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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing is perfect for organizations both big and small that may be on a lower budget. It is a very affordable solution for users with a large number of email addresses. While other providers may offer "free" storage for email contacts... the cost to send campaigns to those contacts can be very costly. While they do not offer widgets or other integrations for websites/social media... it is very easy to import and manage contacts. Additionally, they offer a comprehensive self-help support section online, but it's also easy to hop on the phone or on chat with a rep if you ever need technical support or assistance. Twilio SendGrid Email Marketing may not be the most affordable solution for users who are not currently sending email campaigns to their users, but are simply storing email contacts
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Marketo
7.6
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.7
WYSIWYG email editor
Marketo
7.1
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.7
Dynamic content
Marketo
7.7
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.6
Ability to test dynamic content
Marketo
7.5
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.4
Landing pages
Marketo
6.7
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
6.8
A/B testing
Marketo
7.4
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.4
Mobile optimization
Marketo
7.1
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.0
Email deliverability reporting
Marketo
8.2
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.9
List management
Marketo
8.4
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.0
Triggered drip sequences
Marketo
8.4
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.3

Lead Management

Marketo
8.1
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Lead nurturing
Marketo
8.1
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Lead scoring and grading
Marketo
8.2
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Data quality management
Marketo
8.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Marketo
8.1
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Campaign Management

Marketo
7.3
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Calendaring
Marketo
6.6
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Event/webinar marketing
Marketo
7.9
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Social Media Marketing

Marketo
6.6
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Social sharing and campaigns
Marketo
6.5
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
Social profile integration
Marketo
6.6
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Reporting & Analytics

Marketo
6.8
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.3
Dashboards
Marketo
6.7
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.0
Standard reports
Marketo
7.0
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.6
Custom reports
Marketo
6.8
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
6.2

Platform & Infrastructure

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

Pros

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

  • Ease of Use - SendGrid is really very easy to use, from creation of emails to the actual delivery. This is helpful because in instances where our marketing team members are busy with other projects, an admin like myself can easily come in to assist.
  • Statistics - The reporting functionality is great for us too as it gives us insight as to performance of our emails which helps greatly in optimizing.
  • Customer Service - The SendGrid team has always been helpful with regards to best practices, new products coming out and answering any questions that we may have.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

  • The unsubscribing and cleaning the lists is a pain. You need to use a special tool to collect all your bounced, reported, unsubscribed, blocked, and invalid emails and then you create a separate list with them to delete it (along with all the emails that match the ones in the list)... Can we make it a bit simpler?
  • When you're creating/editing a marketing email, if you get into HTML code, it ceases to be a nice text WYSIWYG block and instead, you have to edit it ONLY in HTML from now on :( If I want to clear the trash in the code, it doesn't mean I want to switch to code-only.
  • Perhaps it's Chrome, but the layout is buggy. For example, when I edit a marketing email and I scroll down the email, the part of the screen that has the tools for editing the text is covered by the text of my email.
Zee Gimon | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

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Usability

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns 7.0
Based on 1 answer
It has the potential to be really cool. However, it feels as if it was created by developers for developers (and I work with developers, yet even for me the instrument was somewhat not easy to use - just read SendGrid's help manuals...) However, if you are into data and your way of thinking is more mathematical rather than lyrical, you'll enjoy this instrument
Zee Gimon | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

No score
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Performance

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

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No answers yet
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Support Rating

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I've reached out to SendGrid support few times. Each time my issue was able to be resolved by the first rep that responded and was solved within 24 hours (if not 1 hour).
Megan Kratzman | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

No score
No answers yet
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Online Training

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

No score
No answers yet
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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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

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Alternatives Considered

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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

We also have Kartra, which is not in your list. Seriously, if I’m running the campaign, it’s SendGrid. I’m not a tech guy, but I can use it and can even design something and get the HTML code out if I need to.My biggest gripe is that it’s so hard to move data across platforms, but I understand that’s GDPR driven, not compatibility.
Brad Emery- CEO The Aimviva Travel Club | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Marketo

Marketo 8.4
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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

No score
No answers yet
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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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

  • Being a part of SendGrid we have a 12-month credit because we participated in an accelerator program. When we get off the program we expect to pay around $150/month. This is a tiny amount compared to money we would have been paying with ActiveCampaign or MailChimp. SendGrid has saved us tons of money as we continue to grow.
  • With SendGrid we are now able to determine which promotional and transactional emails are working. In terms of open rate, CTR, A/B testing subject lines, copy, etc. We also are able get excellent support whenever we have a question or issue with our account.
  • Being a mobile app company at first, retention is a major KPI. With SendGrid we launched a new onboarding email that sends a drip welcome sequence to our users. With this new email sequence we have increased our 1-week retention from 8% to 17%.
Sam Lepak | 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

Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Marketo
7.9
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
8.1

Likelihood to Renew

Marketo
7.8
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Usability

Marketo
5.4
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Marketo
8.2
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Performance

Marketo
7.6
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Support Rating

Marketo
7.3
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns
9.0

In-Person Training

Marketo
7.4
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Online Training

Marketo
5.2
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Implementation Rating

Marketo
7.3
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

Scalability

Marketo
8.4
Twilio SendGrid Marketing Campaigns

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