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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Act-On Software ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Email & Online Marketing, Reporting & Analytics

Email & Online Marketing

9.0

Act-On

90%
6.5

iContact

65%
Act-On Software ranks higher in 9/9 features

WYSIWYG email editor

9.4
94%
112 Ratings
6.4
64%
23 Ratings

Dynamic content

9.2
92%
92 Ratings
6.2
62%
20 Ratings

Ability to test dynamic content

8.7
87%
92 Ratings
5.2
52%
20 Ratings

Landing pages

9.0
90%
108 Ratings
5.9
59%
13 Ratings

A/B testing

9.2
92%
95 Ratings
5.7
57%
16 Ratings

Mobile optimization

9.2
92%
103 Ratings
7.0
70%
20 Ratings

Email deliverability reporting

8.7
87%
220 Ratings
7.9
79%
48 Ratings

List management

9.0
90%
111 Ratings
7.3
73%
24 Ratings

Triggered drip sequences

8.6
86%
87 Ratings
6.4
64%
14 Ratings

Lead Management

9.3

Act-On

93%

iContact

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Act-On Software ranks higher in 4/4 features

Lead nurturing

9.4
94%
104 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Lead scoring and grading

9.4
94%
104 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Data quality management

9.3
93%
102 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Automated sales alerts and tasks

9.2
92%
95 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Campaign Management

8.0

Act-On

80%

iContact

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Act-On Software ranks higher in 2/2 features

Calendaring

6.8
68%
8 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Event/webinar marketing

9.2
92%
76 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Social Media Marketing

9.3

Act-On

93%

iContact

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Act-On Software ranks higher in 2/2 features

Social sharing and campaigns

9.3
93%
69 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Social profile integration

9.3
93%
63 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

8.9

Act-On

89%
6.8

iContact

68%
Act-On Software ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

8.7
87%
109 Ratings
7.8
78%
25 Ratings

Standard reports

8.7
87%
112 Ratings
6.5
65%
24 Ratings

Custom reports

9.4
94%
84 Ratings
6.2
62%
14 Ratings

Platform & Infrastructure

9.0

Act-On

90%

iContact

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
Act-On Software ranks higher in 6/6 features

API

8.9
89%
67 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Role-based workflow & approvals

8.9
89%
71 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Customizability

9.4
94%
89 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integration with Salesforce.com

9.3
93%
65 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

9.2
92%
36 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Integration with SugarCRM

8.3
83%
29 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Act-On Software is rated higher in 8 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Availability, Performance, Online Training, Implementation Rating, Product Scalability
  • iContact is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

9.4

Act-On

94%
219 Ratings
7.8

iContact

78%
44 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.9

Act-On

89%
112 Ratings
3.4

iContact

34%
19 Ratings

Usability

9.1

Act-On

91%
32 Ratings
8.0

iContact

80%
6 Ratings

Availability

9.1

Act-On

91%
28 Ratings
9.0

iContact

90%
2 Ratings

Performance

8.2

Act-On

82%
26 Ratings
8.0

iContact

80%
2 Ratings

Support Rating

7.3

Act-On

73%
78 Ratings
9.9

iContact

99%
18 Ratings

In-Person Training

8.7

Act-On

87%
4 Ratings

iContact

N/A
0 Ratings

Online Training

9.3

Act-On

93%
16 Ratings
1.0

iContact

10%
1 Rating

Implementation Rating

8.6

Act-On

86%
44 Ratings
8.5

iContact

85%
4 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.1

Act-On

91%
1 Rating
7.0

iContact

70%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

Act-On simplifies the creation of landing pages, web forms, email campaigns, and other types of marketing automation. Designing a customer journey using the workflow builder (a nurturing flow) is possible. It is used in various ways and in a variety of contexts. Tactical's knowledgeable support team helped us unlock Act-On's potential for complex integrations and marketing campaigns. In some areas, it would be beneficial to improve functionality.
Sourov K Chowdhury | TrustRadius Reviewer

iContact

I would only recommend it if someone was a small business. I think they are the best suited for companies who will send out a coupon or offer here and there. The most recent updates made it more complicated to use for more complicated processes. It is easy to train someone on the program, and so quick to learn. But I would also only stick to the simpler things. I also think the colorful templates are great, and show great creativity. But again, it is hard to justify recommending the program when it isn't WYSIWYG.
Patrick Stephens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Act-On

  • Establishes a simple but very decisive way of how to perform specialized marketing work.
  • It includes the monitoring of advertising networks or account management on digital platforms and social networks.
  • The support is solid; it takes all the suggestions and doubts I have regarding the software.
Korey Migdal | TrustRadius Reviewer

iContact

  • Contact management. iContact is really great for entering all your contact. You are able to put them onto different lists, and let them choose which lists they would like to be a part of as well. There are many data fields provided to fill in information.
  • Emailing. We use the email feature at least once a month. They are always improving and adding new features, which is very helpful in presenting content in a new and exciting way to our readers. There are many options with remade templates and themes, or you can add your own.
  • Insights. It is really helpful being able to have the data to see what is working and what isn't. It is nice to be able to go back and see how things went in the past compared to now. Opens, clicks, shares, etc.
Kirsten Rodriguez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Act-On

  • The designer tools, especially for emails, were often difficult to use. The formatting of the text would be all over the place and change / refuse to change at random. Moving boxes around was shifty and sometimes nearly impossible. It just wasn't customizeable enough. No "undo" functionality either.
  • The only way to collect information expansively over time (there's a term Act-On uses for it, I can't recall) where it adds questions to the form each time a user fills it out, is if the person were to fill out the same form multiple times. I know this does happen for some websites/resources, but as a company that wanted to collect new information each time someone filled out any form, regardless of the resource or the URL, that was simply not an option, and that doesn't really make a lot of sense. I know it's not really possible to track someone but if they filled out the first part of the form and then it added new questions to answer, and then they submitted and got through the gating, that would actually be helpful.
  • There was no "trash can" of sorts in case you deleted something by mistake. This could be so stress-inducing if it was a major project. My coworker did this once, contacted Act-On, they couldn't even recover it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

iContact

  • We also would like to send transactional messages which don't require an opt-out, this is a challenge with iContact. (May be a feature with pro?)
  • The regular version of iContact doesn't support event management or logic flows for automated messaging.
  • Custom form fields have limited field type options (can't build a drop-down).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Act-On

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Starting Price

$900 per month (starts at 2,500 active contacts)

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.

iContact

General

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

Starting Price

$14 per month

iContact Editions & Modules

Edition
1500 Users$15.001
2500 Users$25.001
5000 Users$45.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

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

iContact

iContact 3.4
Based on 19 answers
iContact has been a quick and easy way to send any announcements and news directly to email and social media subscribers. Its tracking and reporting capabilities turn a simple email into a marketing campaign that can be used as a tool to efficiently gauge reader response and customer satisfaction, and ultimately to reach potential customers. The consistency and excellent customer service is what makes this program a pleasant experience.
Zeenath Haniff | 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

iContact

iContact 8.0
Based on 6 answers
I rate iContact as an easy to use program due to its user friendly dashboard and user interface. Most companies of small to medium size do not have a dedicated marketer, therefore it is someone multitasking who may or may not have this kind of experience. iContact makes it relatively simple and can actually expand one's knowledge in the area of business promotion.
Charlene Botet Pelaez | 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

iContact

iContact 9.0
Based on 2 answers
iContact is regularly up and running. Only once has it been unavailable for maintenance, which is to be expected and even desired for optimal performance when needed.
Zeenath Haniff | 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

iContact

iContact 8.0
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

iContact

iContact 9.9
Based on 18 answers
They have always been responsive to any issues or concerns that have arisen with our account. Our customer account manager participates in our monthly county-wide communicators meetings via telephone to ensure that we are getting the most from the service. He also analyzes our lists to help us weed out inactive contacts.
Todd McGee | 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

iContact

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

iContact

iContact 1.0
Based on 1 answer
The templates are difficult to customize, and they don't render well in email platforms
Tamara Guion-Yagy | 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

iContact

iContact 8.5
Based on 4 answers
i wouldn't be using it if i wasn't satisfied. time is money
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Act-On

Act-On is easier to use than Marketo, but not as visually appealing and user-friendly as HubSpot. It's much better than Pardot, as Pardot feel clunky every step of the way. SharpSpring is comparable because of its price point but surpasses Act-On in its tools and intuitive interface. We selected Act-On because of the pricing model and thought all things would be close to parity with other options. It depends on the team you have. If you have developers and a marketing team that knows some html/css, you can get by with Act-On.
Kyle Moloo | TrustRadius Reviewer

iContact

I didn't have a say in the decision because I wasn't with the company at the time. I listed HubSpot here because I know we used it in conjunction with iContact for email automation, but HubSpot Email was only recently built-out to the point where it is today. Now, iContact and HubSpot are no longer integrated.
Malarie Knox | 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

iContact

iContact 7.0
Based on 1 answer
iContact stays the same with the number of users added or taken away. It certainly remains reliable despite increased usage, and so, can be considered scaleable in that aspect.
Zeenath Haniff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Act-On

  • With the Automated Series, we were able to put in place campaigns that generated revenue that took no time to continue running once set up. This was a positive feature allowing employees to work on another project while the campaign ran on their own.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

iContact

  • We have a template for webinars that we send every month. We just edit it and send. This couldn't be easier (once you know where to find it).
  • We like the breakdown of statistics in the dashboard. They're easy to read.
  • iContact isn't a comprehensive solution, so it is only one of a few products we use for marketing.
Karen Chamberlain | TrustRadius Reviewer

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