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Score 7.7 out of 100
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Score 7.5 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

Luminate

I feel the way Luminate handles donor information is very organized and full. I am a database/reports person so I love how easy it is to find and process information. Some portals don't allow that much information into donor's profiles but Luminate provides a lot of room for history and bio information that is great for reports.
Kelly Norris | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Constant Contact
8.4
Luminate
Dashboards
Constant Contact
8.0
Luminate
Standard reports
Constant Contact
8.7
Luminate
Custom reports
Constant Contact
8.6
Luminate

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

Luminate

  • The donation forms are easy to set up to start collecting donations instantly.
  • Getting an e-mail out the door is fairly straightforward.
  • The TeamRaiser module is great for fundraising for big events with multiple registration levels and allowing participants to fundraise on your behalf.
  • Constituent management is fairly easy.
Philip Nawrocki | 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

Luminate

  • Email management is limited. Constituents are only able to have a primary email address and a secondary address which is only mailed to when using the CC function. Sending to the correct and preferred email address is difficult to discern and effective use in Luminate requires extensive data cleanup.
  • Reports are not as user-friendly as in other programs. It has occurred multiple times where users are unsure how to get specific fields to pull in reports.
  • TeamRaiser is a challenging addition to Luminate. Campaigns within it require extensive work and management.
Lawrence Willim | 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

Luminate

Luminate 8.5
Based on 20 answers
While there are some limitations it is working for us. We just renewed and likely will again in the future. You have to invest a lot of money and time to get it set up and so the decision to switch to another vendor would need to be a big one. If costs continue to rise or performance declines relative to peers we would absolutely consider switching but for now, as long as it's one of the frontrunners and the cost is appropriate, we will continue.
Anonymous | 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

Luminate

Luminate 6.1
Based on 26 answers
You have to be very tech savvy to use Luminate to its fullest potential. You can get buy with the training, but there is a steep learning curve and you almost need 6 months to 1 year of in-person training to really be able to anything substantial. The online training lessons are not going to cut it while learning this program.
Anonymous | 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

Luminate

Luminate 10.0
Based on 3 answers
Do not have many issues with Luminate Online. Whenever we do, Blackbaud team fixes it almost immediately.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Luminate

Luminate 9.2
Based on 9 answers
Pages load fast and 98% of the reports do run in a matter of secons/minutes. There is this one report I have that can take hours to run, but this is due to the amount of transactions being requested for one of our biggest online fundraising events (Transaction report)
Samuel Gomez Recuero | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Luminate

Luminate 7.7
Based on 31 answers
Support staff are usually incredibly helpful and responsive. There are several ways to contact them (chat, logging a ticket, phone) which makes it easy to get help when you need it. Once in a while I get a support staff member who isn't quite as helpful, which is why I gave it a 9 instead of a 10, but that is rare and if I follow up with someone else, I get what I need.
Daniella Dowiak | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Constant Contact

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Luminate

Luminate 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Initial training was great and the instructor was very patient and helpful during the set up process. Blackbaud has a variety on online self-paced classes that supplement the training you receive. The only downfall is after training is complete. I've found the support for Luminate to be a tad lackluster. We often encounter issues that aren't on Luminate's development road map and have had a series of cases be opened.
Lawrence Willim | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Constant Contact

Constant Contact 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Luminate

Luminate 7.2
Based on 15 answers
Luminate has some decent videos available, the problem is that it's hard sometime to know what video to watch and where to find it. The program has been around awhile and gone through a lot of changes, and the tools and guides to help you make the most of it are often outdated or not related to what you need. Using its training database can be daunting for a new admin. For us, the most helpful training has just come from playing around with it and learning through experience, then when a tech question comes up going straight to their support chat. It's been the fastest way to weed through resources and that crew is very helpful
Rose Grant | 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

Luminate

Luminate 3.0
Based on 4 answers
Implementation of Luminate itself was rather smooth, but the process involved for TeamRaiser was very difficult. Even after implementation we relied on support to help with various aspects of TeamRaiser from page design to reporting and front end user issues. The support offered for issues with Luminate was very good, but again TeamRaiser support was lacking.
Lawrence Willim | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Luminate

The only other product I have used for this type of fundraising work is NetCommunity and it hasn't been as scalable or versatile. It doesn't really offer the peer to peer fundraising of Luminate or the constituent management, web page development and considered donation forms. NetCommunity didn't even come close which is why we replaced it with Luminate.
Anonymous | 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

Luminate

Luminate 9.7
Based on 12 answers
Though I have my issues with Luminate, in terms of "scalability" it does have some decent flexibility to house additional information or add on additional products (Like LCRM, LO, Team Raiser, etc) that allows for added functionality as our data/needs grow and shift
Kelly Kopish | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Luminate

  • There's no denying that as a long term Convio client (now Luminate Online) that we have significantly grown our NPO with these tools. And our ROI is in the positive range.
  • The negative impact has been the cost of related services we must engage to configure and maintain and deploy many areas of Luminate Online with a small staff. There is just too much "specialized," insider-work-around knowledge to make it a stand-alone product without large additional costs to use the product to it's full potential.
  • This product used to set the trends and now it holds us back from being able to take advantage of the trends in many ways. An integrated system can become a limitation in this current social web environment. Staff coming in from outside the Luminate/Convio environment often complain about the system because they are used to the "ease-of-use" of many of today's offerings in the marketplace.
Anonymous | 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

Luminate

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Constant Contact
8.1
Luminate
7.5

Likelihood to Renew

Constant Contact
8.0
Luminate
8.5

Usability

Constant Contact
8.9
Luminate
6.1

Reliability and Availability

Constant Contact
9.0
Luminate
10.0

Performance

Constant Contact
10.0
Luminate
9.2

Support Rating

Constant Contact
3.0
Luminate
7.7

In-Person Training

Constant Contact
Luminate
8.0

Online Training

Constant Contact
10.0
Luminate
7.2

Implementation Rating

Constant Contact
8.0
Luminate
3.0

Scalability

Constant Contact
10.0
Luminate
9.7

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