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Adestra

7 Ratings

ExpressPigeon

1 Ratings

Adestra

7 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

ExpressPigeon

1 Ratings
Score 10 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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ExpressPigeon

ExpressPigeon is well suited for a small team that needs to utilize marketing for their business. I can tell you now that my entire team knows how to use ExpressPigeon. It may not be well suited for someone that is looking to really automate their marketing efforts, but definitely suited for teams that really have their hands from beginning to the end of a campaign.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
ExpressPigeon
10.0
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
ExpressPigeon
10.0
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
ExpressPigeon
10.0
Custom reports
Adestra
ExpressPigeon
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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  • Easy to Use - ExpressPigeon really is easy to use. Creating templates and messages has never been easier.
  • Cost Efficient - For the budget that we have for marketing, this really fits our needs.
  • Customer Service - Their team is very hands on and helpful when needed.
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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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  • Marketing Automation
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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 ExpressPigeon is not as "advanced" in some senses, when compared to those other tools, it provides us with the core functions that we need to run the business. They are also constantly upgrading and adding functionality, such as automation, which helps when needed. Overall, stacks up fairly well for the costs associated to it.
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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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  • ROI - We have seen an increase in business with the use
  • Customer Service - Positive reinforcement of things we are doing well and how to best utilize the product
  • Automation
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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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ExpressPigeon

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