HubSpot Marketing Hub vs. Really Simple Systems

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
HubSpot Marketing Hub
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
HubSpot's Marketing Hub is an all-in-one inbound marketing engine that includes tools for email marketing, landing page creation, social media marketing, content management, reporting & analytics, search engine optimization (SEO), and more.
$50
per month
Really Simple Systems
Score 7.6 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
Really Simple Systems is a customer relationship management (CRM) software deployed via cloud with built-in features like email marketing, pipeline management, and case management.
$8
per month
Pricing
HubSpot Marketing HubReally Simple Systems
Editions & Modules
Free
$0
per month
Starter
$50
per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
Pro
$890
per month (includes 2,000 contacts)
Enterprise
$3,200
per month (includes 10,000 contacts)
Free CRM
$0
2 Users and 100 Company Records
Starter
$15
per User, 1000 Company Records, Unlimited Contacts, 1 GB Document Storage, MailSync, Custom Settings, Custom Reports, API Integration, Online ‘self-service’ Support Hub, Email and Online Chat Support, Optional Marketing Module
Professional
$33
per User, 5000 Company Records, Unlimited Contacts, 5 GB Document Storage, MailSync, Custom Settings, Custom Reports, API Integration, Advanced User Permission Levels, Online ‘self-service’ Support Hub, Free Email, Chat and Phone Support, Priority Technical Support, Optional Marketing and Service Desk Modules
Enterprise
$50
per User, Unlimited Company Records, Unlimited Contacts, Unlimited Document Storage, MailSync, Advanced Reporting, Custom Settings, Advanced User Permission Levels, API Integration, Online ‘self-service’ Support Hub, Free Email, Chat and Phone Support , Top Priority Technical Support, Dedicated Account Manager, Free Online Team Training , Optional Marketing and Service Desk Modules
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
HubSpot Marketing HubReally Simple Systems
Free Trial
YesYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesNo
Entry-level Setup FeeRequiredNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAll plans include free customer support and setup help.
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Community Pulse
HubSpot Marketing HubReally Simple Systems
Considered Both Products
HubSpot Marketing Hub

No answer on this topic

Really Simple Systems
Chose Really Simple Systems
simpler, less expensive, default organization is by company instead of by contact. RSS does not overcomplicate things. You don't have to take a 20 hour course before you can start using RSS to good effect.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
HubSpot Marketing HubReally Simple Systems
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
7.8
370 Ratings
Really Simple Systems
-
Ratings
WYSIWYG email editor8.2333 Ratings00 Ratings
Dynamic content7.3334 Ratings00 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content8.1310 Ratings00 Ratings
Landing pages7.2364 Ratings00 Ratings
A/B testing8.3286 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile optimization7.8354 Ratings00 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting7.7700 Ratings00 Ratings
List management8.2365 Ratings00 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences7.5277 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead Management
Comparison of Lead Management features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
7.5
361 Ratings
Really Simple Systems
-
Ratings
Lead nurturing7.4357 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead scoring and grading7.4326 Ratings00 Ratings
Data quality management7.9332 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated sales alerts and tasks7.2301 Ratings00 Ratings
Campaign Management
Comparison of Campaign Management features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
7.2
322 Ratings
Really Simple Systems
-
Ratings
Calendaring7.1307 Ratings00 Ratings
Event/webinar marketing7.2253 Ratings00 Ratings
Social Media Marketing
Comparison of Social Media Marketing features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
7.4
347 Ratings
Really Simple Systems
-
Ratings
Social sharing and campaigns7.4343 Ratings00 Ratings
Social profile integration7.5333 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
7.7
370 Ratings
Really Simple Systems
-
Ratings
Dashboards7.7367 Ratings00 Ratings
Standard reports8.0363 Ratings00 Ratings
Custom reports7.5326 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
7.1
342 Ratings
Really Simple Systems
-
Ratings
API7.7253 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals7.9282 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizability7.0305 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Salesforce.com7.2229 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM6.397 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with SugarCRM6.692 Ratings00 Ratings
Sales Force Automation
Comparison of Sales Force Automation features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
7.3
33 Ratings
Customer data management / contact management00 Ratings7.833 Ratings
Workflow management00 Ratings7.213 Ratings
Territory management00 Ratings6.98 Ratings
Opportunity management00 Ratings7.727 Ratings
Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)00 Ratings6.425 Ratings
Interaction tracking00 Ratings7.525 Ratings
Customer Service & Support
Comparison of Customer Service & Support features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
7.2
25 Ratings
Case management00 Ratings7.423 Ratings
Help desk management00 Ratings7.024 Ratings
Marketing Automation
Comparison of Marketing Automation features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
7.1
27 Ratings
Lead management00 Ratings7.024 Ratings
Email marketing00 Ratings7.320 Ratings
CRM Project Management
Comparison of CRM Project Management features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
7.0
29 Ratings
Task management00 Ratings7.127 Ratings
Reporting00 Ratings6.925 Ratings
CRM Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of CRM Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
6.6
25 Ratings
Forecasting00 Ratings6.420 Ratings
Pipeline visualization00 Ratings6.421 Ratings
Customizable reports00 Ratings6.824 Ratings
Customization
Comparison of Customization features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
6.8
28 Ratings
Custom fields00 Ratings7.128 Ratings
Custom objects00 Ratings6.824 Ratings
API for custom integration00 Ratings6.517 Ratings
Platform
Comparison of Platform features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
6.9
21 Ratings
Mobile access00 Ratings6.921 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
HubSpot Marketing Hub
-
Ratings
Really Simple Systems
7.8
28 Ratings
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings7.828 Ratings
User Ratings
HubSpot Marketing HubReally Simple Systems
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(655 ratings)
7.7
(34 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.0
(371 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Usability
8.9
(106 ratings)
7.8
(18 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(50 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
8.9
(34 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(168 ratings)
8.1
(17 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.1
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
9.1
(26 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.3
(98 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
7.3
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.9
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
7.3
(7 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
9.1
(3 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
HubSpot Marketing HubReally Simple Systems
Likelihood to Recommend
HubSpot
As I said previously, I was not a fan at the beginning because, like everyone, I don't take change so well. Once I started following leads through HubSpot Marketing Hub, I integrated it with my email and created templates for what I needed, I started to see the positives immediately. My time working was better spent as I eliminated time put in routine tasks. I was able to track all communication in HubSpot Marketing Hub, we created systems in the office assigning tasks to one another and, through HubSpot Marketing Hub, our leads were able to book meetings in my calendar automatically. To be honest, if you are in sales and marketing, I cannot think of scenarios where HubSpot Marketing Hub cannot help. All I would like to say is, when using templates, pay attention to where you send them - you may need some personalization. I would encourage the management of HubSpot Marketing Hub to create short tutorials for beginners like me who need to configure and start using various features: setting up deals, templates, and dashboards.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
If you have a customer/job where there are steps to be followed such as quotes, follow up, purchase orders received, etc. You can set reminders for a member of the team with their next step and they will be sent reminders. Works well as long as it is kept updated.
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Pros
HubSpot
  • All-in-one software - the main thing HubSpot does well is the breadth of functionality.
  • Easy of use - personally, I find it more intuitive than Marketo, which is the other MAP that I know well.
  • Ads - I like that we can drill down on ads by channel, ad group, campaign, and even create and see performance data at each level.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
  • Can send out marketing emailers within 5 minutes of an industry-specific update from any device
  • Sales dashboard [can be] built how I want it using the Really Simple Systems widgets
  • Activity integration from email accounts included
  • Manage my sales pipeline opportunities effectively
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Cons
HubSpot
  • While Hubspot has added some collaborative tools, I think this could improve. I'd like to see more options to comment on emails and ways of being able to share out changes as well as approval channels.
  • The ability to update ads via the calendar is pretty cumbersome. There's no good way to bulk edit or update. You have go into each one individually.
  • Real time edits would be nice. If you have multiple people working on the same thing, you'll get kicked out and your changes might not be saved.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
  • Resends - I would like a simple [one-click] function to resend email campaigns to [non-openers.]
  • [Emails] that have been created but not sent or attached to a campaign I would like to see a place that they could be in [the] draft so I can come back to them at a later date without them appearing on the email list[.]
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Likelihood to Renew
HubSpot
Our business relies on the HubSpot platform to manage our marketing, sales and CRM processes. HubSpot marketing automation helps us define our activities and streamlines them in a cohesive and efficient way. Without HubSpot, we will have to revert to the 'old way' of doing everything with a variety of disparate systems.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
No answers on this topic
Usability
HubSpot
While there are some frustrating things that pop up unexpectedly ("wait... I can't do X?"), I have found HubSpot to be easy to use and extremely helpful to my daily work. The documentation is really good, and when it's not helpful, the support staff have been amazing.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
Simple systems is great for smaller sales and marketing teams to log their territories and report on progress on their opportunities. There are many useful features such as tasks and reporting to show to management how opportunities are progressing and when the estimated close date would occur. The two main issues are scalability within larger [organizations] and the ease to duplicate contacts.
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Reliability and Availability
HubSpot
They have had issues with system availability over the course of days. Sometimes the system is unusable, other times updates simply take a long time to show up. It's better now but, from a reliaibility standpoint, HubSpot is not Salesforce.com yet. Still great software though.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
No answers on this topic
Performance
HubSpot
With all the new features in HubSpot, the system can get a tad slow sometimes... That said, most of the time it is lightning fast and I have no problems. Because most of the integrations are API, they silently work in the background. I have not had trouble with lag due to HubSpot integration
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Really Simple Systems CRM
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
HubSpot
During the few times I've needed it, HS support has been accessible, helpful and efficient. Often rolling up their sleeves to make changes for you as opposed to leaving you with a list of instructions to decipher on your own.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
Whenever I have had any issues, which is probably only 3 times in 10 years, the back office support has been fantastic and got me up and running again in a very short time. Cannot fault them at all. But as I stated, problems have been very few and far between.
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In-Person Training
HubSpot
I did the 2-day classroom at HubSpot's corporate office in Cambridge. First off, it was amazing to see their corporate office in general. They have such a cool office environment. But it was also great to have the ability to learn in a workshop format with other HubSpot users and meet my Account Manager/ Inbound Marketing Consultant in person.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
No answers on this topic
Online Training
HubSpot
I went through Inbound Marketing University in 2006. Great training and helped my transition from traditional (outbound) marketing to inbound marketing that I've been able to apply to a number of businesses from wastewater and water reuse, to professional services and SaaS. Share information of value to build awareness and trust. Answer customers' questions in a transparent way to generate more qualified leads. Understand the difference between a marketing qualified lead and a sales qualified lead and put together a lead nurturing program. Your sales and marketing efforts will see significant ROI.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
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Implementation Rating
HubSpot
My biggest piece of advice for those who are implementing Hubspot is that you need to devote the time up front and learn how to use the product. Once you learn how to use Hubspot, it will be much more effective as well as much easier to use in the long run
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Really Simple Systems CRM
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Alternatives Considered
HubSpot
Other competing software such as Zoho and Boomtown may have more bells and whistles, but it is too cumbersome and has many parts that only advanced users can operate. With HubSpot, each function is within reach of the average agent. It doesn't overpromise and then makes you feel incompetent when you can't use it all...
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Really Simple Systems CRM
We choose RSS due to cost. We are a startup and needed a great solution that did not cost [a lot]. RSS [fits] all our needs at the perfect price. We could not be more thrilled with our choice and it has simplified our client interaction[.]
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Scalability
HubSpot
HubSpot is addressing this more and more. Currently you can assign tasks to designated sales teams, which grow as you grow. They've added free baseline products for those just getting started. These and more contribute to the scalability of HubSpot - so I gave it an 8 and am hoping for more in the future!
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Really Simple Systems CRM
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Return on Investment
HubSpot
  • Everything is in one location, making it easy to handle all aspects of client marketing from a single place.
  • Higher ROI and lead response time are seconds. The first contact is always made.
  • There should be better time tracking and form capture on the site. Our website and marketing hubs create virtually eliminate cold calling.
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Really Simple Systems CRM
  • A very positive effect on our understanding of our customers and what kind of events are working well at the venue and which aren't. This will allow us to work more smartly when responsive to enquiries, improving our overall productivity.
  • Very positive impact on our current review of marketing and sales strategy.
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