Leverage Software Expands its Social Networking and Community Functionality with Release Version 5.3

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Newly released features include Chat, Polling, Customization, Enhanced Reporting and Moderation.

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We are simply listening to our customers and our end users

Leverage Software , a leading provider of enterprise social networking and online community solutions, today released a new set of enhancements to its CustomerConnect and EventConnect products. The latest release adds significant enhancements for end-users and community managers, including improvements for enhanced collaboration, user interaction and adoption, reporting and moderation. Leverage Software’s Release 5.3 includes:

“We are simply listening to our customers and our end users,” said Mike Walsh, CEO and founder of Leverage Software. “In direct response to the feedback that we receive from our customer base and users within Leverage Software communities, we are very excited about the enhancements that increase the value to end users and community managers. Our clients whom host these communities are thrilled about the new polling and chat functionality, which increase user adoption and usage while enabling the community host to interact directly with community members. The enhanced moderation and customization add flexibility and extensibility to the community platform.”

“True to the Leverage Software way,” said Joseph Kleinschmidt, CTO and founder, “we have launched another set of functionality that demonstrates our ongoing commitment to user-centered design—intuitive, elegant interfaces for both end-users users and administrators. And with our hosted, software-as-a-service model, all enhancements are immediately available within the hundreds of communities powered by our software. We continue to take advantage of valuable technologies including AJAX. ”

Group Chat

Community members may now connect with one another in real-time, through the Group Chat feature. The Integrated AJAX-based chat system requires no downloads or plug-ins of any kind.

Integrated Opinion Polls

Community administrators may now better solicit and understand the opinions and ideas of their community members by creating and delivering opinion polls. Multiple polls may be activated at one time, and data is summarized in real-time. The real-time polling enables Leverage Software clients to better enable the voice of the customer.

Group Reporting and Moderation

Administrators may immediately review group activity in aggregate, or drill-down. All items may be moderated.

Improved Customization and Configurability

Show, hide, or rename features with one click. Community owners may now customize the navigation section of their system, and activate, deactivate, and rename features with one click.

These newly released features are additive to Leverage Software’s already robust social-networking and community platform which is powering the communities of more than 100 companies across technology, media and consumer industries. Features of the core platform include member profile space, online matchmaking and community visualization tools, ability to request introductions and set up meetings, robust groups functionality and threaded discussions, networking calendar functionality, email and RSS notifications, a collaborative space for document, photo and video file sharing, a targeted messaging platform and revenue-generating sponsorship engine, and robust customer analytics on the back-end.

About Leverage Software

Leverage Software is the leader in enterprise-class social networking and community solutions, powering the online communities for over 100 companies in technology, media, consumer products, financial services and pharmaceutical industries including Microsoft, HP, Sun, SAP, Autodesk, Salesforce.com, Charles Schwab, McKesson, VNU, IDG, InfoWorld, Dow Jones and The New York Times.

With two innovative products - CustomerConnect for ongoing communities of purpose and EventConnect for extending the life of your face to face and online events - Leverage Software helps companies improve customer loyalty, build stronger brands, drive word-of-mouth marketing, innovate faster and listen to customers like never before. The Leverage Community Platform empowers customers to create online communities where they can meet, build relationships, share ideas, contribute content, and learn from one another, while giving companies a way to drive incremental revenue through incremental sponsorships and targeted cross-sell messaging, increase customer satisfaction and retention, and glean valuable customer insight. Leverage Software is based in San Francisco and on the web at http://www.leveragesoftware.com.

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