7Sheep vs. OutboundEngine

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
7Sheep
Score 8.0 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
7Sheep is a marketing automation tool that concentrates on delivering features for what they consider 7 key components of marketing automation software: contact storage, form building, automation triggers, e-mail and text message campaigns, prospect tracking, integration and translation interface.
$0
Above 10 users
OutboundEngine
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
OutboundEngine provides a hands-off way for small business owners to market and grow their business. The product aims to provide small businesses with what big companies have achieved with marketing automation. The service aims to help users keep in touch with clients and prospects with professionally designed, branded campaigns. Benefits include: driving engagement, surfacing warm leads from current contacts, generating referrals and repeat business from their existing contacts, social…
$199
per user
Pricing
7SheepOutboundEngine
Editions & Modules
Entrepreneur
$59
Single User
Small Team
$249
Per month, up to 5 Users
Business
$389
Per month, up to 10 users
Enterprise
Above 10 users
Essential
$199
per user
Value
$299
per user
Premium
$499
per user
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
7SheepOutboundEngine
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee$99 per user
Additional DetailsMore information is available on the vendor's website.
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Features
7SheepOutboundEngine
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
7Sheep
7.3
21 Ratings
6% below category average
OutboundEngine
8.2
48 Ratings
7% above category average
WYSIWYG email editor8.321 Ratings00 Ratings
Dynamic content6.916 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content5.914 Ratings00 Ratings
Landing pages6.616 Ratings00 Ratings
A/B testing6.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile optimization7.820 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting8.421 Ratings8.548 Ratings
List management7.921 Ratings7.843 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences7.617 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead Management
Comparison of Lead Management features of Product A and Product B
7Sheep
7.4
21 Ratings
5% below category average
OutboundEngine
7.9
37 Ratings
9% above category average
Lead nurturing automation8.016 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead scoring and grading6.65 Ratings00 Ratings
Data quality management7.820 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated sales alerts and tasks7.116 Ratings7.937 Ratings
Campaign Management
Comparison of Campaign Management features of Product A and Product B
7Sheep
8.6
10 Ratings
12% above category average
OutboundEngine
-
Ratings
Calendaring9.11 Ratings00 Ratings
Event/webinar marketing8.010 Ratings00 Ratings
Social Media Marketing
Comparison of Social Media Marketing features of Product A and Product B
7Sheep
8.3
2 Ratings
10% above category average
OutboundEngine
8.0
46 Ratings
10% above category average
Social sharing and campaigns8.32 Ratings8.046 Ratings
Social profile integration8.32 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
7Sheep
6.8
21 Ratings
9% below category average
OutboundEngine
-
Ratings
Dashboards6.420 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports6.421 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports7.612 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
7Sheep
7.6
20 Ratings
0% above category average
OutboundEngine
-
Ratings
API8.510 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals6.813 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizability7.818 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Salesforce.com7.31 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
7SheepOutboundEngine
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(22 ratings)
8.1
(59 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.2
(3 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(5 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(26 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(3 ratings)
6.8
(24 ratings)
User Testimonials
7SheepOutboundEngine
Likelihood to Recommend
7Sheep
I use 7Sheep for marketing as a sales person. This works well for me as a single user. I do not think I could use the software together with my colleagues. Although we could have separated lists the access rights might not fit our use case. It has a strong marketing focus and cannot replace a full CRM system.
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Elm Street Technology
OutboundEngine does a referral campaign and I've been able to close a couple of deals based on getting in touch with people who engage with this campaign and state they could use my services in the next 6 months. This is a great follow up tool for those you may or may not know are going to be needing your services.
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Pros
7Sheep
  • When preparing an event, 7Sheep takes care of pretty much everything you need to select, inform, and register participants, as well as prepare materials for the events, such as name badges and signature lists.
  • We also use 7Sheep for reporting on communications activities.
  • 7Sheep allows you to build simple or complex forms and questionnaires which we use both for events and independent surveys.
  • The drag and drop HTML editor makes things look good without a lot of extra effort.
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Elm Street Technology
  • The content that they generate to send to our clients is relevant and the clients want to engage with us. It makes us appear more professional and consistent, even though we are a smaller company.
  • It helps us stay in touch with clients and helps us stay top of mind. We are able to generate more new business leads if we are in consistent contact with current, former, and potential clients.
  • Their customer service and support is outstanding. All my questions were answered and I went into the program feeling confident and knowledgeable.
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Cons
7Sheep
  • I know that they are working on a simpler way to send a test e-mail to yourself. This will streamline my activities as well and I look forward to that system change (which was suggested by a client. I have also suggested improvements which have been implemented.)
  • I miss an easy unsubscribe feature (like you get in MailChimp). Overall, 7Sheep's system is more flexible (good) but that does make it more complex to split up (not so good).
  • Setting up the SPF record in our DNS system was flexible and easy but for DKIM integration we had to contact the 7Sheep support. They do not check or show the necessary records in the tool. Customer service was great, though, so not a very big problem, just a bit of a nuisance.
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Elm Street Technology
  • I do not like the use of drawings to attract new customers, and they have ignored my requests to eliminate that for my personal emails.
  • I do not like it when a competitor in my immediate market has the same posts. It cheapens the service or makes it appear that I am simply sharing another's post.
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Likelihood to Renew
7Sheep
The tool serves our needs and we like the user interface. The few times we contacted support they were super helpful and responsive. When we asked for more integrations they confirmed the integrations we need (e.g. Hipchat) for the near future.
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Elm Street Technology
The biggest issue is poor ROI. The second biggest issue is rigid customer service process, lack of a sense of urgency, and inability to reach out to upper management with issues.
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Usability
7Sheep
It is easy to use and if I do have a problem or question I receive an answer almost immediately.
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Elm Street Technology
Overall, OutboundEngine is very user friendly. It is simple to set up and explore, and if there are any issues or questions, the customer service team and account managers are always available to help. They are very knowledgeable and were able to explain everything in detail to me. The program is easy to navigate and helps me stay organized, and an uncomplicated and straightforward solution was exactly what I was looking for
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Reliability and Availability
7Sheep
No answers on this topic
Elm Street Technology
I haven't had to contact Outbound Engine because I haven't had any application errors or unplanned outages. I basically have had such a trouble free experience with them that I haven't had to call. Everything is automated and I get a notice to review every isse. I suppose if I personalized the newsletter a bit more and added some of my own articles, I would need to contact them, (which I should really start to do) but so far things have been so on point, I haven't felt the need.
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Support Rating
7Sheep
With both chat and email support I have always had enough ways to get through to them! Their support is good, honest and most importantly supportive. They helped us set up and start using the tool when we got stuck. Moving from Mailchimp where there were some semantic lessons to learn and they took the time to help us get used to 7Sheep
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Elm Street Technology
The customer service was excellent! Everyone I spoke to was kind and knowledgeable. My account manager was easily reachable. Setup of the OutboundEngine program was explained really thoroughly, and we knew how we could best use the product to meet the needs of our clients and get our online and social media presence off the ground.
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Alternatives Considered
7Sheep
I've mostly used survey monkey and google forms and doodle for small inexpensive jobs - anything more sophisticated always seemed to cost more than the actual fee I charge. 7sheep does everything they do, but it automates a lot of the processing, for a cost which is affordable and makes me more efficient - as I can use my subscription for different clients.
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Elm Street Technology
I selected it for the ability to have an automated system do 3 things all at once, social media posts, emails and the instant communication with the chat box. I have never seen a chat come through that lead to a helpful client touchpoint. I have never used another product but have since begun to weigh some of the less expensive options.
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Return on Investment
7Sheep
  • With the translation support we have translated forms into Spanish for our producers and this has been a really positive benefit for them as a partner.
  • I am able to monitor interest in different products very easily and so re-target particular varieties to specific regions.
  • Text message campaigns mean that we can directly engage: especially for physical meetings, tasting reminders and so forth.
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Elm Street Technology
  • It has provided a consistent email message to my clients
  • It has provided a consistent social media presence for my past clients
  • It has helped me obtain and correlate customer reviews
  • Unfortunately I cannot say that I have any direct information that a sale was generated directly as a result of OutboundEngine. I feel that it has but I have no measurable proof of this
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ScreenShots

7Sheep Screenshots

Screenshot of Welcome pageScreenshot of Consolidated Contact/prospect View with TrackingScreenshot of Drag and drop HTML e-mail editorScreenshot of Create field for formScreenshot of Edit field for formScreenshot of E-mail delivery statistics

OutboundEngine Screenshots

Screenshot of Automated Social Media MarketingScreenshot of A personalized snapshot of your account activity and warmest leads.Screenshot of Personally designed, tested, and automated emails