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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Target

1. We changed ship dates on individual product pages depending on customer location so they would have an accurate timeline for their orders. This really helped lower our volume of customer service calls on tracking orders.2. We have stores as well as an online presence. With Target we were able to advertise sales on b-stock items from our warehouse to our local customers without letting those that live outside a certain radius see the promo.3. If your marketing team doesn't have a tech background this software has a steep learning curve. There is quite a bit of manual configuration required. The image carousel is one example that we struggled with.
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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 Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.8
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
Dynamic content
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Landing pages
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.1
A/B testing
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.9
Mobile optimization
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3
Email deliverability
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.0
List management
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Target
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7

Reporting & Analytics

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

Pros

  • Advanced targeting capabilities - TnT allows you to write your own JavaScript/Rhino code in situations when the out-of-the-box features aren't enough.
  • Integration with SiteCatalyst - test data is pushed into SiteCatalyst for comprehensive reporting.
  • Rapid test creation - this can be achieved via "local" HTML offers, redirects or referencing AEM/CQ5 components.
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  • Sends client confirmations when they subscribe to a newsletter, sign up for a conference, or place an order with our company (SourceMedia). We don't have to hire an agency to send these for us.
  • Manages newsletter subscriptions and allows us to deploy on specific dates/times.
  • Helps us discover and manage the correct audience base per newsletter, and automates the distributions so we don't have to do it manually.
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Cons

  • There might be areas where Adobe Test and Target needs some improvements, but I am not aware of them. I really had not issues with it when I was using it.
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  • Customer Service. It took quite some time to find a support "partner". Overall Salesforce account management and service is not the greatest. Not sure if it is due to their rapid growth or sheer arrogance. I now have found someone that is great from a support level but it took about 2 years and during that time we had many "hard meetings" to address our issues.
  • When using SQL one of the pain points is that you have to output everything into a Data Extension which has to be built before you can run the queries, you can't connect a 3rd party tool like Navicat, RazorSQL to get outputs while you are writing queries. So it can be a daunting task especially when you are building complex campaigns and need to see results immediately.
  • Copying certain components like Data Extensions. Sometimes you may want to repurpose data but you can't just copy a data extension, you have to build it again. You can copy structure but not data, and there is no tool for it. The same for business units, we use a production and testing business unit. We build applications in the testing bu but then have to manually recreate everything in production.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Target6.3
Based on 24 answers
I no longer work for the company that I used Adobe Test & Target at.
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio8.9
Based on 18 answers
Exact Target has an exceptional team with great customer care. Whenever we have a question or concern they are timely in addressing it. They also perform annual reviews in person that provides us with market trends, new tools and features, performance metrics, and new content recommendations. We evaluate this by local market and at the international level
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Usability

Adobe Target1.1
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
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio8.0
Based on 3 answers
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

Adobe Target6.1
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)
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Adobe Target8.0
Based on 3 answers
The bottleneck is never the software program
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio2.0
Based on 2 answers
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

Adobe Target7.0
Based on 6 answers
Customer support isn't really used as I am an internal power user of the tool.
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio9.0
Based on 4 answers
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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In-Person Training

Adobe Target8.1
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)
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Online Training

Adobe Target6.1
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.
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Implementation

Adobe Target7.2
Based on 5 answers
Was implemented at our organization before I began working with it.
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio7.9
Based on 2 answers
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

Webtrends Optimize was on the list. Ultimately, my previous experience with Adobe T&T led us to make the decision to use it.
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Spam checking, ease of subscriber list management and overall experience and knowledge of email marketing were at the top of the list when selecting ExactTarget. At my current company we have chosen a less sophisticated solution based on price, and do not have some of the list management or testing options available to us
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Scalability

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

  • We saw some nice lifts in conversion from the tests we ran within the product.
  • We were able to easily show other team members when suggestions would work or not work, with numbers backing it up.
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  • For repeated emails sent that are similar and sent to different groups, modifying the emails and creating a personalized set of recipients is very easy - great ROI.
  • Easy to tell click-through rates for effectiveness of the email look and call to action. My experiences are not online purchasing, rather B2B overall marketing, so no direct sales ROI is possible.
  • Based on the pricing I experienced of cost per email sends, the price can be a deterrent to using ExactTarget, and why it has not been implemented at my current company....yet.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Target

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.