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Aprimo

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Aprimo

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Score 6.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Aprimo

I would advise him/her to meet with an Aprimo consultant to understand all of the capabilities of the software. I have a feeling that Aprimo does have the planning capability we urgently desire, but the training platforms Aprimo offers are very limited. Perhaps a valuable proposition would be for certain employees to become power users who are constantly seeking out improvements within our company's use of Aprimo.
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation

Silverpop is a powerful and comprehensive tool for digital marketers, and is apprprioate for companies of varying sizes, as well as both B2B and B2C models. It's particularly well-suited for companies with large, accurate customer databases and the ability to track customer actions on their websites to use as marketing automation triggers.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.1
WYSIWYG email editor
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.0
Dynamic content
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.5
Ability to test dynamic content
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.0
Landing pages
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.3
A/B testing
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.3
Mobile optimization
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.0
Email deliverability
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.3
List management
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.6
Triggered drip sequences
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.6

Lead Management

Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.7
Lead nurturing
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.3
Lead scoring and grading
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.0
Data quality management
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.7
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.0

Campaign Management

Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.2
Calendaring
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.0
Event/webinar marketing
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.5

Social Media Marketing

Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.0
Social sharing and campaigns
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.0
Social profile integration
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
5.0

Reporting & Analytics

Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.0
Dashboards
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
5.0
Standard reports
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.0
Custom reports
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
5.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.3
API
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
7.5
Role-based workflow & approvals
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
5.0
Customizability
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
6.5
Integration with Salesforce.com
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
9.0
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.0
Integration with SugarCRM
Aprimo
IBM Watson Campaign Automation
8.0

Pros

  • The strongest suit of the application is workflow management. As an admin, I am able to create workflows that will move a job along it's path automatically from open to closure.
  • The Job Starter portal allows the administrator to create forms that internal customers can use to request services. The design options for the forms are limited but the data is completely controlled by the admin so it is flexible
  • The tool uses a pretty standard SQL interface for reports. If you've done SQL you can do reports here and it does have a nice easy to use facility for auto-distribution
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  • Customer support
  • As someone very new to the administrative side of email marketing a few years ago, I needed a thorough onboarding to the tool. And that's just what I received. Online training, technical support, webinars, and the personal involvement of our Relationship Manager and Account Director helped me ramp very quickly and achieve proficiency with the tool. SIlverpop has robust and varied offerings that meet the needs of multiple learning styles.
  • Flexibility
  • As a company with marketing teams in multiple countries, a vast product portfolio, customers in many different industries, our business is inherently complex. TI needs a partner that is flexible and can adapt to our sometimes unique needs. One example of this is Silverpop's willingness to help make connections between our database and the tool to ensure accuracy and efficiency.
  • Product Development
  • Silverpop is constantly evolving its offering. In an industry like ours, change is the only constant - so this makes Silverpop a very good fit for TI. Making the jump to marketing automation has been a seamless one, thanks to the capabilities available in Engage. We also greatly value the opportunity to provide input toward future development, as our needs change.
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Cons

  • As an admin, it is not easy to use. Plan on a good 6 months in the tool before you get the hang of it, and a year before you approach expert level. The different objects you need to work with to build a flow are spread out in the system so it does take time and work to wrap your head around how everything fits together and to be able to easily envision how to build your workflow.
  • The UI is pretty bare bones. It doesn't turn on marketing users.
  • The support from Teradata is lacking. If you're an on-demand customer, Teradata is not invested in your success.
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  • Data syncing and errors - Silverpop does not do a great job of getting data to sync regularly with our CRM (Salesforce.com). The data had to flow back and forth several times before being added to campaigns and in some instances, it took days to update leads! Also, failed lead syncs get stuck in an alert list but it does not notify you otherwise that a lead failed the sync.
  • Design issues - we use custom HTML to build emails and landing pages, and we were unable to render background images on our campaigns. Also, once you toggle between design and source (code) view to make edits, it often broke the code and threw off the design.
  • Administrator alerts - when sync fails altogether between systems, there is no email alert sent to the system admin (me/my team) so we at times have found that we have gone 18 hours until we stumble across the fact that the system sync has failed.
  • Reporting - it is not very comprehensive and we had difficulty generating the level of reporting that we need to have.
  • Support - there are a few gems in the support team who know what they're doing, but largely calling support is a lesson in frustration.
  • Product bug fixes - in two instances, my open support tickets were identified as product bugs. One related to incorrect cookie tracking which was causing our leads not to be scoring properly. They determined that this wasn't critical enough to build into their product fix road map. This is core to an automation system working properly.
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Likelihood to Renew

Aprimo5.9
Based on 7 answers
Aprimo Marketing Suite On Demand (AMSOD) Is being sunsetted and we are not sold on V 9 yet. We will consider other options because we're not sure that we can justify $1m spend over 3 years to go to full tenant.
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation5.5
Based on 30 answers
I think its been covered in other answers, but we have outgrown the platform and need a system with better UX, flexibility and reporting
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Usability

Aprimo3.7
Based on 4 answers
Relatively easy to learn the basics, but there are a significant number of nuances. The system does not have user-friendly ways of allowing mass data manipulation in order to track large budgets over time. The only solution seems to be exporting into an Excel data dump and then performing analysis from there.
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation8.0
Based on 6 answers
too much time building templates
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Reliability and Availability

Aprimo10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have not yet experienced any downtime
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation10.0
Based on 2 answers
While several of the other reviews have mentioned poor performance in this department, we have only had one situation where the system was down (although it was down for several hours). Silverpop segments its clients on different servers, and I know that the problem we experienced only occurred on our specific server (maybe other servers have had their own problems?) but our service has been reliable otherwise.
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Performance

Aprimo8.0
Based on 1 answer
We are struggling with it though I think it’s our firewall i.e. an internal issue. Accessing the software outside or on mobile is faster.

They have a multi-tenant and single tenant option (more expensive) . We bought the single tenant option in anticipation of using Campaign Management and based upon our scale. You get more capabilities with single tenant
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation7.0
Based on 2 answers
Some parts of the system are very quick - others can really crawl. I imagine it depends on overall server strain - but I think part of it can also be traced back to the specific browser being used
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Support

Aprimo8.0
Based on 1 answer
Customer service has been responsive and attentive in line with the service we have bought. However, any organization that wants to make investments in Aprimo should plan to make an investment in internal support headcount to serve as the first line of defense for user issues and inquiries otherwise it could become too expensive.

We are on a standard service plan. You get 8 hours/month of whatever you want to ask them. This has been good enough. Will be buying more when we implement campaign management
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation5.9
Based on 5 answers
The response time is always fast. The only breakdown seems to be when calls are escalated but or account representative is very helpful.
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In-Person Training

Aprimo8.0
Based on 1 answer
Aprimo offered a number of hands on sessions customized for each group. As such, they address specific needs and configurations of each team. These sessions also offered another round of cross-functional collaboration in process design.
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Online Training

Aprimo6.0
Based on 1 answer
It was very generic and we took it prior to configuration. It was however adequate to educate our user in the basic capabilities that will have become available to them after deployment.
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation9.0
Based on 2 answers
The online trainings are very detailed (for the most part) and really walk through the entire system. They are a little dry, but they are usually broken up into segments to allow you to skip to the parts you need.
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Implementation

Aprimo10.0
Based on 1 answer
We were very well supported. TopRight who performed the process/requirements definition as well as project management functions came with ample experience with various marketing automation platforms. They also came with very good multi-channel marketing experience that allowed them to tackle this implementation as a marketing deployment and not a technology deployment. TopRight bring expertise in multi-channels strategy.

Aprimo performed the configuration and training functions. Their personnel were very well versed in their platform and brought much empathy to a deployment that required a great deal of change management.

I am stunned by how many people (from for-profit sector who work here) have not been exposed to these types of platforms. I want to make sure that folks are so accustomed to user interface. When I roll-out campaign management, teaching them the art and science of campaign management versus just learning the tool. TopRight are marketers. They are familiar with all these technologies. Their job has been to define processes, best practices and turn into training. Similar to training from Salesforce.com about funnel mgmt etc, vs. just the product. We will create training modules that are agnostic to the platform
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IBM Watson Campaign Automation7.4
Based on 4 answers
Have a team to work on implementation. Strategic planning will help to avoid any potential issues.
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Alternatives Considered

Unica - Both platforms (i.e. Unica and Aprimo) delivered comparable capabilities. However, due to internal limitations around technical support and technical maturity of the organization we selected Aprimo as it delivered the more user friendly user interface. Unica requires more technical saviness. With Aprimo you can be completely non-technical.

We evaluated Epsilon, but they were too expensive and don’t compete on price.

We evaluated Axciom. They offered an outsourced full service and were very powerful, but we wanted to bring capabilities more in-house. The capabilities were more advanced that we needed today. We felt Aprimo or Unica could both carry us a long way.

We did not look at marketing automation vendors like Eloqua, Marketo. From a scale standpoint, we were looking for campaign management and not just marketing automation. Also wanted MRM (Marketing Resource Management) or internal workflow management capabilities. We did not take a deep dive as they didn’t have the full suite solution
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We had evaluated Marketo at the time, but had chosen Silverpop instead. Some people compare Hubspot, but we consider that a different flavor of marketing automation--not apples to apples.
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Return on Investment

  • The lead management tool improves lead generation by shortening the lead circle in our communications and send leads to a sales team automatically.
  • Aprimo allows the marketing team to improve the quality and timing to communicate by knowing the customer experience with our messages and microsites.
  • Automated response triggers and reports increased the marketing team efficiency.
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  • Better customer service: emails are more reliably sent than our last platform
  • Better holistic view of our email program: All emails are now currently sent through Silverpop, so we have a better view on how customers are engaging across all email messages and what messages they are interacting with.
  • More control for the Marketing team: Previously all of our automated messages were sent from our internal platform and marketers had little control over messaging, without going through IT prioritization time and a release. Today, we can make changes to copy, links, imagery on the fly. Data changes sometimes do still require IT time, but much less than before.
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Pricing Details

Aprimo

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

IBM Watson Campaign Automation

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