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Act-On

328 Ratings

Adestra

7 Ratings

Act-On

328 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

Adestra

7 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

I think Act-On would work equally well for small to large companies. If you are less confident or experienced in automation and funneling, Act-On genuinely invests in the expertise to guide and support you so you can be continually learning and developing your skills and application for the platform. You never feel you are in the deep end
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Adestra

Small businesses with even smaller marketing budgets and no email marketing experience would be better off selecting a lower-end email marketing provider. However, Adestra will provide a growing company with every email marketing tool along the way.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.5
Adestra
10.0
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.3
Adestra
10.0
Dynamic content
Act-On
6.9
Adestra
10.0
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
6.6
Adestra
10.0
Landing pages
Act-On
7.8
Adestra
10.0
A/B testing
Act-On
8.0
Adestra
10.0
Mobile optimization
Act-On
7.7
Adestra
Email deliverability
Act-On
8.8
Adestra
10.0
List management
Act-On
5.9
Adestra
10.0
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.3
Adestra
10.0

Lead Management

Act-On
6.7
Adestra
Lead nurturing
Act-On
6.3
Adestra
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
6.9
Adestra
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
Adestra
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
6.4
Adestra

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
Adestra
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Adestra
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.3
Adestra

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.7
Adestra
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
Adestra
Social profile integration
Act-On
7.0
Adestra

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
5.3
Adestra
10.0
Dashboards
Act-On
4.7
Adestra
10.0
Standard reports
Act-On
5.7
Adestra
10.0
Custom reports
Act-On
5.6
Adestra

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
6.4
Adestra
API
Act-On
8.0
Adestra
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
6.4
Adestra
Customizability
Act-On
5.1
Adestra
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.0
Adestra
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
4.1
Adestra
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
7.1
Adestra

Pros

  • It's been really easy to get started with Act-On! There are great step-by-step guides inside the platform on what you need to do in order to start using the system, and if any of the steps are unclear you can simply go to Act-On University to get a more detailed description.
  • So far I've been in contact with my CSM (customer success manager), technical support, the area manager and the creative team and everyone has provided competent and friendly service.
  • It's really simple to re-use assets such as forms, emails and landing pages. It saves our team a bunch of time since you almost never need to start over from scratch. To edit the assets is really simple through drag and drop functionality with great flexibility.
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  • Adestra's "dynamic" list allows users to consolidate multiple lists in combination with data filters and exclusion lists. This implements segmentation and is a powerful marketing tool.
  • Adestra's MessageFocus API integration provides developer-tools for list, campaign or transactional automated requirements.
  • Campaigns can be sorted into project folders. This allows marketers to group campaigns together for management or reporting requirements. Moving or copying campaigns from one project to another is a simple process.
  • Data downloads via Reporting is available at every level, from overview to individual KPI.
  • Creating "core" tables helps marketers develop lists with similar attributes. Whether a list has many fields or simply the one required email address field, a "core" table helps to quickly map data labels from spreadsheet to online database. Creating data labels on the fly is a simple process, as well. The "core" table also groups similar contacts into one core database.
  • Any list can be quickly "emptied" for to manage refreshed data. The contacts within the "emptied" list would still be members of the "core" table and so the process does not negatively impact reporting.
  • Unsubscribes can be managed in one list (as a default) or individual lists. Creating individual unsubscribe lists -- dependent on business requirements -- would allow for a preference center, whereby recipients could be given a choice as to which campaigns they receive.
  • The Form tool creates signup forms, simple surveys and landing pages. These can be hosted via Adestra or otherwise on the web. The tool provides for branding and proprietary cascading stylesheets, with a number of actions available through a drag-and-drop interface.
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Cons

  • We could use more contextual content features to use on landing pages
  • The landing page editor could still be improved
  • Social media management could be better; more like Hootsuite
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  • As of this writing, there are at least 3 different editors available (a drag-and-drop, a WYSIWYG and HTML). However, only a small template library is available if requested through support. Those expecting to find ready-built templates for re-branding would find them through the third-party EDM Designer drag-and-drop editor.
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Likelihood to Renew

Act-On8.9
Based on 112 answers
Great product, easy to use, promising roadmap and amazing customer success team.
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Usability

Act-On7.2
Based on 31 answers
Simple to set up, intuitive and easy to create and push new marketing programs.
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Adestra9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have been self-trained on different ESPs for over 10 years, so my experience isn't comparable to most users. However, I've trained people on various email marketing platforms, and with some training, clients have a positive user-experience with Adestra.
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Reliability and Availability

Act-On9.1
Based on 14 answers
This product has never been down when I needed it
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Performance

Act-On8.2
Based on 13 answers
Occasionally, email test messages can be slow - but still within 5 minutes
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Support

Act-On8.8
Based on 38 answers
Since we start using Act-on for ourselves and our clients, we have been supported very well. Often we need to integrate with legacy systems and we find the support team on our side during the whole endeavor. Always asking if they can help us further, always willing to do a better job. The support of Act-On is one of the main differentiators
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Adestra10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have had campaign related issues solved very quickly. When there are technical issues, that involve more than one departmental, it may involve a longer turn-around and management.
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In-Person Training

Act-On8.7
Based on 4 answers
My Account Manager has led me through countless amounts of training on the product as a whole and through some of my integrations.
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Online Training

Act-On9.3
Based on 16 answers
Act-On had a lot of resources, and their staff was great at answering any questions I had to make sure we got started on the right foot. Looking back, I would have preferred some additional training sessions since we didn't have any previous experience with Marketing Automation and best practices.
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Implementation

Act-On8.6
Based on 22 answers
Use UK Professional Services team
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Alternatives Considered

These systems are all great and very robust, but they count each email sent against the monthly count, which is not always ideal for a company that sends high volume, and high frequency marketing campaigns each month. That is probably the greatest selling point of Act-On, that I can keep a base of customers under a certain limit, and send to them unlimited
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For medium and large sized businesses, Adestra competes well with dotMailer. While many of the functions are available through either provider, creating campaigns, managing lists and reviewing metrics are somewhat different.As of this writing, dotMailer's drag-and-drop editor dominates that platform and performs well for low-end users with little-to-no HTML experience. Even high-end users will appreciate how quickly campaigns can be built via the drag-and-drop editor. While Adestra utilizes the EDM Designer drag-and-drop, the third-party functionality is not completely cohesive and lack of a template library gives dotMailer a bit of an advantage.
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Return on Investment

  • As stated in a previous section, one positive impact we have seen so far is the fact that we are more productive and efficient. We are no longer chasing after prospects that are not really interested in purchasing our product.
  • Our marketing team is able to produce nice reports to present at our team meetings every week.
  • The customer support has been so amazing. I needed help with something and had my answer within an hour! I was very impressed by the level of service Act-On provides to their customers.
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  • For companies that focus on goals and analytics, Adestra provides all the necessary tools.
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Pricing Details

Act-On

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
Act-On Editions & Modules
Act-On
Edition
Professional
$9001
Enterprise
$2,0002
1. per month (starts at 2,500 active contacts)
2. per month ( starts at 2,500 active contacts)
Additional Pricing Details
The Professional package starts at 2,500 active contacts, 3 marketing users, 50 sales users and 30,000 API calls per day. The Enterprise package starts at 2,500 active contacts, 6 marketing users, 100 sales users and 30,000 API calls per day. Annual contract required.

Adestra

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Adestra Editions & Modules
Adestra
Additional Pricing Details