01-18-2010 06:16 AM
At presnt I use another company. Upsides are they are very good and the cost is approx £250 per year. Just looked at Swiftpage and initially it looks pretty hard to edit templates and seems to be a lot more expensive - I worked out for our use it would be about £550 per year.
it would save me having to perform a lookup and exporting data which is good. Has anyone used them and have any feedback to give me?
01-18-2010 01:34 PM
Swiftpage is a great product. Very reliable.
Integrates directly with pretty much all the versions of Act!, thus alleviates uploads and downloads.
Currently they have two different template editors depending upon level of sophistication you need. You can also create email templates in external editors and import.
Give the free trial a try - got nothing to lose.
01-18-2010 07:40 PM
The integration with ACT! is critical to me personally. I personally create my templates and upload, as the template editor is definitely a weak spot, although I've never used a competitor, so am not certain if what they might have is any better.
Why the Pro version? Is it the call list or the 1000 emails/day?
01-18-2010 08:33 PM
Our experience with Swiftpage is mixed. There are two areas that need immediate attention.
1. HTML template editor is not up to the task.
2. The campaign (drip marketing) tool does not allow for modifying the campaign part way through. That is contrary to good marketing technique where you should fine tune your campaign based on progressive response to it. In Swiftpage it requires you to create a new campaign.
On the plus side it is a much better deal than some of the competition that lures you in...watch for the detail and up-sell in the 'to good to be true' offers out there.
01-19-2010 01:26 AM
The 1000 per day would be a problem to me in that I email 5000 twice a month. It would be a pain having to break it down into batches of 1000 at a time.
I've had a quick look round the template editor and it's so much more complicated thatn my presesnt one (Eshot - which has a really simle wysiwyg on line format)
i can see that the integration with ACT is a massive plus but haven't been that impressed with the template editor. Apart from the fact that it looks really messy and bitty it doesn't seem very intuitive. I shall persevere.
Thank you everyone for the feedback.
01-20-2010 08:46 AM
We recently released our new editor in beta. If you would like to be switched over to that editor to test it out, just let me know and I can let our developers make that change for you. Your templates and information will all be transfered as well. You can email me at email@example.com.
For the others participating in this conversation, if you would also like to be part of the beta editor please email me as well.
02-18-2010 08:30 AM
Quick update... signed up to Swiftpage, did a 30 minute training video, easily sorted my template and sent my first bulk email.
Very impressed, easy to use and have had excellent support from the people at Swiftpage. The template editor may look old but once you actually use it it's great.
Worth watching the traing vid a) because it contains really useful info but b) because the woman doing the vid sounds soooooooo bored it's majestic! Made me laugh anyway.
06-20-2010 09:47 PM
gtdc, With regards to your update, is this with the new beta version? I would like to see what the new beta version gives me before i sign up for a fully fledged version.
If anyone else has actually used the beta version and can give an update that would be great.