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HubSpot Alternative - Engagebay Comparison


When you look at HubSpot’s pricing page, It’s clear that it is meant for mid-level businesses and enterprises. Where do small businesses go?

EngageBay has all the tools a marketing team needs. It is an affordable, feature-rich HubSpot alternative.

  • NO compromise on features
  • NO predatory pricing
  • EVERYTHING you need to automate your marketing and grow your online business
  • AT PRICES that are very affordable.

EngageBay brings the power of HubSpot into the hands of small businesses.

Intrigued? Let’s tell you more about why EngageBay is one of the best HubSpot alternatives in 2018.

REASON NO.01

Reduce your marketing budget by over 90%


EngageBay offers you the flexibility of monthly and annual payments. Our Basic plan costs $7/month and our Enterprise plan costs $200/month. If you don’t need a dedicated IP or account manager, you can select the $64/month plan. For those looking for a free alternative to HubSpot, we have a forever free plan or a 14-day free trial on all paid plans.

REASON NO.02

Get more out of your marketing money


When looking for HubSpot alternatives, clients want lower prices and value for their money. Our least expensive plan gives you 2.5 times more contacts at less than one-fifth of price of similar plan at HubSpot. We offer 100,000 contacts in our Enterprise plan - this is 10X higher than HubSpot’s most expensive plan.

REASON NO.03

Save even more money with smart pricing


At EngageBay, we follow a usage-based pricing model. You get 5000-20,000 FREE EMAILS depending on your plan. For more emails, you just buy email extension packs.

REASON NO.04

No annual commitments required


At EngageBay, we have monthly and annual payments for all plans. You can try out any plan for as many months as you like, before you pay for the full year. No need to hastily buy an annual plan and then regret wasting your money. If you are unhappy, don’t renew the plan. That’s another way how EngageBay is friendly to small businesses!

REASON NO.05

No locking into your blog


You pay such a high amount so you would expect at least some customer-friendly features. One of the biggest annoyances of using HubSpot is that it locks into your blog after installation. EngageBay doesn’t lock in into your blog. When you decide to leave EngageBay, there will be no dependency with us. EngageBay is truly the HubSpot alternative you were looking for!

Comparison of EngageBay to HubSpot

Despite HubSpot being at the position they are as a sales and marketing automation provider, their email designer remains rudimentary. You still have to customize email and landing page templates by constructing individual components.

Practically, every marketing company does the same drag-and-drop design. It's nothing new in it; the email designer has seen no innovation.

Introducing an all-new fluid email designer - exclusively from EngageBay

With EngageBay’s new point-click-customize your templates in minutes. Just bring your content and use our tool to create the best email of your life!

To make email design a breeze, we have not one, but two levels of templates. When you try to add a section into a template, you will not see components to drag and drop. You will see this screen:

With EngageBay, you get built-in section templates.

Do you need to design a header? Pick up any of the beautiful, pre-designed header templates.

Want to design something else but not the header? We have 8 different types of section templates for you to customize, including Gallery and Testimonials!

With HubSpot, you might design these in about 15-20 minutes by dragging each component on to the email design space. EngageBay customers design this in 5-10 minutes!

Freedom to use your own CMS

HubSpot has their own custom CMS. The whole industry relies on WordPress as the standard content management system. There are thousands of WordPress plugins and themes which you will need in the long run. There's also tremendous industry support for WordPress. It is the same tried and tested system which you have been using for years now.

With EngageBay, you can bring WordPress or any other CMS you want. HubSpot's higher plans, where it provides you its own proprietary CMS, are the opposite; you can't change the CMS provided by HubSpot.

Imagine being stuck with a custom CMS and dreaming about using WordPress. Wouldn't that be awkward?

Pricing Comparison - EngageBay vs HubSpot

Let’s see how EngageBay customers are saving money - and how much money you will save when you switch from HubSpot to EngageBay!

Here is a comparison of features of EngageBay and HubSpot. This table includes all features required to establish a proper marketing automation setup, and the corresponding cost of it on both platforms.

  HubSpot EngageBay
Lead Nurturing Email Sequences YES YES
Email Lists $50/month $6.99/month **
Landing Pages $800/month $23.99/month **
Social Media $800/month $23.99/month **
Email Designer You can customize templates with individual components, but no component templates available. You save your time by customizing email templates with component templates. A simplified point-click-customize designer creates a fantastic fluid design experience.
A/B (Split) Testing $800/month $23.99/month **
Web Pop Ups and Inline Forms $50/month $6.99/month **
Marketing Automation $800/month $23.99/month **
Monthly Cost+ $800/month (no yearly pricing) $63.99/month **
One-time Onboarding Fee+ $3000 $0
First Payment+ $12,600 (mandatory yearly pricing) $767.88 (optional yearly pricing) **
Number of Contacts+ 1,000 Contacts 25,000 Contacts

+ For Professional plan only (of both companies)
** Net pricing applicable for yearly contracts only, month-by-month pricing is also available.

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs

  • I am on a low budget. What do I get for free on EngageBay?

    EngageBay’s Free Plan provides $20 worth of emails for free. So you have enough resources to leverage email marketing for growth in those early days.

    You also get up to 5 free landing pages.

    HubSpot doesn’t give you more than a stack of emails for free. Yes, they have unlimited contacts but you can only store them. There is no list creation or email marketing available in HubSpot’s Forever Free plan.

  • Because you have different sections for marketing and sales teams, is there a possibility of miscommunication in the team?

    At EngageBay, we have identified miscommunication between the marketing and sales team as the biggest productivity killer.

    We divided the two sections as both teams perform a largely different set of tasks. We could create a combined interface. It would have become complicated and then you would take a long time to learn on your own.

    Be rest assured. Our design works for you and everyone in your team. Both sections, marketing and sales, access the same data. This reduces and almost nullifies the effect of miscommunication between the teams.

  • Do you also charge an on-boarding fee like HubSpot?

    On top of astronomical prices, HubSpot also charges an onboarding fee; they train you and your team for this fee. Depending on the plan you buy, HubSpot’s onboarding fee could be anywhere between $600 and $3000.

    We don’t serve the same set of customers like HubSpot. Our pricing and design are optimized for smaller and younger business who aspire to be million-dollar, multinational corporations one day.

    Unlike HubSpot, EngageBay has no mandatory on-boarding fee. If you get stuck anywhere, our support associates are there to help you.

  • What features does an EngageBay customer get for less than $100/month?

    Even with their $50/month Starter plan, HubSpot’s email marketing features are limited:

    • You cannot send more than 5 emails per month to each contact.
    • List segmentation is included but its criteria are limited.
    • No landing pages, no calls-to-action, no social media integration, no a/b testing, no triggers, no marketing automation in HubSpot $50/month plan. For using any of these functionalities, you will have to invest in extra tools.

    On HubSpot, all these functions will cost $800/month paid yearly. There is also a mandatory on-boarding fee of $3000 that you can’t skip. It takes over $15,000 of initial payment to get started - and that’s even before adding the taxes.

    You need landing pages, A/B testing, detailed segmentation, and marketing automation to have a growth-enabling ecosystem. It helps your marketing team thrive and achieve or even exceed your marketing goals.

    At EngageBay, you can enjoy all these features for just $79.99/month. Your payment goes down even further to just $63.99/month, if you purchase an yearly contract. No onboarding fees, no hidden charges, and guaranteed phone support included in this plan.

  • How much money will I save with EngageBay?

    If you do decide to take the plunge and pay for HubSpot, you’ll be charged more than just your monthly fee. There’s both a mandatory on-boarding session fee and the yearly payment, both of which you pay at the start of becoming a HubSpot user.

    For availing significant functionalities in HubSpot, you will need to buy their Professional plan, which costs $800 per month. Along with the onboarding fee of $3000 and monthly payments of $800 for all twelve months, your first payment to HubSpot will be $12,600 (+ taxes)!

    In contrast, EngageBay offers you:

    • All features in your plan and email/chat support accessible without any extra onboarding or training fee.
    • Affordable plans for growing businesses. Our Pro plan costs you less than $80/month. We also have discounts on yearly payment on all plans. The yearly version of the Pro plan costs less than $64/month.

    Theoretically (i.e. before taxes), this means you pay less with for EngageBay for the entire year, than what would you pay HubSpot for just one month. Give your hard-working employees a raise or take them on a vacation with all the money saved on not paying the onboarding fee.

    For more details, check our pricing page.

  • Is EngageBay suitable for startups or small companies?

    List creation and management, email sequences, and email/phone support - all these features cost at least $50/month with HubSpot. EngageBay understands the budget constraints for small businesses.

    All these features are included in our Basic plan starting from $6.99/month if you bill annually and $9.99/month for monthly billing.

    Need more features? Our Growth plan provides more features for less than $25/month (yearly contract). The next higher plan, Pro plan, costs you less than $64 and it covers almost all features we have to offer!

    Your budget isn’t unlimited, nor is your time. By trying to learn and integrate several other programs or software into your current system, you waste time. Yet manually doing all your marketing sucks up even more time.

    Our founders are owners of startups and small businesses just like you. We understand that money is tight in those early days. We also know how important it is to successfully market your new company. HubSpot’s audience seems to be mid-sized or even Fortune 500 companies with unlimited budgets instead of small businesses like yours.

    That’s why we’re here. EngageBay is made for small businesses who want all the marketing features of HubSpot but without the hefty price tag.

    We have aligned our pricing with budgets of most growing companies. Our most expensive package, the Enterprise package, costs less than $200/month . With that, you get priority support, account-based marketing, a white-label complete SEO toolkit, thousands of emails, and unlimited web forms and contacts.

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