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Act-On

328 Ratings

HubSpot

Top Rated
1275 Ratings

Act-On

328 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

HubSpot

Top Rated
1275 Ratings
Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

I think it's a great platform to get started with, it's easy to manage things by yourself and you therefore can decrease your dependence on an (expensive) third party. For us who have an IT department in house as well as a content team it's been working great to be able to manage the majority of the setup on our own, However, don't hesitate to use additional services since this can really give you a boost forward.
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HubSpot

HubSpot is an excellent marketing automation platform for multiple business levels. From SMBs who need the support of a free CRM to emerging companies with a marketing team of 1, HubSpot's intuitive CX means a small learning curve and tons of resources to get your team up and running in no time. For those of us in enterprise-level companies, the added comfort of dedicated support far outweighs those the competition offers with creative solution solvers and a team that advises us of best practices to stay competitive.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.5
HubSpot
8.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.3
HubSpot
8.1
Dynamic content
Act-On
6.9
HubSpot
8.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
6.6
HubSpot
8.5
Landing pages
Act-On
7.8
HubSpot
8.9
A/B testing
Act-On
8.0
HubSpot
8.5
Mobile optimization
Act-On
7.7
HubSpot
8.5
Email deliverability
Act-On
8.8
HubSpot
8.6
List management
Act-On
5.9
HubSpot
8.9
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.3
HubSpot
9.0

Lead Management

Act-On
6.7
HubSpot
8.6
Lead nurturing
Act-On
6.3
HubSpot
8.9
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
6.9
HubSpot
8.3
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
HubSpot
8.3
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
6.4
HubSpot
8.9

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
HubSpot
8.0
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
HubSpot
7.9
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.3
HubSpot
8.1

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.7
HubSpot
8.5
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
HubSpot
8.6
Social profile integration
Act-On
7.0
HubSpot
8.4

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
5.3
HubSpot
8.0
Dashboards
Act-On
4.7
HubSpot
8.2
Standard reports
Act-On
5.7
HubSpot
8.0
Custom reports
Act-On
5.6
HubSpot
7.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
6.4
HubSpot
8.3
API
Act-On
8.0
HubSpot
8.5
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
6.4
HubSpot
8.5
Customizability
Act-On
5.1
HubSpot
7.7
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.0
HubSpot
8.5
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
4.1
HubSpot
8.6
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
7.1
HubSpot
8.2

Pros

  • It not only allows you to see who visited your website, but also what pages they were clicking on. This comes in really handy when you need to separate webinar leads from people who really want to purchase your product and are looking at something like the product tour.
  • We use Dynamics CRM and it has the connector with that system. This allows us to send emails to our prospects directly from our CRM system. As a business development specialist, we constantly work with people who go dark after awhile. With this feature we are able to see whether or not they are opening our emails that we sent. This helps us focus on which prospects we should continue to go after, and which one's we should let go.
  • I LOVE being able to set up alerts for my territories. I can say all the state that I work with, and it sends me an updated list of new people visiting our site in those areas. This means that you don't have to filter through long lists just to find which prospects might be yours. Once again, making your team more productive and efficient.
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  • HubSpot does a superb job of onboarding and educating clients. The process is smooth and well-organized. Their learning library of content made it simple for me to get trained quickly on the platform and start using it almost immediately.
  • HubSpot is also great from an ease-of-use perspective. No matter what I'm building in it (email, blog post, landing page, etc.), I don't need coding knowledge. (Although sometimes I will bring a designer in to help jazz things up a bit.) I also find the optimization prompts extremely helpful to ensure I'm covering all the bases before I hit publish/send.
  • With SEO being such a critical component of successful content marketing, I really appreciate the keyword tool. I use it all the time to get new ideas for content or see where I have ranking and conversion opportunities that I can develop further.
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Cons

  • There is only one thing that I can honestly say I wish they would change. If you send an email from Dynamic CRM, it does log the email in the history which is nice. However, you can't preview or view the email in your CRM system. It provides you with a link that drives you out of that system and into Act-On.
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  • HubSpot has a sales CRM that has business calling. However, it's not as tightly integrated with contacts and workflows as it could be. For example, you can't add that you called a contact or need to in a workflow. Also you can't use the smart lists on the marketing side to create call lists automatically.
  • There's no way for account admins to make changes to the individual settings of an account holder. Sometimes a member of our sales team will need to change their settings, and it would be easier if I could go in directly and do so. Rather, I have to walk them through how to do it or go over to them and have them login to get access.
  • There are some restrictions on design elements that make it harder to keep a consistent look with our overall brand image. For example, while there are social sharing options, there's no way to change out the style and icons used for social sharing elements in emails and landing pages.
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Likelihood to Renew

Act-On8.9
Based on 112 answers
I am extremely happy with Act-On's platform and their service. The service for support and account management is one of the best around. I have always received a timely response and have always felt that my account manager or support person owned the problem or request and did everything they could do to solve it or answer any question I may have had.
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HubSpot9.4
Based on 370 answers
I've been using HubSpot for six years and I know it's the best solution for SMBs pursuing inbound and content marketing. As long as I'm working with, or I am, an small or medium-sized business and have sufficient content to share with target prospects, I'm confident that HubSpot will remain the right solution for me and those firms with whom I am working.
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Usability

Act-On7.2
Based on 31 answers
Again, these systems take time to learn, and there's so much under the hood that usability is an issue with any marketing automation software. Act-On provides a nice balance.
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HubSpot9.5
Based on 96 answers
Hubspot's tools typically walk you through everything step by step so you don't get lost or confused and offers a lot of help topics to help you.
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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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HubSpot9.1
Based on 25 answers
We made a decision as an agency to only work with Hubspot. The software is easy to work with, and the support is very good
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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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HubSpot8.9
Based on 17 answers
With all the new features in HubSpot, the system can get a tad slow sometimes... That said, most of the time it is lightning fast and I have no problems. Because most of the integrations are API, they silently work in the background. I have not had trouble with lag due to HubSpot integration
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Support

Act-On8.8
Based on 38 answers
One of the BEST support teams I've ever dealt with.
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HubSpot9.0
Based on 78 answers
Their support team is always there to help and usually can deliver the solution you are looking for in just a few minutes over the phone. While I do not find myself calling support very often there are others within my company that do and they rave about how patient and willing to help everyone is on the support team
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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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HubSpot9.1
Based on 8 answers
I did the 2-day classroom at HubSpot's corporate office in Cambridge. First off, it was amazing to see their corporate office in general. They have such a cool office environment. But it was also great to have the ability to learn in a workshop format with other HubSpot users and meet my Account Manager/ Inbound Marketing Consultant in person.
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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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HubSpot8.2
Based on 25 answers
I went through Inbound Marketing University in 2006. Great training and helped my transition from traditional (outbound) marketing to inbound marketing that I've been able to apply to a number of businesses from wastewater and water reuse, to professional services and SaaS. Share information of value to build awareness and trust. Answer customers' questions in a transparent way to generate more qualified leads. Understand the difference between a marketing qualified lead and a sales qualified lead and put together a lead nurturing program. Your sales and marketing efforts will see significant ROI.
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Implementation

Act-On8.6
Based on 22 answers
Trust your success counselor. All 3 had have been spectacular.
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HubSpot8.9
Based on 47 answers
They are great to work with. Typically, any issues are on the customer end.
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Alternatives Considered

I chose Act-On from a listing of about 15-20 systems for automated cloud-based digital marketing. Act-On offered the best email marketing system for me by a wide margin. I needed a versatile, easy to use, and comprehensive system to create attractive marketing communication vehicles, have the capability to incorporate forms, check lists, document/photo inclusions, and other basics so I could create professional advertising to be sent and results tracked. Act-On offered all of this for a very good price in a size package that fit my needs very well. Overall, the compelling attraction was infinite access to helpers without limitation or extra cost.
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We've used Pardot, but the onboarding experience was lackluster. Our onboarding was farmed out to a consultant and not followed up on well despite our attempts to work with them. We also had to [do] most of the development even though it was supposed to be part of our onboarding with Pardot. Part of why we went with HubSpot was the onboarding process. We're a small company so we have fewer people that have to cover more ground. HubSpot does everything in house and held our hands the entire way until we got up to speed on how to use it.Overall a lot of features are similar to other marketing products out there, but HubSpot integrates them better than any other one. We needed Salesforce, HubSpot to work hand in hand. HubSpot did it the best.
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Scalability

Act-On9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.
HubSpot7.3
Based on 7 answers
While HubSpot initially, seven years ago, seemed built for SMBs it appears they have scaled their solution for larger enterprises. I do not have experience sending out 10 million-plus emails per month so I don't know how HubSpot would handle that. However, I do know that some other marketing automation platforms have had trouble with such scale. As such, I suggest HubSpot have one of it's enterprise customers share data on the length of time it takes to send out 1 million emails. Are we talking minutes, hours or days? Then decide what's right for you based on your business needs.
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Return on Investment

  • We've been able to pinpoint engaged prospects based on their responses and behaviors to a mix of digital marketing efforts.
  • We've streamlined our webinar creation, marketing, and analysis.
  • We've been able to build workflows and triggers in Salesforce that help automate the sales process based on Act-On activities such as form completion.
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  • We now have increased employee efficiency with being able to look up contact info and send out emails. We also now have more insight into what a prospect or client is doing such as looking at on our site or if they've checked an email.
  • It's helped us increase our blog subscriber list.
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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.

HubSpot

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
HubSpot Editions & Modules
HubSpot
Edition
Basic
$2001
Pro
$8002
Enterprise
$2,4003
1. per month (up to 100 contacts)
2. per month (up to 1,000 contacts)
3. per month (up to 10,000 contacts)
Additional Pricing Details