Speakol Comparison Tool

Speakol: A Commenting tool with a difference

As a blogger what do you want to achieve through commenting? I, for example want to achieve the following things:

  • I want to build real relationship with my readers.
  • I want to start conversation with and among my readers.
  • I want to get my readers opinion on a particular topic or discussion.
  • I want to build a strong sense of community among my readers.

Now if you too are a serious blogger and want to get business from your blog, your commenting goals cannot be much further.

Commenting has always been one of the most potent tools for relationship and community building for bloggers.

As a blogger I have previously used a number of commenting tools such as Facebook commenting, Google Plus comments, Disqus etc.

But somehow the limitations of these tools always bothered me. So, when I came across the new commenting tool ‘Speakol’ I decided to review it thoroughly on every single feature it offers.

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So, here is my review on ‘Speakol’, the new commenting tool:

Speakol, the name stands for ‘Speak Out Loud’. Now this is one tool that claims to provide maximum readers’ engagement. So, let us discuss the many features the tool offers and what we think about it:

Feature 1: Argument

How does it work?

As the name suggests this feature lets you post an argument on which your readers can ‘vote for’ or ‘vote against’. All you have to do is to post a catchy topic for the argument and call your readers to give their opinion on it.

argumentbox-sample- speakolYour readers can participate in the argument by clicking the ‘thumbs up’ or ‘thumbs down’ sign to voice their opinion. And there they’ll have to justify their votes in the comments below.

  • It’s fun and it’s to the point. Your readers can voice their opinion in just a click.
  • It’s interactive. As the readers have to give a justification for their choice, you as well as your readers get a whole bunch of new perspective on the topic, which in turn make the post more interesting.
  • It engages your reader. You have been posting in the blog, and your readers have been reading it till now. They have been receiving your perspective all the time. But with this Argument feature, you get to sit back and watch, as your readers engage to back their opinions and viewpoints.
  • And last but not the least it is really easy to use. I posted my first argument in just minutes.

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Feature 2: Comparison

How does it work?

So, you’ve got a product or service to buy and are a little confused between two similar products. Well, no need to fret; Speakol is here to rescue. In just two minutes create a comparison between the products.

You don’t need to do much. Just post the name of the products and ask your readers for suggestion on which one to go ahead with and why.

Your readers can vote for the product they like and let you know the best features in the comment section.

Speakol Comparison Tool

And you’ll get the comprehensive statistic on the dashboard and will get the answer to your query. In one of my recent post I’ve used this feature and have a huge response as you can see in above screenshot.

  • It instils a sense of value in your readers. Well as a blogger you must be a master of your niche and your readers most probably look up to you for suggestions and tips in this particular domain. They value your opinion in this field. And when you ask them for their suggestion on a particular choice, you make them feel equally valued and honoured. And valuing your readers in the easiest way to get them back on your site.
  • It creates superb readers engagement. While your readers can give you their valued opinions, you can replay to them through the Speakol widget to get the conversation going.
  • We loved the simplicity of it. Just two minutes and you are sorted. You can ask your query and get the statistic on the dashboard which you can publish later.

Feature 3: Debate

How does it work?

Now who does not love a heated debate in their blog? Be it politics or economy or technological topic, all you have to do is to find out two experts expressing two different view point on the same topic.

The more different the better! Now simply put those expert opinions on your post and ask your reader to debate on this.

debate-sample-speakol

You can set a time limit for the debate and once it’s over you can  declare a winning party. To get more response, choose a topic that is trending.

  • Any debate provides a healthy competitive energy; your blog is no different.
  • It creates a sense of participation. With Speakol, your readers are not just responding to your posts anymore, but they are forming the post, taking part in the discussion. This can create an amazing sense of participation and ownership towards your blog.
  • Again the simplicity of it. Even if you are not good with technology, you can do it with two simple steps.

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Feature 4: Speakol Notification

How does it work?

Here you can say I was saving the best feature for the last. This amazing feature gives notification for any new vote, response or comment to your readers once they engage in any debate, comparison or argument on your blog.

It works much like the notification system in social media sites. Now once your reader receives the notifications there is high chances that they’ll like to check it out. More traffic for you!

  • We love it. There is actually nothing that you don’t like about it.
  • It gets you repeat traffic.
  • It boosts your readers’ engagement.
  • It makes the whole process fun.

To sum it up:

Well, I have been using this tool for quite some time now. And as for me, I’m extremely happy with the experience.

Pros

  • Speakol is nowhere similar to the traditional commenting tools and thus serves a totally different purpose by creating another level of relationship building.
  • Speakol is simple. Even if you are technologically challenged you can use it without any mistake.
  • Speakol is engaging.
  • Speakol is fun.

Cons

  • While Speakol is really great tool, it does not substitute the tradition commenting tools. Thus even if you have Speakol you cannot let go the other conventional commenting tools.

In our opinion, if you are looking at creating a blog that is interactive and engaging, you should totally go for Speakol.

So now that you know how amazing this new tool is, what to get it for your blog? Installing Speakol is very easy, just click on the link here and go ahead.

Have you used this tool yet? If yes do let us know your opinion on this. And if you have not, then use it and let us know your experience.

Comments
  1. Hi Twin Sister,
    Like you rightly poited out, “commenting has always been one of the most potent tools for relationship and community building for bloggers”.

    However, some comment tools have not actually given that flexibity to users, the ones that tend to give these highly needed features are paid for. I have used IntenseDebate for one of my blog, it is quite great in fighting spam but the bitter aspect of it is that all your comments are saved in their own database.

    I guess I will give Speakol a trial and see what it can offer.

    Once again, thanks Nisha.

  2. Hello Nishal Ma’am,

    Awesome and very helpful content on commenting tool. I’m finding commenting tool from 2 days and speakol is good tool. I see all feature of this tool and i will be try this tool on my blog. This tool have lot’s of feature that we can’t got by our theme. This tool is very user friendly 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this tool with us, thank you so much ma’am

    Cheers,
    Vishal Fulwani

  3. Wow this is great.

    I really liked the tool.
    The feature of agree or disagree is the one that caught my eyes. That’s really cool.

    With this software, visitors engage with your blog. It results in more repeat visitors for your blog.

    Cheers.

  4. Hi Nisha,

    Thanks for this great review on Speakol. I haven’t heard about it, but it seems quite interesting.

    You have taken us step by step of how to use this and the pros an cons of it. Awesome, I will share this with my friends.

    -Donna

  5. Hey Nisha,

    I actually participated in a couple of debates on Enstine Muki’s blog using Speakol. It’s definitely a great tool to get engagement going and to generate traffic as well as return traffic. This is something to think about. I won’t add it now but may do so down the road.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Hi Nisha,

    So why would anyone want to start any type of argument on their blog? I think asking people to come join the argument is not really a great way to “have a conversation” with your readers. You say that commenting is about building relationships but I feel this tool welcomes negativity instead.

    Even having a debate, I guess if you have a political blog or one with strong views on certain topics this might be right up their alley.

    Me personally I would never use this tool. I prefer the good old way of commenting where people can share their views and there are actual conversations taking place.

    Thanks for letting me know about this though, I’ve seen it on other blogs but definitely didn’t participate.

    ~Adrienne

  7. Hi Nisha

    Appreciate your sharing this wonderful review on a commenting tool that entirely changed the trends by bringing a new life into this blogging chore that usually taken so boring by most of the bloggers.

    There is a big difference between commenting and dialogue which we usually do by just reading a post and putting our views at the end of it. It reflects a little boredom. While various engaging features of this tool make the discussion so lively and never ending if both commenter and replier love their job.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

  8. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Emebu,

    Do give Speakol a try. I find it really amazing. It works completely differently than the traditional commenting tool. And the user interface is really easy to use. As I pointed out on the post it just took me minute to post the comparison. Do try and let me know how you find it.

    Thanks for stopping by, brother 🙂 Have a great day ahead.

  9. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Vishal,

    Thanks for stopping by. Yes, if you judge in terms of usefulness and ease of use, then I’ll say Speakol is the best commenting tool I’ve ever used. It is different from the other traditional tools and provides you a much greater scope of reader engagement.

    I’m glad that you find the post helpful. Have a great day ahead 🙂

  10. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Akshay,

    Yes it is really a cool commenting tool to use. Do try it, and let me know how it worked for you.

    Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  11. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Donna,

    Its great to see you here. Yes, Speakol is pretty interesting. Actually it works in a much different than the traditional commenting tools. Do try it yourself as well.
    I’m quite happy to use this one in my blog. 🙂

    Please share with your friends as well. Thanks a lot for stopping by 🙂 Cheers.

  12. Nisha Pandey

    Hello Sherman,

    Great to see you here. The best thing that I like about Speakol is that it gives you an opportunity to create an actual discussion among your readers. It also gives me a chance to understand the readers’ point of view in a better manner.

    Whenever you decide to go ahead with this tool, let me know your experience.

    Have a great day 🙂

  13. Nisha Pandey

    Hey Adrienne,

    Well this is one way to look at it. But I think, this tool actually gives me a platform for a healthy discussion and argument. Any argument can become negative, if the participants have negative attitude about it. It has nothing to do with the tool you are using. But its your point of view 🙂 I find it pretty interesting.

    Thanks a ton for stopping by. Have a great day ahead 🙂

  14. Nisha Pandey

    Hey Muba,

    Exactly my thoughts. While the traditional commenting tools, such as commentluv that I’m using right now, give you the opportunity to express your views; but it lacks the engaging quality of Speakol. This tool for a change facilitates discussion, argument and debate among your readers and works towards community building. My experience with it is really grea.

    Do try this one out and let me know your point of view.

    Have a great day ahead 🙂

  15. Hi Nisha,

    This tool is more than just a commenting tool, it brings a whole a new life to the blog engagement level.

    Never has it been a commenting tool that does all these together in one place; debates, poll, opinion etc. I think I first saw this tool on Enstine Muki’s blog but never really pay any attention to it.

    But after reading this review, I have to give it a try on my blog. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Nisha Pandey

    Hi Shamsudeen,

    You really should try this tool. It is so amazingly engaging, I bet you’ll love it. I used it and the response was superb. Right now, I’m swearing by it. Do use and let us know your experience with it.

    Thanks for visiting. Have a lovely weekend:)

  17. this is really a amazing tool. this tool is so helpful in automating communication with other blogs and readers on our blog too. thanks for letting us know about it.

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