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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 7.8 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

Hootsuite

The Hootsuite free version is great for small businesses that do not need extremely detailed tracking. It can easily publish content across multiple social media formats. I have not had any issues in content failing to publish because of software error. The at-a-glance analytics provides a lot of information when targeted a specific age range or the time when subscribers are online. It has worked well for my private business.
Trish Lofton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
8.3
Hootsuite
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
8.2
Hootsuite
Dynamic content
Act-On
7.7
Hootsuite
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.8
Hootsuite
Landing pages
Act-On
8.0
Hootsuite
A/B testing
Act-On
8.0
Hootsuite
Mobile optimization
Act-On
8.8
Hootsuite
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.6
Hootsuite
List management
Act-On
8.7
Hootsuite
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.7
Hootsuite

Lead Management

Act-On
8.2
Hootsuite
Lead nurturing
Act-On
8.8
Hootsuite
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
8.7
Hootsuite
Data quality management
Act-On
7.3
Hootsuite
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
8.0
Hootsuite

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.8
Hootsuite
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Hootsuite
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.8
Hootsuite

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
7.7
Hootsuite
Dashboards
Act-On
8.0
Hootsuite
Standard reports
Act-On
7.7
Hootsuite
Custom reports
Act-On
7.5
Hootsuite

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
8.4
Hootsuite
API
Act-On
8.0
Hootsuite
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
8.5
Hootsuite
Customizability
Act-On
8.0
Hootsuite
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.3
Hootsuite
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
9.1
Hootsuite
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
8.8
Hootsuite

Listening/monitoring

Act-On
Hootsuite
7.0
Boolean keyword searches
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.1
Filtering out noise/spam
Act-On
Hootsuite
6.1
Sentiment analysis
Act-On
Hootsuite
6.6
Broad channel coverage
Act-On
Hootsuite
8.1

Publishing

Act-On
Hootsuite
8.1
Content planning and scheduling
Act-On
Hootsuite
9.3
Audience targeting
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.5
Content optimization
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.6
Workflow management
Act-On
Hootsuite
8.1

Engagement

Act-On
Hootsuite
7.9
Automated routing and prioritization
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.7
Customer interaction histories
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.7
Bulk actions
Act-On
Hootsuite
8.2

Marketing

Act-On
Hootsuite
6.6
Lead generation
Act-On
Hootsuite
6.9
Content marketing
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.0
Paid media management
Act-On
Hootsuite
6.4
Campaigns and promotions
Act-On
Hootsuite
6.3

Channel coverage/integration

Act-On
Hootsuite
8.4
Twitter
Act-On
Hootsuite
9.4
Facebook
Act-On
Hootsuite
9.2
LinkedIn
Act-On
Hootsuite
8.9
Google+
Act-On
Hootsuite
8.8
Instagram
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.4
Pinterest
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.9
YouTube
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.0

Reporting/analytics

Act-On
Hootsuite
6.9
Campaign success analytics
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.1
Real-time tracking
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.1
Competitor analysis
Act-On
Hootsuite
6.4

Account management

Act-On
Hootsuite
7.9
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Act-On
Hootsuite
8.2
Mobile access
Act-On
Hootsuite
7.6

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

Hootsuite

  • The scheduling feature is fantastic. It allows you to easily plan the exact day, time, and channel that a particular post will be published.
  • Mobile functionality is great with the app. The team could use it on their phones or tablets, which made it easy to make changes or additions on the go or in-between meetings.
  • Social channel integration. All of the major channels are integrated with the tool, making it easy to sign in and start using it.
Anonymous | 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

Hootsuite

  • I personally don't like the way Hootsuite displays multiple social channels on the interface. It's very utilitarian and it does have a modern look, but there's just something about the multiple column look that really bugs me. It feels a bit dated and cluttered.
  • I've used both the free and the pro versions before. Pro is somewhat overpriced for the value that it provides and the free version limits you to too few social profiles which puts you in a position to either overpay or go to another option like Buffer which is cheaper but isn't as reliable. I'd say somewhere around $12-15/mo. would make the single-user Pro tier more palatable.
Garrett Genest | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 8.4
Based on 73 answers
At this time we are satisfied that Hootsuite offers the most of what we are looking for at the most reasonable price point. As the social media landscape and monitoring/scheduling software changes, so do our needs. We re-evaluate our tools semi-annually or as new tools emerge onto the market. If we find at any point that we aren't gaining an advantage, then we are open to switching products.
Laura Pence | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 9.2
Based on 27 answers
The layout of horizontal columns for each stream or search is a very cumbersome way to display information. There isn't an easy way to sort, filter, or otherwise re-organize the streams to limit the current view to relevancy. This is one of the primary reasons why we plan to move to another platform.
Matthew Hardesty | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 36 answers
Any outages are communicated in advance and have not been a problem. We let our clients know based on communications from HootSuite.Since we operate 24/7 with multiple shifts, planned outages can interfere with our operations, but we can always work around it.
Anonymous | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 32 answers
Hootsuite makes passing on articles from the web very easy- when it works! I have had a number of gliches with Chrome where it does not open properly and the solution (after some toing and froing with support) was to uninstall and reinstall. The support staff are always very helpful (which is great!) but the gliches..... well, they suck when you are already busy!
Michael Royal | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 7.4
Based on 50 answers
The system is pretty self-guided so I haven't had much need for support. The support forum and could be better, chat feature and email work when needed without too much time to wait for help. You'll know if they are online to chat or not. I find chat is the fastest way to get questions answered
Matthew Veil | 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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to teach and learn
Jessica Rudolph | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 8 answers
Would rate it a 10. We received two hours of online training and it was of very high-quality. HootSuite also offers HootSuite University which is an extremely comprehensive training portal with self-paced quizzes, training webinars and videos, best-practice papers, product certification, and access to a network of external experts. This is a fantastic resource.
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

Hootsuite

Hootsuite 10.0
Based on 65 answers
One person of the organization must take the time to understand the product throughly. Next that person should work with the Hootsuite team to maximize the architecture of your platform and mitigate any problems that may crop up. Also, if a team members voices a concern or is having a problem roll your sleeves up and help them if not it can kill support for the product and end any chances of a renewal. Lastly, set aside enough time to allow for training and refresher training. Solve all problems ambiguity can not be permitted
Edgar Carpenter IV | 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

Hootsuite

Main other tool we looked at was Buffer. While I like both of them, the free version of Hootsuite allowed us to connect to 3 social media platforms and we prefer the calendar and stream layouts for management of activity.
Ed Hart | 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

Hootsuite

No score
No answers yet
We haven't needed to scale it all.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Hootsuite

  • Honestly, Hootsuite has been pretty close to a wash for us. The frequency with which we've had to wrestle with our Facebook Business connection has caused us to repeatedly put Hootsuite on the shelf and opt for manual posting to both FB and Instagram.
  • During the times it functioned properly, Hootsuite probably saved us around an hour of work per day, if you factor in both time required to post to various platforms and potential time spent ensuring/editing consistency between posts.
Brock Ross | 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.

Hootsuite

General

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

Hootsuite Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$49.001
Team$129.002
Business$599.003
EnterpriseContact for Pricing
  1. per month (1 user / 10 social profiles)
  2. per month (3 users / 20 social profiles)
  3. per month (5, up to 10 users / 35 social profiles)
Additional Pricing Details
For feature comparison across our different plans, please visit: https://www.hootsuite.com/plans

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