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Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign is especially good for businesses that would like to connect their online store with their email marketing platform to maximize returns. What sets ActiveCampaign apart from all other email platforms is its ability to lead potential buyers through automated flows. If you are just looking to deliver your monthly newsletters ActiveCampaign is likely too much power, and price for what you need. But if you want the most customizable experience for your customers and potential customers then ActiveCampaign truly stands alone as the best available platform.
Tim Weatherall | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

I would strongly recommend Pardot to anyone who is looking for transforming their b2b marketing strategy to the next level. W/O much intervention and efforts Pardot allows you to create and run most personalized marketing initiatives for your prospects and audiences! It's ultimate scalability as you go ramping up your marketing and audiences is also appreciable, Overall a good, feature rich and well packaged marketing automation platform!
Abhinav Rama | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.4
Pardot
7.8
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Pardot
6.7
Dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Pardot
8.0
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveCampaign
8.0
Pardot
8.2
Landing pages
ActiveCampaign
7.1
Pardot
7.4
A/B testing
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Pardot
8.2
Mobile optimization
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Pardot
7.8
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Pardot
7.9
List management
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Pardot
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveCampaign
9.1
Pardot
8.0

Lead Management

ActiveCampaign
8.5
Pardot
7.9
Lead nurturing
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Pardot
7.6
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Pardot
8.3
Data quality management
ActiveCampaign
8.2
Pardot
7.7
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Pardot
8.0

Campaign Management

ActiveCampaign
7.9
Pardot
7.8
Calendaring
ActiveCampaign
7.7
Pardot
7.7
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Pardot
7.8

Social Media Marketing

ActiveCampaign
8.3
Pardot
7.2
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Pardot
6.9
Social profile integration
ActiveCampaign
8.1
Pardot
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveCampaign
8.5
Pardot
7.2
Dashboards
ActiveCampaign
8.5
Pardot
7.3
Standard reports
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Pardot
7.1
Custom reports
ActiveCampaign
8.3
Pardot
7.3

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveCampaign
8.7
Pardot
7.6
API
ActiveCampaign
8.7
Pardot
7.7
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveCampaign
8.4
Pardot
7.4
Customizability
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Pardot
7.7
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveCampaign
8.6
Pardot
9.3
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveCampaign
8.9
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveCampaign
8.8
Pardot
5.4

Pros

ActiveCampaign

  • The automation triggers and workflow commands available are impressive. Very robust, it's so robust I don't know what's capable of doing since I stick to foundational triggers
  • The tagging system and segmentation approach is convenient since one can create segments from different places
  • I was relatively simple to navigate around the platform. (finding where are the lists, campaigns, automations.
  • I liked the quick ability to search for specific contacts based on status and tags.
Juan R. Arroyo Yap | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Pardot enables you to set up different environments via the Pardot Business Unit feature, this is helpful for when decentralization is still needed, but you want all business units working with the same tool.
  • Pardot enables you to quickly and easily create automation rules that can clean the database retro-actively.
  • Pardot has the ability to have multiple lead scoring models run at the same time.
Robert Nagelmaker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

ActiveCampaign

  • With the high level of customization, can be complex or overwhelming for some new users
  • Would like the ability to add some features a la carte instead of having to upgrade
  • Some reports can feel a little limited and the ability to create custom reports and charts/graphs would be nice
Kim McCumber | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Email templates and drafts are really confusing. I trained various people to create their own templates, but they consistently got confused between publishing a template or just saving a draft, and where they needed to go back to find it.
  • Their help process is broken, at least for our particular use case. Because we have an enterprise license for Salesforce (even though we had a separate license for Pardot) whenever I needed help with something, I'd get stuck down a rabbit hole and couldn't submit a ticket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.1
Based on 17 answers
For our clients (Course creators, event hosts & managers, business leaders that have existing marketing in place and want to grow past 6 & 7 figures), we highly recommend ActiveCampaign, because:
  • Broad capabilities - ability to create individual emails to specific segments (the right people) at the right time (predictive sending for the greatest likelihood of conversion) and automated flows so that our clients are generating revenue
  • Integrations - We run ads for our clients, and ActiveCampaign automatically creates dynamic audiences for our social media platforms so that our ads are going to audiences that have just opened or clicked emails (or that follows up with people who haven't engaged). The number of programs that ActiveCampaign connects to makes the marketing a seamless experience for our clients.
  • Visualization of data - With the flow builder, you can see where people are in the process, what tags are being applied overall - makes it so much easier to create email marketing solutions for clients.
  • Reporting - The ability to see specific open, click, and conversion rates in one place.
  • Outstanding customer support - Having the ActiveCampaign team behind you makes it easy to recommend and use it for clients.
page V | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 1.6
Based on 86 answers
As of right now we have not seen any other program that integrates as seamlessly into our Salesforce platform. We have barely scratched the surface of all the features and use cases. It would be irresponsible to make a move to another platform in the near future. We have not come up against any limitations that would prompt a need to switch
Karol Clark | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.1
Based on 33 answers
ActiveCampaign has been the easiest marketing automation software we have ever used. They provide tips throughout the entire process of anything you are building. Their support team through LIVE CHAT has been extremely fast and helpful. The monthly meetings provided with the enablement team has helped us through several large and urgent needs.
Matt Dickerson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 8.5
Based on 17 answers
The system has so many features that it does take a while to get spun up on what they all do and how they interact with each other. Once you dedicate the time to training to reach that crucial level of understanding however, it is easy to creatively apply the varied functionality of the program to address issues that would have previously seemed to mandate the use of another system.
Marshall Darr | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 9.1
Based on 5 answers
I've never had ActiveCampaign down for maintenance. I'm sure they update things, but they always seem to manage to stay live. Also, I've had very few errors, if any. None come to mind. This might be to due to the fact I focus on building things as simply as possible, but I also believe it's due to the quality of the software.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 7.5
Based on 8 answers
There have been a couple of service incidents over the past few months. I'm not sure if it has to do with Pardot integrating their infrastructure with ExactTarget. However, they responded well with proactive communication and a debrief as to what happened.
Pam Risch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.6
Based on 5 answers
ActiveCampaign works seamlessly with the other tools I use. It integrates directly with most. And if no direct integration is available, there is almost always one you can make using Zapier. I've yet to run into a technical error that prevented me from doing something I wanted to be able to do.
Ben Marcoux Roofing Lead Generation Expert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 8.3
Based on 5 answers
Though the make up of MA apps is not built this way today, it would be nice to see them become more real-time. The integration between Salesforce and Pardot is not a true real-time integration. If I modify something in Salesforce, those changes are not automatically reflected in Pardot immediately. There is a delay of about 15 minutes before the systems sync. This delay, although not long, is less than ideal We would love the systems to be integrated real time such that changes are propagated from one system to the other immediately.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 6.7
Based on 38 answers
This might be the best part. The chat support lady offered to make a video to help me solve my problem. I worked in customer service for years and I've never done that, lol. So, if they're offering things like that, I can only imagine that they'd be able to handle most any issue you throw at them.
Chesare Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 6.4
Based on 15 answers
Pardot support is tremendous. The knowledge base and in-application targeted help articles and videos are thorough and straightforward. If those don't do it, Pardot has office hours every business day with members of the team available to answer anything. I've called twice and they are incredibly helpful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 7.3
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Pardot

Pardot 9.0
Based on 3 answers
The trainers at the Pardot user conference (Elevate and Connections) were very knowledgeable and presented the material well. Again, the content was targeted to more of a new user audience, and was not really relevant for folks who had been using the product for 2+ years.
Pam Risch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

ActiveCampaign

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 8.1
Based on 7 answers
Pardot's online training touches on all topics briefly and vaguely without much indepth exploration into how a final outcome could look, such as Nurturing Campaigns, Email templates, landing page templates, etc...The only true way to uncover Pardot's full capabilities is to have Front End design and coding experience. Without this key skill set, I would not recommend Pardot to another business.
Sean Marsh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.5
Based on 11 answers
Very satisfied with our implementation in our professional medical practice, allowing us to be on top of client service, and not miss out on crucial information and insights. Marketing is often neglected in professional practices and ActiveCampaign solved this problem with aplomb.
William Ainslie | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 8.2
Based on 11 answers
Love the tool, so much easier to see what our visitors are doing, creating campaigns etc. One recommendation about forms in campaigns etc is to make sure the form is not shared between countries. To send out notifications to responsible, you should have one form per country or question.
Anna Johansson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

ActiveCampaign

MC was great but was too expensive and limited in scope for unlimited send caps. AWeber has a good email builder but at that time didn't have webhooks, making it difficult to use to meet our needs. ActiveCampaign solved both of these problems by giving us unlimited sends and providing a robust API to manage our registration process and offer our members a way to update their details in real-time.
Lee McIntosh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

We moved from Act-On to Pardot almost a year ago. The way Pardot integrates with Salesforce and is able to report on the communications really drew us to change. We enjoyed the customization of the emails and the easier set up of the emails. Both products are similar but as stated, the reporting and processes were positive to my organization. The upside of Act-On is the ability to make lists and learn the system on your own. Pardot requires much more training on the front end.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign 8.8
Based on 4 answers
My web designer told me about Active Campaign and although I don't recall which platform I had before, I LOVE Active Campaign and its user friendliness. The transition was seamless and I've never had a problem with functionality or server failure.
Active Campaign provides so many features, and makes it easy for non-techies to maneuver around the site with ease. They capture information and put it in an easy-to-read format.
At this point, I don't think I'd ever use any other platform!
Michelle Hill | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

ActiveCampaign

  • I went from 0-50 new emails on my list in a matter of weeks, due to the simplicity and functionality of the landing pages/forms.
  • Because of the great email tracking features, I was able to observe and shift my emails so that I went from a 15% open rate to a 50% open rate.
Triana Garrett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • We spent several months and lots of money working with a outside integration partner, only to find out the journey we were trying to automate couldn't really be done and was better suited for Marketing Cloud. We ended up cancelling and switching to Marketing Cloud.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

ActiveCampaign

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

ActiveCampaign Editions & Modules

Edition
Lite$9.001
Plus$492
Professional$1293
Enterprise$2294
  1. Per Month [3 Users]
  2. Per Month [25 Users]
  3. Per Month [50 Users]
  4. Per Month [Unlimited Users]
Additional Pricing Details

Pardot

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Pardot Editions & Modules

Edition
Growth$1,2501
Plus$2,5001
Advanced$4,0001
Premium$15,0001
  1. /month/up to 10,000 contacts billed annually
Additional Pricing Details
Salesforce Engage, an additional offering for sales and marketing alignment, is priced at $50 per month per user.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveCampaign
9.0
Pardot
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveCampaign
9.1
Pardot
1.6

Usability

ActiveCampaign
8.1
Pardot
8.5

Reliability and Availability

ActiveCampaign
9.1
Pardot
7.5

Performance

ActiveCampaign
8.6
Pardot
8.3

Support Rating

ActiveCampaign
6.7
Pardot
6.4

In-Person Training

ActiveCampaign
7.3
Pardot
9.0

Online Training

ActiveCampaign
Pardot
8.1

Implementation Rating

ActiveCampaign
8.5
Pardot
8.2

Scalability

ActiveCampaign
8.8
Pardot

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