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Score 7.5 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Email & Online Marketing

    8.5

    ActiveCampaign

    85%

    HCL Unica

    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%

    HCL Unica

    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%

    HCL Unica

    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%

    HCL Unica

    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%

    HCL Unica

    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%

    HCL Unica

    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 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Support Rating, Implementation Rating
    • ActiveCampaign and HCL Unica are tied in 1 area: Usability

    Likelihood to Recommend

    9.1

    ActiveCampaign

    91%
    650 Ratings
    9.0

    HCL Unica

    90%
    15 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    8.8

    ActiveCampaign

    88%
    19 Ratings
    8.7

    HCL Unica

    87%
    11 Ratings

    Usability

    8.0

    ActiveCampaign

    80%
    35 Ratings
    8.0

    HCL Unica

    80%
    1 Rating

    Availability

    9.1

    ActiveCampaign

    91%
    4 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Performance

    6.4

    ActiveCampaign

    64%
    4 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Support Rating

    6.0

    ActiveCampaign

    60%
    39 Ratings
    3.0

    HCL Unica

    30%
    2 Ratings

    In-Person Training

    7.3

    ActiveCampaign

    73%
    1 Rating

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    8.7

    ActiveCampaign

    87%
    10 Ratings
    7.2

    HCL Unica

    72%
    4 Ratings

    Configurability

    7.7

    ActiveCampaign

    77%
    3 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ease of integration

    8.1

    ActiveCampaign

    81%
    3 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Product Scalability

    8.4

    ActiveCampaign

    84%
    4 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor post-sale

    7.7

    ActiveCampaign

    77%
    3 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Vendor pre-sale

    7.2

    ActiveCampaign

    72%
    3 Ratings

    HCL Unica

    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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    HCL Technologies

    I think it is wel suited for a business with a lot of one on one relations in the database. For example a supermarket that sells products to a client and gives a reduction on that product. It is nice if the selection process is not to complex and does not involve to many calculations. It is also nice if it is very clear what you want to follow up. In our environment we have lots of many-to-many relations. for example one product is held by more then one client. And that client might have more of those products with other clients. These kind of situation demands for a lot of calculations with derived fields(*), and there things go far too slow. Unica is probably not such a good solution for us, because our environment is too complex, and so is to process of creating the selection, we often have to change things in the selection flows. Because of the complexity it is difficult to see what the flow is exactly doing afterwoods, it also takes to much time to modify existing campaigns. The interface is not handy to work with, if you have long lists of variables, of tables or derived fields(*) you have to scroll through trough them, you can not really search them or reorder them. You can not drag and drop fields or other objects like derived fields in the flow, what would be easy if you have to make frequent changes to the proces flow. When you copy objects something the content of the object changes because the links with other objects or lost. (*) derived field: field to calculate something
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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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    HCL Technologies

    • Ability to translate Multiple SQL queries into a very easy to use visual GUI.
    • Provides the ability to pre-define segments, run them once in off hours, store them in their own system tables for quick youth and a significant reduction in CPU utilization on the database.
    • It’s use of Reusable objects. Including user variables to pre-define calculations one time, macros that you can create and pass values to parameterize the SQL code And the creation of templates to easily replicate work.
    • It’s ability to bring in external data on the fly that can very easily be mapped into any flowchart.
    • It’s flexibility and creating UNIX script via triggers to automate sending of files to multiple vendors with different FTP sites
    • It’s flexibility in the output layouts that it can create.
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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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    HCL Technologies

    • Greater integration of real time (Interact) capabilities with outbound channels, in particular IBM eMessage Email & SMS delivery.
    • Additional outbound channels to be integrated into eMessage, including Facebook Fanpage & Twitter DM broadcasts. At the moment these are possible only through custom additional integration.
    • Support for additional marketing database technology, e.g. MySQL, Exasol, ParAccel, WX2.
    • Provision of database technology with software purchase, as Web technology (IBM WebSphere Express) is supplied for free, but no database is supplied - since IBM also market DB2, which is a supported technology it seems a shame.
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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

    HCL Unica

    Starting Price

    Editions & Modules

    HCL Unica editions and modules pricing
    EditionModules

    Footnotes

      Offerings

      Free Trial
      Free/Freemium Version
      Premium Consulting/Integration Services

      Entry-level set up fee?

      Optional

      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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      HCL Technologies

      There are three main factors to renew a licence: 1) Cost to migrate to another platform would be rather expensive and time consuming, plus the requirement of retraining employees to use a new tool 2) It has been proven time and time again that it is a market leader in the space (10 years +) 3) It can be built upon, with the addition of additional IBM EMM modules - despite theories it does have very strong digital capabilities.
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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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      HCL Technologies

      I think it is easy to use, if you don't have to do to complex selections.
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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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      HCL Technologies

      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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      HCL Technologies

      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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      HCL Technologies

      I didn't use the Unica support since it is with IBM, only before.
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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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      HCL Technologies

      - We had to rebuild a part of the datamart afterwards to tighten up and simplify the selection process. But as it was too time consuming to rebuild all the existing campaigns, we no run campaigns on different versions of the datamart. - The response tracking of the campaigns never worked out well, it was impossible to implement a direct response where there is a link between the lead and the response in our operational process
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      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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      HCL Technologies

      The contact history and the response history are so powerful. You can track whatever you want to help the call center to push relevant offers to our customer. In addition, predictive models can be built, with patience, in IBM Campaign. If you have some complaints from the call center about any campaigns, you can easily validate it into the contact or response history.
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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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      HCL Technologies

      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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      HCL Technologies

      • It helps my clients drive their business which in turn, drives more profit for them.
      • It helps my clients determine what works, and what doesn't work, in terms of their social marketing campaigns.
      • It helps navigate proper budgeting through determining what clients' users respond to, and what they find unique.
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