ActiveDEMAND vs. Twilio SendGrid

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveDEMAND
Score 9.0 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
ActiveDEMAND is an integrated marketing automation platform that is designed to bring together online marketing tools into a single application. This platform focuses on helping both novice and expert marketers set up, manage and execute campaigns with a focus on measuring business results such as conversions and leads.
$3
Per Phone Number/mth
Twilio SendGrid
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns provides users with segmentation, campaign editing, and deliverability. According to the vendor, Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns is trusted by over 80,000 customers globally, including Airbnb, Spotify and Uber. Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns aims to help users by providing: MORE EFFICIENT EMAIL BUILDING The campaign building process is free from frustrating, rigid step-by-step wizards that slow users down. The vendor says…
$15
per month
Pricing
ActiveDEMANDTwilio SendGrid
Editions & Modules
Call Tracking
$3
Per Phone Number/mth
Email Marketer
$7
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Small Business Marketer
$69
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Corporate Marketer
$199
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Agency Marketer
$799
Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Basic
$15
per month
Advanced
$60
per month
Free
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveDEMANDTwilio SendGrid
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
ActiveDEMANDTwilio SendGrid
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
9.5
2 Ratings
20% above category average
Twilio SendGrid
7.7
46 Ratings
5% below category average
WYSIWYG email editor9.22 Ratings7.733 Ratings
Dynamic content9.62 Ratings7.936 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content9.62 Ratings8.034 Ratings
Landing pages9.02 Ratings7.522 Ratings
A/B testing9.62 Ratings8.526 Ratings
Mobile optimization9.62 Ratings9.034 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting9.62 Ratings7.546 Ratings
List management9.22 Ratings5.940 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences9.62 Ratings7.520 Ratings
Lead Management
Comparison of Lead Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
2 Ratings
15% above category average
Twilio SendGrid
-
Ratings
Lead nurturing automation9.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead scoring and grading9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Data quality management8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated sales alerts and tasks8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Campaign Management
Comparison of Campaign Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
9.4
2 Ratings
21% above category average
Twilio SendGrid
-
Ratings
Calendaring9.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Event/webinar marketing9.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Social Media Marketing
Comparison of Social Media Marketing features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
2 Ratings
13% above category average
Twilio SendGrid
-
Ratings
Social sharing and campaigns8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Social profile integration8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
2 Ratings
20% above category average
Twilio SendGrid
8.0
46 Ratings
4% above category average
Dashboards8.82 Ratings8.544 Ratings
Standard reports9.22 Ratings8.544 Ratings
Custom reports9.62 Ratings7.028 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
2 Ratings
23% above category average
Twilio SendGrid
-
Ratings
API9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizability9.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Salesforce.com10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with SugarCRM10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-Send Testing
Comparison of Pre-Send Testing features of Product A and Product B
ActiveDEMAND
-
Ratings
Twilio SendGrid
9.1
8 Ratings
7% above category average
URL Validation00 Ratings9.38 Ratings
Link Tracking00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Image Validation00 Ratings9.07 Ratings
Inbox Display00 Ratings9.38 Ratings
Email Accessibility Tools00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
Spelling and Grammar Check00 Ratings8.66 Ratings
Spam Testing00 Ratings9.38 Ratings
Email Previews00 Ratings9.08 Ratings
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User Ratings
ActiveDEMANDTwilio SendGrid
Likelihood to Recommend
9.6
(2 ratings)
5.5
(57 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
3.0
(9 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveDEMANDTwilio SendGrid
Likelihood to Recommend
JumpDEMAND Inc.
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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Twilio
I think Sendgrid is a great tool for sending out emails of all types. I've primarily used it for transactional emails as we've had other solutions for marketing emails, but I'm sure it would do just a good job - there is a "Marketing" section within the app you can use. Sendgrid integrates really easily with the development frameworks I've used, such as Laravel and Lumen; I've also integrated it with Moodle with ease.
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Pros
JumpDEMAND Inc.
  • 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.
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Twilio
  • Managing email lists / audiences is easy with features like groups and segments.
  • They provide pre-built email templates that are very easy to modify. It is also super easy to create new email templates with their drag-and-drop email builder.
  • Provides clear / easy-to-read analytics of email campaigns.
  • I can easily import large email contact lists all at once or add a user manually one-at-a-time, when needed.
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Cons
JumpDEMAND Inc.
  • 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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Twilio
  • Not necessarily their Email API but their email in general - they are currently in beta for automated email sequences but are still bare bones. Much more work is needed before it can be used mainstream and be able to convert everything to SendGrid.
  • Helping with warming up our dedicated IP for the best-sending score.
  • We seem to hit the promotions folder a decent amount (maybe the IP problem above) and even a lot of their emails hit my spam or promotions folder (whether they be transactional or marketing) which isn't a great sign when trusting an ESP.
  • Transactional email sequences would be a huge plus.
  • Now that Twilio owns SenGrid, having an integrated platform where you could see all our transactional emails together.
  • Better reporting and split reporting between transactional and marketing emails.
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Usability
JumpDEMAND Inc.
No answers on this topic
Twilio
It has the potential to be really cool. However, it feels as if it was created by developers for developers (and I work with developers, yet even for me the instrument was somewhat not easy to use - just read SendGrid's help manuals...) However, if you are into data and your way of thinking is more mathematical rather than lyrical, you'll enjoy this instrument
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Support Rating
JumpDEMAND Inc.
No answers on this topic
Twilio
Twilio SendGrid Email API is everything we want it to be, and we have no reason to look for any other solution. Features and pricing match exactly what we need. As developers for SaaS products, Twilio SendGrid Email API provides a great service. I hope that they stay this way and don't inflate the service with too many marketing oriented features, because there are other tools for that and Twilio SendGrid Email API is a API for sending email first and foremost.
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Alternatives Considered
JumpDEMAND Inc.
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
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Twilio
If given a choice between the two, I would pick Mandrill over SendGrid. Mandrill is slightly more expensive but the data & reports that you receive from it make the service worth it. Mandrill lets you export reports over a period of time, view the actual content of emails that you've dispatched and the customer support is way better. If you can bear the slightly higher cost, Mandrill would be a better choice.
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Return on Investment
JumpDEMAND Inc.
  • 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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Twilio
  • Our clients experience significant ROI from their web forms - without receipt of forms, many of them would not still be in business.
  • As a solution for clients' sites, we find SendGrid is a fast installation and a 1 stop problem solver, saving us man-hours.
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ScreenShots

ActiveDEMAND Screenshots

Screenshot of Drag-and-drop workflow interface makes it easy to configure hundreds of campaignsScreenshot of Watch lead and campaign performance in real-time from dashboardsScreenshot of Manage your landing pages, email campaigns, social media posts and more all in one interface