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Score 7.5 out of 100
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Score 5.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • VerticalResponse from Deluxe ranks higher in 2 feature sets: Email & Online Marketing, Reporting & Analytics

Email & Online Marketing

9.1

VerticalResponse

91%
4.8

MessageGears

48%
VerticalResponse from Deluxe ranks higher in 8/9 features

WYSIWYG email editor

8.9
89%
6 Ratings
2.8
28%
2 Ratings

Dynamic content

10.0
100%
4 Ratings
5.4
54%
3 Ratings

Ability to test dynamic content

10.0
100%
3 Ratings
4.8
48%
3 Ratings

Landing pages

8.8
88%
3 Ratings
N/A
0 Ratings

A/B testing

8.0
80%
4 Ratings
4.4
44%
3 Ratings

Mobile optimization

7.0
70%
4 Ratings
8.0
80%
1 Rating

Email deliverability reporting

10.0
100%
14 Ratings
3.5
35%
3 Ratings

List management

10.0
100%
7 Ratings
4.7
47%
3 Ratings

Triggered drip sequences

9.0
90%
2 Ratings
4.7
47%
3 Ratings

Reporting & Analytics

9.4

VerticalResponse

94%
1.5

MessageGears

15%
VerticalResponse from Deluxe ranks higher in 3/3 features

Dashboards

8.8
88%
8 Ratings
1.6
16%
3 Ratings

Standard reports

9.4
94%
8 Ratings
1.6
16%
3 Ratings

Custom reports

10.0
100%
5 Ratings
1.2
12%
3 Ratings

Pre-Send Testing

VerticalResponse

Feature Set Not Supported
N/A
4.3

MessageGears

43%
MessageGears ranks higher in 7/7 features

URL Validation

N/A
0 Ratings
1.0
10%
1 Rating

Link Tracking

N/A
0 Ratings
5.0
50%
3 Ratings

Image Validation

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Inbox Display

N/A
0 Ratings
7.0
70%
1 Rating

Spelling and Grammar Check

N/A
0 Ratings
6.0
60%
1 Rating

Spam Testing

N/A
0 Ratings
1.8
18%
2 Ratings

Email Previews

N/A
0 Ratings
1.9
19%
2 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • VerticalResponse from Deluxe is rated higher in 2 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Usability
  • VerticalResponse from Deluxe and MessageGears are tied in 1 area: Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

VerticalResponse

87%
27 Ratings
4.3

MessageGears

43%
3 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

8.6

VerticalResponse

86%
19 Ratings

MessageGears

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.0

VerticalResponse

90%
5 Ratings
6.0

MessageGears

60%
1 Rating

Availability

10.0

VerticalResponse

100%
2 Ratings

MessageGears

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

10.0

VerticalResponse

100%
2 Ratings

MessageGears

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

VerticalResponse

80%
8 Ratings
8.0

MessageGears

80%
1 Rating

Online Training

9.0

VerticalResponse

90%
1 Rating

MessageGears

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

10.0

VerticalResponse

100%
8 Ratings

MessageGears

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Deluxe Corporation

Vertical Response is a great tool for reaching out to customers en masse. The only time I don't use Vertical Response is when I am contacting one or two customers at a time. Otherwise, I almost exclusively use Vertical Response due to that fact I can track the efficacy of our marketing efforts
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MessageGears

MessageGears can be a solid, inexpensive email solution and you can be able to send millions of emails per year. In 2020, we delivered over 235 million emails at a fraction of what that would cost with any other email service provider. We worked with MessageGears on a custom solution with our database.
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Pros

Deluxe Corporation

  • The tools that they provide you with for building out emails are particularly easy to use. I love the drag and drop ability that gives anyone the opportunity to build professional looking emails without any extensive experience.
  • With the majority of people checking emails on mobile, it is necessary to have highly responsive designs and this tool does all the work for you, no developer is needed and that is a MAJOR plus.
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MessageGears

  • The MessageGears Support team is very helpful.
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Cons

Deluxe Corporation

  • The type face is small. Not sure if this is to avoid overwhelming the reader, but I could see this being an issue with vision-impaired people or people who don't see small print well.
  • Sometimes I find it takes multiple clicks to make one simple change. I wish there was a search field at the top of the screen that allowed me to jump directly to a client's entry to update it there.
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MessageGears

  • Multivariate testing
  • WYSIWYG email builder
  • SQL audience error report
  • Native reporting
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Pricing Details

VerticalResponse

Starting Price

$9 per month

Editions & Modules

VerticalResponse editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
Basic$11.001
Pro$16.002
Pro Plus$196.003

Footnotes

  1. per month
  2. per month
  3. per month

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

MessageGears

Starting Price

Editions & Modules

MessageGears editions and modules pricing
EditionModules

Footnotes

    Offerings

    Free Trial
    Free/Freemium Version
    Premium Consulting/Integration Services

    Entry-level set up fee?

    No setup fee

    Additional Details

    Likelihood to Renew

    Deluxe Corporation

    Product is easy for both technical and non-technical people to use. A cost effective solution for sending out large number of messages. We can manage unsubscribes by individual accounts, so we can have multiple multiple accounts combined to maximize our buying power on credits. Effective API for sending/receiving data makes tool a valuable asset.
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    MessageGears

    No answers on this topic

    Usability

    Deluxe Corporation

    I truly love this product. We are moving to an all-in-one system next year and my greatest fear in doing so is how much I will miss this platform. Although we are excited for things ahead, I will always keep Vertical Response in my back pocket incase I don't love the new platform as much
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    MessageGears

    Our situation is unique so I believe we are working on a semi-outdated UI which needs a tune up / version upgrade. Similarly, our custom connection means that we do not have access to the full feature set so I've never experienced MessageGears' best functionality
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    Reliability and Availability

    Deluxe Corporation

    Never had an issue with uptime
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    MessageGears

    No answers on this topic

    Performance

    Deluxe Corporation

    No issues
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    MessageGears

    No answers on this topic

    Support Rating

    Deluxe Corporation

    At Vertical Response the help desk associates are courteous, knowledgeable and helpful. You can tell they enjoy what they do. And clearly, they are well trained because most times, the first point of contact is able to resolve any issue you may have. There have been very few times where an associate has needed to get back to me or escalate me to a supervisor
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    MessageGears

    MessageGears support is always quick to respond when we have an issue, which is rare. Gail has been our main rep and she has been great. We don't have many issues so luckily, we don't need to lean on their customer support team much. That said, it would be beneficial to hear from upper management more.
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    Online Training

    Deluxe Corporation

    Basic functions and online help...we used what was needed, at the time, and will continue to explore other online trainings as our functional needs expand
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    MessageGears

    No answers on this topic

    Implementation Rating

    Deluxe Corporation

    Salesforce integration never worked right. We had to abandon.
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    MessageGears

    No answers on this topic

    Alternatives Considered

    Deluxe Corporation

    In addition to using Vertical Response personally I also manage email marketing for clients that already use Mailchimp, Robly and Constant Contact. While most of these platforms all offer similar features I choose Vertical Response first if the client does not have a platform in place. Typically I am also teaching the client how to use this tool and the Vertical Response visual interface is very easy for me to teach a client how to navigate and create their own campaigns.
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    MessageGears

    MessageGears doesn't come close to Salesforce Marketing Cloud. We chose MessageGears based on how data was accessed. We never really got a good preview of how the system works or what was available, so we didn't know everything that it was lacking until we started using it.
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    Return on Investment

    Deluxe Corporation

    • We were able to blast out promotions our company was having to customers which created an increase in business.
    • By blasting out any service issues, it keeps our customers informed so that they are not wondering what is going on.
    • Allows us to store unsubscribed emails so that we are not constantly pestering people who do not want to be emailed.
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    MessageGears

    • Sending more email!
    • Onboarding handoff was a little rough
    • Great control on who we are sending to
    • Dynamic content is very easy!
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