LinkedIn Marketing Solutions vs. Adobe Marketo Engage

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Score 7.8 out of 10
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LinkedIn Marketing Solutions is a recently (2015) expanded marketing platform for reaching audiences through the popular Linkedin work-oriented social network that includes modules like the Lead Accelerator (supporting segmentation features to improve conversion), Sponsored Updates, LinkedIn Onsite Display, LinkedIn Network Display, and Sponsored InMail. While still at its core a social marketing engine, Linkedin Marketing Solutions now presents a more comprehensive B2B advertising platform. The…N/A
Adobe Marketo Engage
Score 8.1 out of 10
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Adobe Marketo Engage (acquired by Adobe in 2018) is a marketing automation platform whose basic features include email marketing, drip nurturing, landing pages, and lead scoring, but other editions offer additional advanced features. Typical customers are B2B firms with complex sales cycles.N/A
Pricing
LinkedIn Marketing SolutionsAdobe Marketo Engage
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
LinkedIn Marketing SolutionsAdobe Marketo Engage
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeOptional
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
LinkedIn Marketing SolutionsAdobe Marketo Engage
Considered Both Products
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Chose LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Pardot and Marketo offer some nice alternatives. They are more expensive than what LinkedIn Marketing offers, we have demoed the product before and like the suite of automation that those tools offer. Obviously, LinkedIn Marketing integrates seamlessly with what they are trying …
Adobe Marketo Engage

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
LinkedIn Marketing SolutionsAdobe Marketo Engage
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
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Ratings
Adobe Marketo Engage
7.9
986 Ratings
2% above category average
WYSIWYG email editor00 Ratings7.5895 Ratings
Dynamic content00 Ratings7.4872 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content00 Ratings7.6850 Ratings
Landing pages00 Ratings7.9912 Ratings
A/B testing00 Ratings7.8898 Ratings
Mobile optimization00 Ratings7.7870 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting00 Ratings8.1954 Ratings
List management00 Ratings8.6951 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences00 Ratings8.7861 Ratings
Lead Management
Comparison of Lead Management features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
-
Ratings
Adobe Marketo Engage
8.5
954 Ratings
9% above category average
Lead nurturing automation00 Ratings8.7929 Ratings
Lead scoring and grading00 Ratings8.6904 Ratings
Data quality management00 Ratings8.4902 Ratings
Automated sales alerts and tasks00 Ratings8.2856 Ratings
Campaign Management
Comparison of Campaign Management features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
-
Ratings
Adobe Marketo Engage
7.8
883 Ratings
2% above category average
Calendaring00 Ratings7.5713 Ratings
Event/webinar marketing00 Ratings8.1843 Ratings
Social Media Marketing
Comparison of Social Media Marketing features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
-
Ratings
Adobe Marketo Engage
7.4
549 Ratings
2% below category average
Social sharing and campaigns00 Ratings7.6540 Ratings
Social profile integration00 Ratings7.3375 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
-
Ratings
Adobe Marketo Engage
7.4
955 Ratings
1% below category average
Dashboards00 Ratings7.3897 Ratings
Standard reports00 Ratings7.7935 Ratings
Custom reports00 Ratings7.4890 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
-
Ratings
Adobe Marketo Engage
8.3
946 Ratings
9% above category average
API00 Ratings8.6814 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals00 Ratings8.2691 Ratings
Customizability00 Ratings7.9837 Ratings
Integration with Salesforce.com00 Ratings9.0815 Ratings
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM00 Ratings8.3276 Ratings
Integration with SugarCRM00 Ratings7.9178 Ratings
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Score 9.3 out of 10
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User Ratings
LinkedIn Marketing SolutionsAdobe Marketo Engage
Likelihood to Recommend
8.9
(47 ratings)
8.4
(1136 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(146 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(8 ratings)
8.0
(98 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(25 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(30 ratings)
Support Rating
8.6
(6 ratings)
8.7
(89 ratings)
In-Person Training
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(12 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
6.7
(29 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(37 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
6.0
(6 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
-
(0 ratings)
7.9
(4 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
1.4
(9 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Professional Services
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(3 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(7 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.2
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
LinkedIn Marketing SolutionsAdobe Marketo Engage
Likelihood to Recommend
LinkedIn
Although it offered great features, we didn't really see a lot of traffic or results from the ads we placed. Working in hospitality, we had to strategically time and place our ads around holiday seasons and it can be difficult to predict a marketing campaign. Depending on your market, LinkedIn may not be the best avenue to advertise with.
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Adobe
I would definitely recommend Adobe Marketo Engage to other large or medium organisations such as ourselves, who have a number of users from different offices around the globe. It is well suited to those who have large email marketing contact databases and need to do sophisticated segmentation. It has a lot of functionality for integration with Salesforce and lead scoring models.
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Pros
LinkedIn
  • Targeting - they have done a great job of allowing you speak to ideal audiences
  • Support - dedicated customer service and account advising is always accessible and very responsive
  • Curation of professional audiences - one of the biggest advantages to the platform is that its users are for the most part are professional
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Adobe
  • Adobe Marketo Engage is a great platform for custom email design. The user interface is simple and easy to navigate.
  • With Campaign Optimization, Adobe Marketo Engage allows for real-time adjustments, ensuring my campaigns remain relevant and effective.
  • With Advanced Analytics, Adobe Marketo Engage provides robust marketing data analysis, helping us better understand our campaigns' effectiveness.
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Cons
LinkedIn
  • The Campaign Manager is not good. It seems like the Campaign Manager (where you create and manage your self-serve ad campaigns) is buggy and doesn't have a good flow. Contrast with FB Ad Manager of the Google Adwords/Ads interface, which has a much more simple process to create and edits campaigns, ad groups, ads, keywords, audiences, budgets, etc. LinkedIn Campaign Manager seems to actively work against you trying to make changes to your campaigns.
  • LinkedIn Campaign Manager offers three options: sponsored content, InMail, and text ads. LinkedIn used to offer other ad services that you couldn't access unless you had a "managed ad account" run by LinkedIn Staff with a dedicated monthly ad spend. It seems most of those "hidden" features have disappeared, though you still have to contract with LinkedIn to offer dynamic ads. It would be better if LinkedIn empowered marketers to create the ads they want. (Perhaps with a dedicated acct. manager like how Google Ads works.)
  • This is silly, but it isn't easy to navigate to Campaign Manager. I have a bookmark for Campaign Manager because if you want to click there through LinkedIn, it takes 2 or 3 different screens to get to Campaign Manager. In my opinion, when you click the "Work" dropdown from the LinkedIn header (by your profile picture) you should have a link to Campaign Manager.
  • LinkedIn, in recent months, has made substantial changes to the Ads platform and Campaign Manager. Though these changes work to address some of the above issues, LinkedIn still has quite a ways to go before their platform is on par with their competition.
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Adobe
  • Marketo's email editor is basic in comparison to other cheaper alternatives out there.
  • Marketo doesn't work as well in B2C scenarios as it does in B2B. One of the painpoints of this is it's difficult to showcase a selection of product recommendations based on purchase behaviour without a very time consuming workaround. It's manageable if you're only selling a handful of products, but it's inefficient when dealing with a large catalogue.
  • Marketo's form and landing page builder are also behind the times. Perhaps not as bad as the Salesforce Marketing Cloud platform, but for an enterprise company the product should be much better.
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Likelihood to Renew
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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
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Usability
LinkedIn
in terms of promoted content reporting and usability, the platform is not as flexible or easy to use compared to more established social platforms like Facebook. However, it does offer plug-ins to Google Data Studio which makes pulling and manipulating data easier. My main usability gripe comes when looking at organic performance of a company page. There isn't an easy way to export organic performance data.
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Adobe
In some aspects, the tool can feel quite clunky in parts. But with the rich feature set it has, it's understandable. There is a lot of room for improvement for the user interface. The system itself doesn't have a slick or modern feel, so the usability could feel nicer to use with these areas considered.
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Reliability and Availability
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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.
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Performance
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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 Rating
LinkedIn
So, everything what I just said previously adds up to the value of LinkedIn Marketing Solutions. Definitely recommending it to a friend. It has its things to improve but its nothing major or nothing to worry about. So I give a 9 because it still has that, some user interface glitches that can be improved but do not damage the experience that you have with it.
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Adobe
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
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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 Rating
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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 tools 3. 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
LinkedIn
If you want more precision in B2B targeting, then LinkedIn is without question the better alternative. However, as I established before, I've rarely seen LinkedIn campaigns be successful for anything other than brand awareness/thought leadership. And that's almost 100% what Twitter is for. Twitter campaigns almost always have a cheaper CPC AND CPM than LinkedIn and accomplish the same thing, so I would say go with Twitter. At times LinkedIn campaigns are just so you can tell someone at a higher level that you did precise targeting to the exact audience they wanted and check that box, because it's easier for them to understand how you'd do well on LinkedIn, and more difficult to tell that story on Twitter. But I honestly prefer Twitter and its platform for B2B awareness campaigns. Heretic, I know, but it's how I feel after several years of experience with both. Facebook is bottom of the barrel for B2B in my mind, so I'm not really going to discuss it. I would take LinkedIn over Facebook for many reasons, but Facebook is an option too, but more for SMB and just covering all bases, not as a primary choice for B2B marketing.
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Adobe
Marketo helps us to show our customers we understand them by delivering personalized content, delivered at the right time, every time. Also gives the sales and marketing teams the ability to create more coordinated journeys. From emails to landing pages, Marketo Engage uses in-depth, real-time behavioural and demographic data, and AI to personalize users experience, even for the anonymous visitors.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
The total cost is a little bit higher than we expected.
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Scalability
LinkedIn
No answers on this topic
Adobe
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.
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Return on Investment
LinkedIn
  • We have seen a marked increase in inbound agent calls since we began LinkedIn marketing.
  • LinkedIn marketing is an excellent way to put your content in front of people that are actually going to read it, this has led to a major increase in our content being consumed and acted on.
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Adobe
  • Generated a 35% higher return on investment (ROI) in demand generation in the company.
  • The focus on the accounts that presented a greater sales potential, allowed us to prioritize and reduce costs by 20 Million USD.
  • Being personal and optimized. reduced efforts towards a more personalized customer experience, in working hours by almost 100 h.
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ScreenShots

Adobe Marketo Engage Screenshots

Screenshot of Marketo Lead Scoring - Marketo dynamically scores leads in real-time and can trigger a timely sales call based on website or other activity. Lead scores are integrated with a connected CRM.Screenshot of Marketo Moments - A mobile app designed to deliver timely, actionable insights.Screenshot of Simple or advanced workflows, built using drag-and-dropScreenshot of Lead nurturing can be performed without having to be a programmerScreenshot of Visualizations - display the revenue influence of each program and channelScreenshot of Marketo Sales Insight, which filters out the noise