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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Score 6.8 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

    Email & Online Marketing

    7.9

    Cheetah Messaging

    79%

    HCL Unica

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cheetah Messaging ranks higher in 9/9 features

    WYSIWYG email editor

    7.0
    70%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Dynamic content

    9.0
    90%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Ability to test dynamic content

    7.5
    75%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Landing pages

    7.0
    70%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    A/B testing

    8.0
    80%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Mobile optimization

    9.0
    90%
    10 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Email deliverability reporting

    8.0
    80%
    19 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    List management

    8.0
    80%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Triggered drip sequences

    8.0
    80%
    9 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Reporting & Analytics

    7.7

    Cheetah Messaging

    77%

    HCL Unica

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cheetah Messaging ranks higher in 3/3 features

    Dashboards

    7.5
    75%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Standard reports

    8.0
    80%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Custom reports

    7.5
    75%
    11 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Pre-Send Testing

    7.8

    Cheetah Messaging

    78%

    HCL Unica

    Feature Set Not Supported
    N/A
    Cheetah Messaging ranks higher in 8/8 features

    URL Validation

    7.2
    72%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Link Tracking

    8.5
    85%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Image Validation

    7.8
    78%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Inbox Display

    7.4
    74%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Email Accessibility Tools

    7.4
    74%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Spelling and Grammar Check

    7.7
    77%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Spam Testing

    7.5
    75%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Email Previews

    8.7
    87%
    3 Ratings
    N/A
    0 Ratings

    Attribute Ratings

    • HCL Unica is rated higher in 4 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating

    Likelihood to Recommend

    8.5

    Cheetah Messaging

    85%
    13 Ratings
    9.0

    HCL Unica

    90%
    15 Ratings

    Likelihood to Renew

    7.6

    Cheetah Messaging

    76%
    3 Ratings
    8.7

    HCL Unica

    87%
    11 Ratings

    Usability

    4.0

    Cheetah Messaging

    40%
    1 Rating
    8.0

    HCL Unica

    80%
    1 Rating

    Support Rating

    2.0

    Cheetah Messaging

    20%
    2 Ratings
    3.0

    HCL Unica

    30%
    2 Ratings

    Implementation Rating

    Cheetah Messaging

    N/A
    0 Ratings
    7.2

    HCL Unica

    72%
    4 Ratings

    Likelihood to Recommend

    Cheetah Messaging

    I think CheetahMail, being one of the main ESPs in the market, is a quality choice. However, I would suggest that it's really only valuable for a bit larger of an organization, generally having staff of 100+ and revenues in tens of millions -- this is mainly to justify the amount of investment required, so may be cost-prohibitive to some. You also need to make sure that you understand the entire "level of support" you will gain through your specific contract.... the key is understanding what types of resources are within your organization (who's doing the coding? who comes up with the next campaign? What's the overall strategy?) Depending on these questions and resources, may help determine your final needs from a services point of view. CheetahMail can provide a wealth of various services specific to needs (and changes over time as your business changes), but a clear understanding of what you have before you bring them on will really help getting up and running quickly. Also be sure to truly understand the costs for the initial integrations, setups, IP senders, etc.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    I think it is wel suited for a business with a lot of one on one relations in the database. For example a supermarket that sells products to a client and gives a reduction on that product. It is nice if the selection process is not to complex and does not involve to many calculations. It is also nice if it is very clear what you want to follow up.In our environment we have lots of many-to-many relations. for example one product is held by more then one client. And that client might have more of those products with other clients. These kind of situation demands for a lot of calculations with derived fields(*), and there things go far too slow. Unica is probably not such a good solution for us, because our environment is too complex, and so is to process of creating the selection, we often have to change things in the selection flows. Because of the complexity it is difficult to see what the flow is exactly doing afterwoods, it also takes to much time to modify existing campaigns. The interface is not handy to work with, if you have long lists of variables, of tables or derived fields(*) you have to scroll through trough them, you can not really search them or reorder them. You can not drag and drop fields or other objects like derived fields in the flow, what would be easy if you have to make frequent changes to the proces flow. When you copy objects something the content of the object changes because the links with other objects or lost. (*) derived field: field to calculate something
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pros

    Cheetah Messaging

    • Internal management - This is a great web-based tool that allows our users to see what emails go to whom.
    • Organization - Many layers of organization for templates since there are many types of remarketing emails that we send out.
    • Historical Records - CheetahMail sends us the raw text files of all email actions so we can upload them to our database.
    Duncan Hernandez | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    • Ability to translate Multiple SQL queries into a very easy to use visual GUI.
    • Provides the ability to pre-define segments, run them once in off hours, store them in their own system tables for quick youth and a significant reduction in CPU utilization on the database.
    • It’s use of Reusable objects. Including user variables to pre-define calculations one time, macros that you can create and pass values to parameterize the SQL code And the creation of templates to easily replicate work.
    • It’s ability to bring in external data on the fly that can very easily be mapped into any flowchart.
    • It’s flexibility and creating UNIX script via triggers to automate sending of files to multiple vendors with different FTP sites
    • It’s flexibility in the output layouts that it can create.
    Eric Bahme | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Cons

    Cheetah Messaging

    • The organization of CheetahMail could at times be better, as you create more and more mailings, they just pile up in a long list. It would be useful to be able to create folders to store specific mailings in. (ex. editorial, newsletters, marketing, etc.)
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    • Greater integration of real time (Interact) capabilities with outbound channels, in particular IBM eMessage Email & SMS delivery.
    • Additional outbound channels to be integrated into eMessage, including Facebook Fanpage & Twitter DM broadcasts. At the moment these are possible only through custom additional integration.
    • Support for additional marketing database technology, e.g. MySQL, Exasol, ParAccel, WX2.
    • Provision of database technology with software purchase, as Web technology (IBM WebSphere Express) is supplied for free, but no database is supplied - since IBM also market DB2, which is a supported technology it seems a shame.
    Tim Biddiscombe | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Pricing Details

    Cheetah Messaging

    General

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

    Starting Price

    HCL Unica

    General

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

    Starting Price

    Likelihood to Renew

    Cheetah Messaging

    Cheetah Messaging 7.6
    Based on 3 answers
    As I have begun exploring competitors, I've come to realize that every competitor offers so much more functionality and integration than CheetahMail does. When we first signed our contract, CheetahMail was much more innovative and at the forefront of email. Since being bought out by Experian, we've seen a huge decline in service and innovation. They have laid off much of their staff and moved their account representatives to Costa Rica. They also heavily rely on on third parties which you will have to pay large amounts of money for while other Email Service Providers have integrated new technologies into their platform. You will get more for your money going to a different email service such as Responsys, Silverpop, Listrak and the like,
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    HCL Unica 8.7
    Based on 11 answers
    There are three main factors to renew a licence:1) Cost to migrate to another platform would be rather expensive and time consuming, plus the requirement of retraining employees to use a new tool2) It has been proven time and time again that it is a market leader in the space (10 years +)3) It can be built upon, with the addition of additional IBM EMM modules - despite theories it does have very strong digital capabilities.
    Brent Banning | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Usability

    Cheetah Messaging

    Cheetah Messaging 4.0
    Based on 1 answer
    CheetahMail has a high learning curve to master and requires a lot of backend work with tech teams to set up. Navigation is not the best and everything that should be automated is still extremely manual.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    HCL Unica 8.0
    Based on 1 answer
    I think it is easy to use, if you don't have to do to complex selections.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Support Rating

    Cheetah Messaging

    Cheetah Messaging 2.0
    Based on 2 answers
    Account reps have a quick response time but a very slow resolution time. Because account reps do not have technical knowledge, there is a long long lead time between flagging a problem and tech team resolution.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    HCL Unica 3.0
    Based on 2 answers
    I didn't use the Unica support since it is with IBM, only before.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Implementation Rating

    Cheetah Messaging

    No score
    No answers yet
    No answers on this topic

    HCL Unica

    HCL Unica 7.2
    Based on 4 answers
    - We had to rebuild a part of the datamart afterwards to tighten up and simplify the selection process. But as it was too time consuming to rebuild all the existing campaigns, we no run campaigns on different versions of the datamart. - The response tracking of the campaigns never worked out well, it was impossible to implement a direct response where there is a link between the lead and the response in our operational process
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Alternatives Considered

    Cheetah Messaging

    Cheetah Messaging is far good as we expect lots of functions and features are amazing and user-friendly with others they have good customer support. Our marketing team manages every campaign easily and helps their workflow. Apart from this Cheetah Messaging is easy to automate in all inbound campaigns and helps to focus on more nurturing customer relationships and renewals.
    Hinal S | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    The contact history and the response history are so powerful. You can track whatever you want to help the call center to push relevant offers to our customer. In addition, predictive models can be built, with patience, in IBM Campaign. If you have some complaints from the call center about any campaigns, you can easily validate it into the contact or response history.
    Gabriel Racine | TrustRadius Reviewer

    Return on Investment

    Cheetah Messaging

    • Our efficiency has decreased with CheetaMail actually. Too many service calls to find out why something isn't working as expected, account setup questions, issues with PiP, takes too long to get a simple form built, customer service response time, etc...
    • Reporting is not very streamlined. This has caused us to take our reporting offline and use a method with better visibility.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

    HCL Unica

    • It helps my clients drive their business which in turn, drives more profit for them.
    • It helps my clients determine what works, and what doesn't work, in terms of their social marketing campaigns.
    • It helps navigate proper budgeting through determining what clients' users respond to, and what they find unique.
    Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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