99 Ratings
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Score 7.3 out of 101
18 Ratings
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Score 6.1 out of 101

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.
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Aprimo

I would advise him/her to meet with an Aprimo consultant to understand all of the capabilities of the software. I have a feeling that Aprimo does have the planning capability we urgently desire, but the training platforms Aprimo offers are very limited. Perhaps a valuable proposition would be for certain employees to become power users who are constantly seeking out improvements within our company's use of Aprimo.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.2
Aprimo
WYSIWYG email editor
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.5
Aprimo
Dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Aprimo
Ability to test dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Aprimo
Landing pages
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Aprimo
A/B testing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
Aprimo
Mobile optimization
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.6
Aprimo
Email deliverability
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Aprimo
List management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.3
Aprimo
Triggered drip sequences
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.3
Aprimo

Lead Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.3
Aprimo
Lead nurturing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Aprimo
Lead scoring and grading
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
Aprimo
Data quality management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Aprimo
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
Aprimo

Campaign Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.1
Aprimo
Calendaring
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
Aprimo
Event/webinar marketing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Aprimo

Social Media Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
Aprimo
Social sharing and campaigns
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
Aprimo
Social profile integration
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.0
Aprimo

Reporting & Analytics

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.8
Aprimo
Dashboards
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
Aprimo
Standard reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.3
Aprimo
Custom reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.4
Aprimo

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.9
Aprimo
API
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Aprimo
Role-based workflow & approvals
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
Aprimo
Customizability
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
Aprimo
Integration with Salesforce.com
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.3
Aprimo
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.1
Aprimo
Integration with SugarCRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Aprimo

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.
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Aprimo

  • In general the capabilities within Marketing Resource Management seem like a platform built by marketers for marketers.
  • The out of the box processes are pretty
  • The uniformity of the user experience across modules makes user training and change management a lot We are still in early stages of using the reporting capabilities, but we can see lots of value in what they Unica was not as standardized.
  • We are still very much focused on adoption.
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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.
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Aprimo

  • Very difficult to learn, confusing language and practically no help to speak of.
  • too easy to delete or close a project, and no way to reset or skip a step. (this happens all the time.)
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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.
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Aprimo

Aprimo 5.9
Based on 7 answers
Aprimo Marketing Suite On Demand (AMSOD) Is being sunsetted and we are not sold on V 9 yet. We will consider other options because we're not sure that we can justify $1m spend over 3 years to go to full tenant.
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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.
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Aprimo

Aprimo 3.7
Based on 4 answers
Relatively easy to learn the basics, but there are a significant number of nuances. The system does not have user-friendly ways of allowing mass data manipulation in order to track large budgets over time. The only solution seems to be exporting into an Excel data dump and then performing analysis from there.
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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.
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Aprimo

Aprimo 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have not yet experienced any downtime
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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
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Aprimo

Aprimo 8.0
Based on 1 answer
We are struggling with it though I think it’s our firewall i.e. an internal issue. Accessing the software outside or on mobile is faster.

They have a multi-tenant and single tenant option (more expensive) . We bought the single tenant option in anticipation of using Campaign Management and based upon our scale. You get more capabilities with single tenant
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Support

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
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Aprimo

Aprimo 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Customer service has been responsive and attentive in line with the service we have bought. However, any organization that wants to make investments in Aprimo should plan to make an investment in internal support headcount to serve as the first line of defense for user issues and inquiries otherwise it could become too expensive.

We are on a standard service plan. You get 8 hours/month of whatever you want to ask them. This has been good enough. Will be buying more when we implement campaign management
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In-Person Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Aprimo

Aprimo 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Aprimo offered a number of hands on sessions customized for each group. As such, they address specific needs and configurations of each team. These sessions also offered another round of cross-functional collaboration in process design.
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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.
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Aprimo

Aprimo 6.0
Based on 1 answer
It was very generic and we took it prior to configuration. It was however adequate to educate our user in the basic capabilities that will have become available to them after deployment.
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Implementation

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.
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Aprimo

Aprimo 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We were very well supported. TopRight who performed the process/requirements definition as well as project management functions came with ample experience with various marketing automation platforms. They also came with very good multi-channel marketing experience that allowed them to tackle this implementation as a marketing deployment and not a technology deployment. TopRight bring expertise in multi-channels strategy.

Aprimo performed the configuration and training functions. Their personnel were very well versed in their platform and brought much empathy to a deployment that required a great deal of change management.

I am stunned by how many people (from for-profit sector who work here) have not been exposed to these types of platforms. I want to make sure that folks are so accustomed to user interface. When I roll-out campaign management, teaching them the art and science of campaign management versus just learning the tool. TopRight are marketers. They are familiar with all these technologies. Their job has been to define processes, best practices and turn into training. Similar to training from Salesforce.com about funnel mgmt etc, vs. just the product. We will create training modules that are agnostic to the platform
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Alternatives Considered

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

Reviewed HubSpot, Marketo, Pardot and ActiveCampaign. Chose IBM Watson Campaign Automation due to their workflow capabilities. They can automate a process that requires a series of steps that typically require intervention by a several different users. Administrators can write rules to determine who and when a user needs to complete a step. Also includes notification of users when they need to take action.
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Aprimo

  • Canva is quicker/easier to use for a quick image design
  • Eloqua has greater email functionality
  • Aprimo was a cheaper cost at the time but products [are] in review always.
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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.
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Aprimo

  • The lead management tool improves lead generation by shortening the lead circle in our communications and send leads to a sales team automatically.
  • Aprimo allows the marketing team to improve the quality and timing to communicate by knowing the customer experience with our messages and microsites.
  • Automated response triggers and reports increased the marketing team efficiency.
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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

Aprimo

General

Free Trial
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)
6.1
Aprimo
6.0

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
Aprimo
5.9

Usability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Aprimo
3.7

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
10.0
Aprimo
10.0

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
Aprimo
8.0

Support

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
Aprimo
8.0

In-Person Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
Aprimo
8.0

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
9.0
Aprimo
6.0

Implementation

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
Aprimo
10.0

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