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375 Ratings
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Score 7.4 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

Act-On is well suited for your business if you have a lot of contacts and are averse to the pay by the contact model of competing marketing automation software. Act-On charges by emails sent, not by how many contacts are in the database, so it makes it a great place to store everything, even if you aren't engaging with some of those contacts
Kyle Moloo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

BlueHornet is a great platform for a small or medium size business that is graduating from the "free" platforms and wants more features. It delivers a generally easy to use interface and HTML editor. The concept of segments as implemented by Blue Hornet is not standard, but it allows fairly powerful segmentation capabilities that are easy for a marketer to use. Why choose a more complicated, expensive platform if you do not need or use their advanced features? Whistles and bells are attractive, but a potential user should be realistic about their immediate needs and the needs they will have over the next year. BlueHornet has seen some history of instability. If you need to send mission-critical transactional messages like password resets, it may not be the best choice, but for a budget-conscious email marketer, it is a reasonable option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.7
Mapp Digital
4.3
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.4
Mapp Digital
7.3
Dynamic content
Act-On
7.0
Mapp Digital
2.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.1
Mapp Digital
2.7
Landing pages
Act-On
7.6
Mapp Digital
A/B testing
Act-On
7.3
Mapp Digital
4.5
Mobile optimization
Act-On
8.2
Mapp Digital
3.6
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.1
Mapp Digital
4.5
List management
Act-On
8.5
Mapp Digital
4.5
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.2
Mapp Digital
4.5

Lead Management

Act-On
7.8
Mapp Digital
Lead nurturing
Act-On
8.3
Mapp Digital
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
8.1
Mapp Digital
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
Mapp Digital
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
7.5
Mapp Digital

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
Mapp Digital
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Mapp Digital
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.2
Mapp Digital

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.1
Mapp Digital
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
Mapp Digital
Social profile integration
Act-On
5.9
Mapp Digital

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
7.0
Mapp Digital
5.8
Dashboards
Act-On
7.2
Mapp Digital
7.3
Standard reports
Act-On
7.5
Mapp Digital
5.5
Custom reports
Act-On
6.3
Mapp Digital
4.5

Platform & Infrastructure

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

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

Mapp Digital

  • API functionality, alongside reporting, is unparalleled in an environment where you may not have IT support to build out tools.
  • The user interface is easy to understand, allowing users to have control over the creative delivery for MIME, HTML, text and mobile ads.
  • It allows deliverability experts to throttle deliveries by selecting mailing domain and IP pairs, granting access to stats on these individual paired delivery tools.
Daniel Fox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Act-On

  • Landing Page Design. The drag and drop builder is OK. But it feels very limited for someone who has a good knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc. Inevitably, there will be something that you simply can't do in Act-On that you could do in a standard web design environment.
  • No Server Side Scripts. There isn't any way to retrieve data in your lists and add it to a landing page. Basically, you can't use any data stored in an Act-On list and add it to a landing page.
  • It's limited. There is simply some data you can't pull from Act-On and into a 3rd Party Reporting app.
Dave Moll | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

  • I have used Blue Hornet over the last few years as it is the selected email platform used by my content provider. I have never used a more glitchy platform! Every time I use it I run into broken links, glitches and kinks. Their tech team is very quick to blame your machine - but I have access to several machines on all major OS platforms, and I run into the same issues every time.
  • The Blue Hornet user interface is poor and clunky. They have a great looking homepage - but you can tell that there focus is on selling and not on current clients. This is plainly apparent by the fact that the login button is buried at the very bottom of the page and difficult to find the first time you look for it. Not to mention the fact that the user interface itself is nowhere near as smooth and polished as their branded website is. Additionally, their reports are often inaccurate.
  • I would suggest any serious marketer looking to execute an email campaign with Blue Hornet to look elsewhere. I have reached out to my content provider to ask that they provide support on a different system - and was kindly informed that they are working around the clock to make this happen due to the overwhelmingly negative criticism of Blue Hornet from their clients.
John Veit | 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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 7.8
Based on 8 answers
Although BlueHornet offers helpful testing capabilities, the ESP is a bit outdated. There is a lot of room for aesthetics improvement as they are not appealing. The reporting tool is usually broken, and reporting either no, or wrong metrics. If this ESP were to update their design, as well as fix the reporting tool, I think this platform would be much better.
Hannah Kennedy | 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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 1.9
Based on 4 answers
There were three tabs used to navigate throughout the system called, "publish," "engage," and, "measure." These three tabs made the site very user friendly and all features easy to find
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 28 answers
This product has never been down when I needed it
Ian Nate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

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Performance

Act-On

Act-On 8.2
Based on 26 answers
It takes a few minutes to sync with Salesforce (SFDC) but other than that its pretty fast and I have not noticed a large lag at any point thus far.
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 9.0
Based on 1 answer
They rolled out new feature requests quite frequently and always kept our team up to speed on what they were changing/adding to the system
Anonymous | 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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Sometimes it was hard to get an initial response but after we started CCing more people, it became a lot better!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Act-On

Act-On 8.7
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.
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

No score
No answers yet
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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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 10.0
Based on 1 answer
They made sure to go through anything and everything that we wanted
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

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 5.0
Based on 3 answers
I wasn't there when they first got it, but when I got there there were only a few people that knew a little bit about it. There was A LOT that we didn't know. Then BlueHornet came and had some workshops and we learned a lot that we didn't even know existed. They were doing a lot of things wrong before BlueHornet came and showed up more about the tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Act-On

HubSpot's pricing tiers are much cheaper in some cases, and they provide some of the tools that are included with Act-On Software's premium tiers. I believe Act-On has more versatility in tracking conversion and other rates out-of-the-box compared HubSpot, which is why we chose Act-On for our production metrics and have continued using their products.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

When BH was chosen, we still used Xert to send out our marketing emails because of the sheer size of the list and the volume of emails we had.
Ben Dishler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Act-On

  • Increased employee efficiency for sure, I am able to churn out so many more emails than if I did it manually.
  • Better customer service - we honor opt-outs and unsubscribes automatically, ensuring that our prospects do not receive any more emails than they want.
  • ROI - the ability to schedule emails and plan ahead helps us stay on top of our marketing calendar and produce more marketing messages, leading to more sales. Well worth the investment.
Paloma Nazar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

  • They have had a positive impact on our ROI and have allowed us to achieve most of our business objectives.
  • It has allowed us to shave some of the setup time out of our normal process to increase efficiency.
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.

Mapp Digital

General

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

Mapp Digital Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On
7.8
Mapp Digital
4.3

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On
8.9
Mapp Digital
7.8

Usability

Act-On
9.1
Mapp Digital
1.9

Reliability and Availability

Act-On
9.1
Mapp Digital

Performance

Act-On
8.2
Mapp Digital
9.0

Support Rating

Act-On
7.3
Mapp Digital
9.0

In-Person Training

Act-On
8.7
Mapp Digital

Online Training

Act-On
9.3
Mapp Digital
10.0

Implementation Rating

Act-On
8.6
Mapp Digital
5.0

Scalability

Act-On
9.1
Mapp Digital

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