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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

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Cheetah Messaging
6.1
HCL Unica
WYSIWYG email editor
Cheetah Messaging
6.0
HCL Unica
Dynamic content
Cheetah Messaging
7.0
HCL Unica
Ability to test dynamic content
Cheetah Messaging
7.0
HCL Unica
Landing pages
Cheetah Messaging
4.0
HCL Unica
A/B testing
Cheetah Messaging
6.0
HCL Unica
Mobile optimization
Cheetah Messaging
5.0
HCL Unica
Email deliverability reporting
Cheetah Messaging
8.0
HCL Unica
List management
Cheetah Messaging
7.0
HCL Unica
Triggered drip sequences
Cheetah Messaging
5.0
HCL Unica

Reporting & Analytics

Cheetah Messaging
3.7
HCL Unica
Dashboards
Cheetah Messaging
4.0
HCL Unica
Standard reports
Cheetah Messaging
4.0
HCL Unica
Custom reports
Cheetah Messaging
3.0
HCL Unica

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

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 12 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 1 answer
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 2 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

If we are comparing apples to apples for just sending emails, all the tools were about the same. Upload a list, code email, send email. For that they are all pretty much the same. The thing that brings Cheetahmail down is the support. The support is not bad but because they are in a different country it makes it tough to fix issues in a timely manner.
Anonymous | 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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Pricing Details

Cheetah Messaging

General

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

HCL Unica

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cheetah Messaging
4.0
HCL Unica
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Cheetah Messaging
7.6
HCL Unica
8.7

Usability

Cheetah Messaging
4.0
HCL Unica
8.0

Support Rating

Cheetah Messaging
2.0
HCL Unica
3.0

Implementation Rating

Cheetah Messaging
HCL Unica
7.2

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