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Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

If you have an existing CRM system, like Microsoft 365, you can integrate campaign automation with Act-On, and then it is worth most of the time it takes to get less-experienced employees on-boarded. In other cases that require more minimal use, the on-boarding may be too lengthy. In that case, it may be better-suited to choose a different SaaS that tracks campaign, ROI, lead scoring, etc.
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Campaign Monitor

Campaign Monitor is helpful for a company that wants to take the next step to using a higher level email marketing service. It helps get you into automation, dynamic content, and more advanced segmentation. It’s a good step up for teams coming from MailChimp.

It’s not appropriate for companies who are wanting to send out content marketing emails with the intent of them being shared on social media. The social sharing is non existent and embarrassing.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.4
Campaign Monitor
8.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
8.1
Campaign Monitor
Dynamic content
Act-On
7.4
Campaign Monitor
7.9
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.0
Campaign Monitor
8.0
Landing pages
Act-On
7.1
Campaign Monitor
A/B testing
Act-On
6.8
Campaign Monitor
8.6
Mobile optimization
Act-On
6.6
Campaign Monitor
Email deliverability
Act-On
7.9
Campaign Monitor
10.0
List management
Act-On
6.7
Campaign Monitor
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
9.0
Campaign Monitor

Lead Management

Act-On
7.4
Campaign Monitor
Lead nurturing
Act-On
7.1
Campaign Monitor
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
7.7
Campaign Monitor
Data quality management
Act-On
7.9
Campaign Monitor
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
7.1
Campaign Monitor

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.8
Campaign Monitor
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Campaign Monitor
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.7
Campaign Monitor

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
8.2
Campaign Monitor
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
8.2
Campaign Monitor
Social profile integration
Act-On
8.2
Campaign Monitor

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
6.2
Campaign Monitor
10.0
Dashboards
Act-On
6.0
Campaign Monitor
Standard reports
Act-On
6.6
Campaign Monitor
10.0
Custom reports
Act-On
6.1
Campaign Monitor

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
7.4
Campaign Monitor
API
Act-On
8.9
Campaign Monitor
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
7.2
Campaign Monitor
Customizability
Act-On
6.9
Campaign Monitor
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.0
Campaign Monitor
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
6.7
Campaign Monitor
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
7.0
Campaign Monitor

Pros

  • I have used a number of marketing automation systems over the years from Oracle to Salesforce. However none of these have been as easy to use from a platform perspective.
  • Its very intuitive and in a short period of weeks we have been able to set up the platform, fully integrate it with our systems and create lead scoring and funnel reports.
  • If I am ever stuck our amazing customer success manager is there to help us with weekly calls and demos which focus on our business needs and requirements.
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  • Campaign Monitor’s support is great. They have a great help page built out to help answer all your questions, and if you do have a question or issue that needs extra support, their support team responds within a couple hours to help resolve the issue.
  • The email builder is very clean and easy to use. It makes A/B testing, personalization, and dynamic content easy to implement.
  • I appreciate the insights reporting that Campaign Monitor provides. We use that regularly for our quarterly reporting to track list growth, as well as campaign performance from a high level.
  • The automation is very straight forward and has truly transformed our marketing. The learning curve is pretty low, so my entire team knows how to use it to create and edit automated email journeys.
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Cons

  • Program automation: the only feature I miss from Eloqua, which I used in a previous role, is the drag and drop canvas for building out a drip campaign. Act-On's functionality works perfectly, but the fact it's all listed in one vertical line makes it slightly more difficult to visualize the flow. Having said that, the tools are all there, it could just do with some extra visualization when it comes to making complex programs.
  • Website prospector. This is one of the features I use very heavily and although the new version recently launched is a big improvement, there's still room for more info. It's by no means bad, but I'd like to see some extra info in here.
  • Forms: Id like to see a more visual formbuilder, in line with the landing page improvements recently made. The form works great but are quite plain visually. This could be improved and remove the need for extra tools in WordPress/other programs.
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  • I'd like to have a function that tests email addresses and lets you know which ones are no longer working and, if possible, replaces the email you have on file with the one that the subscriber prefers.
  • It would be nice to have more free access to template designers, but they have so many to choose from it's a negligible need.
  • The site kicks you off for inactivity rather quickly, which is a little annoying, but I do keep the window open for a long time as I design newsletters.
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Likelihood to Renew

Act-On8.9
Based on 112 answers
We have been using Act-On for a number of years, and after reviewing other companies earlier this year, we are certain that we want to stay active users of Act-On for the foreseeable future.
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Usability

Act-On7.2
Based on 31 answers
This has been my experience since Day 1
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Campaign Monitor10.0
Based on 2 answers
Very simple yet still full featured.
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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
Act-On just keeps improving.
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Support

Act-On8.8
Based on 38 answers
They are great, and have helped us succeed every single time. It's that simple.
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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
Easy peasy!
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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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Once templates are set up, Campaign Monitor seems to be easier to use for novices than either MailChimp or Vertical Response. There is less back-and-forth between steps, and Campaign Monitor seems to want to usher you along all the steps as quickly as possible without the need for reviewing and testing. A/B testing is a breeze, and can automatically send emails after a certain threshold is reached.This comes at a price, as emails turn out to be more formulaic and less dynamic
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Return on Investment

  • Increased employee efficiency for sure, I am able to churn out so many more emails than if I did it manually.
  • Better customer service - we honor opt-outs and unsubscribes automatically, ensuring that our prospects do not receive any more emails than they want.
  • ROI - the ability to schedule emails and plan ahead helps us stay on top of our marketing calendar and produce more marketing messages, leading to more sales. Well worth the investment.
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  • Email Tracking results
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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.

Campaign Monitor

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Campaign Monitor Editions & Modules
Campaign Monitor
Additional Pricing Details