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Smarsh Connected Suite

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Score 7.5 out of 101

iContact Pro Select

8 Ratings
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Score 9.7 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Smarsh Connected Suite

This appliance is well suited for organizations that have a need to monitor, moderate, or log social networking site use or the use of any website. It is a very solid tool for any information security department to have at their disposal.
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iContact Pro Select

If you use PRWeb already and are looking for a tool that integrates well with that program and offers additional functionality with email and social media then Vocus is great. If you don't use PRWeb or prefer an email tool with more functionality and ease of use, Vocus is not the best choice.
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Pros

  • Filtering capabilities for both URL and Social Media were easy to implement and manage by the security team. These features allow you to grant or deny access to various user groups as needed all the way to an individual grant or deny. It offers a vary large robust list of configuration options.
  • If you have a need for storing and later discovering Instant Messaging conversations or even messaging in social media then this is the tool to deploy. At that time when we chose this product, none of the other products were capable of meeting the feature set that Actiance offered.
  • Ease of deployment. Its abilities for integration with LDAP and Active directory give a wide set of deployment options.
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  • Ease and speed of getting out a PR release
  • Getting started with creating a new activity is just a few clicks
  • The ability to build a campaign and connect different emails, social media posts and PR releases in to one project with overall metrics.
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Cons

  • Its configuration options were very large and required a good deal of time to learn all of the various settings.
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  • The email function is not user intuitive. It takes a while to get used to knowing where each of the buttons are hiding in the icons at the top of the screen. It also seems that only in the template function can merge fields be added.
  • Some features of other email programs seem to be missing or not working as well like the "view the email in a browser" function and being able to create an email sign up form for placement on our website.
  • Adding people to the email from options is a long and multi-step process that seems overkill.
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Likelihood to Renew

Smarsh Connected Suite8.1
Based on 2 answers
Its not often that you come across a platform that is as easy to deploy as this one was. Once deployed it is an easy configure and forget appliance, but then you wouldn't get to benefit from its many other available features.
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iContact Pro Select6.1
Based on 3 answers
Now that we have had the opportunity to try an enterprise wide marketing solution, I think we should look at other tools and programs that have greater flexibility and ease of use. If the tool does not happen to have PR Web then so be it. We may not see the cost savings with PR announcements but if the other tools have increased email functionality then we can part with more money on the PR side like we have in the past
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Alternatives Considered

This was the only appliance of its kind that I have used. Other devices have different capabilities for web filtering such as the checkpoint firewalls, but none of them offered the overall solution that was deployed with this product at that time.
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I was not the end decision maker so I went along with the marketing direction where we needed to consolidate all of our email into one tool to better understand all of our marketing efforts. I don't know that if I was the end decision maker if I would have chosen Vocus
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Return on Investment

  • Faster investigative work has led to increased employee efficiency when working on security investigations.
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  • By condensing all of our email needs in one program we have seen a better snap shot of our activities and overall metrics.
  • Our emails that may have been sent in Outlook in the past or another CRM are now being sent in Vocus and look more branded and we can see who is opening important communications that need to be read. This helps us determine if we need to resend.
  • Learning a new software is never easy but I feel like Vocus could have had more readily accessible tools or done a better job with the on boarding process.
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Pricing Details

Smarsh Connected Suite

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Smarsh Connected Suite Editions & Modules
Smarsh Connected Suite
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iContact Pro Select

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
iContact Pro Select Editions & Modules
iContact Pro Select
Edition
Basic
$3001
Plus
$6001
Pro
$1,0001
Enterprise
$2,5001
1. per month
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