Cordial vs. HCL Unica

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cordial
Score 9.8 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
Cordial Intelligent Messaging is an email marketing solution built around features such as triggered messaging, real-time data segmentation, and robust integrations.N/A
HCL Unica
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
HCL Unica (acquired by HCL Technologies from IBM in late 2018) is a suite of enterprise marketing management tools including marketing automation with cross-channel campaign management, budgeting and forecasting, project workflow management, asset management, brand management and spend management.N/A
Pricing
CordialHCL Unica
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CordialHCL Unica
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
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Features
CordialHCL Unica
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Cordial
7.4
5 Ratings
10% below category average
HCL Unica
-
Ratings
WYSIWYG email editor4.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Dynamic content6.35 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content6.85 Ratings00 Ratings
Landing pages10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
A/B testing7.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile optimization7.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting8.44 Ratings00 Ratings
List management7.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences9.34 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Cordial
7.0
5 Ratings
10% below category average
HCL Unica
-
Ratings
Dashboards8.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports6.55 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports6.05 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
CordialHCL Unica
Likelihood to Recommend
6.0
(5 ratings)
9.0
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.7
(11 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
3.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.2
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
CordialHCL Unica
Likelihood to Recommend
Cordial
Cordial has multiple options to create a message: single campaign, automation, orchestration and sculpt templates, which are drag-and-drop type functionalities but each of these blocks are based on HTML content so a user needs to be technically savvy. I would avoid using HTML includes as it is not possible to see which include a customer received. The team is fabulous, they know the tool and are dedicated to the success of the business. They are quick to respond and provide feedback. Reporting and analytics are very manual if you are combining multiple days in a test.
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HCL Technologies
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
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Pros
Cordial
  • Provides helpful desktop and mobile previews.
  • Sends emails reliably.
  • Allows for pretty robust audience rules.
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HCL Technologies
  • 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.
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Cons
Cordial
  • Some of the tasks on the platform are still technical in nature and often requires the help of a developer or technical marketer. But I've witnessed great strides towards accessibility and ease of use for non-technical marketers over the past three years.
  • A lot of the templating must be built from scratch.
  • Deliverability insights (out of the box) could be expanded further.
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HCL Technologies
  • 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.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cordial
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
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 tool 2) 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.
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Usability
Cordial
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
I think it is easy to use, if you don't have to do to complex selections.
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Support Rating
Cordial
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
I didn't use the Unica support since it is with IBM, only before.
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Implementation Rating
Cordial
No answers on this topic
HCL Technologies
- 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
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Alternatives Considered
Cordial
Cordial by far has the best UI for simple navigation
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HCL Technologies
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.
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Return on Investment
Cordial
  • Best to manage your clients' business.
  • Not ideal for freelancers.
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HCL Technologies
  • 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.
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ScreenShots

Cordial Screenshots

Screenshot of Testing Powered by Machine-Learning: Never wait for an answer again. Test multiple message variations in real-time.Screenshot of Testing Powered by Machine Learning: Never wait for an answer again. Test multiple message variations in real-time.Screenshot of Native Drag-and-drop Email Builder: Build completely custom 1:1 personalized messages in seconds.Screenshot of Effortless Campaign Orchestration: Create sophisticated cross-channel message streams based on simple if/then statements.Screenshot of Up-to-the-Second Analytics and Reporting: Track customer behavior across all of your digital properties.Screenshot of Native Drag-and-Drop Editor: Build completely custom 1:1 personalized messages in seconds.

HCL Unica Screenshots

Screenshot of End-to-end campaign managementScreenshot of Faster campaign creation