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Score 7.2 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

There are so many ways it could improve with just smoother functionality and UI/UX, mostly in the ways I said it needed improvement that are quite major. But overall I think it has the right ideas and tries to offer a lot of options for marketing tasks and a solid system for working with a marketing funnel.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

Vertical Response is a great tool for reaching out to customers en masse. The only time I don't use Vertical Response is when I am contacting one or two customers at a time. Otherwise, I almost exclusively use Vertical Response due to that fact I can track the efficacy of our marketing efforts
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.8
VerticalResponse
9.0
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.6
VerticalResponse
8.6
Dynamic content
Act-On
7.2
VerticalResponse
9.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.3
VerticalResponse
9.8
Landing pages
Act-On
7.6
VerticalResponse
8.8
A/B testing
Act-On
7.2
VerticalResponse
8.2
Mobile optimization
Act-On
8.2
VerticalResponse
7.1
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.3
VerticalResponse
9.9
List management
Act-On
8.6
VerticalResponse
9.9
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.2
VerticalResponse
9.0

Lead Management

Act-On
7.7
VerticalResponse
Lead nurturing
Act-On
8.3
VerticalResponse
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
8.1
VerticalResponse
Data quality management
Act-On
7.3
VerticalResponse
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
7.2
VerticalResponse

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
VerticalResponse
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
VerticalResponse
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.2
VerticalResponse

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.1
VerticalResponse
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.3
VerticalResponse
Social profile integration
Act-On
5.8
VerticalResponse

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
7.1
VerticalResponse
9.4
Dashboards
Act-On
7.4
VerticalResponse
8.7
Standard reports
Act-On
7.6
VerticalResponse
9.4
Custom reports
Act-On
6.3
VerticalResponse
10.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
7.9
VerticalResponse
API
Act-On
6.9
VerticalResponse
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
7.6
VerticalResponse
Customizability
Act-On
7.1
VerticalResponse
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.3
VerticalResponse
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
8.4
VerticalResponse
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
8.8
VerticalResponse

Pros

Act-On

  • Act-On's customer service is exceptional, they are quick and thorough when you are needing help. For example, we could not figure out how to automate a birthday date for our birthday campaign and the representative was able to walk through the process with myself and another team member. This is a strength of Act-On because many other companies do not have customer services that will speak with you, they direct you to blogs or informational sessions.
  • The landing pages that Act-On has created for use on the web is exceptional. The formatting is very user-friendly and the templates are great to navigate. The landing pages allow you to make the page fit whatever campaign or reason you are in need of. This is a strength of Act-On because the landing pages resolve the issue of having to create actual web pages.
  • The spam feature of Act-On's emails is a great add on. This feature allows you to test how the spam alerts are triggered in your email and how you can fix it. This has helped many emails be developed in a way so that they reach many more people than they would have without this feature. many other programs do not have this feature.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

  • The tools that they provide you with for building out emails are particularly easy to use. I love the drag and drop ability that gives anyone the opportunity to build professional looking emails without any extensive experience.
  • With the majority of people checking emails on mobile, it is necessary to have highly responsive designs and this tool does all the work for you, no developer is needed and that is a MAJOR plus.
Nichole Fabbro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Act-On

  • Building email and landing page templates are difficult, the drag and drop builder is not straightforward, and requires coding knowledge
  • The workflow tool is cumbersome and not as intuitive as I'd expect a best in class marketing software's to be
  • Domain connections and domain management functionality made it difficult to manage multiple company domains and subdomains for pages
Kyle Moloo | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

  • The type face is small. Not sure if this is to avoid overwhelming the reader, but I could see this being an issue with vision-impaired people or people who don't see small print well.
  • Sometimes I find it takes multiple clicks to make one simple change. I wish there was a search field at the top of the screen that allowed me to jump directly to a client's entry to update it there.
Kerry Flory | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On

Act-On 8.9
Based on 112 answers
It's my single biggest asset in my current role. With limited resources, its enabled Anachron to punch well above our weight marketing wise and although we're still at the beginning of our journey I know the system can scale with us
Damian Leslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 8.6
Based on 20 answers
Product is easy for both technical and non-technical people to use. A cost effective solution for sending out large number of messages. We can manage unsubscribes by individual accounts, so we can have multiple multiple accounts combined to maximize our buying power on credits. Effective API for sending/receiving data makes tool a valuable asset.
Richard Wagner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 32 answers
It's good, but not quite brilliant. Some parts of the interface are still a bit outdated. The product has been evolving very fast, though, and I believe in a few months it will be up there with the best of them, interface wise as well.
Diogo Cabral | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 9.0
Based on 5 answers
I truly love this product. We are moving to an all-in-one system next year and my greatest fear in doing so is how much I will miss this platform. Although we are excited for things ahead, I will always keep Vertical Response in my back pocket incase I don't love the new platform as much
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 28 answers
I have always found them quick to respond to my query by web inquiry. In those instances when I call, I have always reached help quickly. They are conscientious and skilled in discussing my concern and finding a solution to my problem. Other tech organizations should use Act-On as a model for top-notch customer service.
Eric Kinaitis, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Never had an issue with uptime
Michael Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Act-On

Act-On 8.2
Based on 26 answers
Great for the most part. Sometimes there are little lags, but that's likely because I'm requesting to see a lot of data at one time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Michael Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Act-On

Act-On 7.3
Based on 78 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
Harold Klaassen | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 8.0
Based on 8 answers
At Vertical Response the help desk associates are courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. You can tell they enjoy what they do. And clearly, they are well trained because most times, the first point of contact is able to resolve any issue you may have. There have been very few times where an associate has needed to get back to me or escalate me to a supervisor
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Act-On

Act-On 8.7
Based on 4 answers
Dan D. was great. He took the time to understand how I needed the program to run, and was very flexible to our special CRM setup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Act-On

Act-On 9.3
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.
Carrie Scheetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Basic functions and online help...we used what was needed, at the time, and will continue to explore other online trainings as our functional needs expand
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Act-On

Act-On 8.6
Based on 44 answers
What impressed me most is that Act-On showed full committment in making our implementation successful, even when it required additional support from their team. This gave me a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings. Most other software software vendors are not anywhere close to being this responsive and effective
Prabal Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

VerticalResponse 10.0
Based on 8 answers
Salesforce integration never worked right. We had to abandon.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Act-On

Act-On does most everything that Marketo and HubSpot can and Act-On does some of them better and some of them worse. I've outlined the strengths and weaknesses of Act-On already. I am familiar with Marketo and HubSpot but not familiar enough with them to create a matrix type of comparison. Some of the differences are just different, not better or worse. For example, Marketo throws all the contacts into a master list of sorts and segments are created via queries. Act-On has user-created lists and segments built off each list.
Dave Moll | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

In addition to using Vertical Response personally I also manage email marketing for clients that already use Mailchimp, Robly and Constant Contact. While most of these platforms all offer similar features I choose Vertical Response first if the client does not have a platform in place. Typically I am also teaching the client how to use this tool and the Vertical Response visual interface is very easy for me to teach a client how to navigate and create their own campaigns.
Genie Huff-Forkner | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Before I feel like I need more features, the Act-On customer service reps are contacting me telling about new features as part of my account.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Act-On

  • Consistently positive ROI: very specific ROI tracking and successful campaign tracking across various mediums: email, website, etc...
  • Negative: Difficult on-boarding, sometimes seems like UI is outdated, so training first time was quite difficult.
  • Negative: Quite expensive compared to other similar solutions
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

VerticalResponse

  • We were able to blast out promotions our company was having to customers which created an increase in business.
  • By blasting out any service issues, it keeps our customers informed so that they are not wondering what is going on.
  • Allows us to store unsubscribed emails so that we are not constantly pestering people who do not want to be emailed.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

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.

VerticalResponse

General

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

VerticalResponse Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$11.001
Pro$16.001
Pro Plus$196.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On
7.9
VerticalResponse
8.7

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On
8.9
VerticalResponse
8.6

Usability

Act-On
9.1
VerticalResponse
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Act-On
9.1
VerticalResponse
10.0

Performance

Act-On
8.2
VerticalResponse
10.0

Support Rating

Act-On
7.3
VerticalResponse
8.0

In-Person Training

Act-On
8.7
VerticalResponse

Online Training

Act-On
9.3
VerticalResponse
9.0

Implementation Rating

Act-On
8.6
VerticalResponse
10.0

Scalability

Act-On
9.1
VerticalResponse

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