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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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Constant Contact

A startup or SMB can benefit from Constant Contact, as it has all the features to get going and scale. It is important to keep customers new and prospective engaged with the brand, and also to drive sales from it. CC can help achieve this using their robust simple platform - this is why I recommend it to everyone.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.0
WYSIWYG email editor
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.7
Dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
7.9
Ability to test dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.3
Landing pages
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
7.5
A/B testing
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
7.5
Email deliverability
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.3
List management
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.0
Triggered drip sequences
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
7.6
Mobile optimization
Adestra
Constant Contact
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
7.6
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.0
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
Constant Contact
8.3
Custom reports
Adestra
Constant Contact
6.4

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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  • Customization of all emails.
  • Simple list designations for recipients.
  • Easy to learn and use. The clean layout made it easy to educate interns so that they could assist with email marketing.
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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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  • Sometimes, the drag-and-drop editor will read your "backspace" as to go back a page, so you need to save often
  • Sometimes, the newsletters go to a recipients' spam
  • Watch the count of how many contacts you have, because they'll bill you if you go over by 1 person.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Constant Contact8.0
Based on 19 answers
With the renewal of the contract, you have the option to keep the historical emails and this has been proved invaluable
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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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Constant Contact8.8
Based on 8 answers
It is limited but what is there is extremely easy to use
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Reliability and Availability

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Constant Contact9.0
Based on 2 answers
No major problems in sending out the email campaigns and accessing the analytics
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Performance

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Constant Contact10.0
Based on 2 answers
Reports complete very quickly and you can see email opens in real-time
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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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Constant Contact3.0
Based on 8 answers
The support staff seems to have no idea of why/how files are uploaded into segmented lists. They don't seem to have ever actually used the software and it is very difficult to resolve any problems
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Implementation

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Constant Contact8.0
Based on 4 answers
Implementation is very easy for someone who wants to send out the “batch and blast” type newsletters. If you want to use their templates with no customizations, the product works fine. However, the more customizations you get into involving link color, etc, that’s where things can get tricky for someone who may not be familiar with coding
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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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LinkedIn is pricey and you can only send 10 Inmails for the price not really worth it at $59.99.
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Scalability

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Constant Contact10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very reliable in sending email campaigns and controlling the recipients so that no contact is sent the same email more than once, even if they are on a resent list
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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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  • Nothing yet I am on the free version still and love it
  • Still has all my contacts from a long time ago
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Pricing Details

Adestra

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details

Constant Contact

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