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Likelihood to Recommend

Pardot

I found Pardot really powerful and versatile. We didn't use the Drip Automation feature as much as I would have liked, but that's just because we didn't have many use cases to justify it. We were able to build out a complex custom CSS for our email templates and appreciated the rendering capabilities that allowed us to preview how our CSS would display across all the most popular browsers and mobile platforms.
Lyza Swearingen Latham | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

It's great for large field sales organizations that lack the ability to automate email sends that are consistent and on-brand. The idea of templated emails (with the ability to build custom emails) really helps keeps the look-and-feel of each email similar to what the rest of the organization is sending to customers or prospects. This isn't the solution that you'd need if you are looking for an automation tool that easily integrates into other marketing channels. The dynamic content feature is lagging far behind other tools in the space.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Pardot
7.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.8
WYSIWYG email editor
Pardot
6.9
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.0
Dynamic content
Pardot
6.8
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Ability to test dynamic content
Pardot
7.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Landing pages
Pardot
7.0
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.1
A/B testing
Pardot
8.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.4
Mobile optimization
Pardot
7.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.3
Email deliverability
Pardot
8.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.0
List management
Pardot
8.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.5
Triggered drip sequences
Pardot
8.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
6.7

Lead Management

Pardot
8.0
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Lead nurturing
Pardot
8.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Lead scoring and grading
Pardot
8.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Data quality management
Pardot
7.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Pardot
7.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Campaign Management

Pardot
7.7
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Calendaring
Pardot
7.7
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Event/webinar marketing
Pardot
7.7
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Social Media Marketing

Pardot
6.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Social sharing and campaigns
Pardot
5.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Social profile integration
Pardot
7.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Reporting & Analytics

Pardot
6.8
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.3
Dashboards
Pardot
7.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
5.3
Standard reports
Pardot
7.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
4.9
Custom reports
Pardot
6.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.7

Platform & Infrastructure

Pardot
7.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
API
Pardot
7.8
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Role-based workflow & approvals
Pardot
7.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Customizability
Pardot
7.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Integration with Salesforce.com
Pardot
8.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM
Pardot
8.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
Integration with SugarCRM
Pardot
5.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Pros

Pardot

  • Pardot syncs with our database, Salesforce and works seamlessly in updating records with individuals. Having this sync allows everyone in the organization to know where the last communication was and where they stand.
  • Pardot's A/B testing is the easiest A/B testing to use and communicate differently with individuals based on reporting. You are able to test this A/B before sending out an email unlike other platforms. The A/B testing is time saving and effective when trying to communicate with our audience.
  • Pardot's engagement studio is very easy to not only set-up but to follow. They set up their engagement platform in a way that you can see it overall and follow it like a flow chart, allowing the creator to truly understand where the emails/individuals are doing. The reporting of the engagement studios is detailed and very accessible.
Danielle Armour | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Sends client confirmations when they subscribe to a newsletter, sign up for a conference, or place an order with our company (SourceMedia). We don't have to hire an agency to send these for us.
  • Manages newsletter subscriptions and allows us to deploy on specific dates/times.
  • Helps us discover and manage the correct audience base per newsletter, and automates the distributions so we don't have to do it manually.
Cassidy Ebert | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Pardot

  • Pricey. I work for a nonprofit so it was a big decision to go with Pardot but it is one of the best in its class.
  • You must have the capacity/time/resources to actually use the functionalities and features. Otherwise, it could be a waste of money.
Jillian Papa | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Deliverability reports - before sending emails they are checked for known issues and deliverability performance. The SFMC offering is ok but could be better. There additional software that can be purchased which should be included as part of the offering
  • SF should make it easier to integrate other clouds i.e commerce cloud and service cloud. The implementation of commerce cloud has improved but I still feel there is a way to go
Gareth Beer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Pardot

Pardot 4.4
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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 8.9
Based on 18 answers
Exact Target has an exceptional team with great customer care. Whenever we have a question or concern they are timely in addressing it. They also perform annual reviews in person that provides us with market trends, new tools and features, performance metrics, and new content recommendations. We evaluate this by local market and at the international level
Brittany Dunn | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 8.0
Based on 3 answers
I think the tool is easy to use, protects a company from the spam legislation and manages subscribers very well. It is simple to create a non-complex email. I like the survey function on the email tool as well. Overall usability is quite easy and no necessary to have an IT background or extensive knowledge to use. It is helpful, though, to have an understanding of HTML for formatting at this point.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Upgrades and timing of the upgrades were communicated well and planned during off hours for our work. If we did have a campaign scheduled during that time, it would kick-off after the system was back active. There were a few unplanned system down times, but it was a rare occurrence and those times were also short in duration.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 2.0
Based on 2 answers
This software is extremely limiting. The layouts don't give much flexibility and take a long time to set up. If you aren't a designer or know html (like me), the emails look unpolished and amateur. It takes forever for me to make revisions and sometimes when I send the test email, it looks completely different in the software vs. how the message looks in my inbox. Fonts are different sizes and aren't aligned properly, etc. The whole platform is pretty clunky and not very user friendly. The reports are pretty good - however there isn't much you can do when viewing the info. Ex: If you have 200 "Did Not Open" emails, there isn't an easy way to just click and quickly resend to this group. I like that it can sync with Salesforce.com - but I have no idea how to set that up in my account.Out of frustration I have been using Constant Contact which has easy to use drag and drop features, built-in templates I can choose from, survey/coupon/registration tools, tagging and responsive reporting. My company's creative agency even prefers Constant Contact vs. Marketing Cloud.I still have to enter www.exacttarget.com (the old address) to log on. Wondering when they will change it to the new name, which I don't like using. Exact Target is so much easier to say. Salesforce Marketing Cloud just doesn't roll off the tongue and - just like the software - is clumsy and awkward, so I just keep calling it Exact Target.Overall, pretty much dissatisfied with Exact Target and have pretty much stopped using it. Although I know eventually I will have to go back to it at some point since my company has invested in the automation features and we will have to use it for our marketing.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Pardot

Pardot 6.4
Based on 14 answers
Pardot support is tremendous. The knowledge base and in-application targeted help articles and videos are thorough and straightforward. If those don't do it, Pardot has office hours every business day with members of the team available to answer anything. I've called twice and they are incredibly helpful.
John Schott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 4 answers
They're fast and knowledgeable. You will always know what's the status of your request and they usually follow up with phone calls to ask you questions or provide updates. Sometimes it takes them a couple of days to investigate, especially if you have custom "situations" like my company usually does but at least they are very good at managing time expectations.
Bogdan Enache | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 7.9
Based on 2 answers
Easy to implement, with simple emails and solutions initially created. More advanced usage of the tool and more advanced subscriber attribute usage was implemented during later phases when the knowledge of the tool increased. Monitoring success and results of email campaigns were done at a high level initially, but not fully used until the tool and email marketing as a whole was better understood in the corporation.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

I have used Epsilon and I have evaluated Silverpop, e-Dialogue and Yesmail. From my analysis Salesforce MC is far more superior in flexibility, scalability and freedom to custom built initiatives. The AMPscripting is one of the driving forces in allowing the previous mentioned abilities. However, I can see from a marketers perspective where they simply want to send emails and segment easily. But given that effective email marketing requires a lot of different components and there is no simple way of doing it and I found that most companies that offer the out of the box solutions do a good job but there is no one size fits all and if you are trying to be really good at it which includes integrating your business such as registration, stats, CMS, API, etc. This is a much better solution.
Danny (Danny Blaq) Tran | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Pardot

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio 9.0
Based on 1 answer
We had approximately 20,000 recipients of most email campaigns, with some higher amounts and some smaller campaigns. The tools is easy to use and the recipient list size is really not a factor in the complexity or work to create and email campaign. Our campaigns could just have easily been sent to many more people, with virtually no additional work.
Lisa Franks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Pardot

  • Pardot saves sales hundreds of hours per year by automating the lead follow-up.
  • Gives the Sales team more visibility into what their leads are doing.
  • Ultimately, sales and marketing would be a lot harder if we didn't have Pardot. It's the glue that pulls everything together, and the amount of work and data processing that goes on behind the scenes thanks to the platform means that our sales team can focus on conversations rather than email followup, lead grading, etc.
Garrett Genest | TrustRadius Reviewer

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

  • Better execution/monitoring - when multiple steps are involved, IMH is great at dashboarding.
  • Facilitates exploratory campaigns - it is great at instilling confidence when you're trying a new facet of a campaign, due to the process transparency.
  • Cloud - can be a double-edged sword. Allows for on the go access, but isn't truly mobile-friendly, and can sometimes sputter. But certainly will improve with time.
Andrew Windle | TrustRadius Reviewer

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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.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

General

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
To learn more about products and pricing, please visit http://www.exacttarget.com/pricing.

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Pardot
7.6
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.2

Likelihood to Renew

Pardot
4.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.9

Usability

Pardot
8.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Pardot
7.5
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

Performance

Pardot
8.3
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
2.0

Support

Pardot
6.4
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

In-Person Training

Pardot
9.0
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Online Training

Pardot
8.1
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Implementation

Pardot
8.2
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
7.9

Scalability

Pardot
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio
9.0

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