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Score 8.1 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Email & Online Marketing

    8.5

    ActiveCampaign

    85%

    Gist

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveCampaign ranks higher in 9/9 features

    WYSIWYG email editor

    7.9
    79%
    561 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dynamic content

    8.3
    83%
    500 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ability to test dynamic content

    8.3
    83%
    452 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Landing pages

    7.4
    74%
    324 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    A/B testing

    8.6
    86%
    365 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile optimization

    8.6
    86%
    509 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Email deliverability reporting

    9.3
    93%
    654 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    List management

    9.0
    90%
    630 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Triggered drip sequences

    9.1
    91%
    556 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Lead Management

    8.7

    ActiveCampaign

    87%

    Gist

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveCampaign ranks higher in 4/4 features

    Lead nurturing

    9.0
    90%
    476 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Lead scoring and grading

    8.6
    86%
    347 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Data quality management

    8.7
    87%
    390 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Automated sales alerts and tasks

    8.7
    87%
    344 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Campaign Management

    8.5

    ActiveCampaign

    85%

    Gist

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveCampaign ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Calendaring

    8.4
    84%
    283 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Event/webinar marketing

    8.6
    86%
    275 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social Media Marketing

    8.8

    ActiveCampaign

    88%

    Gist

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveCampaign ranks higher in 2/2 features

    Social sharing and campaigns

    8.9
    89%
    246 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Social profile integration

    8.6
    86%
    242 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    8.6

    ActiveCampaign

    86%

    Gist

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveCampaign ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    8.6
    86%
    578 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Standard reports

    8.8
    88%
    565 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Custom reports

    8.4
    84%
    363 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Platform & Infrastructure

    8.7

    ActiveCampaign

    87%

    Gist

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    ActiveCampaign ranks higher in 7/7 features

    API

    9.2
    92%
    379 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Role-based workflow & approvals

    8.6
    86%
    257 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Customizability

    8.9
    89%
    402 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with Salesforce.com

    8.7
    87%
    85 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    8.9
    89%
    55 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Integration with SugarCRM

    8.8
    88%
    51 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Third-party software integrations

    7.7
    77%
    2 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • ActiveCampaign is rated higher in 3 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability
    • Gist is rated higher in 1 area: Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    ActiveCampaign

    91%
    650 Ratings
    7.5

    Gist

    75%
    103 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.8

    ActiveCampaign

    88%
    19 Ratings
    8.2

    Gist

    82%
    2 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    ActiveCampaign

    80%
    35 Ratings
    6.8

    Gist

    68%
    4 Ratings

    Availability

    9.1

    ActiveCampaign

    91%
    4 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    6.4

    ActiveCampaign

    64%
    4 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.0

    ActiveCampaign

    60%
    39 Ratings
    8.5

    Gist

    85%
    15 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    7.3

    ActiveCampaign

    73%
    1 Rating

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.7

    ActiveCampaign

    87%
    10 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Configurability

    7.7

    ActiveCampaign

    77%
    3 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.1

    ActiveCampaign

    81%
    3 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.4

    ActiveCampaign

    84%
    4 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    7.7

    ActiveCampaign

    77%
    3 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.2

    ActiveCampaign

    72%
    3 Ratings

    Gist

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    ActiveCampaign

    I think ActiveCampaign is very useful for setting up newsletters, forms, and automated responses that are nicely branded, with good functionality. It's also useful if you are starting small and want something both inexpensive to get started but also very scaleable as you grow. Do use the double security because I got a lot of spam through forms, even with a captcha.
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    Gist

    If your marketing model is selling products, services, or SAAS where you are doing inbound marketing and your website will do most of the lead generation and conversion, this is a great product. From live chat, support, event tracking, and automation, you could almost put your entire business on autopilot. If your marketing model is mostly outreach to cold leads and conversion, this software currently does not have any type of sales stages or task generation. I would still use Gist for website inbound but use another software for outreach and cold leads then when they become a lead put them into Gist for marketing automation.
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    Pros

    ActiveCampaign

    • Contact management is robust and reliable, and provides all the capabilities I was looking for.
    • Marketing automation takes a little figuring out, but it's easy to learn and easy to use.
    • Deals are highly customizable and incredibly easy to use. I love that you can use it to create all kinds of workflows, not just sales pipelines.
    • Training videos and webinars are top notch. I've learned a lot from them and always appreciate the email notifications when a new video/webinar is available.
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    Gist

    • Customer service via a unified inbox so you dont have to separately monitor your twitter, Facebook or IG account for consumer communication there. Gist unified all into one inbox, better than anyone else I've seen in the market. They archive all communications and tie them back to a single user so you get unified customer history / data.
    • Marketing segmentation and automation: they track user history and behavior across the site and have super detailed segmenting capability, on par with ActiveCampaign's, but better I'd say. Better UI for the marketing admin person, and more unified data than in AC.
    • Live chat and chatbot. Usually it's either one or the other but with Gist you can do both seamlessly.
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    Cons

    ActiveCampaign

    • The email designing part could be easier to use. There are certain simple shortcuts that don't work, for example, adding links is more complicated than it should be, moving blocks around is hard, etc.
    • There's no good way to filter by 'active' and 'inactive' subscribers when editing en-mass.
    • I'd like more reporting data on one page.
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    Gist

    • Plan limits can be confusing. For example, there is a monthly charge for support and a monthly charge for "growth," plus there's a separate charge depending on how many contacts and seats you have. Perhaps this is normal in the industry, but it can make it a little challenging to understand the bill every month.
    • The vast amount of features means development will never be as fast as you'd like it to be (even though they release updates all the time). This may not actually be a valid concern, and it certainly isn't unique to Gist (who doesn't have a wishlist they're waiting on their favorite SaaS to get to?), but I do believe the likelihood of being stuck without your desired feature being developed goes up a lot as the product gets bigger and bigger.
    • Email deliverability has been less than perfect in the past, but it has improved drastically in the last year.
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    Pricing Details

    ActiveCampaign

    Starting Price

    $9 per month

    Editions & Modules

    ActiveCampaign editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Lite$9.001
    Plus$492
    Professional$1293
    Enterprise$2294

    Footnotes

    1. Per Month [3 Users]
    2. Per Month [25 Users]
    3. Per Month [50 Users]
    4. Per Month [Unlimited Users]

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Gist

    Starting Price

    $29 per month

    Editions & Modules

    Gist editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules
    Professional$29.001
    Premium$99.002

    Footnotes

    1. per month
    2. per month

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    ActiveCampaign

    For our clients (Course creators, event hosts & managers, business leaders that have existing marketing in place and want to grow past 6 & 7 figures), we highly recommend ActiveCampaign, because:
    • Broad capabilities - ability to create individual emails to specific segments (the right people) at the right time (predictive sending for the greatest likelihood of conversion) and automated flows so that our clients are generating revenue
    • Integrations - We run ads for our clients, and ActiveCampaign automatically creates dynamic audiences for our social media platforms so that our ads are going to audiences that have just opened or clicked emails (or that follows up with people who haven't engaged). The number of programs that ActiveCampaign connects to makes the marketing a seamless experience for our clients.
    • Visualization of data - With the flow builder, you can see where people are in the process, what tags are being applied overall - makes it so much easier to create email marketing solutions for clients.
    • Reporting - The ability to see specific open, click, and conversion rates in one place.
    • Outstanding customer support - Having the ActiveCampaign team behind you makes it easy to recommend and use it for clients.
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    Gist

    Gist is a quite reliable service with a lot of added values. We don't need to pay for different Saas for these important features. If I had an issue the team was super responsive and helpful, that is essential for every business. The email delivery is great, so virtually no email has landed into spam folder
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    Usability

    ActiveCampaign

    ActiveCampaign has been the easiest marketing automation software we have ever used. They provide tips throughout the entire process of anything you are building. Their support team through LIVE CHAT has been extremely fast and helpful. The monthly meetings provided with the enablement team has helped us through several large and urgent needs.
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    Gist

    It’s pretty simple, but it does a lot so there are more complicated features which depend on an individuals ability for software implementation. I am not an IT expert and I’ve managed to implement everything myself, others that are more tech-minded may find everything easier.
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    Reliability and Availability

    ActiveCampaign

    I haven't experienced application errors or unplanned outages at all. Active Campaign is ultra reliable and I would not be using them if that were the case. Also, the helpful emails they send are welcomed and informative, and present very practical tips and guidance for using the platform. They're always demonstrating new features and I'm thankful for that.
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    Gist

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    ActiveCampaign

    Oh my gosh, Active Campaign's performance gets an A+++ in my book. The pages load quickly and so do the reports. I haven't noticed any slowdowns when it's integrating with other programs and it performs excellently on all levels.
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    Gist

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    ActiveCampaign

    This might be the best part. The chat support lady offered to make a video to help me solve my problem. I worked in customer service for years and I've never done that, lol. So, if they're offering things like that, I can only imagine that they'd be able to handle most any issue you throw at them.
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    Gist

    Fantastic support. Ask a question, get an answer within 24 hours every time. And sometimes within a few minutes. They've always come through for me, helpful and, even when it's an issue on my end, they point me in the right direction.
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    Implementation Rating

    ActiveCampaign

    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.
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    Gist

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    ActiveCampaign

    I felt like ActiveCampaign had the most features for the value I was expecting. I looked at other reviews just like this to see whether it would meet my needs. I also considered price. As a startup, I wanted to make sure I could have a platform that could grow to what I needed it to be without paying too much at the beginning.
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    Gist

    Gist combines all our previous products into one application and adds many more features that would require more apps. Gist is excellent and a no-brainer all-in-one application when compared to having to manage multiple applications at higher cost. The support from the whole Gist team has been extremely responsive.
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    Scalability

    ActiveCampaign

    My web designer told me about Active Campaign and although I don't recall which platform I had before, I LOVE Active Campaign and its user friendliness. The transition was seamless and I've never had a problem with functionality or server failure.
    Active Campaign provides so many features, and makes it easy for non-techies to maneuver around the site with ease. They capture information and put it in an easy-to-read format.
    At this point, I don't think I'd ever use any other platform!
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    Gist

    No answers on this topic

    Return on Investment

    ActiveCampaign

    • ActiveCampaign saved us thousands of dollars over our previous CRM platform.
    • We are able to track leads through the sales pipeline, seeing exactly how much our efforts are bringing in.
    • We are able to provide better customer service by quickly responding to forms completed on our website no matter the time/day.
    • We can run reports to find areas we may be deficient in marketing or sales, and also see our strengths, which is important to our C Suite.
    • ActiveCampaign Automations save us a significant amount of time.
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    Gist

    • They are perfect for me as a someone who needs a lot of bang for the buck. The chat messenger device on my website alone has brought me new prospects that I did not have to spend money recruiting.
    • I am able to save hours of time with the automated emails that are GDPR compliant.
    • I don't have to pay for a designer to have excellent looking emails either.
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