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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SES

We use Amazon Simple Email Service to auto-respond to users that submit messages through a contact form. We are using Amazon Simple Email Service with our self hosted python application to send our marketing emails, get feedback for our services, and Hackathons.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Twilio SendGrid

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

Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
6.2
WYSIWYG email editor
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
6.4
Dynamic content
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
5.9
Ability to test dynamic content
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
5.8
Landing pages
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
5.4
A/B testing
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
5.7
Mobile optimization
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
6.6
Email deliverability reporting
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
8.3
List management
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
6.6
Triggered drip sequences
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
5.2

Reporting & Analytics

Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
5.8
Dashboards
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
6.8
Standard reports
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
6.2
Custom reports
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
4.3

Pre-Send Testing

Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
URL Validation
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Link Tracking
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Image Validation
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Inbox Display
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Email Accessibility Tools
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Spelling and Grammar Check
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Spam Testing
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0
Email Previews
Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0

Pros

Amazon SES

  • Amazon Simple Email Service is a much lower cost than most other solutions and truly makes cost a non-factor in most situations where we consider implementing it.
  • The API is so well documented that implementing Amazon Simple Email Service in nearly any application or codebase is achievable with basic coding knowledge.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Twilio SendGrid

  • Drag and drop email designer for transactional emails - super nice even though I do code, it's much quicker and easier to implement without code.
  • Very simple implementation. Only a few lines of code need to be added in our backend and boom we were up and running in less than a day.
  • Listening to customer feedback. They regularly send emails about new features and ask for feedback to improve their software.
  • Some of the cheapest and best dedicated IPs.
  • Easy integration and setup between marketing and transactional emails. Super helpful to have everything in one place.
Evan Laird | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon SES

  • Even if you do not want to spam, you cant send an email to the unverified users.
  • Integration with other services is a bit tricky. To watch the trail, handle bounced emails, save emails on S3 are not straightforward to implement.
  • When you want to send a lot of emails (in bulk), it takes a significant amount of time.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Twilio SendGrid

  • Actually viewing previous emails dispatched. SendGrid does not have this feature - although it provides numbers on emails dispatched within 3 days for the cheapest plan.
  • The service asks you to pay more (although a minimal amount) to have visibility on email activity upto 30 days in the past.
  • The API doesn't allow an export of a report of email activity over a period of time. It can be quite frustrating at times to be limited in this way.
  • Their customer support isn't the best. Certainly some room for improvement there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon SES

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid 1.0
Based on 4 answers
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

Amazon SES

Amazon SES 8.5
Based on 11 answers
We did not have the need of contacting Amazon for support. The documentation they provide is of great quality. Examples are easy to follow. One thing to have into consideration is we didn't have the premium support for AWS, so I can't provide details on how good or bad this service is, but in general, the basic support I had was great.
Diego Turcios Lara | TrustRadius Reviewer

Twilio SendGrid

Twilio SendGrid 7.0
Based on 13 answers
Twilio SendGrid Email API is everything we want it to be, and we have no reason to look for any other solution. Features and pricing match exactly what we need. As developers for SaaS products, Twilio SendGrid Email API provides a great service. I hope that they stay this way and don't inflate the service with too many marketing oriented features, because there are other tools for that and Twilio SendGrid Email API is a API for sending email first and foremost.
Bryan McAnulty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon SES

We have used a dozen services. They are almost all more expensive. Some force you to wait one week to approve/deny your account if they suspect that the email database is not legal. I have very important clients with legal databases that were rejected by other companies and could send emails from Amazon SES without problems.
Francisco Mosse | TrustRadius Reviewer

Twilio SendGrid

With ExpressPigeon, SendGrid stacks up very well and actually provides just as much functionality for us as ExpressPigeon, but costs surrounding that use was advantageous with ExpressPigeon. SendGrid has recently added functionality that brings it closer to Act-On, specifically on the marketing automation end. This really allows users to create long-term campaigns.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon SES

  • SES is still more cost effective than other email services like Mailgun.
  • Unless we have a high-traffic month, staying within the free tier is very nice for our bottom line.
  • Not having to spend time worrying about SES reliability saves us frustration and money.
Joe Hakooz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Twilio SendGrid

  • Our clients experience significant ROI from their web forms - without receipt of forms, many of them would not still be in business.
  • As a solution for clients' sites, we find SendGrid is a fast installation and a 1 stop problem solver, saving us man-hours.
Darcy Knapp, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon SES

General

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

Amazon SES Editions & Modules

Edition
Sending Emails from an Application Hosted in Amazon EC2Free1
Sending Emails from an Application Hosted in Amazon EC2$0.10 ($0.12)2
Sending Emails from Another Email Client or Software Package$0.10 ($0.12)3
Receiving EmailFree4
Receiving Email$0.105
  1. for first 62,000 emails
  2. for every 1,000 emails after 62,000 (for each GB of storage)
  3. for every 1,000 emails (for each GB of storage)
  4. for the first 1,000 emails
  5. for emails after the first 1,000
Additional Pricing Details

Twilio SendGrid

General

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

Twilio SendGrid Editions & Modules

Edition
FreeFree
Basic15.002
Advanced60.002
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SES
8.9
Twilio SendGrid
7.1

Usability

Amazon SES
Twilio SendGrid
1.0

Support Rating

Amazon SES
8.5
Twilio SendGrid
7.0

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