Adestra vs. Cordial

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adestra
Score 3.3 out of 10
N/A
Email automation software with optimized personalization to drive engagement.N/A
Cordial
Score 9.8 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Cordial Intelligent Messaging is an email marketing solution built around features such as triggered messaging, real-time data segmentation, and robust integrations.N/A
Pricing
AdestraCordial
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AdestraCordial
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
AdestraCordial
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Adestra
10.0
1 Ratings
20% above category average
Cordial
7.4
5 Ratings
10% below category average
WYSIWYG email editor10.01 Ratings4.04 Ratings
Dynamic content10.01 Ratings6.35 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content10.01 Ratings6.85 Ratings
Landing pages10.01 Ratings10.01 Ratings
A/B testing10.01 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting10.01 Ratings8.44 Ratings
List management10.01 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences10.01 Ratings9.34 Ratings
Mobile optimization00 Ratings7.55 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Adestra
10.0
1 Ratings
25% above category average
Cordial
7.0
5 Ratings
11% below category average
Dashboards10.01 Ratings8.55 Ratings
Standard reports10.01 Ratings6.55 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Best Alternatives
AdestraCordial
Small Businesses
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Score 10.0 out of 10
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Score 10.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
VerticalResponse
VerticalResponse
Score 10.0 out of 10
VerticalResponse
VerticalResponse
Score 10.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Litmus
Litmus
Score 8.9 out of 10
Litmus
Litmus
Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
AdestraCordial
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
6.0
(5 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
AdestraCordial
Likelihood to Recommend
Upland Software
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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Cordial
Cordial has multiple options to create a message: single campaign, automation, orchestration and sculpt templates, which are drag-and-drop type functionalities but each of these blocks are based on HTML content so a user needs to be technically savvy. I would avoid using HTML includes as it is not possible to see which include a customer received. The team is fabulous, they know the tool and are dedicated to the success of the business. They are quick to respond and provide feedback. Reporting and analytics are very manual if you are combining multiple days in a test.
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Pros
Upland Software
  • 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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Cordial
  • Provides helpful desktop and mobile previews.
  • Sends emails reliably.
  • Allows for pretty robust audience rules.
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Cons
Upland Software
  • 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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Cordial
  • Some of the tasks on the platform are still technical in nature and often requires the help of a developer or technical marketer. But I've witnessed great strides towards accessibility and ease of use for non-technical marketers over the past three years.
  • A lot of the templating must be built from scratch.
  • Deliverability insights (out of the box) could be expanded further.
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Usability
Upland Software
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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Cordial
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Support Rating
Upland Software
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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Cordial
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Alternatives Considered
Upland Software
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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Cordial
Cordial by far has the best UI for simple navigation
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Return on Investment
Upland Software
  • For companies that focus on goals and analytics, Adestra provides all the necessary tools.
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Cordial
  • Best to manage your clients' business.
  • Not ideal for freelancers.
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ScreenShots

Cordial Screenshots

Screenshot of Testing Powered by Machine-Learning: Never wait for an answer again. Test multiple message variations in real-time.Screenshot of Testing Powered by Machine Learning: Never wait for an answer again. Test multiple message variations in real-time.Screenshot of Native Drag-and-drop Email Builder: Build completely custom 1:1 personalized messages in seconds.Screenshot of Effortless Campaign Orchestration: Create sophisticated cross-channel message streams based on simple if/then statements.Screenshot of Up-to-the-Second Analytics and Reporting: Track customer behavior across all of your digital properties.Screenshot of Native Drag-and-Drop Editor: Build completely custom 1:1 personalized messages in seconds.