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Score 7.8 out of 100

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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

It is well suited for marketing teams who want to be flexible, adaptable to changes in their business and create powerful, sophisticated campaigns to their clients. Teams that want to create automated drip campaigns with dynamic content and personalized cadence and messaging would find Eloqua very easy to use and perfect for their needs. It has powerful, in-depth reporting functionality and great CRM integration (note that I've had experience integrating only with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce - both of these integrations worked very well) - so teams that use CRM will also find it complementary to their marketing technology stack.It will not be a good tool if a company doesn't use any CRM - as it is not a CRM replacement; or if all the marketing team is planning to do is "batch and blast" emails (which is a possible scenario for some very small businesses)
Arpine Babloyan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.7
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.4
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Dynamic content
Act-On
6.9
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Landing pages
Act-On
7.5
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
A/B testing
Act-On
7.3
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.0
Mobile optimization
Act-On
8.2
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
6.9
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.1
List management
Act-On
8.5
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.1
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.2
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.4

Lead Management

Act-On
7.8
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.7
Lead nurturing
Act-On
8.3
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.1
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
8.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.8
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
7.6
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.6

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.0
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.2
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.6

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.2
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.0
Social profile integration
Act-On
5.9
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
7.0
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Dashboards
Act-On
7.2
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.0
Standard reports
Act-On
7.4
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Custom reports
Act-On
6.3
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
7.9
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5
API
Act-On
6.9
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
7.6
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Customizability
Act-On
7.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.3
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.1
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
8.4
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
8.8
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.9

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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

  • WYSZIWYG editor makes things easy for folks new to marketing as well as HTML/. I feel like I've been able to wrap my hands around this tool pretty quickly, and I have only been using the system for 10 months.
  • Forms are an incredibly powerful tool that can be used in a myriad of ways to help support your team goals. We use them to trigger SMS campaigns for feedback from our homeowners, and we also use them on landing pages to survey our contacts as well.
  • The improved program canvas and the ability to communicate between CDO records and contact records is great. We're able to store useful information on the CDO record without weighing down the contact record with information that isn't vital
Barry James | 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

  • It would be nice if there were more options for specific customizations in the template mode - for example, if you would like to have a photo to the left of text, there is a very specific spacing you're able to use, and you can't change the sizes of each piece more than 30 points in one direction or another. This means that if you have very specific designs you want to use for your emails, you may have to be a little flexible in the spacing and alignment. It's not a huge deal, but it limits some of the design options.
  • I have dealt with some issues with bounceback statuses for emails - if an email bounces back once, the Eloqua system registers it as a bad email and you have to go in and clear the person's email in the system before it will send them an email again. This can be a tedious process - there is a way to clear an entire segment's bounce back status, but I had to go on a journey through the help section to figure that out. Also, if people unsubscribe to your emails, you have to go into their accounts individually and resubscribe them, and there is no simple way to do that en masse so it takes a very long time if you have more than a few accounts to resubscribe.
  • The system goes down sometimes or is difficult to get into - the Eloqua network is sometimes slow to start and I may have to refresh the page for quite a while before it will load the email I'm working on, which can be frustrating. I think it is due to system overloads when there are a lot of users, but I'm not sure.
  • You cannot add attachments to Eloqua emails, which makes it a little difficult. You can host documents on Eloqua, which is very nice, but you have to link them in your email versus making an attachment.
Madeline Des Jardins | 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 5.3
Based on 89 answers
We have been able to automate so many marketing processes with Eloqua over the past 5 years that the only direction would be to adopt the latest and greatest features Eloqua adds. The alternative would be to go back to the marketing stone-age and start over again. And we would rather move forward with increased automation and efficiency.
Dan Allis | 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.7
Based on 14 answers
Personally, I find it quite easy to use. But for those members of our team who have little or no testing experience, it's been a bit more difficult. There's also training required for development teams in order to have your campaigns coded and set up in the most efficient way. Our developers have been able to do basic and intermediate tests with no difficulty, and they find the interface itself quite intuitive... it's just the extremely complex tests that require a bit more understanding.
Gwen Lafleur | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 14 answers
This product has never been down when I needed it
Ian Nate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.2
Based on 18 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Act-On

Act-On 8.2
Based on 13 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.0
Based on 10 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

Act-On

Act-On 7.3
Based on 39 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 9.9
Based on 32 answers
Whenever we needed assistance help was easy to access. They understand the request the first time and provided easy to follow instructions to fix it or fixed the issue if it was not something we had control over. It's always best to provide screenshots so support knows exactly what is going on
Stefanie Cash | 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 7.3
Based on 3 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 7.6
Based on 11 answers
Eloqua University is very intersting, with a thorough programme and very experienced trainers. The Master programme is great!
Marie Escaro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Act-On

Act-On 8.6
Based on 22 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.8
Based on 20 answers
I give it a 10 because the only issue we had was a result of not following the guidance we were given. Maxymiser provided a customized implementation guide for each site where we were adding the code. On our site implementations when we followed that guide to the letter, it was extremely fast and easy and has worked very well.
Gwen Lafleur | 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

It was an inherited platform vs. chosen. The incumbent chose Oracle as it was the best enterprise solution. The company, however, did not require an enterprise solution rendering the full Oracle stack pretty useless, unfortunately. The commercials are expensive yet it is attractive to have a 'blended' CPM style commercial model vs. other vendors that charge you on contacts
Nick Pape | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.4
Based on 109 answers
Eloqua does not really have a limit on scale and can support huge organizations with massive amounts of data. Our organization uses Eloqua to control all campaign/marketing efforts by injecting all touches with the customer into the tool. Using tools like Eloqua Profiler allows our Sales teams to view interactions that a customer or prospect has had with our website, emails, landing page and more.
Brad Dunzer | 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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

  • For our organization it is currently too early to measure ROI, as we have just started using it less than six months ago. The program has helped us meet the objective of communicating with consumers and sharing information across multiple social media platforms seamlessly.
  • Ultimately the program should be able to to help us grow our relationships with consumers, and measure and track consumer activity on the web, which will help us develop web content and content marketing material that will be more appealing to all of our audiences.
  • Since we are a B to B to C company and not selling anything to consumers, it will be hard to measure ROI. That being said, the tool should definitely help us build more awareness among consumers.
Richard Angeloni | 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.

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

General

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

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
CX Marketing pricing is a function of usage.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On
7.8
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On
8.9
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
5.3

Usability

Act-On
9.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.7

Reliability and Availability

Act-On
9.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.2

Performance

Act-On
8.2
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.0

Support Rating

Act-On
7.3
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
9.9

In-Person Training

Act-On
8.7
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3

Online Training

Act-On
9.3
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.6

Implementation Rating

Act-On
8.6
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.8

Scalability

Act-On
9.1
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.4

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