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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

HCL Unica

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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.3
HCL Unica
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
8.1
HCL Unica
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.3
HCL Unica
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
7.9
HCL Unica
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
7.1
HCL Unica
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
8.5
HCL Unica
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.2
HCL Unica
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveCampaign
8.8
HCL Unica
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.6
HCL Unica
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.4
HCL Unica

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

ActiveCampaign
7.9
HCL Unica
Calendaring
ActiveCampaign
7.1
HCL Unica
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveCampaign
8.7
HCL Unica

Social Media Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.2
HCL Unica
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveCampaign
8.8
HCL Unica
Social profile integration
ActiveCampaign
7.6
HCL Unica

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
7.8
HCL Unica
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
7.9
HCL Unica
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
7.8
HCL Unica
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
7.7
HCL Unica

Platform & Infrastructure

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

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

HCL Unica

  • 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.
Eric Bahme | 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

HCL Unica

  • 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.
Tim Biddiscombe | 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

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 8.7
Based on 12 answers
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 tool2) 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.
Brent Banning | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.2
Based on 6 answers
It's a lovely clean interface and easy to customize! It can sometimes be a little slow in that some elements require multiple clicks (eg: selecting an email to edit as part of an automation) but overall it's quick and easy.
Arlene Caffrey | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I think it is easy to use, if you don't have to do to complex selections.
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

HCL Unica

No score
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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

HCL Unica

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.9
Based on 8 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

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 3.0
Based on 1 answer
I didn't use the Unica support since it is with IBM, only before.
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

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 7.2
Based on 2 answers
- 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
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

HCL Unica

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.
Gabriel Racine | 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

HCL Unica

No score
No answers yet
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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

HCL Unica

  • 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.
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

HCL Unica

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign
9.1
HCL Unica
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign
9.1
HCL Unica
8.7

Usability

ActiveCampaign
8.2
HCL Unica
8.0

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign
9.4
HCL Unica

Performance

ActiveCampaign
8.1
HCL Unica

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign
8.9
HCL Unica
3.0

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign
7.4
HCL Unica
7.2

Scalability

ActiveCampaign
9.4
HCL Unica

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