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Is The Blackvue DR900X-2CH Worth it? In Depth Review

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Blackvue, a well-known South Korean manufacturer, debuted their most advanced dashcam in 2020, the DR900X 2CH. This model replaces the previous generation of DR900S and comes loaded with new features. The main selling point being it now has cloud integration built into the unit. So with the proper setup, you can monitor your vehicle 24/7 so long as there’s an internet connection. 

Worth reading: See our of the iRoad X10 4K UDH Dashcam

Choosing 1 or 2 channels

If you don’t think you’ll ever need a rear camera, choosing one channel is fine. However, if you ever plan to add a rear camera later, you’ll need to buy the two channels instead. The one-channel model isn’t compatible with a rear camera and is missing the actual port to plug in a rear camera. If you want dual channels and have front and rear cameras, you’ll need to make that decision upfront.

What’s in The Box?

Everything comes in what seems like suitable and compact packaging. Both the front and rear cameras, accessories, and wires are well packaged, and there’s no unnecessary packaging. We appreciate it when companies are environmentally conscious.

Inside the box is everything you’d expect and some more. There’s an abundance of cables and wires that you’ll need later for installation. One thing I noticed that Blackvue does that other manufacturer’s neglect is included installation tools. The pry tool was a lifesaver for me when installing, as it helped prevent damages that I otherwise would’ve had if I had used whatever tools I had.

Installation

If this is your first time installing a dashcam, I recommend checking out the following Youtubers. They’ve done a great job walking through the installation process, especially the hardwiring bit.

Some things to keep in mind when installing…

  1. Download the app first: Make sure you set the dashcam with the app first. Then test the mount in different positions and see how it appears on your phone. The included 3M tape sticks once you place it down, so you won’t be able to make any adjustments. Make sure to try different placements and adjust accordingly before permanently sticking the camera in place.
  2. Clean your windshield: The adhesive is strong but will slip off if the glass is dirty. Use a glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol to give the area a good wipe before mounting.
  3. Front & Rear end of the wire: The wire that connects the front and rear camera have a definite front and back end that’s labeled. Make sure you set up the front camera first, so you have it right.
  4. Accessibility to ports: When installing, ensure that all your ports and the microSD slot are accessible. Some vehicles (like mine) have a large center console on the windshield that can block access to these ports.
  5. Install the CM100 LTE Module simultaneously: If you plan to use the CM100 LTE module for WIFI connectivity, make sure to install it at the same time. This way, you’ll only need to cable-manage once.
  6. Use the pry tool: Use the included pry tool. Don’t try to use a screwdriver or anything with sharp edges. You could damage your interior or the wires.

Hardwiring

Previous models needed to have the Power Magic Pro device keep the dashcam running when the engine is off. Thankfully, the DR900X has a built-in low-voltage cutoff and comes with the hardwiring tools to connect the unit directly to your car.

I don’t see many reasons why you’d use the included cigarette lighter socket adapter. However, if you’re spending this much on a dashcam, you may also spend the time to install it right to take advantage of all the features that come with it. Many of the idle parking and live-view features require the unit to be hardwired, so keep that in mind.

Front Camera

The DR900X’s 8mp CMOS sensor captures actual 4K UDH footages at 30fps. I say “actual” because I’ve tested other 4K dashcams that claim to record in 4K, but it’s not genuine 4K. Their smaller sensor records the footage at a lower resolution and then upscale to 4K. The front camera has a viewing angle of 162 degrees, which is more than enough real estate to see everything ahead and even a glimpse of the sides.

Video quality is excellent if this is your first dashcam or an upgrade from a lesser model. The resolution and pixel density produce sharp images at a distance, but it still lags behind VIOFO and Thinkware’s comparable dashcams. This is surprising given that Blackvue was the first manufacturer to roll out 4K on their devices. Blackvue’s devices have a competitive edge before, and I wish they’d kept improving their image quality.

Rear Camera

The rear camera equips a Sony STARVIS CMOS sensor capable of shooting full HD 1080P at 30fps. It’s a reliable rear setup that will give exceptional video quality day or night. The 139-degree viewing angle is standard and gets the job done. Video quality is clear, and the 1080p resolution can make out license plates within about 15-20 feet during daylight hours with decent lighting.

MicroSD Capacity

When purchasing, you can choose from 32GB, 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB. These are NOT onboard storage, but instead of the size of microSD, they’ll ship with the unit. I would go with the 32GB and then purchase either the 128GB or 256GB microSD card separately to save some money.

The expandable storage can up to 256GB, which will give you about 21 hours of recording. That should be plenty for most use cases, including parking mode.

The microSD port is hidden behind a snap-on cover on the side of the front camera. This can be tricky and even frustrating if you frequently take your microSD card out to upload footage. I was not too fond of this because I find myself having to take the entire front camera off the mount to get the microSD card out. Hopefully, for the next iteration, Blackvue makes the microSD port more accessible.

Video Storage

Videos are saved on the microSD card and can also be uploaded to the cloud. Videos are optimized, and the file size is smaller than you’d expect, given it’s recording in full 4K UDH. This certainly helps to make the most out of your 256GB microSD capacity. Others have reported reduced video quality due to this optimization. However, it’s still lightyears better than 2K quality upscaled to 4K.

Cloud Integration

This is likely one of the main reasons you’re considering the DR900X, so let’s go over it in detail. There are a few requirements that you need to be aware of before buying this device.

Requirements for Cloud Integration

  1. Hardwire: You’ll need to use the hardwiring kit. A cigarette socket won’t do.
  2. CM100 LTE Module: You’ll need to purchase the $169 CM100 LTE module separately.
  3. Data plan: You’ll also need a sim card with a data plan to provide WIFI for the car.
  4. Blackvue Cloud subscription: Finally, you’ll need to have a subscription to Blackvue Cloud. Luckily, a free plan gives you up to 10 minutes of live view per day and 100 playbacks per month. If you need unlimited live view and playback, you can upgrade to the Smart Plan for $11.99/m.

Overall, this may seem daunting to first-time users, but it’s an essential requirement to get your vehicle set up for cloud recording. Blackvue isn’t making you do anything unnecessary.

Blackvue Cloud’s Subscription

Blackvue currently offers the best cloud-integrated dashcam on the market. Almost everything happens instantly. The real-time notifications are responsive. The live view also gives an actual live view with reasonably low latency, which is impressive. And whenever there are firmware updates, you can update directly from your phone.

Other manufacturers will try to make more money off their customers by offering a flimsy free plan lacking essential features. Then, they’ll force you to upgrade to a paid subscription at some point. As a consumer, we don’t appreciate these bait and switch schemes.

Fortunately, Blackvue’s free plan is also generous and gives plenty of value as-is. All the essentials you’ll need are included in the Free plan, including 5GB of storage (Smart plan also has 5GB). So you don’t need to upgrade unless you have a strong need for unlimited viewing, unlimited playback, and up to 365-day storage.

Robust App

Unlike the VIOFO, the Blackvue doesn’t have a screen. Instead, you’ll need to make all the adjustments via a paired Android/iOS app. Generally, these apps tend to be an afterthought and riddled with bugs (looking at you, Thinkware). Blackvue’s App, although barebone looking, is a breeze to use.

The branding was a bit sketchy since it didn’t look like a native app from the manufacturer. But once downloaded and connected, it works like a charm—no crashes, glitches, or features that don’t work.
When using a dashcam with an app interface, it’s important that the App works flawlessly and get constant updates. Otherwise, you’re stuck with a unit with tons of capabilities but no user interface to take advantage of them.

One thing I wish Blackvue had done was making the App look more polished and professional. Currently, iRoad dashcams have the best-looking and most robust App interface. Blackvue’s App experience is solid but only comes second.

Heat Tolerance

This is an area that the DR900X outshines its predecessor. The DR900S could only tolerate a temperature range from -20C (-4F) to 70C (158F). Meanwhile, the DR900X can withstand extremes from -20C (-4F) up to 80C (176F). This level of heat resistance puts the Blackvue on a comparable level of reliability as the iRoad X10 dashcam.

Philadelphia didn’t have the weather extremities needed to put this unit to the test, so we’ll have to take the manufacturer’s word for it.

Verdict

The Blackvue DR900X is one of the best dash cams you can buy in 2021. It has everything from 4k Resolution, Cloud-integration, high-temperature tolerance, a full suite of security and parked features, to an intuitive iOS/Android app. At $449, it’s certainly a premium, but you will get premium features for the price. Owner’s Mag highly recommends the Blackvue DR900X.

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Penji Review: How unlimited is it REALLY? (+25% Promo Code)

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Move over Fiverr. Unlimited graphic design services are the newest alternative to hiring a graphic designer. But, these services bring up many questions. For example: How unlimited is unlimited graphic design?

We tried out one of the top services: Penji.

Like many of their counterparts, Penji offers graphic design work on a monthly subscription. We put their promise of fast turnaround, high-quality, and affordability to the test.

You can submit as many design projects as you want via their online portal, and they’ll complete your requests one at a time until your queue is complete. This type of service promises to be a great added resource for teams to improve productivity.

Does it sound too good to be true? We thought so too. So, we signed up to see for ourselves.

This article was updated on June, 2021.

Quick Summary

As with any service, there are pros and cons. To help with your graphic design hiring decision, we decided to condense what we found in a bulleted list below. Here’s a quick summary of our review of Penji’s unlimited graphic design service.

(Still wondering what “unlimited graphic design” is? We explain what it is here.)

Pros

  • Easy and quick to create design projects
  • Storage for all my requested designs
  • VERY fast turnaround on most projects. I expected just 1 draft in 24 hours but instead received 3 drafts. Revisions were sometimes completed the same day I submitted them.
  • Helpful features such as a revision tool, ability to invite team members, brand profile, and more
  • Upbeat and direct communication from everyone I interact with
  • A dedicated and responsive account manager who replies within a few hours

Cons

  • Can’t call or talk to designers
  • Best if you have design projects ready to submit
  • Not available as an app

Overall Experience

Penji’s “unlimited” design model is a great choice if you have the right expectations going in. The service is affordable for growing businesses and their output is reliable. However, if you’re expecting to be on-call or face-to-face with your designer, this type of service is not for you.

Compared to designing yourself, hiring freelancers, or using Fiverr, Penji is a much better service and value by a long shot. Their team of designers lived up to the promise and exceeded my expectations.

Thinking of trying Penji out for yourself? Here’s a special promo code for Owner’s Mag readers:

Use the Penji promo code “OWNER25” to get 25% off your 1st month.


PENJI FULL REVIEW

We put Penji to the test by signing up, requesting a design, and examining the results. Here’s how it went.

Final Verdict

We get it. You want to know how it went without reading all the mumbo jumbo.

All four projects were completed within two weeks and I was impressed with how they all turned out. If I had paid hourly or per project, these would’ve easily cost me well above $1200+ to get done, and probably taken weeks.

With Penji, it took just a few days and I paid a fraction of what I would’ve paid elsewhere. Definitely impressed with both the turnaround, quality, communication, and value this startup has to offer.

But Penji isn’t without its flaws. The service definitely isn’t for everybody.

Who would benefit:

  • business owners
  • marketers
  • agencies
  • creatives with consistent design needs

If you don’t have a consistent need, the bill will start racking up after a couple of months and you won’t see the value in the subscription.

However, if you do happen to fit their target demographic, then there’s no better alternative out there. The speed and quality of their work easily rival other services I’d ever used. For $399 per month, this is an absolute steal.

What I Did Step by Step

Now, if you want to get into the meat of how it went, keep on reading for every detail of how I got from the sign up screen to the final project.

Signing Up For Penji

Signing up for Penji was a relatively quick and painless process. All of my questions were answered in less than 5 minutes by customer support via Intercom and another 2 minutes to complete the checkout process.

Communication with Penji’s Support Team

How fast and reliable a company’s support team is before you are an active customer is a reflection of what’s to come. If they’re unresponsive now, it will only get worse once I’m a customer. I reached out to Penji’s customer support team via their Intercom chat popup and got a response within 30 seconds, which is pretty good. I asked basic questions and the agent seemed knowledgeable.

Communication as a Customer

All communication is done online through Penji’s proprietary online portal. That includes revisions, feedback, and answering any questions my designers may have.

Communication with Your Designers

Penji assigned me 1 designer, Billie, and communication with her was easy. If you have used any messaging platforms like Slack, Facebook Messenger, or Discord, you’d be familiar with this form of communication.

Billie was responsive, attentive, and always seemed to have a positive attitude no matter how demanding my requests were. She had many questions about the projects, which I tried my best to answer as a customer. Though the back and forth took longer than I wanted, I realized she was just being thorough to get the design done right, which I appreciate.

Communication with Your Account Managers

They assigned me an Account Manager, Charmaine, who was very quick whenever I needed something. It usually takes just a few hours for me to get a reply via email from her. When I had an issue with one of the projects, she quickly stepped in and helped resolve the situation.

1. Choose the Right Package

All the packages are laid out with monthly, quarterly, and yearly pricing. Starting at $399 per month for the Pro plan, you’ll be able to make unlimited graphic design requests with a 24-48 hour turnaround. As your design needs grow, you’ll have the Team and Agency packages to choose from.

2. Checkout

The form is straightforward and easy to fill out. Checking out was a breeze and took about 2 minutes.


3. Submit a Design Project

Clicking on the “+ Create new project” button, I’m presented with a visual chart of all the design categories they offer. They offer an extensive selection of options and even the ability to request a custom project.

4. Fill Out the Request Form

Next, I filled out a short form detailing what I wanted them to design. For those of you who hate long forms, this one from Penji is easy to follow and doesn’t ask too many questions. Most of the questions are actually optional so you can be as descriptive or non-descriptive as you like.

My test projects

As a digital publisher, we produce content on a daily basis and always have a need for on-brand graphic design. I created several projects to test how well-rounded Penji is and how they handle both simple and complex requests. A simple banner should be difficult, but can they handle a complex infographic with lots of texts and imagery?

Here are my test projects:

  1. Blog Graphic: Best DSLR Camera Equipment For Beginners
  2. Custom Illustration: Best Vacuum Cleaner Money Can Buy
  3. Facebook Post: Isometric Tech Gadget Graphic
  4. Magazine Print Cover (Owner’s Magazine’s 2020 May Edition

Despite creating four projects, the entire process was quick and smooth. It only took a few minutes to create them and their internal platform was lightning fast. At this pace, I can see myself submitting multiple projects on their platform with ease.


Turnaround Time

I expected at least one draft the next day. What I didn’t expect were three drafts ready for review. To give you a comparison, most freelancers and design firms we’ve hired take several days to submit just one draft.

The designs were surprisingly good considering that it’s the first draft AND they had a 24-hour turnaround. After reviewing, I realized how they did it. Every project had a different designer. I wasn’t assigned just one designer. It was like having my very own virtual design team.

4. Requesting Revisions

Though the designs were good, I still needed a few revisions. The drafts were turned around usually the same day or by the next day. Their support agent actually told me it will take 24 hours to turn around revisions. The revisions that took 24 hours were typically much more involved.

Overall, revisions were quick. Most came back within a few hours after I submitted them.

My one gripe would be that I prefer to have some sort of real-time chat with my designer or at least have a Zoom call. That’s one thing I like about working with my freelancers. Whenever they were online, we could just have a back and forth conversation to get the revisions across. I can’t do that with Penji.

Built-in Revision Tool

Penji has a built-in revision tool that lets me click anywhere on the design to leave a revision. I found this incredibly useful as it enables me to pin-point what I want to change.


The Results

It took about 1 week to go back and forth with revisions and edits for all 4 design projects. At the end of the week, I received the final drafts for all three. Here are the results of the three test projects.

1. Blog Graphic: Best DSLR Camera Equipment For Beginners

This far exceeded my expectations and will more than do for the blog I’m writing about DSLR camera equipment. I think most designers would probably just stop with 1-2 icons and graphics for this design. My designer decided to add the tripod, three lenses, drone, backpack, and a whole entire stage lighting kit.

I didn’t ask for those, but I’m impressed with the quality of the design. No revisions needed. I approved this project on the first try.

2. Custom Illustration: Best Vacuum Cleaner Money Can Buy

For this project, I asked my designer Kei to do a custom illustration of a man vacuuming his floor. He actually drew it up and sent me a rough sketch first before he started coloring it in. That was an extra layer of care and attention to detail I wasn’t expecting. Needless to say, I approved of his drawing and he delivered this draft the next day.

Revision

Everything in this graphic was hand-drawn and then colored digitally. Like the first project, I couldn’t think of any revisions except asking him to put the texts “Best Vacuum Cleaner Money Can Buy” on the graphic.

He went the extra mile and designed the text to fit the graphics. See for yourself above. It’s details like these that I would have had to harass my freelancer and he would try to nickel and dime me for every revision. Great work Kei!

3. Facebook Post: Isometric Tech Gadget Graphic

My designer Jave’s first draft amazed me because of how much detail he put into this project. I had asked for an isometric graphic with various tech products laid out on an isometric glass plane. I honestly thought my description may have been a bit too vague, but he understood my vision even better than I did.

4. Magazine Print Cover (Owner’s Magazine’s 2020 May Edition)

My designer Billie gave me 3 versions of the magazine cover. I don’t like version 1 at all. It looks too templated. I personally like version 2 and 3 and left revision notes accordingly. The coronavirus image was entirely her idea and I love it.

Revision

This project took a bit longer than the others because my designer Billie had questions and we had a lot of back and forth. I didn’t mind at all since she was asking good questions that I should’ve included in my design request. Overall, I appreciated the extra time she took to understand me and the project better.

About three days later, I received another draft which blew everything before it out of the water.


Reviews From Other Sources

Because you may not take our word for it, here are some of the most recent reviews from other sources:

Jan Kartusek

Jorge Vila

IM Nights

Disclaimer: we receive an affiliate commission when the Penji promo code is used, however, the review is based on our experience.

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Fully Jarvis Standing Desks: Are They Worth $1,000+?

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Standing desks are all the rage nowadays, especially with the new work from home environment. Everyone is looking to “hack” their productivity, and getting a shiny new desk is one of the first items on that to-do list.

Standing desks are a hot item this year for good reasons. They’re practical, functional, and can help you be more effective. Unfortunately, there are just too many choices to choose from. You’ll find cheap $100 desks from Amazon that will ship the next day. On the other end, the premium brands such as Fully offer their desks in the $500 range. And if you’re feeling fancy, you can even go for their more premium line of standing desks – the Jarvis Designer Ply, which will set you back at least $1,000 with options.

Do you go with a cheap disposable desk? Or do you invest in a premium workstation? That’s a tricky question that only you can decide. However, we can help you figure out whether or not the Fully Jarvis standing desk is worth their asking price. So let’s dive right in!

About the company – Fully

Fully is a Portland, Oregon-based company founded in 2005. The company was initially called ErgoDepot and later renamed Fully. They also one of the few companies in the space that’s a Certified B Corp. For those who don’t know, qualifying as a Certified B Corp is incredibly difficult and requires the company to focuses on being environmentally responsible in all parts of their manufacturing process.

David Kahl, Fully’s founder, has a vision of making the workplace healthier and more vibrant by introducing movement and flow. Much of that vision can be seen in their products, all of which are easy on the eyes and have a natural look and feel.

The options & customizations

If you like customizations, you’re in the right place. Fully doesn’t shy away from offering a plethora of options for you to choose from. Anything from the table top’s material, size, color to the frame can be configured. The possibilities aren’t overwhelming, but they are more than what you’re used to when shopping for a new desk.

For our desk, we decided to go all out and try to customize a Jarvis desk to be in the $1,000+ range. Here’s our configuration.

  • Jarvis Designer Ply base price: $639
  • 60×30″ Designer Ply Top Blue (+$250)
  • 3-stage frame ($20)
  • Programmable memory handset (+$35)
  • Fully Desk Drawer ($59)

Our total came out to $1,101.44 with taxes and free shipping.

Intuitive customization & checkout

Shoutout to the website’s UX/UI designer for making this process intuitive and painless. Given the myriad of combinations, you’ll need a bit of guidance to figure out what you want. Fully’s checkout process shows you exactly how each option will look, so you don’t have to wonder what’s the difference between a Natural Bamboo and a Dark Bamboo finish. We include it in the review because it’s an essential part of the customer’s experience.

Assembly

Assembly was simple, the instructions were clear, and all the pieces were accurately labeled and fit perfectly. The entire assembly process took about an hour, which is pretty quick. All the nuts and bolts are perfectly marked and go in without any issues. I highly recommend following the instructions, particularly with how to orientate the legs. The frame and legs are weighty, and you’ll have a difficult time if you don’t build them on top of the tabletop.

One tiny little detail I appreciated was that all of the screws had thread lock on them. The blue glue-like substance on the screw’s tips ensures a snug fit and prevents it from unscrewing itself for the next thousand years.

This L Wrench…

I’ve reviewed and assembled other desks. However, this is the first time I’ve seen this type of L wrench. This odd-looking wrench made all the difference during the assembly process. This wrench needs to become a standard tool that comes with every desk. 

Build quality

The Fully desk’s build quality is exceptional. I expected a few holes to be slightly misaligned, but every holes and socket were precisely in place. In addition, the legs and frame have a wear-resistant coating similar to what you’d find on cars. This protective coat will help protect your desk from toddlers and pets. 

The tabletop has a textured finish that seems scratch-resistant. It’s thick, rigid, stable, and good-looking. The Fully desk doesn’t look out of place no matter which room you place it in. 

Attention to details

One thing Fully did exceptionally well was paying attention to the little details. The instruction manual is precise and detailed. The way they packaged everything made unpacking and finding all the parts easy (you don’t have to worry about accidentally throwing away the parts bag). And the quality of life details such as the extra-long Allen wrench and pre-installed thread lock made me feel like they genuinely care about my experience. 

Even the extension cords that it came with were thought out (see image above). Fully didn’t invent the angled plug, but they thought about it and cared enough to include it. I wish more companies paid this much attention to the little details. 

Functionality

Once the desk is fully set up, the last thing is connecting the wires and installing the control unit. You can screw the control unit on either the left or right side. The control unit doesn’t have physical buttons. Instead, it’s touch-sensitive with a digital display showing you the current height.

I’m not a fan of touch-sensitive controls and prefer the feedback of physical buttons of mechanical levers. The desk will automatically configure itself to the exact height from memory at a touch of a button. You can save up to four memory settings. 

The leg’s motors are relatively quiet and powerful despite their size. The legs can go down as far as 25.5 inches and rise as high as 51.1 inches. Although I’m not a fan of the touch controls, they are precise. With a bit of intuition, I could get the desk to stop at just the perfect height each time. 

Our verdict

Although my configuration came out to $1072 before taxes, it was worth every penny. It’s a beautiful, functional, and elegant tool that looks good in any room and can significantly enhance productivity. The Fully Jarvis is an exceptional standing desk that offers both form and function without compromises. So for all those looking to invest in their work from home setup, put the Fully Jarvis standing desk at the top of your shopping list. 

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What to Know About ClickSend

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At least 67% of consumers are comfortable texting a business for appointments or inquiries rather scheduling through email and call. So if you’re thinking about taking your SMS marketing to the next level, you’re on the right track. Due to our ever-evolving technology there are a lot of SMS marketing platforms to choose from. In this article, let’s take a deep dive and learn if ClickSend is one of the best SMS platforms out there. 

ClickSend Software Overview

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ClickSend is an SMS software for any type of business worldwide. Other than sending, receiving, and tracking SMS, it lets businesses send marketing or transactional memos to clients. It lets users send SMS using two ways: 

  1. From a user dashboard, using ClickSend’s SMS gateway. 
  2. Using a designed application program interface. 

How Does It Work?

ClickSend is one of the popular cloud-based providers for SMS. It offers a variety of features to address client’s SMS marketing needs and more. For example, brands can send and receive memos through API or dashboard via: 

  • SMS
  • MMS
  • Faxing
  • Email Messaging
  • Text-to-speech calls
  • Letters via online cloud
  • Rich messaging channel 

What Types of Businesses Uses ClickSend?

The SMS software is meant for medium and large enterprises. Specifically, the provider caters to industries such as: 

  • IT
  • Retail
  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • eCommerce
  • Hospitality 
  • Healthcare
  • Banking and finance
  • Sporting associations
  • Transport and logistics
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Emergency services 

ClickSend Features

Other than sending inbound and outbound SMS, ClickSend is a reliable provider that can improve communication. It allows users to: 

  • Send bills or invoices
  • Offer customer service via text message
  • Personalize advertising
  • Manage and analyze marketing leads
  • Oversee delivery communications with the suppliers
  • Send our promos to customers
  • Remind customers about meetings and event via SMS

ClickSend: Pros and Cons

In this section, let’s weigh the pros and cons of using ClickSend as the SMS provider of your business. 

ClickSend Pros

  • Pay-as-you-go system

Unlike other SMS providers, ClickSend only charges what you use. No need to pay for anything that’s not relevant to your business needs. You only need to pay for the company’s outgoing messages. There might be instances where your provider will charge some incoming messages. With this system, say goodbye to the wasteful monthly maintenance fee that’s never applicable to the services you REALLY need.  

  • Refund policy

Within a 14-day time frame, you can request for a refund. All you need to do is request within the time frame, and the ClickSend team will review your case. 

  • ClickSend will beat comparable cheaper quotes

According to ClickSend, they can bet cheaper quotes by other SMS providers. So before you inquire about their custom pricing, be sure to check the prices from ClickSend alternatives.

  • Internal and external communications

The software allows users to communicate via email, SMS, voice calls and faxes. It allows your business to connect externally with clients and internally with the staff members. The other perks of using it is the ability to reply to inbound messages directly from its platform. It saves you the hassle of switching applications. 

  • SMS gateway

Users highly praise the convenient SMS features of ClickSend. More specifically, they love its reply features that carry nearly any carrier options. 

  • Wider customer range

You can reach most countries without registration and additional cost. However, some countries need pre-registration, it depends on the regulation and restrictions of the country. 

  • Stellar customer support

The company offers great customer support for their users. You can reach ClickSend’s sales or support team via live chat. It’s also possible to access the Knowledge Base section of their website in case your inquiry has been addressed there. 

  • User-friendly software

Generally, ClickSend is simple to use. Users can easily upload their client contact list and send out bulk messages if needed.

  • Be up-to-date 

ClickSend has simple reporting and engagement metric features. It’s a convenient tool to let users see the exact numbers of the messages they’ve sent. Also, you can keep track of how many text messages bounced, so it allows you to act more efficiently. 

  • Zapier Integration

If your business uses Zapier, ClickSend has pre-built zaps for easy marketing automation. 

ClickSend Cons

  • Data export and sharing insights is not possible

As mentioned in the pros, ClickSend allows a simple reporting feature. However, it’s too simple. If you need to export and share your business insights, there’s no easy way available using the software. 

  • SMS campaign issues

Some users complain about a few issues in creating their SMS campaigns. There will be moments where you need to modify or adjust some settings. Others say that they need to recreate the copy of their campaign entirely, and go back to step one. 

  • Character limit

ClickSend has a tight character limit. It also does not allow you to use any emoji on your text as it automatically sets your SMS into “two messages.” As the pricing works on a per text basis, you might want to limit your message to one per recipient. 

  • Not great for time-sensitive SMS campaigns

Some reviews also say that sticking to a time-limited campaign is not easy. Basically, whenever you send out an SMS memo, ClickSend needs to approve them. So while the team conducts their approval process, this might cause a setback for campaigns that needed to be released on schedule. To avoid this possible issue, it’s best to set up your SMS campaign in advance. 

  • Not the SMS marketing software for developers

ClickSend is a simple SMS provider. So if you’re a developer, it will appear “too simple” in your perspective. As it is a great tool for marketers, ClickSend is not the software if you’re a developer. It’s not the ideal SMS marketing platform if you plan to do a lot of customized programming and automation.

ClickSend Pricing Plan

One of the pros of using ClickSend is their pay as you go pricing plan for outbound messages. It means you only need to pay for the services you’ve use.

Outbound SMS Pricing

ClickSend’s rate per estimated messages: 

  • Under 2,000 messages, $0.0271 per SMS
  • 2,000 or more, $0.0194 per SMS
  • 10,000 or more, $0.0132 per SMS
  • 100,000 or more, $0.0097 per SMS

For outbound messages higher than 200,000 you’ll need to contact ClickSend’s team to give your business a quotation. 

Inbound SMS Pricing

  • Always FREE

Dedicated ClickSend Number

  • $1.94 per month, no setup fee needed

Dedicated Shortcode

  • $1123.32 per month
  • $1123.32 setup fee

ClickSend: Frequently Asked Questions

Does ClickSend offer a free trial sign up? 

Yes. ClickSend offers a limited free trial.

Is it possible for multiple users to share one account?

It’s possible to add, manage and view as many accounts needed in your team. As the account owner, you can designate employees their own “subaccounts.” 

Does ClickSend have a character limit per message

We have two categories when it comes to ClickSend’s character limit: 

  • Standard 

Users have a 160-character limit per one Standard message. 

  • Unicode  

Unicode messages only allow up to 70 characters. 

Is it worth it to use ClickSend?

In the end, ClickSend is one of the best SMS marketing platforms that boasts high ratings from users. It has a user-friendly software that delivers efficient, reliable and satisfying results. 

Alternatives You Should Know About

If you’re still undecided if ClickSend is perfect SMS software for your business, you can explore other alternatives:

  • SimpleTexting
  • TextMagic
  • HeyMarket
  • Salesmsg
  • Yotpo

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