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Likelihood to Recommend

Higher Logic Communications

Higher Logic is great for email marketing as long as you don't require much customer service or super-precise analytics data. It's easy to use, intuitive, integrates with other platforms, and provides a broad range of analytics and reporting data. But like I said, just be wary that sometimes the analytics are inconsistent. Luckily, we mostly use it to compare mailings and their subject lines and the various stories within our weekly e-newsletters, so we just need more of a broad overview of the data. If you need very specific data that is 100% accurate, then this might not be the platform for you. Also, if you're someone who likes superior customer service, you probably want to avoid this as well. But if you need an easy-to-use platform that will get the job done, then go ahead and give this a try.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

For current Wordpress users Spokal is outstanding and highly recommended. For clients who don't already have a Wordpress blog it's a bit tricky as I need to first sell the benefits of using Wordpress in order to get them on board, but in all honestly I would recommend Wordpress anyway, it just slows the process down having to design and install Wordpress before we can get started.
Matt Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.2
WYSIWYG email editor
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Dynamic content
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Ability to test dynamic content
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.0
Landing pages
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
A/B testing
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Mobile optimization
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Email deliverability reporting
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.0
List management
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Triggered drip sequences
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0

Lead Management

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.5
Lead nurturing
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Lead scoring and grading
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Data quality management
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.0

Campaign Management

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Calendaring
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Event/webinar marketing
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.0

Social Media Marketing

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Social sharing and campaigns
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Social profile integration
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.3
Dashboards
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Standard reports
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Custom reports
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.3
API
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Customizability
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Integration with Salesforce.com
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.0
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
10.0
Integration with SugarCRM
Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.0

Pros

Higher Logic Communications

  • Very thorough: Higher Logic works precisely as advertised and can do many things to provide insight into your membership.
  • Data-driven: Higher Logic gives you a ton of insight into how customers interact with your messages. This is extremely beneficial information if you know how to interpret it.
  • Price: Higher Logic is priced fairly for the features you get.
Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • Content calendar - the ability to visually see blog posts in draft and scheduled to publish over the coming weeks and months was a key benefit. Tracking this in spreadsheets is too hard. we can even post blogs as topic idea, pre draft, draft and final and schedule in advance so we can visualise the messages we want to communicate. Creation of tweets and Linkedin posts is done for you automatically. Simply drag the blog post to the time slot, day, week or month. This is a lot quicker than Hootsuite
  • Additional tweets can be composed and also dragged to the calendar, plus the feedly link allows curation of tweet content. This just scales up our creation and curation process.
  • Easy simple overview dashboard - showing key website stats, new visitors, new twitter followers. New blog posts. Social enagement per blog post, linkedin shares etc. simple lead scoring based on pages visited etc. Simple realtime SEO analysis on the blog post builder
  • twitter builder. very simple autopilot of increasing your twitter following using key words (it easy has a simple key word tool) to find relevant people to 'like' and hence follow
  • Dynamic, responsive team. I have asked a few questions about futures and always received a prompt helpful reply. Chris and his team are clearly commited to developing a great product.
  • Once linked to your wordpress site I really like the fact I can log into a dashboard on the web and on my ipad and manage my content delivery and monitor visititors and interaction. I use and know hubspot and the biggest issue for me is the learning curve. Anyone can learn and use Spokal. It provides and integrates a number of tools I currently use today at a far lower cost. It does need to integrate into a third party email provider but frankly the integration is simple. A lot of effort has gone into the design for non techies
Rik Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Higher Logic Communications

  • Customer Service: Maybe we're just unlucky, but we've had very sub-par customer service when dealing with Higher Logic. They've been hard to get in touch with, difficult to schedule meetings with, and when we finally did have a meeting with a representative, she seemed very disgusted to have to be talking with us--and then rushed us off of the call because she had another call immediately afterward (we understand things like this happen, but it was just even more discouraging after an already poor experience).
  • Down Time: The platform seems to be down more often than I'd like it to be. They often have scheduled downtime for system maintenance at off-hours, and this is totally fine. But somewhat often, it seems to be down in the middle of the day when I try to login to create or schedule an email. And it takes a little while (sometimes even several hours) for it to come back up. This is very disappointing when you're trying to get something done (especially when it's time-sensitive) and have to wait around to do it because the system is down.
  • Inconsistent Data: When the analytics and data are correct, it's great! But we've noticed this isn't always the case. There are several different places on the platform that report data, and sometimes they don't match up. Or the percentage data and the raw data numbers don't equal each other and are totally different, so clearly, at least one is incorrect, but how do we know which one it is? Additionally, the numbers on the heatmap are sometimes way different than the numbers in the general data report. We brought this to their attention and they said they were aware of the problem but we're working on other more important things at the moment and would maybe get around to fixing it later (this goes back to the previously mentioned poor customer service). As of a few weeks ago, I thought it was indeed finally fixed, but then again last week we noticed it was back to being inconsistent.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • I personally would love to see more direct integrations into CRM and more powerful Marketing Automation tools, but the current Zapier integration is a general approach and works in most cases very well.
Dennis Zimmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Higher Logic Communications

No score
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Spokal

Spokal 9.3
Based on 6 answers
Spokal delivers everything I need to serve my clients in one place. It's so easy to use and their customer service is always available and responsive, there's no need for me to look elsewhere.
Matt Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Higher Logic Communications

No score
No answers yet
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Spokal

Spokal 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Spokal takes away some of the complexity and noise that Wordpress has. Offering a separate login and dashboard to allow a user to create blog posts, check on backlinks, see ranking keywords, social engagement and tracks visitors/ contacts. Spokal provides a lot of functionality that would typically require the purchase of several products e.g. Hootsuite, SEO Moz, SEO pressor, Hubspot. What I really like is the content calendar. I simply drag and drop of my blog posts into my calendar to post to twitter, linkedin and facebook. This is an easy way to repost evergreen content and build my following on twitter. The twitter builder is constantly looking for relevant profiles and conversations based on my defined criteria. The tool automatically likes the twitter user which drives traffic to my sight and actually helps me find followers and potential influencers. This product is ideal for people new to internet marketing or small business owners who don't want to be overwhelmed by the effort to learn, manage and run several tools or wordpress plugins. I have been with Spokal since the start and I continue to be impressed by the support and raft of new functionality being added.
Rik Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Higher Logic Communications

Higher Logic Communications 2.0
Based on 2 answers
Higher Logic's support is sub-par at best. It can be difficult to get in contact with anyone from the support team, and when you do, it seems as if they don't want to talk to you and don't even have the answers to your questions. Within the past few months, we've contacted them twice and both times have been very disappointing. The first time was to let them know there was an inconsistency between the analytics report and the heat map. They basically said that they already knew about the problem but didn't have any set plans to fix it because they were working on other "more important" things. The second time was for a conference call to go over some additional features that we wanted to implement. And the lady we spoke with seemed very disgusted to have to speak with us and then rushed us off the phone because she had another call.
Jenna Carpentier | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 9.3
Based on 3 answers
They worked with Bluehost to make sure our blog connected properly. This was done without anyone from Strategic Revolution asking for this help.
Michael Dutcher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Higher Logic Communications

Higher Logic seems to be a little more powerful of a tool in my opinion, however, MailChimp has a User Interface that is much better. Ease of use definitely goes to them.
Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

I haven't really tried other products at this point. I would say I tried to cobble together a bunch of options to make the right inbound marketing "tool suite". Nothing quite worked well enough. Again, Spokal serves as a very cost-effective option. Particularly relative to Hubspot.
Alan Horsager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Higher Logic Communications

  • Understanding preferences-- Higher Logic helps us tap in to how our members want to hear from us.
  • Data collection-- Since we started using Higher Logic the amount of data we get from our members has increased greatly.
  • Consolidation of tools-- Higher Logic replaced 2 or 3 additional SAAS options being utilized by us. This helped save money!
Brandon Wells, MPA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • It's still early for us, but we can definitively say that we've cut our content creation / curation time down by about 40% while INCREASING the volume of quality relevant content that our audience expects.
Chris Purser | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Higher Logic Communications

General

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

Higher Logic Communications Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Spokal

General

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

Spokal Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$491
Essentials$992
Team$1693
  1. per month (1 user)
  2. per month (3 users)
  3. per month (5 users)
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Higher Logic Communications
7.0
Spokal
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.3

Usability

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
8.2

Performance

Higher Logic Communications
Spokal
9.1

Support Rating

Higher Logic Communications
2.0
Spokal
9.3

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