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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager is well suited for large organizations that need a powerful, comprehensive and robust CMS to manage multiple websites/translations of websites. It is also well suited for those who need a CMS that is well integrated with other systems such as analytics, targeting and email marketing, or those who want some fancy add ons like Adobe smart tags or AI-enhanced capabilities.It is also an expensive product with a steep learning curve, so it is less appropriate for smaller companies/individuals or those that don't need an overly robust system that is integrated with other digital marketing tools. If you're looking for a more affordable solution that is easy to pick up and play, go with a more basic WordPress or Joomla type option.
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

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.4
Pardot
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.4
Pardot

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Pardot
7.4
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Pardot
7.8
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Pardot
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.2
Customizability
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.3
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.6
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
5.4

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Pardot
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
6.7
Pardot
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Pardot
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.3
Pardot
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Pardot
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Pardot
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Pardot
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.3
Pardot
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Pardot

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Pardot
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Pardot
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.4
Pardot
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Pardot
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.4
Pardot
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Pardot

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.0
Lead nurturing
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.3
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.6
Data quality management
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.8

Campaign Management

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.7
Calendaring
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.7
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.8

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
6.7
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
5.9
Social profile integration
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.0
Dashboards
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.4
Standard reports
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.0
Custom reports
Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
6.6

Pros

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Adobe Experience Manager keeps your content separate from your layout which allows for a lot of flexibility in how you display your content.
  • Adobe Experience Manager integrates really well with other Adobe products like Adobe Analytics.
  • Adobe Experience Manager 's drag and drop interface makes it fairly easy to utilize with minimal familiarity.
Tolulope Lawal | 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

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Upgrading and applying patches can be hit or miss - I recommend backups because of the potential to damage the existing infrastructure
  • Space management is an issue - every change or request takes up space that can be reclaimed, but only through a complicated procedure done through command prompts. There was no documentation for this on their site and we had to use a third party to create the procedure. It has to be run manually.
  • There isn't a good backup system, particularly one that can be scheduled to run reliably.
Diana Williams | 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

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 5 answers
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
Fernando Galeano | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I personally feel that AEM is very intuitive to use from an authoring standpoint. The entire CMS was engineered around the author. Everything about AEM is geared to helping authors generate and maintain content. There are ways that tool tips can be customized so that any individual could simply hover over and be guided step by step on how to author web content
Vagner Polund | 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

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 8.7
Based on 2 answers
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
Vagner Polund | 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

Adobe Experience Manager

I think AEM is specific to the client's needs and is not necessarily comparable to all other platforms. However, when compared feature to feature I think AEM many times is a leader in the industry. While WordPress has progressed in the WYSIWYG interface it is not there still today and this is truly where AEM shines against all of the other CMS platforms.
Mike Plant | 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

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Our brand requires a high level of polish and crisp functionality. AEM provides that for us. We do look as good as possible and it reflects well on our brand.
  • We can product new pages rapidly with our modules and so we can keep our content fresh and relevant.
  • Our brand value has risen considerably since we polished our web properties with AEM.
Saren Sakurai | 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

Adobe Experience Manager

General

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

Adobe Experience Manager Editions & Modules

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

Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Pardot
7.7

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager
9.0
Pardot
3.6

Usability

Adobe Experience Manager
10.0
Pardot
8.5

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
7.5

Performance

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.3

Support Rating

Adobe Experience Manager
9.0
Pardot
6.4

In-Person Training

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
9.0

Online Training

Adobe Experience Manager
Pardot
8.1

Implementation Rating

Adobe Experience Manager
8.7
Pardot
8.2

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