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Outgrow has been around as a quiz maker since 2016. Founded by Randy Rayess and Pratham Mittal, their motto is “Trying to reinvent marketing”. As they put it: “Customers today want to be helped. Not sold to.”
And they’re doing a fairly good job of it – Outgrow is a flexible marketing platform built around interactive calculators, quizzes, and other interactive content.
Updated January 2022 – Outgrow has recently rolled out a new version of their quiz builder. It’s pretty good – and corrects some (but not all) of the weaknesses we identified. We’ll keep updating this review as we continue to digest/experience the new quiz interface.
Updated July 2021 – We just found out that your quizzes are not ‘always live’ on Outgrow. If you decide to cancel, they charge you a ‘maintenance plan of around 50% of your monthly subscription cost to keep them on your site.
Otherwise, all your work will be deleted – forever.
We’re not fans – it feels like they’re holding your quizzes hostage so you have to subscribe to them forever.
Outgrow has made its focus around creating tools like calculators with built-in lead generation, so potential customers engage more deeply with their customer’s site.
However, one key warning – Outgrow is downright bad when it comes to data privacy.
They are definitely not GDPR-compliant – and also do not meet the requirements for many of the similar global privacy regulations springing up such as New Zealand’s Privacy Act 2020, Japan’s APPI, California’s CCPA, and many others.
Key issues to watch out for if you’re considering using Outgrow’s quiz builder:
- They store all personal data in the USA – outside the EU and other regions.
- Outgrow also loads tracking pixels in their quizzes without user consent.
One big note though – if you’re serving traffic to anyone in the European Union, even if you’re based outside the EU, you should be very cautious about using Outgrow.
They track and collect a wide range of personally identifiable information from your quiz takers – even if they choose to opt-out. That leaves you open to significant fines from the EU – up to 20 million euros or 4% of your revenue, whichever is larger. Ouch. (Jump to our GDPR risk assessment @ Outgrow.)
Quiz Maker Review’s rating for Outgrow:
- Range of quiz formats: ★★★☆☆
- Customization options: ★★★☆☆
- Lead generation: ★★★★☆
- Data privacy: ★★☆☆☆
- Pricing: ★★☆☆☆
- Overall: ★★★☆☆
Outgrow: what quiz formats?
Let’s dive into our Outgrow review – starting with the types of online quizzes they offer.
Outgrow has a fairly good range of content types. Their initial main focus was around customizable interactive calculators – so quiz takers could enter their information and find out more about mortgages, car loans, and the like.
But they’ve since expanded their range – featuring eight content types:
- Outcome quiz
- eCommerce recommendation
- Numerical calculator
- Form or survey
Outcome quiz: 3/10
Outgrow also features an outcome quiz – it’s often called a ‘personality test’ by most other quiz makers.
The idea is straightforward; each quiz taker answers a series of questions and gets an overall result at the end. It can be light-hearted, such as “Which 80’s pop star are you?”. However this mechanic can also be used for quite serious goals as well – we’ve seen quizzes such as “Are you depressed?” created by medical marketers or “What kind of investor are you?” by financial planners.
Outgrow’s outcome quiz is pretty basic at best.
You type a question, then map each answer to a result. However, unlike other examples we’ve seen, it’s all or nothing – you can’t introduce subtle gradations.
For example, in our example “What kind of manager are you?”, our test taker answered ‘Rarely’ to how often they delegate work. That gave one point to ‘Authoritarian’.
However, many quiz makers support the option of ‘points’ so you could assign 10 points to the ‘Authoritarian’ result, but also 5 points to, say, ‘Indecisive’. This leads to a more nuanced, powerful quiz tool – that can handle shades of grey, not just stark black/white outcomes.
Outgrow does support logic jumps (only in their top two plans). We’re big fans of the capability – it allows you to skip questions that don’t apply. For example, a quiz about depression could skip any follow-up pregnancy/postnatal mental health questions for each quiz taker who answered ‘Are you a man or woman?’
But overall, the lack of scoring flexibility will be a bit of a limiting factor for many quiz creators and marketers.
E-commerce recommendation: 3/10
This is a clever – if rather poorly executed – format from Outgrow. The E-commerce recommendation is a modification of the standard personality test – but configured around recommending the right products to each user’s tastes.
A big plus: Outgrow lets you sync your products from Shopify, Magento, WooCommerce, and others – you can drive people to the right purchase page on your site, for easy conversion.
We love the concept – but found it very confusing to link questions and the answers to various products. For example, imagine we have two types of sunglasses in our online store, so we ask a question like “What shape head do you have?”.
Normally, we’d want to map people who answered ‘round head’ to product A, while ‘square’ would get mapped to product B.
But the user interface was very confusing – even for our team of quiz experts. After trying multiple attempts, we simply gave up.
Numerical calculator: 7/10
This is Outgrow’s strong suit and it’s very well done. Outgrow’s calculator format is highly customizable for a range of use cases and is worth a look for marketers.
Why? Calculators provide immediate value to visitors – they enter their information and receive a personal result around their particular circumstances.
And as a lead generation tool, calculators mean that you can collect all that data for each lead – things like income, budget, and other qualifying questions.
However – it’s also not very easy to get started; Outgrow’s user interface is pretty complicated and cluttered.
The form fields are easy to use – and you have a number of options from sliders to dropdowns and numeric entries.
We’re highly experienced using quiz maker software – and it took us 10 minutes to figure out how to actually configure the calculator’s mathematical features, and another 15-20 to sort out the right formulas for our hypothetical mortgage calculator.
But if you can persevere, the builder is really powerful.
You ask a series of questions – and choose how the visitor can enter information, including dropdown, sliders, or text and numbers.
We like how Outgrow has made their quiz builder ‘click and build’ – and also feature IF logic statements. The bonus? Your calculator can be adapted to a wide range of projects.
Just be prepared for a steep learning curve.
Assessment quiz: 6/10
This type of format is often just called a ‘quiz’ or ‘pop quiz’ by most other quiz creators.
It involves answering a series of questions, each with right or wrong answers. At the end of the quiz, each user gets a score based on their results – such as “You got 5/7 correct!”.
Outgrow does a solid job here – their quizzes support single and multiple-choice answers. However, we would have liked them to also allow users to type in answers directly (free text entry) – that’s a key feature we’re seeing more and more companies use.
Outgrow also lets you provide different answer explanations to the quiz taker – depending on if you got the question right or wrong (e.g. “Not quite, the real reason is X, Y, and Z.”)
However, you can’t gate answers or results until after the lead generation form.
That’s a key weakness – marketers often want to collect email addresses.
Holding off showing each question’s right/wrong answer incentivizes lead generation – people will give their email address to move on to see their quiz results.
We also noted that each question has the same value. It would be much useful to:
- Add flexible scoring – so hard questions could be worth more points than easy ones.
- Answer-level scoring – the best answer could be worth 5 pts, but a partially correct one could get 2 pts. And equally, a really bad answer could score negative points (-3).
That’s especially useful for knowledge-checking and competitions.
Another classic interactive format, polls are excellent, easy to create engagement widgets. You ask your audience their opinion about any sort of topic – which turns them from passive readers into active participants. They stay longer on your site, plus you can also use polls as a lead generation tool.
Outgrow’s poll module is pretty solid.
On the plus side, you can ask multiple questions – and have any number of answer options, complete with images or text.
The downside is that all questions are single choice – so you can only ask “Pick your favorite” questions.
We prefer a more flexible tool, where you can also give multiple votes (e.g. “Select your top 3 reasons…”) and also let users rank their preferences (“Rank the Star Wars films from best to worst”).
If you need these extra options, Riddle’s multi-poll is the most flexible online poll format we’ve seen.
However, for basic, standard poll questions – Outgrow’s poll module will more than do the job.
This is a good idea from Outgrow. It’s essentially a personality test (or ‘outcome quiz’) but presented as an engaging chatbot for your audience.
Just like the assessment quiz, you go through and create a series of questions. You then map each response to a different result. At the end of the quiz, user receives the result with the most mapped responses.
In this example template, we could ask event attendees about which networking event they should attend, based on their career level, personality, and so on.
We love the idea – but as with the assessment quiz, we would have preferred much more flexibility in scoring/mapping the results.
Someone who indicates ‘To meet a lot of people’ might be a 100% match for result A, but a 70% match for result B.
Outgrow only lets you assign weighting as an all or nothing – mapping both would indicate the user felt the same about both.
This was probably the weakest of Outgrow’s content types. The idea is a good one – marketers often need an easy-to-create, transparent way to create contests and award prizes online.
But the giveaway is essentially just a glorified lead generation form. Users can sign up for the contest – and also earn extra reward points for sharing on social and the like.
However, it’s not clear how the reward points factor into winning the prizes. Does the person with the most points win (or get more chances)?
That’s the intuitive answers – but it’s not apparent to the audience. And any confusion by the audience results in lower completion rates.
We were disappointed by the limited mechanics of the contests.
Quiz contests can be quite powerful.
Establishing a minimum threshold for entry is a great way to get more repeat visits (e.g. Answer 90%+ right for a chance to win!). Plus, you’ll see more social sharing from successful entrants – people love to brag about how smart they are.
Form / survey: 5/10
The form/survey module is essentially 100% about information gathering – and doesn’t provide an outcome for the audience. The quiz flow has the audience answer a number of questions – then receive a ‘thank you for participating’ message.
It’s not big on ‘discovery’ by the audience – but this is still a handy module for marketers. It can valuable to use it to collect user responses for customer insights, market research, help in product development, and more.
Outgrow makes a good start with their survey tool – we especially like the range of question types, including grids, sliders, and free text.
However, our team was all stumped when figuring out how to export a simple list of all users and their survey responses. And we’re very experienced quiz marketing folks – just imagine how difficult it can be for new users.
Most quiz maker tools we review include an option for CSV and XLS file export, which allows you to import into other programs like Excel for further analysis.
This oversight, or perhaps just bad user interface design, is a pretty big weakness for Outgrow’s survey tool.
Outgrow: customization and publishing
There are two sides to judging an online quiz maker:
- How easy is it to create and customize a quiz?
- What publishing and embedding options does it support?
We had two very different reactions when trying Outgrow out. At first glance, we were big fans – Outgrow has a modern, crisp interface.
They organize the quiz process into four steps:
However, diving in deeper and creating quizzes proved surprisingly confusing.
Outgrow has added a good range of options and flexibility – but at the cost of giving their quiz maker one seriously confusing layout.
Take a look at their ‘build’ step, for example. Content elements are on the left, and a vertical bar with four sub-sections and a very (!) long list of options on the right.
Now take a look at Outgrow’s configure page; it uses a different navigation scheme – with 10 sections, each with upwards of 6-8 subsections.
We found ourselves poking around in lots of places trying to figure out where things were.
Outgrow tries to help with video ‘how to’ pop-ups, seemingly at every turn. They are of some use- but we prefer software with a more intuitive design. This lowers the learning curve for your team of creators – and gets you up and running as fast as possible.
We’re fans of their wide range of question types – and also the ability to incorporate ‘widgets’ from such tools as:
- Plus chart, table, HTML, and ‘product’ widgets
This is a great idea – and a way to add options to convert leads into active customers. Imagine you created a ‘How good is your marketing… REALLY?’ assessment quiz. You could add in-quiz blocks so quiz takers can book appointments, buy products, and more.
One key flaw?
Outgrow does not include the ability to embed these widgets on the quiz results page – where it would make the most sense. Think about it – a person takes your quiz and finds out their results (e.g. “You need serious marketing help!” or “Your perfect holiday is a trip to Hawaii!”).
THAT’S the best time to have options for clicking ‘make an appointment’ or ‘buy now’ – not in the middle of the quiz. We really hope Outgrow improves the flexibility of this feature – it could be a really powerful addition.
Creating a quiz is just the start; it’s also important that it matches both your brand and your site’s look and feel. Each quiz maker takes a different approach to how much customization they allow – beyond their standard quiz layouts.
Outgrow features a good range of different layouts and templates – each of which can be customized in terms of colors, images, and the like. We like their color palettes – both preset and customized.
However, they also lock off many features for their higher plans – even things as basic as layouts.
(We totally get how all SaaS quiz companies base pricing on features. We prefer when an online quiz maker tool limits that to major features – like white labelling, and not for something as simple as a layout.)
They also feature a good selection of fonts to choose from.
However, they do not feature the ability to upload your custom fonts to a quiz. For brands, publishers, and clients, this could be a deal-breaker.
CSS and HTML editing are also possible – but only on their Business plan (@ a very pricey $720 a month). That will be out of the reach of many marketers.
Outgrow lead generation options
Like most quiz makers, Outgrow lets you collect leads in each quiz format. On the plus side, we like how they give you the option to ask quiz takers for their names and info at the start of the quiz.
However, this is the only placement option – that is much less effective than placing it between the last question and the user’s results.
Asking for personal data before the quiz even starts will result in lower conversion rates and quiz completions.
Our research indicates that this is the best place to collect leads – quiz takers are more emotionally invested after answering all the questions.
One other note – their lead form options are fairly limited to name, email, and contact details. You can’t also ask additional qualification questions using dropdowns, radio buttons, and links.
And for the geeky quiz marketers out there – Outgrow does not support hidden text and hidden URL fields, to help track lead sources.
Outgrow also lets you automatically send quiz takers to a different URL, after they complete your lead form.
That’s not bad – but you’re limited by only using the same URL for all quiz takers. We much prefer tools like Riddle – you can send users who got result A to URL A, result B to URL B, etc.
That’s a more flexible way to convert users to purchases or show them content around their quiz responses.
Outgrow’s team has obviously put a lot of effort into building integrations between their software. You’ll be able to auto-send user responses from many of the most common marketing tools around.
At the time of this review, they feature something like 45 integrations, including MailChimp, Aweber, and more:
Some cautionary notes:
- Outgrow includes their HubSpot integration and most others as ‘standard’ integrations with all plans.
- However, Outgrow limits Pardot, Eloqua, and Marketo integrations to their top-tier Business plan – which costs $720 a month (or $7,200 a year under their annual plan).
- Webhooks are also a premium top-tier feature. This is a bit surprising – as webhooks let you directly import quiz leads and data. It is not technically very difficult, so most quiz builder tools include this in all plans.
We’re also fans of Outgrow’s integration with Stripe and other payment providers. You can add buttons at the end of the quiz for things like donations to a cause. Or, you could link to your e-commerce site so a quiz taker can start the purchase process from within your quiz.
But Outgrow doesn’t go far enough.
The most common use case is for coaches or consultants to charge each quiz taker to enter the quiz, or to receive results (such as a personal assessment). We’d really love Outgrow to add this functionality – it could be a big win for their audience.
PDF quiz report builder by Outgrow
Another slick feature from Outgrow is their PDF result report builder. We’re impressed – this is a great feature for anyone creating sophisticated quizzes or assessments; users can download and save their results to their computer.
It’s well thought out – you can quickly create your report and decide what data points to include for the user.
Email reports directly to users
Outgrow has a useful feature for email quiz reports directly to users. True, you can do the same with MailChimp or other CRM tools – but this is a quick and easy way for less-sophisticated marketers.
You have full access to variables like the user’s results and questions answers – so each report will be feel unique to that user.
Quizzes are inherently social and are some of the most shared content around. People love to discover new things about themselves and then share their results with their friends.
Outgrow supports a good range of social networks – including Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, and WhatsApp.
However, social networks aren’t the same. Savvy marketers will often use different messages and hashtags for each platform.
Outgrow only allows ‘one message fits all’ – you can customize the message that will appear on every network.
Publishing options with Outgrow
This is one of Outgrow’s core strengths – beyond the standard ‘embed in a web page’, we liked how they let you embed in both a webpage but also in pop-ups, chat programs, sidebars, and more.
Two knocks on Outgrow here, though.
- Clicking ‘Go live’ resulted in a fairly long lag to push changes live.
- Quizzes are very slow to load. In our tests, loading our quiz took from 8-20 seconds across a range of browsers – even on a fast internet connection. This could really hurt conversions – as today’s audiences expect and demand faster-loading content.
Private domains (top plans only)
Outgrow has another nice feature for their most expensive plans – so you can host your quiz on your site via setting up a custom domain.
It’s a bit geeky but essentially you’ll get a link like www.yoursite.com/calculator for your content (vs. a random Outgrow one).
Once your shiny quiz is up and running – you’ll of course want to measure and see how effective it is.
You’ll want to track the entire funnel – from how many people encountered the quiz to how many started, finished, shared it, as well as opted-in to your lead form.
Outgrow has a good analytics module – with customized date ranges and key metrics for the quiz marketer.
PDF reports are a nice touch – but that also only available on their most expensive plans.
Outgrow: GDPR analysis
This is a new era of data privacy regulation. The EU imposed their GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in 2018, and California followed with the CCPA in 2020. Both impose steep fines on violations – no matter where your company is based.
The bottom line? Outgrow’s quizzes are not GDPR-safe – either through using their link or their embed code.
(We’re big, big data privacy geeks – especially after the Cambridge Analytica quiz data debacle.)
GDPR: sharing via Outgrow’s quiz link
After you publish your quiz, if you use the link Outgrow provides, they load both a Facebook Pixel and a Google Analytics tracker – without getting user consent from your audience.
The Facebook pixel is especially troublesome, as you are not allowed to track visitors with their pixel without your quiz taker’s express consent to do so.
GDPR: sharing via embedding on your site
The same is true when using Outgrow’s embed code.
Outgrow’s Facebook Pixel and their Google Analytics tag are both loaded. This means that Outgrow will be able to track your users, build custom audiences on Facebook and re-target your users for their own marketing efforts.
Further, they will be able to link user actions to what actions users perform in a quiz. This is sketchy – it lets them leverage your users’ data to either build highly targeted audiences based on quiz outcomes or based on quiz actions (e.g. ‘User X filled out a lead form’) and either use this data for their own marketing purposes.
True, you will see a cookie warning when you visit a page with an Outgrow quiz on it.
But, the cookies are loaded before you even get the chance to accept. So this warning is essentially just for show.
Global personal information stored by Outgrow in the US
Outgrow states that they have not completed the registration under the Privacy Shield. The recent EU court ruling has cancelled the EU/US Privacy Shield – which means anyone showing quizzes to European citizens can face big fines.
See: https://outgrow.co/global-data-privacy-policy/ – Privacy Shield Frameworks
There’s a basic contradiction here.
Bottom line? If you will be serving your quizzes to users from the EU or any other country with decent privacy laws, you should stay away from using Outgrow. (At a bare minimum, you will need to block EU traffic from your quizzes to avoid liability issues.
Outgrow is one of the more expensive quiz builders out there. They feature four plans – ranging from $22 to $720 a month, based on features and traffic.
White labeling: Adding your own logo (or hiding the quiz software’s branding) is a popular feature for any business.
Outgrow’s approach was a bit of a surprise. We would expect the entry-level plan to include outgrow branding. That’s industry-standard.
However, you can’t even hide the Outgrow branding with their ‘Freelancer’ option @ $45 a month.
Traffic and lead volume: Outgrow also limits how many quizzes you can create, and how many monthly leads you gather by plan. Even the ‘Essentials’ plan @ $115 a month has a limit of 7,500 leads.
(This is similar to most of the online quiz creators we reviewed. For example, LeadQuizzes has caps as low as 5,000 leads per month.)
- Quizzes are a unique form of marketing.
- You can never predict which quizzes will go viral.
- Having caps can leave you open to cost overruns to pay for the extra traffic.
We much prefer the ‘unlimited’ pricing model we’ve seen used by Riddle. You pay entirely on the features you want vs placing a limit on the numbers of quizzes or leads; simple and easy to plan budgets around.
But at least Outgrow’s pricing is clear and transparent. Some of the other online quiz creator tools we review are much more confusing. Qzzr has a very strange Enterprise plan at $10,000 a month (we can’t imagine how they justify that cost), and Bucket io pricing is mysteriously unlisted.
Outgrow free trial – no credit card required
We really like how easy Outgrow makes it to try out their online quiz maker. Just fill in a few fields – and you’re off to the races.
And they don’t require a credit card to try out their service – which always helps.
(Seriously – requiring a card is so irritating to a potential customer. Good to see Outgrow join quiz maker tools like Riddle in making it easier to test out their software.)
However, Outgrow could be better – they only give you 7 days with their quiz builder trial.
That’s too little time to fully test it out. Marketers have a lot of things on their plate – and you also need to get your colleagues to try it out.
A 14 day trial period would be much better.
And we also don’t like how Outgrow doesn’t unlock all the features in their tool – so you can’t fully try it out and decide if it’s right for you. That’s a bit short-sighted.
Cancellation policy for Outgrow
Having a great online quiz maker is just part of the process. Sometimes, no matter how good the product, your customers might want to leave.
The best quiz creator tools (or any SaaS tool, for that matter) include a free trial, a 30 day moneyback guarantee, and also make it easy to cancel your subscription – without having to email or call the company.
Outgrow gets 1/3 right.
Their trial is short, but easy to sign up to. However, we had several comments from our Quiz Maker community that it was difficult to find out how to cancel their Outgrow subscription.
We took a look – and found out how, buried in their help documents. (By the way, here’s the link for anyone interested.)
And like a surprising number of the quiz maker tools we’ve reviewed, Outgrow does not have a moneyback guarantee. Survey Monkey used to – but currently only Riddle offers a 30 day moneyback offer, if you’re not happy with the tool.
Let’s wrap up our Outgrow review – starting with the positives.
Outgrow is a highly capable, if expensive, quiz maker – with a solid range of eight content types, all with lead generation.
We’re big fans of many of their layouts and quiz templates, as well as the wide range of options you have to customize your quiz.
And of course, Outgrow shines when it comes to data integration with common marketing software and gives quiz creators an excellent set of publishing options for things like pop-ups.
However, we were let down by Outgrow’s confusing interface and design.
They seemed to have gone ‘all in’ on adding lots and lots of options – but at the cost of making it quite difficult for the marketer to get quickly up and running.
It’s a classic rule of good web design – your product should explain itself.
If you need ‘how to’ videos popping up at every turn, your interface is not as intuitive as it should be.
On the lead generation side, the lack of form options also will limit the range and type of questions you want to ask of each lead (e.g. salary, ‘How many times do you fly a year?’, or what have you.)
Outgrow’s pricing is also a bit expensive – and strict, charging not only by features but limiting how many quizzes you can make and leads per month.
And finally, in this era of data privacy regulation, like the EU’s GDPR and California’s CCPA, we would advise extreme caution in using Outgrow.
Their use of tracking technologies like Google Analytics and Facebook Pixels, plus storing personal data in the USA (without completing their Privacy Shield application) leaves you liable for expensive fines and reputational risk.
Quiz Maker Review rating for Outgrow:
- Range of quiz formats: ★★★☆☆
- Customization options: ★★★☆☆
- Lead generation: ★★★★☆☆
- Data privacy: ★★☆☆☆
- Pricing: ★★★☆☆
- Overall: ★★★☆☆