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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampain is a full-featured enterprise-level email system, with integrations for any number of automations with any length of sequencing. Due to the depth of features and abilities, it isn't a lightweight email platform that can be learned in a weekend. If you just need to send out a monthly or weekly email blast to all of your contacts, this isn't the system for you. However, if you need to be able to tag and segment each and every one of your contacts—no matter how many—based on interests, page visits to your website, buying history, and interests in your emails while being able to create personalized, highly segmented emails to educate and inspire more visits and loyalty while increasing amount and frequency of purchases, then this should be in your final list for review and testing.
Stephen Scott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

I think CheetahMail, being one of the main ESPs in the market, is a quality choice. However, I would suggest that it's really only valuable for a bit larger of an organization, generally having staff of 100+ and revenues in tens of millions -- this is mainly to justify the amount of investment required, so may be cost-prohibitive to some. You also need to make sure that you understand the entire "level of support" you will gain through your specific contract.... the key is understanding what types of resources are within your organization (who's doing the coding? who comes up with the next campaign? What's the overall strategy?) Depending on these questions and resources, may help determine your final needs from a services point of view. CheetahMail can provide a wealth of various services specific to needs (and changes over time as your business changes), but a clear understanding of what you have before you bring them on will really help getting up and running quickly. Also be sure to truly understand the costs for the initial integrations, setups, IP senders, etc.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.3
Cheetah Messaging
6.1
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Cheetah Messaging
6.0
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Cheetah Messaging
7.0
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Cheetah Messaging
7.0
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
7.1
Cheetah Messaging
4.0
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Cheetah Messaging
6.0
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Cheetah Messaging
5.0
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Cheetah Messaging
8.0
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Cheetah Messaging
7.0
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.4
Cheetah Messaging
5.0

Lead Management

ActiveCampaign
7.8
Cheetah Messaging
Lead nurturing
ActiveCampaign
7.7
Cheetah Messaging
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Cheetah Messaging
Data quality management
ActiveCampaign
7.2
Cheetah Messaging
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Cheetah Messaging

Campaign Management

ActiveCampaign
7.9
Cheetah Messaging
Calendaring
ActiveCampaign
7.1
Cheetah Messaging
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Cheetah Messaging

Social Media Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.2
Cheetah Messaging
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Cheetah Messaging
Social profile integration
ActiveCampaign
7.6
Cheetah Messaging

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
7.8
Cheetah Messaging
3.7
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Cheetah Messaging
4.0
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Cheetah Messaging
4.0
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
7.7
Cheetah Messaging
3.0

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveCampaign
8.2
Cheetah Messaging
API
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Cheetah Messaging
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveCampaign
7.9
Cheetah Messaging
Customizability
ActiveCampaign
7.8
Cheetah Messaging
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Cheetah Messaging
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Cheetah Messaging
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Cheetah Messaging

Pros

ActiveCampaign

  • Email automation - Automated email marketing to potential customers, follow up with existing customers, and automated messaging to outside parties.
  • Flow building - This software allows companies to build simple or complicated sequences in a visual builder so that you can see exactly where people are in the sequence of messages.
  • CRM - Customer relationship data. Maintaining data points across a user journey (tagging a UTM source, current activity. If you have someone - and want to know where they are in the journey, there's a way to find that data and label a profile with that).
  • Integrations - ActiveCampaign integrates with almost everything. Seamlessly. You can trigger behaviors in other apps through Zapier, or import data from other software you use. It's a very easy experience to integrate with others.
  • Customer support - Every team member I've encountered has been exceptionally helpful. They are probably the bar for customer support in the tech industry, to be honest.
  • Email systems for the long-haul (and for sequences and emails that are expected to bring in a lot of $$$). Email marketing should be 30-50% of revenue for most businesses. It's THE platform that we recommend for coaches and other businesses to help them earn 6 & 7 figures from email. You can track A LOT of data through this software as a platform, which makes it a great candidate for businesses who want to grow and visualize where their customers are in the overall purchase process, as well as maintaining them as multiple purchases customers.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

  • Internal management - This is a great web-based tool that allows our users to see what emails go to whom.
  • Organization - Many layers of organization for templates since there are many types of remarketing emails that we send out.
  • Historical Records - CheetahMail sends us the raw text files of all email actions so we can upload them to our database.
Duncan Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveCampaign

  • ActiveCampaign is so powerful and so versatile that it can sometimes be a challenge to use. There are certainly plenty of online resources available to help you get up to speed, but there are times when the process can seem a little overwhelming. I got a lot of help by attending a "Study Hall" in-person classroom session that was sponsored by the company. Chris Davis was the instructor; he did an amazing job of clarifying priorities and procedures for getting the most out of ActiveCampaign. After going to that session my productivity with ActiveCampaign increased enormously, but in retrospect, I felt like I should have been able to get that kind of expert guidance with the software much earlier, instead of using ActiveCampaign at far less than its maximum capability for several years before feeling like I was really getting my feet on the ground.
  • There doesn't seem to be a way to create or accommodate multiple email addresses for a single contact in the system. When people get into the system with multiple email addresses, they show up as multiple contacts. This can create problems with proper list segmentation; it should be easy enough to resolve this problem, but it's a nagging headache whenever it pops up.
Tim Bost | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

  • The organization of CheetahMail could at times be better, as you create more and more mailings, they just pile up in a long list. It would be useful to be able to create folders to store specific mailings in. (ex. editorial, newsletters, marketing, etc.)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.1
Based on 8 answers
I've tried over half a dozen email autoresponders and ActiveCampaign is by far my favorite. The ability to send emails is the backbone of my business. The "cheap" email marketing tools designed for the mass market are not powerful or intuitive to set up and also don't have the best deliverability. And the "expensive" ones are usually super confusing to use.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

Cheetah Messaging 7.6
Based on 3 answers
As I have begun exploring competitors, I've come to realize that every competitor offers so much more functionality and integration than CheetahMail does. When we first signed our contract, CheetahMail was much more innovative and at the forefront of email. Since being bought out by Experian, we've seen a huge decline in service and innovation. They have laid off much of their staff and moved their account representatives to Costa Rica. They also heavily rely on on third parties which you will have to pay large amounts of money for while other Email Service Providers have integrated new technologies into their platform. You will get more for your money going to a different email service such as Responsys, Silverpop, Listrak and the like,
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.4
Based on 8 answers
The automations have an easy step-by-step flow display so you can see exactly what your customers are going to experience every step of the way. Email creation is drag and drop and super simple to add timers (if wanted via HTML) or Gifs (save as an image) or even personalization.
Kati Kiefer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

Cheetah Messaging 4.0
Based on 1 answer
CheetahMail has a high learning curve to master and requires a lot of backend work with tech teams to set up. Navigation is not the best and everything that should be automated is still extremely manual.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.4
Based on 2 answers
I've never had ActiveCampaign down for maintenance. I'm sure they update things, but they always seem to manage to stay live. Also, I've had very few errors, if any. None come to mind. This might be to due to the fact I focus on building things as simply as possible, but I also believe it's due to the quality of the software.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.1
Based on 2 answers
ActiveCampaign works seamlessly with the other tools I use. It integrates directly with most. And if no direct integration is available, there is almost always one you can make using Zapier. I've yet to run into a technical error that prevented me from doing something I wanted to be able to do.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.9
Based on 10 answers
There are a few different ways to get support:
  • Chatbox in the lower corner. This is tech support, and they can answer a slew of different questions on demand (during service hours).
  • 1:1 support calls - 30 minutes of 1:1 call with a team member to address your needs
  • Rep - You can have calls and emails into your rep.
Every person I've come in contact with really goes above and beyond to answer questions, and provide support for your needs. The owners of the company must have really invested in this part of their business, because it's the bar that all other companies should be evaluated by (personal opinion). One minor caveat - Our client does have a rep, and there was a misunderstanding (we were held accountable for information we didn't know, so there could still be some growth with expectation setting & understanding their company user journey), but the reason why they didn't set our expectations was because they were trying to support our needs (providing answers to questions). My understanding is that the company is working and growing in this area, and we've had many instances where a team member worked past hours or over and above to help us.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

Cheetah Messaging 2.0
Based on 2 answers
Account reps have a quick response time but a very slow resolution time. Because account reps do not have technical knowledge, there is a long long lead time between flagging a problem and tech team resolution.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 7.4
Based on 3 answers
Very satisfied with our implementation in our professional medical practice, allowing us to be on top of client service, and not miss out on crucial information and insights. Marketing is often neglected in professional practices and ActiveCampaign solved this problem with aplomb.
William Ainslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign strikes the right balance of simplicity versus power. Unlike heavyweights such as AWeber, ActiveCampaign is a breeze to use. However, at the other side of the spectrum other easy to use tools like MailChimp are severely lacking in their ability to integrate automations with your website's business logic. Based on hitting the sweet spot, I can clearly recommend ActiveCampaign over it's competitors to most website businesses.
Ben Gelsey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

If we are comparing apples to apples for just sending emails, all the tools were about the same. Upload a list, code email, send email. For that they are all pretty much the same. The thing that brings Cheetahmail down is the support. The support is not bad but because they are in a different country it makes it tough to fix issues in a timely manner.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.4
Based on 2 answers
I've tried several of the email services available today. ActiveCampaign makes it easy and fast to get set up. And they have some of the best email deliverability available today as well. That's really important when it comes to email marketing, because winding up in spam or promotion folders makes your email marketing efforts and uphill battle.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ActiveCampaign

  • The fortune is in the follow through, and ActiveCampaign makes the follow through easier. Drip campaigns and triggers strengthen granular follow up opportunities.
  • The granular messaging options coupled with attractive pricing have made this our go to service for businesses who need more automation features, but are just getting started in the space.
Nicholas De Salvo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cheetah Messaging

  • Our efficiency has decreased with CheetaMail actually. Too many service calls to find out why something isn't working as expected, account setup questions, issues with PiP, takes too long to get a simple form built, customer service response time, etc...
  • Reporting is not very streamlined. This has caused us to take our reporting offline and use a method with better visibility.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ActiveCampaign

General

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

Cheetah Messaging

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign
9.1
Cheetah Messaging
4.0

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign
9.1
Cheetah Messaging
7.6

Usability

ActiveCampaign
8.4
Cheetah Messaging
4.0

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign
9.4
Cheetah Messaging

Performance

ActiveCampaign
8.1
Cheetah Messaging

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign
8.9
Cheetah Messaging
2.0

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign
7.4
Cheetah Messaging

Scalability

ActiveCampaign
9.4
Cheetah Messaging

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