Hotjar vs. Mailchimp

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Hotjar
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
Hotjar is a conversion rate optimization tool for digital marketers. Features include heatmapping, visual session recording, conversion funnel analytics, form analytics, feedback polls and surveys, and usability testing. The tool is used by digital analysts, UX designers, web developers and product marketers. Hotjar was acquired by Contentsquare September 2021, and is now a Contentsquare brand.
$39
per month 100 daily sessions
Mailchimp
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
Mailchimp is the email marketing and marketing automation platform. Most email marketing platforms tell you how your campaigns perform, but Mailchimp goes a step beyond and tells you why by analyzing the data from half a billion emails sent through the platform every day to offer personalized recommendations for improving content, targeting, automations, and driving revenue using emails
$0
per month
Pricing
HotjarMailchimp
Editions & Modules
Hotjar Observe - Plus
$39
per month 100 daily sessions
Hotjar Ask - Plus
$59
per month 250 monthly responses
Hotjar Ask - Business
$79
per month Starting from 500 monthly responses
Hotjar Observe - Business
$99
per month Starting from 500 daily sessions
Hotjar Scale - Business
$213
per month Starting from 500 daily sessions
Hotjar Ask - Scale
Contact Sales
per month unlimited volume
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HotjarMailchimp
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsDiscount available for annual pricing.
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Community Pulse
HotjarMailchimp
Considered Both Products
Hotjar
Chose Hotjar
No other solution offers the full suite of visitor recording, heatmapping and scroll mapping, polls, surveys, and funnel tracking at such a reasonable price point. Every other solution compromises either on features or price, with many sacrificing on both - fewer features and …
Chose Hotjar
Hotjar is more visual and provides insights on real visitors using our website. It's more than just numbers or general stats. That's why Hotjar is very helpful.
Mailchimp
Chose Mailchimp
We didn't do a very in depth review before selecting Mailchimp. We were looking to get set up fast and without any high costs. Mailchimp was perfect for this.
Top Pros
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Features
HotjarMailchimp
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Hotjar
-
Ratings
Mailchimp
8.0
476 Ratings
4% above category average
WYSIWYG email editor00 Ratings8.1441 Ratings
Dynamic content00 Ratings7.8424 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content00 Ratings7.8405 Ratings
Landing pages00 Ratings7.5327 Ratings
A/B testing00 Ratings8.0358 Ratings
Mobile optimization00 Ratings8.1435 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting00 Ratings8.5463 Ratings
List management00 Ratings8.1463 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences00 Ratings7.8320 Ratings
Lead Management
Comparison of Lead Management features of Product A and Product B
Hotjar
-
Ratings
Mailchimp
9.1
2 Ratings
16% above category average
Lead nurturing automation00 Ratings6.22 Ratings
Lead scoring and grading00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Data quality management00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Automated sales alerts and tasks00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Campaign Management
Comparison of Campaign Management features of Product A and Product B
Hotjar
-
Ratings
Mailchimp
8.1
51 Ratings
6% above category average
Calendaring00 Ratings8.446 Ratings
Event/webinar marketing00 Ratings7.836 Ratings
Social Media Marketing
Comparison of Social Media Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Hotjar
-
Ratings
Mailchimp
8.1
45 Ratings
7% above category average
Social sharing and campaigns00 Ratings8.243 Ratings
Social profile integration00 Ratings8.036 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Hotjar
-
Ratings
Mailchimp
7.6
461 Ratings
2% above category average
Dashboards00 Ratings7.7124 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings8.0459 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.250 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
Hotjar
-
Ratings
Mailchimp
7.4
45 Ratings
2% below category average
API00 Ratings7.833 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals00 Ratings6.57 Ratings
Customizability00 Ratings5.62 Ratings
Integration with Salesforce.com00 Ratings8.421 Ratings
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM00 Ratings7.618 Ratings
Integration with SugarCRM00 Ratings8.12 Ratings
Third-party software integrations00 Ratings7.640 Ratings
Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses
Smartlook
Smartlook
Score 8.3 out of 10
Vbout
Vbout
Score 9.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Siteimprove
Siteimprove
Score 8.9 out of 10
PFL Direct Mail Platform
PFL Direct Mail Platform
Score 9.3 out of 10
Enterprises
Contentsquare
Contentsquare
Score 8.8 out of 10
PFL Direct Mail Platform
PFL Direct Mail Platform
Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
HotjarMailchimp
Likelihood to Recommend
9.3
(104 ratings)
8.0
(500 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
5.1
(2 ratings)
8.5
(51 ratings)
Usability
9.7
(6 ratings)
8.4
(373 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(6 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(7 ratings)
Support Rating
9.6
(4 ratings)
7.9
(15 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(22 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(1 ratings)
8.0
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(6 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
Contentsquare
Hotjar is good for a first pass at understanding user sentiment or locating potential usability issues. There are features such as "rage clicked" which shows recordings or instances when a user rage clicked or had an issue with your site. Hotjar has also been helpful to launch intercept surveys on mobile, desktop, and app, which not all competitor software allow. Hotjar recordings are fun to watch. "Watching Hotjar like Netflix" is a favorite pastime at work.
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Mailchimp
With Mailchimp we are able to revive and enhance our personal connect with the customers. The easy-to-use tools allows us to personalize the email content, segregate and target important leads & send relevant messages. Also, it offers interactive analysis on the performance of a particular campaign. We can judge the effectiveness of our mailers in real time.
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Pros
Contentsquare
  • Heat mapping is great on Hotjar. It is a good place to start when you are looking at the UX & CRO on your website. You can see the % of people clicking on elements on a page, how far they scroll, and mouse movements.
  • Hotjar is great for session recordings. These record the mouse movements, clicks, pages and scrolls of a user in video format. You can watch these to investigate what works well on a site and identify potential roadblocks and bugs.
  • Hotjar is great as it ensures that users details are anonymous; for instance, if you are watching a session recording, you cannot see what a user types in a form field, as Hotjar blanks this out.
  • Hotjar has a poll function, so you can have polls on your website.
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Mailchimp
  • Mailchimp allows you to manage your mailing list really well. You can subscribe people, unsubscribe people manage the mailing list directly into segments, and what not.
  • Mailchimp has features where you can create campaigns based on your mailing lists and send out newsletters to your subscribers based on a multitude of parameters that you can setup. Such as send email daily, weekly, monthly and they also have event based mails that you can send out.
  • Mailchimp also has a feature where you can design your emails. The look and aesthetics are very important when sending emails to your subscribers and all those needs are addressed here.
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Cons
Contentsquare
  • Hotjar is primarily used for web-based experiences. Not that easy to use on mobile apps.
  • I'd love to see Hotjar integrated with Google Analytics for an even deeper view.
  • Hotjar is primarily used by smaller organizations...pricing can get steep quickly for larger organizations.
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Mailchimp
  • The interface remains a cluttered, non-intuitive mess. That's true from the haphazard way features are organized to the actual email layout.
  • Analytics have never been a priority, and I don't see that changing with Intuit's new ownership. I'm very frustrated over the limited choices for reporting, even when using third-party solutions. If I needed that function, I would not use MailChimp.
  • I would love to develop a workflow screen that lets me focus on the things that I use all the time. Customizing the interface where the content actually goes into the software would help.
  • I never understood why we couldn't import a document into a MC template. At best, we're spending time copying-and-pasting from one app into MC.
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Likelihood to Renew
Contentsquare
Even though the heat maps and user recordings were useful, our website was significantly slowed down after we installed Hotjar, so much so, that it took over a minute for our blog to load. The data that we gathered was not worth the length that it took our website to load.
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Mailchimp
We've had Mailchimp for about ten years, I want to say. I started with the company about four years ago, and I don't see us ever diverting to another source. It's easy for us to use, and we have all our clients already built into the database. I imagine we'll use them for as long as we have the company.
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Usability
Contentsquare
So easy and simple to use! Straightforward anyone in the team is able to easily go in and set up anything in Hotjar. The UI is really simple. Whenever you give feedback to Hotjar they continously take on board the feedback and improve the tool.
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Mailchimp
Our team use Mailchimp almost every week. Overall UI is simple for anyone to get started with it. The resource library around using particular features is also there, so we don't have to train our team on this product. We also used a lot of other features as well.
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Reliability and Availability
Contentsquare
No answers on this topic
Mailchimp
I have, in the 4+ years that I've used Mailchimp, never seen an issue that restricted the use of their software/tools. I don't know of a single time when they're system crashed or went down. I could be wrong, but I honestly haven't experienced any issues with outages, errors or unplanned downtime
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Performance
Contentsquare
No answers on this topic
Mailchimp
I haven't noticed any slow speeds from Mailchimp or their tools. I think the landing pages load quickly and look nice. The email reports and editing operates smoothly and doesn't take time to load. Additionally, when I use Mailchimp in conjunction with Zapier + Hubspot I don't notice any drag between any of these tools
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Support Rating
Contentsquare
Hotjar is a SaaS-based company, and as such has a good support service. Users can quickly submit support tickets through Hotjar's online portal. Enterprise customers get access to additional support members and have SLAs to support their larger, more complex needs. Overall, Hotjar is extremely reliable and I've never had to reach out to customer support.
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Mailchimp
Website tools were easy to use and understand so a novice can easily meet or exceed their client's expectations! Loved that we were able to totally customize so that the e-mail we created conveyed our client's overall messaging consistent with their branding! Client love that we can provide turnkey services to support their sales and marketing teams!
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Implementation Rating
Contentsquare
No answers on this topic
Mailchimp
It's pretty easy to get up and running! There's a slight learning curve on a few things, but once you find where everything is located, you can import your list and send your first email. It really makes our clients feel great to see how quickly they can get that first email out.
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Alternatives Considered
Contentsquare
HotJar was selected for a few reasons:
  • Video Capture - HotJars video capture of user sessions is nothing short of amazing. It is so useful (not to mention cool) to see, in real time, how users interact with our software. It makes our jobs so much easier and more enjoyable to get this type of d
  • User Surveys - The ease and flexibility of surveys we can make available on our website are an awesome tool to get additional data.
  • Simple implementation - Adding a very small amount of code to our website gives us the ability to use all of HotJars features without having to touch our code again.
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Mailchimp
Mailchimp is a means to an end and a way to stay within GDPR laws. We may not use it if this wasn't a requirement. Other platforms are better for design or management of contacts, but Mailchimp offers that secure storage of data that is required. I have not tried other bulk mail applications, so am unable to compare these.
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Scalability
Contentsquare
No answers on this topic
Mailchimp
Mailchimp over the years I've used it has grown in leaps and bounds. They have added so many additional features than were previously available. They are truly an all-in-one marketing platform now. If you're a small operation and just want to add email to your marketing efforts, they're there for you. If you're a larger operation and want to start sending postcard advertisements, they can do that. If you'd good with that and want to kick up your marketing by going social, you can do that on their platform. They are truly able to be as small as you need, but also get quite large in whatever it is you'd like to do through their system.
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Return on Investment
Contentsquare
  • We have fixed many issues, for example, checkout usability problems with the video recording feature. You can catch bugs and get an overall idea of how a particular page is working.
  • Polls have helped us pair intent with the video sessions, so we can understand better why certain users answered different things. You get greedy and try to ask everything but that won't work. Keep it simple and it will give you small but important insights.
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Mailchimp
  • Mailchimp has allowed us to communicate effectively with thousands of customers with ease.
  • Mailchimp's use during our second year of business helped us expand our list of brands considerably (almost 30% YTD) because of regular interactions that we've launched.
  • Mailchimp ramp-up time is minimal for new users so I can turn things over to junior staff - saving me time and money.
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ScreenShots

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Screenshot of Mailchimp's advanced analytics and reporting tools. These are used to monitor trends, track performance, and get actionable insights that help users to create better campaigns and drive customer engagement.Screenshot of Mailchimp's precise audience segmentation. Its AI simplifies the workflow by generating complex customer segments for highly personalized campaigns.Screenshot of omnichannel marketing. Campaigns can be built across multiple channels, and then managed from one convenient place.Screenshot of marketing automations with the Customer Journey Builder. This is used to reach the right people with the right message at exactly the right time, which helps to drive more repeat business, increase customer retention, and see more orders.Screenshot of Mailchimp's SMS marketing. SMS can be integrated into email, automations, and social campaigns.Screenshot of Mailchimp's AI, used to deliver relevant content faster. It can generate professionally written, on-brand marketing emails with the press of a button. The user only needs to review, edit, and send.