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Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

It is well suited for marketing teams who want to be flexible, adaptable to changes in their business and create powerful, sophisticated campaigns to their clients. Teams that want to create automated drip campaigns with dynamic content and personalized cadence and messaging would find Eloqua very easy to use and perfect for their needs. It has powerful, in-depth reporting functionality and great CRM integration (note that I've had experience integrating only with Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Salesforce - both of these integrations worked very well) - so teams that use CRM will also find it complementary to their marketing technology stack.It will not be a good tool if a company doesn't use any CRM - as it is not a CRM replacement; or if all the marketing team is planning to do is "batch and blast" emails (which is a possible scenario for some very small businesses)
Arpine Babloyan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

For current Wordpress users Spokal is outstanding and highly recommended. For clients who don't already have a Wordpress blog it's a bit tricky as I need to first sell the benefits of using Wordpress in order to get them on board, but in all honestly I would recommend Wordpress anyway, it just slows the process down having to design and install Wordpress before we can get started.
Matt Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5
Spokal
9.2
WYSIWYG email editor
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.0
Spokal
9.0
Dynamic content
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.6
Spokal
10.0
Ability to test dynamic content
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Spokal
8.0
Landing pages
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Spokal
10.0
A/B testing
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
6.9
Spokal
9.0
Mobile optimization
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
6.9
Spokal
10.0
Email deliverability reporting
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.1
Spokal
8.0
List management
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.0
Spokal
9.0
Triggered drip sequences
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.3
Spokal
10.0

Lead Management

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.7
Spokal
9.5
Lead nurturing
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.0
Spokal
10.0
Lead scoring and grading
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.7
Spokal
10.0
Data quality management
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.4
Spokal
10.0
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.6
Spokal
8.0

Campaign Management

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Spokal
9.0
Calendaring
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
6.9
Spokal
10.0
Event/webinar marketing
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5
Spokal
8.0

Social Media Marketing

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Spokal
9.0
Social sharing and campaigns
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.0
Spokal
9.0
Social profile integration
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.4
Spokal
9.0

Reporting & Analytics

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Spokal
9.3
Dashboards
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Spokal
10.0
Standard reports
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Spokal
10.0
Custom reports
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Spokal
8.0

Platform & Infrastructure

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.5
Spokal
9.3
API
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Spokal
9.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Spokal
10.0
Customizability
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.2
Spokal
10.0
Integration with Salesforce.com
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.1
Spokal
9.0
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.1
Spokal
10.0
Integration with SugarCRM
Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.8
Spokal
8.0

Pros

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

  • WYSZIWYG editor makes things easy for folks new to marketing as well as HTML/. I feel like I've been able to wrap my hands around this tool pretty quickly, and I have only been using the system for 10 months.
  • Forms are an incredibly powerful tool that can be used in a myriad of ways to help support your team goals. We use them to trigger SMS campaigns for feedback from our homeowners, and we also use them on landing pages to survey our contacts as well.
  • The improved program canvas and the ability to communicate between CDO records and contact records is great. We're able to store useful information on the CDO record without weighing down the contact record with information that isn't vital
Barry James | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • Content calendar - the ability to visually see blog posts in draft and scheduled to publish over the coming weeks and months was a key benefit. Tracking this in spreadsheets is too hard. we can even post blogs as topic idea, pre draft, draft and final and schedule in advance so we can visualise the messages we want to communicate. Creation of tweets and Linkedin posts is done for you automatically. Simply drag the blog post to the time slot, day, week or month. This is a lot quicker than Hootsuite
  • Additional tweets can be composed and also dragged to the calendar, plus the feedly link allows curation of tweet content. This just scales up our creation and curation process.
  • Easy simple overview dashboard - showing key website stats, new visitors, new twitter followers. New blog posts. Social enagement per blog post, linkedin shares etc. simple lead scoring based on pages visited etc. Simple realtime SEO analysis on the blog post builder
  • twitter builder. very simple autopilot of increasing your twitter following using key words (it easy has a simple key word tool) to find relevant people to 'like' and hence follow
  • Dynamic, responsive team. I have asked a few questions about futures and always received a prompt helpful reply. Chris and his team are clearly commited to developing a great product.
  • Once linked to your wordpress site I really like the fact I can log into a dashboard on the web and on my ipad and manage my content delivery and monitor visititors and interaction. I use and know hubspot and the biggest issue for me is the learning curve. Anyone can learn and use Spokal. It provides and integrates a number of tools I currently use today at a far lower cost. It does need to integrate into a third party email provider but frankly the integration is simple. A lot of effort has gone into the design for non techies
Rik Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

  • It would be nice if there were more options for specific customizations in the template mode - for example, if you would like to have a photo to the left of text, there is a very specific spacing you're able to use, and you can't change the sizes of each piece more than 30 points in one direction or another. This means that if you have very specific designs you want to use for your emails, you may have to be a little flexible in the spacing and alignment. It's not a huge deal, but it limits some of the design options.
  • I have dealt with some issues with bounceback statuses for emails - if an email bounces back once, the Eloqua system registers it as a bad email and you have to go in and clear the person's email in the system before it will send them an email again. This can be a tedious process - there is a way to clear an entire segment's bounce back status, but I had to go on a journey through the help section to figure that out. Also, if people unsubscribe to your emails, you have to go into their accounts individually and resubscribe them, and there is no simple way to do that en masse so it takes a very long time if you have more than a few accounts to resubscribe.
  • The system goes down sometimes or is difficult to get into - the Eloqua network is sometimes slow to start and I may have to refresh the page for quite a while before it will load the email I'm working on, which can be frustrating. I think it is due to system overloads when there are a lot of users, but I'm not sure.
  • You cannot add attachments to Eloqua emails, which makes it a little difficult. You can host documents on Eloqua, which is very nice, but you have to link them in your email versus making an attachment.
Madeline Des Jardins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • I personally would love to see more direct integrations into CRM and more powerful Marketing Automation tools, but the current Zapier integration is a general approach and works in most cases very well.
Dennis Zimmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 5.3
Based on 89 answers
We have been able to automate so many marketing processes with Eloqua over the past 5 years that the only direction would be to adopt the latest and greatest features Eloqua adds. The alternative would be to go back to the marketing stone-age and start over again. And we would rather move forward with increased automation and efficiency.
Dan Allis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 9.3
Based on 6 answers
Spokal delivers everything I need to serve my clients in one place. It's so easy to use and their customer service is always available and responsive, there's no need for me to look elsewhere.
Matt Wilson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.6
Based on 14 answers
Personally, I find it quite easy to use. But for those members of our team who have little or no testing experience, it's been a bit more difficult. There's also training required for development teams in order to have your campaigns coded and set up in the most efficient way. Our developers have been able to do basic and intermediate tests with no difficulty, and they find the interface itself quite intuitive... it's just the extremely complex tests that require a bit more understanding.
Gwen Lafleur | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Spokal takes away some of the complexity and noise that Wordpress has. Offering a separate login and dashboard to allow a user to create blog posts, check on backlinks, see ranking keywords, social engagement and tracks visitors/ contacts. Spokal provides a lot of functionality that would typically require the purchase of several products e.g. Hootsuite, SEO Moz, SEO pressor, Hubspot. What I really like is the content calendar. I simply drag and drop of my blog posts into my calendar to post to twitter, linkedin and facebook. This is an easy way to repost evergreen content and build my following on twitter. The twitter builder is constantly looking for relevant profiles and conversations based on my defined criteria. The tool automatically likes the twitter user which drives traffic to my sight and actually helps me find followers and potential influencers. This product is ideal for people new to internet marketing or small business owners who don't want to be overwhelmed by the effort to learn, manage and run several tools or wordpress plugins. I have been with Spokal since the start and I continue to be impressed by the support and raft of new functionality being added.
Rik Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 9.9
Based on 32 answers
Whenever we needed assistance help was easy to access. They understand the request the first time and provided easy to follow instructions to fix it or fixed the issue if it was not something we had control over. It's always best to provide screenshots so support knows exactly what is going on
Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

Spokal 9.3
Based on 3 answers
They worked with Bluehost to make sure our blog connected properly. This was done without anyone from Strategic Revolution asking for this help.
Michael Dutcher | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 7.6
Based on 11 answers
Eloqua University is very intersting, with a thorough programme and very experienced trainers. The Master programme is great!
Marie Escaro | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

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Implementation Rating

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.8
Based on 20 answers
I give it a 10 because the only issue we had was a result of not following the guidance we were given. Maxymiser provided a customized implementation guide for each site where we were adding the code. On our site implementations when we followed that guide to the letter, it was extremely fast and easy and has worked very well.
Gwen Lafleur | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

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Alternatives Considered

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

It was an inherited platform vs. chosen. The incumbent chose Oracle as it was the best enterprise solution. The company, however, did not require an enterprise solution rendering the full Oracle stack pretty useless, unfortunately. The commercials are expensive yet it is attractive to have a 'blended' CPM style commercial model vs. other vendors that charge you on contacts
Nick Pape | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

I haven't really tried other products at this point. I would say I tried to cobble together a bunch of options to make the right inbound marketing "tool suite". Nothing quite worked well enough. Again, Spokal serves as a very cost-effective option. Particularly relative to Hubspot.
Alan Horsager | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) 8.4
Based on 108 answers
Eloqua does not really have a limit on scale and can support huge organizations with massive amounts of data. Our organization uses Eloqua to control all campaign/marketing efforts by injecting all touches with the customer into the tool. Using tools like Eloqua Profiler allows our Sales teams to view interactions that a customer or prospect has had with our website, emails, landing page and more.
Brad Dunzer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

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Return on Investment

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

  • For our organization it is currently too early to measure ROI, as we have just started using it less than six months ago. The program has helped us meet the objective of communicating with consumers and sharing information across multiple social media platforms seamlessly.
  • Ultimately the program should be able to to help us grow our relationships with consumers, and measure and track consumer activity on the web, which will help us develop web content and content marketing material that will be more appealing to all of our audiences.
  • Since we are a B to B to C company and not selling anything to consumers, it will be hard to measure ROI. That being said, the tool should definitely help us build more awareness among consumers.
Richard Angeloni | TrustRadius Reviewer

Spokal

  • It's still early for us, but we can definitively say that we've cut our content creation / curation time down by about 40% while INCREASING the volume of quality relevant content that our audience expects.
Chris Purser | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
5,000.00*

* per installation

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud) Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Spokal

General

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

Spokal Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$491
Essentials$992
Team$1693
  1. per month (1 user)
  2. per month (3 users)
  3. per month (5 users)
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.8
Spokal
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
5.3
Spokal
9.3

Usability

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.6
Spokal
8.2

Reliability and Availability

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.2
Spokal

Performance

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.0
Spokal
9.1

Support Rating

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
9.9
Spokal
9.3

In-Person Training

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.3
Spokal

Online Training

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
7.6
Spokal

Implementation Rating

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.8
Spokal

Scalability

Oracle CX Marketing (formerly Oracle Marketing Cloud)
8.4
Spokal

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