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Score 7.3 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

It's great for large field sales organizations that lack the ability to automate email sends that are consistent and on-brand. The idea of templated emails (with the ability to build custom emails) really helps keeps the look-and-feel of each email similar to what the rest of the organization is sending to customers or prospects. This isn't the solution that you'd need if you are looking for an automation tool that easily integrates into other marketing channels. The dynamic content feature is lagging far behind other tools in the space.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.7
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
Dynamic content
Act-On
6.9
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Landing pages
Act-On
7.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.1
A/B testing
Act-On
7.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.6
Mobile optimization
Act-On
8.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.2
List management
Act-On
8.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7

Lead Management

Act-On
7.8
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Lead nurturing
Act-On
8.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
8.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
7.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Social profile integration
Act-On
5.9
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
7.0
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.3
Dashboards
Act-On
7.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Standard reports
Act-On
7.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.9
Custom reports
Act-On
6.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.7

Platform & Infrastructure

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

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Sends client confirmations when they subscribe to a newsletter, sign up for a conference, or place an order with our company (SourceMedia). We don't have to hire an agency to send these for us.
  • Manages newsletter subscriptions and allows us to deploy on specific dates/times.
  • Helps us discover and manage the correct audience base per newsletter, and automates the distributions so we don't have to do it manually.
Cassidy Ebert | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Deliverability reports - before sending emails they are checked for known issues and deliverability performance. The SFMC offering is ok but could be better. There additional software that can be purchased which should be included as part of the offering
  • SF should make it easier to integrate other clouds i.e commerce cloud and service cloud. The implementation of commerce cloud has improved but I still feel there is a way to go
Gareth Beer | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 8.9
Based on 18 answers
Exact Target has an exceptional team with great customer care. Whenever we have a question or concern they are timely in addressing it. They also perform annual reviews in person that provides us with market trends, new tools and features, performance metrics, and new content recommendations. We evaluate this by local market and at the international level
Brittany Dunn | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 8.0
Based on 3 answers
I think the tool is easy to use, protects a company from the spam legislation and manages subscribers very well. It is simple to create a non-complex email. I like the survey function on the email tool as well. Overall usability is quite easy and no necessary to have an IT background or extensive knowledge to use. It is helpful, though, to have an understanding of HTML for formatting at this point.
Lisa Franks | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Upgrades and timing of the upgrades were communicated well and planned during off hours for our work. If we did have a campaign scheduled during that time, it would kick-off after the system was back active. There were a few unplanned system down times, but it was a rare occurrence and those times were also short in duration.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 2.0
Based on 2 answers
Exact Target performs well and is relatively easy to learn. It handles subscriber management well, and is easy to organize lists and segregation of those subscribers. Emails are easy to classify and group together for re-use or resending to different demographics of the recipients. The product is reliable, and metrics of the campaign results are easy to obtain and interpret.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 1.0
Based on 5 answers
They're fast and knowledgeable. You will always know what's the status of your request and they usually follow up with phone calls to ask you questions or provide updates. Sometimes it takes them a couple of days to investigate, especially if you have custom "situations" like my company usually does but at least they are very good at managing time expectations.
Bogdan Enache | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

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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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

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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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 7.9
Based on 2 answers
Easy to implement, with simple emails and solutions initially created. More advanced usage of the tool and more advanced subscriber attribute usage was implemented during later phases when the knowledge of the tool increased. Monitoring success and results of email campaigns were done at a high level initially, but not fully used until the tool and email marketing as a whole was better understood in the corporation.
Lisa Franks | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

I have used Epsilon and I have evaluated Silverpop, e-Dialogue and Yesmail. From my analysis Salesforce MC is far more superior in flexibility, scalability and freedom to custom built initiatives. The AMPscripting is one of the driving forces in allowing the previous mentioned abilities. However, I can see from a marketers perspective where they simply want to send emails and segment easily. But given that effective email marketing requires a lot of different components and there is no simple way of doing it and I found that most companies that offer the out of the box solutions do a good job but there is no one size fits all and if you are trying to be really good at it which includes integrating your business such as registration, stats, CMS, API, etc. This is a much better solution.
Danny (Danny Blaq) Tran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Act-On

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We had approximately 20,000 recipients of most email campaigns, with some higher amounts and some smaller campaigns. The tools is easy to use and the recipient list size is really not a factor in the complexity or work to create and email campaign. Our campaigns could just have easily been sent to many more people, with virtually no additional work.
Lisa Franks | 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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Better execution/monitoring - when multiple steps are involved, IMH is great at dashboarding.
  • Facilitates exploratory campaigns - it is great at instilling confidence when you're trying a new facet of a campaign, due to the process transparency.
  • Cloud - can be a double-edged sword. Allows for on the go access, but isn't truly mobile-friendly, and can sometimes sputter. But certainly will improve with time.
Andrew Windle | 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.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

General

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
To learn more about products and pricing, please visit http://www.exacttarget.com/pricing.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On
7.8
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On
8.9
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.9

Usability

Act-On
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Act-On
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

Performance

Act-On
8.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.0

Support Rating

Act-On
7.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
1.0

In-Person Training

Act-On
8.7
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Online Training

Act-On
9.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Implementation Rating

Act-On
8.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.9

Scalability

Act-On
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

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