Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Braze
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
Braze is a customer engagement platform that enables relevant and memorable experiences between consumers and the brands they love. With Braze, global brands can ingest and process customer data in real time, orchestrate and optimize contextually relevant, cross-channel marketing campaigns and continuously evolve their customer engagement strategies.N/A
Customer.io
Score 8.2 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Customer.io is a customer engagement platform that enables marketers to build sophisticated automated messaging campaigns. With access to real-time behavioral data, users can create personalized and relevant messages to engage and retain customers. This includes sending emails, push notifications, SMS, in-app messages, and more through a visual building experience. Built for scale, Customer.io boasts users among over 5,300 companies, sending over 17 billion messages per year.
$100
per month
Pricing
BrazeCustomer.io
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BrazeCustomer.io
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional DetailsEssentials: For startups and small teams engaging customers on their mobile and web apps. - Up to 5,000 profiles*, Send Emails, Push, In-App, and SMS, Visual Workflow Builder, Segmentation, Two Workspaces, Email Support, Customer Community Premium: For high-growth companies looking for greater control over their messaging outcomes. - Everything in Essentials, Custom Data + Message Volume, Premium Product Features, Additional Workspaces, 90-day Onboarding Program, Premium Email & Chat Support, Managed Deliverability, Dedicated IPs, Parcel Pro Licenses, HIPAA Compliance Enterprise: For at-scale companies looking to create world-class customer experiences. - Everything in Premium, Managed Infrastructure*, Customer Success Manager, Quarterly Success Reviews, Technical Account Manager*, Audit Logging & Data Governance*, Parcel Business Licenses, Migration Support*, *Available by consultation.
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User Ratings
BrazeCustomer.io
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(46 ratings)
9.9
(8 ratings)
Usability
7.5
(13 ratings)
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Support Rating
4.5
(21 ratings)
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User Testimonials
BrazeCustomer.io
Likelihood to Recommend
Braze
Braze is really well suited to a business or company that wants to utilize the canvas flow capability to build out various customer journeys for its users. Also, the simple-to-use interface is great for all levels of marketers and is accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of CRM systems.
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Customer.io
This tool is well-suited for companies looking to run email marketing campaigns or send out newsletters regularly to their users/customers. The workflow setup is especially useful for companies who want to send specific emails based on user behavior - i.e. they've not logged in recently, have bought a specific product, haven't opened any emails, etc. This could also be useful for freelancers like me since you can create different workspaces within Customer.io. I have configured it this way to handle email marketing for a few of my clients, and the software keeps everything organized and separate. This might not be the best tool for small businesses, considering the price. It may be better to start out with a cheaper email marketing tool, and then if/when necessary, scale-up with a tool like Customer.io.
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Pros
Braze
  • Canvases are a straightforward way to dynamically target users
  • We have a lot of control over our email templates- especially compared to the last service we used
  • Built-in reporting is fantastic and offers solid insight
  • Braze integration with our consumer-facing App opened up a lot of options for us when running promos
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Customer.io
  • Managing users, attributes and events. You are easily able to modify any user, based on their ID, and add or remove attributes, assign events to them. That makes it very easy to segment later and to assign them to several campaigns based on behavior. Just a warning: this integration isn't so easy (at least it wasn't for us).
  • Creating workflows of campaigns is very easy. You can quickly create behavioral campaigns based on attributes, segments and add elements to the workflow. You can send an email, then wait, then send another, then exit the campaign if they converted, etc. The workflow is easy to configure and very powerful for automation.
  • We don't use many email templates (we make them in MJML) but it's very easy to add senders, to change templates and in general to test designs.
  • Deliverability works very well, at least for us. It sends emails pretty fast and without issues.
  • Exporting is very quick and easy. Importing wasn't a feature until recently, but it works well too.
  • Seeing activity it's also useful. In general, logs are awesome (be it of a customer, of activity on the site, email sends, etc.).
  • We don't use environments, but it might be very useful for a bigger company.
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Cons
Braze
  • It offers analytics insights, but this is still not incredibly detailed
  • It takes a while for features on the product roadmap to be implemented
  • The drag-and-drop editors of their marketing channels (Email & IAM) could use some improvement in terms of more functionality and tweaking abilities
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Customer.io
  • Push notifications are very rudimentary. Everything has to be done by hand unless you're sending an extremely simple message.
  • A bit too email centric.
  • Lacks an ability to schedule messages on a daily, weekly, etc. basis.
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Usability
Braze
It's very simple to set up Braze with new API integrations to our internal systems which makes the sharing of data and the triggering of comms very straightforward. We also utilize custom events to trigger certain customer actions, so that we can trigger real-time comms - which is very simple to set up and execute.
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Customer.io
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Support Rating
Braze
Very responsive and helpful on simple questions, but not great other than that. They do not have a way for the customer/user to escalate a ticket. You have to contact your rep and in some cases, they don't respond within 24 hours so you have no idea if they have escalated it. There is no phone number for an urgent issue - you have to rely on email
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Customer.io
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Alternatives Considered
Braze
Every business is different, but in my experience, Braze has filled the need for the clients that are using it and they have done a masterful job of creating and continuing to update a platform that is excellent!
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Customer.io
Customer.io was really the first pure, full-featured drip email program on the market and as far as I know, it's still the simplest and best overall for that specific function. SendGrid has also added drip campaign features, but I would seriously evaluate Customer.io against any other drip email provider because they really have all the key elements you need to make it work.
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Return on Investment
Braze
  • Positive: A growth hacking experiment was proven successful in nudging users who abandoned their cart after checking out with a product/service and leaving their chart or 24 hours.
  • Positive: A growth hacking experiment was proven successful in nudging users whose credit card failed when trying to upgrade to a paid account.
  • Negative: With the plethora of teams (disciplines / business units / markets) with access to braze, it's easy to accidentally over-nurture users.
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Customer.io
  • Fast testing for new products to specific groups. It saves a lot of time and money.
  • Removed workload from marketing = more time to make it better.
  • Better contact with specific groups, seeing a increase in sales because of this.
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ScreenShots

Customer.io Screenshots

Screenshot of account performance visible at a glance from the Dashboard view.Screenshot of Drag and drop messages, time delays, and branches where desired, to build cross-channel campaigns.Screenshot of Localization for global audiences. One message delivered in multiple languages.Screenshot of Triggered campaigns based on forms submissions, customer attributes, customer actions, and dates.Screenshot of Data-driven or manual segments can be created in the no-code builder for recipient lists, campaign triggers, filters, and conversion goals.Screenshot of Emails are built with a code editor that helps navigate code and iterate.