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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

Pardot is well suited when you have an organization that wants to get multiple communications out on different levels and to an array of individuals. The reporting systems of Pardot as well as the ability to plan multiple campaigns within the program is unparalleled. Pardot allows you to gain valuable data from the emails sent and more importantly the individuals who opened and interacted with the emails.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
9.5
Pardot
7.7
WYSIWYG email editor
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
6.7
Dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
6.9
Ability to test dynamic content
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.3
Landing pages
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
6.8
A/B testing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.5
Mobile optimization
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.7
Email deliverability reporting
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.4
List management
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
8.2
Triggered drip sequences
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.3

Lead Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
8.0
Lead nurturing
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
8.3
Lead scoring and grading
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
8.6
Data quality management
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.8

Campaign Management

ActiveDEMAND
9.4
Pardot
7.7
Calendaring
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.7
Event/webinar marketing
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
7.8

Social Media Marketing

ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
6.7
Social sharing and campaigns
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
5.9
Social profile integration
ActiveDEMAND
8.6
Pardot
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
7.0
Dashboards
ActiveDEMAND
8.8
Pardot
7.4
Standard reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.2
Pardot
7.0
Custom reports
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
6.6

Platform & Infrastructure

ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.4
API
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.8
Role-based workflow & approvals
ActiveDEMAND
9.0
Pardot
7.2
Customizability
ActiveDEMAND
9.6
Pardot
7.3
Integration with Salesforce.com
ActiveDEMAND
10.0
Pardot
8.6
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

  • Automation. Pardot has great automation functionalities for emails and other communications to our network. ex: list building features
  • Wealth of functionality and features. ex: engagement scoring
  • User friendly. It's not very hard to catch on and there are lots of resources to leverage.
  • SalesForce connection! This is probably #1 because SF is our CRM and it integrates seamlessly.
Jillian Papa | 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

  • Lots of nuances are present - Pardot is great, but there's a TON of little things that it probably should do better being a product that's been around as long as it has. For example, You cannot create drip program emails without an unsubscribe link! That means that if you've automated the emails that go from your Sales team when someone fills out a form asking for a demo, it WILL have the ugly unsubscribe link and additional address tag that Pardot emails require.
  • You cannot have automation that will set the value of one field to be equal to another field or variable - only pre-defined values can be used. For example, you cannot have a date field set to equal today + 180 days (useful for Canadian Anti-Spam Law automation). You cannot set one field to equal the value of another field.
  • As nice as the email builder is, it's certainly no MailChimp. It would be nicer to have better compatibility with mail clients out of the box and a larger variety of templates. The email builder isn't drag-and-drop like other dedicated email systems, so you're usually stuck having to go into the code and cut+paste the section into the new area where you want it to go.
  • There's no option to automate personal emails sent from a team members Gsuite or Outlook 365 account!? Nowadays Marketing is playing a role that goes much farther down the sales cycle - if you are automating emails from your sales team, the email is still sent from Pardot's email server (which has mediocre deliverability compared to Gsuite or Office 365). A simple addition of the Zapier-like ability to trigger emails from a salesperson's actual email account would be a gigantic benefit.
  • No built-in calendar functionality like that offered by Hubspot. I love Pardot, but it does feel like they've been slipping in their product development as I haven't noticed any major addition to the platform that has made a difference to my workflows in probably two years.
Garrett Genest | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 3.6
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

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
There are various connectors to the product to other services (SFDC, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Bit.ly, Social Accounts, etc.). They all seem to sync very well and frequently
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

ActiveDEMAND

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 6.4
Based on 14 answers
They contact us on a regular basis to ensure everything is going well, they keep us updated on new enhancements to the program and also offer weekly webinars to learn more about the program and features. When we do have an issue come up, which is extremely rare, they answer our requests promptly.
Justin Gray | 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 originally looked at both Marketo and Pardot for our marketing automation. They were considered to be almost identical products. The main reason for selecting Pardot was that we were already using salesforce and it made sense not to add too many different systems from different suppliers.
Richard Massey | 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

  • Positive in terms of lead generation via web forms and landing pages for Google Ads
  • Positive in terms of reporting and figuring out where to refine marketing initiatives and campaigns
  • Positive in terms of being able to email our contacts and do drip campaigns to turn leads into opportunities
Bailey Witt, MBA | 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
Standard$1,0001
Pro$2,0002
Ultimate$3,0002
  1. per month (up to 1,000 contacts)
  2. per month (up to 10,000 contacts)
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
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

ActiveDEMAND
Pardot
3.6

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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