Braze vs. Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Braze
Score 8.4 out of 10
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Braze is a comprehensive customer engagement platform that enables relevant and memorable experiences between consumers and the brands they love. Context underpins every Braze interaction, helping brands foster human connection with consumers through interactive conversations across channels so as to deliver value quickly and continuously. The vendor states they were named a Leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Mobile Marketing Platforms and recognized as one of Inc Magazine's…N/A
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Score 7.9 out of 10
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email is an email marketing platform formerly know as ExactTarget before being acquired by Salesforce in 2014. Its key features include integration with other Salesforce solutions, drag-and-drop tools, A/B testing, real time tracking, and graphical reporting.
$400
per month
Pricing
BrazeSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Basic
$400
per month
Pro
$1250
per month
Corporate
$3750
per month
Enterprise
Request a quote Priced based on contact and message volume
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
BrazeSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional DetailsEvery license includes two-day response time, our customer support community, interactive webinars, events, guided journeys, and more.
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Community Pulse
BrazeSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Considered Both Products
Braze
Chose Braze
Usability - If you are experienced with ESPs, Braze is simple and straightforward to learn after an initial exploration into the tool.
Tooling, Products, and Features - Braze is a robust tool that enables my team to build complex lifecycle marketing programs without needing …
Chose Braze
Braze is extremely easy-to-use and also very powerful and customizable - 3 things that usually don't go hand in hand for most marketing automation software.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Chose Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
At the time both Marketo and Pardot were more than what the business needed, so we settled on using Salesforce Marketing Cloud. It's a comprehensive email solution, but as the business grew and additional marketing stakeholders with expanded skill levels joined the team, we …
Top Pros
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Features
BrazeSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Braze
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Ratings
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
46 Ratings
WYSIWYG email editor00 Ratings7.02 Ratings
Dynamic content00 Ratings8.443 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content00 Ratings5.32 Ratings
Landing pages00 Ratings4.12 Ratings
A/B testing00 Ratings8.343 Ratings
Mobile optimization00 Ratings7.32 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting00 Ratings8.06 Ratings
List management00 Ratings7.53 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences00 Ratings6.73 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Braze
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Ratings
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.3
3 Ratings
Dashboards00 Ratings5.32 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings4.93 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings2.72 Ratings
User Ratings
BrazeSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
9.1
(26 ratings)
7.3
(66 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(18 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(2 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(4 ratings)
Support Rating
8.2
(40 ratings)
1.0
(10 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(4 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
BrazeSalesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Likelihood to Recommend
Braze
Braze is the go-to solution for businesses that offer its services and products through apps. It is a comprehensive tool that will provide you with an easy and quick way to orchestrate conversion and engagement communications and tests. Both product and marketing teams will be able to deliver amazing InApps and Notifications without any help or supervision from tech teams and developers (tech help is needed for implementation and tool evolution only). Braze can also deliver messages to websites and through web push, however, if you do not own an app, I may suggest you pursue other CRM tools.
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Salesforce
It's great for large field sales organizations that lack the ability to automate email sends that are consistent and on-brand. The idea of templated emails (with the ability to build custom emails) really helps keeps the look-and-feel of each email similar to what the rest of the organization is sending to customers or prospects. This isn't the solution that you'd need if you are looking for an automation tool that easily integrates into other marketing channels. The dynamic content feature is lagging far behind other tools in the space.
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Pros
Braze
  • Is constantly improving all its features.
  • Cares a lot for the final user and its usability, in my case I'm constantly getting asked about feedback to improve several features.
  • Is really easy to use, and the documentation and LAB are really helpful if you are starting with Braze.
  • Has a strong community, where anyone can ask everything and other peers can contribute.
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Salesforce
  • 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
Braze
  • Braze could offer more tier based cost effective solutions for users who only integrate minimally.
  • I think the the ability to understand how users patterns can be utilized is powerful but could be made more robust yet usable.
  • Reporting without exporting to a CSV perhaps a more cloud-based reporting option.
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Salesforce
  • (Lack of) Web Tracking - it offers minimal tracking capabilities for web visit(or)s and the ones that are in place don't provide an easy way to allow you to use that data in building reports or automation.
  • No Web Forms - if most of your marketing campaigns include a call to action pointing to a web form submission, the SFMC doesn't have a "web form asset" per se that you can build. You could still achieve the same functionality by deploying cloud pages and/or microsite AMPScript pages that use Data Extensions as tables to hold data but that doesn't come out of the box.
  • Customization brings Complexity - OK, maybe this is not a con but sometimes it feels like one. In order to build your own custom way of segmenting, importing, filtering data, having triggered sends, etc. you need to create a lot of assets on the platform. Think of it like small Lego bricks that you need to build first then combine them in a larger brick that is part of an even larger construction.
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Likelihood to Renew
Braze
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
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
Braze
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
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
Braze
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
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
Braze
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
This software is extremely limiting. The layouts don't give much flexibility and take a long time to set up. If you aren't a designer or know html (like me), the emails look unpolished and amateur. It takes forever for me to make revisions and sometimes when I send the test email, it looks completely different in the software vs. how the message looks in my inbox. Fonts are different sizes and aren't aligned properly, etc. The whole platform is pretty clunky and not very user friendly. The reports are pretty good - however there isn't much you can do when viewing the info. Ex: If you have 200 "Did Not Open" emails, there isn't an easy way to just click and quickly resend to this group. I like that it can sync with Salesforce.com - but I have no idea how to set that up in my account. Out of frustration I have been using Constant Contact which has easy to use drag and drop features, built-in templates I can choose from, survey/coupon/registration tools, tagging and responsive reporting. My company's creative agency even prefers Constant Contact vs. Marketing Cloud. I still have to enter www.exacttarget.com (the old address) to log on. Wondering when they will change it to the new name, which I don't like using. Exact Target is so much easier to say. Salesforce Marketing Cloud just doesn't roll off the tongue and - just like the software - is clumsy and awkward, so I just keep calling it Exact Target. Overall, pretty much dissatisfied with Exact Target and have pretty much stopped using it. Although I know eventually I will have to go back to it at some point since my company has invested in the automation features and we will have to use it for our marketing.
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Support Rating
Braze
We have direct support from our account manager and success manager practically around the clock when things come up that are urgent. They're even helping me post open roles for my team on internal job boards within the Braze team.
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Salesforce
We are now only trying to get our money back and move on to a different system, but even though it was acknowledged that mistakes were made on Salesforce’s side, we are still waiting. Instead, Salesforce sends us standard training offers to get the most out of our 4 connectors - whatever - and still not even offering additional connectors to get our social accounts connected to our business so our digital team can get on with their job, requesting we pay an additional $50pm for each of these - crazy.
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Implementation Rating
Braze
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
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
Braze
Braze is a MUCH simpler interface than the Adobe Campaign. However, it is hard to argue that they both have the same functionality. Adobe Campaign is for a MUCH more technical team whereas Braze has a much easier user interface. I would definitely recommend Braze for small to medium-sized customers.
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Salesforce
I have used Epsilon and I have evaluated Silverpop, e-Dialogue and Yesmail. From my analysis Salesforce MC is far more superior in flexibility, scalability and freedom to custom built initiatives. The AMPscripting is one of the driving forces in allowing the previous mentioned abilities. However, I can see from a marketers perspective where they simply want to send emails and segment easily. But given that effective email marketing requires a lot of different components and there is no simple way of doing it and I found that most companies that offer the out of the box solutions do a good job but there is no one size fits all and if you are trying to be really good at it which includes integrating your business such as registration, stats, CMS, API, etc. This is a much better solution.
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Scalability
Braze
No answers on this topic
Salesforce
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
Braze
  • Positive: A growth hacking experiment was proven successful in nudging users who abandoned their cart after checking out with a product/service and leaving their chart or 24 hours.
  • Positive: A growth hacking experiment was proven successful in nudging users whose credit card failed when trying to upgrade to a paid account.
  • Negative: With the plethora of teams (disciplines / business units / markets) with access to braze, it's easy to accidentally over-nurture users.
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Salesforce
  • Better execution/monitoring - when multiple steps are involved, IMH is great at dashboarding.
  • Facilitates exploratory campaigns - it is great at instilling confidence when you're trying a new facet of a campaign, due to the process transparency.
  • Cloud - can be a double-edged sword. Allows for on the go access, but isn't truly mobile-friendly, and can sometimes sputter. But certainly will improve with time.
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