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Likelihood to Recommend

Act-On

Act-On [Software] has a good online reputation and its one of the few companies with transparent pricing. It is a strong choice for businesses that value marketing insights to drive social media and CRM. I consider this software a versatile digital marketing partner because of its scalability to meet every need of the business.
Toby Bottin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Maintaining [a] database and sending out emails for campaigns and webinars are the best ways to use Marketo. We always want to use Marketo in our reports because it helps us to define our problems and the solutions we need to do. Lastly, it is connected to one of our CRM, where we [are] able to have a smooth process to make enhancements.Less appropriate will always be the glitches that we encounter or security measures that need when we upload a lot of bad data so that we can minimize uploading that kind of data.
Rodolfo Cardeno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Act-On
9.3
Marketo
7.9
WYSIWYG email editor
Act-On
9.5
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Act-On
9.3
Marketo
7.5
Ability to test dynamic content
Act-On
9.1
Marketo
7.8
Landing pages
Act-On
9.1
Marketo
7.4
A/B testing
Act-On
9.4
Marketo
8.0
Mobile optimization
Act-On
9.6
Marketo
7.0
Email deliverability reporting
Act-On
8.9
Marketo
8.6
List management
Act-On
9.4
Marketo
8.7
Triggered drip sequences
Act-On
9.2
Marketo
8.9

Lead Management

Act-On
9.5
Marketo
8.4
Lead nurturing
Act-On
9.6
Marketo
8.5
Lead scoring and grading
Act-On
9.9
Marketo
8.7
Data quality management
Act-On
9.3
Marketo
8.1
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Act-On
9.2
Marketo
8.4

Campaign Management

Act-On
8.1
Marketo
7.5
Calendaring
Act-On
6.8
Marketo
6.8
Event/webinar marketing
Act-On
9.4
Marketo
8.2

Social Media Marketing

Act-On
9.4
Marketo
6.5
Social sharing and campaigns
Act-On
9.4
Marketo
7.1
Social profile integration
Act-On
9.4
Marketo
5.9

Reporting & Analytics

Act-On
9.1
Marketo
7.3
Dashboards
Act-On
9.0
Marketo
7.3
Standard reports
Act-On
8.8
Marketo
7.4
Custom reports
Act-On
9.5
Marketo
7.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Act-On
9.3
Marketo
7.9
API
Act-On
9.1
Marketo
8.5
Role-based workflow & approvals
Act-On
9.1
Marketo
7.9
Customizability
Act-On
9.5
Marketo
7.7
Integration with Salesforce.com
Act-On
9.5
Marketo
8.8
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Act-On
9.4
Marketo
7.6
Integration with SugarCRM
Act-On
9.0
Marketo
7.1

Pros

Act-On

  • Establishes a simple but very decisive way of how to perform specialized marketing work.
  • It includes the monitoring of advertising networks or account management on digital platforms and social networks.
  • The support is solid; it takes all the suggestions and doubts I have regarding the software.
Korey Migdal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • The ability to clone entire programs and campaigns should not be underestimated as a marketing manager. This is a stand-out feature that other automation tools can't do (yet) in my experience.
  • myTokens: Campaign-based/local variables that can be used in emails and landing pages for everything from basic text, rich text, email scripts, CSS, scoring, and more. Set up your emails and LPs with myTokens and you'll be able to create an entire campaign without opening the email or LP editor. Clone program, update myTokens, test, and launch.
  • Engagement Programs: let you quickly create basic email nurture tracks with ease. Currently EPs can only send on a cadence of once per week, but future product release announcements suggest variable cadence will be possible soon.
  • AB Testing: using Email Programs and AB Test or ABCDEFG Test is simple to set up and report on. Manually chose the winner of your test or have Marketo choose automatically.
Greg Beazley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Act-On

  • The designer tools, especially for emails, were often difficult to use. The formatting of the text would be all over the place and change / refuse to change at random. Moving boxes around was shifty and sometimes nearly impossible. It just wasn't customizeable enough. No "undo" functionality either.
  • The only way to collect information expansively over time (there's a term Act-On uses for it, I can't recall) where it adds questions to the form each time a user fills it out, is if the person were to fill out the same form multiple times. I know this does happen for some websites/resources, but as a company that wanted to collect new information each time someone filled out any form, regardless of the resource or the URL, that was simply not an option, and that doesn't really make a lot of sense. I know it's not really possible to track someone but if they filled out the first part of the form and then it added new questions to answer, and then they submitted and got through the gating, that would actually be helpful.
  • There was no "trash can" of sorts in case you deleted something by mistake. This could be so stress-inducing if it was a major project. My coworker did this once, contacted Act-On, they couldn't even recover it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • It would be nice to have an expansive view of all active triggers and flows.
  • Some reporting functions can take quite a bit of time to execute if they use too much data.
  • Some error codes and mistakes can take time to uncover/solve.
Matt Davidson | 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 7.4
Based on 146 answers
We're likely to renew for several reasons:
  • Now that it's been implemented, I can't imagine not having marketing automation and the easy interface that Marketo provides to run our campaigns
  • Marketo's community and customer service is fantastic; I know that when I need help, I'll get it
  • Marketo continues to improve the product, so I know that I can expect it to be even more useful in the future
Dan Prokop | 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 5.0
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 28 answers
I have always found them quick to respond to my query by web inquiry. In those instances when I call, I have always reached help quickly. They are conscientious and skilled in discussing my concern and finding a solution to my problem. Other tech organizations should use Act-On as a model for top-notch customer service.
Eric Kinaitis, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 8.2
Based on 46 answers
Marketo provides different way and abilities to connect. If you are having product support or unexplained errors you can get someone on Marketo support 24 hours a day. One of Marketo's greatest assets in my opinion however would be the community. Often times our company is just looking for case success stories from someone else. In the community you can search for problems you are currently facing and see others having the same issue and solutions for those issues. If not, you can pose a question to the whole community and champions of the product and others can chime in to provide suggestions to fix your needs. The community is truly a 24/7 place to get your answers quickly.
Brittany Stover | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Act-On

Act-On 8.2
Based on 26 answers
Great for the most part. Sometimes there are little lags, but that's likely because I'm requesting to see a lot of data at one time.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.4
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 78 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 6.7
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
Dan D. was great. He took the time to understand how I needed the program to run, and was very flexible to our special CRM setup.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.9
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 5.4
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 44 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

Act-On is easier to use than Marketo, but not as visually appealing and user-friendly as HubSpot. It's much better than Pardot, as Pardot feel clunky every step of the way. SharpSpring is comparable because of its price point but surpasses Act-On in its tools and intuitive interface. We selected Act-On because of the pricing model and thought all things would be close to parity with other options. It depends on the team you have. If you have developers and a marketing team that knows some html/css, you can get by with Act-On.
Kyle Moloo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo is the most comprehensive marketing automation tool out there. It allows you to have visibility into your programs, campaigns, conversions and important KPI reporting for the leadership team. It is an all inclusive api automation platform that connect to your entire ecosystem for important attainment and cohort analysis.
Patricia Pouncey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Act-On

Act-On 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Before I feel like I need more features, the Act-On customer service reps are contacting me telling about new features as part of my account.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 8.6
Based on 9 answers
We look at scaleability in a few different ways. First, the speed while using Marketo has remained relatively the same as our database has grown. Though I would say Marketo is slow at times, it has not gotten slower over the last few years. If anything, it has improved, and they are working to improve it. Second, the amount of programs we have developed in Marketo has exponentially grown as well. Marketo has allowed us to drastically increase our output without having to drastically increase our headcount.
Jennifer Robertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Act-On

  • With the Automated Series, we were able to put in place campaigns that generated revenue that took no time to continue running once set up. This was a positive feature allowing employees to work on another project while the campaign ran on their own.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Improved efficiency across teams in the business. When you don't have to manually send out emails, you gain more time back!
  • More targeted lead nurture has led to faster lead conversion and real-time engagement. In today's day and age, customers want the right CTA at their fingertips and Marketo can provide that.
Crystal Vaughan | 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

Marketo Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

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