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Likelihood to Recommend

HubSpot

HubSpot is perfect for small to medium-sized businesses. It can be applicable for some larger businesses, but maybe not used in the same way. It does marketing really well which is the part some other systems are missing, so larger companies I've seen tend to use Salesforce and HubSpot together. HubSpot's CRM isn't as robust as other platforms, but it is also free. For small and medium businesses it is perfect because it provides many free tools and then you pay for what you need. The different levels are very helpful and fairly budget-friendly compared to many other systems. Our company is smaller and we use HubSpot across the board. We are in the process of implementing the Service hub. As we continue to grow, our needs may change. But, in the foreseeable future, I imagine we'll continue to use HubSpot for our sales and marketing needs. We are a software company so we use a different ticketing system, but the rest of the Support Hub is what we need to complete the circle of services. For any smaller company, I believe this would be a perfect fit. Especially if you are just getting started with a system.
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Marketo

Marketo operates well for medium to large-sized organisations. While it doesn't have its own CRM, it integrates really well with the likes of Salesforce and MS Dynamics to simplify lead management.Marketo might not be suitable for smaller organisations who are starting out with marketing automation technologies.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
7.6
WYSIWYG email editor
HubSpot
8.1
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
HubSpot
8.2
Marketo
7.5
Ability to test dynamic content
HubSpot
8.0
Marketo
7.5
Landing pages
HubSpot
8.7
Marketo
7.1
A/B testing
HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
7.3
Mobile optimization
HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
7.1
Email deliverability
HubSpot
8.9
Marketo
8.2
List management
HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
HubSpot
9.0
Marketo
8.3

Lead Management

HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
8.1
Lead nurturing
HubSpot
8.8
Marketo
8.4
Lead scoring and grading
HubSpot
8.5
Marketo
8.3
Data quality management
HubSpot
7.7
Marketo
7.9
Automated sales alerts and tasks
HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
8.0

Campaign Management

HubSpot
8.1
Marketo
7.2
Calendaring
HubSpot
8.1
Marketo
6.6
Event/webinar marketing
HubSpot
8.1
Marketo
7.9

Social Media Marketing

HubSpot
8.3
Marketo
6.6
Social sharing and campaigns
HubSpot
8.3
Marketo
6.6
Social profile integration
HubSpot
8.2
Marketo
6.6

Reporting & Analytics

HubSpot
8.3
Marketo
7.0
Dashboards
HubSpot
8.1
Marketo
6.9
Standard reports
HubSpot
8.4
Marketo
7.1
Custom reports
HubSpot
8.5
Marketo
6.9

Platform & Infrastructure

HubSpot
7.9
Marketo
7.4
API
HubSpot
8.0
Marketo
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
HubSpot
8.5
Marketo
7.6
Customizability
HubSpot
8.2
Marketo
7.5
Integration with Salesforce.com
HubSpot
8.1
Marketo
8.4
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
HubSpot
7.5
Marketo
6.8
Integration with SugarCRM
HubSpot
7.5
Marketo
6.4

Pros

HubSpot

  • Simple, intuitive interface.
  • Great support and learning resources.
  • Marketing best practices are built into the product.
  • HubSpot makes it easy to learn marketing automation.
  • HubSpot's methodology helps marketers keep it human.
  • Workflows look like they were designed by a kindergartener-- I love how simple they are to understand and build.
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Marketo

  • The workflow functions of Marketo are among the best in the industry. You are able to build advanced lead qualifying and sales processes using Marketo and automate tasks that are often done manually.
  • As a B2B platform, Marketo is able to integrate with CRM programs like Salesforce and allow you to take the sales journey. It has the necessary features for seasoned marketers to use, like lead scoring and programs that can track and manage different marketing events and functions.
  • Lead scoring is a huge pro, especially in today's digital marketing and sales. Marketo’s lead scoring system allows your sales team to qualify a lead before pursuing, saving you valuable time and money. The nurturing program is a huge time saver, as you can nurture leads and then qualify them based on what you think.
  • Centralized marketing information. With Marketo, you can view all your digital marketing results in one place. Whether you are using email, landing pages, mobile advertising or forms (which, by the way, Marketo has a lot of to choose and customize), you can easily view this information from within the dashboard.
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Cons

HubSpot

  • As we don't use HubSpot's CRM, some of the data mapping to Salesforce is still lacking. However, HubSpot's dedicated support team is extremely helpful with providing solutions and we have a direct line to the product team, which is working our suggestions into its roadmap.
  • Initially, HubSpot did not support multi-currency. As an enterprise-level customer, this was essential to our deal tracking, as we conduct business throughout the world. At this year's Inbound, multi-currency capabilities were announced, and we're very excited.
  • HubSpot currently does not sync multiple deal flows. This makes reporting out of HubSpot for our sales executives difficult and means that we do not have a single source of reporting and have to rely on both SFDC and HubSpot.
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Marketo

  • Technically heavy. Takes a bit to implement and understand - there's a bit of a learning curve here, and may require some help to stand up and implement.
  • Interface: They just rolled out a new interface, but they definitely have a "database" approach to the software - folders, subfolders, sections... can be confusing at first, but once you learn, you'll be locked in.
  • Rope - you can hang yourself. Need to be methodical and well executed with your campaigns, or you can get yourself into trouble!
  • Salesforce API... I would expect there to be a managed package.. but you set up the system through a traditional API connection. It's cumbersome and timely, but once it's set up, it's definitely rock solid.
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Likelihood to Renew

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 371 answers
Our business relies on the HubSpot platform to manage our marketing, sales and CRM processes. HubSpot marketing automation helps us define our activities and streamlines them in a cohesive and efficient way. Without HubSpot, we will have to revert to the 'old way' of doing everything with a variety of disparate systems.
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Marketo

Marketo 8.0
Based on 143 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.
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Usability

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.5
Based on 96 answers
Hubspot shows you what do and makes it easy to find the help articles you need. Over all it shows the system status well. The only issue is when there are syncing issues so you'll have to save often and make sure to refresh so you know your changes synced with the server.
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Marketo

Marketo 7.7
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
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Reliability and Availability

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 25 answers
We made a decision as an agency to only work with Hubspot. The software is easy to work with, and the support is very good
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Marketo

Marketo 8.4
Based on 23 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.
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Performance

HubSpot

HubSpot 8.9
Based on 17 answers
With all the new features in HubSpot, the system can get a tad slow sometimes... That said, most of the time it is lightning fast and I have no problems. Because most of the integrations are API, they silently work in the background. I have not had trouble with lag due to HubSpot integration
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Marketo

Marketo 7.9
Based on 28 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.
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Support

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 79 answers
I had a pretty serious programming issue in my onboarding period. I called and got to someone within 10 minutes. Their hold music was not elevator music, it was Andy Grammer's latest hits which made it seem like less time. They took note of the issue, tried what they knew, and then said they would work on the issue and be in touch soon. The issue was resolved within a day! And they were so pleasant to work with
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Marketo

Marketo 7.1
Based on 77 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.
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In-Person Training

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.1
Based on 8 answers
I did the 2-day classroom at HubSpot's corporate office in Cambridge. First off, it was amazing to see their corporate office in general. They have such a cool office environment. But it was also great to have the ability to learn in a workshop format with other HubSpot users and meet my Account Manager/ Inbound Marketing Consultant in person.
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Marketo

Marketo 7.0
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
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Online Training

HubSpot

HubSpot 8.9
Based on 25 answers
I went through Inbound Marketing University in 2006. Great training and helped my transition from traditional (outbound) marketing to inbound marketing that I've been able to apply to a number of businesses from wastewater and water reuse, to professional services and SaaS. Share information of value to build awareness and trust. Answer customers' questions in a transparent way to generate more qualified leads. Understand the difference between a marketing qualified lead and a sales qualified lead and put together a lead nurturing program. Your sales and marketing efforts will see significant ROI.
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Marketo

Marketo 3.1
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.
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Implementation

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.0
Based on 47 answers
My biggest piece of advice for those who are implementing Hubspot is that you need to devote the time up front and learn how to use the product. Once you learn how to use Hubspot, it will be much more effective as well as much easier to use in the long run
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Marketo

Marketo 7.1
Based on 36 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
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Alternatives Considered

HubSpot

HubSpot is a great tool that integrates with 3rd party apps like drift Salesforce. You can use these products together or just use HubSpot. HubSpot offers a great user experience (and by great I mean it's quite easy to learn). HubSpot acts as the central system for a number of other tools and it's API is very good for integrations with other tools, which is why it's so powerful.
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Marketo

Marketo, in my opinion, is better than the others when working for a B2B or tech company. I felt like it gave us more control over how we distributed messaging to our customers and prospects that helped them easily understand complex tech and software products. Alternatives like Act-On and Constant Contact seem to be better for smaller companies or companies who don't invest as much into content creation and distribution -- focusing mostly on sending emails and newsletters.
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Scalability

HubSpot

HubSpot 7.3
Based on 7 answers
While HubSpot initially, seven years ago, seemed built for SMBs it appears they have scaled their solution for larger enterprises. I do not have experience sending out 10 million-plus emails per month so I don't know how HubSpot would handle that. However, I do know that some other marketing automation platforms have had trouble with such scale. As such, I suggest HubSpot have one of it's enterprise customers share data on the length of time it takes to send out 1 million emails. Are we talking minutes, hours or days? Then decide what's right for you based on your business needs.
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Marketo

Marketo 7.9
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.
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Return on Investment

HubSpot

  • For our customers and us: High Lead Conversion
  • For our customers and us: More business from digital channels
  • For our customers and us: Shorter salescykles
  • For our customers and us: ROI faster
  • For our customers and us: Heighten Brand loyalty and customer sharing.
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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.
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Pricing Details

HubSpot

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

HubSpot Editions & Modules

Edition
Pro$8001
Enterprise$3,2002
Starter$503
Free$04
  1. per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
  2. per month (includes 10,000 contacts)
  3. per month (includes 1,000 contacts)
  4. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Marketo

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
TBD*

* depends on scope and complexity

Marketo Editions & Modules

Edition
Spark$8951
Standard$1,7951
Select$3,1951
  1. per month up to 10,000 records
Additional Pricing Details
For the Enterprise edition, contact Marketo for a custom quote.

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