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The Best Sumo Me Alternative – Icegram

Last updated on June 23, 2016

Being a marketer, blogger or an online store owner, the most important element you need is the email list.

Now how about getting this super important element (List builder) for FREE? People find it a little difficult to digest the fact that awesome things are available for free!!

Here are two FREE List Builder plugins Sumo Me and Icegram. Both are absolutely amazing in their own way and in this post we dig deeper on the various features and how they compare with each other.

The First Impression- Main Focus Of These Plugins

List Building v/s Increase Conversion 

Sumo Me focuses more on list building while Icegram focuses a notch higher – lead generation and converting visitors into subscribers along with list building.

Various Message Types & Their Positions

5 messages v/s 4 messages

Here are 5 message types that SumoMe offers along with their position the user can choose to display. It also offers targeting rules as to when and whom to show messages and on which page.

1. List Builder-appears on the centre of the page

Sumome List builder

2. Scroll Box -any one of the 4 corners of the screen

Sumome Scroll box
Sumo Me Scroll box

3. Contact Form-can be placed anywhere on the screen

SumoMe Contact form
SumoMe Contact form

4. Smart Bar- top or bottom of the screen

Sumome Smartbar1
Sumome Smartbar1

5. Welcome Mat- takes the entire screen space.

Sumome Welcomemat
Sumome Welcomemat

On the other hand, Icegram offers 4 free Message types with the following display positions and also offers targeting rules as to when and whom to show messages and on which page.

1. Popup-appears on the centre of the page

Icegram Popup
Icegram Popup

2. Action Bars (header/footer bar)- top or bottom of the screen

Icegram Action bar
Icegram Action bar

3. Messenger- right or left hand corner of the screen

Icegram Messenger
Icegram Messenger

4. Toast Notifications- placed anywhere on the screen except on the sides of centre part

Icegram Toast Notification
Icegram Toast Notification

Figuring out the Difference in Message Types

The message types Sumo Me offers-list builder, scroll mat and contact form; all three are almost the same in appearance with only difference being the display position and size.

Sumo Me provides very similar Message type. Only change in the position.

While in Icegram, all the 4 message types stand out completely different from each other and that’s the reason they are called innovative and attention grabbing messages.


Icegram also provides the Welcome Mat feature (Overlays) that takes the whole screen space but it’s a paid addon but cheaper than any SumoMe upgrade plan.

Icegram has a total of 12 different message types out of which 4 are free and rest 8 are paid add-ons. Each one of them are completely different and each one of them serves different purposes.

Message Types Available in the Icegram Premium Addons
Message Types Available in the Icegram Premium Addons

These include- Overlays, Stickies, Ribbons, Sidebars, Tabs, Badges, Inline, Interstitial.

For example, you can use stickies for reminders, tabs for feedback/survey, badges to display winners and so on. Try out each of the demos.

Themes/Design Templates Provided

SumoMe provides only 1 free theme for list builder, scroll box and contact form

Smart bar has 2 free themes

SumoMe Smartbars 2 free default themes
SumoMe Smartbars 2 free default themes

Welcome mat comes with 3 free themes.

SumoMe Welcome Mat 3 free default themes
SumoMe Welcome Mat 3 free default themes

Sumo Me has a total of 8 in free collection.

All these default free themes can be changed for its background color, button color, heading, font.
You can view the changes as it’s a visual editor. SumoMe has a good collection of themes for its 5 message types but all are available only in the pro-plan.

Each pro-plan for a message type costs a $20/month.

On the other hand, Icegram has a whooping collection of free 20  attention grabbing themes-

6 popup themes

Icegram 6 free popup themes
Icegram 6 free popup themes

4 action bar themes

Icegram 4 free action bar themes
Icegram 4 free action bar themes

4 messenger themes

Icegram 4 free messenger themes
Icegram 4 free messenger themes

6 toast notifications themes

Icegram 6 free toast notification themes
Icegram 6 free toast notification themes

Just like Sumo Me, Icegram also allows you to change the colors of these various themes. thus allowing you to create a message type that fits the color palette of your website.

Premium Themes in Icegram

Icegram too has paid themes which includes a total of 79 in its wonderful collection set- 20(free)+ 17 themes in Theme Pack 2014 & 42 themes in Theme Pack 2015.

All it’s themes including the free can be customized for changes. Advanced customization needs a simple coding.

Test Message Before it Goes Live – Preview Option

SumoMe doesn’t provide a preview of your message on website before making it live.
Icegram on the other hand provides a preview of your message on the website before making it live.

Simplicity of the Editing Panel

SumoMe has an editing panel for design, behavior, targeting where all its features are listed on the left hand side one below the other into different sections. You need to save the changes for each before switching on to the next one.

SumoMe Editing Panel

Icegram editing panel is simple and consists of a single page. Thus, you don’t need to save changes again and again as in the case of Sumo Me.

Icegram-campaign-creation editing panel
Icegram-campaign-creation editing panel



SumoMe messages comes with their branding by default-be it Powered by SumoMe or the crown shape logo.

SumoMe Branding by default
SumoMe Branding by default

If such branding is forced in messages, the visitors attention gets immediately diverted to the crown and not to your own message. The result is you lose leads.

Inorder to remove this branding you have to pay the following sum.

$20/month for each app respectively
$40/month for email pro
$100/month for pro

These plans don’t have Sumo Me branding in them.

Icegram, on the other hand has no branding in any of its messages and branding in free messages is removed by default. Let your visitor give full attention to your own message and get converted to add up to your list.
On the contrary, there is an option to enable Icegram logo in messages-user’s choice.

So, what is free if branding removal costs you a wholesome of penny?

Other Free Tools

SumoMe provides-

  • Analytics: Heat Maps and Content Analysis
  • Social Media Sharers: Share, Image Sharer, Highlighter
  • Traffic: Discover

Icegram on the other hand provides-

Final Take

Thus, SumoMe provides more free tools than Icegram. But Icegram is useful in a variety of cases. As a matter of fact, Icegram claims it can be used in infinite situations and even lists 33 possible uses cases on its site.

Let us know which one you prefer and why in the comments section below!

You may also read this article to get more insights on Sumo Me vs Icegram

3 thoughts on “The Best Sumo Me Alternative – Icegram

  1. Hello.
    I would like to know whether IceGram provides free social sharing bar.
    In Sumo, I see that as with the free version.

    Also, I find that Sumo takes a considerable part of loading time.
    what about IceGram. Can you show any benchmarks.

    1. Hi Palla,

      Icegram has taken care of the loading aspect internally and thus, it loads faster than most of it’s counter parts.
      As for the social sharing bar, Icegram’s free version provides you with popups, action bars, messengers and toast notifications. You can add your social sharing icon in either the popup, action bar (header/ footer) or the messenger easily.
      Here’s an article we wrote on ‘How to show social sharing icons using Icegram‘ Check it out.


  2. I have been using SUMO for 3 years now, I first used it on my blogger blog before switching to my WP blog. And I must confess the user feel isn’t the same as with the blogger blog…. Everything looks so difficult setting up on WP with SUMO upgrades… Going to try ICEGRAM asap on my health blog ?

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