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
Iterable
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
Iterable is a growth marketing and user engagement platform. It is designed for B2C markets and supports all types of marketing campaigns (blast, lifecycle, transactional) across all messaging channels (email, web, mobile push notifications, SMS).N/A
Pricing
AdestraIterable
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AdestraIterable
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
AdestraIterable
Considered Both Products
Adestra

No answer on this topic

Iterable
Chose Iterable
Adestra was a good tool for a smaller business operation with the need for fewer sophisticated email journeys. It didn't have many bells and whistles compared to Iterable, but it did actually have a few better tactical tools when it came to exports and scheduling recurring …
Chose Iterable
We used Adestra for several years, but we needed a lot of developer time to be able to leverage its abilities. They also failed to support our needs and improve the platform. These issues became substantially worse, and both customer support and account management became nearly …
Top Pros
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Features
AdestraIterable
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Adestra
10.0
1 Ratings
21% above category average
Iterable
8.1
58 Ratings
5% above category average
WYSIWYG email editor10.01 Ratings8.051 Ratings
Dynamic content10.01 Ratings8.553 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content10.01 Ratings6.553 Ratings
Landing pages10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
A/B testing10.01 Ratings8.656 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting10.01 Ratings7.056 Ratings
List management10.01 Ratings9.257 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences10.01 Ratings8.951 Ratings
Mobile optimization00 Ratings8.051 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Adestra
10.0
1 Ratings
25% above category average
Iterable
7.4
57 Ratings
1% below category average
Dashboards10.01 Ratings7.957 Ratings
Standard reports10.01 Ratings7.757 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings6.550 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Adestra
-
Ratings
Iterable
7.2
55 Ratings
5% below category average
API00 Ratings8.151 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals00 Ratings6.846 Ratings
Customizability00 Ratings6.649 Ratings
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AdestraIterable
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Mad Mimi
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Score 10.0 out of 10
Vbout
Vbout
Score 9.3 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
VerticalResponse
VerticalResponse
Score 10.0 out of 10
PFL Direct Mail Platform
PFL Direct Mail Platform
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Litmus
Litmus
Score 8.9 out of 10
PFL Direct Mail Platform
PFL Direct Mail Platform
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
AdestraIterable
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(1 ratings)
8.8
(59 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(2 ratings)
Usability
9.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(3 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.5
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(3 ratings)
User Testimonials
AdestraIterable
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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Iterable
Iterable is great for email marketers that are not advanced/technical in emails. They made it very simple to create emails and run campaigns. Everything about Iterable is very easy - from creating emails with drag and drop functionality, segmenting and creating send lists, and even setting up a journey. The only downside with Iterable is that it's mainly meant for larger companies. There are better platforms if you're using email in a very simple way.
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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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Iterable
  • It makes designing and deploying great looking emails easy with their drag-and-drop technology and framework.
  • Iterable allows for great customization and time-saving with the use of their handlebar snippets. This has revolutionized how we are able to monetize our editorial audiences using clear logic that helps us get the most for each of our conversion efforts.
  • The various ways that you can run and view reports is incredibly helpful, and easy to customize. This means we can find most of the data we want and need across our various departments with their differing goals without having to piecemeal together crazy solutions or waste time reinventing the wheel.
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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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Iterable
  • Some of Iterable's user interface in Journey is a little confusing. This is a personal preference.
  • Their image uploading is very basic - but they are working on releasing a new version soon.
  • It's difficult to look up a specific contact by only being able to search their email. I wish I could search by name without having to use segmentation
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Likelihood to Renew
Upland Software
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Iterable
Extremely easy to use, deeply integrated into our infrastructure
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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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Iterable
Iterable very easy to learn and use. It's a great platform for both a new email marketer and a marketer that's been working in email for 20+ years.
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Reliability and Availability
Upland Software
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Iterable
Iterable is there like 99.9% of the time. However, when it goes down, it grinds us to a halt. Most of the time, outages are an hour or less, but if that's at a peak time, it can be a nightmare. That said, when the worst does happen, there are frequent updates and an easy situation tracker that give you an estimate of how much longer you'll have to wait for the issue to be resolved.
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Performance
Upland Software
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Iterable
The API is super quick. The UI can be a little sluggish depending on what you're loading, but overall Iterable performs great. Iterable appears to do a good job of making processes async so that one action isn't blocking another.
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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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Iterable
I've never experienced any issues with Iterable. As I and my colleagues have learnt the system and it's features, response to questions and advice from our account manager is always quick. Kevin knows the product well, and with the few tricky questions has hasn't been able to answer he's been quick to get back to us.
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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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Iterable
The visualization tools in iterable for creating journeys are so much easier to use and adjust than in Marketo, Mailgun, or Mailjet. We have better performance metrics tracking in particular than in Mailjet or Marketo. It is also easier to see where we have made mistakes in emails and to adjust the code visually than in any of the other platforms
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Scalability
Upland Software
No answers on this topic
Iterable
We've never run into any issues with volume. Iterable is always able to handle everything we throw at it. We utilize webhooks and emails. Both perform very well. Webhooks actually perform too quickly and downstream systems need to be able to handle the volume throughput that Iterable can send.
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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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Iterable
  • This is a hard thing to qualify with the short amount of time we have had on the platform and with the changes that have occurred since onboarding. iOS 15 was released, so we are learning new ways of measuring the ROI.
  • The ease of integration with other tools has helped us begin to break into more personalized emails for our customers. We have really only scratched the surface and have so much farther to go!
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ScreenShots

Iterable Screenshots

Screenshot of Iterable lets marketers build journeys without any codingScreenshot of Iterable gives marketers  necessary info on their campaigns, in real timeScreenshot of Iterable lets customers segment on any field or criteria, across millions of usersScreenshot of Iterable supports all marketing channels: email, web, mobile push, sms