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ActiveDEMAND

3 Ratings

ActiveDEMAND

3 Ratings
Score 10 out of 101

MindFire Studio

4 Ratings
Score 5.9 out of 101

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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.
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MindFire Studio

Mindfire is good when using direct mail pieces. You are able to analyze the web and print pieces together. However, it doesn't allow for good scalability of campaigns. While the templates are decent, you do need some coding knowledge to make these campaigns web compliant.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
9.5
MindFire Studio
5.4
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
MindFire Studio
2.0
Dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
3.0
Landing pages
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
MindFire Studio
5.8
A/B testing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
Mobile optimization
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
Email deliverability
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
10.0
List management
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
MindFire Studio
5.9
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
6.0

Lead Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.0
MindFire Studio
5.3
Lead nurturing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
5.0
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
MindFire Studio
6.0
Data quality management
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
MindFire Studio
5.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
MindFire Studio
5.0

Campaign Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.4
MindFire Studio
5.0
Calendaring
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
6.0
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
MindFire Studio
4.0

Social Media Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
8.6
MindFire Studio
4.0
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
MindFire Studio
4.0
Social profile integration
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
MindFire Studio
4.0

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveDEMAND
9.2
MindFire Studio
6.0
Dashboards
ActiveDEMAND
8.8
MindFire Studio
6.0
Standard reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
MindFire Studio
Custom reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
4.3
API
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
MindFire Studio
4.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
MindFire Studio
5.0
Customizability
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
MindFire Studio
4.0
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
MindFire Studio
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
MindFire Studio
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
MindFire Studio

Pros

  • Template development and brand management - ActiveDEMAND makes it simple to maintain your brand identity and a consistent look and feel across campaigns using templates and brand identities that are easy to set up and easy to incorporate into every piece of collateral you develop.
  • Use of variables for replicated content - This is super convenient! Templates can be created and then the campaign can be cloned (in its entirety or just the assets you need) and reused allowing for simple updates to be made to the variables in minutes. This makes executing campaigns very simple and quick once your templates are built the way you want them.
  • Responsive design - This is a MUST in modern digital marketing and ActiveDEMAND does this really well. You can view all screen size renders as previews as you build your assets and all the modules are built to work with responsive technology so you can be confident that the assets you create and share with customers won't break and will look great on all devices.
  • It just works. - Everything from creating logic steps to editing the items you create just works really really well.
  • Support - the support team has been amazing. Live chat and ticket submission facilities make it easy to get help when you need it and tickets are resolved quickly and effectively. There is also a good knowledge base of self help articles available online.
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  • Mindfire provides a direct correlation to a print piece.
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Cons

  • 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.
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  • The UI is dated and needs to be updated. The ability to delete elements after publishing and going back to edit mode. Better UX needs to be implemented.
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Alternatives Considered

ActiveDEMAND is much more robust than most of the above products. It does more and provides more detailed analytics. It is also very user friendly. The user interface is nice and it is very easy to navigate the tool. The brand identity and replicated content are two areas where ActiveDEMAND really shines compared to competitors.
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Mindfire wasn't my choice. The only reason it is being used is because it correlated with direct mail.
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Return on Investment

  • 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
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  • It has been a neutral experience
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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
ActiveDEMAND
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]
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MindFire Studio

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
MindFire Studio Editions & Modules
MindFire Studio
Additional Pricing Details