G2 Crowd Publishes Winter 2015 Rankings of the Best Expense Management Tools

Two platforms earn Leader status while Certify tops overall satisfaction rankings in crowdsourced report

best expense management tools g2 crowd winter 2015CHICAGO – March 4, 2015 – The updated Grid℠ report for expense management tools, published today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks 11 products to help purchasers in their selections.

The Winter 2015 report is based on more than 700 reviews written by business professionals.

The Grid℠, which is created from G2 Crowd’s software review platform, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social and public data to rank products.

Expense management software records, processes, reimburses, and reports on employee expenses. Employees input expenses for approval through a browser or mobile application. Administrators can track expense reports, enforce company policies for expenses and travel, set up approval routings, and generate reports for specific projects or company departments. In addition, some platforms provide tools to help book and manage travel itineraries.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. Certify and Concur were both named Leaders. High Performers have high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders. Expensify, UNIT4 Travel & Expenses, ExpenseWatch, Replicon, Nexonia Expenses and Journyx were named High Performers. Certify earned the highest overall customer satisfaction score.

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Amy Vernon: G2 Crowd Member Q&A #18

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Amy Vernon, the subject of our latest Member Q&A, keeps a full plate of activities. A former newspaper reporter and editor, Amy’s made the transition to marketer, speaker, blogger and thought leader. She’s now focused on a new role: that of a startup co-founder and chief marketer.

To be considered for future Q&As, post five to seven reviews on the site, and email marketing-at-g2crowd-dot-com to get the process started.

Read our Q&A with Amy below.

 

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Former LinkedIn Media Executive Takes CMO Role at G2 Crowd

Adrienne Weissman named Chief Marketing Officer

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HIGHLAND PARK, IL (February 24, 2014) –  G2 Crowd is proud to announce that Adrienne Weissman, LinkedIn’s former director of marketing solutions, has joined the team as Chief Marketing Officer. Weissman comes to G2 Crowd with more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in the tech space under her belt, and will play a major role in fueling the company’s growth.

In her new role at G2 Crowd, Weissman will be focused on leading the G2 Crowd sales and marketing organizations and will be highly focused on creating fully integrated marketing campaigns, engaging current and new G2 Crowd customers, as well as responsible for helping generate additional traffic and visibility to G2 Crowd.

“I’m fortunate to be joining a team that’s already built an impressive technology business with tens of thousands of reviews authenticated through LinkedIn, and hundreds of customers listing their products and offerings on G2 Crowd,” Weissman said. “I am always attracted to companies with huge aspirations and who like to disrupt established models and industries that are no longer as intuitive and valuable as they once were; G2 Crowd is doing exactly that,”

Adrienne’s hire comes at a key growth period for the company; the number of company employees doubled over the last year, while G2Crowd.com more than tripled the number of monthly unique visitors in 2014. and the platform currently has roughly 25,000 published user-generated software reviews – double what it had at the beginning of the year.

As LinkedIn authentication is a required quality and security measure for the platform, her experience will be of much benefit. “I look forward to leveraging my knowledge and background of the LinkedIn platform as we continue to build out G2 Crowd,” Weissman said.

During her tenure at LinkedIn, Adrienne worked with leading enterprise global B2B and B2C brands including Microsoft, Accenture, Ford, Harvard and FedEx to leverage LinkedIn as a content marketing and advertising platform.  She also served as a board member of the Chicago Business Marketing Association.

Prior to her time at LinkedIn, Adrienne worked in senior-level leadership, sales and marketing roles at major technology innovators such as Google, Digg and AOL.

“Adrienne brings a wealth of great tech and B2B sales and marketing experience to G2 Crowd,” said Tim Handorf, co-founder and president of G2 Crowd. “Her experience working with many of the world’s largest and most influential brands will serve us well in this critical growth period for G2 Crowd.”

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About G2 Crowd, Inc.

G2 Crowd, the world’s leading business software review platform, leverages its roughly 25,000 user reviews to drive better purchasing decisions. Technology buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Co-founded by the founder and former executives from SaaS leader BigMachines and backed by more than $4.5 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to business technology research. For more information, go to G2Crowd.com.

Roxana Nasoi: G2 Crowd Member Q&A #17

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Roxana Nasoi, the subject of our latest Member Q&A, hails from Bucharest, Romania. A freelance data analyst and marketer, Roxana also publishes the SERPlified marketing blog in her spare time.

To be considered for future Q&As, post about five to seven reviews on the site, and email marketing-at-g2crowd-dot-com to get the process started.

Read our Q&A with Roxana below.

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5 Purchase Considerations for Expense Management Software

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Photo courtesy Concur

Guest Post written by Paul Johnson, CPA, CGMA, MBA
Disclaimer: Guest posts don’t necessarily reflect the views of G2 Crowd.

When was the last time you heard your employees say “I am so excited to fill out and submit my expense report!”? Unless they are due a large reimbursement for expenses paid, it is very unlikely you hear your team mutter these words.

Why is this? Well, basically because employees see tracking of expenses as a tedious, time consuming task that takes them away from performing their job….and they’re right! According to the E-Payables 2010 Aberdeen Group survey, it was estimated that sales employees spent four to five hours each month completing expense reports (not to mention deciphering expense policies). Think about the additional sales and revenue generating activities your team could achieve if each of them had another 48-60 hours available annually!

Of course, as a manager or business owner, you have a different perspective on this process, and for good reason. It was found in a 2012 Aberdeen Group survey that 8-12% of a small or medium sized business’ (SMB) operating expenses are spent on travel and expenses (T&E); this is not an insignificant number.

When you consider that estimated costs to process a single expense report range from $11.28 to $18.03 (Aberdeen Group, March 2013), with the lower costs associated with end to end solutions, there are significant opportunities for cost savings.

As the manager or business owner, your focus on T&E is the importance of capturing all of the expenses incurred and ensuring they are recorded correctly as to aid in budgeting and other management decision making. Not to mention, making sure that your employees are spending wisely and in accordance with your policies or expectations. So, how can you provide the expense tracking and policy compliance you desire while also making the reporting process as efficient as possible for your employees? The answer is through the implementation of an expense management software solution.

Here is a list of five areas of functionality you should consider when selecting an expense management software solution for your business:

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