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Score 7.7 out of 100

Gist

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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Constant Contact

Constant Contact is terrific for an organization with a marketing budget that would like to send out a variety of emails with visuals, videos, surveys and/or coupons. It's a quick way to reach thousands of potential and/or current customers at a reasonable price. However, for the startup or the company that is very concerned about budget, there is no free version and the monthly paid versions can be a bit more pricey than some comparable competitors.
Jason Carlage | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

If your marketing model is selling products, services, or SAAS where you are doing inbound marketing and your website will do most of the lead generation and conversion, this is a great product. From live chat, support, event tracking, and automation, you could almost put your entire business on autopilot.If your marketing model is mostly outreach to cold leads and conversion, this software currently does not have any type of sales stages or task generation. I would still use Gist for website inbound but use another software for outreach and cold leads then when they become a lead put them into Gist for marketing automation.
Austin Dwight | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Constant Contact
8.5
Gist
WYSIWYG email editor
Constant Contact
8.4
Gist
Dynamic content
Constant Contact
8.0
Gist
Ability to test dynamic content
Constant Contact
8.1
Gist
Landing pages
Constant Contact
8.6
Gist
A/B testing
Constant Contact
9.0
Gist
Mobile optimization
Constant Contact
8.1
Gist
Email deliverability reporting
Constant Contact
8.9
Gist
List management
Constant Contact
8.8
Gist
Triggered drip sequences
Constant Contact
8.2
Gist

Reporting & Analytics

Constant Contact
8.4
Gist
Dashboards
Constant Contact
8.0
Gist
Standard reports
Constant Contact
8.7
Gist
Custom reports
Constant Contact
8.7
Gist

Pros

Constant Contact

  • We are a huge fan of the numerous templates that may be used for designing emails.
  • Constant Contact also allows for our organization's brand (logo, colors, and fonts) to be easily incorporated into designs.
  • The metrics and data gathered from email campaigns is very detailed and helpful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

  • Customer service via a unified inbox so you dont have to separately monitor your twitter, Facebook or IG account for consumer communication there. Gist unified all into one inbox, better than anyone else I've seen in the market. They archive all communications and tie them back to a single user so you get unified customer history / data.
  • Marketing segmentation and automation: they track user history and behavior across the site and have super detailed segmenting capability, on par with ActiveCampaign's, but better I'd say. Better UI for the marketing admin person, and more unified data than in AC.
  • Live chat and chatbot. Usually it's either one or the other but with Gist you can do both seamlessly.
Kejda Gjermani | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Constant Contact

  • This system is great and I do not have much to say against, I just wish they could improve the search filter of email campaigns made previously, and include a search field that allows you to find campaigns related to the phrase name included in that field of search.
  • I really don't have any dislikes with the software now that I am familiar with the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

  • Plan limits can be confusing. For example, there is a monthly charge for support and a monthly charge for "growth," plus there's a separate charge depending on how many contacts and seats you have. Perhaps this is normal in the industry, but it can make it a little challenging to understand the bill every month.
  • The vast amount of features means development will never be as fast as you'd like it to be (even though they release updates all the time). This may not actually be a valid concern, and it certainly isn't unique to Gist (who doesn't have a wishlist they're waiting on their favorite SaaS to get to?), but I do believe the likelihood of being stuck without your desired feature being developed goes up a lot as the product gets bigger and bigger.
  • Email deliverability has been less than perfect in the past, but it has improved drastically in the last year.
Tristin Roney | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 8.0
Based on 19 answers
There is no doubt that we are going to renew Constant Contact. We have not just invested a lot of time in learning and creating a great looking product but we have developed a strong database of information that allows us to track how we are doing for each newsletter. This supports our goals of creating products that residents desire and are excited to receive.
Ty Swartz, CPP, USN Ret. | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

Gist 6.4
Based on 1 answer
I need these tools to market my services and build my list for promotional offers.
Yamin Ismail | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 8.9
Based on 8 answers
There is always room for improvement. I don't know how they test their systems, but they should invite not-so computer savvy people to test it. If I, as an expert have problems, they need to think like the technophobe. Since I've used Constant Contact in the past as part of my former employment, I have not viewed any of the tutorials and just jumped in to work on my client's newsletter. With that said, I found some areas easy and some a bit cumbersome
Giselle Aguiar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

Gist 8.1
Based on 3 answers
It’s pretty simple, but it does a lot so there are more complicated features which depend on an individuals ability for software implementation. I am not an IT expert and I’ve managed to implement everything myself, others that are more tech-minded may find everything easier.
Paul Hancock | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 9.0
Based on 2 answers
No major problems in sending out the email campaigns and accessing the analytics
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 10.0
Based on 2 answers
The system seemed quite slow sometimes. Specifically, there was sometimes a delay in sends if it was during a high traffic period. There were time-outs when uploading new code for an email, and a lag in reporting analytics which was sometimes as long as 72 hours
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 3.0
Based on 8 answers
I think the overall support for Constant Contact has always been incredible; I have nothing negative to say. Our customer support representative was attentive, easy to understand, and very knowledgeable. I never felt like I wasn't a priority of his and my issues, while very small, were fixed in a very short time frame.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

Gist 8.4
Based on 9 answers
I have communicated with their team multiple times and every time they have been very responsive, knowledgeable, and polite. They work to make sure you are happy and informed of what is going on. Better their team keeps up to date with their app, giving you new features, and keeping you notified and educated about what they are and how to use them. A+
Dustin Day | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 8.0
Based on 4 answers
Implementation is very easy for someone who wants to send out the “batch and blast” type newsletters. If you want to use their templates with no customizations, the product works fine. However, the more customizations you get into involving link color, etc, that’s where things can get tricky for someone who may not be familiar with coding
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Constant Contact

I think if I were coming in with nothing in hand, I would have chosen MailChimp over Constant Contact. Constant Contact won because it was the incumbent and we're satisfied.The time and operating cost of moving from one platform to another was higher than the expected return on that change. I don't think anything about Constant Contact is much better or worse, in my view, than the other.Pretty lukewarm, I know. But it's honest!
Jeff Bramhall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

Gist combines all our previous products into one application and adds many more features that would require more apps. Gist is excellent and a no-brainer all-in-one application when compared to having to manage multiple applications at higher cost. The support from the whole Gist team has been extremely responsive.
Mark Sinclair | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Very reliable in sending email campaigns and controlling the recipients so that no contact is sent the same email more than once, even if they are on a resent list
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Constant Contact

  • Many of our clients use a variety of email management services, and Constant Contact is usually chief among them. This keeps our team sharp and up to date for customer service inquiries.
  • Constant Contact is extremely reliable. It's been applicable and has grown with trends in digital marketing over the last decade to stay at the top as a best-in-class provider.
  • The reporting tools help to give a sense of how well campaigns are performing (or not performing) and gives insight on how to create future campaigns in more effective ways.
  • The lack of Google Analytics integration on the app is a hinderance for marketing managers who use the robust API on a variety of other platforms that seamlessly integrate with the service.
  • Higher pricing for integrating social media and surveys, and other additional service, is a drawback for the average user on a budget – especially when competitors offer those services for free.
Jorden Beatty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Gist

  • They are perfect for me as a someone who needs a lot of bang for the buck. The chat messenger device on my website alone has brought me new prospects that I did not have to spend money recruiting.
  • I am able to save hours of time with the automated emails that are GDPR compliant.
  • I don't have to pay for a designer to have excellent looking emails either.
David Harvey | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Constant Contact

General

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

Gist

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Constant Contact
8.1
Gist
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Constant Contact
8.0
Gist
6.4

Usability

Constant Contact
8.9
Gist
8.1

Reliability and Availability

Constant Contact
9.0
Gist

Performance

Constant Contact
10.0
Gist

Support Rating

Constant Contact
3.0
Gist
8.4

Online Training

Constant Contact
10.0
Gist

Implementation Rating

Constant Contact
8.0
Gist

Scalability

Constant Contact
10.0
Gist

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