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Score 6.5 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

Mapp Digital

BlueHornet is a great platform for a small or medium size business that is graduating from the "free" platforms and wants more features. It delivers a generally easy to use interface and HTML editor. The concept of segments as implemented by Blue Hornet is not standard, but it allows fairly powerful segmentation capabilities that are easy for a marketer to use. Why choose a more complicated, expensive platform if you do not need or use their advanced features? Whistles and bells are attractive, but a potential user should be realistic about their immediate needs and the needs they will have over the next year. BlueHornet has seen some history of instability. If you need to send mission-critical transactional messages like password resets, it may not be the best choice, but for a budget-conscious email marketer, it is a reasonable option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.1
Mapp Digital
4.3
WYSIWYG email editor
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
4.2
Mapp Digital
7.3
Dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Mapp Digital
2.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Mapp Digital
2.7
Landing pages
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.1
Mapp Digital
A/B testing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.2
Mapp Digital
4.5
Mobile optimization
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.4
Mapp Digital
3.6
Email deliverability reporting
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Mapp Digital
4.5
List management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.2
Mapp Digital
4.5
Triggered drip sequences
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.2
Mapp Digital
4.5

Lead Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
Mapp Digital
Lead nurturing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.7
Mapp Digital
Lead scoring and grading
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.6
Mapp Digital
Data quality management
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.8
Mapp Digital
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.5
Mapp Digital

Campaign Management

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
Mapp Digital
Calendaring
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.6
Mapp Digital
Event/webinar marketing
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
Mapp Digital

Social Media Marketing

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.3
Mapp Digital
Social sharing and campaigns
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.5
Mapp Digital
Social profile integration
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
6.1
Mapp Digital

Reporting & Analytics

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.6
Mapp Digital
5.8
Dashboards
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.3
Mapp Digital
7.3
Standard reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.7
Mapp Digital
5.5
Custom reports
Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.6
Mapp Digital
4.5

Platform & Infrastructure

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

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

Mapp Digital

  • API functionality, alongside reporting, is unparalleled in an environment where you may not have IT support to build out tools.
  • The user interface is easy to understand, allowing users to have control over the creative delivery for MIME, HTML, text and mobile ads.
  • It allows deliverability experts to throttle deliveries by selecting mailing domain and IP pairs, granting access to stats on these individual paired delivery tools.
Daniel Fox | 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

Mapp Digital

  • I have used Blue Hornet over the last few years as it is the selected email platform used by my content provider. I have never used a more glitchy platform! Every time I use it I run into broken links, glitches and kinks. Their tech team is very quick to blame your machine - but I have access to several machines on all major OS platforms, and I run into the same issues every time.
  • The Blue Hornet user interface is poor and clunky. They have a great looking homepage - but you can tell that there focus is on selling and not on current clients. This is plainly apparent by the fact that the login button is buried at the very bottom of the page and difficult to find the first time you look for it. Not to mention the fact that the user interface itself is nowhere near as smooth and polished as their branded website is. Additionally, their reports are often inaccurate.
  • I would suggest any serious marketer looking to execute an email campaign with Blue Hornet to look elsewhere. I have reached out to my content provider to ask that they provide support on a different system - and was kindly informed that they are working around the clock to make this happen due to the overwhelmingly negative criticism of Blue Hornet from their clients.
John Veit | 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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 7.8
Based on 8 answers
Although BlueHornet offers helpful testing capabilities, the ESP is a bit outdated. There is a lot of room for aesthetics improvement as they are not appealing. The reporting tool is usually broken, and reporting either no, or wrong metrics. If this ESP were to update their design, as well as fix the reporting tool, I think this platform would be much better.
Hannah Kennedy | 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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 1.9
Based on 4 answers
There were three tabs used to navigate throughout the system called, "publish," "engage," and, "measure." These three tabs made the site very user friendly and all features easy to find
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

Mapp Digital

No score
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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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 9.0
Based on 1 answer
They rolled out new feature requests quite frequently and always kept our team up to speed on what they were changing/adding to the system
Anonymous | 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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Sometimes it was hard to get an initial response but after we started CCing more people, it became a lot better!
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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 10.0
Based on 1 answer
They made sure to go through anything and everything that we wanted
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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 5.0
Based on 3 answers
I wasn't there when they first got it, but when I got there there were only a few people that knew a little bit about it. There was A LOT that we didn't know. Then BlueHornet came and had some workshops and we learned a lot that we didn't even know existed. They were doing a lot of things wrong before BlueHornet came and showed up more about the tool
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

Mapp Digital

When BH was chosen, we still used Xert to send out our marketing emails because of the sheer size of the list and the volume of emails we had.
Ben Dishler | 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

Mapp Digital

  • They have had a positive impact on our ROI and have allowed us to achieve most of our business objectives.
  • It has allowed us to shave some of the setup time out of our normal process to increase efficiency.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Mapp Digital

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

Mapp Digital

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)
5.0
Mapp Digital
4.3

Likelihood to Renew

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.5
Mapp Digital
7.8

Usability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
8.0
Mapp Digital
1.9

Reliability and Availability

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
10.0
Mapp Digital

Performance

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.0
Mapp Digital
9.0

Support Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
5.9
Mapp Digital
9.0

Online Training

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
9.0
Mapp Digital
10.0

Implementation Rating

Acoustic Campaign (formerly IBM Watson Campaign Automation)
7.4
Mapp Digital
5.0

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