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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

Act-On [Software] has a good online reputation and its one of the few companies with transparent pricing. It is a strong choice for businesses that value marketing insights to drive social media and CRM. I consider this software a versatile digital marketing partner because of its scalability to meet every need of the business.
Toby Bottin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Sales Engine International

We used the Manticore Marketing Automation solution for almost/just over 2 years, and initially, it was a great solution. Everything just seemed to work. When Manticore Technology, Inc. and Sales Engine International merged on May 31st of 2012, the overall product quality began to decline.As browsers and other programs (like our CRM environment) went through updates and new releases, Manticore just didn't keep up. Parts of the program became incompatible with certain browsers, forcing us to change where and how we logged into the back-end of the system. It was a silly workaround, but not the end of the world. When we learned that other client-facing portions didn't work with certain browsers, we brought it to their attention, and were told that we needed to find some way to work with it, and that the changes to the system were not possible. We ended up having to change our 200+ landing pages/forms, and could no longer have the State/Province field as a required field for registrations. That is just one example of our experience, and there have been others that are just as troublesome.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
9.2
Sales Engine International
2.3
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
2.0
Dynamic content
Act-On
9.2
Sales Engine International
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
9.0
Sales Engine International
Landing pages
Act-On
9.0
Sales Engine International
4.0
A/B testing
Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
Mobile optimization
Act-On
9.6
Sales Engine International
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.9
Sales Engine International
1.0
List management
Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
2.0
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
9.2
Sales Engine International

Lead Management

Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
2.3
Lead nurturing
Act-On
9.6
Sales Engine International
1.0
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
9.8
Sales Engine International
2.0
Data quality management
Act-On
9.2
Sales Engine International
2.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
9.1
Sales Engine International
4.0

Campaign Management

Act-On
8.1
Sales Engine International
1.0
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Sales Engine International
1.0
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
1.0

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
9.3
Sales Engine International
1.0
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
9.3
Sales Engine International
1.0
Social profile integration
Act-On
9.3
Sales Engine International

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
9.1
Sales Engine International
1.0
Dashboards
Act-On
9.0
Sales Engine International
1.0
Standard reports
Act-On
8.8
Sales Engine International
1.0
Custom reports
Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
1.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
9.3
Sales Engine International
1.5
API
Act-On
9.0
Sales Engine International
1.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
9.1
Sales Engine International
3.0
Customizability
Act-On
9.5
Sales Engine International
1.0
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
9.5
Sales Engine International
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
1.0
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
9.0
Sales Engine International

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

Sales Engine International

  • Awesome integration with CRM/SFDC.
  • Support is US-based, free with subscription, and very helpful.
  • Best workflow capability (drag and drop) I've seen in any comparable product.
  • Custom templates are available for purchase and are great for branding.
  • Easy to use landing pages.
Meredith Oakes | 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

Sales Engine International

  • List Building for Resends - I like to resend my email campaigns to non-openers and there is no easy way to pull this list within Manticore (If did not open this email is not an option). Typically I pull the report for the campaign, then re-import my list of non-openers to create a new list.
Anonymous | 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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I've been incredibly pleased with Manticore/SEI and have selected them at several companies now. It's worked in a variety of different business environments, both big and small, and everyone on both the sales and marketing side have been extremely pleased with the results
Meredith Oakes | 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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Some of the actions require you to be in a specific section before actions are available to you, like adding a list. You first have to navigate to that section for options to be available to you
Anonymous | 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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Manticore hardly ever has "product down time" and almost never during a normal work day for our company
Anonymous | 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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Email campaigns are deployed instantly when you launch, unlike other Marketing Automation tools I've used in the past that queue emails in batches and can take hours to complete a send
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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 10.0
Based on 1 answer
The Manticore team is very knowledgeable, I haven't had an issue where a ticket was left unanswered or unresolved
Anonymous | 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

Sales Engine International

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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was done online, but was one-on-one, giving me a lot of time to ask very specific product questions. They also walk you through setting up a test campaign, email, and landing page
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

Sales Engine International

Sales Engine International 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It was the easiest integration and implementation that I've ever experienced. I've implemented other CRM integrated services before that provided the same services as Manticore that were extremely technical and expensive to integrate with Salesforce.com or Microsoft CRM Dynamics, or just plain couldn't integrate
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

Sales Engine International

We migrated to Marketo approximately 6 months
ago, and were extremely happy with the change. Besides the higher sticker
price and the "everything's a sales pitch" communications from
Marketo, we can't find any fault.

Sales
Engine International - Manticore (commonly referred to as Manti-beast
internally) created many problems for us. And while they did integrate
with our Microsoft Dynamics environment, the software quickly ate through our
purchased storage and forced us to constantly purchase more. That alone
cost us many hundreds of dollars in Microsoft Dynamics CRM storage every year.
And, when confronted about it, Manticore support flat out lied about how
much storage their activities were taking up in our system. So, while it
integrates, it's a very poor integration.
Anonymous | 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

Sales Engine International

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Sales Engine International

  • Errors in forms led to a decrease in registrations - found workaround to correct it, but was never informed of certain incompatibilities
  • Reports have been inaccurate and very inflexible, and have not allowed for reliable forecasting/planning
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.

Sales Engine International

General

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

Sales Engine International Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On
9.4
Sales Engine International
3.1

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On
8.9
Sales Engine International
10.0

Usability

Act-On
9.1
Sales Engine International
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Act-On
9.1
Sales Engine International
10.0

Performance

Act-On
8.2
Sales Engine International
10.0

Support Rating

Act-On
7.3
Sales Engine International
10.0

In-Person Training

Act-On
8.7
Sales Engine International

Online Training

Act-On
9.3
Sales Engine International
10.0

Implementation Rating

Act-On
8.6
Sales Engine International
10.0

Scalability

Act-On
9.1
Sales Engine International

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