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SharpSpring

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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

SharpSpring

Over the past several years, SharpSpring has become my preferred solution for small to medium businesses. It has probably 90% of the features that you'll find with the enterprise solutions and is much more intuitive than the competition. Additionally, they pretty much include all of their features in the price. There really aren't upsells or upgrades to get more features. Some tools are better than others. I really like the CRM, Email, & Marketing Automation components. The Landing Page builder is okay but very limited and doesn't take too well to custom HTML code. I probably wouldn't recommend SharpSpring for an enterprise-level customer because it isn't as customizable as many of the enterprise-level marketing automation platforms. For the prices, features, and ease of use, it really is hard to beat.
Tim Hemingway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.9
WYSIWYG email editor
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.0
Dynamic content
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.2
Ability to test dynamic content
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.6
Landing pages
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
6.6
A/B testing
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.9
Mobile optimization
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
6.4
Email deliverability reporting
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.9
List management
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
9.0
Triggered drip sequences
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.7

Lead Management

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.6
Lead nurturing
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.5
Lead scoring and grading
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.1
Data quality management
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.8
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.8

Campaign Management

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.1
Calendaring
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.1
Event/webinar marketing
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.0

Social Media Marketing

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.0
Social sharing and campaigns
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
6.8
Social profile integration
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.3

Reporting & Analytics

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.4
Dashboards
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.2
Standard reports
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.0
Custom reports
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.1

Platform & Infrastructure

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.1
API
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
7.6
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.1
Customizability
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.2
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.1
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
Act! CRM
SharpSpring
8.3

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

SharpSpring

  • Crm, with custom fields that can be customized per organization
  • Sales pipelines, which lets you track an opportunity along the sales process. Can implement automation with tasks creation, emails to prospect and notifications
  • Email marketing with easy to use email builder. Campaigns can be sent out manually or automatically. Can also be used for templated emails to send to contacts.
Kaila Troia | 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

SharpSpring

  • Custom Form Field - Weakest point of the software for me. Hard to make custom field and options are limited
  • Nuanced Automations are Hard - Lacking some more advanced automation capacities and options
  • Hard Bounces / Suppressions - Very aggressive suppression engine means that active subscribers are "bounced" then removed from email lists suddenly without much recourse
Billy Alguire | 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

SharpSpring

SharpSpring 7.8
Based on 31 answers
We have been very impressed with all aspects of this software and the potential for it to radically change how we operate is huge! Support has been exceptional and we have discovered many extra uses for the software than originally thought. Not only will it give us benefits for our company's growth, but for our client's growth as well.
David Fox | 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

SharpSpring

SharpSpring 8.2
Based on 71 answers
This rating is coming from an administrative perspective. With so many features, workflows, dashboards, and more, there is certainly a lot going on, and even the most savvy software user can get a little overwhelmed when trying to decide how to best implement and utilize the platform to its full potential. That being said, the SharpSpring platform is well-implemented and well-organized, with most solutions being fairly intuitive, once you have a grasp of the software. It is fairly easy to learn, but difficult to master. Just like any powerful platform, however, the complexity is worth it, and once you are comfortable navigating and problem solving within SharpSpring, it becomes a great marketing and sales tool which can do virtually anything you need it to.
Christine Mullins | 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

SharpSpring

SharpSpring 8.7
Based on 81 answers
The support is great which really helps overcome challenges if you become stuck and the training videos are great too. Same-day replies are great and I even got some help with some CSS code on the chat. Not many organizations would do this or even respond.
Darren Winter, MA | 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

SharpSpring

SharpSpring 8.0
Based on 14 answers
Overall I would say to be patient and bring everyone who will be touching the platform to the onboarding sessions. The Virtual Classroom lets you onboard as quickly or slowly as you want. Sales, marketing, design, account management, get 'em all in on it. For the most part, they will be happy to use this platform. I recommend getting as many people as possible to see the SharpSpring demo.
Matthew Maginley | 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

SharpSpring

We have tested and work with several marketing automation/CRM systems over the course of over 25 years in the B-to-B marketing/advertising business, among them are: HubSpot, Marketo, Pardot, Zoho, Salesforce, and many others. SharpSpring continues to be the gold standard for me in terms of overall value and ease of use.
Dave Strand | 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

SharpSpring

  • It's had a positive impact on ROI in that it's provided management with visibility into forecasting, making the budgeting process clearer.
  • When new representatives join the company it's easy to get [them] up and running in SharpSpring, minimizing time spent on training.
  • SharpSpring helps our team of reps clearly see the current list of opportunities, and create tasks to make sure we don't miss any follow-ups
Jason Carlage | 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.

SharpSpring

General

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

SharpSpring Editions & Modules

Edition
1,000 Contacts$3991
2,500 Contacts$4991
5,000 Contacts$6991
10,000 Contacts$8991
20,000 Contacts$1,2991
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act! CRM
6.0
SharpSpring
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

Act! CRM
1.0
SharpSpring
7.8

Usability

Act! CRM
1.3
SharpSpring
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
6.0

Performance

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
5.5

Support Rating

Act! CRM
5.2
SharpSpring
8.7

Online Training

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
4.5

Implementation Rating

Act! CRM
1.0
SharpSpring
8.0

Scalability

Act! CRM
SharpSpring
3.5

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