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Likelihood to Recommend

250ok

250ok is a great tool for companies that have recently switched ESPs to monitor inbox placement or for companies that historically have been having email deliverability issues and would like to learn about the root cause and improve. Unlike ReturnPath, 250ok doesn't offer certification, but honestly, you don't need certification if you follow the Gmail/Microsoft/AOL/Yahoo bulk sender guidelines. I haven't seen a company which significantly improved their results with that certification and I've been working for one major ESP for 7 years. 250ok is a good diagnostic/monitoring tool but it is not a panacea for those who continue to violate sender guidelines due to poor list/content management.
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CheetahMail

CheetahMail is perfect for a company that sends a lot of email communications. If you send at least 4-5 emails per week to your clients, this is a must
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

250ok
8.7
CheetahMail
6.1
A/B testing
250ok
8.0
CheetahMail
6.0
Mobile optimization
250ok
10.0
CheetahMail
5.0
Email deliverability
250ok
9.7
CheetahMail
8.0
List management
250ok
7.0
CheetahMail
7.1
WYSIWYG email editor
250ok
CheetahMail
6.0
Dynamic content
250ok
CheetahMail
7.0
Ability to test dynamic content
250ok
CheetahMail
7.0
Landing pages
250ok
CheetahMail
4.0
Triggered drip sequences
250ok
CheetahMail
5.1

Reporting & Analytics

250ok
8.6
CheetahMail
3.7
Dashboards
250ok
8.7
CheetahMail
4.0
Standard reports
250ok
8.7
CheetahMail
4.1
Custom reports
250ok
8.5
CheetahMail
3.0

Pros

250ok

  • Use of recipients' engagement data to display campaign performance instead of panel data.
  • Easy to use interface.
  • Access to spam trap network and granular reports in real time.
  • Blacklist monitoring in real time.
  • Multi-point compliance checks.
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CheetahMail

  • Allows to easily track metrics to see results clearly
  • Allows the scheduling of email sends in advance so you do not have to be present during the send
  • Very user friendly and could easily be self taught
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Cons

250ok

  • Documentation website could use some improvement (i.e. Search on the API Guide page, videos in the User Guide).
  • Can't copy/paste certain things from the UI (i.e. IP ranges).
  • Doesn't integrate directly with some ESPs although it's easy to just use new seed lists.
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CheetahMail

  • Although my personal preference is for a bit "older" styled web UI because of my experience, I can see that the CheetahMail main UI system could be improved for better user experience, incorporating more of the recent web standards for code. It can come across a bit "clunky" at first and only after using it for time is it easier to navigate.
  • Their online support / guide to use the tool needs updating. This may be more impactful for folks trying to utilize more of their advanced functionality (custom preference center form coding, subscriber report management). Although their client teams are welcome to answer questions, sometimes the need is for self-service, and the user guide isn't the best.
  • I mentioned that if you're on one of the higher, dedicated-account manager contracts, your support is quite full. However, if you're on a lower priced tier / essentially a self-service model, it's a bit difficult to get a hold of the general support team (you have more of a "pool") than is desired. I should say that these things are up/down depending on what's happening to their other clients (so basically this isn't really different than most 3rd-party vendors.)
  • CheetahMail needs to incorporate / help clients with newer responsive email design capabilities for non-technical users, ie. similar to my first comment regarding overall UI improvements.
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Likelihood to Renew

250ok

No score
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CheetahMail

CheetahMail 7.6
Based on 3 answers
As I have begun exploring competitors, I've come to realize that every competitor offers so much more functionality and integration than CheetahMail does. When we first signed our contract, CheetahMail was much more innovative and at the forefront of email. Since being bought out by Experian, we've seen a huge decline in service and innovation. They have laid off much of their staff and moved their account representatives to Costa Rica. They also heavily rely on on third parties which you will have to pay large amounts of money for while other Email Service Providers have integrated new technologies into their platform. You will get more for your money going to a different email service such as Responsys, Silverpop, Listrak and the like,
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Usability

250ok

No score
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CheetahMail

CheetahMail 4.0
Based on 1 answer
CheetahMail has a high learning curve to master and requires a lot of backend work with tech teams to set up. Navigation is not the best and everything that should be automated is still extremely manual.
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Support

250ok

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

CheetahMail

CheetahMail 2.0
Based on 1 answer
Account reps have a quick response time but a very slow resolution time. Because account reps do not have technical knowledge, there is a long long lead time between flagging a problem and tech team resolution.
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Alternatives Considered

250ok

We use both 250ok and ReturnPath in the company (because we're an ESP) and both have their own pros and cons. Return Path uses panel data while 250ok uses recipients' engagement date for reporting. Both ways have pros and cons but you can't say one is better than the other. They're just different. ReturnPath also offers certification which (I have to be honest) is not as relevant anymore as there is only one way to fix deliverability issues nowadays - by following bulk sender guidelines posted by Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft, and other ISPs. ReturnPath has a better documentation website while 250ok could use some refinement. With 250ok you can choose the tools you need and build your own package and save money. With ReturnPath - not so much. 250ok also has partners across the globe while ReturnPath mostly promotes its own services and consultants.
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CheetahMail

To be honest, all ESPs at a core level offer the same features to manage an email program effectively. The true decision making then is based on what their specialty service(s) may be. ExactTarget is a wonderful UI and integrations across many channels, but it is quite expensive and really for large enterprise organizations. Yesmail does have a great creative-services department. Strongmail, although good, does not offer any significant difference in the market, but price is slightly less so aren't bad solutions. DREAM is probably the "middle" between a Cheetahmail and ExactTarget from a UI look-and-feel and functionality perspective, and their data access is quite good. Cheetahmail was selected in the end because it offered more than a smaller ESP for functionality for larger enterprises, but was still within a cost range that was affordable for my company. (In fairness, there was also an existing relationship with Experian on non-email data services which also made extending the relationship make sense.)
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Return on Investment

250ok

  • Easy real-time inbox placement and deliverability monitoring for IPs and domains.
  • Proactive problem resolution to avoid potential issues.
  • Great addition to other deliverability tools to get the full picture on performance.
  • Easy to partner with and to get trained.
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CheetahMail

  • Positive -- From a process efficiency point of view, we were able to scale down the number of individuals managing the entire program (effectively 3), yet adding 5+ new lines of business. This efficiency cannot be stated enough -- I'd estimate at least a 100 man hours on standard campaigns alone saved per year, and the time to market for new product email programs/transactional messaging was literally weeks instead of months. This saved (based on standard project fees) at least 10-15K.
  • Positive -- after our installing the platform and all the integrations we implemented, we saw a 10% lift just on our standard campaign returns due to having the ability to better manage and segment our audience (for better personalization), as well as an improved ISP and deliverability score because of their ISP relations team.
  • Negative -- some of the later stage integrations we needed (enhancements to existing to extend our segmentation and tracking capabilities) started to become cost prohibitive. This was mainly due to our needing to move our contract tier to a lower level (due to overall company cost saving needs beyond the email channel) and thus, we have to hold on certain desired projects. This has caused some issues as far as attempts to make our revenue targets. So pricing has caused some issues.
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Pricing Details

250ok

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

CheetahMail

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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