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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

Marketo
7.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Marketo
7.1
Dynamic content
Marketo
7.5
Ability to test dynamic content
Marketo
7.5
Landing pages
Marketo
7.1
A/B testing
Marketo
7.3
Mobile optimization
Marketo
7.2
Email deliverability
Marketo
8.2
List management
Marketo
8.4
Triggered drip sequences
Marketo
8.3

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Marketo
7.3
Calendaring
Marketo
6.6
Event/webinar marketing
Marketo
7.9

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Marketo
7.0
Dashboards
Marketo
6.9
Standard reports
Marketo
7.1
Custom reports
Marketo
6.9

Platform & Infrastructure

Marketo
7.4
API
Marketo
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Marketo
7.6
Customizability
Marketo
7.5
Integration with Salesforce.com
Marketo
8.4
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Marketo
6.7
Integration with SugarCRM
Marketo
6.4

Pros

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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