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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

HubSpot

HubSpot is well suited for many scenarios but the most prominent one in my role is following up with clients and/or prospects. It really helps me keep track of last interactions which includes notes, emails, calls, and meetings. Being able to see previous contact with a person helps me know where I have left off and also how I need to follow up. This is crucial for sales people since it is very difficult to remember all interactions and communications on your own.
Meredith Mackay | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.1
HubSpot
8.5
WYSIWYG email editor
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.2
HubSpot
8.3
Dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
HubSpot
8.2
Ability to test dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
HubSpot
8.0
Landing pages
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.2
HubSpot
8.8
A/B testing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.2
HubSpot
8.3
Mobile optimization
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
HubSpot
8.5
Email deliverability reporting
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
HubSpot
8.8
List management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.2
HubSpot
8.5
Triggered drip sequences
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.2
HubSpot
8.9

Lead Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
HubSpot
8.4
Lead nurturing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.7
HubSpot
8.8
Lead scoring and grading
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
HubSpot
8.3
Data quality management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.8
HubSpot
8.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
HubSpot
8.5

Campaign Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
HubSpot
8.3
Calendaring
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
HubSpot
8.2
Event/webinar marketing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
HubSpot
8.3

Social Media Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
HubSpot
8.2
Social sharing and campaigns
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
HubSpot
8.3
Social profile integration
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.1
HubSpot
8.1

Reporting & Analytics

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.7
HubSpot
8.5
Dashboards
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.4
HubSpot
8.3
Standard reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.8
HubSpot
8.6
Custom reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.7
HubSpot
8.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
HubSpot
8.0
API
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
HubSpot
8.1
Role-based workflow & approvals
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.0
HubSpot
8.3
Customizability
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
HubSpot
8.3
Integration with Salesforce.com
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.4
HubSpot
8.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.0
HubSpot
7.7
Integration with SugarCRM
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
HubSpot
7.7

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

HubSpot

  • Bring sales, marketing, support all together into one platform because they now offer each as it's own hub. You can purchase the ones you need, but they are all available. This is a strength because it follows HubSpot's company goal to help customers succeed and that can only be done when all areas of business succeed.
  • Listening to customers. HubSpot follows its customers' feedback and continues to improve the platform.
  • HubSpot is focused on customer success. You have a team ready to help you with products, support, and success so whether you're big or small or new or seasoned. HubSpot is there to help you succeed and they've done an awesome job of keeping that at their core.
Heather Robinette, MBA | 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

HubSpot

  • CRM function was too limited for us to use.
  • Would love to see greater flexibility with reporting dashboards.
  • Would love to be able to use spend/budget data from LinkedIn Ads connection.
  • Doesn't offer integration with CRM and suggested third-party partner was painful to work with.
  • Can't A/B test automated emails-- have to use workaround.
Sean Dunshee | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 371 answers
Our business relies on the HubSpot platform to manage our marketing, sales and CRM processes. HubSpot marketing automation helps us define our activities and streamlines them in a cohesive and efficient way. Without HubSpot, we will have to revert to the 'old way' of doing everything with a variety of disparate systems.
Arun C Devan | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.2
Based on 96 answers
Hubspot shows you what do and makes it easy to find the help articles you need. Over all it shows the system status well. The only issue is when there are syncing issues so you'll have to save often and make sure to refresh so you know your changes synced with the server.
Karen Rust | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 26 answers
We made a decision as an agency to only work with Hubspot. The software is easy to work with, and the support is very good
Jan Beery | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 8.9
Based on 18 answers
With all the new features in HubSpot, the system can get a tad slow sometimes... That said, most of the time it is lightning fast and I have no problems. Because most of the integrations are API, they silently work in the background. I have not had trouble with lag due to HubSpot integration
Carah Counts | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 82 answers
I had a pretty serious programming issue in my onboarding period. I called and got to someone within 10 minutes. Their hold music was not elevator music, it was Andy Grammer's latest hits which made it seem like less time. They took note of the issue, tried what they knew, and then said they would work on the issue and be in touch soon. The issue was resolved within a day! And they were so pleasant to work with
Hillary Johns | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 8 answers
I did the 2-day classroom at HubSpot's corporate office in Cambridge. First off, it was amazing to see their corporate office in general. They have such a cool office environment. But it was also great to have the ability to learn in a workshop format with other HubSpot users and meet my Account Manager/ Inbound Marketing Consultant in person.
Carah Counts | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 26 answers
I went through Inbound Marketing University in 2006. Great training and helped my transition from traditional (outbound) marketing to inbound marketing that I've been able to apply to a number of businesses from wastewater and water reuse, to professional services and SaaS. Share information of value to build awareness and trust. Answer customers' questions in a transparent way to generate more qualified leads. Understand the difference between a marketing qualified lead and a sales qualified lead and put together a lead nurturing program. Your sales and marketing efforts will see significant ROI.
Tom Smith | 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 7.3
Based on 51 answers
My biggest piece of advice for those who are implementing Hubspot is that you need to devote the time up front and learn how to use the product. Once you learn how to use Hubspot, it will be much more effective as well as much easier to use in the long run
Andrew Driscoll | 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

HubSpot

We migrated from Marketo to HubSpot and noticed a difference nearly right away. Gone were hours of putting a campaign together through multiple folders only to have Marketo display the rainbow wheel of death and have the campaign disappear with all of your work. Additionally, we didn't need to have a full-time code on staff to generate beautiful and compelling email templates or landing pages. Working hand-in-hand, our new campaigns generated lead flow that helped our team deliver best-ever results and directly impact the bottom line.
Romy Ribitzky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HubSpot

HubSpot 7.3
Based on 7 answers
While HubSpot initially, seven years ago, seemed built for SMBs it appears they have scaled their solution for larger enterprises. I do not have experience sending out 10 million-plus emails per month so I don't know how HubSpot would handle that. However, I do know that some other marketing automation platforms have had trouble with such scale. As such, I suggest HubSpot have one of it's enterprise customers share data on the length of time it takes to send out 1 million emails. Are we talking minutes, hours or days? Then decide what's right for you based on your business needs.
Tom Smith | 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

HubSpot

  • For our customers and us: High Lead Conversion
  • For our customers and us: More business from digital channels
  • For our customers and us: Shorter salescykles
  • For our customers and us: ROI faster
  • For our customers and us: Heighten Brand loyalty and customer sharing.
Sara Larsen | 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

HubSpot

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

HubSpot Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$8001
Enterprise$3,2002
Starter$503
Free$04
  1. per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
  2. per month (includes 10,000 contacts)
  3. per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
  4. per month
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.1
HubSpot
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
HubSpot
9.9

Usability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
HubSpot
9.2

Reliability and Availability

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

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
HubSpot
8.9

Support Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
HubSpot
9.9

In-Person Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
HubSpot
9.1

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
9.0
HubSpot
9.1

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
HubSpot
7.3

Scalability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
HubSpot
7.3

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