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Score 8.6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign

If you're looking for an affordable yet powerful way to bring together email list management, CRM, and marketing automation, then ActiveCampaign is a great choice. It's fabulous for effective list segmentation, extremely robust in its marketing automation features, and wonderfully reliable in delivering accountable actions and relevant data that can help your business expand. Allow the appropriate time for the learning curve required, get your business goals and marketing priorities straight, and ActiveCampaign will serve you extremely well.
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Oracle Responsys

The solution is great for an enterprise marketing team. There is a ton of functionality and options, but the UI is slightly clunky and outdated. We use the solution to build our customer communication journeys and can highly personalize the journey/messaging for each user with the powerful filters, rules, and programs. The campaign builder allows us to build stunning emails that grab a users attention and convert well. The reporting is outstanding and allows us to see how our campaigns perform and where we can improve.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
7.9
Oracle Responsys
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
7.7
Oracle Responsys
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
7.5
Oracle Responsys
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
7.3
Oracle Responsys
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
6.2
Oracle Responsys
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
7.5
Oracle Responsys
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.0
Oracle Responsys
Email deliverability
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Oracle Responsys
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Oracle Responsys
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.5
Oracle Responsys

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
7.1
Oracle Responsys
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
7.0
Oracle Responsys
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
7.3
Oracle Responsys
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
7.1
Oracle Responsys

Pros

ActiveCampaign

  • Automations - We constantly use automations to do all kinds of things behind the scenes. Like move contact through the deals based upon actions they have taken, urls they have visited or emails they have opened.
  • Predictive Sending - We use predictive sending to enhance our open rates. We've seen a 20% increase in opens as a result.
  • Conversations - we use conversations instead of chatbot on our sites. While this feature is still in its early stages, we have made the switch now. My staff has the app downloaded to their phones and can interact as need. Not as robust as Intercom and some others, but it is a great personalization tool.
  • Deals/Tasks - We use the Deals and Tasks for all kinds of things. I can communicate with my VA using tasks related to clients in a way that keeps everything under the same hood.
  • Scoring - We use scoring to run "behind the scenes" context. We monitor the contacts actions, apply a score and send them rewards or reminders whichever is appropriate. This is a huge hit with our clients.
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Oracle Responsys

  • It is the Ferrari of ESP platforms. If you have the backend and frontend resource to implement 100% of the solution, it is a winner.
  • You can write custom SQL for the best in class segmentation vs. WYSIWYG types of segmentation some ESPs provide.
  • Out of the box, Oracle algorithms help the user manage behavioral and transnational segmentation data points.
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Cons

ActiveCampaign

  • Text message marketing. There are other tools that are specifically designed for text message marketing, but it would be great if ActiveCampaign took over this industry as well, with their same philosophy of simple and fast to build + super powerful.
  • It gets a bit expensive when you have a large list, because they charge in tiers based on the number of contacts. So does everyone else though, so if you have a big list it will be expensive to host.
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Oracle Responsys

  • Responsys could be improved upon with a more extensive summary after a connect job fails. Failure 'Reason codes' are often generic. More specifically, if the reason codes for a failed (profile list import) connect job could be identified per column. For ex: a common connect job failure happens when "over 20% of the data is in an incorrect field format." It would be helpful to know which 20% and/or which files/records are required to update.
  • Inclusion of Skipped Addresses within the aggregate/Insight reporting. Currently, Skipped metric is only available within the live report setting.
  • It would be nice to receive notifications for changes/additions to the #SoftBounce table
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Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.5
Based on 2 answers
Our use case is primarily product-focused. We've adapted the functionality to work for our needs, but we don't use it as much for its intended marketing functions. Once we evolve our product to a more traditional LMS, we won't need ActiveCampaign anymore.
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Oracle Responsys

Oracle Responsys 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We believe Responsys offers the largest feature set in the industry. While it took some time for us to ramp up and feel confident using all the features in the beginning, we're now in a good position to take full advantage. Our investment is paying off in terms of regular, targeted interaction with our customers and prospects, driving traffic to our site and generating additional revenue
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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.
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Oracle Responsys

Oracle Responsys 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The system is robust but usable. Just like with any new system, there will be a learning curve.
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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.
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Oracle Responsys

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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.
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Oracle Responsys

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Support

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I have only had to reach out to ActiveCampaign support a couple of times, and every time they have helped me out quickly and efficiently. They get back to you pretty quickly and usually have the solution figured out within just a couple of message exchanges. Please keep in mind I use the simple features of ActiveCampaign, so if there's a complication solution you're looking for help with, your experience with support might be a little different.
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Oracle Responsys

Oracle Responsys 4.0
Based on 1 answer
Too often the support team is unable to answer my question or I have to explain the issue over and over.
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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.
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Oracle Responsys

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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.
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Oracle Responsys

Oracle Responsys is much more robust; we can import more data from our database. This isn't even possible on Hubsport and we can create much larger and advanced programs based on filters and triggers which is just not possible with HubSpot. HubSpot is more user friendly and pretty but it just does not have the functionality or capacity with our large number of users.
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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.
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Oracle Responsys

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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.
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Oracle Responsys

  • Training the staff to use this tool without error seemed to take a lot of time and reduce efficiency for several months.
  • Better functionality did create excitement within the department to test new templates and implement new email marketing tactics.
  • The cost of the tool did create a need to reduce spending in other areas of the department.
  • Email deliverability has improved and in turn increased opens and eventually the qty of conversions.
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Pricing Details

ActiveCampaign

General

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

Oracle Responsys

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required
16,250.00*

* per account

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