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Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud

For a small start-up, the cost benefit to add lift to press releases, particular milestone accomplishments, is definitely there with the Cision [Communications] Cloud. Much of what we do, by necessity, is done internally, without the benefit of outsourced press folks, so the Cision [Communications] Cloud ease of use and reporting is very important.
John Possumato | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Maintaining [a] database and sending out emails for campaigns and webinars are the best ways to use Marketo. We always want to use Marketo in our reports because it helps us to define our problems and the solutions we need to do. Lastly, it is connected to one of our CRM, where we [are] able to have a smooth process to make enhancements.Less appropriate will always be the glitches that we encounter or security measures that need when we upload a lot of bad data so that we can minimize uploading that kind of data.
Rodolfo Cardeno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.9
WYSIWYG email editor
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.4
Ability to test dynamic content
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.8
Landing pages
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.4
A/B testing
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.1
Mobile optimization
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.0
Email deliverability reporting
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.6
List management
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.7
Triggered drip sequences
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
9.0

Lead Management

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.4
Lead nurturing
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.6
Lead scoring and grading
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.7
Data quality management
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.1
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.4

Campaign Management

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.5
Calendaring
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
6.7
Event/webinar marketing
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.2

Social Media Marketing

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
6.5
Social sharing and campaigns
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.1
Social profile integration
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
5.9

Reporting & Analytics

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.3
Dashboards
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.2
Standard reports
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.4
Custom reports
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.2

Platform & Infrastructure

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.9
API
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.6
Role-based workflow & approvals
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.9
Customizability
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.8
Integration with Salesforce.com
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
8.9
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.6
Integration with SugarCRM
Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.0

Pros

Cision Communications Cloud

  • Their upgraded press release templates and ability pull in an entire, completed release makes the profess faster and easier, and allows for more graphics, such as company mastheads.
  • The media tracking offers the ability to find relevant placements across the entire country.
  • The journalist database streamlines the process of finding relevant reporters to directly connect on news releases that are relevant to their beats.
  • The process of setting up, creating and distributing a release is seamless, easy to use and not labor intensive.
Lou Corsaro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • The ability to clone entire programs and campaigns should not be underestimated as a marketing manager. This is a stand-out feature that other automation tools can't do (yet) in my experience.
  • myTokens: Campaign-based/local variables that can be used in emails and landing pages for everything from basic text, rich text, email scripts, CSS, scoring, and more. Set up your emails and LPs with myTokens and you'll be able to create an entire campaign without opening the email or LP editor. Clone program, update myTokens, test, and launch.
  • Engagement Programs: let you quickly create basic email nurture tracks with ease. Currently EPs can only send on a cadence of once per week, but future product release announcements suggest variable cadence will be possible soon.
  • AB Testing: using Email Programs and AB Test or ABCDEFG Test is simple to set up and report on. Manually chose the winner of your test or have Marketo choose automatically.
Greg Beazley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Cision Communications Cloud

  • In the media influencer database, the classic Cision allowed us to do a zip code radius search to really drill down to the neighborhood level. That's because we do localized media advisories and press releases for events at neighborhood schools. One part of a big city like Chicago really doesn't care what's happening in another part of Chicago that's too far away. The zip code radius search was a feature in the classic Cision but not with the current Cision Communications Cloud. We've asked for this to be restored several times, but nothing's happened. In fact, we were told to use DMA — which actually goes wider in a search (bigger than a city), not more narrow as needed. This reflects a basic misunderstanding of what we need.
  • Another missing feature involves a merge field when sending out an email press release through Cision. This is the "select insert field" button in the upper right that's used to personalize a release with the media contact's name and other information. This is key for localization of the release. Many media outlets won't run a release unless it's local. While "county" is a feature in the influencer database when putting together a media list in Cision, "county" is not available to insert into a press release as a merge field. Counties are important because this is how many newspapers and health departments are organized and identify themselves. I've asked for this to be implemented, to no avail. As a workaround, we've had to use "contact city" or "outlet city."
  • After refining a media list in Cision using filters, I've had to download the list and take it offline to see the big picture, screen for duplicates, etc. While there is a button on the bottom left intended to help with this, it doesn't do the trick. That's because there may be multiple contacts with the same email address. In addition, one media contact may represent numerous media outlets, so this same contact could show up several times. It would be nice to have a better way to see the whole list online and eliminate both duplicates as well as those who previously opted out.
Lynn Meadows | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • It would be nice to have an expansive view of all active triggers and flows.
  • Some reporting functions can take quite a bit of time to execute if they use too much data.
  • Some error codes and mistakes can take time to uncover/solve.
Matt Davidson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.1
Based on 16 answers
While I am happy with the product performance overall, TrendKite's recent merger with Cision is cause for concern. When we first signed on with TrendKite, I spoke with several users and the best response I received was that the company was a startup and we could expect there to be hiccups along the way as the company grew and the platform got more robust. That has certainly been the case. However, now that they have merged with Cision — a company that has grown too fast, has not focused on improving its product and has poor customer service — I have concerns that TrendKite will lose some of the qualities that have made it a great company and great product to work with.
Buck Banks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.4
Based on 146 answers
We're likely to renew for several reasons:
  • Now that it's been implemented, I can't imagine not having marketing automation and the easy interface that Marketo provides to run our campaigns
  • Marketo's community and customer service is fantastic; I know that when I need help, I'll get it
  • Marketo continues to improve the product, so I know that I can expect it to be even more useful in the future
Dan Prokop | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.3
Based on 52 answers
The flexibility and customization of Cision Communications Cloud (TrendKite)* is among its most important features. Changing the dashboards, using keywords in the saved searches to pull out the best stories and the integration with marketing automation tools gives me confidence that I will able to continue using this tool well into the future. The future implementation and integration of the media contact database will complete the suite, making list management and email marketing programs much smoother. *This review was written before Cision acquired TrendKite. TrendKite is now part of Cision Communications Cloud.
Kevin Allen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.0
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

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Easily accessible 24/7.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 8.2
Based on 46 answers
Marketo provides different way and abilities to connect. If you are having product support or unexplained errors you can get someone on Marketo support 24 hours a day. One of Marketo's greatest assets in my opinion however would be the community. Often times our company is just looking for case success stories from someone else. In the community you can search for problems you are currently facing and see others having the same issue and solutions for those issues. If not, you can pose a question to the whole community and champions of the product and others can chime in to provide suggestions to fix your needs. The community is truly a 24/7 place to get your answers quickly.
Brittany Stover | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 9.1
Based on 3 answers
Generally, Cision performs well day to day, but it's got some annoying bugs that slow down usage/require user workarounds which is inefficient. More seriously, a few months ago, as a result of a major system upgrade, certain critical functionality was not working and I was unable to use the service for more than a day when I had time-sensitive work to execute
Susan Tull | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.4
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

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.7
Based on 321 answers
For Cision TrendKite in particilar, support always responded, but it was sometimes slow. For some of our booleans and search queries, we would need help refining and excluding terms/phrases that weren't relevant to our client or campaign. This sometimes took 1-2 days just to get a response back, which sometimes was too late when a last-minute report was due. This was only with the support staff, not necessarily our customer success manager or sales rep.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 6.7
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

Cision Communications Cloud

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Marketo

Marketo 7.9
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

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 8.1
Based on 3 answers
The online training sessions available for the Cision Communications Cloud are helpful and informative. There's more than one option - initially, I signed up for the live webinar classes on basic functions and that is what I recommend other new users do as well. If I have specific questions or something I want to learn more about, I can search the online database and find article or online training videos to get the information I need.
Cindy Arco | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.4
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

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 10.0
Based on 7 answers
There is no implementation at the customer's end so this doesn't really apply to my instance of Cision (possibly to all instances of it).
Susan Tull | 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

Cision Communications Cloud

It's a similar product. I think Meltwater sells itself as being a bit more niche, but I have not found many significant differences between Meltwater and Cision. Meltwater's sales process is a very high pressure and their prices are inflated.
Erin Witt, APR | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo is the most comprehensive marketing automation tool out there. It allows you to have visibility into your programs, campaigns, conversions and important KPI reporting for the leadership team. It is an all inclusive api automation platform that connect to your entire ecosystem for important attainment and cohort analysis.
Patricia Pouncey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Cision Communications Cloud

Cision Communications Cloud 7.3
Based on 1 answer
Easy to use, but still room for improvement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 8.6
Based on 9 answers
We look at scaleability in a few different ways. First, the speed while using Marketo has remained relatively the same as our database has grown. Though I would say Marketo is slow at times, it has not gotten slower over the last few years. If anything, it has improved, and they are working to improve it. Second, the amount of programs we have developed in Marketo has exponentially grown as well. Marketo has allowed us to drastically increase our output without having to drastically increase our headcount.
Jennifer Robertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Cision Communications Cloud

  • Cision has a net positive impact on time savings for staff so we can be quicker to market
  • Cision has a positive impact on internal savings as it is used internally across multiple accounts and with the internal PR team
  • Cision is extremely useful when it comes to resourcing and conducting outreach in those DMA's where our agency doesn't have a physical presence
Dan Lobring | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Improved efficiency across teams in the business. When you don't have to manually send out emails, you gain more time back!
  • More targeted lead nurture has led to faster lead conversion and real-time engagement. In today's day and age, customers want the right CTA at their fingertips and Marketo can provide that.
Crystal Vaughan | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Cision Communications Cloud

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Cision Communications Cloud
8.3
Marketo
8.3

Likelihood to Renew

Cision Communications Cloud
8.1
Marketo
7.4

Usability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.3
Marketo
5.0

Reliability and Availability

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Marketo
8.2

Performance

Cision Communications Cloud
9.1
Marketo
7.4

Support Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
8.7
Marketo
6.7

In-Person Training

Cision Communications Cloud
Marketo
7.9

Online Training

Cision Communications Cloud
8.1
Marketo
5.4

Implementation Rating

Cision Communications Cloud
10.0
Marketo
7.3

Scalability

Cision Communications Cloud
7.3
Marketo
8.6

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