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Score 8.3 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Benchmark Email

For low volume non-profits, Benchmark Email provides a respectable free service. Ease of use is high and customization of the email is good. The discount for 501(c)(3) organizations and fully free use for non-profits that help children is commendable. Although the GUI editor is flexible and easy to learn, it does have some issues with certain detailed formatting concerns, like properly showing the newlines between paragraphs. Image/photo processing and presentation is similarly both easy to use, but frustrating due to some capability gaps and quirks, like specifying image sizes and display on hi-resolution devices.

Overall, Benchmark Email provides a good service that is easy to learn to expand your communication reach; however, the ROI and satisfaction may not be as high if paying fees comparable to other offerings.
Tim Colson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Higher Logic Communications

Higher Logic is great for email marketing as long as you don't require much customer service or super-precise analytics data. It's easy to use, intuitive, integrates with other platforms, and provides a broad range of analytics and reporting data. But like I said, just be wary that sometimes the analytics are inconsistent. Luckily, we mostly use it to compare mailings and their subject lines and the various stories within our weekly e-newsletters, so we just need more of a broad overview of the data. If you need very specific data that is 100% accurate, then this might not be the platform for you. Also, if you're someone who likes superior customer service, you probably want to avoid this as well. But if you need an easy-to-use platform that will get the job done, then go ahead and give this a try.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Benchmark Email
8.4
Higher Logic Communications
WYSIWYG email editor
Benchmark Email
7.8
Higher Logic Communications
Dynamic content
Benchmark Email
8.1
Higher Logic Communications
Ability to test dynamic content
Benchmark Email
9.2
Higher Logic Communications
Landing pages
Benchmark Email
9.6
Higher Logic Communications
A/B testing
Benchmark Email
9.3
Higher Logic Communications
Mobile optimization
Benchmark Email
8.9
Higher Logic Communications
Email deliverability reporting
Benchmark Email
8.5
Higher Logic Communications
List management
Benchmark Email
5.9
Higher Logic Communications
Triggered drip sequences
Benchmark Email
8.2
Higher Logic Communications

Reporting & Analytics

Benchmark Email
7.5
Higher Logic Communications
Dashboards
Benchmark Email
7.6
Higher Logic Communications
Standard reports
Benchmark Email
7.6
Higher Logic Communications
Custom reports
Benchmark Email
7.3
Higher Logic Communications

Pros

Benchmark Email

  • Great native split testing for a/b groups.
  • Automation of list cleaning is a breeze -- very easy!
  • Native analytics are decent, but not amazing.
Blake Baron | TrustRadius Reviewer

Higher Logic Communications

  • Very thorough: Higher Logic works precisely as advertised and can do many things to provide insight into your membership.
  • Data-driven: Higher Logic gives you a ton of insight into how customers interact with your messages. This is extremely beneficial information if you know how to interpret it.
  • Price: Higher Logic is priced fairly for the features you get.
Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Benchmark Email

  • Scheduling emails can be a nightmare. I, for some reason, can never schedule an email at the correct time I want. They make the time zones confusing and it's in a 24 hour format which is annoying.
  • You can customize well in the editor but it can be an extremely painful experience if you make a mistake. There's no undo button after you save something.
  • Email automation is available but it's extremely basic.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Higher Logic Communications

  • Customer Service: Maybe we're just unlucky, but we've had very sub-par customer service when dealing with Higher Logic. They've been hard to get in touch with, difficult to schedule meetings with, and when we finally did have a meeting with a representative, she seemed very disgusted to have to be talking with us--and then rushed us off of the call because she had another call immediately afterward (we understand things like this happen, but it was just even more discouraging after an already poor experience).
  • Down Time: The platform seems to be down more often than I'd like it to be. They often have scheduled downtime for system maintenance at off-hours, and this is totally fine. But somewhat often, it seems to be down in the middle of the day when I try to login to create or schedule an email. And it takes a little while (sometimes even several hours) for it to come back up. This is very disappointing when you're trying to get something done (especially when it's time-sensitive) and have to wait around to do it because the system is down.
  • Inconsistent Data: When the analytics and data are correct, it's great! But we've noticed this isn't always the case. There are several different places on the platform that report data, and sometimes they don't match up. Or the percentage data and the raw data numbers don't equal each other and are totally different, so clearly, at least one is incorrect, but how do we know which one it is? Additionally, the numbers on the heatmap are sometimes way different than the numbers in the general data report. We brought this to their attention and they said they were aware of the problem but we're working on other more important things at the moment and would maybe get around to fixing it later (this goes back to the previously mentioned poor customer service). As of a few weeks ago, I thought it was indeed finally fixed, but then again last week we noticed it was back to being inconsistent.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Benchmark Email

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Higher Logic Communications

Higher Logic Communications 2.0
Based on 2 answers
Higher Logic's support is sub-par at best. It can be difficult to get in contact with anyone from the support team, and when you do, it seems as if they don't want to talk to you and don't even have the answers to your questions. Within the past few months, we've contacted them twice and both times have been very disappointing. The first time was to let them know there was an inconsistency between the analytics report and the heat map. They basically said that they already knew about the problem but didn't have any set plans to fix it because they were working on other "more important" things. The second time was for a conference call to go over some additional features that we wanted to implement. And the lady we spoke with seemed very disgusted to have to speak with us and then rushed us off the phone because she had another call.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Benchmark Email

Of the free email marketing services I tried, Benchmark could only stack up against Zoho Campaigns and Moosend. as unfortunately, MailChimp has better signup form customization options, SendinBlue's free plan offers advanced automation and MailerLite offers advanced customization and the creation of landing page.I do believe that Benchmark email has a lot of potential, and if they fix the design issues and the allow signup forms to have their own URLs that can easily be shared, then they would stack up well against most free ESPs.
Abigail Nwaocha | TrustRadius Reviewer

Higher Logic Communications

Higher Logic seems to be a little more powerful of a tool in my opinion, however, MailChimp has a User Interface that is much better. Ease of use definitely goes to them.
Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Benchmark Email

  • If we think particularly on the ROI then benchmark email gives you a definite amount of ROI. But it takes time, you will see the results after a six month span of time. Because sending an email itself is a slow and steady process to follow.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Higher Logic Communications

  • Understanding preferences-- Higher Logic helps us tap in to how our members want to hear from us.
  • Data collection-- Since we started using Higher Logic the amount of data we get from our members has increased greatly.
  • Consolidation of tools-- Higher Logic replaced 2 or 3 additional SAAS options being utilized by us. This helped save money!
Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Benchmark Email

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Higher Logic Communications

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Benchmark Email
8.0
Higher Logic Communications
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Benchmark Email
8.0
Higher Logic Communications

Support Rating

Benchmark Email
Higher Logic Communications
2.0

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