102 Ratings
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Score 5.9 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

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

VerticalResponse

Vertical Response is a great tool for reaching out to customers en masse. The only time I don't use Vertical Response is when I am contacting one or two customers at a time. Otherwise, I almost exclusively use Vertical Response due to that fact I can track the efficacy of our marketing efforts
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
VerticalResponse
9.0
WYSIWYG email editor
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.1
VerticalResponse
8.6
Dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
VerticalResponse
9.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
VerticalResponse
9.8
Landing pages
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.4
VerticalResponse
8.8
A/B testing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.1
VerticalResponse
8.2
Mobile optimization
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.7
VerticalResponse
7.1
Email deliverability reporting
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
VerticalResponse
9.9
List management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.1
VerticalResponse
9.9
Triggered drip sequences
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.1
VerticalResponse
9.0

Lead Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
VerticalResponse
Lead nurturing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
VerticalResponse
Lead scoring and grading
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.8
VerticalResponse
Data quality management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.9
VerticalResponse
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
VerticalResponse

Campaign Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
VerticalResponse
Calendaring
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
VerticalResponse
Event/webinar marketing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
VerticalResponse

Social Media Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
VerticalResponse
Social sharing and campaigns
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
VerticalResponse
Social profile integration
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.2
VerticalResponse

Reporting & Analytics

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.8
VerticalResponse
9.4
Dashboards
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.6
VerticalResponse
8.7
Standard reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.7
VerticalResponse
9.4
Custom reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.3
VerticalResponse
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
VerticalResponse
API
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.6
VerticalResponse
Role-based workflow & approvals
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.0
VerticalResponse
Customizability
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
VerticalResponse
Integration with Salesforce.com
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.0
VerticalResponse
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.0
VerticalResponse
Integration with SugarCRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
VerticalResponse

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

VerticalResponse

  • The tools that they provide you with for building out emails are particularly easy to use. I love the drag and drop ability that gives anyone the opportunity to build professional looking emails without any extensive experience.
  • With the majority of people checking emails on mobile, it is necessary to have highly responsive designs and this tool does all the work for you, no developer is needed and that is a MAJOR plus.
Nichole Fabbro | 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

VerticalResponse

  • The type face is small. Not sure if this is to avoid overwhelming the reader, but I could see this being an issue with vision-impaired people or people who don't see small print well.
  • Sometimes I find it takes multiple clicks to make one simple change. I wish there was a search field at the top of the screen that allowed me to jump directly to a client's entry to update it there.
Kerry Flory | 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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 8.6
Based on 20 answers
Product is easy for both technical and non-technical people to use. A cost effective solution for sending out large number of messages. We can manage unsubscribes by individual accounts, so we can have multiple multiple accounts combined to maximize our buying power on credits. Effective API for sending/receiving data makes tool a valuable asset.
Richard Wagner | 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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 9.0
Based on 5 answers
I truly love this product. We are moving to an all-in-one system next year and my greatest fear in doing so is how much I will miss this platform. Although we are excited for things ahead, I will always keep Vertical Response in my back pocket incase I don't love the new platform as much
Anonymous | 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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Never had an issue with uptime
Michael Wilson | 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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Michael Wilson | 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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 8.0
Based on 8 answers
At Vertical Response the help desk associates are courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. You can tell they enjoy what they do. And clearly, they are well trained because most times, the first point of contact is able to resolve any issue you may have. There have been very few times where an associate has needed to get back to me or escalate me to a supervisor
Anonymous | 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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Basic functions and online help...we used what was needed, at the time, and will continue to explore other online trainings as our functional needs expand
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 10.0
Based on 8 answers
Salesforce integration never worked right. We had to abandon.
Anonymous | 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

VerticalResponse

In addition to using Vertical Response personally I also manage email marketing for clients that already use Mailchimp, Robly and Constant Contact. While most of these platforms all offer similar features I choose Vertical Response first if the client does not have a platform in place. Typically I am also teaching the client how to use this tool and the Vertical Response visual interface is very easy for me to teach a client how to navigate and create their own campaigns.
Genie Huff-Forkner | 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

VerticalResponse

  • We were able to blast out promotions our company was having to customers which created an increase in business.
  • By blasting out any service issues, it keeps our customers informed so that they are not wondering what is going on.
  • Allows us to store unsubscribed emails so that we are not constantly pestering people who do not want to be emailed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

VerticalResponse

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

VerticalResponse

General

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

VerticalResponse Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$11.001
Pro$16.001
Pro Plus$196.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.4
VerticalResponse
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
VerticalResponse
8.6

Usability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
VerticalResponse
9.0

Reliability and Availability

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

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
VerticalResponse
10.0

Support Rating

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

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
9.0
VerticalResponse
9.0

Implementation Rating

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

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