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Likelihood to Recommend

Marketo

Marketo is really robust and can help produce amazing campaign tracking. Marketo does a great job at tracking a leads creation, stamping lead source, scoring that lead, and pushing to the designated lifecycle/funnel stage. It allows for sales to spend less time cold calling and more time calling actionable hot leads.
Colton Slauson | 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

Marketo
7.6
Pardot
7.7
WYSIWYG email editor
Marketo
7.1
Pardot
6.7
Dynamic content
Marketo
7.7
Pardot
7.1
Ability to test dynamic content
Marketo
7.3
Pardot
7.4
Landing pages
Marketo
6.7
Pardot
6.8
A/B testing
Marketo
7.4
Pardot
8.5
Mobile optimization
Marketo
6.9
Pardot
7.8
Email deliverability reporting
Marketo
8.1
Pardot
8.5
List management
Marketo
8.3
Pardot
8.3
Triggered drip sequences
Marketo
8.5
Pardot
8.2

Lead Management

Marketo
8.1
Pardot
8.0
Lead nurturing
Marketo
8.2
Pardot
8.2
Lead scoring and grading
Marketo
8.3
Pardot
8.6
Data quality management
Marketo
7.9
Pardot
7.5
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Marketo
8.0
Pardot
7.9

Campaign Management

Marketo
7.1
Pardot
7.8
Calendaring
Marketo
6.4
Pardot
7.7
Event/webinar marketing
Marketo
7.8
Pardot
7.9

Social Media Marketing

Marketo
6.2
Pardot
6.8
Social sharing and campaigns
Marketo
6.1
Pardot
6.1
Social profile integration
Marketo
6.2
Pardot
7.5

Reporting & Analytics

Marketo
6.7
Pardot
7.1
Dashboards
Marketo
6.6
Pardot
7.5
Standard reports
Marketo
6.8
Pardot
7.0
Custom reports
Marketo
6.9
Pardot
6.8

Platform & Infrastructure

Marketo
7.5
Pardot
7.5
API
Marketo
8.1
Pardot
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals
Marketo
7.9
Pardot
7.2
Customizability
Marketo
7.7
Pardot
7.4
Integration with Salesforce.com
Marketo
8.2
Pardot
8.7
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Marketo
6.8
Pardot
8.3
Integration with SugarCRM
Marketo
6.0
Pardot
5.4

Pros

Marketo

  • Automation is top notch with its smart campaign execution not only within Marketo, but triggering external communications.
  • Connectivity of data and automation within CRM is top notch
  • Email marketing templates are simple, straightforward and easy to manipulate through modules.
  • Reporting and subscriptions make sharing data with outside users very simple
Peter DeMichele | 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

Marketo

  • As easy as the UI is to use, it is a little dated. The good news is Marketo Sky UI is just around the corner and available in certain areas of the tool today.
  • Analytics and reporting areas are very B2B centric, requiring workarounds for B2C applications. It's also a little slow loading, but that is on the roadmap to be improved in the coming year.
  • The REST API will turn away certain kinds of posts with an error code; an example is a lead post where there are already existing duplicates with a matching email address in the database that drives a 1007 error and the data is not captured. I think it would be nice if the data would go to a staging table or something, just so it lands somewhere within the platform so admins could debug and mitigate issues.
Matt Gomez | 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

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

Pardot

Pardot 2.9
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

Marketo

Marketo 5.2
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

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

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

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

Marketo

Marketo 7.5
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

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

Marketo

Marketo 7.1
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

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

Marketo

Marketo 7.6
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

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

Marketo

Marketo 5.3
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

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

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

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

Marketo

We reviewed Microsoft's offering and Salesforce, but neither at the time were offering much more and for less than Marketo at the time. Marketo has been in use at our organization for more than 5 years now and every year we seem to use more and more features making it of greater value to us. With us being able to mature along with the software I think it would be hard to switch to another platform
Ellie Bublick | 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

Marketo

Marketo 8.5
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

Pardot

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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.
Justin Norris | 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

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

Pardot

General

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

Pardot Editions & Modules

Edition
Growth$1,2501
Plus$2,5001
Advanced$4,0001
Premium$15,0001
  1. /month/up to 10,000 contacts billed annually
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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