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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

HubSpot

HubSpot is well suited for many scenarios but the most prominent one in my role is following up with clients and/or prospects. It really helps me keep track of last interactions which includes notes, emails, calls, and meetings. Being able to see previous contact with a person helps me know where I have left off and also how I need to follow up. This is crucial for sales people since it is very difficult to remember all interactions and communications on your own.
Meredith Mackay | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.2
HubSpot
8.5
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
8.0
HubSpot
8.2
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.0
HubSpot
8.2
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
7.8
HubSpot
8.0
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
6.9
HubSpot
8.8
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
8.2
HubSpot
8.3
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.3
HubSpot
8.5
Email deliverability
ActiveCampaign
8.6
HubSpot
8.8
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.7
HubSpot
8.5
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.6
HubSpot
8.9

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
7.4
HubSpot
8.4
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
7.4
HubSpot
8.2
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
7.6
HubSpot
8.5
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
7.4
HubSpot
8.6

Lead Management

ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.4
Lead nurturing
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.7
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.3
Data quality management
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
7.9
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.5

Campaign Management

ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.2
Calendaring
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.2
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.3

Social Media Marketing

ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.3
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.3
Social profile integration
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.2

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.0
API
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.3
Customizability
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.3
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
7.7
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
7.7

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

HubSpot

  • Bring sales, marketing, support all together into one platform because they now offer each as it's own hub. You can purchase the ones you need, but they are all available. This is a strength because it follows HubSpot's company goal to help customers succeed and that can only be done when all areas of business succeed.
  • Listening to customers. HubSpot follows its customers' feedback and continues to improve the platform.
  • HubSpot is focused on customer success. You have a team ready to help you with products, support, and success so whether you're big or small or new or seasoned. HubSpot is there to help you succeed and they've done an awesome job of keeping that at their core.
Heather Robinette, MBA | 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

HubSpot

  • CRM function was too limited for us to use.
  • Would love to see greater flexibility with reporting dashboards.
  • Would love to be able to use spend/budget data from LinkedIn Ads connection.
  • Doesn't offer integration with CRM and suggested third-party partner was painful to work with.
  • Can't A/B test automated emails-- have to use workaround.
Sean Dunshee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.2
Based on 5 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 371 answers
Our business relies on the HubSpot platform to manage our marketing, sales and CRM processes. HubSpot marketing automation helps us define our activities and streamlines them in a cohesive and efficient way. Without HubSpot, we will have to revert to the 'old way' of doing everything with a variety of disparate systems.
Arun C Devan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's super easy and fast to set up automations and email lists. In under five minutes, you can be mailing your list. I'm not a fan of complexity, and I'm also not a fan of being hamstrung by weak tools, so I really like using ActiveCampaign. It's the perfect blend of simplicity and power.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.4
Based on 96 answers
Hubspot shows you what do and makes it easy to find the help articles you need. Over all it shows the system status well. The only issue is when there are syncing issues so you'll have to save often and make sure to refresh so you know your changes synced with the server.
Karen Rust | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 25 answers
We made a decision as an agency to only work with Hubspot. The software is easy to work with, and the support is very good
Jan Beery | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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

HubSpot

HubSpot 8.9
Based on 17 answers
With all the new features in HubSpot, the system can get a tad slow sometimes... That said, most of the time it is lightning fast and I have no problems. Because most of the integrations are API, they silently work in the background. I have not had trouble with lag due to HubSpot integration
Carah Counts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.0
Based on 3 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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 80 answers
I had a pretty serious programming issue in my onboarding period. I called and got to someone within 10 minutes. Their hold music was not elevator music, it was Andy Grammer's latest hits which made it seem like less time. They took note of the issue, tried what they knew, and then said they would work on the issue and be in touch soon. The issue was resolved within a day! And they were so pleasant to work with
Hillary Johns | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

ActiveCampaign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 8 answers
I did the 2-day classroom at HubSpot's corporate office in Cambridge. First off, it was amazing to see their corporate office in general. They have such a cool office environment. But it was also great to have the ability to learn in a workshop format with other HubSpot users and meet my Account Manager/ Inbound Marketing Consultant in person.
Carah Counts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ActiveCampaign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

HubSpot

HubSpot 8.9
Based on 25 answers
I went through Inbound Marketing University in 2006. Great training and helped my transition from traditional (outbound) marketing to inbound marketing that I've been able to apply to a number of businesses from wastewater and water reuse, to professional services and SaaS. Share information of value to build awareness and trust. Answer customers' questions in a transparent way to generate more qualified leads. Understand the difference between a marketing qualified lead and a sales qualified lead and put together a lead nurturing program. Your sales and marketing efforts will see significant ROI.
Tom Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 10.0
Based on 1 answer
If your email marketing strategy is clunky and confusing then it doesn't matter what tool you use or need to set up. It will take time to set it up. However, if you favor simple and effective email marketing strategies then you'll find that setting up ActiveCampaign is a breeze. And the results you'll get with it will far outweigh the time it takes to set it up.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

HubSpot

HubSpot 7.4
Based on 48 answers
My biggest piece of advice for those who are implementing Hubspot is that you need to devote the time up front and learn how to use the product. Once you learn how to use Hubspot, it will be much more effective as well as much easier to use in the long run
Andrew Driscoll | 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

HubSpot

We migrated from Marketo to HubSpot and noticed a difference nearly right away. Gone were hours of putting a campaign together through multiple folders only to have Marketo display the rainbow wheel of death and have the campaign disappear with all of your work. Additionally, we didn't need to have a full-time code on staff to generate beautiful and compelling email templates or landing pages. Working hand-in-hand, our new campaigns generated lead flow that helped our team deliver best-ever results and directly impact the bottom line.
Romy Ribitzky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 10.0
Based on 1 answer
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

HubSpot

HubSpot 7.3
Based on 7 answers
While HubSpot initially, seven years ago, seemed built for SMBs it appears they have scaled their solution for larger enterprises. I do not have experience sending out 10 million-plus emails per month so I don't know how HubSpot would handle that. However, I do know that some other marketing automation platforms have had trouble with such scale. As such, I suggest HubSpot have one of it's enterprise customers share data on the length of time it takes to send out 1 million emails. Are we talking minutes, hours or days? Then decide what's right for you based on your business needs.
Tom Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

HubSpot

  • For our customers and us: High Lead Conversion
  • For our customers and us: More business from digital channels
  • For our customers and us: Shorter salescykles
  • For our customers and us: ROI faster
  • For our customers and us: Heighten Brand loyalty and customer sharing.
Sara Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ActiveCampaign

General

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

ActiveCampaign Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

HubSpot

General

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

HubSpot Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$8001
Enterprise$3,2002
Starter$503
Free$04
  1. per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
  2. per month (includes 10,000 contacts)
  3. per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
  4. per month
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Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign
8.8
HubSpot
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign
9.2
HubSpot
9.9

Usability

ActiveCampaign
9.0
HubSpot
9.4

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign
10.0
HubSpot
9.1

Performance

ActiveCampaign
10.0
HubSpot
8.9

Support

ActiveCampaign
9.0
HubSpot
9.9

In-Person Training

ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
9.1

Online Training

ActiveCampaign
HubSpot
8.9

Implementation

ActiveCampaign
10.0
HubSpot
7.4

Scalability

ActiveCampaign
10.0
HubSpot
7.3

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