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Score 7.9 out of 100
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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.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

BlueHornet is a great platform for a small or medium size business that is graduating from the "free" platforms and wants more features. It delivers a generally easy to use interface and HTML editor. The concept of segments as implemented by Blue Hornet is not standard, but it allows fairly powerful segmentation capabilities that are easy for a marketer to use. Why choose a more complicated, expensive platform if you do not need or use their advanced features? Whistles and bells are attractive, but a potential user should be realistic about their immediate needs and the needs they will have over the next year. BlueHornet has seen some history of instability. If you need to send mission-critical transactional messages like password resets, it may not be the best choice, but for a budget-conscious email marketer, it is a reasonable option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
4.3
WYSIWYG email editor
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
7.3
Dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
2.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
2.7
Landing pages
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
A/B testing
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
4.5
Email deliverability reporting
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
4.5
List management
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
4.5
Triggered drip sequences
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
4.5
Mobile optimization
Adestra
Mapp Digital
3.6

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
5.8
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
7.3
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
5.5
Custom reports
Adestra
Mapp Digital
4.5

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.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

  • API functionality, alongside reporting, is unparalleled in an environment where you may not have IT support to build out tools.
  • The user interface is easy to understand, allowing users to have control over the creative delivery for MIME, HTML, text and mobile ads.
  • It allows deliverability experts to throttle deliveries by selecting mailing domain and IP pairs, granting access to stats on these individual paired delivery tools.
Daniel Fox | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

  • I have used Blue Hornet over the last few years as it is the selected email platform used by my content provider. I have never used a more glitchy platform! Every time I use it I run into broken links, glitches and kinks. Their tech team is very quick to blame your machine - but I have access to several machines on all major OS platforms, and I run into the same issues every time.
  • The Blue Hornet user interface is poor and clunky. They have a great looking homepage - but you can tell that there focus is on selling and not on current clients. This is plainly apparent by the fact that the login button is buried at the very bottom of the page and difficult to find the first time you look for it. Not to mention the fact that the user interface itself is nowhere near as smooth and polished as their branded website is. Additionally, their reports are often inaccurate.
  • I would suggest any serious marketer looking to execute an email campaign with Blue Hornet to look elsewhere. I have reached out to my content provider to ask that they provide support on a different system - and was kindly informed that they are working around the clock to make this happen due to the overwhelmingly negative criticism of Blue Hornet from their clients.
John Veit | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adestra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 7.8
Based on 8 answers
Although BlueHornet offers helpful testing capabilities, the ESP is a bit outdated. There is a lot of room for aesthetics improvement as they are not appealing. The reporting tool is usually broken, and reporting either no, or wrong metrics. If this ESP were to update their design, as well as fix the reporting tool, I think this platform would be much better.
Hannah Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 1.9
Based on 4 answers
There were three tabs used to navigate throughout the system called, "publish," "engage," and, "measure." These three tabs made the site very user friendly and all features easy to find
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Adestra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 9.0
Based on 1 answer
They rolled out new feature requests quite frequently and always kept our team up to speed on what they were changing/adding to the system
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

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.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 9.0
Based on 3 answers
Sometimes it was hard to get an initial response but after we started CCing more people, it became a lot better!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Adestra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 10.0
Based on 1 answer
They made sure to go through anything and everything that we wanted
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Adestra

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Mapp Digital

Mapp Digital 5.0
Based on 3 answers
I wasn't there when they first got it, but when I got there there were only a few people that knew a little bit about it. There was A LOT that we didn't know. Then BlueHornet came and had some workshops and we learned a lot that we didn't even know existed. They were doing a lot of things wrong before BlueHornet came and showed up more about the tool
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

When BH was chosen, we still used Xert to send out our marketing emails because of the sheer size of the list and the volume of emails we had.
Ben Dishler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adestra

  • For companies that focus on goals and analytics, Adestra provides all the necessary tools.
Joi Brooks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Mapp Digital

  • They have had a positive impact on our ROI and have allowed us to achieve most of our business objectives.
  • It has allowed us to shave some of the setup time out of our normal process to increase efficiency.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adestra

General

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

Mapp Digital

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
4.3

Likelihood to Renew

Adestra
Mapp Digital
7.8

Usability

Adestra
9.0
Mapp Digital
1.9

Performance

Adestra
Mapp Digital
9.0

Support Rating

Adestra
10.0
Mapp Digital
9.0

Online Training

Adestra
Mapp Digital
10.0

Implementation Rating

Adestra
Mapp Digital
5.0

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