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Likelihood to Recommend

Act! CRM

Swiftpage [ACT!] is
robust in nature and a manageable solution available for use as a powerful
marketing tool. It is compiled of a lot of exceptional services with the best
contact and customer management tool. Support needs a lot of attention, as it
needs to be changed and they must have to be more responsive and helpful to
become the best in the market.
Magreat Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

It's a great customer relationship management in the view of sales and services. Marketing wise it's difficult for lead management and we've experienced some syncing issues with the marketing automation tool. We've noticed that when records are merged, important info from the deleted record is not available anymore and this sometimes causes difficulty with alignment in reports. The custom report format too is only limited to 3 objects.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Sales Force Automation

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.8
Customer data management / contact management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.3
Workflow management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.7
Territory management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.6
Opportunity management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.3
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.2
Contract management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.6
Quote & order management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.6
Interaction tracking
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.9
Channel / partner relationship management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.8

Customer Service & Support

Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.5
Case management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
9.0
Call center management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.4
Help desk management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.3

Marketing Automation

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.8
Lead management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.0
Email marketing
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.5

CRM Project Management

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.4
Task management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.5
Billing and invoicing management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
6.7
Reporting
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.1

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.2
Forecasting
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.0
Pipeline visualization
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.3
Customizable reports
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.4

Customization

Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.0
Custom fields
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.2
Custom objects
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.1
Scripting environment
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.7
API for custom integration
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.0

Security

Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.5
Single sign-on capability
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.3
Role-based user permissions
Act! CRM
Salesforce
8.6

Social CRM

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.5
Social data
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.4
Social engagement
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.6

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.5
Marketing automation
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.5
Compensation management
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.4

Platform

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.7
Mobile access
Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.7

Pros

Act! CRM

  • Lots of fields for adapting the software to your own requirements.
  • Excellent tracking of activities/details in sales pipeline process.
  • Excellent robust reporting to provide a very clear picture of prospecting activities.
  • Tightly integrated with Sage Quantum accounting software to avoid double entry of prospect details into Customer/Sales module.
Laurence Sarner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

  • Salesforce.com is extremely customizable. I would not consider it an out-of-the-box solution, although its standard fields allow for fundamental CRM activities and reporting.
  • Salesforce.com is able to integrate with 100s of third-party softwares—often times creating efficiencies in processes.
  • Reports within Salesforce.com have the ability to be simple as a standard Account report, or you can get very granular with your report filtering to segment a very specific result, eg. Accounts in California who are active clients and fall within the pharmaceutical industry and have a specified market capitalization.
Erik Viager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Act! CRM

  • Social Integration: The tool has a basic feed for LinkedIn information to feed into the system. The infusion of more Social Selling "signals" and "feeds" would be very helpful to instill more social selling into the framework.
  • Account vs. Contact: If you are a company which works to B to B rather than B to C there is a still a bit of cumbersome way to handle "joining" accounts and contacts through links. It is better with 16.1 release but still it's a "contact" centric solution which is great for some business relationships like realtors, insurance, & financial services etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

  • Costs vs. ROI: The initial cost to BUILD whatever instance your SF sales rep presents to you and sells; the COST associate to get to that build is NEVER explained or discussed.
  • The Salesforce sales rep's job is to sell you on an idea and hope, rather than practical application, implementation, and realistic expectations of the egregiously cantankerous and universally overpriced CRM.
  • They do not vet, manage or hold accountable their 'implementation partners'. Again, the sales rep for Salesforce; their job is to sell you the platform, not what you they showed you the platform can do. There is extreme neglect in discussing the actual cost to get their CRM platform to do WHAT they have showcased to you. Not to mention the time it takes to get there. Not to mention the partners they refer to you are random. These 3rd party companies do ALL the work and make ALL the money on behalf of Salesforce, for themselves. You get stuck in contracts with mediocre service or lackluster results and there is NO recourse for you as the consumer against these 'partners'.
  • If I want to sell GM cars, GM has standards and minimums they require in order for me to represent their brand. If I do shady dealings, rip customers off or am just a terrible business to be in business with, GM would strip me of my dealership title for their brand. SalesForce does no such thing. I could start a company to implement salesforce, have you sign a contract and deliver a garbage product. If you go to SF to complain about that; "Our hands our tied" as I have been told.
  • Salesforce does not care about your user experience, they just want you to buy more. It is a Sales organization, not a software company. Again, they do not care about your business, the negative impact of their CRM rollout, or how terrible their 3rd party support partners are. They. Dont. Care. They just want your money.
  • SF is aware they are the biggest player on the block. They have all the cards. You, the consumer, as an individual business, have no power or say.
Kurt Johansen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Act! CRM

Act! CRM 1.0
Based on 2 answers
There are a lot of good SaaS options on the market but SwiftPage ACT still has a place in the mix today. It depends on your needs, goals, processes, and people
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 49 answers
While it's not perfect and can be overly complicated at times, there is not another solution out there that can do what it does. To get the same functionality you would need numerous disparate tools to match the amount of functionality Salesforce has. Having it all aggregated on one platform makes the complicated parts far more bearable
John Cupoli | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Act! CRM

Act! CRM 1.3
Based on 4 answers
ACT follows the basic rules you would expect for this type of software, but actually doing anything sophisticated with it is near impossible without assistance or training. Unless you use it regularly it is difficult to use. I wouldn't recommend it unless you have internal IT support and it will be used regularly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 8.1
Based on 80 answers
Salesforce.com was one of the easiest products to integrate with our organization -- both from an initial installation and setup perspective as well as from an ongoing / day-to-day usability perspective. The software works seamlessly for us and allows to save a great deal of time in the process of creating and managing relationships.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Act! CRM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.8
Based on 54 answers
Salesforce is always available securely from any internet-capable device anywhere in the world, UNLESS you choose to set security measures so that ONLY trusted IP ranges may access the system at certain times of the day. It's all about choice and flexibility with Salesforce products.
Kyle Dugger | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Act! CRM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.0
Based on 36 answers
Salesforce performance in general is excellent. "The cloud infrastructure beneath Force.com has been fine-tuned over the past 10 years. It powers nearly 100,000+ businesses running more than 185,000 applications that 3 million users count on every day."
Points per Salesforce -
1) Multitenant kernel - With a multitenant platform, each business that uses the app doesn’t have its own copy. Instead, all businesses share a single copy and then customize it for their specific needs.
2) ISO 27001 certified security - You can’t compromise when it comes to enterprise-level security. Force.com is road-tested and trusted by nearly 100,000+ companies, including many of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, such as banks and health care providers.
3) Proven reliability - All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years.
4) Proven, real-time scalability - Force.com is used by many of the world's largest enterprises, including Cisco, Japan Post Network, and Symantec. Applications can automatically scale from a few users to millions of page views, as needed.
5) Real-time query optimizer - You need fast access to your data. The Force.com query optimizer delivers under 300ms response time, at a massive scale.
6) Real-time transparent system status - You can always see real-time system performance, availability, and security information at trust.salesforce.com.
7) Real-time upgrades - Unlike traditional software platforms, our upgrades never break your customizations, code, or integrations. We upgrade the platform for you 3 to 4 times each year. As a result, you’re always on the latest version, with access to the latest features, performance, and security enhancements.
8) Real-time sandbox environments - With a single click, you can create copies of your applications, configuration, and data in separate environments for development, testing, and training.
9) Three global production data centers and disaster recovery - Force.com runs on three geographically dispersed, mirrored data centers with built-in replication, disaster recovery, a redundant network backbone, and no single points of failure
Rob Gottschalk | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Act! CRM

Act! CRM 5.2
Based on 14 answers
Following a few interactions with support staff over the phone where we failed to correct the issues we were calling about, we ended up going back to the consultant who we purchased the software through and continued to use her for support rather than call Swiftpage ACT! directly. Our consultant was much more helpful in finding and correcting our issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.5
Based on 107 answers
It is difficult to get complex issues resolved with nearly any Support department if you can't get the level 1 person to understand what complex tasks are taking place. Not bad for the first level support. I would recommend a Salesforce consultant for complex issues.
Quentin Goin | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Act! CRM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.9
Based on 11 answers
I attended two training sessions. I would rate them a 4 as an advanced user. It was very basic – great for someone new – would give 8+ for new person.

I had 3 years of experience at the time. I skipped basic and went onto advanced and still not helpful. A lot of it was best practices that didn’t feel relevant for our business
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Act! CRM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.1
Based on 15 answers
I have gone through multiple. The content that’s delivered is quite basic – I wish they had more advanced training.

We are grandfathered into premium support plus training. We get unlimited access to instructor led and online training for free. We have taken advantage of this
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Act! CRM

Act! CRM 1.0
Based on 3 answers
Delay your upgrades! ACT appears to ship out new software with virtually no checking and no concern about bad installs do to their customers.
Terry Kungel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.4
Based on 32 answers
Just from an organizational standpoint - we standardized our data prior to moving to Salesforce. But we essentially standardized it wrong. That's created a big disgusting mess for us know that I'll have to deal with as the Admin. Be sure you think through use cases prior to doing something like that - seek outside opinions on how the data will work best, especially depending on what else you're going to integrate with Salesforce.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Act! CRM

Although other CRM's like HubSpot offer a free solution, I found that it didn't give much and the add-ons were very expensive. Many other companies have interfaces that are clunky or hard to understand. Also I found that many just offer way too many features that we would never use that just made it more difficult to use what we needed. The customized options are just way to expensive for the simplistic offering we need. Swiftpage ACT! just provides a solution that works for us.
John Hamel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

We currently use HubSpot Marketing Hub and considered using the HubSpot CRM that would already be included in our package deal. However, with used [Salesforce.com] for longer than HubSpot and there would be no advantage to transferring over to the HubSpot CRM. We have lots of legacy data in Salesforce, so it made since to stick with this platform that we've organization and success in.
Tory Robinson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Act! CRM

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've worked with Salesforce since 2001 in companies ranging from 4 to hundreds of sales people and the system has been able to scale and perhaps more importantly expand (functionally) to the needs of larger organizations. In fact in my previous company, as a provider of a solution that integrated with Salesforce, we had customers that had thousands of sales people using Salesforce.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Act! CRM

  • ACT! pays for itself by keeping me organized.
  • I don't have to remember to contact a prospect, ACT! remembers for me, letting me schedule follow ups for a date and time that works for me. That means greater sales success.
  • ACT! enables me to search for information as well as contacts.
Mary Westheimer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce

  • Salesforce has had a huge impact on our company. Making us 50% more profitable since we can easily manage leads better and see where profitable opportunities lie.
  • Employee management and engagement are also easily trackable and have since made us more accountable to each other since everyone can see progress within their units in salesforce and it drives healthy competition.
Nichole Pelaez | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Act! CRM

General

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

Act! CRM Editions & Modules

On-premise Edition
Act! Premium - Basic$37.501
Select - Extra Features$791
Complete - Extra Features$1991
Advanced - Extra Features$3991
  1. per user, per month (billed annually)
SaaS Edition
Essentials$221
Standard$401
Expert$551
  1. per user, per month
Additional Pricing Details
For SaaS version, discount available for annual subscription.

Salesforce

General

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

Salesforce Editions & Modules

Edition
Essentials$25.001
Professional$75.001
Enterprise$150.001
Unlimited$300.002
  1. Per User/Per Month
  2. Per user/Per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act! CRM
6.0
Salesforce
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Act! CRM
1.0
Salesforce
10.0

Usability

Act! CRM
1.3
Salesforce
8.1

Reliability and Availability

Act! CRM
Salesforce
9.8

Performance

Act! CRM
Salesforce
9.0

Support Rating

Act! CRM
5.2
Salesforce
7.5

In-Person Training

Act! CRM
Salesforce
7.9

Online Training

Act! CRM
Salesforce
9.1

Implementation Rating

Act! CRM
1.0
Salesforce
9.4

Scalability

Act! CRM
Salesforce
10.0

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