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Likelihood to Recommend

Kissmetrics

Kissmetric is well suited for people that feel that they are not seeing the right kind of data from Google Analytics. If you have ever looked a Google Analytics report and said "I wish I knew what the 10 people that read this case study did before, after and even a week from now on my website", then Kissmetrics is for you and will help you answer those questions.On the other hand--if you have no technical expertise or knowledge of viewing data, then Kissmetrics may prove a bit difficult for you to set up and manage.
Aaron Treguboff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo is really the only choice for large enterprise Marketing organizations, in my opinion. It scales better than other platforms with similar functionalities and is easier to use. Competitors' products in this space will require more "technical" users with coding and database management backgrounds, or will flat out not handle the volume. Marketo is in the sweet spot. If you have Salesforce or Dynamics and are in a large or medium-sized organization, especially if you are in a B2B oriented industry, Marketo is for you.I am personally currently in the Higher Education industry, and Marketo works well in that space, though we sometimes need to seek workarounds for some areas of functionality that are B2B-focused.Small businesses may price out of Marketo, especially if they have a large database or B2C orientation, but it is still worth a look. That said, I personally implemented Marketo at two different small software and services shops with 100-150 employees, and they both still use the tool 5-10 years later. For organizations that are going to want to do only traditional batch/blast email campaigns and have small databases, Marketo will work, but you'll be paying for leaving a lot of capability on the table.
Matt Gomez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.7
Ability to test dynamic content
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.5
Landing pages
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.7
A/B testing
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.4
Mobile optimization
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.1
Email deliverability reporting
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.2
List management
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.4

Lead Management

Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.1
Lead nurturing
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.1
Lead scoring and grading
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.2
Data quality management
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.1

Campaign Management

Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.3
Calendaring
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.6
Event/webinar marketing
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.9

Social Media Marketing

Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.6
Social sharing and campaigns
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.5
Social profile integration
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.6

Reporting & Analytics

Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.8
Dashboards
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.7
Standard reports
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.0
Custom reports
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.4
API
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.8
Customizability
Kissmetrics
Marketo
7.6
Integration with Salesforce.com
Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.2
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.7
Integration with SugarCRM
Kissmetrics
Marketo
6.0

Pros

Kissmetrics

  • The more events you track and properties you send along, the more you can see how specific users use your product/service. The user based timeline gives you a perfect start point to get in touch with users, because you can see where they get stuck.
  • Tracking your traffic sources and how they influence conversions is awesome. You can get a perfect view of how much a traffic source contributes to revenue.
  • Funnel reports give you more insights into micro and macro conversion steps and give you actionable data to work with.
  • Customer support!
Joris Brabants | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Flexibility - It has a lot to offer, but you don't have to have it all. There are a lot of integrations that allow you to set up your MarTech environment however you want.
  • Usability - Marketo is pretty straightforward to use, and there are a lot of resource documents and community available to help mitigate any issues a user might have.
  • Comprehensive - There's a huge range of features that Marketo has built into it that can be bolted on. I accept there are other tools out there there that do "more", but Marketo's features are comprehensive and operate in a local environment.
  • Support - Marketo's support feature and team are fantastic. They've always been willing and able to help with simple and complex queries in a highly professional manner. The Marketo Community backs this up - with both Marketo Support and Marketo Experts providing insight and responses to queries.
Josh Pickles | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Kissmetrics

  • Live usage UI can be improved a lot. although this was definitely a very cool feature, it was somewhat marred by a poor and confusing UI. It shows a stream of actions events being triggered, but it's a bit difficult to figure out how to actually use this stream of data. For example, it;s very difficult to follow a single user. This feature needs a much more intuitive visual design for it to be truly useful as well as just cool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

  • Pricing -- Marketo is clearly designed for a premium market, and most people will not be able to get in at the price point it starts from. This is a con especially for small businesses who do not always have the resources to invest in a solution like this.
  • Analytic reports within Marketo are not the greatest. I feel that there is more data you can view, and smart lists do not always work as they are supposed to.
  • It must also be said that Marketo does have a steep learning curve, and in some cases, you may need to hire a specialist to help you with the integration process. This can add to your cost.
Nathan Sichilongo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 7.4
Based on 27 answers
Price sensitivity and the different choices that now exist in the Analytics industry. I think it makes sense for us sometime this year to rethink our analytics strategy to see how we may leverage the best of GA (which has included lots of new features and updates the past years_, Kiss and other tools as need be
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.8
Based on 146 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.
Valerie Armstrong | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 7.1
Based on 6 answers
Funnel analytics reporting is generally quite good. The drag-and-drop functionality is great and it's easy to use. I would rate this a 7 or so. The problem is the home page or dashboard. This consists of a bunch of boxes with numbers in them and is very weak on visual design. It's quite confusing to look at and doesn't give an instant visual picture as to what is happening. It seems as though this was not given very much thought by the team. The Google Analytics dashboard is very much stronger in terms of visual design.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.4
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

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 8.3
Based on 6 answers
The application was very rarely down; during the period we used the application, I can think of only two or three occasions in which the site was down. Notably, at no time was the the performance of our own site compromised as a result.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 8.2
Based on 46 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.
Jennifer Robertson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 8.5
Based on 6 answers
Speed improved dramatically as the service matured. Early iterations of the publicly-released application would occasionally provide slow processing of results, but those delays became much rarer occurrences during the last year that we used KISSmetrics. One of the more impressive views (which started out feeling more like a toy) is the live view of visits. Knowing that you could see, in real time, what events a user triggered, was gratifying and instructive.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.6
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

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 9.0
Based on 10 answers
Everytime that I've needed or contacted support, I've received a quick response and timely help! There was even a major issue we had with connecting Unbounce into Kissmetrics. They brought in multiple people and worked with us for hours to make sure we could figure out the issue and get everything running! I have no complaints about the support team!
Aaron Treguboff | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.3
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

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 9.1
Based on 1 answer
Again, we were fortunate to work with KISSmetrics as they built their application, but Hiten, their CEO and founder, was incredibly helpful to me personally, and to our metrics-driven business as a whole, as we adopted their tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 7.4
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

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 8.6
Based on 3 answers
I loved this aspect of the product. It wasn't just that the documentation and online tutorials are great - which they are - the on-boarding process though was really stellar. Once you have set everything up, you get a welcome message followed by a step-by-step guide to get you started that is built right into the product interface. For example, the UI asks you to first do X, and then copy this code snippet and send it to your developer who will know what to do with it. When you come back after the first interaction with the product, it continues the process by explaining right in the UI how to track events etc.This kind of step-by-step approach is incredibly efficient. Although there are various forms of supporting documentation (PDFs videos etc) to support every step, you don't really need them. This approach means that you are up and running very quickly with virtually no training time or documentation consultation. Highly efficient process.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Marketo 5.2
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

Kissmetrics

Kissmetrics 7.3
Based on 7 answers
In order to build trackability down to revenue, there was quite a lot of work to integrate Kissmetrics with our software and internal process. We had to build the hooks so that Kissmetrics could call back into our software and billing system, etc.. However, we didn't need additional expertise to do this. Once you understand the API, and you own systems, making it work is not too difficult. We did not require an outside consultant or anything like that
Anonymous | 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

Kissmetrics

It has some unique features when compared to Squarespace and Hotjar.1. Multiple Site Management 2. Keyword Tracking, and 3. Campaign Management. User video tracking is not possible in Kissmetrics, but Hotjar provides it for free and paid subscribers.
Balaji Perumal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Marketo

Honestly, they are the industry leader for a reason. Their database like approach in interface and the way the product functions could be confusing or intimidating for some people, but once you see the power it has, and get the hang of it - you'll never look back. We honestly couldn't do some of the things we do without Marketo, and they probably have ME as a customer for life. If I'm consulting with other companies, honestly, it depends on what you're looking for. If you have a simple use case, a simple solution like Pardot or Act-On will probably suffice. If you want advanced targeting capabilities, data cleanliness and automation, advanced segmenting, form completion actions, and industry leading scoring, then I wouldn't look further than Marketo. More of a steep learning curve, but trust me - it's absolutely worth it!
Ian Nate | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Kissmetrics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Marketo

Marketo 8.3
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.
Amber Hobson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Kissmetrics

  • Unfortunately for this client (small business) the cost of Kissmetrics was just too prohibitive. But it's obvious that for a larger company that can afford it, the data would be invaluable to gain more insight in how to gain more active users and orders for a funnel.
  • The data provided really increases an understanding of how best to provide the right experience for the users...happy users equals increase in ROI.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Justin Norris | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Kissmetrics

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$1,500*

* per installation

Kissmetrics Editions & Modules

Edition
Growth$5001
Power$8501
EnterpriseCustom1
  1. Monthly Tracked People
Additional Pricing Details
What are Monthly Tracked People? Monthly Tracked People are unique visitors that engage in an Event on your website or with your product, that gets tracked by you in Kissmetrics. Monthly Tracked People can be anonymous or identified.

Marketo

General

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

* depends on scope and complexity

Marketo Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Kissmetrics
8.1
Marketo
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Kissmetrics
7.4
Marketo
7.8

Usability

Kissmetrics
7.1
Marketo
5.4

Reliability and Availability

Kissmetrics
8.3
Marketo
8.2

Performance

Kissmetrics
8.5
Marketo
7.6

Support Rating

Kissmetrics
9.0
Marketo
7.3

In-Person Training

Kissmetrics
9.1
Marketo
7.4

Online Training

Kissmetrics
8.6
Marketo
5.2

Implementation Rating

Kissmetrics
7.3
Marketo
7.3

Scalability

Kissmetrics
Marketo
8.3

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