Overview

Salesforce is the most advanced CRM on the market. It comes with a long list of innovative features for sales, marketing, and service teams. It also offers business modules, or "clouds," for industries such as healthcare, media, and the public sector. This makes for a complex, enterprise-grade CRM system that can serve businesses of every stripe.
If you're looking for a customizable CRM system with advanced (and affordable) marketing tools, Act! is a good choice. For more than 30 years, Act! has been finetuning its product and implementing new features based on the clients' needs. In some ways, the platform shows its age, such as the dated UI. But it doesn't lack for new and innovative marketing tools.

Ease of use

Once you master its handling, Salesforce opens up in all of its glory. But learning the ropes will take time and training; this is not a small, out-of-the-box CRM solution. Salesforce's commitment to innovation also means the CRM continuously adds more features, so there's always something new to learn. The interface itself is intuitive and well-designed, but some users trip over the mountain of features.
Act! does not rate highly for user-friendliness. Virtually no aspect of the tool is intuitive, including setting up your homepage and dashboards. You will require training or at least a video session just to get up and running. Act! has a gray, dated look and feel and clunky navigation. The interface also feels crowded, and it's hard to find what you need. The CRM features powerful marketing tools, but none of them are easy to use--even once you've learned how to operate them. Competitors like HubSpot and Keap offer similar tools that are simple to use. However, Act! is much more economical. This CRM presents a clear line in the sand--do you prefer usability or affordability? Almost no other CRM provides the extensive marketing features for this price tag.

Support

Salesforce offers three plans for customer service. The free support is limited to tech support and online resources. For tech support, simply submit an online support ticket. Free online resources are extensive and include demos, Trailblazer Community, and self-help portal, among others. The paid plan is 30% of your net subscription and offers 24/7 support, expert coaching, and developer support. You can also get a customized signature support plan. The price depends on the complexity of your support needs.
Several support channels are available via email, chat, and phone. In addition, Act! has a Quick Start Guide with the steps for the initial setting-up of the system. It gives you information on how to create new contacts, groups, and opportunities and how to import your data and set up marketing automation. There is also an extensive video library of tutorials. The Act! a blog is another helpful tool with tips on developing your business and building up a successful strategy.

Who is it for?

Salesforce's mission is to bring companies and their customers together. In theory, every customer-centric business can benefit from the Salesforce platform. However, the size and complexity of this CRM may be overwhelming for smaller organizations. You can do a free trial of the software and see for yourself.
Act! is best for small to medium-sized businesses that want advanced marketing tools at a fraction of the cost. Act! CRM will help you apply the right marketing strategy and multiply the number of your clients. API-supported software gives you the chance to integrate any app even if the system does not manually support it. However, users should allow for a significant learning curve and training time. You can try it free for 14 days to see if the system's benefits outweigh the outdated UI.

Ease of Use

4
3.7

Support

3.9
3.5

API Access

yes
yes

Free Trial

yes
yes

Free Version

no
no

Contact Management

yes
yes

Molile Access

yes
yes

Task Management

yes
yes

Social Integration

yes
yes

Email Marketing

yes
yes

Analytics & Dashboard

yes
yes

Lead Management

yes
yes

Marketing Automation

yes
yes

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To conclude, both solutions are worth your attention for boosting the business processes and enhancing the team performance.

Brief Comparison

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