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Score 9.4 out of 100
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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Opal

I honestly cannot recommend this tool enough. Opal is such a valuable tool for brand content creators and there is nothing like it available. If you're serious about content marketing and have a need to find ways to collaborate, plan and provide more visibility among teams, then Opal really is the only way to go. One more thing that's not being mentioned: The tool is simply amazing but it's only as amazing is the team behind the tool. Their customer support and willingness to quickly be in touch when needed is a key feature within itself. Seriously, such a good team of people.
Kenji Onozawa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

It's great for large field sales organizations that lack the ability to automate email sends that are consistent and on-brand. The idea of templated emails (with the ability to build custom emails) really helps keeps the look-and-feel of each email similar to what the rest of the organization is sending to customers or prospects. This isn't the solution that you'd need if you are looking for an automation tool that easily integrates into other marketing channels. The dynamic content feature is lagging far behind other tools in the space.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Project Management

Opal
7.9
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Task Management
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Gantt Charts
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Scheduling
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Workflow Automation
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Mobile Access
Opal
1.0
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Search
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Visual planning tools
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Communication

Opal
6.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Chat
Opal
4.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Notifications
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Discussions
Opal
4.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

File Sharing & Management

Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Versioning
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Video files
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Audio files
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Document collaboration
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Access control
Opal
9.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Email & Online Marketing

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
Dynamic content
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Landing pages
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.1
A/B testing
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7
Mobile optimization
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3
Email deliverability reporting
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.2
List management
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Triggered drip sequences
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7

Reporting & Analytics

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.3
Dashboards
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Standard reports
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.9
Custom reports
Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.7

Pros

Opal

  • Content planning: you can look at one asset and see how it is being used across multiple channels by multiple teams.
  • Content collaboration: it is really easy to see what other people and teams are contributing to an asset, or how they are using it. We can also duplicate content that was created by another team to use as a starting point in our own content collaboration.
  • High level/big picture overview: Opal allows us to see content that is being created, planned and scheduled very easily; it goes beyond social content (which we can also see in Sprinklr) to show us content created across multiple channels.
Kelly Rigotti | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Sends client confirmations when they subscribe to a newsletter, sign up for a conference, or place an order with our company (SourceMedia). We don't have to hire an agency to send these for us.
  • Manages newsletter subscriptions and allows us to deploy on specific dates/times.
  • Helps us discover and manage the correct audience base per newsletter, and automates the distributions so we don't have to do it manually.
Cassidy Ebert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Opal

  • No publishing capabilities, for the most part.
  • No analytics tie-ins.
  • Rather pricey.
  • Requires someone to really manage the structure in order to keep the tool organized and use it effectively. When this is done right, though, it's worthwhile.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Deliverability reports - before sending emails they are checked for known issues and deliverability performance. The SFMC offering is ok but could be better. There additional software that can be purchased which should be included as part of the offering
  • SF should make it easier to integrate other clouds i.e commerce cloud and service cloud. The implementation of commerce cloud has improved but I still feel there is a way to go
Gareth Beer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Opal

Opal 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 8.9
Based on 18 answers
Exact Target has an exceptional team with great customer care. Whenever we have a question or concern they are timely in addressing it. They also perform annual reviews in person that provides us with market trends, new tools and features, performance metrics, and new content recommendations. We evaluate this by local market and at the international level
Brittany Dunn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Opal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 8.0
Based on 3 answers
I think the tool is easy to use, protects a company from the spam legislation and manages subscribers very well. It is simple to create a non-complex email. I like the survey function on the email tool as well. Overall usability is quite easy and no necessary to have an IT background or extensive knowledge to use. It is helpful, though, to have an understanding of HTML for formatting at this point.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Opal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Upgrades and timing of the upgrades were communicated well and planned during off hours for our work. If we did have a campaign scheduled during that time, it would kick-off after the system was back active. There were a few unplanned system down times, but it was a rare occurrence and those times were also short in duration.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Opal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 2.0
Based on 2 answers
Exact Target performs well and is relatively easy to learn. It handles subscriber management well, and is easy to organize lists and segregation of those subscribers. Emails are easy to classify and group together for re-use or resending to different demographics of the recipients. The product is reliable, and metrics of the campaign results are easy to obtain and interpret.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Opal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 1.0
Based on 5 answers
They're fast and knowledgeable. You will always know what's the status of your request and they usually follow up with phone calls to ask you questions or provide updates. Sometimes it takes them a couple of days to investigate, especially if you have custom "situations" like my company usually does but at least they are very good at managing time expectations.
Bogdan Enache | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Opal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 7.9
Based on 2 answers
Easy to implement, with simple emails and solutions initially created. More advanced usage of the tool and more advanced subscriber attribute usage was implemented during later phases when the knowledge of the tool increased. Monitoring success and results of email campaigns were done at a high level initially, but not fully used until the tool and email marketing as a whole was better understood in the corporation.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Opal

You get for what you paid for. Opal has more features
Teena Thach | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

I have used Epsilon and I have evaluated Silverpop, e-Dialogue and Yesmail. From my analysis Salesforce MC is far more superior in flexibility, scalability and freedom to custom built initiatives. The AMPscripting is one of the driving forces in allowing the previous mentioned abilities. However, I can see from a marketers perspective where they simply want to send emails and segment easily. But given that effective email marketing requires a lot of different components and there is no simple way of doing it and I found that most companies that offer the out of the box solutions do a good job but there is no one size fits all and if you are trying to be really good at it which includes integrating your business such as registration, stats, CMS, API, etc. This is a much better solution.
Danny (Danny Blaq) Tran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Opal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We had approximately 20,000 recipients of most email campaigns, with some higher amounts and some smaller campaigns. The tools is easy to use and the recipient list size is really not a factor in the complexity or work to create and email campaign. Our campaigns could just have easily been sent to many more people, with virtually no additional work.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Opal

  • Opal allows for more discipline in marketing as teams are better aligned on messaging and big moments.
  • Opal cuts down on communication breakdowns and mistakes, which in the end leads to more happy customers.
  • I think Opal provides the team with more confidence as everyone is on the same page. With everything in one place rather than communications being lost in emails, etc., everyone is more efficient and can work knowing that there is one source of truth.
Kenji Onozawa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Better execution/monitoring - when multiple steps are involved, IMH is great at dashboarding.
  • Facilitates exploratory campaigns - it is great at instilling confidence when you're trying a new facet of a campaign, due to the process transparency.
  • Cloud - can be a double-edged sword. Allows for on the go access, but isn't truly mobile-friendly, and can sometimes sputter. But certainly will improve with time.
Andrew Windle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Opal

General

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Opal
9.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3

Likelihood to Renew

Opal
10.0
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.9

Usability

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

Performance

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.0

Support Rating

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
1.0

Implementation Rating

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.9

Scalability

Opal
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

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