PAR Punchh vs. SimpleTexting

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
PAR Punchh
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
PAR Punchh is a loyalty solutions and empowers restaurant brands with tools to nurture customer relationships and boost revenue, integrating in-store and digital experiences.N/A
SimpleTexting
Score 7.8 out of 10
N/A
SimpleTexting is an SMS marketing and text messaging service from the company of the same name headquartered in Miami Beach.
$29
per month
Pricing
PAR PunchhSimpleTexting
Editions & Modules
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500 credits
$29
per month
1,000 credits
$49
per month
2,000 credits
$79
per month
3,000 credits
$109
per month
7,500 credits
$229
per month
15,000 credits
$399
per month
25,000 credits
$549
per month
50,000 credits
$899
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
PAR PunchhSimpleTexting
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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User Ratings
PAR PunchhSimpleTexting
Likelihood to Recommend
9.9
(2 ratings)
7.8
(23 ratings)
Support Rating
9.9
(2 ratings)
10.0
(7 ratings)
User Testimonials
PAR PunchhSimpleTexting
Likelihood to Recommend
PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech)
We launched the program quickly and on schedule, Punchh has continued to evolve and enhance to adapt to our changing business needs, importantly developing integrations with other key partners —Olo, PAR Brink POS. I think it's ideal for a brand of our size with under 200 locations, perhaps for a chain of more than 2,000 locations, it could be worth considering building an in-house solution as a potential cost saving.
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SimpleTexting
SimpleTexting has been wonderful for the purposes for which we signed up. We wanted an easy-to-use platform that allowed 2-way texting, assigned a phone number, had the ability to collect phone numbers/contact easily (whether through an import or a user sign-up, spoiler SimpleTexting has both), etc. It has provided all of that and more easily, without a contract. And the platform is so easy to use for our team. One of the only issues we're having is wanting to expand our use of SimpleTexting, and using multiple options for texting (i.e., shortcode, toll-free, landline/business enabling) has been difficult on one account.
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Pros
PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech)
  • Reward-based App material. Punchh is great platform for reward tracking and fulfillment. I have not found one that does a better job at customer loyalty.
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SimpleTexting
  • SimpleTexting provides excellent value based on their messaging packages but also by allowing its customers to utilize multiple keywords. This is helpful for our organization because we utilize this software across many different departments.
  • SimpleTexting analytics and reporting is a key strength of the software. The numbers they report weigh heavily on what we determine as a success of un-successful communication campaign.
  • SImpleTexting has excellent customer service available at the click of a button. Their team has always been available and offered solutions when we have had questions or run into a problem.
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Cons
PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech)
  • Look carefully into the integrations, find out exactly what is possible. We launched when we had Monkey Media as our online ordering tool, although it was integrated, we ended up having to move to Olo just because it was such a stronger integration.
  • I would re-think having Facebook as an option to allow registration and signup to our app. This was recommended by Punchh, but we ended up getting so many out of date email addresses in our system that were associated with the Facebook account.
  • One thing we wanted to launch with was a gift card integration, but due to Punchh not being PCI compliant, and due to other technological limitations, that's not something we've been able to bring into our loyalty app, which would be nice to have.
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SimpleTexting
  • A lot of glitches and bugs, with promised fixes that keep dragging on for some time.
  • Mobile notifications are very buggy. You have to keep force-closing the app and re-opening it multiple times to get the notifications to refresh.
  • Constant toggling of 'Unread' and 'All' on mobile or desktop to get the notifications to clear and show up as opened, otherwise it will imply it's not read.
  • Also, sometimes new notifications don't show up.
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Support Rating
PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech)
The customer success people are not as invested as it seems they should be in their clients' business, at least not for the amount of money the platform costs. I am always looking for best practices to be provided or at least discussed with my AM, and she doesn't ever seem to care about what others are doing in my industry.
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SimpleTexting
With SimpleTexting updating little things here and there almost daily. We reach out to their support team constantly. They have one of the best response rates I have ever experienced! Normally it takes less than a minute to speak to a real person, but even if they are busy they have an answer bot send you articles to see if you can solve the issue yourself first! One of the best support teams ever
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PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech)
We were looking for a partner who would help us get a loyalty program and a mobile app launched quickly, Punchh delivered our app on-time, the cost was very competitive and Punchh was being used by similarly sized brands in the restaurant industry. The integrations were in place and Punchh offered the Product functionality and performance we were looking for.
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SimpleTexting
SimpleTexting is just simple. From the pricing to the interface, it stacks up against the competition by just being as powerful and simple as possible. No extra distractions or confusion. For our company, we wanted texting software that we could easily upsell and integrate into our overall marketing campaigns and SimpleTexting did just that.
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Return on Investment
PAR Technology Corporation (ParTech)
  • We brought in over $7M from the app use alone in Q1 & Q2 of 2019.
  • It costs a ton to keep up, especially the more modules you subscribe to. Our (not so fancy price tier) price was about $100K for 2019.
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SimpleTexting
  • Because we are able to reach more people through subscribing, our number of donations has increased and the number of volunteers has increased. We have gone from an average of 5 volunteers an even to 25-30. Our donations increased by 25%.
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ScreenShots

SimpleTexting Screenshots

Screenshot of Send messages to groupsScreenshot of Have 1-on-1 conversationsScreenshot of Text-to-join keywordsScreenshot of Useful, built-in apps