What users are saying about
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
690 Ratings
11 Ratings

ActiveCampaign

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
690 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.8 out of 100
11 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 9 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign is especially good for businesses that would like to connect their online store with their email marketing platform to maximize returns. What sets ActiveCampaign apart from all other email platforms is its ability to lead potential buyers through automated flows. If you are just looking to deliver your monthly newsletters ActiveCampaign is likely too much power, and price for what you need. But if you want the most customizable experience for your customers and potential customers then ActiveCampaign truly stands alone as the best available platform.
Tim Weatherall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

For current Wordpress users Spokal is outstanding and highly recommended. For clients who don't already have a Wordpress blog it's a bit tricky as I need to first sell the benefits of using Wordpress in order to get them on board, but in all honestly I would recommend Wordpress anyway, it just slows the process down having to design and install Wordpress before we can get started.
Matt Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.4
Spokal
9.2
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Spokal
9.0
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Spokal
10.0
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.0
Spokal
8.0
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
7.1
Spokal
10.0
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Spokal
9.0
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Spokal
10.0
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Spokal
8.0
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Spokal
9.0
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.1
Spokal
10.0

Lead Management

ActiveCampaign
8.5
Spokal
9.5
Lead nurturing
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Spokal
10.0
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Spokal
10.0
Data quality management
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Spokal
10.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Spokal
8.0

Campaign Management

ActiveCampaign
7.9
Spokal
9.0
Calendaring
ActiveCampaign
7.7
Spokal
10.0
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Spokal
8.0

Social Media Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.3
Spokal
9.0
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Spokal
9.0
Social profile integration
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Spokal
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
8.5
Spokal
9.3
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Spokal
10.0
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Spokal
10.0
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Spokal
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveCampaign
8.7
Spokal
9.3
API
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Spokal
9.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Spokal
10.0
Customizability
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Spokal
10.0
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Spokal
9.0
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Spokal
10.0
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Spokal
8.0

Pros

ActiveCampaign

  • The automation triggers and workflow commands available are impressive. Very robust, it's so robust I don't know what's capable of doing since I stick to foundational triggers
  • The tagging system and segmentation approach is convenient since one can create segments from different places
  • I was relatively simple to navigate around the platform. (finding where are the lists, campaigns, automations.
  • I liked the quick ability to search for specific contacts based on status and tags.
Juan R. Arroyo Yap | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • Content calendar - the ability to visually see blog posts in draft and scheduled to publish over the coming weeks and months was a key benefit. Tracking this in spreadsheets is too hard. we can even post blogs as topic idea, pre draft, draft and final and schedule in advance so we can visualise the messages we want to communicate. Creation of tweets and Linkedin posts is done for you automatically. Simply drag the blog post to the time slot, day, week or month. This is a lot quicker than Hootsuite
  • Additional tweets can be composed and also dragged to the calendar, plus the feedly link allows curation of tweet content. This just scales up our creation and curation process.
  • Easy simple overview dashboard - showing key website stats, new visitors, new twitter followers. New blog posts. Social enagement per blog post, linkedin shares etc. simple lead scoring based on pages visited etc. Simple realtime SEO analysis on the blog post builder
  • twitter builder. very simple autopilot of increasing your twitter following using key words (it easy has a simple key word tool) to find relevant people to 'like' and hence follow
  • Dynamic, responsive team. I have asked a few questions about futures and always received a prompt helpful reply. Chris and his team are clearly commited to developing a great product.
  • Once linked to your wordpress site I really like the fact I can log into a dashboard on the web and on my ipad and manage my content delivery and monitor visititors and interaction. I use and know hubspot and the biggest issue for me is the learning curve. Anyone can learn and use Spokal. It provides and integrates a number of tools I currently use today at a far lower cost. It does need to integrate into a third party email provider but frankly the integration is simple. A lot of effort has gone into the design for non techies
Rik Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveCampaign

  • With the high level of customization, can be complex or overwhelming for some new users
  • Would like the ability to add some features a la carte instead of having to upgrade
  • Some reports can feel a little limited and the ability to create custom reports and charts/graphs would be nice
Kim McCumber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • I personally would love to see more direct integrations into CRM and more powerful Marketing Automation tools, but the current Zapier integration is a general approach and works in most cases very well.
Dennis Zimmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.1
Based on 17 answers
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.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 9.3
Based on 6 answers
Spokal delivers everything I need to serve my clients in one place. It's so easy to use and their customer service is always available and responsive, there's no need for me to look elsewhere.
Matt Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.1
Based on 33 answers
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.
Matt Dickerson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Spokal takes away some of the complexity and noise that Wordpress has. Offering a separate login and dashboard to allow a user to create blog posts, check on backlinks, see ranking keywords, social engagement and tracks visitors/ contacts. Spokal provides a lot of functionality that would typically require the purchase of several products e.g. Hootsuite, SEO Moz, SEO pressor, Hubspot. What I really like is the content calendar. I simply drag and drop of my blog posts into my calendar to post to twitter, linkedin and facebook. This is an easy way to repost evergreen content and build my following on twitter. The twitter builder is constantly looking for relevant profiles and conversations based on my defined criteria. The tool automatically likes the twitter user which drives traffic to my sight and actually helps me find followers and potential influencers. This product is ideal for people new to internet marketing or small business owners who don't want to be overwhelmed by the effort to learn, manage and run several tools or wordpress plugins. I have been with Spokal since the start and I continue to be impressed by the support and raft of new functionality being added.
Rik Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.1
Based on 5 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

Spokal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.6
Based on 5 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

Spokal

Spokal 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 6.6
Based on 38 answers
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.
Chesare Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 9.3
Based on 3 answers
They worked with Bluehost to make sure our blog connected properly. This was done without anyone from Strategic Revolution asking for this help.
Michael Dutcher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.5
Based on 11 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

Spokal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

ActiveCampaign

MC was great but was too expensive and limited in scope for unlimited send caps. AWeber has a good email builder but at that time didn't have webhooks, making it difficult to use to meet our needs. ActiveCampaign solved both of these problems by giving us unlimited sends and providing a robust API to manage our registration process and offer our members a way to update their details in real-time.
Lee McIntosh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

I haven't really tried other products at this point. I would say I tried to cobble together a bunch of options to make the right inbound marketing "tool suite". Nothing quite worked well enough. Again, Spokal serves as a very cost-effective option. Particularly relative to Hubspot.
Alan Horsager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.8
Based on 4 answers
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!
Michelle Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ActiveCampaign

  • I went from 0-50 new emails on my list in a matter of weeks, due to the simplicity and functionality of the landing pages/forms.
  • Because of the great email tracking features, I was able to observe and shift my emails so that I went from a 15% open rate to a 50% open rate.
Triana Garrett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • It's still early for us, but we can definitively say that we've cut our content creation / curation time down by about 40% while INCREASING the volume of quality relevant content that our audience expects.
Chris Purser | TrustRadius Reviewer

Screenshots

Pricing Details

ActiveCampaign

General

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

ActiveCampaign Editions & Modules

Edition
Lite$9.001
Plus$492
Professional$1293
Enterprise$2294
  1. Per Month [3 Users]
  2. Per Month [25 Users]
  3. Per Month [50 Users]
  4. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Additional Pricing Details

Spokal

General

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

Spokal Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$491
Essentials$992
Team$1693
  1. per month (1 user)
  2. per month (3 users)
  3. per month (5 users)
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign
9.0
Spokal
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign
9.1
Spokal
9.3

Usability

ActiveCampaign
8.1
Spokal
8.2

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign
9.1
Spokal

Performance

ActiveCampaign
8.6
Spokal
9.1

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign
6.6
Spokal
9.3

In-Person Training

ActiveCampaign
7.3
Spokal

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign
8.5
Spokal

Scalability

ActiveCampaign
8.8
Spokal

Add comparison