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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Score 7.9 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

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing is perfect for organizations both big and small that may be on a lower budget. It is a very affordable solution for users with a large number of email addresses. While other providers may offer "free" storage for email contacts... the cost to send campaigns to those contacts can be very costly. While they do not offer widgets or other integrations for websites/social media... it is very easy to import and manage contacts. Additionally, they offer a comprehensive self-help support section online, but it's also easy to hop on the phone or on chat with a rep if you ever need technical support or assistance. Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing may not be the most affordable solution for users who are not currently sending email campaigns to their users, but are simply storing email contacts
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
9.3
Twilio SendGrid
6.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
6.6
Dynamic content
Act-On
9.3
Twilio SendGrid
6.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid
7.1
Landing pages
Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid
4.4
A/B testing
Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
6.4
Mobile optimization
Act-On
9.6
Twilio SendGrid
6.0
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.9
Twilio SendGrid
8.4
List management
Act-On
9.4
Twilio SendGrid
7.0
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
9.2
Twilio SendGrid
6.3

Lead Management

Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
Lead nurturing
Act-On
9.6
Twilio SendGrid
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
9.9
Twilio SendGrid
Data quality management
Act-On
9.3
Twilio SendGrid
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
9.2
Twilio SendGrid

Campaign Management

Act-On
8.1
Twilio SendGrid
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Twilio SendGrid
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
9.4
Twilio SendGrid

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
9.4
Twilio SendGrid
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
9.4
Twilio SendGrid
Social profile integration
Act-On
9.4
Twilio SendGrid

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid
6.7
Dashboards
Act-On
9.0
Twilio SendGrid
7.2
Standard reports
Act-On
8.9
Twilio SendGrid
7.5
Custom reports
Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
5.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
9.3
Twilio SendGrid
API
Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
9.2
Twilio SendGrid
Customizability
Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
9.4
Twilio SendGrid
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
9.0
Twilio SendGrid

Pre-Send Testing

Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
5.9
URL Validation
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
6.8
Link Tracking
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
6.9
Image Validation
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
5.7
Inbox Display
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
5.5
Email Accessibility Tools
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
6.4
Spelling and Grammar Check
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
3.4
Spam Testing
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
5.7
Email Previews
Act-On
Twilio SendGrid
6.6

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

Twilio SendGrid

  • Drag and drop email designer for transactional emails - super nice even though I do code, it's much quicker and easier to implement without code.
  • Very simple implementation. Only a few lines of code need to be added in our backend and boom we were up and running in less than a day.
  • Listening to customer feedback. They regularly send emails about new features and ask for feedback to improve their software.
  • Some of the cheapest and best dedicated IPs.
  • Easy integration and setup between marketing and transactional emails. Super helpful to have everything in one place.
Evan Laird | 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

Twilio SendGrid

  • Actually viewing previous emails dispatched. SendGrid does not have this feature - although it provides numbers on emails dispatched within 3 days for the cheapest plan.
  • The service asks you to pay more (although a minimal amount) to have visibility on email activity upto 30 days in the past.
  • The API doesn't allow an export of a report of email activity over a period of time. It can be quite frustrating at times to be limited in this way.
  • Their customer support isn't the best. Certainly some room for improvement there.
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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
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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

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid 1.0
Based on 4 answers
It has the potential to be really cool. However, it feels as if it was created by developers for developers (and I work with developers, yet even for me the instrument was somewhat not easy to use - just read SendGrid's help manuals...) However, if you are into data and your way of thinking is more mathematical rather than lyrical, you'll enjoy this instrument
Zee Gimon | 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

Twilio SendGrid

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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

Twilio SendGrid

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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

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid 4.7
Based on 13 answers
Twilio SendGrid Email API is everything we want it to be, and we have no reason to look for any other solution. Features and pricing match exactly what we need. As developers for SaaS products, Twilio SendGrid Email API provides a great service. I hope that they stay this way and don't inflate the service with too many marketing oriented features, because there are other tools for that and Twilio SendGrid Email API is a API for sending email first and foremost.
Bryan McAnulty | 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

Twilio SendGrid

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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
No answers yet
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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

Twilio SendGrid

No score
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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

Twilio SendGrid

With ExpressPigeon, SendGrid stacks up very well and actually provides just as much functionality for us as ExpressPigeon, but costs surrounding that use was advantageous with ExpressPigeon. SendGrid has recently added functionality that brings it closer to Act-On, specifically on the marketing automation end. This really allows users to create long-term campaigns.
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

Twilio SendGrid

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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

Twilio SendGrid

  • Our clients experience significant ROI from their web forms - without receipt of forms, many of them would not still be in business.
  • As a solution for clients' sites, we find SendGrid is a fast installation and a 1 stop problem solver, saving us man-hours.
Darcy Knapp, MBA | 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.

Twilio SendGrid

General

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

Twilio SendGrid Editions & Modules

Edition
FreeFree
Basic15.002
Advanced60.002
  1. none
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On
9.5
Twilio SendGrid
7.4

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On
8.9
Twilio SendGrid

Usability

Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid
1.0

Reliability and Availability

Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid

Performance

Act-On
8.2
Twilio SendGrid

Support Rating

Act-On
7.3
Twilio SendGrid
4.7

In-Person Training

Act-On
8.7
Twilio SendGrid

Online Training

Act-On
9.3
Twilio SendGrid

Implementation Rating

Act-On
8.6
Twilio SendGrid

Scalability

Act-On
9.1
Twilio SendGrid

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