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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

SendPulse

SendPulse is great if you want to connect with your list on a more personal basis, and making sure that your email reaches your subscriber when it is best for him/her. You can also use the SMS function (though I haven't used it yet). Let's say you have clients and want to send a message to them automatically on their birthday, SendPulse allows you to do that. It allows you to add in specific fields that are relevant to you, in order to customise your messaging as much as you want and need.
Audrey Sourroubille Arnold | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.3
SendPulse
7.7
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
8.1
SendPulse
8.4
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.3
SendPulse
7.0
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
7.9
SendPulse
8.0
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
7.1
SendPulse
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
8.5
SendPulse
7.3
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.2
SendPulse
8.4
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveCampaign
8.8
SendPulse
7.8
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.6
SendPulse
7.4
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.4
SendPulse
7.3

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

ActiveCampaign
7.9
SendPulse
Calendaring
ActiveCampaign
7.1
SendPulse
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveCampaign
8.7
SendPulse

Social Media Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.2
SendPulse
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveCampaign
8.8
SendPulse
Social profile integration
ActiveCampaign
7.6
SendPulse

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
7.8
SendPulse
7.9
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
7.9
SendPulse
7.8
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
7.8
SendPulse
8.3
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
7.7
SendPulse
7.5

Platform & Infrastructure

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

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

SendPulse

  • One of the best features of this software is its user interface. I found it very intuitive.
  • It has sms feature also which is a great add-on to this software.
  • It has live chat support feature. And I find it very helpful when i find any technical problem.
Anonymous | 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

SendPulse

  • In the email editor they should include text separator. I can not put any separator between two lines in the same box. And sometimes the unavailabilty of this feature make my e-mails slightly less attractive.
  • They should include image editor in Drag & Drop Edition option so that users can edit their images there itself.
  • Campaign approvals take long time.
Anonymous | 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

SendPulse

SendPulse 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Because I love how easy and intuitive SendPulse is.
Audrey Sourroubille Arnold | 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

SendPulse

SendPulse 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I find that overall SendPulse is very intuitive to use and the support is there to help you out in case you don't find how to do what you wish to do. The drag and drop functionalities make it easy to create the newsletters you want. Every field is explained and small tutorials are included to show you how to create a new template, newsletter, etc. which makes it very easy to use.
Audrey Sourroubille Arnold | 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

SendPulse

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SendPulse

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

SendPulse

SendPulse 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Every time I contacted the support team with a question or a problem, they were very fast in replying and helping me out solve it. Usually latest within 10 minutes I would receive a first answer, and the problem would get solved on the same day.
Audrey Sourroubille Arnold | 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

SendPulse

SendPulse 8.2
Based on 1 answer
When implementing SendPulse, it is a good idea to have a transition phase where you still use both systems, in case anything goes wrong.
Audrey Sourroubille Arnold | 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

SendPulse

Its integration with sms facility and Viber makes it different from others.To be very honest I use all three facilities depending upon the content which i need to communicate to my subscribers. I use SendPulse more frequently because of its richness. And it delivers good results for my organisation as well.
Anonymous | 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

SendPulse

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

SendPulse

  • Tapping NRI clients with this software helps me in generating good revenue in last financial year.
  • I grow my NRI database by 60 in last year. And this software played a major role in doing so.
  • It made brand building very easy among my clients.
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

SendPulse

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign
9.1
SendPulse
8.4

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign
9.1
SendPulse
9.1

Usability

ActiveCampaign
8.2
SendPulse
8.2

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign
9.4
SendPulse

Performance

ActiveCampaign
8.1
SendPulse

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign
8.9
SendPulse
9.1

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign
7.4
SendPulse
8.2

Scalability

ActiveCampaign
9.4
SendPulse

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