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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Reporting, History, and Analytics: Easily track performance based on multiple metrics.
  • Automation Features: Schedule sends and creates logic based campaigns
  • Drag and drop email builder allows teams to be agile without the need to know HTML or any coding
  • More A/B testing options to help optimize content, messaging, and creative.
  • The interface is a bit stale and follows suit with the rest of Salesforce. Could be updated to match competitors and be more intuitive.
  • Knowledge base is not updated fast enough when things change in the platform.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • A comprehensive email marketing suite.
  • Provides a good segue into other Salesforce Marketing Products.
  • It's important for marketers today to use and implement with clients to create more effective outcomes.
  • None that I can think of -- this platform is comprehensive in terms of functionality, integration, and ease of use.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Reporting, tracking history, and analytics.
  • Scheduled sends and automation tools.
  • Coding and HTML formatting, with a content builder tool for easy use for first-time users.
  • Ability to send as someone else (ghostwriting).
  • The content builder is glitchy and frequently crashes.
  • Salesforce cloud stacks go down frequently and you cannot send emails.
  • A better scheduling feature with a built out calendar would be nice.
  • Needs a better translation to Outlook; emails don't always display properly, and functions don't work when integrating with/sending to Outlook recipients.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Connecting with clients in a personalized fashion
  • Tracking customer behaviors to build better marketing and branding personas
  • Finding new clients in creative ways
  • The contact import feature sucks.
  • Sometimes when updating files on the platform, they have become corrupted and unrecoverable.
  • When trying out the product as a free trial, you don't get the kind of support that you should to seal the deal - for smaller companies with limited time and budgets, that also sucks.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to use funnels.
  • Action based paths that people can go down based on clicks, open-rate, engagement, etc.
  • Easy to use templates for building.
  • Easy to segment lists.
  • It's crazy expensive. Would love if they dropped the price.
  • Could be a cleaner interface, but that is just me. Looks like the rest of the Salesforce backend, which is pretty simple.
  • More A/B testing options would be appreciated.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Salesforce.com integration including a connector app, bundled permission sets, user profile permissions
  • Customizable Data Extensions that use either Campaigns or Reports from Salesforce.com
  • Customizable Subscription Center for mailing list recipients to manage emails they do and do not want to receive.
  • Administrative interface is quite a bit different than Salesforce.com Likely a legacy holdover from it's roots in ExactTarget
  • Security configuration is confusing again a holdover from ExtactTarget
  • Knowledge articles lag behind each release
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Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio is great at managing our customer base which happens to be very large. We were able to create detailed segments and handle them all individually
  • The tracking and analytics provided by Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio are great
  • Along the lines of segmentation and tracking, Salesforce is great at allowing us to target customers or segments of customers with the content best suited for them.
  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio is quite expensive. This was a real issue for us when evaluating a vendor to use.
  • Because of the amount of control that Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio provides, it follows that learning the tool is fairly complicated. It takes us a good amount of time to train new users.
  • We have had some issues with importing email templates that we have used previously into Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio.
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Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to use and very well versed user interface.
  • Great customer support service support
  • A lot of templates available to help you start your campaigns with.
  • The implementation was not easy.
  • A lot of training was required to train users.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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.
  • It would be nice if the interface was more user-friendly, it's simple to me because I've used the service for a while but it can sometimes take a while to train new employees.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Predictive intelligence - SFMC provides excellent analysis and recommendations through its AI assistant Einstein. The recommendations will help drive improvements in our marketing communications
  • API connectivity - we have integrated a number of 3rd parties via the API suite which proved easy to implement
  • Journey builder - the process of creating targeted campaigns is easy using the SFMC journey builder. Both native and external data is available in the same interface
  • Reporting - the suite of reports available to the users is comprehensive and allows us to make data-driven decisions
  • 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
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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to create email marketing campaigns. A lot of helpful tools and help if you get stuck somewhere along the way.
  • Integration with other programs, such as Salesforce CRM is phenomenal.
  • Easy to set up and track A/B campaign testings.
  • Extremely expensive. If you're a small business, forget about it, unless this is your ONLY option. There may be other great email marketing platforms out there that work just as well
  • A very long process to send out an email. Step by step...
  • Sometimes the platform is slow and buggy
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Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ability to create powerful and feature-rich segments to personalize campaigns.
  • Easy to use tool for data operations as well as for creating email templates and creative.
  • Ability to leverage platform capabilities to do effective AB and multivariate testing.
  • Simplify the creation of multi-variate testing.
  • Simplify role management.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • It's quite intuitive to use and I'd say it's pretty good as just about everything you might reasonably expect from an all-in-one email tool.
  • There's a lot of flexibility - perhaps too much in some areas, but nothing that some oversight can't contain.
  • The ExactTarget feature is apparently very good - I haven't used it enough to know its full capabilities, but I've heard a lot of good things about it.
  • Not a criticism of the tool itself, but it can be difficult getting everyone to use it in the same way, due to the flexibility offered. This is something for businesses to figure out and get alignment on.
  • I've not had to contact their support, but I've heard people aren't always impressed by the service received. Same with a lot of tools, unfortunately.
  • It is kind of expensive. There are surely cheaper ways to achieve what you need if you don't need anything too sophisticated.
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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Ability to send a large number of email broadcasts at one time
  • Ease of use in creating new email from templates or from scratch
  • Analytics on email campaigns were top notch
  • The simple but robust nature of it was very nice and something you don't see in a lot of software
  • The price of the platform was ultimately a sticking point
  • Charging per contact as well as other costs were a big downside
  • Some of the more detailed features were somewhat hard to find
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Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Salesforce Marketing Cloud connects well with Salesforce Sales Cloud.
  • Journey Builder is incredibly robust and allows customized one to one email marketing.
  • Predictive content from the Einstein engine is extremely useful in customizing emails by segments.
  • Sluggish development of email basics. I feel that competitors are showing Salesforce Marketing Cloud up by having better templates. Content Builder is a move in the right direction.
  • Faster UI. I feel that the Marketing Cloud UI can be a bit dated and slow
  • Better inbox viewing and delivery testing.
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Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Salesforce works well in different browsers
  • No. of apps available
  • Email campaigns feature is a plus
  • Installation seemed a hassle, it is handled by third party
  • Complexity of the CRM system, for our company size
  • And the price of the tool seemed high for our company
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Score 8 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Tight integration with SFDC - easy to create, update and retrieve records information from our CRM of choice (Salesforce).
  • Customization power - through the available AMPScript language you can really take the customization to the next level for all your data capturing, tagging and reporting needs.
  • Intuitive interface - it offers a good user experience for its users whether they are seasoned developers with direct access to code or less technical folks that prefer drag and drop or WYSIWYG editors.
  • (Lack of) Web Tracking - it offers minimal tracking capabilities for web visit(or)s and the ones that are in place don't provide an easy way to allow you to use that data in building reports or automation.
  • No Web Forms - if most of your marketing campaigns include a call to action pointing to a web form submission, the SFMC doesn't have a "web form asset" per se that you can build. You could still achieve the same functionality by deploying cloud pages and/or microsite AMPScript pages that use Data Extensions as tables to hold data but that doesn't come out of the box.
  • Customization brings Complexity - OK, maybe this is not a con but sometimes it feels like one. In order to build your own custom way of segmenting, importing, filtering data, having triggered sends, etc. you need to create a lot of assets on the platform. Think of it like small Lego bricks that you need to build first then combine them in a larger brick that is part of an even larger construction.
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Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The email WYSIWYG is great. You can create custom templates for less experienced users to easily drag and drop images or text without the whole email breaking.
  • The integration with other systems is also something that has been beneficial. Salesforce in particular.
  • Dynamic content is super simple with the marketing cloud. You don't have to create any custom script or utilize another language to make this happen.
  • The speed of the system could definitely be improved. Lists could be loaded faster.
  • Also creating complex lists can be difficult. It really isn't a drag and drop type of functionality. Programming has to be used to get really complex.
  • You have to buy multiple tools for what other marketing automation platforms provide out of the box. You also have to move from one "studio" to another. It needs to be tied together more.
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Score 2 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • They make a good sales pitch.
  • I think for really large companies that sends huge emails every day to consumers, it could be more useful.
  • They have many types of products to offer.
  • The interface was really challenging to use because it was out of date and not user-friendly. It doesn't even compare to any of the other platforms I've used (MailChimp, Constant Contact, or Emma).
  • Emails did not look like they did in the editing phase, so things turned out unattractive and out of our control despite having a designer on our team with plenty of coding skills.
  • Dynamic content turned out to be way harder to set up than we were told, so we couldn't use it, and that was the main reason we signed up for the Marketing Cloud.
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June 12, 2017

Not even close...

Score 3 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Secure data
  • Bad User Experience. June 2017 and it reminds me of a Microsoft Wizard tool from the 90s. It's clear that the functionality is several different companies/platforms mashed together with very little thought to the end-user's day-to-day needs, or any concept of integrating the separate functions.
  • Expensive & difficult to set up. Do not think you can set this up yourself in a day and get marketing (unless you have dev/Salesforce admin training). This tool is overly-complicated.
  • Reporting needs to be configured. Don't think that your automated email programs will automatically report on key campaign KPIs for you or that Marketing Cloud will create a slick homepage dashboard. Nope. You need to pay someone to do that for you. Or spend a few hours in dev tools trying to build it yourself. Even then, it looks like I've traveled back in time to 2008.
  • Doesn't use HTML5. For some very stupid reason, someone thought it was a great idea to not use standard, internationally accepted code. Think that you'll be able to upload a CSS folder and all of your email templates will pull your email style? Think again. Unless you create locked templates, every time you add a CTA button, you'll have to re-select your brand colour from the default blue. Over and over.
  • Link tracking is dumb too. Again, someone really smart decided that instead of a normal tracking parameter, MarketingCloud will actually redirect/interupt your URL to track the click/conversion. So, device detection is gone. If your link is going to either open an app or open a web page - you'll need to turn OFF MarketingCloud tracking. (God I miss MailChimp)
  • How-tos are still outdated. Dev Tools & How-to demonstrations are outdated with old screenshots and some even use Exact Target wording. MarketingCloud wants you to spend money with their 3rd party partners in setting it up, so they don't make set-up easy.
  • Unsubscribe Default Page. Ready to laugh? Do you know that their default unsubscribe page still asks for your customers if they want to opt-in to HTML or text only? Like this is 2008 or something... Also, this page isn't really 'brandable'. You'll opt for the "BrandBuilder" option. That basically means that your logo appears on 2 pages. That's it. You can't update the fonts, upload a CSS file for styles... nothing like that. BrandBuilder means your logo will appear in the top left when you log in, and on your Subscription Preferences page that your customers see.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

WYSIWYG email editor (2)
7.0
Dynamic content (31)
7.5
Ability to test dynamic content (2)
5.3
Landing pages (2)
4.1
A/B testing (30)
7.5
Mobile optimization (2)
7.3
Email deliverability (3)
8.0
List management (3)
7.5
Triggered drip sequences (3)
6.7
Dashboards (2)
5.3
Standard reports (3)
4.9
Custom reports (2)
2.7

About Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email is an email marketing platform. It used to be called ExactTarget and was rebranded after its acquisition by Salesforce.

This email marketing platform allows companies to build relationships with their clients with speed, precision, and flexibility. This solution enables the creation of tailored and relevant content in any language. With the drag-and-drop tools, you can create an email in minutes and send real time transactional emails such as cart abandonment and shipping confirmations. Additional key features include A/B Testing Tools, Real Time Tracking and Graphical Reporting.

Whether you're looking for standard email marketing features or sophisticated cross-channel campaigns, you'll never outgrow our capabilities. From increasing email send volume and empowering users around the world to adding new customer communication channels to your brand strategy, we can help. Connect to your customers in a whole new way with the Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Features

Email & Online Marketing Features
Does not have featureWYSIWYG email editor
Has featureDynamic content
Does not have featureAbility to test dynamic content
Does not have featureLanding pages
Has featureA/B testing
Does not have featureMobile optimization
Does not have featureEmail deliverability
Does not have featureList management
Does not have featureTriggered drip sequences
Reporting & Analytics Features
Does not have featureDashboards
Does not have featureStandard reports
Does not have featureCustom reports
Additional Features
Has featureDeliverability Tools
Has featureEmail Tracking and Reporting
Has featurePlaybooks
Has featureAdvanced Content Management
Has featureDrag-and-Drop Segmentation
Has featureTriggered Messages
Has featureAutomation Solutions
Has featureDistributed Sending

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Integrations

Ambassador, Bound, Spredfast Experiences Unpublished, Strutta, Evergage, Aurea List Manager (formerly Lyris LM), Salesforce CRM

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Competitors

Pricing

Does not have featureFree Trial Available?No
Does not have featureFree or Freemium Version Available?No
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?No

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

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Support Options

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Email
Forum/Community
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Email Studio Technical Details

Deployment Types:SaaS
Operating Systems: Unspecified
Mobile Application:Apple iOS, Android
Supported Countries:Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Europe, Germany, India, Japan, Latin America, Mexico, Middle-East and Africa, United Kingdom, United States
Supported Languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish