Zoho Subscriptions vs. Zuora

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Zoho Subscriptions
Score 7.6 out of 10
N/A
Zoho Subscriptions is a one stop recurring billing and subscription management solution. Zoho Subscriptions automates the entire recurring billing process and takes users to the market in few minutes. This solution enables users to: Create subscription billing pricing plans, add coupons and add-ons to suit their business needs. Run in-depth subscription metrics and assess the health of their business in no time. Zoho Subscriptions is connected to 400+…
$49
per month
Zuora
Score 6.6 out of 10
N/A
Zuora is one of the best-known subscription billing platforms. Zuora is an enterprise-level product and, as such, provides comprehensive metrics, tax automation, and support for multiple currencies. It also offers Salesforce and NetSuite integration out-of the-box. It often replaces cumbersome ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems that does not focus exclusively on billing.N/A
Pricing
Zoho SubscriptionsZuora
Editions & Modules
Monthly Plan
$49
per month
Yearly Plan
$490
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Zoho SubscriptionsZuora
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup Fee$49 per monthNo setup fee
Additional DetailsZoho Subscriptions charges a flat fee of $49/ month for all the features. Get Zoho Subscriptions for $490/ year with the yearly plan. Zoho Books, an online accounting software comes free with Zoho Subscriptions
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Considered Both Products
Zoho Subscriptions

No answer on this topic

Zuora
Chose Zuora
Most of our use cases have been met only by Zuora. We based our decision on the following factors:
1. Choosing the software that meets 80-90% of our needs.
2. Awesome customer support
Top Pros
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User Ratings
Zoho SubscriptionsZuora
Likelihood to Recommend
8.8
(3 ratings)
4.4
(136 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(14 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.6
(17 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(4 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.7
(6 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(25 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(2 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(18 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.6
(3 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(3 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Zoho SubscriptionsZuora
Likelihood to Recommend
Zoho
[Zoho Subscriptions is great] for startup agencies or businesses that charge monthly subscriptions of some kind. For most other [softwares,] you are paying at least $100 per month just to have the software. Zoho [Subscriptions] gives you the chance to take advantage of starting at [zero dollars,] which keeps your cost down until you understand the software before you have to upgrade. I feel like you can easily bootstrap your startup business to keep costs down. As you [are] moving forward, and are bringing in several thousand per month in revenue, it can scale up without costing a lot. [The subscriptions] [...] [start] to cost more, [...] if you have one time payments; you then need additional software from Zoho [Subscriptions] to handle the needs, and it starts adding up to typical [back- end] management software, with multiple log in points which start to drain your time budget. [At] that point, I ended up looking for a more all in one software that manages both contacts, one time and recurring invoices, reminders, etc. By the time our revenue exceeded [$5,000] per month[,] I [needed] to save time and looked for other options. [However,] I have other friends who still use it and they are generating $10k or more per month.
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Zuora
Zuroa is very well-suited for B2B businesses that primarily have a subscription stream of revenue. It is less appropriate for B2C and retail, if you are only selling one-time products or services, this tool would be overkill and confusing instead of helpful. However, if you need to recognize revenue from subscriptions over the service period, Zuora is a lifesaver.
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Pros
Zoho
  • Recurring billing
  • Organize and group subscriptions
  • Capture payments and send invoices
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Zuora
  • The implementation of Zuora is very helpful. Their interactive training guides are one of the best I've used. It is very thorough and any salesperson can learn how to use it very quickly.
  • Their subscription management offers many ways to sell a subscription. These subscriptions can be evergreen (renewing every month) or termed subscriptions. The subscriptions can be amended to add/remove products very easily.
  • The ability to quickly pass through large amounts of usage data for our clients is allowing us to perform billing in a time-effective manner. Once usage data is loaded, a few clicks and all of the invoices for our client base can be generated. Invoices are clean and detailed which help us maintain a good customer experience even with our somewhat complex billing model. The reporting is extremely helpful in calculating the end of month commissions, recognizing and deferring revenue, and overall bookkeeping.
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Cons
Zoho
  • Declined payments, there wasn't a big alarm that went off automatically when a payment was declined. I have set up different notifications when this happens in the future though.
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Zuora
  • User Interface - Zuora's UI is still a weak point, however, this is negated through the use of its API's. Zuora has done a lot of work in releasing new products to limit its UI experience and the addition of Orders allows for more functionality to reduce the UI issue.
  • Complex system - This is both a pro and a con, but in this instance, it is a con because we may not have taken the time to truly understand the implications of all the options that were available. the Flexibility is great however if you do not take the time to understand the product and what problem you are trying to solve, you can make life difficult for yourself later down the track. Take the time to map out your approach end to end and ensure your assumptions at the start are robust.
  • Reporting - reporting is weak as such we have moved away to our own reporting data warehouse.
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Likelihood to Renew
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
Our business is now, more than ever, focused on our core business rather than homegrown support tools for quoting, contracts, billing, invoicing, payments and the rest of the subscription economy. We evaluated other solutions and found this the best and most viable solution given the strong ties to Salesforce and it's integration. Zuora works, and it works well.
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Usability
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
I had 20+ years of accounting experience before taking on the revenue role. I had several things to [learn] but was able to easily master the software in a matter of weeks. Zuora is our preferred billing platform that we currently use - very efficient and much more automated than our other platform/process.
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Reliability and Availability
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
There have only been a few days/instances in the past 2.5 years of using zuora that I, personally have had issues or been notified of issues relating to Zuora.
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Performance
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
Zuora does a superb job for all the tasks I use it for. Billing - it is trustworthy and accurate. Customer data- it holds it and keeps past records for even cancelled accounts, and subscription builds - it has the ability to make very difficult subscriptions seem easy.
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Support Rating
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
A support request is emailed to their support team, then an automated response is sent to you in a couple hours saying "Hey, someone will take a look at your support request soon". Then somewhere around 12-18 hours later, an actual support member responds with "Have you checked out our tutorials? Here's one that sounds like it might help you". I don't want a tutorial given to me that I've already read through that only exists because of the terrible user design of Zuora's user interface
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In-Person Training
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
The onsite was so helpful and worth the hours spent. All three people that came to represent Zuora had a lot to offer.
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Online Training
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
It was reliable.
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Implementation Rating
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
I think Zuora did a great job. However, they could have provided more guidance on how to deal with out Payment Gateway and Processor provider, as well as guidance around providing a Mobile Responsive experience for sites using the Zuora HPM.
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Alternatives Considered
Zoho
Zoho [Subscriptions] is a lot easier to set up recurring payments and notifications than [Stripe] or [PayPal] alone. They offer notification reminders that will help manage clients, versus setting up an API [..] communication system [to] your own with the others. Clients have an easier time changing credit cards around in Zoho [Subscriptions,] whereas in Stripe and Paypal, you have a lot more manual work.
Thryv is [an] all in one [package] for both one time and recurring payments, which I prefer over Zoho [Subscriptions], without having to create new client files in each system; [Thryv] [...] also has notification options which is a time saver. Thryv can also send test email review requests after a trigger or an [invoice] has been paid, whereas you would have to create an API integration with another service to do so in Zoho [Subscriptions]. Overall, Zoho [Subscriptions] is a great system, for most of my personal clients logging into different systems for different needs. [In] addition to subscriptions, [this] is the downfall, but it [is] still a great option for many businesses.
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Zuora
In its focused area of subscription management, Zuora does well against competitors. There are some aspects of the tool that appear to attempt to be more "platform" oriented, but fall off quickly. NetSuite and SFDC are not reporting tools, but they look great when compared to Zuora in this regard. Zuora has scripting capabilities thru REST and SOAP (deprecated), but I have found it to be confusing and not particularly useful; much of the documentation and KB seems out-of-date or just plain wrong.
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Scalability
Zoho
No answers on this topic
Zuora
The product is capable of a lot, small companies and large companies can utilize it with ease
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Return on Investment
Zoho
  • Allows us to renew subscriptions.
  • Saves time in training users.
  • Auto renewals are easily managed.
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Zuora
  • It is automated to an extent that very less manual intervention is required. Which itself is an FTE saver. If on a traditional tool we were employing 5 members, now 1 for half a day for day to billing and subscriptions task suffices. This is just one team. Imagine what impact on the organization it would have brought.
  • If integrations are part of the project where Zuora is connecting the dots with other systems, I will recommend verifying the available tangibility with integrations. Batch runs could be effective in a slow-paced (<10-50 transactions per day) but in voluminous sides (>200-1000 transactions per day) I would encourage going for real-time solutions.
  • Billing's most integral part today is to be able to make swift updates, be it Contact updates, Date changes, Credit/Debit memo creation, and other accounting task. Zuora handles them very effectively and is really quick which is the edge in the fast-paced nature of business today where everything is required to be completed instantly.
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