AdStage vs. Constant Contact

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AdStage
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
The AdStage Platform is a self-serve cross-network online advertising platform with full management and analytics for campaigns across search, social, display, and mobile ad networks like Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn Ads. It's an all-in-one marketing platform, complete with a suite of first- and third-party apps built on the AdStage API, for advertisers of all sizes.N/A
Constant Contact
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Constant Contact is a full-featured email marketing solution with capabilities such as social media integration, drag-and-drop editing, and real-time reporting. It is a bulk email tool designed for SMB customers. Since 2019, Constant Contact also offers marketing automation features, a website and landing page builder, and other tools to support midsize businesses.
$12
per month
Pricing
AdStageConstant Contact
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Lite
Starting at $12.00
per month
Standard
Starting at $35.00
per month
Lead Gen & CRM
Starting at $449.00
per month
Premium
Starting at $80.00
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AdStageConstant Contact
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsThe SMS Marketing tool can be added to any Core or Plus Constant Contact account. SMS is only available in the US for Core and Plus paid plans. SMS can be added when logged in to an account after purchase. Plans start at $10/month for up to 500 messages.
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Features
AdStageConstant Contact
Ad Network Integration
Comparison of Ad Network Integration features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
6.5
3 Ratings
13% below category average
Constant Contact
-
Ratings
Data Transfer7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
DSP integration6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Campaigns
Comparison of Ad Campaigns features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
7.2
3 Ratings
8% below category average
Constant Contact
-
Ratings
Ad campaign creation8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad deployment7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Display advertising8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad display and retargeting segmentation7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Sequence targeting6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Ad Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
8.7
4 Ratings
11% above category average
Constant Contact
-
Ratings
Ad dashboards9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad performance reports8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad conversion tracking9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad attribution reporting9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Cross-channel ad management9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad forecasting and optimization8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
-
Ratings
Constant Contact
8.0
117 Ratings
2% below category average
WYSIWYG email editor00 Ratings8.1100 Ratings
Dynamic content00 Ratings7.9101 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content00 Ratings8.482 Ratings
Landing pages00 Ratings8.075 Ratings
A/B testing00 Ratings7.171 Ratings
Mobile optimization00 Ratings8.586 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting00 Ratings9.0113 Ratings
List management00 Ratings8.3115 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences00 Ratings7.259 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
-
Ratings
Constant Contact
8.0
114 Ratings
3% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings8.388 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.3112 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.458 Ratings
Pre-Send Testing
Comparison of Pre-Send Testing features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
-
Ratings
Constant Contact
8.1
66 Ratings
4% below category average
URL Validation00 Ratings8.231 Ratings
Link Tracking00 Ratings7.934 Ratings
Image Validation00 Ratings8.832 Ratings
Inbox Display00 Ratings8.635 Ratings
Email Accessibility Tools00 Ratings7.928 Ratings
Spelling and Grammar Check00 Ratings8.053 Ratings
Spam Testing00 Ratings6.026 Ratings
Email Previews00 Ratings9.265 Ratings
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User Ratings
AdStageConstant Contact
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(4 ratings)
8.0
(132 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.8
(23 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(10 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(9 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(5 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
AdStageConstant Contact
Likelihood to Recommend
AdStage
AdStage is great if you're an agency or an in-house marketer managing a lot of ad budget, a lot of campaigns, or a large number of clients and you want to get the day-to-day tasks cleared to focus on higher-brain-stem tasks. Bid and budget management are replaced by rules. Holiday sales are replaced with flighting. All of your team members can log in, access their accounts, set up their reports and have them send to clients without having to lift a finger.
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Constant Contact
Constant Contact is an excellent tool for sending out flyers and newsletters. However, I feel the content's appearance is typically all the same. When I receive an email from Constant Contact, I can immediately identify it - the templates usually all look the same. When sending out communications with images, it is easy to use Constant Contact and link webpages. However, the email layout is always vertical and can get very lengthy. I prefer a more flip-book approach with options to flip the page.
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Pros
AdStage
  • Easily pulling together API access for multiple channels into one area for in-depth reporting
  • Automation. They helped a bunch with features that LinkedIn didn't have.
  • The team. They were always super responsive and on the ball with any questions or concerns we had. The customer service was great.
  • General reporting and tieing data together.
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Constant Contact
  • Market segmentation is great: my main segmentation is by region because that's how our sales team is divided.
  • Lists: making customized email lists is easy and intuitive; the custom fields allow some flexibility in case our fields don't exactly line up with Constant Contact's.
  • Campaigns: creating campaigns is quick and simple. I especially appreciate the 'resend to non-openers' option. I am constantly using this feature.
  • Subject line generator: I like using the recommended subject lines. I'm able to plug in their recommended ideas, or sometimes, this feature helps me generate my own ideas.
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Cons
AdStage
  • More reporting options
  • More export options
  • Saved templates per user or oganization
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Constant Contact
  • It would be nice if we had more customizable options for emails - like moving around pictures and text boxes, rather than a set spot for everything to go.
  • I would like it if multiple people could work on a document at one time. So if I'm in charge of graphics, I can get those updated while someone else is entering content, etc.
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Likelihood to Renew
AdStage
AdStage has been great and the only reason we wouldn't renew is if we decided to build this all out internally for API access. But, customer services is great, the product is great and I'd definitely recommend it.
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Constant Contact
There is no doubt that we are going to renew Constant Contact. We have not just invested a lot of time in learning and creating a great looking product but we have developed a strong database of information that allows us to track how we are doing for each newsletter. This supports our goals of creating products that residents desire and are excited to receive.
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Usability
AdStage
No answers on this topic
Constant Contact
There is always room for improvement. I don't know how they test their systems, but they should invite not-so computer savvy people to test it. If I, as an expert have problems, they need to think like the technophobe. Since I've used Constant Contact in the past as part of my former employment, I have not viewed any of the tutorials and just jumped in to work on my client's newsletter. With that said, I found some areas easy and some a bit cumbersome
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Reliability and Availability
AdStage
No answers on this topic
Constant Contact
No major problems in sending out the email campaigns and accessing the analytics
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Performance
AdStage
No answers on this topic
Constant Contact
The system seemed quite slow sometimes. Specifically, there was sometimes a delay in sends if it was during a high traffic period. There were time-outs when uploading new code for an email, and a lag in reporting analytics which was sometimes as long as 72 hours
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Support Rating
AdStage
AdStage had great support. They got back to me quickly every time, they always had or found an answer for what I was looking for, they took my feedback well, and they were knowledgeable with the platform and any issues I had. I have worked with a lot of other companies that are slow and AdStage definitely isn't one of them.
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Constant Contact
I think the overall support for Constant Contact has always been incredible; I have nothing negative to say. Our customer support representative was attentive, easy to understand, and very knowledgeable. I never felt like I wasn't a priority of his and my issues, while very small, were fixed in a very short time frame.
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Implementation Rating
AdStage
No answers on this topic
Constant Contact
Implementation is very easy for someone who wants to send out the “batch and blast” type newsletters. If you want to use their templates with no customizations, the product works fine. However, the more customizations you get into involving link color, etc, that’s where things can get tricky for someone who may not be familiar with coding
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Alternatives Considered
AdStage
AdStage has by far the best UI and custom functionality of any of the platforms we demoed
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Constant Contact
Constant Contact is much more intuitive for people who are not tech-savvy. Also, while sendgrid offered more options in it's drag and drop interface, it displayed differently across different email clients, which made it very cumbersome to use. It also took much longer to upload contact lists and it was harder to manage existing contacts. Performance in sendgrid was much slower as well, and the Preview feature was quite buggy. Our team initially chose sendgrid because of the integration options that it's API offered, but we ultimately switched to Constant Contact because it was much easier to build campaigns and better suited our requirements.
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Scalability
AdStage
No answers on this topic
Constant Contact
Very reliable in sending email campaigns and controlling the recipients so that no contact is sent the same email more than once, even if they are on a resent list
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Return on Investment
AdStage
  • In terms of hours saved, it's hard to pin down, but we definitely spend more time on the meaningful, strategic, or artistic tasks now than we used to.
  • AdStage is also a great tool to roll out during the sales process because our clients love to hear that we're making decisions automatically with data and automation rather than just hiring more junior people to push buttons.
  • During black Friday this year our team all setup campaigns to flight, meaning they weren't sitting around the turkey with their laptops out. That's an ROI in company culture that's hard to measure, but extremely valuable.
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Constant Contact
  • I have had nothing but positive impacts from using Constant Contact.
  • The church is large, and there are many subgroups and axillary groups within the church. Setting up specific groups based on responsibility, interest, member goals, and service needs allows me to send information quickly, saving valuable time for other tasks.
  • Constant Contact allows leadership to stay personally engaged with the members I work with, without over-taxing my time. It feels so seamless.
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Constant Contact Screenshots

Screenshot of The AI Content Generator can be used to create content for emails, social posts, or SMS.Screenshot of Advanced Automation workflows make sure marketing is always on.Screenshot of Hundreds of pre-built email templates are available or a simple drag-and-drop email editor is available to start from scratch.Screenshot of The Social Posting tool is used to plan and post Social media messaging across platforms.Screenshot of SMS Marketing can reach customers wherever they are.Screenshot of E-commerce tools can be integrated with Constant Contact to sell more.