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Likelihood to Recommend

Gainsight

Gainsight is great if there are multiple data sources that aren't easily viewed in a combined way or if users do not have access to all these data sources. Gainsight provides a way to get this information into one area that is easy to view by anyone that is involved with the account. It also allows for data back to other systems like Salesforce which is important for contributors that may not be in Customer Success. Gainsight is helpful for automation as well as building scenarios with a specific goal in mind - all of which helps with scaling across segments.In other areas, Gainsight can be harder for users to adopt if they are used to different workflows like working from support cases or direct email. It also doesn't have much machine learning that would increase the ability to automate workflows. If your product isn't true SaaS you can't make as much use of some of the areas of Gainsight that work well with usage data. Gainsight is also good for workflows that produce an output - an email, a survey, etc. - but not as good with taking inputs from customers.
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Salesforce

The Salesforce App is ideal for tracking status of opportunities, being able to access already entered contacts and their relevant information, keeping track of conversations and details for a refresher as well as mapping information. Due to the nature of sales and the many meetings to keep track of, I was entering "notes" from my meetings upon returning to my vehicle before heading to the next appointment, which was of extreme value. It allowed my to clear my thoughts before my next meeting.It is less appropriate for entering accounts, contacts and so forth. This is all easier executed with a regular computer in my experience.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Gainsight
7.8
Salesforce
8.8
Role-based user permissions
Gainsight
7.8
Salesforce
9.0
Single sign-on capability
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Gainsight
8.0
Salesforce
API
Gainsight
8.0
Salesforce
Integration with Salesforce.com
Gainsight
9.1
Salesforce
Integration with Marketo
Gainsight
7.6
Salesforce
Integration with Eloqua
Gainsight
7.2
Salesforce

Customer Data Extraction / Integration

Gainsight
8.4
Salesforce
Product usage
Gainsight
8.6
Salesforce
Help desk / support tickets
Gainsight
8.2
Salesforce

Customer Success Management

Gainsight
8.7
Salesforce
NPS surveys
Gainsight
9.3
Salesforce
Sponsor tracking
Gainsight
7.6
Salesforce
Customer profiles
Gainsight
9.2
Salesforce
Automated workflow
Gainsight
8.3
Salesforce
Internal collaboration
Gainsight
8.1
Salesforce
Customer health scoring
Gainsight
9.3
Salesforce
Customer segmentation
Gainsight
9.0
Salesforce

CSM Reporting & Analytics

Gainsight
8.7
Salesforce
Customer health trends
Gainsight
9.1
Salesforce
Engagement analytics
Gainsight
8.7
Salesforce
Revenue forecasting
Gainsight
8.5
Salesforce
Dashboards
Gainsight
8.7
Salesforce

Sales Force Automation

Gainsight
Salesforce
8.4
Customer data management / contact management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.9
Workflow management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.2
Territory management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.2
Opportunity management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.8
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.3
Contract management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.2
Quote & order management
Gainsight
Salesforce
7.9
Interaction tracking
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.8
Channel / partner relationship management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.0

Customer Service & Support

Gainsight
Salesforce
8.5
Case management
Gainsight
Salesforce
9.0
Call center management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.4
Help desk management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.3

Marketing Automation

Gainsight
Salesforce
8.0
Lead management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.1
Email marketing
Gainsight
Salesforce
7.9

CRM Project Management

Gainsight
Salesforce
7.9
Task management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.4
Billing and invoicing management
Gainsight
Salesforce
6.7
Reporting
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.6

CRM Reporting & Analytics

Gainsight
Salesforce
8.7
Forecasting
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.4
Pipeline visualization
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.9
Customizable reports
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.9

Customization

Gainsight
Salesforce
8.5
Custom fields
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.6
Custom objects
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.7
Scripting environment
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.3
API for custom integration
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.5

Social CRM

Gainsight
Salesforce
7.9
Social data
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.0
Social engagement
Gainsight
Salesforce
7.8

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

Gainsight
Salesforce
8.4
Marketing automation
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.7
Compensation management
Gainsight
Salesforce
8.2

Platform

Gainsight
Salesforce
7.6
Mobile access
Gainsight
Salesforce
7.6

Pros

Gainsight

  • Customer health score, which basically models how well your customers understand, and drive value, from your product.
  • CTAs, which you can trigger to your CS team in order to help them proactively reach out.
  • MDA, which flattens your objects across Salesforce, Marketo, Mixpanel....etc and let's you create rules (or flows) to trigger different events and field updates.
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Salesforce

  • Salesforce nails the reporting suite. It's so robust and refined, that it makes my job 10 times more efficient.
  • Task and recurring meetings. I love logging in everyday and knowing exactly what I have lined up for the day, or at least an idea of it. This helps me organize my calendar.
  • Notes, emails, plugins. I love being able to take notes directly into the Account/Opportunity, and then in turn send emails directly to the client from there as well. Also, if i'm in my work email, and I email a client directly, I can then easily attach said email into my Salesforce account via one easy click.
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Cons

Gainsight

  • Admin tab has lots of tabs and sub categories in each tab. If you don't spend a whole lot of time in a certain category then it can take a while to find the info you're looking to update/change
  • CTA updates. In our instance we use CTA's very heavily and we would like the ability to create rules that automatically update the status of a rule. Currently you can create rules to close a CTA but you cannot create a rule to change an open status to a different open status.
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Salesforce

  • It is a very intimidating platform to new users. It's not at all intuitive or user friendly and definitely requires some training and help.
  • No customer service. If you only pay for the basic license good luck figuring out problems as customer service just refers you to the community boards to search for it there.
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Likelihood to Renew

Gainsight

Gainsight 8.3
Based on 14 answers
Great tool and we've spent a lot of time getting it up and running. Unless something else comes a long that does a similar function for less money we will consider jumping cause we are always looking to save budget where we can. Till then I think we are satisfied with Gainsight at the moment.
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Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 48 answers
Cloud based and future looking - Salesforce has either set or kept pace with the latest in technology. At least two major feature releases a year allow an organization to keep up with the latest changes. Mobile and the release of their new analytics platform are just two examples of how Salesforce continues to innovate.
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Usability

Gainsight

Gainsight 7.4
Based on 11 answers
Gainsight is extremely powerful. That power creates complexity. At the point we are at now, we are comfortable with the tool and we get it. However, it is not easy to grasp at the get go. Even some new features take us time to understand. But as I said, the function and power of the tool are immense and that good outweighs anything that is too complex.
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Salesforce

Salesforce 7.5
Based on 36 answers
Salesforce is like a bucket of legos. Everyone gets the same bucket, but can build anything you want out of it. I've worked on Salesforce instances for: construction, non-profits, job training, music industries, medical insurance, medical billing, paid parking, and international medical diagnostic companies.
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Reliability and Availability

Gainsight

Gainsight 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Salesforce

Salesforce 9.8
Based on 27 answers
All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years. Accordingly, I only recall our instance of Salesforce having one unscheduled, brief down time over 6 years. I can't remember for sure, but it may have been due to our Internet Service Provider (ISP) versus Salesforce itself. Also, Salesforce does it's best to keep customers in the loop:

Trust.salesforce.com is the salesforce.com community's home for real-time information on system performance and security. On this site you'll find:

Live and historical data on system performance
Up-to-the minute information on planned maintenance
Phishing, malicious software and social engineering threats
Best security practices for your organization
Information on how we safeguard your data
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Performance

Gainsight

Gainsight 6.4
Based on 1 answer
There are some times when it can take almost a minute to load some of our reports or the rules engine. Within a rule it can also take time to load the actions as they each load one at a time when scrolling. The ability to scroll without waiting would be ideal
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Salesforce

Salesforce 9.0
Based on 18 answers
Salesforce performance in general is excellent. "The cloud infrastructure beneath Force.com has been fine-tuned over the past 10 years. It powers nearly 100,000+ businesses running more than 185,000 applications that 3 million users count on every day."
Points per Salesforce -
1) Multitenant kernel - With a multitenant platform, each business that uses the app doesn’t have its own copy. Instead, all businesses share a single copy and then customize it for their specific needs.
2) ISO 27001 certified security - You can’t compromise when it comes to enterprise-level security. Force.com is road-tested and trusted by nearly 100,000+ companies, including many of the world’s most security-conscious organizations, such as banks and health care providers.
3) Proven reliability - All Force.com apps run on world-class data centers with backup, failover, and disaster-recovery facilities. Force.com has had a proven 99.9 percent uptime record for years.
4) Proven, real-time scalability - Force.com is used by many of the world's largest enterprises, including Cisco, Japan Post Network, and Symantec. Applications can automatically scale from a few users to millions of page views, as needed.
5) Real-time query optimizer - You need fast access to your data. The Force.com query optimizer delivers under 300ms response time, at a massive scale.
6) Real-time transparent system status - You can always see real-time system performance, availability, and security information at trust.salesforce.com.
7) Real-time upgrades - Unlike traditional software platforms, our upgrades never break your customizations, code, or integrations. We upgrade the platform for you 3 to 4 times each year. As a result, you’re always on the latest version, with access to the latest features, performance, and security enhancements.
8) Real-time sandbox environments - With a single click, you can create copies of your applications, configuration, and data in separate environments for development, testing, and training.
9) Three global production data centers and disaster recovery - Force.com runs on three geographically dispersed, mirrored data centers with built-in replication, disaster recovery, a redundant network backbone, and no single points of failure
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Support

Gainsight

Gainsight 8.5
Based on 119 answers
The support team is wonderful! They are very responsive to questions and never just send you a link to a support article. They also have AMAZING documentation! They keep it current throughout all the iterations and changes and do a great job having content created before you know you need it. Did I mention that when needed, they take actual videos of the solution so you can mimic it in your environment? I've worked with many of the support team and have never been anything but impressed with each one of them.
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Salesforce

Salesforce 5.9
Based on 32 answers
Since we do not pay for Premier Support, the agreed upon response times are still pretty good. It is a little ridiculous that you should need to pay tens of thousands of dollars for their best support options and training.
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In-Person Training

Gainsight

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce

Salesforce 7.9
Based on 11 answers
All instructors are Salesforce certified. If you have done any type of customization, then it probably makes more sense to use the consulting partner who implemented your instance of Salesforce for training
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Online Training

Gainsight

Gainsight 5.5
Based on 2 answers
The online videos are very good for basic tasks in the platform, but it isn't very descriptive or helpful trying to make your own specific variables fit the simple example that is typically used. Typically, I'll watch a video, try on my own and still have to get help from support or Customer Success team
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Salesforce

Salesforce 9.1
Based on 15 answers
The quality of Salesforce's standard online training is high, but limited by nature as to what it covers.
Here are some common online courses -
Getting Started: Navigating Salesforce
Getting Started: Using the Sales Cloud
Getting Started: Administering Salesforce
Getting Started with Reports and Dashboards
Social Media Goes to Work: Chatter
Securing your Salesforce Organization
Getting Started with Data.com
Getting Started with Force.com Pages (Visualforce)
Writing Secure Applications on Force.com
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Implementation

Gainsight

Gainsight 6.9
Based on 6 answers
Do your homework before starting - the vast majority of success related to implementation depends on your knowledge of your business, your customers, and your data. The platform can do whatever you want it to do...so be thoughtful about what you are building.Start simple. Validate and adjust for continuous improvement.Think about your data needs early on. Define and document your processes for easy onboarding of new team members.
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Salesforce

Salesforce 9.4
Based on 16 answers
Executive involvement is critical. Make sure you have a good handle on the metrics you would like to ultimately manage. Work as a team to document your business requirements. Whiteboard often. Understand Salesforce's best practice capabilities.

Have a central person identified to handle all report and analysis requests (ie - don't allow multiple people to create reports; have one person create reports and distribute them to decision makers via the Salesforce dashboard or whatever form). Make sure you understand critical dates and develop the project plan accordingly
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Alternatives Considered

Gainsight

After reviewing manual processes and other industry solutions along with our needs for integration and a Salesforce friendly solution, Gainsight was selected based on the breadth of product capabilities and the team of resources we would be partnering with. While there are other possible solutions, Gainsight has worked very well for our objectives
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Salesforce

Salesforce is head and shoulders above any other CRM available on the market. It integrates with Gmail and almost any other third-party tool that your company plans to use, making it the most robust and integrated tool available.
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Scalability

Gainsight

Gainsight 7.3
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Salesforce

Salesforce 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Salesforce has the unique ability to scale to new products and offerings quickly growing with your enterprise.
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Return on Investment

Gainsight

  • So far, our primary outcome has really been improving employee efficiency. We have gone through a pretty major reorganization of our customer success team and are pushing our CSMs to support more customers than ever. Gainsight has been an essential tool to allow them to support more customers without losing the high level of support our customers have come to expect. Many of our CSMs went from supporting 40-45 customers to now supporting 60+ with minimal effort.
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Salesforce

  • Salesforce.com has contributed to a more efficient overall organization in particular lowering cycle times required by technology in the field and in finance.
  • Salesforce.com has played a large part in a formidable increase in our sales close rate.
  • Salesforce.com has dramatically increased our insight into our business.
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Pricing Details

Gainsight

General

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

Salesforce

General

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

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