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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Advertising Cloud

I think it is good to keep in mind the type of business application you have in mind when selecting Media Optimizer for your company. For us, as an agency, it makes sense for us to utilize the reporting and paid search optimizing portions for our clients as we manage over 300+ clients PPC campaigns. With this tool it is possible to set up campaigns easily and as long as the parameters are set correctly within the portfolio, there is a great opportunity for the tool to do its job and use the simulation/modeling process to run and grow a paid search campaign with ease of human interaction.
Jay Corcoran | 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

Ad Network Integration

Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.2
Marketo
Data Transfer
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.0
Marketo
DSP integration
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.4
Marketo

Ad Campaigns

Adobe Advertising Cloud
8.0
Marketo
Ad campaign creation
Adobe Advertising Cloud
7.6
Marketo
Ad deployment
Adobe Advertising Cloud
7.9
Marketo
Display advertising
Adobe Advertising Cloud
7.9
Marketo
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
Adobe Advertising Cloud
8.3
Marketo
Sequence targeting
Adobe Advertising Cloud
8.4
Marketo

Ad Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.1
Marketo
Ad dashboards
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.1
Marketo
Ad performance reports
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.0
Marketo
Ad conversion tracking
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.0
Marketo
Ad attribution reporting
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.0
Marketo
Cross-channel ad management
Adobe Advertising Cloud
8.8
Marketo
Ad forecasting and optimization
Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.4
Marketo

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.5
Landing pages
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.7
A/B testing
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.4
Mobile optimization
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.2
Email deliverability reporting
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.1
List management
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.4

Lead Management

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.1
Lead nurturing
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.2
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.2
Data quality management
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.0

Campaign Management

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.2
Calendaring
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.4
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.9

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.4
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.3
Social profile integration
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.4

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.9
Dashboards
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.7
Standard reports
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.0
Custom reports
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.4
API
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.8
Customizability
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.6
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.8
Integration with SugarCRM
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
6.0

Pros

Adobe Advertising Cloud

  • An all in one solution for so many things that range from advertising campaigns to pushing out content to PPC.
  • Integration for many channels without much setup, this includes lesser known search engines and various social media partners.
  • Automation for delegating many tasks that can be a hassle to accomplish.
Anonymous | 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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

  • As with most Adobe products, it can be a little tedious to use and requires a bit of extra training and "googling" around to make sure you are getting things right. It has improved over time within the entire Adobe suite, and I anticipate that this will be true of this as well.
  • Adobe training and learning platforms can include a lot of technical terminology and jargon that makes it difficult for a novice to understand without feeling like they need a whole new education.
Che Odom | 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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

Adobe Advertising Cloud 1.8
Based on 2 answers
As of this writing, we have just discontinued our use of Adobe Media Optimizer. Other vendors gave us a better rate, a better contract option, and the product is just better than what we had with Adobe at the time. We may revisit Adobe again at the future, but it seems like they have a lot of work to do to catch up with the leader in the space
Anonymous | 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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

Adobe Advertising Cloud 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It definitely takes some instruction to get to be able to use the system. One would struggle trying to get it to work without any previous experience with it. If you are famailiar with the interface it is actually quite fast and easy to maneuver around.
Jay Corcoran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.3
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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

Adobe Advertising Cloud 3.7
Based on 4 answers
They are super knowledgable and help in almost all situations, however sometimes I feel they put you on hold to find the answers themselves as they literally have said. "Can you hold a few minutes while I research that answer for you?" Most of the time they come back with a solution, other times they manually escalate it to someone else.
Haley Fox | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.2
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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Marketo

Marketo 7.5
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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Marketo

Marketo 5.3
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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

Adobe Advertising Cloud 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It was difficult initially, but the implementation of the Dynamic Tag Manager was a big help and timesaver.
Jay Corcoran | 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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

An issue I touched on is how out of control budgeting is with Adobe Media Optimizer, recommending a budget of 30% just in one keyword is when I realized that something was amiss with how Adobe Media Optimizer tracks budgets and keywords. This issue not the case with Google Marketing Platform where the ads are rarely recommended to be high budgets. Of course Adobe Media Optimizer is much more suited to business that are in various platforms and while Google Marketing does support quite a few engines there are a few essentials that Adobe Media Optimizer still has.
Anonymous | 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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Marketo

Marketo 8.4
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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

  • This has increased the number of clients.
  • This has increased the amount of productivity and time we can spend on clients.
  • This has increased the overall revenue because we can handle more than we used to be able to handle without this tool.
Anonymous | 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

Adobe Advertising Cloud

General

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

Marketo

General

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

* depends on scope and complexity

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Advertising Cloud
7.4
Marketo
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Advertising Cloud
1.8
Marketo
7.8

Usability

Adobe Advertising Cloud
9.0
Marketo
5.3

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.2

Performance

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.6

Support Rating

Adobe Advertising Cloud
3.7
Marketo
7.2

In-Person Training

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
7.5

Online Training

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
5.3

Implementation Rating

Adobe Advertising Cloud
8.0
Marketo
7.3

Scalability

Adobe Advertising Cloud
Marketo
8.4

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