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Score 8.3 out of 100

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing is perfect for organizations both big and small that may be on a lower budget. It is a very affordable solution for users with a large number of email addresses. While other providers may offer "free" storage for email contacts... the cost to send campaigns to those contacts can be very costly. While they do not offer widgets or other integrations for websites/social media... it is very easy to import and manage contacts. Additionally, they offer a comprehensive self-help support section online, but it's also easy to hop on the phone or on chat with a rep if you ever need technical support or assistance. Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing may not be the most affordable solution for users who are not currently sending email campaigns to their users, but are simply storing email contacts
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.9
WYSIWYG email editor
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.8
Dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.6
Landing pages
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.0
A/B testing
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.7
Email deliverability reporting
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
9.0
List management
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.2
Triggered drip sequences
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.6
Mobile optimization
Adestra
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.2

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.6
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.2
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.9
Custom reports
Adestra
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
6.8

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

  • Ease of Use - SendGrid is really very easy to use, from creation of emails to the actual delivery. This is helpful because in instances where our marketing team members are busy with other projects, an admin like myself can easily come in to assist.
  • Statistics - The reporting functionality is great for us too as it gives us insight as to performance of our emails which helps greatly in optimizing.
  • Customer Service - The SendGrid team has always been helpful with regards to best practices, new products coming out and answering any questions that we may have.
Anonymous | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

  • The unsubscribing and cleaning the lists is a pain. You need to use a special tool to collect all your bounced, reported, unsubscribed, blocked, and invalid emails and then you create a separate list with them to delete it (along with all the emails that match the ones in the list)... Can we make it a bit simpler?
  • When you're creating/editing a marketing email, if you get into HTML code, it ceases to be a nice text WYSIWYG block and instead, you have to edit it ONLY in HTML from now on :( If I want to clear the trash in the code, it doesn't mean I want to switch to code-only.
  • Perhaps it's Chrome, but the layout is buggy. For example, when I edit a marketing email and I scroll down the email, the part of the screen that has the tools for editing the text is covered by the text of my email.
Zee Gimon | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It has the potential to be really cool. However, it feels as if it was created by developers for developers (and I work with developers, yet even for me the instrument was somewhat not easy to use - just read SendGrid's help manuals...) However, if you are into data and your way of thinking is more mathematical rather than lyrical, you'll enjoy this instrument
Zee Gimon | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns 8.9
Based on 2 answers
I've reached out to SendGrid support few times. Each time my issue was able to be resolved by the first rep that responded and was solved within 24 hours (if not 1 hour).
Megan Kratzman | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

We also have Kartra, which is not in your list. Seriously, if I’m running the campaign, it’s SendGrid. I’m not a tech guy, but I can use it and can even design something and get the HTML code out if I need to.My biggest gripe is that it’s so hard to move data across platforms, but I understand that’s GDPR driven, not compatibility.
Brad Emery- CEO The Aimviva Travel Club | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adestra

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

  • Being a part of SendGrid we have a 12-month credit because we participated in an accelerator program. When we get off the program we expect to pay around $150/month. This is a tiny amount compared to money we would have been paying with ActiveCampaign or MailChimp. SendGrid has saved us tons of money as we continue to grow.
  • With SendGrid we are now able to determine which promotional and transactional emails are working. In terms of open rate, CTR, A/B testing subject lines, copy, etc. We also are able get excellent support whenever we have a question or issue with our account.
  • Being a mobile app company at first, retention is a major KPI. With SendGrid we launched a new onboarding email that sends a drip welcome sequence to our users. With this new email sequence we have increased our 1-week retention from 8% to 17%.
Sam Lepak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adestra

General

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.3

Usability

Adestra
9.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.0

Support Rating

Adestra
10.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.9

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