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Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

Act-On is well suited for your business if you have a lot of contacts and are averse to the pay by the contact model of competing marketing automation software. Act-On charges by emails sent, not by how many contacts are in the database, so it makes it a great place to store everything, even if you aren't engaging with some of those contacts
Kyle Moloo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo is really the only choice for large enterprise Marketing organizations, in my opinion. It scales better than other platforms with similar functionalities and is easier to use. Competitors' products in this space will require more "technical" users with coding and database management backgrounds, or will flat out not handle the volume. Marketo is in the sweet spot. If you have Salesforce or Dynamics and are in a large or medium-sized organization, especially if you are in a B2B oriented industry, Marketo is for you.I am personally currently in the Higher Education industry, and Marketo works well in that space, though we sometimes need to seek workarounds for some areas of functionality that are B2B-focused.Small businesses may price out of Marketo, especially if they have a large database or B2C orientation, but it is still worth a look. That said, I personally implemented Marketo at two different small software and services shops with 100-150 employees, and they both still use the tool 5-10 years later. For organizations that are going to want to do only traditional batch/blast email campaigns and have small databases, Marketo will work, but you'll be paying for leaving a lot of capability on the table.
Matt Gomez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
7.7
Marketo
7.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
7.4
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Act-On
6.9
Marketo
7.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
7.1
Marketo
7.5
Landing pages
Act-On
7.5
Marketo
6.7
A/B testing
Act-On
7.3
Marketo
7.4
Mobile optimization
Act-On
8.2
Marketo
7.1
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.1
Marketo
8.2
List management
Act-On
8.5
Marketo
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
8.2
Marketo
8.4

Lead Management

Act-On
7.8
Marketo
8.1
Lead nurturing
Act-On
8.3
Marketo
8.1
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
8.1
Marketo
8.2
Data quality management
Act-On
7.1
Marketo
8.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
7.6
Marketo
8.1

Campaign Management

Act-On
7.5
Marketo
7.3
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Marketo
6.6
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
8.2
Marketo
7.9

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
6.2
Marketo
6.6
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
6.4
Marketo
6.5
Social profile integration
Act-On
5.9
Marketo
6.6

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
7.0
Marketo
6.8
Dashboards
Act-On
7.2
Marketo
6.7
Standard reports
Act-On
7.4
Marketo
7.0
Custom reports
Act-On
6.3
Marketo
6.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
7.9
Marketo
7.4
API
Act-On
6.9
Marketo
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
7.6
Marketo
7.8
Customizability
Act-On
7.1
Marketo
7.6
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
8.3
Marketo
8.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
8.4
Marketo
6.7
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
8.8
Marketo
6.0

Pros

Act-On

  • Act-On's customer service is exceptional, they are quick and thorough when you are needing help. For example, we could not figure out how to automate a birthday date for our birthday campaign and the representative was able to walk through the process with myself and another team member. This is a strength of Act-On because many other companies do not have customer services that will speak with you, they direct you to blogs or informational sessions.
  • The landing pages that Act-On has created for use on the web is exceptional. The formatting is very user-friendly and the templates are great to navigate. The landing pages allow you to make the page fit whatever campaign or reason you are in need of. This is a strength of Act-On because the landing pages resolve the issue of having to create actual web pages.
  • The spam feature of Act-On's emails is a great add on. This feature allows you to test how the spam alerts are triggered in your email and how you can fix it. This has helped many emails be developed in a way so that they reach many more people than they would have without this feature. many other programs do not have this feature.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Flexibility - It has a lot to offer, but you don't have to have it all. There are a lot of integrations that allow you to set up your MarTech environment however you want.
  • Usability - Marketo is pretty straightforward to use, and there are a lot of resource documents and community available to help mitigate any issues a user might have.
  • Comprehensive - There's a huge range of features that Marketo has built into it that can be bolted on. I accept there are other tools out there there that do "more", but Marketo's features are comprehensive and operate in a local environment.
  • Support - Marketo's support feature and team are fantastic. They've always been willing and able to help with simple and complex queries in a highly professional manner. The Marketo Community backs this up - with both Marketo Support and Marketo Experts providing insight and responses to queries.
Josh Pickles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Act-On

  • Landing Page Design. The drag and drop builder is OK. But it feels very limited for someone who has a good knowledge of HTML, CSS, Javascript, etc. Inevitably, there will be something that you simply can't do in Act-On that you could do in a standard web design environment.
  • No Server Side Scripts. There isn't any way to retrieve data in your lists and add it to a landing page. Basically, you can't use any data stored in an Act-On list and add it to a landing page.
  • It's limited. There is simply some data you can't pull from Act-On and into a 3rd Party Reporting app.
Dave Moll | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Pricing -- Marketo is clearly designed for a premium market, and most people will not be able to get in at the price point it starts from. This is a con especially for small businesses who do not always have the resources to invest in a solution like this.
  • Analytic reports within Marketo are not the greatest. I feel that there is more data you can view, and smart lists do not always work as they are supposed to.
  • It must also be said that Marketo does have a steep learning curve, and in some cases, you may need to hire a specialist to help you with the integration process. This can add to your cost.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Act-On

Act-On 8.9
Based on 112 answers
It's my single biggest asset in my current role. With limited resources, its enabled Anachron to punch well above our weight marketing wise and although we're still at the beginning of our journey I know the system can scale with us
Damian Leslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.8
Based on 146 answers
The renewal process with Marketo can be very frustrating. The first year I managed the renewal for my company, I received a quote from the rep with additional products that I had not even inquired about. Additionally, as a result of an increased database size that required us to go up one tier level, we saw our price jump by over 25%. This year, we are decreasing our database size by at least two tier levels and so far I'm disappointed to see that there will be very minimal savings, despite having much less data to store.
Valerie Armstrong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 32 answers
It's good, but not quite brilliant. Some parts of the interface are still a bit outdated. The product has been evolving very fast, though, and I believe in a few months it will be up there with the best of them, interface wise as well.
Diogo Cabral | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.4
Based on 88 answers
There's a fair amount of flexibility, but as you start moving beyond the basics and get into more complex programs, it gets a bit cumbersome; for example, flexible drip campaigns that can customize / change content based on triggers after the initial start. Some way of normalizing scoring so older, less intensive users don't overshadow newer, more-intense users. Etc.For a basic setup and taking control of the user flow from contact to lead without leaks, Marketo is awesome, once you've got the core data governance and standardized processes in place.Template design is difficult - designers find it restrictive and there is a LOT of debugging needed, with finished templates sometimes behaving very oddly in some environments - adding / deleting code snippets, disabling some scripts - not enough to break it, but definitely some odd behaviors
Ashish Tewari | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 14 answers
This product has never been down when I needed it
Ian Nate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 8.2
Based on 46 answers
There are performance issues that make it seem like it's down sometimes. The backlog of campaign triggers etc. can be a real issue. The issue is probably more around performance than uptime.
Jennifer Robertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Act-On

Act-On 8.2
Based on 13 answers
It takes a few minutes to sync with Salesforce (SFDC) but other than that its pretty fast and I have not noticed a large lag at any point thus far.
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.6
Based on 56 answers
There are times when it is slightly slow for us, where we sit on a screen waiting for it to load. This could be our internet since we have had the same issue occasionally with other systems, but it is enough to make you crazy.
Amber Hobson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Act-On

Act-On 7.3
Based on 39 answers
Since we start using Act-on for ourselves and our clients, we have been supported very well. Often we need to integrate with legacy systems and we find the support team on our side during the whole endeavor. Always asking if they can help us further, always willing to do a better job. The support of Act-On is one of the main differentiators
Harold Klaassen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.3
Based on 154 answers
On multiple occasions we've had Marketo support (technical and license based) issues. Technical issues were minor and resolved within a day. License based issues (even things encouraged by Marketo for partners, like provisioning another license) took WEEKS. They actually took so long to respond that the client we were working with withdrew from the contract because they were no longer convinced Marketo was capable of supporting their business. As an agency trying to sell the software, you can only explain away so much before they just made us look silly.
Emilee Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Act-On

Act-On 8.7
Based on 4 answers
My Account Manager has led me through countless amounts of training on the product as a whole and through some of my integrations.
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.4
Based on 11 answers
Our account rep stopped out in Lincoln, NE to ensure we were properly set up and running. This was very much appreciated. I was very, very new at this point, so I can't comment very much on the extent of what was taught because I was still brand new to the company and the system
Kristi Eide | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Act-On

Act-On 9.3
Based on 16 answers
Act-On had a lot of resources, and their staff was great at answering any questions I had to make sure we got started on the right foot. Looking back, I would have preferred some additional training sessions since we didn't have any previous experience with Marketing Automation and best practices.
Carrie Scheetz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.2
Based on 27 answers
I had never used Marketo prior to taking this job so online training was my starting point. I was able to follow along, it was interesting and quickly and efficiently taught me what I needed to know without a lot of fluff. It was far from boring and really helped me get my hands dirty with Marketo.
Robert Barrett, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Act-On

Act-On 8.6
Based on 22 answers
What impressed me most is that Act-On showed full committment in making our implementation successful, even when it required additional support from their team. This gave me a lot of warm and fuzzy feelings. Most other software software vendors are not anywhere close to being this responsive and effective
Prabal Roy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.3
Based on 108 answers
1. Have a content marketing plan to run in parallel with the marketing automation installation--you'll need a lot of content to make full use of Marketo's capabilities.2. Work with sales (and ISRs) to define and document a workflow--build your Marketo installation around how you do business--not figure out how to apply your business to the tools3. Spend time of data cleaning--both an initial project as well as a strategy for ongoing data management. We found some change manaement issues (no more appending ZZZ to the first name to identify contacts who have left the company, for example, or prohibiting the entry of "info@company.com" email addresses).4. Find some champions in the sales and ISR teams. You'll have both fans and detractors--work with the fans to build some success stories
Steve Susina | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Act-On

HubSpot's pricing tiers are much cheaper in some cases, and they provide some of the tools that are included with Act-On Software's premium tiers. I believe Act-On has more versatility in tracking conversion and other rates out-of-the-box compared HubSpot, which is why we chose Act-On for our production metrics and have continued using their products.
Fedor Paretsky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Honestly, they are the industry leader for a reason. Their database like approach in interface and the way the product functions could be confusing or intimidating for some people, but once you see the power it has, and get the hang of it - you'll never look back. We honestly couldn't do some of the things we do without Marketo, and they probably have ME as a customer for life. If I'm consulting with other companies, honestly, it depends on what you're looking for. If you have a simple use case, a simple solution like Pardot or Act-On will probably suffice. If you want advanced targeting capabilities, data cleanliness and automation, advanced segmenting, form completion actions, and industry leading scoring, then I wouldn't look further than Marketo. More of a steep learning curve, but trust me - it's absolutely worth it!
Ian Nate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Marketo

Marketo 8.3
Based on 9 answers
As we have grown, Marketo has grown with us. We started with simple single email campaigns and are now doing complex campaigns with multiple emails and tracks that we send a contact to if they take certain actions within our emails. We also have a complex integration with several systems and have the visibility into our marketing activities throughout our organization.
Amber Hobson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Act-On

  • Increased employee efficiency for sure, I am able to churn out so many more emails than if I did it manually.
  • Better customer service - we honor opt-outs and unsubscribes automatically, ensuring that our prospects do not receive any more emails than they want.
  • ROI - the ability to schedule emails and plan ahead helps us stay on top of our marketing calendar and produce more marketing messages, leading to more sales. Well worth the investment.
Paloma Nazar | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Massive increase in efficiency for sales/service/customer success reps -- automation manages their workflow and communication letting them focus on what they do best and increase customer satisfaction.
  • Much faster deployment of programs and campaigns.
  • Big gains in conversion and revenue through better nurturing, lead scoring, lead management.
Justin Norris | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Act-On

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Act-On Editions & Modules

Edition
Professional$9001
Enterprise$2,0002
  1. per month (starts at 2,500 active contacts)
  2. per month ( starts at 2,500 active contacts)
Additional Pricing Details
The Professional package starts at 2,500 active contacts, 3 marketing users, 50 sales users and 30,000 API calls per day. The Enterprise package starts at 2,500 active contacts, 6 marketing users, 100 sales users and 30,000 API calls per day. Annual contract required.

Marketo

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
TBD*

* depends on scope and complexity

Marketo Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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