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Likelihood to Recommend

Litmus

After using some other email testing services, I've found Litmus to be the most robust tool with the most features. Beyond providing a good product, they provide excellent support, maintain an involved community of email marketing professionals, and provide industry-leading information in their blog and free webinars. Litmus is best suited for organizations needing to efficiently turn custom coded email campaigns or companies that have many different email templates. If your organization is only sending a monthly newsletter and your template is well tested, Litmus may be overkill for your needs.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot is well suited when you have an organization that wants to get multiple communications out on different levels and to an array of individuals. The reporting systems of Pardot as well as the ability to plan multiple campaigns within the program is unparalleled. Pardot allows you to gain valuable data from the emails sent and more importantly the individuals who opened and interacted with the emails.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Litmus
5.3
Pardot
7.7
WYSIWYG email editor
Litmus
5.9
Pardot
6.7
Dynamic content
Litmus
5.9
Pardot
6.9
Ability to test dynamic content
Litmus
6.7
Pardot
7.3
Landing pages
Litmus
5.0
Pardot
6.8
A/B testing
Litmus
4.4
Pardot
8.5
Mobile optimization
Litmus
8.6
Pardot
7.7
Email deliverability reporting
Litmus
8.0
Pardot
8.4
List management
Litmus
2.4
Pardot
8.2
Triggered drip sequences
Litmus
1.0
Pardot
8.3

Reporting & Analytics

Litmus
6.9
Pardot
7.0
Dashboards
Litmus
7.3
Pardot
7.4
Standard reports
Litmus
7.8
Pardot
7.0
Custom reports
Litmus
5.7
Pardot
6.6

Lead Management

Litmus
Pardot
8.0
Lead nurturing
Litmus
Pardot
8.3
Lead scoring and grading
Litmus
Pardot
8.6
Data quality management
Litmus
Pardot
7.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Litmus
Pardot
7.8

Campaign Management

Litmus
Pardot
7.7
Calendaring
Litmus
Pardot
7.7
Event/webinar marketing
Litmus
Pardot
7.8

Social Media Marketing

Litmus
Pardot
6.7
Social sharing and campaigns
Litmus
Pardot
5.9
Social profile integration
Litmus
Pardot
7.5

Platform & Infrastructure

Litmus
Pardot
7.4
API
Litmus
Pardot
7.8
Role-based workflow & approvals
Litmus
Pardot
7.2
Customizability
Litmus
Pardot
7.3
Integration with Salesforce.com
Litmus
Pardot
8.6
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Litmus
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
Litmus
Pardot
5.4

Pros

Litmus

  • Inbox renders are the prime reason I use Litmus, I am confident they represent reality.
  • Litmus helps legitimize the struggles of every email developer.
  • Litmus makes it very easy to share results, whether they are inbox renders or email analytics, with my entire team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Automation. Pardot has great automation functionalities for emails and other communications to our network. ex: list building features
  • Wealth of functionality and features. ex: engagement scoring
  • User friendly. It's not very hard to catch on and there are lots of resources to leverage.
  • SalesForce connection! This is probably #1 because SF is our CRM and it integrates seamlessly.
Jillian Papa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Litmus

  • I very much like using Litmus Builder, however, I have recently had issues with it taking a very long time to load from Checklist to Builder, and also very long wait times for giving links to share with other developers.
  • I'd like to see more up-to-date devices offered for Android and Gmail for Android - such as the more recent Galaxy versions offered by Samsung.
  • It would be great to see an actual support ticket when submitting to litmus in order to more easily communicate any issues that may have developed since submitting that ticket.
Samantha Brady | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Lots of nuances are present - Pardot is great, but there's a TON of little things that it probably should do better being a product that's been around as long as it has. For example, You cannot create drip program emails without an unsubscribe link! That means that if you've automated the emails that go from your Sales team when someone fills out a form asking for a demo, it WILL have the ugly unsubscribe link and additional address tag that Pardot emails require.
  • You cannot have automation that will set the value of one field to be equal to another field or variable - only pre-defined values can be used. For example, you cannot have a date field set to equal today + 180 days (useful for Canadian Anti-Spam Law automation). You cannot set one field to equal the value of another field.
  • As nice as the email builder is, it's certainly no MailChimp. It would be nicer to have better compatibility with mail clients out of the box and a larger variety of templates. The email builder isn't drag-and-drop like other dedicated email systems, so you're usually stuck having to go into the code and cut+paste the section into the new area where you want it to go.
  • There's no option to automate personal emails sent from a team members Gsuite or Outlook 365 account!? Nowadays Marketing is playing a role that goes much farther down the sales cycle - if you are automating emails from your sales team, the email is still sent from Pardot's email server (which has mediocre deliverability compared to Gsuite or Office 365). A simple addition of the Zapier-like ability to trigger emails from a salesperson's actual email account would be a gigantic benefit.
  • No built-in calendar functionality like that offered by Hubspot. I love Pardot, but it does feel like they've been slipping in their product development as I haven't noticed any major addition to the platform that has made a difference to my workflows in probably two years.
Garrett Genest | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Litmus

Litmus 7.7
Based on 2 answers
I will always like to continue using Litmus because of the features it offers. Always very easy to use and excellent results in terms of testing emails
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

Pardot 3.6
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

Litmus

Litmus 8.8
Based on 4 answers
Litmus has integrations that make the software an integrated part of my work every day. Being able to test right within my email builder is just brilliant. Daily I also use the web interface to review analytics and spam testing. Overall it is one of the pieces of software I use daily without any complaints or issues.
Yosa Addiss | 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

Litmus

Litmus 8.2
Based on 1 answer
I rarely encounter any issues like that.
Anonymous | 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

Litmus

Litmus 8.2
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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

Litmus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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

Litmus

Litmus 8.2
Based on 1 answer
It was very informative one on one session for me. I was able to use Litmus without any issues.
Anonymous | 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

Litmus

Litmus 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It has all the required information.
Anonymous | 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

Litmus

Litmus 8.2
Based on 2 answers
Atleat one members in every team should have access to it and should be able to integrate it when required.
Anonymous | 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

Litmus

The only other email rendering services I have tried is the Email on Acid integration built into Sailthru. It was a stripped-down version of the EoA platform and was difficult to navigate. At that point, I had used Litmus for nearly three years and did not have much trust in the EoA integration when I saw some rendering disparities.
Anonymous | 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

Return on Investment

Litmus

  • The price is absolutely worth the investment. We have seen increased engagement with emails (e.g., the heat map 'lights up' in more areas, a lower unsubscribe rate, and users scrolling further down the email) and the back-and-forth between me (the creator), and my testing team has been minimized because I can catch issues before sending out the email to be tested. It significantly reduces the time it takes to create, test, and schedule an email.
  • While the webinars are free, they cost time. And they're almost always worth it, even if they're just on in the background. The State of Email content they generate - and offer FOR FREE (it's a LOT of data they're giving you for free) - is an amazing side bonus. They offer a ton of email productivity tips and really helpful content. And again, for free!
  • Although I haven't really mentioned this in previous sections, the Builder tool is sometimes really useful to code in also. I generally preferred Sublime Text , but lately I've been using the Builder tool instead, as it allows you to see your code changes in real time (vs loading up previews each time). Then you can save it and preview across all devices. It's a huge time saver in that sense as well.
Steffany Winkelmann | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pardot

  • Positive in terms of lead generation via web forms and landing pages for Google Ads
  • Positive in terms of reporting and figuring out where to refine marketing initiatives and campaigns
  • Positive in terms of being able to email our contacts and do drip campaigns to turn leads into opportunities
Bailey Witt, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Litmus

General

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

Litmus Editions & Modules

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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