FeedBear is simply a better alternative to Trello for building public roadmaps and keeping your customers in the loop. Trello is a generic tool built to do a number of different things - but FeedBear is made for this.
FeedBear overcomes all of Trello's many limitations, and gives startups everything they need to display public roadmaps and get your customers involved with your product development process.
Trello is Okay for Roadmaps. But FeedBear is Better
Some large companies use Trello to display their public-facing roadmap. And while it works ok, a specialist feedback management and roadmapping tool like FeedBear is better.
Trello is a swiss army knife of project management, filling a number of different use cases. If you want a tool that’s built around collecting customer feedback, collaborating with your users, and putting it all together in a public roadmap, FeedBear is the tool for you.
✅ Looks clean and professional, designed specifically for roadmaps.
✅ Can be published from your branded subdomain.
✅ Users can easily comment, vote and propose new feature ideas.
✅ It's easy to update users with new updates or replies to their ideas.
✅ Your team members are automatically identified when they reply, making it easy to start a dialogue with your users.
✅ Set up your whole feedback management workflow in one place - with customer feedback collection and a changelog as well.
✅ Get fast, dedicated support whenever you need it.
❌ Not made for roadmaps, and it shows.
❌ Your roadmap lives at trello.com.
❌ Users need a Trello account to comment, creating unne
❌ Can’t notify users when their idea gets shipped.
❌ Your team members’ replies get lost in the shuffle.
❌ You still need other tools to round out your feedback management toolbox.
❌ Support on Trello is extremely limited.
To Create a Public Roadmap, Use a Tool That’s Built for It
Trello is limited, and makes your public roadmap look amateurish and unprofessional. You need a tool that’s built for this.
Here's why FeedBear beats Trello for public roadmaps and feedback collection.
Clean, Professional Roadmaps
The Trello interface isn’t tailored to roadmapping and feedback management. Everyone
knows it, many dislike it. It’s not on your own domain, or branded for you in any meaningful way.
Buffer uses Trello for their public roadmap; but looking at their roadmap, the Trello brand is what dominates.
FeedBear on the other hand is on your own custom domain. Your users don’t have to navigate to another site to review your roadmap - it’s right there on your site, with a UX designed specifically for roadmapping.
With FeedBear, you show that you’re taking user input seriously rather than hacking something together with Trello.
Integrated Feedback Collection With Your Roadmap
Using Trello for a roadmap is limiting. All you can do is create cards and allow your customers to comment on them.
Your users can’t submit ideas themselves, since you won’t want the potential chaos of making your board open.
This isn't ideal at all. You’d need to use a separate tool to get feedback - then use your Trello roadmap only for when you’d made a decision.
You’re missing out on the best bit - users submitting their own ideas. You’re just broadcasting to users rather than really listening to them. FeedBear makes communication a two-way street, and lets you actively involve your users in a way that Trello does not.
With FeedBear, users will leave feedback and submit ideas through widgets on your site, or directly on a feedback board on your own custom domain.
So Much More Than Just a Roadmap
FeedBear allows you to collect customer feedback, and lets your customers vote and comment on what’s most important to them.
You can prioritize based on user input. You can combine feedback from multiple sources, organizing it with boards and tags. You can share ideas with users to get their opinions, and have them vote on different ideas to help you decide what to prioritize.
Communicating with users on your Trello roadmap gets messy, fast. With FeedBear, it’s smooth and intuitive.
Closing the Loop
So you get feedback, you decide what to build, you build it - then what? Trello gives you no way to finish the loop and give closure to all involved. You’d perhaps move completed cards into a “done” column. Bit anticlimactic.
With FeedBear’s changelog, you have a dedicated place to close the loop by announcing updates and new features.
You can give a short announcement, or go into blog post-style depth adding images, media embeds, rich text and more. Tag your updates as New, Improved or Beta - and create a single destination where everyone can see what's new.
Fast, Friendly Support When You Need It
Have you ever tried to get hold of Trello’s support? It involves filling out a form and waiting in a very long line for someone to get back to you.
Our support is fast, and personalized - there for you immediately whenever you need us.
Why FeedBear is the Best Trello Alternative
It all comes down to one key point. Trello is a generic, multipurpose tool that can be hacked into a roadmap.
FeedBear was specifically designed for making effective use of feedback, creating roadmaps, and updating on progress.
FeedBear helps you get useful ideas from your users, Trello does not.
FeedBear integrates with your site, Trello does not.
FeedBear lets you automatically follow up, Trello does not.
There is no way you could replicate more than a thin slice of FeedBear’s functionality with Trello.
Don’t take our word for it though, try it out yourself.
You can try FeedBear free for 14 days, and cancel any time. Let’s build your business the roadmap it deserves - start a free trial today.