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Likelihood to Recommend

HubSpot

HubSpot is well suited for many scenarios but the most prominent one in my role is following up with clients and/or prospects. It really helps me keep track of last interactions which includes notes, emails, calls, and meetings. Being able to see previous contact with a person helps me know where I have left off and also how I need to follow up. This is crucial for sales people since it is very difficult to remember all interactions and communications on your own.
Meredith Mackay | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

I found Pardot really powerful and versatile. We didn't use the Drip Automation feature as much as I would have liked, but that's just because we didn't have many use cases to justify it. We were able to build out a complex custom CSS for our email templates and appreciated the rendering capabilities that allowed us to preview how our CSS would display across all the most popular browsers and mobile platforms.
Lyza Swearingen Latham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

HubSpot
8.5
Pardot
7.7
WYSIWYG email editor
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
7.0
Dynamic content
HubSpot
8.2
Pardot
6.9
Ability to test dynamic content
HubSpot
8.0
Pardot
7.2
Landing pages
HubSpot
8.8
Pardot
7.0
A/B testing
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
8.4
Mobile optimization
HubSpot
8.5
Pardot
7.6
Email deliverability
HubSpot
8.8
Pardot
8.3
List management
HubSpot
8.5
Pardot
8.2
Triggered drip sequences
HubSpot
8.9
Pardot
8.4

Lead Management

HubSpot
8.4
Pardot
8.0
Lead nurturing
HubSpot
8.7
Pardot
8.4
Lead scoring and grading
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
8.6
Data quality management
HubSpot
7.9
Pardot
7.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
HubSpot
8.5
Pardot
7.6

Campaign Management

HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
7.7
Calendaring
HubSpot
8.2
Pardot
7.7
Event/webinar marketing
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
7.7

Social Media Marketing

HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
6.6
Social sharing and campaigns
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
5.7
Social profile integration
HubSpot
8.2
Pardot
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

HubSpot
8.4
Pardot
6.9
Dashboards
HubSpot
8.2
Pardot
7.2
Standard reports
HubSpot
8.5
Pardot
7.2
Custom reports
HubSpot
8.6
Pardot
6.5

Platform & Infrastructure

HubSpot
8.0
Pardot
7.4
API
HubSpot
8.0
Pardot
7.8
Role-based workflow & approvals
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
7.2
Customizability
HubSpot
8.3
Pardot
7.2
Integration with Salesforce.com
HubSpot
8.2
Pardot
8.6
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
HubSpot
7.7
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
HubSpot
7.7
Pardot
5.4

Pros

HubSpot

  • Bring sales, marketing, support all together into one platform because they now offer each as it's own hub. You can purchase the ones you need, but they are all available. This is a strength because it follows HubSpot's company goal to help customers succeed and that can only be done when all areas of business succeed.
  • Listening to customers. HubSpot follows its customers' feedback and continues to improve the platform.
  • HubSpot is focused on customer success. You have a team ready to help you with products, support, and success so whether you're big or small or new or seasoned. HubSpot is there to help you succeed and they've done an awesome job of keeping that at their core.
Heather Robinette, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Pardot syncs with our database, Salesforce and works seamlessly in updating records with individuals. Having this sync allows everyone in the organization to know where the last communication was and where they stand.
  • Pardot's A/B testing is the easiest A/B testing to use and communicate differently with individuals based on reporting. You are able to test this A/B before sending out an email unlike other platforms. The A/B testing is time saving and effective when trying to communicate with our audience.
  • Pardot's engagement studio is very easy to not only set-up but to follow. They set up their engagement platform in a way that you can see it overall and follow it like a flow chart, allowing the creator to truly understand where the emails/individuals are doing. The reporting of the engagement studios is detailed and very accessible.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

HubSpot

  • CRM function was too limited for us to use.
  • Would love to see greater flexibility with reporting dashboards.
  • Would love to be able to use spend/budget data from LinkedIn Ads connection.
  • Doesn't offer integration with CRM and suggested third-party partner was painful to work with.
  • Can't A/B test automated emails-- have to use workaround.
Sean Dunshee | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Pricey. I work for a nonprofit so it was a big decision to go with Pardot but it is one of the best in its class.
  • You must have the capacity/time/resources to actually use the functionalities and features. Otherwise, it could be a waste of money.
Jillian Papa | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Arun C Devan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 4.4
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

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.4
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.
Karen Rust | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

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
Jan Beery | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

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
Carah Counts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 8.3
Based on 5 answers
There are various connectors to the product to other services (SFDC, Google Analytics, Google AdWords, Bit.ly, Social Accounts, etc.). They all seem to sync very well and frequently
Vinny Poliseno | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

HubSpot

HubSpot 9.9
Based on 80 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
Hillary Johns | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 6.4
Based on 14 answers
They contact us on a regular basis to ensure everything is going well, they keep us updated on new enhancements to the program and also offer weekly webinars to learn more about the program and features. When we do have an issue come up, which is extremely rare, they answer our requests promptly.
Justin Gray | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Carah Counts | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

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.
Tom Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

HubSpot

HubSpot 7.3
Based on 48 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
Andrew Driscoll | TrustRadius Reviewer

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

HubSpot

We migrated from Marketo to HubSpot and noticed a difference nearly right away. Gone were hours of putting a campaign together through multiple folders only to have Marketo display the rainbow wheel of death and have the campaign disappear with all of your work. Additionally, we didn't need to have a full-time code on staff to generate beautiful and compelling email templates or landing pages. Working hand-in-hand, our new campaigns generated lead flow that helped our team deliver best-ever results and directly impact the bottom line.
Romy Ribitzky | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

We originally looked at both Marketo and Pardot for our marketing automation. They were considered to be almost identical products. The main reason for selecting Pardot was that we were already using salesforce and it made sense not to add too many different systems from different suppliers.
Richard Massey | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Tom Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

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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.
Sara Larsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Pardot saves sales hundreds of hours per year by automating the lead follow-up.
  • Gives the Sales team more visibility into what their leads are doing.
  • Ultimately, sales and marketing would be a lot harder if we didn't have Pardot. It's the glue that pulls everything together, and the amount of work and data processing that goes on behind the scenes thanks to the platform means that our sales team can focus on conversations rather than email followup, lead grading, etc.
Garrett Genest | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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

Pardot

General

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

Pardot Editions & Modules

Edition
Standard$1,0001
Pro$2,0002
Ultimate$3,0002
  1. per month (up to 1,000 contacts)
  2. per month (up to 10,000 contacts)
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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