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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Target

Adobe Target is best suited if you have or desire to have the rest of the Adobe stack (Adobe Launch, Adobe Analytics, Adobe AAM, etc.), although analytics itself can be relatively easily integrated with just about any major testing tool. If your testing program is more advanced, and you'd like to get into heavy personalization, I'd say Target has some features that could definitely be beneficial (e.g. Auto Target, Auto Allocation), but another tool like Evergage or Dynamic Yield is probably a better bet.
Anonymous | 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

Testing and Experimentation

Adobe Target
7.5
Marketo
a/b experiment testing
Adobe Target
8.8
Marketo
Split URL testing
Adobe Target
8.1
Marketo
Multivariate testing
Adobe Target
8.3
Marketo
Multi-page/funnel testing
Adobe Target
7.6
Marketo
Cross-browser testing
Adobe Target
7.4
Marketo
Mobile app testing
Adobe Target
6.0
Marketo
Test significance
Adobe Target
6.7
Marketo
Visual / WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Target
6.2
Marketo
Advanced code editor
Adobe Target
8.0
Marketo
Page surveys
Adobe Target
6.7
Marketo
Visitor recordings
Adobe Target
8.2
Marketo
Preview mode
Adobe Target
5.8
Marketo
Test duration calculator
Adobe Target
7.0
Marketo
Experiment scheduler
Adobe Target
8.6
Marketo
Experiment workflow and approval
Adobe Target
7.7
Marketo
Dynamic experiment activation
Adobe Target
7.6
Marketo
Client-side tests
Adobe Target
8.8
Marketo
Server-side tests
Adobe Target
7.2
Marketo
Mutually exclusive tests
Adobe Target
7.6
Marketo

Audience Segmentation & Targeting

Adobe Target
8.1
Marketo
Standard visitor segmentation
Adobe Target
7.9
Marketo
Behavioral visitor segmentation
Adobe Target
7.5
Marketo
Traffic allocation control
Adobe Target
8.9
Marketo
Website personalization
Adobe Target
8.3
Marketo

Results and Analysis

Adobe Target
6.8
Marketo
Heatmap tool
Adobe Target
7.5
Marketo
Click analytics
Adobe Target
8.0
Marketo
Scroll maps
Adobe Target
8.0
Marketo
Form fill analysis
Adobe Target
6.6
Marketo
Conversion tracking
Adobe Target
6.1
Marketo
Goal tracking
Adobe Target
6.8
Marketo
Test reporting
Adobe Target
6.9
Marketo
Results segmentation
Adobe Target
6.0
Marketo
CSV export
Adobe Target
5.3
Marketo
Experiments results dashboard
Adobe Target
6.5
Marketo

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Target
Marketo
7.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.5
Landing pages
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.7
A/B testing
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.4
Mobile optimization
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.1
Email deliverability reporting
Adobe Target
Marketo
8.2
List management
Adobe Target
Marketo
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Target
Marketo
8.4

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Target
Marketo
7.3
Calendaring
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.6
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.9

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Target
Marketo
6.6
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.5
Social profile integration
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.6

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Target
Marketo
6.8
Dashboards
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.7
Standard reports
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.0
Custom reports
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Target
Marketo
7.4
API
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.8
Customizability
Adobe Target
Marketo
7.6
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Target
Marketo
8.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.7
Integration with SugarCRM
Adobe Target
Marketo
6.0

Pros

Adobe Target

  • Because the software is established there is lots of online help available and most of the bugs have been worked out
  • Adobe has a vast supply of resources if your pockets are deep enough.
  • The dashboard is easy to follow and is getting more user-friendly. You no longer have to be an HTML wizard to implement changes.
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 Target

  • There should be some more clarity around what makes a test significant. While this can be decided by the client themselves, some direction from the tool would be helpful.
  • Also, if there was an easier way to organize campaigns and search for them it would be helpful. Right now there is just a long list of campaigns and you have to rely on search to find a specific campaign. What if you don't know the name of the test?
Anonymous | 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 Target

Adobe Target 6.3
Based on 24 answers
We have a team of people trained on how to use the application and it integrates well with the other Adobe products we use. Our future roadmap of testing will require some complex scenarios which we hope Target will be able to accomplish
Richard Hayes | 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 Target

Adobe Target 1.1
Based on 4 answers
Can be difficult to learn, but once you understand Mboxes and the nuances of the system it's very user friendly
Brett Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.4
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 Target

Adobe Target 6.1
Based on 4 answers
i don't think we use the full functionalities of the tool, but to use the full functions, it's almost impossible (Too hard)
Petrik Oh | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Target

Adobe Target 8.0
Based on 3 answers
The bottleneck is never the software program
Brett Johnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 Target

Adobe Target 4.4
Based on 9 answers
On several occasions, we have had the need to ask for help from the Adobe Target support team, and I must say that they have provided us with an excellent experience, as they take care of solving the problems quickly and with high precision
Gary Poppe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.3
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 Target

Adobe Target 8.1
Based on 3 answers
The instructor that came to train us was awesome and this training was very useful. I would recommend it for anyone who is going to be using this software. I only mark it lower because it is an added expense to an already expensive product, and a lot of the training covered the "Target" portion of the software (which again, we didn't use)
Sarah Schick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.4
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 Target

Adobe Target 6.1
Based on 3 answers
The training was very easy to understand, however it would have been more useful to my development team than me. It was also primarily over-the-phone, which is never as easy to follow as in-person. We ended up scheduling and paying for an in-person training session to supplement the online/phone training because it wasn't helpful enough.
Sarah Schick | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.2
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 Target

Adobe Target 7.2
Based on 5 answers
Implement using a global mBox on the page so you can change any and everything over the traditional method. Traditional method is good if you do not have technical web dev resources, do not know Javascript/jQuery, or you have money to blow on mBox calls. Global deployment reduces mBox calls and allows you to touch many parts of the page easily. A lot more customizable
Anonymous | 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 Target

I have used Optimizely for A/B testing. Optimizely makes it easier to set up almost any type of testing experiment. Optimizely is also strongly recommended for a limited number of users and when you want to optimize the cost. Optimizely was selected over Adobe Target since the start-up company had a limited budget to invest on A/B testing platform.
Vaibhav Choksi | 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 Target

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Marketo

Marketo 8.3
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 Target

  • The quantifiable results of each campaign are reflected in the lift and confidence. Within each campaign, you have the ability to tie a dollar amount to to each conversion metric, in order to monetarily understand the successes and project the benefits of implementation over a period of time.
  • Within each campaign you can set up any number of success metrics, in the interest of understanding the behavior of your audience for each experience. But you will usually want to optimize for a specific conversion and move forward with the implementation based on the test results.
  • As a conversion optimization specialist in the field of education management, my team was tasked primarily with lead generation. Test & Target helped our marketing team better understand the behavior of our customers, informing our user experience decisions and creating more satisfying experiences for our audience.
Paul Labrise | 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 Target

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 Target
8.5
Marketo
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Target
6.3
Marketo
7.8

Usability

Adobe Target
1.1
Marketo
5.4

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Target
6.1
Marketo
8.2

Performance

Adobe Target
8.0
Marketo
7.6

Support Rating

Adobe Target
4.4
Marketo
7.3

In-Person Training

Adobe Target
8.1
Marketo
7.4

Online Training

Adobe Target
6.1
Marketo
5.2

Implementation Rating

Adobe Target
7.2
Marketo
7.3

Scalability

Adobe Target
Marketo
8.3

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