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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

iContact

I would only recommend it if someone was a small business. I think they are the best suited for companies who will send out a coupon or offer here and there. The most recent updates made it more complicated to use for more complicated processes. It is easy to train someone on the program, and so quick to learn. But I would also only stick to the simpler things. I also think the colorful templates are great, and show great creativity. But again, it is hard to justify recommending the program when it isn't WYSIWYG.
Patrick Stephens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Benchmark Email
8.4
iContact
6.4
WYSIWYG email editor
Benchmark Email
7.8
iContact
6.3
Dynamic content
Benchmark Email
8.1
iContact
6.1
Ability to test dynamic content
Benchmark Email
9.2
iContact
5.3
Landing pages
Benchmark Email
9.6
iContact
6.0
A/B testing
Benchmark Email
9.3
iContact
5.8
Mobile optimization
Benchmark Email
8.9
iContact
7.1
Email deliverability reporting
Benchmark Email
8.5
iContact
7.7
List management
Benchmark Email
5.9
iContact
7.1
Triggered drip sequences
Benchmark Email
8.2
iContact
6.4

Reporting & Analytics

Benchmark Email
7.5
iContact
6.9
Dashboards
Benchmark Email
7.6
iContact
7.7
Standard reports
Benchmark Email
7.6
iContact
6.6
Custom reports
Benchmark Email
7.3
iContact
6.3

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

iContact

  • Contact management. iContact is really great for entering all your contact. You are able to put them onto different lists, and let them choose which lists they would like to be a part of as well. There are many data fields provided to fill in information.
  • Emailing. We use the email feature at least once a month. They are always improving and adding new features, which is very helpful in presenting content in a new and exciting way to our readers. There are many options with remade templates and themes, or you can add your own.
  • Insights. It is really helpful being able to have the data to see what is working and what isn't. It is nice to be able to go back and see how things went in the past compared to now. Opens, clicks, shares, etc.
Kirsten Rodriguez | 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

iContact

  • We also would like to send transactional messages which don't require an opt-out, this is a challenge with iContact. (May be a feature with pro?)
  • The regular version of iContact doesn't support event management or logic flows for automated messaging.
  • Custom form fields have limited field type options (can't build a drop-down).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Benchmark Email

Benchmark Email 8.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

iContact

iContact 3.4
Based on 19 answers
iContact has been a quick and easy way to send any announcements and news directly to email and social media subscribers. Its tracking and reporting capabilities turn a simple email into a marketing campaign that can be used as a tool to efficiently gauge reader response and customer satisfaction, and ultimately to reach potential customers. The consistency and excellent customer service is what makes this program a pleasant experience.
Zeenath Haniff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Benchmark Email

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iContact

iContact 8.0
Based on 6 answers
I rate iContact as an easy to use program due to its user friendly dashboard and user interface. Most companies of small to medium size do not have a dedicated marketer, therefore it is someone multitasking who may or may not have this kind of experience. iContact makes it relatively simple and can actually expand one's knowledge in the area of business promotion.
Charlene Botet Pelaez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Benchmark Email

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iContact

iContact 9.0
Based on 1 answer
iContact is regularly up and running. Only once has it been unavailable for maintenance, which is to be expected and even desired for optimal performance when needed.
Zeenath Haniff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Benchmark Email

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iContact

iContact 9.9
Based on 9 answers
They have always been responsive to any issues or concerns that have arisen with our account. Our customer account manager participates in our monthly county-wide communicators meetings via telephone to ensure that we are getting the most from the service. He also analyzes our lists to help us weed out inactive contacts.
Todd McGee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Benchmark Email

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iContact

iContact 8.5
Based on 2 answers
i wouldn't be using it if i wasn't satisfied. time is money
Anonymous | 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

iContact

I didn't have a say in the decision because I wasn't with the company at the time. I listed HubSpot here because I know we used it in conjunction with iContact for email automation, but HubSpot Email was only recently built-out to the point where it is today. Now, iContact and HubSpot are no longer integrated.
Malarie Knox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Benchmark Email

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

iContact

iContact 7.0
Based on 1 answer
iContact stays the same with the number of users added or taken away. It certainly remains reliable despite increased usage, and so, can be considered scaleable in that aspect.
Zeenath Haniff | 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

iContact

  • We have a template for webinars that we send every month. We just edit it and send. This couldn't be easier (once you know where to find it).
  • We like the breakdown of statistics in the dashboard. They're easy to read.
  • iContact isn't a comprehensive solution, so it is only one of a few products we use for marketing.
Karen Chamberlain | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Benchmark Email

General

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

Benchmark Email Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

iContact

General

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

iContact Editions & Modules

Edition
1500 Users$15.001
2500 Users$25.001
5000 Users$45.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Benchmark Email
8.0
iContact
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Benchmark Email
8.0
iContact
3.4

Usability

Benchmark Email
iContact
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Benchmark Email
iContact
9.0

Performance

Benchmark Email
iContact
8.0

Support Rating

Benchmark Email
iContact
9.9

Implementation Rating

Benchmark Email
iContact
8.5

Scalability

Benchmark Email
iContact
7.0

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