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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

ActiveCampain is a full-featured enterprise-level email system, with integrations for any number of automations with any length of sequencing. Due to the depth of features and abilities, it isn't a lightweight email platform that can be learned in a weekend. If you just need to send out a monthly or weekly email blast to all of your contacts, this isn't the system for you. However, if you need to be able to tag and segment each and every one of your contacts—no matter how many—based on interests, page visits to your website, buying history, and interests in your emails while being able to create personalized, highly segmented emails to educate and inspire more visits and loyalty while increasing amount and frequency of purchases, then this should be in your final list for review and testing.
Stephen Scott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.1
ActiveCampaign
8.3
WYSIWYG email editor
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.2
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Ability to test dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Landing pages
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.1
ActiveCampaign
7.1
A/B testing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.2
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Mobile optimization
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.4
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Email deliverability reporting
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.8
List management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.2
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Triggered drip sequences
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.2
ActiveCampaign
9.4

Lead Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Lead nurturing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
ActiveCampaign
7.7
Lead scoring and grading
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.6
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Data quality management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.8
ActiveCampaign
7.2
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
ActiveCampaign
8.3

Campaign Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Calendaring
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
ActiveCampaign
7.1
Event/webinar marketing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
ActiveCampaign
8.7

Social Media Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Social sharing and campaigns
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Social profile integration
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.1
ActiveCampaign
7.6

Reporting & Analytics

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Dashboards
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.3
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Standard reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.7
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Custom reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.6
ActiveCampaign
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
ActiveCampaign
8.2
API
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Role-based workflow & approvals
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.0
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Customizability
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Integration with Salesforce.com
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.2
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.0
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
ActiveCampaign
8.2

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

  • Email automation - Automated email marketing to potential customers, follow up with existing customers, and automated messaging to outside parties.
  • Flow building - This software allows companies to build simple or complicated sequences in a visual builder so that you can see exactly where people are in the sequence of messages.
  • CRM - Customer relationship data. Maintaining data points across a user journey (tagging a UTM source, current activity. If you have someone - and want to know where they are in the journey, there's a way to find that data and label a profile with that).
  • Integrations - ActiveCampaign integrates with almost everything. Seamlessly. You can trigger behaviors in other apps through Zapier, or import data from other software you use. It's a very easy experience to integrate with others.
  • Customer support - Every team member I've encountered has been exceptionally helpful. They are probably the bar for customer support in the tech industry, to be honest.
  • Email systems for the long-haul (and for sequences and emails that are expected to bring in a lot of $$$). Email marketing should be 30-50% of revenue for most businesses. It's THE platform that we recommend for coaches and other businesses to help them earn 6 & 7 figures from email. You can track A LOT of data through this software as a platform, which makes it a great candidate for businesses who want to grow and visualize where their customers are in the overall purchase process, as well as maintaining them as multiple purchases customers.
page V | 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

  • ActiveCampaign is so powerful and so versatile that it can sometimes be a challenge to use. There are certainly plenty of online resources available to help you get up to speed, but there are times when the process can seem a little overwhelming. I got a lot of help by attending a "Study Hall" in-person classroom session that was sponsored by the company. Chris Davis was the instructor; he did an amazing job of clarifying priorities and procedures for getting the most out of ActiveCampaign. After going to that session my productivity with ActiveCampaign increased enormously, but in retrospect, I felt like I should have been able to get that kind of expert guidance with the software much earlier, instead of using ActiveCampaign at far less than its maximum capability for several years before feeling like I was really getting my feet on the ground.
  • There doesn't seem to be a way to create or accommodate multiple email addresses for a single contact in the system. When people get into the system with multiple email addresses, they show up as multiple contacts. This can create problems with proper list segmentation; it should be easy enough to resolve this problem, but it's a nagging headache whenever it pops up.
Tim Bost | 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 9.1
Based on 8 answers
I've tried over half a dozen email autoresponders and ActiveCampaign is by far my favorite. The ability to send emails is the backbone of my business. The "cheap" email marketing tools designed for the mass market are not powerful or intuitive to set up and also don't have the best deliverability. And the "expensive" ones are usually super confusing to use.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | 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 6 answers
It's a lovely clean interface and easy to customize! It can sometimes be a little slow in that some elements require multiple clicks (eg: selecting an email to edit as part of an automation) but overall it's quick and easy.
Arlene Caffrey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation) 10.0
Based on 2 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 9.4
Based on 2 answers
I've never had ActiveCampaign down for maintenance. I'm sure they update things, but they always seem to manage to stay live. Also, I've had very few errors, if any. None come to mind. This might be to due to the fact I focus on building things as simply as possible, but I also believe it's due to the quality of the software.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | 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 8.1
Based on 2 answers
ActiveCampaign works seamlessly with the other tools I use. It integrates directly with most. And if no direct integration is available, there is almost always one you can make using Zapier. I've yet to run into a technical error that prevented me from doing something I wanted to be able to do.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | 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 8.9
Based on 8 answers
There are a few different ways to get support:
  • Chatbox in the lower corner. This is tech support, and they can answer a slew of different questions on demand (during service hours).
  • 1:1 support calls - 30 minutes of 1:1 call with a team member to address your needs
  • Rep - You can have calls and emails into your rep.
Every person I've come in contact with really goes above and beyond to answer questions, and provide support for your needs. The owners of the company must have really invested in this part of their business, because it's the bar that all other companies should be evaluated by (personal opinion). One minor caveat - Our client does have a rep, and there was a misunderstanding (we were held accountable for information we didn't know, so there could still be some growth with expectation setting & understanding their company user journey), but the reason why they didn't set our expectations was because they were trying to support our needs (providing answers to questions). My understanding is that the company is working and growing in this area, and we've had many instances where a team member worked past hours or over and above to help us.
page V | 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

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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 7.4
Based on 3 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 strikes the right balance of simplicity versus power. Unlike heavyweights such as AWeber, ActiveCampaign is a breeze to use. However, at the other side of the spectrum other easy to use tools like MailChimp are severely lacking in their ability to integrate automations with your website's business logic. Based on hitting the sweet spot, I can clearly recommend ActiveCampaign over it's competitors to most website businesses.
Ben Gelsey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.4
Based on 2 answers
I've tried several of the email services available today. ActiveCampaign makes it easy and fast to get set up. And they have some of the best email deliverability available today as well. That's really important when it comes to email marketing, because winding up in spam or promotion folders makes your email marketing efforts and uphill battle.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | 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

  • The fortune is in the follow through, and ActiveCampaign makes the follow through easier. Drip campaigns and triggers strengthen granular follow up opportunities.
  • The granular messaging options coupled with attractive pricing have made this our go to service for businesses who need more automation features, but are just getting started in the space.
Nicholas De Salvo | 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

ActiveCampaign

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.0
ActiveCampaign
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
ActiveCampaign
9.1

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
9.4

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
ActiveCampaign
8.1

Support Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
ActiveCampaign
8.9

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
9.0
ActiveCampaign

Implementation Rating

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

Scalability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
ActiveCampaign
9.4

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