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AdHawk

Despite its shortcomings, AdHawk is a neat, useful tool that provides tactical information for developing solid Facebook ad campaigns. AdHawk is great for managing smaller Facebook Ad budgets. You're able to select a truly actionable guideline in an easy to view format for decision-making. You can really optimize an ad to perform best using the data AdHawk generates
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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.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital
Data Transfer
AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital
Ad dashboards
AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital
Ad conversion tracking
AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital
Cross-channel ad management
AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdHawk
10.0
Mapp Digital

Email & Online Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

AdHawk
Mapp Digital
5.8
Dashboards
AdHawk
Mapp Digital
7.3
Standard reports
AdHawk
Mapp Digital
5.5
Custom reports
AdHawk
Mapp Digital
4.5

Pros

  • Great UI
  • Accurate reporting
  • Strong data points
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  • BlueHornet's WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) interface for creating emails is easier to use than many platforms. Users appreciate this. BlueHornet makes it super simple to create a version specific for mobile devices.
  • I am a big fan of the custom data segmentation tools built into BlueHornet. They are powerful and easy to use. Many other ESPs, including a number of the top rated ones, do not have such powerful, easy to use segmentation tools. This matters. It helps a user send more relevant emails.
  • BlueHornet makes sharing to social networks simple. In this day and age, forwarding to a friend is dead. Sharing to social networks is essential. Having this be easy to do is very important.
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Cons

  • Ability to look at two campaigns at once (comparative stats)
  • Only available for Facebook or G+
  • No export feature for reporting
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  • While the WYSIWYG editor is generally strong, BlueHornet has an Achilles Heel: The editor breaks attempts to use responsive design. With over 50% of email getting opened on mobile devices, this is a major stumble.
  • The image library BlueHornet provides will frustrate users with a large library of imagery. 1) Accounts get a very small amount of storage. While this can be expanded, it would be better if it were unlimited. Storage is now so cheap, it is surprising to see it limited like this. 2) It is awkward to use. It does not allow folders for categorizing images by type. It would be a boon if it did.
  • As I have seen in other reviews here, their reporting features are industry laggards. It is difficult to pull historical trend information without having to pull individual send reports and aggregate them all oneself.
  • They have very limited support for relational data. While it is better than none, and I credit them for that, it has a ways to go to be competitive with the offerings of the true enterprise ESPs.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Mapp Digital7.8
Based on 8 answers
The pricing is aggressive, the support backbone is solid and it remains a steady driver of our leads in-house.
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Usability

AdHawk10.0
Based on 1 answer
AdHawk is extremely easy to use. Not many buttons to click to get to any area of importance. It's also very clean and sophisticated in design which makes for a pleasant experience. The optimization features even explain to you the value of going with the suggested strategy. Overall, AdHawk is a great software for managing Facebook and Google Ads
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Mapp Digital1.9
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
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Performance

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Mapp Digital9.0
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
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Support

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Mapp Digital9.0
Based on 3 answers
Every time I emailed support I almost instantly got a response with an answer.
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Online Training

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Mapp Digital10.0
Based on 1 answer
They made sure to go through anything and everything that we wanted
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Implementation

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Mapp Digital5.0
Based on 3 answers
I wasn't part of the implementation of BH.
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Alternatives Considered

AdHawk is far better than the other products regarding how simplified the reporting of ad results are. AdHawk is cleaner and easier to understand. Allows for easy comparing of conversion points within a campaign. Other products are simply not as easy to use. Also, optimization is not a feature available with many services
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As an email marketer for 12 years, I have significant experience using numerous ESPs. If you need true enterprise capabilities or full-service, I don't think BlueHornet is up to the task. If you are a SMB with more basic needs and a budget, BlueHornet can be a good choice. I would rank it in the middle of the ESP pack. If I were choosing an ESP and looking closely at BlueHornet, I would recommend looking at Adestra and Maropost as well. I think the three platforms are similar in features and capabilities. Adestra probably has the best support of the three, but the time zone difference (they are in the UK) can be a factor. Maropost's support is definitely the worst. All one gets is text messaging to an off-shore team. With Blue Hornet, you get a call a person on the phone.
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Return on Investment

  • Ad optimization data
  • Simplified ad management
  • Audience understanding
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  • Neither, It was used to send out member communications.
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Pricing Details

AdHawk

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

Mapp Digital

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