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Adestra

7 Ratings

Aurea LM

9 Ratings

Adestra

7 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

Aurea LM

9 Ratings
Score 6.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adestra

Small businesses with even smaller marketing budgets and no email marketing experience would be better off selecting a lower-end email marketing provider. However, Adestra will provide a growing company with every email marketing tool along the way.
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Aurea LM

Lyris LM is suited well with an organization or group that have several lists, as virtual list hosting is not represented by any other hosting company as far as I can tell.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
8.0
WYSIWYG email editor
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
7.4
Dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
7.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
7.6
Landing pages
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
6.8
A/B testing
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
10.0
Email deliverability
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
7.6
List management
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
8.8
Triggered drip sequences
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
8.0

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
8.2
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
8.2
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
Aurea LM
8.2
Custom reports
Adestra
Aurea LM
8.2

Pros

  • Adestra's "dynamic" list allows users to consolidate multiple lists in combination with data filters and exclusion lists. This implements segmentation and is a powerful marketing tool.
  • Adestra's MessageFocus API integration provides developer-tools for list, campaign or transactional automated requirements.
  • Campaigns can be sorted into project folders. This allows marketers to group campaigns together for management or reporting requirements. Moving or copying campaigns from one project to another is a simple process.
  • Data downloads via Reporting is available at every level, from overview to individual KPI.
  • Creating "core" tables helps marketers develop lists with similar attributes. Whether a list has many fields or simply the one required email address field, a "core" table helps to quickly map data labels from spreadsheet to online database. Creating data labels on the fly is a simple process, as well. The "core" table also groups similar contacts into one core database.
  • Any list can be quickly "emptied" for to manage refreshed data. The contacts within the "emptied" list would still be members of the "core" table and so the process does not negatively impact reporting.
  • Unsubscribes can be managed in one list (as a default) or individual lists. Creating individual unsubscribe lists -- dependent on business requirements -- would allow for a preference center, whereby recipients could be given a choice as to which campaigns they receive.
  • The Form tool creates signup forms, simple surveys and landing pages. These can be hosted via Adestra or otherwise on the web. The tool provides for branding and proprietary cascading stylesheets, with a number of actions available through a drag-and-drop interface.
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  • You can create customized reports based on your needs for each mailing.
  • It handles Bounces great
  • Affordable, based on other options out there we have found Lyris to be more affordable in the long run.
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Cons

  • As of this writing, there are at least 3 different editors available (a drag-and-drop, a WYSIWYG and HTML). However, only a small template library is available if requested through support. Those expecting to find ready-built templates for re-branding would find them through the third-party EDM Designer drag-and-drop editor.
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  • It would be great to see drop and drag templates.
  • Lyris needs to be able to work better with other programs.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Aurea LM2.0
Based on 1 answer
We will most likely not use Lyris LM for much longer. We have recently been offered to utilize a different software that better meets our needs, is current, user friendly, and has fantastic reporting capabilities.
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Usability

Adestra9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have been self-trained on different ESPs for over 10 years, so my experience isn't comparable to most users. However, I've trained people on various email marketing platforms, and with some training, clients have a positive user-experience with Adestra.
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Support

Adestra10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have had campaign related issues solved very quickly. When there are technical issues, that involve more than one departmental, it may involve a longer turn-around and management.
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Aurea LM5.0
Based on 1 answer
I have not needed to utilize customer support during my use of Lyris LM.
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Implementation

No score
No answers yet
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Aurea LM5.0
Based on 1 answer
I was not part of the implementation process.
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Alternatives Considered

For medium and large sized businesses, Adestra competes well with dotMailer. While many of the functions are available through either provider, creating campaigns, managing lists and reviewing metrics are somewhat different.As of this writing, dotMailer's drag-and-drop editor dominates that platform and performs well for low-end users with little-to-no HTML experience. Even high-end users will appreciate how quickly campaigns can be built via the drag-and-drop editor. While Adestra utilizes the EDM Designer drag-and-drop, the third-party functionality is not completely cohesive and lack of a template library gives dotMailer a bit of an advantage.
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We selected Lyris LM based on cost, the fact that we can create custom reports and the way that they handle bounced emails just to name a few, It is easy to use and we have control of who can and cannot use. With a virtual list I can create a list or take a list down at any given time without filling out a form or contact with my provider and my list looks as if it is coming from my own server @museum.com.
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Return on Investment

  • For companies that focus on goals and analytics, Adestra provides all the necessary tools.
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  • We at the museum find that Lyris LM can get the information into our customers inbox with no issues.
  • We have found that sending our newsletter out has brought more people into our museum than before.
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Pricing Details

Adestra

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

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