Apollo.io vs. Owler

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apollo.io
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Apollo is a sales intelligence platform with tools to help users engage with prospects. Sellers and marketers can use Apollo to discover more customers in market, connect with contacts, and establish a modern go-to-market strategy. Apollo's B2B Database includes over 220M contacts and 30M companies. Teams can leverage Apollo’s Engagement Suite to scale outbound activity and sequences effectively. Finally, Apollo's Intelligence Engine supports the user's go-to-market processes…
$59
per month
Owler
Score 6.3 out of 10
N/A
Owler is a sales intelligence app developed by the company of the same name San Mateo and acquired by Meltwater June 2021, providing competitive insights, company information, and other sales relevant information.
$8.25
per month
Pricing
Apollo.ioOwler
Editions & Modules
Basic
$59
per month per user
Professional
$99
per month per user
Organization
$1,188
per year per user
Plus (personal use)
$99
per year
Pro
$420
per year
Teams
Contact Sales
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Apollo.ioOwler
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details20% discount for annual billing on the Basic and Professional plans.
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Features
Apollo.ioOwler
Prospecting
Comparison of Prospecting features of Product A and Product B
Apollo.io
8.3
11 Ratings
9% above category average
Owler
6.6
14 Ratings
14% below category average
Advanced search8.711 Ratings5.714 Ratings
Identification of new leads7.511 Ratings6.412 Ratings
List quality8.311 Ratings6.012 Ratings
List upload/download8.910 Ratings6.08 Ratings
Ideal customer targeting8.311 Ratings8.310 Ratings
Load time/data access7.911 Ratings7.011 Ratings
Sales Intelligence Data Standards
Comparison of Sales Intelligence Data Standards features of Product A and Product B
Apollo.io
7.0
11 Ratings
8% below category average
Owler
6.7
14 Ratings
12% below category average
Contact information6.811 Ratings6.08 Ratings
Company information6.911 Ratings7.014 Ratings
Industry information7.410 Ratings7.113 Ratings
Data Augmentation & Lead Qualification
Comparison of Data Augmentation & Lead Qualification features of Product A and Product B
Apollo.io
8.4
11 Ratings
13% above category average
Owler
8.1
13 Ratings
9% above category average
Lead qualification process8.38 Ratings9.39 Ratings
Smart lists and recommendations8.59 Ratings7.28 Ratings
Salesforce integration9.05 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Company/business profiles8.510 Ratings8.012 Ratings
Alerts and reminders8.88 Ratings10.09 Ratings
Data hygiene8.710 Ratings7.911 Ratings
Automatic data refresh9.29 Ratings7.29 Ratings
Tags5.54 Ratings7.07 Ratings
Filters and segmentation8.810 Ratings9.510 Ratings
Sales Intelligence Email Features
Comparison of Sales Intelligence Email Features features of Product A and Product B
Apollo.io
8.8
7 Ratings
15% above category average
Owler
8.8
4 Ratings
15% above category average
Sales email templates7.87 Ratings8.84 Ratings
Append emails to records9.96 Ratings8.84 Ratings
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Apollo.ioOwler
Small Businesses
Lead411
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Lead411
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Lead411
Lead411
Score 9.1 out of 10
Lead411
Lead411
Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
D&B Hoovers
D&B Hoovers
Score 8.5 out of 10
D&B Hoovers
D&B Hoovers
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
Apollo.ioOwler
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(30 ratings)
7.3
(16 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
4.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apollo.ioOwler
Likelihood to Recommend
Apollo.io
Best suited for contact discovery on LinkedIn or for that matter any website, but it works best on LinkedIn. It saves tons of work, you can simply select the complete list of people you want to contact and put them directly into an email sequence. It is a little difficult to find contact info on other websites.
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Meltwater
This is a free service, so it should be compared to free and low cost alerting (e.g. Google Alerts) and PE/VC funding profile (e.g. Crunchbase) services. Owler is well suited for competitive intelligence professionals, named account reps, and marketing professionals tracking company news (web mined company mentions and press releases) and social media (blogs, Video, YouTube). The alerts are high precision and tag for three key events (M&A, Funding, Exec Changes). It is the alerting and social media tools which are the key strength of the service. The company claims two million profiles, but only has 60,000 with full address information. Content includes competitors, user polls, and funding / M&A data. Owler should be viewed as a free complement to other online company research tools, but it lacks the depth to replace subscription services. Missing content includes long business descriptions; financials and discrete sizing data; family tree linkage, and executive profiles (only the CEO is covered) While they offer list building functionality, it is quite thin and non-downloadable. As such, I would not recommend Owler for sales and marketing prospecting at this point. A unique feature is a set of company polls about the direction of the company and CEO performance. Unfortunately, the response rates are often too low to be statistically meaningful.
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Pros
Apollo.io
  • Allows users to easily add new prospects to database without much manual effort at all
  • Allows you to make cold calls from different area codes that are relevant to where your prospect is located
  • Allows A/B testing for emails so you can figure out which ones are gaining the most traction
  • You can also find prospects based off of title, company, technologies, etc
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Meltwater
  • Owler enables the user to quickly find the data and information that he or she needs.
  • I appreciate the customizable dashboard where you can set alerts and track companies you select.
  • The latest news regarding the funding rounds of startup companies is especially helpful.
  • The top competitors to companies provided by Owler often give me a great point of reference for my competitive analysis.
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Cons
Apollo.io
  • Their customer service is just terrible. You get an assigned account manager but 9/10 times they wouldn't know what you wanted and/or how the product works or how to fix it. Vast majority of the time it was a canned response that made you question if they read the message, or if they read it and did not understand a word.
  • The software was relatively buggy and lacked features that were promised upon signup. They seem to have some large corporate clients and if you aren't one none of your bug submissions, feature requests, or concerns will be addressed.
  • Their growing quickly so they seem to be very understaffed which I believe caused many of the issues above.
  • The data, while good, can quickly run out if you're looking for specific types of leads. If you're looking for something generic like Managers at companies between 10-5000 people, you can pull leads all day every day. However if you're looking for a specific industry, specific title, and specific location - don't count on having an endless supply of leads (or even really enough to use month after month).
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Meltwater
  • The information provided is useful but at times the variation with other websites and tools is substantial which makes it difficult to rely solely on owler
  • Information only about bigger companies is available not for smaller and research on smaller ones are important as there are not many tools that do that
  • There are few companies that appear as defunct or do not exist but in the actual market there is a lot going on with them and being in market intelligence industry owler needs to capture that
  • It would be great if they provide revenue or growth of the in the past three years or so. As it would save our time and efforts to some extent
  • They need to maintain the database in aperiodic manner with precise information
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Likelihood to Renew
Apollo.io
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
Not really an applicable question as this is a free service, but if they charged $100 / year (GageIn's price) I would still license the service.
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Usability
Apollo.io
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
Owler's interface and user experience are streamlined and clean. It's easy to pick up on what the data visualizations are showing and other information provided in the dashboard
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Reliability and Availability
Apollo.io
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
I have yet to see the platform down or running slowly, but there have been multiple instances recently (Q2 2015) when the user links to a news story and Owler gives an Oops message. Users simply click on the story a second time and the story is displayed. This is a nuisance bug. I also have a sense that the system is not processing alerts as quickly as before, but I haven't tracked this closely, so I could be wrong about it.
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Performance
Apollo.io
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
The news precision, which is the most important feature for me, is very accurate. They have editors review the news to ensure it is properly tagged by company and event type.
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Support Rating
Apollo.io
I received excellent support at any time I opened up a ticket. But I would add to it that the tool was very self-explanatory, so there wasn't much need for support. With Outreach, we have a closer relationship with our CSM because of the intricacy in things like SFDC task mapping.
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Meltwater
Problems have been closed quickly and professionally.
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Implementation Rating
Apollo.io
No answers on this topic
Meltwater
Focus on setting up companies that have limited news coverage first. Public companies are well covered and it is easy to track them. Furthermore, the surfeit of news around public companies can crowd out smaller companies with less news. It is smaller companies where you are most likely to see a benefit in their tracking of news, blogs, press releases, and videos.
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Alternatives Considered
Apollo.io
I have also looked into and tried Hunter.io and Lusha, and to be honest, I shouldn't compare them with Apollo. I have found Apollo to be so easy to integrate and use with all of my prospecting that I haven't really even tried out the other two. I bet I could find some useful things by using Hunter.io or Lusha as well, but there is honestly no need since I can do everything I want and more with Apollo. I would just be wasting time trying to figure out another platform when I can be focused on growing my own business with Apollo.
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Meltwater
I believe Lead411 and Owler go hand in hand, rather than one over the other. I believe Lead411's contact generation is far stronger based on the cost, but Owler allows you to broaden your horizon for prospecting whereas Lead411 is more of a user-driven search rather than an platform-driven search.
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Return on Investment
Apollo.io
  • Generated a lot of expectations that were not real when we needed them
  • The ROI was positive but we decided to stop using the tool
  • We loved how easy to use it was and how easy it was to interact with the Support team
  • There is room for improvement in the video tutorials - they were from old versions of the software that would not be useful for the version at hand
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Meltwater
  • The personalisation of emails has definitely helped us to earn a higher reply rate, with the knock-on that this will be helping with future deals.
  • Keeps us very relevant in our conversations with contacts. They are often impressed by the research and knowledge we have on their company and how we have aligned ourselves to help. Again, small differences at the start of calls but this will be helping with the number of opportunities created.
  • Reduces SDR prospecting time. Quick and easy to get updates allowing them to process a great number of accounts on a daily basis.
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ScreenShots

Apollo.io Screenshots

Screenshot of Find every prospect. Uncover high-intent contacts in your market.Screenshot of Connect with every contact. Orchestrate multi-step sequences at scale.Screenshot of Optimize your sales strategy. Unlock efficiencies and opportunities across your entire workflow.Screenshot of Apollo B2B Lead Database - Access data on more than 250M people and companies.Screenshot of Apollo Engagement Suite - Automate personalized messages across your entire pipeline.Screenshot of Apollo Intelligence Engine - Improve your revenue strategy across your workflow and boost efficiencies.