Campaigner vs. Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Campaigner
Score 6.4 out of 10
N/A
Campaigner is an email marketing solution built by marketers that is designed to help small, medium and large businesses strengthen customer relationships and drive sales. The vendor's value proposition is that Campaigner provides advanced features such as industry-leading A/B split testing, workflows, API integration, segmentation, detailed reporting, and responsive design, to provide corporate-level senders with the functionality that they need to effectively track and monitor email marketing…
$59
per month
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email is an email marketing platform formerly know as ExactTarget before being acquired by Salesforce in 2014. Its key features include integration with other Salesforce solutions, drag-and-drop tools, A/B testing, real time tracking, and graphical reporting.
$400
per month
Pricing
CampaignerSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Basic
$400
per month
Pro
$1250
per month
Corporate
$3750
per month
Enterprise
Request a quote Priced based on contact and message volume
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CampaignerSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
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Community Pulse
CampaignerSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
CampaignerSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Campaigner
7.2
3 Ratings
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
46 Ratings
WYSIWYG email editor7.03 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Dynamic content8.03 Ratings8.443 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content8.03 Ratings5.32 Ratings
Landing pages8.02 Ratings4.12 Ratings
A/B testing3.03 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Mobile optimization6.03 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting7.05 Ratings8.06 Ratings
List management9.03 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences9.02 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Campaigner
4.3
3 Ratings
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.3
3 Ratings
Dashboards5.01 Ratings5.32 Ratings
Standard reports7.03 Ratings4.93 Ratings
Custom reports1.03 Ratings2.72 Ratings
User Ratings
CampaignerSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
4.0
(4 ratings)
7.3
(66 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.9
(18 ratings)
Usability
5.0
(2 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
1.0
(3 ratings)
1.0
(10 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
CampaignerSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
Ziff Davis Inc
Workflow feature makes this best suited for those who want to send a series of emails over time based on contact attributes and behavior. Ability to add custom fields and define segments makes this tool valuable for very targeted email campaigns. Lack of communication about releases and poor technical support means your users will need to be fairly skilled in critical thinking and more technical than average. Our knowledge of system came from lots of trial and error.
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Salesforce
It's great for large field sales organizations that lack the ability to automate email sends that are consistent and on-brand. The idea of templated emails (with the ability to build custom emails) really helps keeps the look-and-feel of each email similar to what the rest of the organization is sending to customers or prospects. This isn't the solution that you'd need if you are looking for an automation tool that easily integrates into other marketing channels. The dynamic content feature is lagging far behind other tools in the space.
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Pros
Ziff Davis Inc
  • Number 1, is it's ease of use. We have not run into any problems where someone finds Campaigner difficult to use and this comes in handy every day. The more people that know how to use it the better because it reduces stress/buildup on others.
  • We love the reporting system here. We use the clicks and opens to follow up with people all the time so to have all that detailed information is very beneficial.
  • Customization is great. You can really make all your emails look exactly like they're pictured in your head.
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Salesforce
  • Sends client confirmations when they subscribe to a newsletter, sign up for a conference, or place an order with our company (SourceMedia). We don't have to hire an agency to send these for us.
  • Manages newsletter subscriptions and allows us to deploy on specific dates/times.
  • Helps us discover and manage the correct audience base per newsletter, and automates the distributions so we don't have to do it manually.
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Cons
Ziff Davis Inc
  • Campaigner is just too bare-bones. When we first started using Campaigner close to a decade ago it was perfect for what it was. But nowadays Campaigner is missing several features that their competitors offer like exit intent and cart abandonment emails.
  • Campaigner has an astonishingly bad unsubscribe option. We have had many customers complain to us over the years that when they try to unsubscribe through the emails Campaigner sends, their unsubscribe does not go through.
  • Hard to change account settings such as changing our subscription plan. We had to call and were told to wait 24 hours just to make a small change to our account.
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Salesforce
  • (Lack of) Web Tracking - it offers minimal tracking capabilities for web visit(or)s and the ones that are in place don't provide an easy way to allow you to use that data in building reports or automation.
  • No Web Forms - if most of your marketing campaigns include a call to action pointing to a web form submission, the SFMC doesn't have a "web form asset" per se that you can build. You could still achieve the same functionality by deploying cloud pages and/or microsite AMPScript pages that use Data Extensions as tables to hold data but that doesn't come out of the box.
  • Customization brings Complexity - OK, maybe this is not a con but sometimes it feels like one. In order to build your own custom way of segmenting, importing, filtering data, having triggered sends, etc. you need to create a lot of assets on the platform. Think of it like small Lego bricks that you need to build first then combine them in a larger brick that is part of an even larger construction.
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Likelihood to Renew
Ziff Davis Inc
I can't see us not renewing unless we find something better. This is highly unlikely because there was a thorough research done for use to chose the best marketing client and it always came back to campaigner.
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Salesforce
Exact Target has an exceptional team with great customer care. Whenever we have a question or concern they are timely in addressing it. They also perform annual reviews in person that provides us with market trends, new tools and features, performance metrics, and new content recommendations. We evaluate this by local market and at the international level
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Usability
Ziff Davis Inc
Great features but awful tech support experiences over five years of use. Some releases broke our workflows and Campaigner could never explain why. Our initial plan provided a designed client support contact. This individual changed frequently without notice and at one point they decided our plan no longer included a designated contact. Of course this was never communicated to us until we tried to reach out to the person. If you are tech savy this system might be for you but you'll be on your own.
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Salesforce
I think the tool is easy to use, protects a company from the spam legislation and manages subscribers very well. It is simple to create a non-complex email. I like the survey function on the email tool as well. Overall usability is quite easy and no necessary to have an IT background or extensive knowledge to use. It is helpful, though, to have an understanding of HTML for formatting at this point.
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Reliability and Availability
Ziff Davis Inc
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
Upgrades and timing of the upgrades were communicated well and planned during off hours for our work. If we did have a campaign scheduled during that time, it would kick-off after the system was back active. There were a few unplanned system down times, but it was a rare occurrence and those times were also short in duration.
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Performance
Ziff Davis Inc
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
This software is extremely limiting. The layouts don't give much flexibility and take a long time to set up. If you aren't a designer or know html (like me), the emails look unpolished and amateur. It takes forever for me to make revisions and sometimes when I send the test email, it looks completely different in the software vs. how the message looks in my inbox. Fonts are different sizes and aren't aligned properly, etc. The whole platform is pretty clunky and not very user friendly. The reports are pretty good - however there isn't much you can do when viewing the info. Ex: If you have 200 "Did Not Open" emails, there isn't an easy way to just click and quickly resend to this group. I like that it can sync with Salesforce.com - but I have no idea how to set that up in my account. Out of frustration I have been using Constant Contact which has easy to use drag and drop features, built-in templates I can choose from, survey/coupon/registration tools, tagging and responsive reporting. My company's creative agency even prefers Constant Contact vs. Marketing Cloud. I still have to enter www.exacttarget.com (the old address) to log on. Wondering when they will change it to the new name, which I don't like using. Exact Target is so much easier to say. Salesforce Marketing Cloud just doesn't roll off the tongue and - just like the software - is clumsy and awkward, so I just keep calling it Exact Target. Overall, pretty much dissatisfied with Exact Target and have pretty much stopped using it. Although I know eventually I will have to go back to it at some point since my company has invested in the automation features and we will have to use it for our marketing.
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Support Rating
Ziff Davis Inc
Everything takes a minimum of 24 hours to solve and after being with campaigner for several years we were just told for the first time we have an account rep which we never even spoke to.
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Salesforce
We are now only trying to get our money back and move on to a different system, but even though it was acknowledged that mistakes were made on Salesforce’s side, we are still waiting. Instead, Salesforce sends us standard training offers to get the most out of our 4 connectors - whatever - and still not even offering additional connectors to get our social accounts connected to our business so our digital team can get on with their job, requesting we pay an additional $50pm for each of these - crazy.
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Implementation Rating
Ziff Davis Inc
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
Easy to implement, with simple emails and solutions initially created. More advanced usage of the tool and more advanced subscriber attribute usage was implemented during later phases when the knowledge of the tool increased. Monitoring success and results of email campaigns were done at a high level initially, but not fully used until the tool and email marketing as a whole was better understood in the corporation.
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Alternatives Considered
Ziff Davis Inc
MailChimp is far more customizable and User-Friendly, although Campaigner gets the job done. Campaigner could benefit from a design upgrade to bring their look into the modern realm. The drag and drop features and email customization of MailChimp, Campaigner is lacking. However, MailChimp is pricier. So you are definitely getting what you pay for.
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Salesforce
I have used Epsilon and I have evaluated Silverpop, e-Dialogue and Yesmail. From my analysis Salesforce MC is far more superior in flexibility, scalability and freedom to custom built initiatives. The AMPscripting is one of the driving forces in allowing the previous mentioned abilities. However, I can see from a marketers perspective where they simply want to send emails and segment easily. But given that effective email marketing requires a lot of different components and there is no simple way of doing it and I found that most companies that offer the out of the box solutions do a good job but there is no one size fits all and if you are trying to be really good at it which includes integrating your business such as registration, stats, CMS, API, etc. This is a much better solution.
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Scalability
Ziff Davis Inc
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
We had approximately 20,000 recipients of most email campaigns, with some higher amounts and some smaller campaigns. The tools is easy to use and the recipient list size is really not a factor in the complexity or work to create and email campaign. Our campaigns could just have easily been sent to many more people, with virtually no additional work.
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Return on Investment
Ziff Davis Inc
  • We are able to sell Campaigner as a premium feature
  • The plans can be a bit pricey
  • We do cover cost by using their flexible "bucket" model.
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Salesforce
  • Better execution/monitoring - when multiple steps are involved, IMH is great at dashboarding.
  • Facilitates exploratory campaigns - it is great at instilling confidence when you're trying a new facet of a campaign, due to the process transparency.
  • Cloud - can be a double-edged sword. Allows for on the go access, but isn't truly mobile-friendly, and can sometimes sputter. But certainly will improve with time.
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