO an awesome live streaming engine so you can live stream to your community via the web or the mobile app. If you opt for Mighty Pro, you can even live stream under your own brand from your own app.
Users can upload their own videos natively too, which is an important feature to have. For example, imagine a member of a coaching community uploading a video of them public speaking for feedback in an executive leadership course. You can also give members permission to run their own live streams. For a community with individual subgroups with their own leaders, this is vital!
The second area Mighty covers that Hivebrite doesn’t is courses. Mighty offers an intuitive LMS for traditional asynchronous courses, but you can mix in cohort courses and all sorts of shared learning opportunities. The easy interplay between courses and community, discussions, chat, messaging, and live streaming makes Mighty a much better choice for course creators of any kind.
The option for more content and video options also translates into better virtual event options. Like Hivebrite, Mighty has a one-click Zoom integration for virtual events. But native live streaming gives you more flexibility for planning events. And Mighty gives you WAY more content options, along with video. You get a rich community form with mentions, hashtags, polls and questions, and long-content features. Basically Mighty gives you the functionality of a modern social media platform and more – Hivebrite feels more like a simple forum.
Hivebrite vs. Mighty Networks: Sales and marketing
Hivebrite’s strongest features aren’t the community features, it’s the marketing and membership management features. Hivebrite has Customer Relationship Management software built into it, which could be great for organizations that need to keep track of membership lists and past member touchpoints. As we said above, the data features are strong too – it works well for tracking member lists and membership status.
Hivebrite also has a built-in email system that lets you create campaigns with html emails. For example, you could create a marketing campaign to reach potential donors. And when it comes to monetization, Hivebrite lets you collect payments through online gateways for events and donations.
Mighty has a lot of great member management tools, but it doesn’t have a CRM built into it. You can use Zapier to integrate your CRM and create automatic triggers (ie. adding members to a group or to a certain email list).
Mighty relies on a comprehensive internal notification system with its apps and web platform. But members also automatically get notified by email about activity in the community (and they can toggle these notifications). You can get notified when there’s new content, but also about virtual events, new videos, live streams, and more.
For full email integration (e.g. composing emails to send to your members) you can use Zapier to integrate with your email platform. For example, you can launch an email campaign for selling your new coaching program once people complete a course inside your Mighty Network. So you can integrate your existing email system for added functionality.
When it comes to actually creating a revenue-centered business, Mighty is a much better option. Hivebrite does have some limited options for charging people–akin to collecting membership dues for a non-profit. But Mighty has a more robust business engine. A lot of our creators rely on the recurring revenue their communities generate. You can sell community membership, courses, events, access to individual Spaces, and any combination of these. And you can accept payment in 135 different currencies or even monetize with token-gating.
Hivebrite vs. Mighty Networks: Branding & Customization
Hivebrite does give you the option to customize your community and add your branding to it. But the design and UX are dated and clunky. Hivebrite feels really corporate-driven, and it’s a great fit for companies who want a corporate-looking community.
Hivebrite also has an option for creating your own mobile app under your own brand.
Mighty has been inspired by and built for creators, and the platform shows it. You get a ton of control of your branding and customization, including customizable Spaces and light or dark mode.
The other use case that Mighty is perfect for is for creators and businesses who want a white-label app – that’s YOUR app, not ours, in the App Store and Google Play Store. We work with high-profile entrepreneurs and brands to build white-label community apps, including Jim Kwik, TED, Fortune, Marisa Peer, and Yoga with Adriene.
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In the end, Hivebrite is probably a good choice for organizations looking for a corporate forum with more marketing features and fewer community features. Mighty is a better option for brands wanting to build a thriving community.
Mighty brings community, content, courses,events, and commerce together. And with flexible Spaces, you can add in live streaming, live events, discussion forums, member profiles, messaging, chat, content options, and more! And every community comes with a great app for iOS or Android.
One of the final things Mighty offers is a free trial! So if you want to come and see how our cultural software works, you can try it for yourself. No credit card is required.