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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveDEMAND

When choosing a marketing automation system, it is important to think of what exactly you want it to do. I think no matter what you are hoping to get out of a marketing automation platform, you can achieve it with ActiveDEMAND. It can be used for simple/basic marketing email sending and campaign execution or it can be used to develop a microsite, create sales and marketing kiosks, run multi-step campaigns, host protected assets or whatever you want to do with it. You can easily choose (or ignore) the modules and features to be as creative as you choose to be.
Anonymous | 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

ActiveDEMAND
9.5
HCL Unica
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
HCL Unica
Dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Landing pages
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
HCL Unica
A/B testing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Mobile optimization
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
List management
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
HCL Unica
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica

Lead Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.0
HCL Unica
Lead nurturing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
HCL Unica
Data quality management
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
HCL Unica
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
HCL Unica

Campaign Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.4
HCL Unica
Calendaring
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
HCL Unica

Social Media Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
8.6
HCL Unica
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
HCL Unica
Social profile integration
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
HCL Unica

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveDEMAND
9.2
HCL Unica
Dashboards
ActiveDEMAND
8.8
HCL Unica
Standard reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
HCL Unica
Custom reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
API
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
HCL Unica
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
HCL Unica
Customizability
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
HCL Unica
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
HCL Unica
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
HCL Unica

Pros

ActiveDEMAND

  • Customer Service - this company EXCELS at customer service, always answering our questions and being helpful.
  • Innovative Ideas - they stay on top of the trends in marketing, offer ways for us to incorporate these items into our efforts.
  • Friendly staff - the staff at ActiveDEMAND are great to work with and are responsive to our needs.
Kelly Hicks | 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

ActiveDEMAND

  • Reporting - Though the reporting is extensive and very very good... I sometimes miss a simplified view of email opens/clicks/link clicks etc.
  • Don't get me wrong, you can get to this data in ActiveDEMAND relatively easily, the default views through the campaign dashboard are just quite detailed (which some people would probably prefer) and I just don't think that we need that level of reporting on first glance. That being said, I do love the option to drill down and uncover the complex detailed data when i do want it (ActiveDEMAND is very good at this).
  • One element of reporting that I would also like would be an event registrant report showing all registered people (this part exists) and their responses on the registration form they completed to register for the event. (These things would be dietary restrictions, industry, customized responses to other event related questions).
  • I also wish the reports autorefreshed more frequently.
  • ICS Files - Right now there are work arounds for loading an ICS file (Calendar meeting invite file) that can be accessed in campaign assets. I just wish this was more native to the tool.
  • Archive Filing - Now, first of all, it is so amazing that ActiveDEMAND even has an archiving feature... I LOVE this. One small downside, however, is that the archiving cannot be organized using a folder structure or anything. I would like to be able to group my live events together, then group my webinars together etc.
Anonymous | 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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Support Rating

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

Vertical Response wasn't a full marketing platform at the time when we used it, but it was clunky and the tech support wasn't easy to use. I like the one-on-one response we get from ActiveDemand and really being on a first name basis with the folks there
Kelly Hicks | 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

Return on Investment

ActiveDEMAND

  • Simplified email marketing and event management
  • Better tracking of leads
  • Better intelligence about which initiatives are working well and where future opportunities lie
  • Less reliant on IT department/third party to execute our online marketing
Anonymous | 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

ActiveDEMAND

General

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

ActiveDEMAND Editions & Modules

Edition
Call Tracking$31
Email Marketer$72
Small Business Marketer$692
Corporate Marketer$1992
Agency Marketer$7992
  1. Per Phone Number/mth
  2. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Additional Pricing Details

HCL Unica

General

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

HCL Unica Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveDEMAND
9.6
HCL Unica
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveDEMAND
HCL Unica
8.7

Usability

ActiveDEMAND
HCL Unica
8.0

Support Rating

ActiveDEMAND
HCL Unica
3.0

Implementation Rating

ActiveDEMAND
HCL Unica
7.2

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