Meeting scheduler tools have taken the sales world by storm. And the popularity is for good reason.
Booking a sales call, consult or plain ole meeting was so difficult to do. The busier the people, the harder it is to find a time on everyone’s calendar. If you’ve looked for one of these schedulers for more than a couple of minutes — it’s likely Calendly has come up.
They were one of the first in this space and still are a fantastic tool for booking meetings.
It’s not surprising, that with their sole focus being meetings, Calendly has the advantage in this category.
Some of their biggest wins would be:
Calendly does have a good number of integrations with other marketing and sales tools, but Gist’s advantage is in the all-in-one platform.
With Gist’s scheduler, you can use it with our bots, in our live chats, via our email marketing tool and other tools we offer for one price. That said, Calendly is the better meeting scheduler.
Calendly takes the win here, big time. If you’re only looking to add a meeting scheduler to your current stack, it might work for you.
Live chat is exactly what the title states — the ability to have conversations on your site with visitors while they’re on your webpages.
With Gist, you have the ability to chat with visitors, leads and current customers. Our live chat also seamlessly works with all the other tools of our platform to help you:
Calendly doesn’t offer live chat.
Without a feature to compare, the live chat win goes to Gist.
If you have an e-commerce store, software (or SaaS, or any medium to high-volume business — a help desk can seriously help your support team.
Gist’s help desk allows you to:
This is another feature not offered by Calendly.
Without a customer support feature, this category goes to Gist.
Complicated products or procedures that are poorly understood can lead to low conversions, high churn and fewer customers succeeding with your brand.
A knowledge base is a series of articles in a database which explain individual elements and features of your products and services.
Gist’s knowledge base feature allows you to:
At this time, Calendly doesn’t offer a knowledge base feature.
Gist’s knowledge base is the winner here, especially with nothing to compare from Calendly.
Chat bots are perfect for businesses who want a crafted, interactive experience on the most important pages of your website (or important features in your app).
Gist gives you the ability to create intuitive bots that perform loads of different interactions with site/app visitors.
A few examples include:
With Calendly’s focus on meetings alone, they do not offer a chat bot feature.
Bots are a marketing tool that will become increasingly important and without a tool to compare, Gist wins.
Building, growing and nurturing a quality email list is so crucial for virtually any business type with an online presence.
A well-crafted email list can:
Gist’s email marketing feature allows you to build a list, segment subscribers and send multiple types of emails. Users can send the following electronics mail types:
Calendly does not offer an email marketing feature.
Email is still on top in terms of staying in touch with your target audience and thwarting off the reduce organic reach from third-party platforms. Gist wins email marketing.
Marketing automations are amazing for several reasons, including:
Gist’s marketing automation allows users to set up triggers, based on events and tags (that you also create). Actions can be set for each trigger to automate a number of events.
Calendly does not offer automation.
Using automations can really help alleviate the number of people handling mundane tasks that can be forgotten and handled poorly. Gist wins this category.
Gist has a lightweight forms product that gives you the ability to create 6 different types of forms.
These forms can then be put on your site based on a variety of display conditions. Your forms can be shown on certain pages, specific times and a number of other conditions to ensure the right forms are showing up in the right place.
These forms can then be used to collect contact data for email marketing and can also be used to set up automations (e.g. send a lead magnet upon subscription).
Without email or automation, Calendly doesn’t offer a forms feature.
Our forms open up a world of list-growth and automation. Gist wins this category.
Calendly offers one central product with a few features to compliment that one tool.
Gist offers a number of different tools that encompass the marketing, sales and support processes of a business.
Comparing pricing is a bit difficult with such different models.
In order to review, I’ll list the details and give some thoughts.
Calendly has 3 plans:
Gist’s has 4 plan options.
Our free plan rivals many paid plans from competitors. Really. Here’s what you get:
Growth gets you everything in the free plan and up to 1000 contacts. It also opens up our marketing automation and visual workflows.
In addition to all the free features, the Growth Plan includes:
This plan also includes everything in the free version. In addition to those free tools, you’ll also get:
With our “All-in-One Plan”, you get everything. And the pricing is $9 per user plus the Growth Plan price, based on the number of contacts you have.
So, if you have fewer than 1000 contacts and 2 users, the price would be $24.99 + $18 = 42.99.
It’s really some of the most affordable pricing on the market. The power of 8 tools for the price of 1 (with more coming soon).
Essentially, both free plans get you meetings. Calendly’s scheduler is better. But with Gist,’s free plan it’s like combining Calendly, MailChimp and a live chat tool — in one dashboard. Gist wins the pricing here.
There are probably businesses or roles out there that are booking a large number of meetings with multiple members in those meetings. High-volume, multi-participant meetings would probably be better suited with Calendly.
However, most businesses can harness their entire process of marketing, sales and support with one platform for a single price.
Gist offers a number of different tools that Calendly will likely never offer. While their meeting scheduler is great, Calendly does not have nearly the capabilities of Gist.
Interested in switching from Calendly to Gist? Here’s a guide for migrating specifically from Calendly.