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Score 7.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

ActiveDEMAND

When choosing a marketing automation system, it is important to think of what exactly you want it to do. I think no matter what you are hoping to get out of a marketing automation platform, you can achieve it with ActiveDEMAND. It can be used for simple/basic marketing email sending and campaign execution or it can be used to develop a microsite, create sales and marketing kiosks, run multi-step campaigns, host protected assets or whatever you want to do with it. You can easily choose (or ignore) the modules and features to be as creative as you choose to be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

I want to start mentioning some features that make Pardot the best option on the market, I mainly recommend this tool because at present it is necessary that all the tools I use can work together, my use of Salesforce is of vital importance and I have the possibility Being using these two tools that have surprising integration for many people, I feel that it is my duty to recommend Pardot to everyone and I recommend it without thinking twice
Madison Sophia Bennett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
9.5
Pardot
7.8
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
6.6
Dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.7
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.2
Landing pages
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.5
A/B testing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.0
Mobile optimization
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.5
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.1
List management
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
8.6
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.0

Lead Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.6
Lead nurturing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.3
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.9
Data quality management
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.2
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.8

Campaign Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.4
Pardot
8.1
Calendaring
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.1
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
8.1

Social Media Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.0
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
6.5
Social profile integration
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
7.4
Dashboards
ActiveDEMAND
8.8
Pardot
7.4
Standard reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
7.0
Custom reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.6

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.6
API
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.6
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.0
Customizability
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.8
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
Pardot
9.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
Pardot
5.4

Pros

ActiveDEMAND

  • Customer Service - this company EXCELS at customer service, always answering our questions and being helpful.
  • Innovative Ideas - they stay on top of the trends in marketing, offer ways for us to incorporate these items into our efforts.
  • Friendly staff - the staff at ActiveDEMAND are great to work with and are responsive to our needs.
Kelly Hicks | 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

ActiveDEMAND

  • Reporting - Though the reporting is extensive and very very good... I sometimes miss a simplified view of email opens/clicks/link clicks etc.
  • Don't get me wrong, you can get to this data in ActiveDEMAND relatively easily, the default views through the campaign dashboard are just quite detailed (which some people would probably prefer) and I just don't think that we need that level of reporting on first glance. That being said, I do love the option to drill down and uncover the complex detailed data when i do want it (ActiveDEMAND is very good at this).
  • One element of reporting that I would also like would be an event registrant report showing all registered people (this part exists) and their responses on the registration form they completed to register for the event. (These things would be dietary restrictions, industry, customized responses to other event related questions).
  • I also wish the reports autorefreshed more frequently.
  • ICS Files - Right now there are work arounds for loading an ICS file (Calendar meeting invite file) that can be accessed in campaign assets. I just wish this was more native to the tool.
  • Archive Filing - Now, first of all, it is so amazing that ActiveDEMAND even has an archiving feature... I LOVE this. One small downside, however, is that the archiving cannot be organized using a folder structure or anything. I would like to be able to group my live events together, then group my webinars together etc.
Anonymous | 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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 1.5
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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

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

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

ActiveDEMAND

Vertical Response wasn't a full marketing platform at the time when we used it, but it was clunky and the tech support wasn't easy to use. I like the one-on-one response we get from ActiveDemand and really being on a first name basis with the folks there
Kelly Hicks | 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

Return on Investment

ActiveDEMAND

  • Simplified email marketing and event management
  • Better tracking of leads
  • Better intelligence about which initiatives are working well and where future opportunities lie
  • Less reliant on IT department/third party to execute our online marketing
Anonymous | 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

ActiveDEMAND

General

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

ActiveDEMAND Editions & Modules

Edition
Call Tracking$31
Email Marketer$72
Small Business Marketer$692
Corporate Marketer$1992
Agency Marketer$7992
  1. Per Phone Number/mth
  2. 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

ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
1.5

Usability

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
8.5

Reliability and Availability

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
7.5

Performance

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
8.3

Support Rating

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
6.4

In-Person Training

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
9.0

Online Training

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
8.1

Implementation Rating

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
8.2

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