Is Smartlead any good?
Based on the verified Smartlead reviews on platforms like G2 and Capterra, people tend to use it for managing cold email campaigns. Does Smartlead do a good job? Depends on who you ask.
While some reviews (especially older ones) are positive, some Smartlead customers say they have to deal with inflated open rates and bad deliverability every once in a while. While not necessarily a deal breaker for some, these issues may become annoying or disruptive to you in the long run.
“[Smartlead] lies about helping warm your domain and once you start sending out campaigns, it shows you inflated open rates to keep you happy but in reality, your emails are landing in spam. ”
What about Outplay, then?
If you read what customers say about Outplay, you'll see that most of them have been using it for creating sequences for sales development for a while now.
But in recent Outplay reviews we see customers complain about confusing interface and poor integration with other platforms more and more often.
This may not be the best sign for people looking for a reliable tool.
“Everything about Outplay is frustrating. Workflow is buggy and nonsensical, separate "pages" for actions to manage prospects and campaigns.”
Which one should you pick?
If neither Smartlead nor Outplay feels like a perfect fit, and you're looking for a powerful cold email tool that can scale, you might want to consider QuickMail.
In fact, we'll pay you to try QuickMail.
We keep seeing companies (especially agencies) increasingly switch to QuickMail from both Smartlead and Outplay. We're yet to see our customers experience any of the problems mentioned above.
If you're strapped for time, here's QuickMail in 43 seconds.
Cold emails and timed follow-ups? As many as you want. With copy variations, A/B-tests, to-do steps, webhooks, and much more. Do whatever you want.
Inbox rotation? Check. Scale any campaign up and down by just selecting how many inboxes should send it. No campaign management hell here.
CRM integration? Our native HubSpot and Pipedrive integrations let you sync data and events both ways and are actually useful.
Zapier integration? Obviously. 13 triggers and actions that will work with the rest of your workflow.
Reliability? 99.99% uptime is the lowest we've ever had. That's less than 1 hour of downtime per year, mostly during nighttime maintenance.
Caring customer support? Hell yes! Our customers aren't getting canned replies, ever. They're getting their questions answered and their problems solved.
“Incredible software, incredible support... this is one of the most reliable and well built platforms I use.”
Scale campaigns easily and quickly
With QuickMail, you’re not limited to a single inbox per campaign. We're one of the few Smartlead or Outplay alternatives to have inbox rotation.
Just add an inbox (or five) to your existing campaign and we’ll spread the load across several inboxes. That way, you can increase the daily sending limit of a campaign without endangering your deliverability. All that with a single click.
Plus, you'll see how much easier it becomes to run AB-tests and make tweaks on a single campaign instead of a dozen.
Don't let Smartlead or Outplay put you at risk
When cold outreach is a crucial part of your business, the last thing you want to deal with is Smartlead or Outplay having stability issues.
QuickMail has been around since 2014, and we've invested heavily into making our software as stable and reliable as possible.
In fact, we're spending an outsized amount of time learning from our mistakes and incidents to make sure those won't happen twice. And we have our uptime to show for it.
Enjoy top-notch deliverability
If Smartlead or Outplay isn't delivering the emails that you send, nothing else will matter. QuickMail is laser-focused on getting your emails into people’s inboxes – from the way we handle sending to monitoring the health of your inbox.
Enjoy 2-way sync with your CRM
Does Smartlead or Outplay make it a pain to work with your CRM? QuickMail makes it a non-issue.
With our best-in-class HubSpot and Pipedrive (coming soon) integrations, you'll never have to worry about prospect data being out-of-date.
Sync people's personal details, contact information, tags, and custom attributes without having to waste your time double-checking if the info is updated in either system.
Enjoy the (truly) best support
Does Smartlead or Outplay support insult you by using canned replies, templates, or asking you to turn on and off your computer?
We won't. Our customer support is in the business of solving problems, not marking tickets closed.
“QuickMail is a great tool, we moved from [a different tool] and we can do so much more here. It has a bit more nuances, but once it's set up, it's really good. Thanks.”
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QuickMail shines where Smartlead and Outplay don't cut it. See for yourself, for free.