Adobe Marketing Cloud

82 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

304 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Marketing Cloud

This is definitely a tool for enterprises. You need to have a certain level of complexity before you pay for this tool. You should have multiple funnels, websites, or an insane amount of content. If you are involved in ecommerce, this is a worthwhile investment. However, if you have a smaller site, little content, only a single funnel, or don't sell anything online, this is a much less worthwhile tool for you.
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Suited is great for businesses who send a lot of emails out on a regular basis, who have to manage many different distributions or email subscriptions, and who are looking for help managing audiences and automating responses. It might be less suited for an organization that does not use email communication or who just sends out 1-2 emails per week.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
Dynamic content
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.2
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Landing pages
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.1
A/B testing
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Mobile optimization
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3
Email deliverability
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.0
List management
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.3
Dashboards
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Standard reports
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.9
Custom reports
Adobe Marketing Cloud
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.7

Pros

  • Content Analysis - Between the Pages report and the participation metrics which show what percentage of conversions a page was involved with, you get an excellent analysis of what content is important and effective, and what is not. With the ability to add up to ten metrics side by side, drill downs, and power tools like Ad Hoc Analysis, you will know exactly where you need better content.
  • Pathing - Adobe Analytics captures every single path of every single visit of every single visitor and puts it at your fingertips. There are tools to aggregate common paths so you find out how frequent they are, lots of good page flow reports, and tools to pick out specific paths that will keep you from being overwhelmed. This has been absolutely invaluable to us as we have learned about how our customers are using our sites and which paths are leading to exits rather than converions.
  • Customization - There are so many custom metrics and dimensions you can add and you can create segments based on all of them, along with the out of the box metrics and dimensions. You truly get an implementation that is specific to your company, your needs, your strategy, and your site.
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  • Marketing Program Automation - can transfer files, query/append data, and branch based on decisions
  • Monitoring - Much more descriptive than past versions of ET. Allows for tracking of multiple campaigns in a central location.
  • Visual - Much more intuitive, and really helps when trying to relay a process to someone who hasn't been involved.
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Cons

  • Price - it's very expensive which leaves it out of reach for mid-level and smaller companies
  • clunky visuals - competitors like Oracle have a more aesthetically appealing interface, though less functionality
  • constantly changing, names of modules are changing as Adobe acquires new tech and phases it into existing cloud
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  • Not a criticism of the tool itself, but it can be difficult getting everyone to use it in the same way, due to the flexibility offered. This is something for businesses to figure out and get alignment on.
  • I've not had to contact their support, but I've heard people aren't always impressed by the service received. Same with a lot of tools, unfortunately.
  • It is kind of expensive. There are surely cheaper ways to achieve what you need if you don't need anything too sophisticated.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Marketing Cloud6.5
Based on 2 answers
Although a powerful tool, Google Analytics has been catching up in capabilities and is much simpler to use.As analytics move to the spotlight, more sections in a company want to have access to it. However, creating straightforward reports/dashboards and sharing them with different groups is not a strength of Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio8.9
Based on 18 answers
We have already renewed our contract so that is why i gave it a 10.
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Usability

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio7.8
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I think the tool is easy to use, protects a company from the spam legislation and manages subscribers very well. It is simple to create a non-complex email. I like the survey function on the email tool as well. Overall usability is quite easy and no necessary to have an IT background or extensive knowledge to use. It is helpful, though, to have an understanding of HTML for formatting at this point.
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Reliability and Availability

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio9.0
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Upgrades and timing of the upgrades were communicated well and planned during off hours for our work. If we did have a campaign scheduled during that time, it would kick-off after the system was back active. There were a few unplanned system down times, but it was a rare occurrence and those times were also short in duration.
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Performance

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio2.0
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Exact Target performs well and is relatively easy to learn. It handles subscriber management well, and is easy to organize lists and segregation of those subscribers. Emails are easy to classify and group together for re-use or resending to different demographics of the recipients. The product is reliable, and metrics of the campaign results are easy to obtain and interpret.
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Support

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio9.0
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Support from ExactTarget is very responsive and helpful. The follow-up is timely and the online help actually answered most of my questions and gave information that I needed without having to file an actual help ticket with the support desk. It is also nice to be able to email or CALL (with real people) for support, when needed.
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Implementation

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio7.9
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Easy to implement, with simple emails and solutions initially created. More advanced usage of the tool and more advanced subscriber attribute usage was implemented during later phases when the knowledge of the tool increased. Monitoring success and results of email campaigns were done at a high level initially, but not fully used until the tool and email marketing as a whole was better understood in the corporation.
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Alternatives Considered

We really have not evaluated any other products. I have used the Adobe products in the past and realized that the costs of purchasing the individual programs would have been too much for our organization. Using the cloud gives us tools we never thought we would be able top have access to.
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Both are decent, and both are in regular use by different teams, as is another tool we developed in-house but which proved to be too much of a burden to maintain (I doubt we'd do that again). I don't know if I prefer one over the other - sometimes the relative simplicity (and, I'll admit, familiarity) of Constant Contact is what I'm looking for, but others with more time to devote to email prefer Salesforce features.
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Scalability

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio9.0
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We had approximately 20,000 recipients of most email campaigns, with some higher amounts and some smaller campaigns. The tools is easy to use and the recipient list size is really not a factor in the complexity or work to create and email campaign. Our campaigns could just have easily been sent to many more people, with virtually no additional work.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Marketing Cloud has been a valuable customer-aquisition asset for several B2B companies I've had contact with. While return in investment depends on other variables surrounding the tool and the business, consistent increase in lead-to-conversion rates have been a good indication of increase in performance.
  • For B2C businesses, however, Adobe Marketing Cloud can be an overkill solution. Its high license, implementation and maintenance costs make it a hard investment to back, since cheaper solutions can provide the same kinds of insights.
  • If poorly implemented the tool can give you misleading information and discredit the marketing analytics professionals/section of the business.
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  • AB testing capabilities help to determine the best performing message content and template
  • Cloud integration enables us to create dynamic and powerful customer affinity groups
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Pricing Details

Adobe Marketing Cloud

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
To learn more about products and pricing, please visit http://www.exacttarget.com/pricing.