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Score 6.5 out of 101
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Score 9.9 out of 101

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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iContact Pro Select

If you use PRWeb already and are looking for a tool that integrates well with that program and offers additional functionality with email and social media then Vocus is great. If you don't use PRWeb or prefer an email tool with more functionality and ease of use, Vocus is not the best choice.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
iContact Pro Select
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
iContact Pro Select
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
iContact Pro Select

Pros

Adestra

  • 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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iContact Pro Select

  • Ease and speed of getting out a PR release
  • Getting started with creating a new activity is just a few clicks
  • The ability to build a campaign and connect different emails, social media posts and PR releases in to one project with overall metrics.
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Cons

Adestra

  • 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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iContact Pro Select

  • For the campaign management feature, provide a campaign diagram to better track campaigns.
  • For the reporting and analysis feature, provide a scheduled report delivery option.
  • Provide podcasts as another form of technical support.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adestra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iContact Pro Select

iContact Pro Select 6.1
Based on 3 answers
Vocus works very well for a variety of business sizes. It is also well-suited for both mobile (iOS and Android) and PC platforms. These reports are comprehensive:
  • Campaign Performance Reports
  • Email Performance Reports
  • Landing Page Performance Reports
  • Web Analytics
In addition, they also offer great technical support and a lot of resources such as white papers, blog, and tips and hints
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Usability

Adestra

Adestra 9.0
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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iContact Pro Select

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adestra

Adestra 10.0
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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iContact Pro Select

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adestra

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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iContact Pro Select

I was not the end decision maker so I went along with the marketing direction where we needed to consolidate all of our email into one tool to better understand all of our marketing efforts. I don't know that if I was the end decision maker if I would have chosen Vocus
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Return on Investment

Adestra

  • For companies that focus on goals and analytics, Adestra provides all the necessary tools.
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iContact Pro Select

  • By condensing all of our email needs in one program we have seen a better snap shot of our activities and overall metrics.
  • Our emails that may have been sent in Outlook in the past or another CRM are now being sent in Vocus and look more branded and we can see who is opening important communications that need to be read. This helps us determine if we need to resend.
  • Learning a new software is never easy but I feel like Vocus could have had more readily accessible tools or done a better job with the on boarding process.
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Pricing Details

Adestra

General

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

Adestra Editions & Modules

Adestra
Additional Pricing Details

iContact Pro Select

General

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

iContact Pro Select Editions & Modules

iContact Pro Select
Edition
Basic
$3001
Plus
$6001
Pro
$1,0001
Enterprise
$2,5001
1. per month
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