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Mailchimp

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Likelihood to Recommend

Mailchimp

Mailchimp is well suited to a situation where you have a stable or known set of recipients to whom you will be sending email updates on a regular basis. Mailchimp is well suited to situations where a lot of information needs to be sent to a lot of different people and organizations at specified times in the future.Mailchimp is not appropriate for one-to-one communication - the higher the scale of interactions from 1 to many the better the software performs.
Alfred Brock | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

It works great as an onsite relay to provide email sending functionality without having to pass through the firewall in order to reach the Office 365 gateway. This is particularly evident when using older programs. A lot of the older, no longer developed, programs will only allow a hard coded port to send email. Office 365 uses a non-standard SMTP port for security. This does not allow the hard coded SMTP ports to use this service. Exchange gives you the control to change those ports and securely use the standards without compromise.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Mailchimp
8.1
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
WYSIWYG email editor
Mailchimp
8.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Dynamic content
Mailchimp
7.8
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Ability to test dynamic content
Mailchimp
7.9
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Landing pages
Mailchimp
7.6
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
A/B testing
Mailchimp
7.8
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Mobile optimization
Mailchimp
8.6
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Email deliverability reporting
Mailchimp
8.8
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
List management
Mailchimp
8.3
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Triggered drip sequences
Mailchimp
7.7
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Lead Management

Mailchimp
9.2
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Lead nurturing
Mailchimp
7.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Lead scoring and grading
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Data quality management
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Campaign Management

Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Calendaring
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Event/webinar marketing
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Social Media Marketing

Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Social sharing and campaigns
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Social profile integration
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Reporting & Analytics

Mailchimp
7.8
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Dashboards
Mailchimp
7.7
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Standard reports
Mailchimp
8.2
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Custom reports
Mailchimp
7.4
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Platform & Infrastructure

Mailchimp
8.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
API
Mailchimp
9.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Role-based workflow & approvals
Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Customizability
Mailchimp
6.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Integration with Salesforce.com
Mailchimp
8.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Mailchimp
8.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
Integration with SugarCRM
Mailchimp
8.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Pros

Mailchimp

  • Easy to use and updates to application have been very customer focused.
  • Love the amount of services you receive from them at absolutely no cost to you. You can add up to 2,000 subscribers for free.
  • Compatibility with our CRM and Hubspot which enables us to target our email marketing efforts.
  • Great customer service. Any time issues arose or questions needed to be addressed, their customer service team was very responsive and helpful.
  • Outstanding email analytics which allows us to measure many metrics for our email marketing campaign.
Ron Rothstain | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

  • It allows us to send email through the secure email gateway.
  • We are able to track and scan all email communications
  • It provides a way for legacy and current applications to send out notification and mass email communications.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Mailchimp

  • Phone support. While the chat function is extremely effective, it can be helpful with certain questions to speak with someone over the phone.
  • I'd like the ability to unsubscribe someone to all campaigns. Currently, if someone unsubscribes to a campaign, they will never receive that exact campaign again. But if their email address is on multiple lists or gets added on another list by someone who is unaware that they unsubscribed, that person will receive another email. Many recipients have been angered by this, telling me that the unsubscribed - which they did - but I have to explain that the process is not universal, and sometimes we forget to include the "exclude" list.
  • The payment structure goes by the number of email addresses that are stored on Mailchimp, so to stay below a certain billing threshold, I have to periodically delete lists of stored email addresses. This gets to be cumbersome because I regularly need to delete and re-upload many of the same lists of people.
Jason Carlage | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

  • As with any technology on a server, we sometimes see issues with downtime related to network changes or firewall updates.
  • It can be a challenge to work with some of our older applications when the TLS feature is used.
  • I wish there was a more direct way to reliably use SMTP for mass email sends without the fear of being blacklisted.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 9.4
Based on 48 answers
Love the product! Easy to use -create fabulous e-mails for our clients which met their needs! Enjoyed using the tools and creating a report for the sales and marketing teams that we work for which helped sharpen their focus and increase their revenue!
Valie Robbins | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

No score
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Usability

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 8.5
Based on 134 answers
The interface is really easy to use. The email editor works great and helps smooth out the issues you have when creating emails for the many different email clients out there. It's also easy to schedule and deploy emails within the platform. Email reporting is also great.
Mike Muller | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

No score
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Reliability and Availability

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 10.0
Based on 4 answers
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
Ben Caplan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

No score
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Performance

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 10.0
Based on 5 answers
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
Ben Caplan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

No score
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Support Rating

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 10.0
Based on 8 answers
The customer support clients really know about their tool and they were able to help my with all of my questions and problems, which over the years were quite a few. They're even motivated enough to drop a funny line here and there which perfectly matches their corporate language on the website.
Fabian Kuhn | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

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Implementation Rating

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 8.8
Based on 20 answers
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.
Vicki Lesage | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

No score
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Alternatives Considered

Mailchimp

The automation features in Mailchimp vastly outrank any other mail service I've tried so far, and seeing as we often try and teach our clients how to utilize it, I also really appreciate their deep and constantly updated tutorials and documentation. Whenever I've had an issue or problem their support staff, whether over chat or phone have been really helpful and invested in helping solve the issue.
Maria Clara Daly | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Office 365 does use secure non-standard ports for SMTP connectivity causing a problem with older programs. SMTP Email Delivery from Exchange solves this problem by giving the network admin full control over ports and specific program connections. While we do use both Office 365 and the SMTP Email Delivery we find that a mix is needed in order to meet all expectations for our end users. The majority of our SMTP communications, for users, go through Office 365 while the majority of our applications and servers do go through the SMTP Email Delivery service.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Mailchimp

Mailchimp 9.3
Based on 4 answers
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.
Ben Caplan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

No score
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Return on Investment

Mailchimp

  • Its affordability keeps campaign expenditures low. For the first year of the campaign, we were able to utilize the free service which saved us about $400 on administrative costs. We have just recently upgraded to a payment plan.
  • The ease of using saved templates cuts down on staff time, and even if we decide to use a new template, customizing a template is pretty simple.
  • We have been able to raise $5,000+ from our email campaigns, and that was during the time when we weren't paying for the service.
Fredrick Doss, M.A. | TrustRadius Reviewer

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

  • It's the easiest way to send mail out. No worries about complex configurations.
  • It can be finicky when used in a hybrid Office 365 environment to get the proper pathways secured and working.
  • I wish there were a better way to send out mass emails, on-site, without our domain or server IP being blacklisted.
John Glenn | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Mailchimp

General

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

SMTP Email Relay Solutions

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Mailchimp
8.4
SMTP Email Relay Solutions
10.0

Likelihood to Renew

Mailchimp
9.4
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Usability

Mailchimp
8.5
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Reliability and Availability

Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Performance

Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Support Rating

Mailchimp
10.0
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Implementation Rating

Mailchimp
8.8
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

Scalability

Mailchimp
9.3
SMTP Email Relay Solutions

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