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Act-On

328 Ratings

INBOX25

2 Ratings

Act-On

328 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

INBOX25

2 Ratings
Score 8.2 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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INBOX25

I think Inbox25 is a great fit for companies outgrowing lower-end, disconnected email marketing applications. Companies with a more formalized marketing organization that send a lot of emails (tens of thousands monthly or more) will be better served with a product like Inbox25 that is less complex, easier to use, and much more affordable (30% lower by our experience) from the larger marketing automation products on the market. Our company has 3 full-time marketing staff with over 100,000 contacts (with valid emails) that we target in various direct and drip email campaigns and Inbox25 fits our needs just fine. I suspect that we may outgrow the product eventually but I think it'll meet our needs just fine for many years to come.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.5
INBOX25
7.4
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.3
INBOX25
7.0
Dynamic content
Act-On
6.9
INBOX25
7.0
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
6.6
INBOX25
7.0
Landing pages
Act-On
7.8
INBOX25
9.0
A/B testing
Act-On
8.0
INBOX25
3.2
Mobile optimization
Act-On
7.7
INBOX25
6.2
Email deliverability
Act-On
8.8
INBOX25
9.6
List management
Act-On
5.9
INBOX25
8.6
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.3
INBOX25
8.8

Lead Management

Act-On
6.7
INBOX25
8.0
Lead nurturing
Act-On
6.3
INBOX25
8.4
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
6.9
INBOX25
7.3
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
INBOX25
7.7
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
6.4
INBOX25
8.5

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
INBOX25
7.0
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
INBOX25
5.0
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.3
INBOX25
9.0

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.7
INBOX25
7.5
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
INBOX25
9.0
Social profile integration
Act-On
7.0
INBOX25
6.0

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
5.3
INBOX25
6.3
Dashboards
Act-On
4.7
INBOX25
6.5
Standard reports
Act-On
5.7
INBOX25
6.3
Custom reports
Act-On
5.6
INBOX25
6.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
6.4
INBOX25
9.1
API
Act-On
8.0
INBOX25
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
6.4
INBOX25
8.8
Customizability
Act-On
5.1
INBOX25
7.9
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.0
INBOX25
10.0
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
4.1
INBOX25
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
7.1
INBOX25
9.6

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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  • Inbox25 integrates very well with Sugar CRM where you do not have to manually export lists for email marketing and the results of campaigns update data back to the CRM including bounces (invalid emails), opt-outs, and lead scores when recipients click through on calls to action.
  • The automation engine takes some time to learn but is extremely flexible. We use it to build list segments that we could never build inside our CRM. We also use it for drip marketing automation.
  • The company is small enough that they take a personal approach to each implementation. We've spent a lot of one-on-one time with an Inbox25 consultant to understand the system and to troubleshoot things that we set up incorrectly as we were learning how the application works.
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Cons

  • As with all new entrants into the market, there are features to make it better...however there is a product request hub which is regularly monitored, for me its acceleration of these ideas into the platform.
  • Deeper integration with Google Analytics to understand traffic coming onto the site, from what channel/source and attributing this to the contact/lead and funnel reports.
  • Out-of-box data out integrations with BI solutions such Tableau and MS Power BI.
  • A full marketplace of vendors who can connect with Act-On e.g. SMMS, IP Tracking, Call Tracking.
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  • Inbox25 is in a growth phase and has transformed their product pretty fast. With that comes an increased need to continually learn how to leverage new features.
  • Tutorials and product documentation exist but it is relatively minimal. They overcome this with personalized, one-on-one training that is recorded for future review using a project management platform.
  • Inbox25 has expanded beyond Sugar CRM to include Salesforce.com integration. I'm not sure if they plan to add integrations to other applications but they are positioned well for growth.
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Likelihood to Renew

Act-On8.9
Based on 112 answers
Because I like the road the product is on, I like the people, and I think it will become a clear leader in it's marketing automation space.
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Usability

Act-On7.2
Based on 31 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.
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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
Everyone on their team is friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. Whenever I have a question I know it will be answered in a timely fashion. They understand my questions and are able to find solutions to what I need.
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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

I used Eloqua in my previous role and while it was a great tool I found it very cumbersome and difficult to work with. It's interface was old and it was actually quite a task to get many terms created, designed and aligned as I liked within that tool. Also, the costs for the platform were extremely high. Act-On was a real breath of fresh air for me. Its a much more intuitive interface, and much easier to work with. Although it may not have all of the bells and whistles that some of the bigger players have, it does a lot more than just the basics and gets them right as wel. It also has some cool little innovations of its own as well, the Act-On Anywhere tool is really interesting and valuable, not just to marketers but for sales staff as well. But overall, value for money is much greater with Act-On and that's a key concern for any business
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We found Inbox25 to be the most cost-effective marketing automation platform with the best possible integration to Sugar CRM. We evaluated three additional products. Only one was comparable in scope and integration but the cost was 30% more.
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Return on Investment

  • Average web audience grew 300% within three months, with visitors coming from over 100 countries.
  • Greater integration and cooperation between marketing and sales.
  • Enabled us to become much more proactive in lead generation that the company was able to do previously. We can monitor behaviour, react to that appropriately and serve our prospects and customers much more effectively.
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  • We have successfully moved cold suspects to leads and leads to opportunities, and opportunities to customers with Inbox25. We are just now starting to realize more value given that we've only recently started using the more advanced drip marketing and lead scoring features.
  • When we used the pay-as-you-go version we were paying just pennies per email and remained CAN-Spam Act compliant. It was harder to quantify the ROI then but it was apparent that email marketing was working and moving prospects from one sales stage to another. It was also very useful for re-engaging prospects and promoting products and services to customers.
  • Our total investment in the advanced edition is less $30,000 annually and we expect the ROI to be less than one year. It could have been sooner if we'd have been more thoughtful in our initial implementation.
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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.

INBOX25

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
INBOX25 Editions & Modules
INBOX25
Additional Pricing Details