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Pardot

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Likelihood to Recommend

Autopilot

Autopilot has a friendly and bright appeal offering a code-free automation experience that makes it easy to build complex automated workflows. Anyone can start creating workflows using the drag-and-drop builder even without technical knowledge. Teams utilize the notes and graphics feature to collaborate on automation workflows providing a much easier way to understand workflows created by someone else.
Michael Rastall, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

I would strongly recommend Pardot to anyone who is looking for transforming their b2b marketing strategy to the next level. W/O much intervention and efforts Pardot allows you to create and run most personalized marketing initiatives for your prospects and audiences! It's ultimate scalability as you go ramping up your marketing and audiences is also appreciable, Overall a good, feature rich and well packaged marketing automation platform!
Abhinav Rama | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Autopilot
6.7
Pardot
7.9
WYSIWYG email editor
Autopilot
6.4
Pardot
6.8
Dynamic content
Autopilot
6.8
Pardot
7.8
Ability to test dynamic content
Autopilot
6.4
Pardot
8.1
A/B testing
Autopilot
6.8
Pardot
8.2
Mobile optimization
Autopilot
7.0
Pardot
7.9
Email deliverability reporting
Autopilot
6.2
Pardot
8.0
List management
Autopilot
7.0
Pardot
8.5
Triggered drip sequences
Autopilot
6.9
Pardot
8.1
Landing pages
Autopilot
Pardot
7.4

Lead Management

Autopilot
6.5
Pardot
7.9
Lead nurturing
Autopilot
7.1
Pardot
7.7
Data quality management
Autopilot
6.2
Pardot
7.7
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Autopilot
6.2
Pardot
8.0
Lead scoring and grading
Autopilot
Pardot
8.4

Campaign Management

Autopilot
7.1
Pardot
7.8
Event/webinar marketing
Autopilot
7.1
Pardot
7.8
Calendaring
Autopilot
Pardot
7.7

Social Media Marketing

Autopilot
7.0
Pardot
7.2
Social profile integration
Autopilot
7.0
Pardot
7.5
Social sharing and campaigns
Autopilot
Pardot
6.8

Reporting & Analytics

Autopilot
6.6
Pardot
7.3
Dashboards
Autopilot
6.7
Pardot
7.4
Standard reports
Autopilot
6.6
Pardot
7.2
Custom reports
Autopilot
Pardot
7.3

Platform & Infrastructure

Autopilot
6.2
Pardot
7.6
API
Autopilot
6.2
Pardot
7.8
Customizability
Autopilot
6.4
Pardot
7.6
Integration with Salesforce.com
Autopilot
6.1
Pardot
9.2
Role-based workflow & approvals
Autopilot
Pardot
7.3
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Autopilot
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
Autopilot
Pardot
5.4

Pros

Autopilot

  • Very easy to use automation builder with many great options and integrations. Lets us tailor incredibly precise campaigns through use of Autopilot's own features, plus its tight integrations with data from sources like Segment.
  • Easy and powerful email editing and creation built-in. No need for email template coding.
  • Autopilot allows marketers to have full control and implement new web forms to capture leads quickly with its automatic form detection. No need to save custom form data to our own backend saves our development team time.
Bryan McAnulty | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Pardot enables you to set up different environments via the Pardot Business Unit feature, this is helpful for when decentralization is still needed, but you want all business units working with the same tool.
  • Pardot enables you to quickly and easily create automation rules that can clean the database retro-actively.
  • Pardot has the ability to have multiple lead scoring models run at the same time.
Robert Nagelmaker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Autopilot

  • Limited Design Customization: If you're an experienced marketer and are used to the unlimited customization capabilities of larger platforms (or coding your own templates), you might find Autopilot's options to be limiting. It's great for a beginner user who shouldn't be encumbered with those options, but I could see if being frustrating for others.
Emily Muhoberac | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Email templates and drafts are really confusing. I trained various people to create their own templates, but they consistently got confused between publishing a template or just saving a draft, and where they needed to go back to find it.
  • Their help process is broken, at least for our particular use case. Because we have an enterprise license for Salesforce (even though we had a separate license for Pardot) whenever I needed help with something, I'd get stuck down a rabbit hole and couldn't submit a ticket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Autopilot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 1.9
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

Autopilot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Autopilot

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

Autopilot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 8.3
Based on 5 answers
Though the make up of MA apps is not built this way today, it would be nice to see them become more real-time. The integration between Salesforce and Pardot is not a true real-time integration. If I modify something in Salesforce, those changes are not automatically reflected in Pardot immediately. There is a delay of about 15 minutes before the systems sync. This delay, although not long, is less than ideal We would love the systems to be integrated real time such that changes are propagated from one system to the other immediately.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Autopilot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Pardot

Pardot 6.4
Based on 15 answers
Pardot support is tremendous. The knowledge base and in-application targeted help articles and videos are thorough and straightforward. If those don't do it, Pardot has office hours every business day with members of the team available to answer anything. I've called twice and they are incredibly helpful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Autopilot

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

Autopilot

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

Autopilot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Autopilot

How would I say this, for me Autopilot is a whole other tool then the other MA tools I use. Most other MA tools focus on a lot of options and things you can do with it. But Autopilot seems to mainly focus on the visual builder to make automations, and they do that really well!The other tools are also great but more a "complete package solution" with a lot of options. And that can be overwhelming. So if you want a great easy-to-use workflow/automation builder and less of all the other options Autopilot is a great start.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

We moved from Act-On to Pardot almost a year ago. The way Pardot integrates with Salesforce and is able to report on the communications really drew us to change. We enjoyed the customization of the emails and the easier set up of the emails. Both products are similar but as stated, the reporting and processes were positive to my organization. The upside of Act-On is the ability to make lists and learn the system on your own. Pardot requires much more training on the front end.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Autopilot

  • Not sure. I cannot put a $ on it for ROI as I was the administrator and not part of the team that procured it. Time-wise I would say I spent less time using it than I previously had used in CloudPortal Services Manager.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • We spent several months and lots of money working with a outside integration partner, only to find out the journey we were trying to automate couldn't really be done and was better suited for Marketing Cloud. We ended up cancelling and switching to Marketing Cloud.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Autopilot

General

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

Autopilot Editions & Modules

Edition
Silver$491
Gold$1491
Platinum$2491
CustomRequest by quote
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details
Autopilot offers two pricing plans based on the number of contacts in your marketing database. Both plans include unlimited emails with no hidden fees or setup charges. Pay monthly or annually for a 20% discount.

Pardot

General

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

Pardot Editions & Modules

Edition
Growth$1,2501
Plus$2,5001
Advanced$4,0001
Premium$15,0001
  1. /month/up to 10,000 contacts billed annually
Additional Pricing Details
Salesforce Engage, an additional offering for sales and marketing alignment, is priced at $50 per month per user.

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