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Adestra

8 Ratings
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Score 6.6 out of 101

Epsilon Agility Harmony

6 Ratings
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Score 5.8 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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Epsilon Agility Harmony

Appropriate for large organizations who want customization in their emails. The tool - while intuitive if you have previous background - is hefty and large in scope of capabilities. It's great for organizations who have multiple users and shows the name of person who last made changes. The reporting is really good - but may be a bit overwhelming for organizations who don't need a lot of detailed information
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
WYSIWYG email editor
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
Dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Ability to test dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Landing pages
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
A/B testing
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Email deliverability
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
List management
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
Triggered drip sequences
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Mobile optimization
Adestra
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0
Custom reports
Adestra
Epsilon Agility Harmony
10.0

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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  • Fairly intuitive if you have previous experience with high-end email tools.
  • The training opportunities are good - they offer both online and/or live training.
  • The support we receive is very good.
  • The reporting feature is good - a lot of detailed information.
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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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  • The tool could be improved to "remember" where you last left off (specific user). Having to constantly retrace steps if you get logged out is annoying.
  • Hitting the "back" arrow sends you back to a main section, when it should send you back to where you previously were.
  • It would be nice to see performance reports available within the campaign itself, as well as within the reporting section.
  • Ability to NOT be able to change anything in a campaign after it has launched. This has happened multiple times. We usually copy a previous campaign to start a new one but often, we end up changing content on the version we are copying from -- this is very annoying and dangerous.
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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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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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While both Epsilon Agility Harmony and Oracle Responsys are great for larger organizations that send a lot of emails, I think Epsilon Agility Harmony is more robust than Responsys and is easier to use. It is significantly more complex than HubSpot and requires previous knowledge of using an email tool that has content blocks and or dynamic content.
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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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  • Increased email production = more communication to customers.
  • Better reporting = determine areas for improvement or scale up efforts.
  • Working on getting our triggered emails optimized - there's a great opportunity for this with this tool.
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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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Epsilon Agility Harmony

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