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Score 8.7 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Silverpop is a powerful and comprehensive tool for digital marketers, and is apprprioate for companies of varying sizes, as well as both B2B and B2C models. It's particularly well-suited for companies with large, accurate customer databases and the ability to track customer actions on their websites to use as marketing automation triggers.
Kristin Lucido | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign is well suited for sending out email campaigns to sell products or services through single emails or automations. You can deliver access to products or lead magnets. This might be less appropriate for anyone that doesn't need as many options for different types of automation. It is simply way more than enough.
Marvin Mendez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
ActiveCampaign
8.5
WYSIWYG email editor
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.0
ActiveCampaign
8.0
Dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Landing pages
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.2
ActiveCampaign
7.2
A/B testing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Mobile optimization
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.9
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Email deliverability reporting
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
9.0
List management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Triggered drip sequences
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
9.3

Lead Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Lead nurturing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.1
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Lead scoring and grading
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.9
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Data quality management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
ActiveCampaign
8.6

Campaign Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Calendaring
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
ActiveCampaign
8.0
Event/webinar marketing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
ActiveCampaign
8.6

Social Media Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Social sharing and campaigns
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Social profile integration
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.2
ActiveCampaign
8.5

Reporting & Analytics

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.5
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Dashboards
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.2
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Standard reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.3
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Custom reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.1
ActiveCampaign
8.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.8
ActiveCampaign
8.8
API
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.3
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.0
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Customizability
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Integration with Salesforce.com
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.4
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.0
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Integration with SugarCRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.8

Pros

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

  • Automated Messages - we currently have over 70 automated messages going out on any particular day through feeds and API calls that we pass to Silverpop. We rely on these automated messages to communicate to our customers and can rely on Silverpop to always be up and running to get these messages out.
  • Robust query building - We can target customers easily based on a combination of demographic profile data, as well as email and site behavior and purchase behavior, allowing us to finely segment our audience
  • Deep dive reporting - the UI reporting, as well as the available reports to download through the API give us tremendous insight into how our subscribers are responding to email.
Carey Marston | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

  • ActiveCampaign has high delivery rates.
  • ActiveCampaign allows for high levels of customization for content, as well as contact information.
  • ActiveCampaign uses contacts activity and preferences to deliver the right information at the most appropriate time.
  • ActiveCampaign is up to date with the latest needs of its clients. SMS, landing pages, as well as design options are all available.
Tim Weatherall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

  • Data syncing and errors - Silverpop does not do a great job of getting data to sync regularly with our CRM (Salesforce.com). The data had to flow back and forth several times before being added to campaigns and in some instances, it took days to update leads! Also, failed lead syncs get stuck in an alert list but it does not notify you otherwise that a lead failed the sync.
  • Design issues - we use custom HTML to build emails and landing pages, and we were unable to render background images on our campaigns. Also, once you toggle between design and source (code) view to make edits, it often broke the code and threw off the design.
  • Administrator alerts - when sync fails altogether between systems, there is no email alert sent to the system admin (me/my team) so we at times have found that we have gone 18 hours until we stumble across the fact that the system sync has failed.
  • Reporting - it is not very comprehensive and we had difficulty generating the level of reporting that we need to have.
  • Support - there are a few gems in the support team who know what they're doing, but largely calling support is a lesson in frustration.
  • Product bug fixes - in two instances, my open support tickets were identified as product bugs. One related to incorrect cookie tracking which was causing our leads not to be scoring properly. They determined that this wasn't critical enough to build into their product fix road map. This is core to an automation system working properly.
Jennifer Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

  • The email builder is annoying. Very slow at work and it constantly resets the cursor, font type and list continuation. It's one of the most frustrating things about it.
  • I am surprised there isn't an automatic "send to people who haven't opened the last x campaigns" trigger. Other competitors have this feature. Instead, I'm forced to use 2 automations that play the role of tagging after a certain amount of days have passed.
  • While it's a market practice, I think the cost can go up exponentially the more members one has. Maybe I don't understand the process enough but places like Sendgrid, MailerLite offer decent automations and 1,000 subscribers free. I know sendgrid charges per email sent but still I find the cost to pay for a list size odd.
  • The overall refresh rate of the platform seems to use a lot of CPU power because it lags every time I switch functions or create new steps. I can hear my fans go to high every time I start doing something. I know my CPU is old but I use other demanding software and I don't have that problem. I think the refresh rate and speed of the platform can be improved.
Juan R. Arroyo Yap | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 5.5
Based on 30 answers
SilverPop is a great marketing tool that integrates with Salesforce to provide customers and employees a great buying and selling experience. The software takes some very difficult tasks and makes them easy to accomplish. With proper setup and management, Silverpop gives you the tools to gain insight into the productiveness of campaigns.
Shannon Feldpush | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.0
Based on 16 answers
For our clients (Course creators, event hosts & managers, business leaders that have existing marketing in place and want to grow past 6 & 7 figures), we highly recommend ActiveCampaign, because:
  • Broad capabilities - ability to create individual emails to specific segments (the right people) at the right time (predictive sending for the greatest likelihood of conversion) and automated flows so that our clients are generating revenue
  • Integrations - We run ads for our clients, and ActiveCampaign automatically creates dynamic audiences for our social media platforms so that our ads are going to audiences that have just opened or clicked emails (or that follows up with people who haven't engaged). The number of programs that ActiveCampaign connects to makes the marketing a seamless experience for our clients.
  • Visualization of data - With the flow builder, you can see where people are in the process, what tags are being applied overall - makes it so much easier to create email marketing solutions for clients.
  • Reporting - The ability to see specific open, click, and conversion rates in one place.
  • Outstanding customer support - Having the ActiveCampaign team behind you makes it easy to recommend and use it for clients.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 8.0
Based on 6 answers
This is a little bit difficult to rate because Silverpop is gradually updating its interface to improve usability all around. I know users are able to do their job with minimal assistance. However, some of the interface is dated, and the Programs interface, while functional, has a bit of a learning curve.
Michael Hobley | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.2
Based on 31 answers
ActiveCampaign has been the easiest marketing automation software we have ever used. They provide tips throughout the entire process of anything you are building. Their support team through LIVE CHAT has been extremely fast and helpful. The monthly meetings provided with the enablement team has helped us through several large and urgent needs.
Matt Dickerson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 10.0
Based on 3 answers
While several of the other reviews have mentioned poor performance in this department, we have only had one situation where the system was down (although it was down for several hours). Silverpop segments its clients on different servers, and I know that the problem we experienced only occurred on our specific server (maybe other servers have had their own problems?) but our service has been reliable otherwise.
Michael Hobley | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.1
Based on 3 answers
I haven't experienced application errors or unplanned outages at all. Active Campaign is ultra reliable and I would not be using them if that were the case. Also, the helpful emails they send are welcomed and informative, and present very practical tips and guidance for using the platform. They're always demonstrating new features and I'm thankful for that.
Michelle Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 7.0
Based on 2 answers
The throttle time for sending emails would vary depending on how many other campaigns were going out that day, which I found inconsistent
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.6
Based on 3 answers
Oh my gosh, Active Campaign's performance gets an A+++ in my book. The pages load quickly and so do the reports. I haven't noticed any slowdowns when it's integrating with other programs and it performs excellently on all levels.
Michelle Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 5.9
Based on 5 answers
The Salesforce Integration support team is fantastic. I'd give them greater than a 10 if possible. The rest of the support team can be extremely frustrating to work with. Too often they try to blame something obscure and refuse to escalate or look into the issue. And on occasion when you find system glitches they don't seem to care about fixing them
Joe Sisler | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 6.5
Based on 35 answers
This might be the best part. The chat support lady offered to make a video to help me solve my problem. I worked in customer service for years and I've never done that, lol. So, if they're offering things like that, I can only imagine that they'd be able to handle most any issue you throw at them.
Chesare Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
The online trainings are very detailed (for the most part) and really walk through the entire system. They are a little dry, but they are usually broken up into segments to allow you to skip to the parts you need.
Michael Hobley | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

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Implementation Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 7.4
Based on 4 answers
Based on recommendations from Silverpop we made some implementation decisions that we later regretted pretty substantially. In hindsight we should have started a pilot implementation earlier so we could learn and then start over. The big issue for us was that Silverpop recommended a non-keyed database, or at least a database that doesn't use email address as primary key. This is resulted in a large number of duplicate email addresses so that the end user is forced to unsubscribe multiple times to stop receiving emails.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.5
Based on 9 answers
Very satisfied with our implementation in our professional medical practice, allowing us to be on top of client service, and not miss out on crucial information and insights. Marketing is often neglected in professional practices and ActiveCampaign solved this problem with aplomb.
William Ainslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

We evaluated alternate providers less than a year into our IBM Watson Campaign contract because the system was so clunky to use (and we wanted a system that would include or better integrate with our SMS provider). Bluecore and Klaviyo were the front runners at the time, and we came close to moving forward with Bluecore. The pricing model and overall the cost of Bluecore was much higher than IBM for us though, and the timing of this was right when the IBM to Acoustic changes took place. We decided to give Acoustic a shot and are optimistic it will be enough to keep us on board once all the dust settles, though I find it unlikely we will renew with Acoustic when our contract is up again. My main email specialist is a Klaviyo expert and finds that platform very easy to use in comparison-- it might be a better fit for a team of our size.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign is the middle ground between the simpler platforms like Mailchimp and the significant complexity of platforms like Infusionsoft (now Keap). It provides custom fields, segmented automations and other options without the need to hire a consultant or company to create/manage the platform on your behalf that many businesses find with the enterprise platforms.
Kim McCumber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

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ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.8
Based on 3 answers
My web designer told me about Active Campaign and although I don't recall which platform I had before, I LOVE Active Campaign and its user friendliness. The transition was seamless and I've never had a problem with functionality or server failure.
Active Campaign provides so many features, and makes it easy for non-techies to maneuver around the site with ease. They capture information and put it in an easy-to-read format.
At this point, I don't think I'd ever use any other platform!
Michelle Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

  • we have not experienced any currently but moving to lead automation and lead scoring could change that.
  • i'm not sure how increased employee efficiency would ever be a benefit b/c lead importing and visibility, along with setting up email templates is quite cumbersome.
Maureen Kolb | TrustRadius Reviewer

ActiveCampaign

  • I went from 0-50 new emails on my list in a matter of weeks, due to the simplicity and functionality of the landing pages/forms.
  • Because of the great email tracking features, I was able to observe and shift my emails so that I went from a 15% open rate to a 50% open rate.
Triana Garrett | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

General

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

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

ActiveCampaign

General

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

ActiveCampaign Editions & Modules

Edition
Lite$9.001
Plus$492
Professional$1293
Enterprise$2294
  1. Per Month [3 Users]
  2. Per Month [25 Users]
  3. Per Month [50 Users]
  4. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.2
ActiveCampaign
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
ActiveCampaign
9.0

Usability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
10.0
ActiveCampaign
9.1

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
ActiveCampaign
8.6

Support Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
ActiveCampaign
6.5

In-Person Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
ActiveCampaign
7.3

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
9.0
ActiveCampaign

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
ActiveCampaign
8.5

Scalability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
ActiveCampaign
8.8

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