ARInsights ARchitect vs. GRIN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ARchitect
Score 9.0 out of 10
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ARInsights’ SaaS platform is used by B2B tech and services companies for managing their analyst relations (AR) and influencer relations programs. The flagship solution, ARchitect, along with multiple complementary products, help improve AR professionals’ efficiency and productivity.N/A
GRIN
Score 7.2 out of 10
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GRIN is a creator management software platform that offers a creator search of over 38 million influencers that is not an opt-in influencer network. GRIN states they believe that the connection between brand and creator should not have a middle-man, and therefore we take no commission. GRIN creator management platform helps brands to connect directly with creator prospects and manage creator relationships to scale. The eCommerce integration aims to make product seeding, discount codes &…N/A
Pricing
ARInsights ARchitectGRIN
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ARchitectGRIN
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Features
ARInsights ARchitectGRIN
Mobile Capabilities
Comparison of Mobile Capabilities features of Product A and Product B
ARInsights ARchitect
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Ratings
GRIN
1.0
1 Ratings
0% above category average
Responsive Design for Web Access00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Mobile Application00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Dashboard / Report / Visualization Interactivity on Mobile00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Mobile App Analytics00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Influencer Management
Comparison of Influencer Management features of Product A and Product B
ARInsights ARchitect
-
Ratings
GRIN
1.3
1 Ratings
4% above category average
Influencer search00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Influencer tracking00 Ratings2.01 Ratings
Report generation00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
Campaign planning00 Ratings1.01 Ratings
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Score 9.4 out of 10
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User Ratings
ARInsights ARchitectGRIN
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(11 ratings)
5.9
(71 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
1.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(9 ratings)
Usability
7.0
(2 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
6.0
(2 ratings)
9.4
(6 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.3
(3 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ARInsights ARchitectGRIN
Likelihood to Recommend
ARInsights
If you have an AR program across the globe and want to track all interactions you have with them, this tool is right for you. As you can imagine the tool is only as good as the data you put in, so you do have to make it part of your work day to input the data. Say a team member leaves and you have to jump in to cover for them, you are able to see all the interactions they have had with analysts
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GRIN
GRIN is well suited for companies that are seeking an all-in-one solution for influencer program management and place a high value in repurposing UGC for marketing purposes. I would also say that GRIN makes sense for those who are aggressively scaling their influencer program and are planning on having at least 100-150 creators in the program. GRIN would be less appropriate for companies who may not have a large influencer program and are merely seeking to track affiliate link/coupon code performance.
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Pros
ARInsights
  • The Event Manager function is a great way plan, invite and send agendas to your analyst attendees.
  • Projects - although needing more work - is a great way to track progress during an evaluation.
  • Premium content is perfect for tracking mentions, sharing reports that are relevant to your constituents and reporting.
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GRIN
  • customer service on all levels
  • streamlines resources (creator search, emails, Shopify orders, payments, etc) all on one platform
  • The amount of customization and overall tools - sometimes this feels overwhelming but I'm grateful they are there to build on as I grow my experience with the platform
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Cons
ARInsights
  • We would like to see some project management functions to track RFI, log follow-up actions and assign tasks inside the team.
  • I'd be good to see email open state in the analyst interactions tab.
  • An easier way to report insights from interactions would be hugely useful.
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GRIN
  • Creator search tool - doesn't bring up viable creator options, which means we do primarily off-platform seeding.
  • The landing page is clunky and not functional for reviewing creators - it adds a lot of time to my team's day looking through the creators with the way it's set up.
  • Email templates have funny formatting, and the typeface always seems to get messed up.
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Likelihood to Renew
ARInsights
As a freelancer I am unlikely to have the budget to use ARchitect on a regular basis I would however look at it seriously if asked by a client or if I was working in an agency with a significant AR practice I would look at it seriously.
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GRIN
I wouldn't be able to run as high of a profitable or functioning influencer program without it. GRIN seriously is the organizational tool that propels us towards success, it is not in any way going to do the work for you, but it does make the work more efficient, easier, and WAY more organized
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Usability
ARInsights
It's super easy to use, and anything that I cannot figure out, their team usually helps me within hours of my asking!
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GRIN
The user interface of the platform is very well designed and extremely intuitive. You almost don't need an onboarding process because the workflow is so straightforward. The only item I would mention as a downside is the reporting. In order to get comprehensive reports, you need to go into each individual campaign. There is no aggregated report with all conversions.
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Support Rating
ARInsights
In the instances I have had issues its been a little tricky to figure things out, some of the videos are helpful but getting email responses are not great compared to online chat and I have found that the response rates have been more than a day in some instances which is not as responsive as I would like compared to other platforms.I have seen ARInsights have made a number of new hires in the area of account management so I am sure that will have improved the support provided
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GRIN
We have our own support rep who helped get us set up, and as odd one off questions have come up has continued to support us. The rep is super knowledgeably and has also helped with some creative ways to get what we need. They are also always super fast to help when anything comes up
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Implementation Rating
ARInsights
No answers on this topic
GRIN
I don't have any key insights here. If you have someone organized and aware of how the influencer workflow operates then it will be a very easy implementation process for you. I would just ensure you have all of your products setup in Shopify before starting the implementation with Grin.
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Alternatives Considered
ARInsights
Prior to using ARchitect, we were using Salesforce. While we did have some customization added, it did not nearly have the robustness that ARchitect provides -- especially since it is designed for AR professionals. We've been using ARchitect for about 8 years and have never looked back. Some examples of vast improvements: 1. Analyst firms/bios. With Salesforce, we needed to maintain all analyst bios -- something that ARchitect does. 2. Analyst coverage. We used to track all analyst coverage by visiting multiple analyst websites and manually pasting into spreadsheets. We now not only get a feed of coverage that can be exported into Excel, but we can also customize reports by topic. 3. Reporting. Salesforce did not provide the same reporting capabilities that ARchitect provides.
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GRIN
I was looking around at Dovetale, which connected with Shopify, and although it may be an easy connection because it's within the Shopify website, it isn't as user-friendly. It also doesn't offer the same hands-on experience from the GRIN team, 24/7 customer support, or bi-weekly calls with your direct contact. It just doesn't feel like it's worth it to me for the "convenience."
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Return on Investment
ARInsights
  • The Event Module has taken days if not weeks out of the prep process for big events.
  • ARchitect is a great way to allow communication with peers, without the need for extra emails, ect, because everyone on the team can see what each other is doing and who they are talking to about which topics.
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GRIN
  • We are just getting moving with Grin but I am excited to grow our overall program.
  • The Grin community has provided a wealth of insights that we have been able to implement.
  • The addition of EMV data has been great for tracking success.
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ScreenShots

ARchitect Screenshots

Screenshot of The database of 10,000+ contacts, where users can search for, discover, and gather information on industry analysts and other prominent B2B influencers.Screenshot of Interactions (inquiries, briefings, meetings, etc.) with analysts and B2B influencers, tracked and managed in a calendar view.Screenshot of A Content Summary that can be used to compare brand’s mentions with competitors’, with tools to identify, track, and analyze research reports, blogs, tweets, and media quotes by industry analysts and b2b influencers.Screenshot of ARchitect’s Emailer solution, with an email designer used segment target lists, schedule and execute campaigns, and report on results.Screenshot of Projects in ARchitect allow users to plan, organize and manage projects (such as vendor evaluations, product launches and analyst days), view progress and stay on track.Screenshot of Briefing books that include analyst bios, analyst research and media coverage, and prior interactions recorded in ARchitect, to prepare executives for their next analyst meeting.

GRIN Screenshots

Screenshot of Search 36M+ CreatorsScreenshot of Identify Influential CustomersScreenshot of Activate Unlimited CampaignsScreenshot of Track Creator ContentScreenshot of Send Email Templates + SequencesScreenshot of Report on Performance