Strong enough for IT, but made for a Marketer
Updated March 30, 2016
Strong enough for IT, but made for a Marketer
Score 10 out of 10
- Marketo Lead Management
- Marketo Revenue Cycle Analytics
Overall Satisfaction with Marketo
- Innovation - creating an easy-to-use marketing automation tool that's designed for marketers, not IT, but with powerful capabilities for power-users.
- Listen to customers - a very involved community where users can reach out to each other for support and guidance.
- Improve - continuously enhancing the user experience.
- Power - the servers sometimes seem unable to keep up with the work.
- Stability - while seeing the program improve is exciting, I'd like to see them hit a point where less improvement is needed.
- Offline Client - to be able to work when I'm not online.
- Engage and grow customers over time
We have seen a lot of funnel creation and growth thanks to Marketo. While marketing is contributing less overall than sales in terms of net revenue and customers, we're attracting higher worth customers. The average marketing generated lead is worth about 15% more than a sales generated lead. That's substantial. And marketing is contributing about 15% of the total direct revenue. Most of these are leads looking for US, not just referrals. This is a great way to help people find us.
I worked with Adobe Campaign when it was Neolane, up until right after it sold. I still miss the functionality of it but it was extremely complicated to use. That said, there was nothing you couldn't do with it except quickly and easily deploy a campaign. I think that the ease of use of Marketo makes it more suitable for a marketing department than Campaign.
It is perfect for companies that need a low-cost solution that will enable their marketing users to create emails, landing pages, forms, etc., and get them live on their website quickly without the need for expensive help. However, expensive help will show you how to take Marketo to the next level. I would not recommend Marketo for organizations that only want to push out 1-2 newsletters per year. I will say that Marketo can handle very large clients - I work for a Fortune 10 company and we're all using Marketo.
Marketo Feature Ratings
150 - Global marketing users truly across the world. Mostly marketing, some IT. Overall, we probably have close to 500+ users when you put in all of the sister companies of mine. It's marketing, sales, IT, business development, revenue marketing, and demand generation.
20 - My "customers" come from all backgrounds. Some of them have been using Marketo for years, others are brand new to Marketing Automation. While it definitely helps to have a background in HTML, Email Marketing and workflows I find that it's not totally necessary. I've been able to create program templates to turn new users into Marketo Mavens rather quickly.
Evaluating Marketo and Competitors
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The entire enterprise made the decision to switch to Marketo to standardize. We wanted something easy to use but powerful, and from a company that we felt would grow. We wanted simplicity but elegance.
I took in-person training at their annual summit and loved the exposure it gave me to other Marketing users.
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.
It seems customizable thanks to their new release of custom objects but I've yet to use them.
Work with IT to set up SPF / DKIM keys. Make sure you have people on-board that know what they're doing and have experience working with Marketo.
They really dig deep to provide answers and when we bring them problems they take an interest in seeing things resolved.
Problems get solved
Kept well informed
No escalation required
Immediate help available
Support understands my problem
Support cares about my success
Quick Initial Response
Yes - We have a service contract that gives us access to higher level support when needed. We're a truly global 24/7 organization and we're stretching the limits of what can be done so we need to make sure the needed support it available at all times.
Most recently we've been facing issues due to the growing size of the userbase using Marketo and that we're global so there is no "good time of day' to run large imports which kick off a lot of workflows. They listened and have engaged their engineering team to take a look at what's going on and we're working on a plan to fix the occasional problem.
I think it's extremely easy to use, based on the amount of new users that I've had to train and support and how quickly they're able to be self sufficient. It helps Marketing users understand what's possible so they dream bigger and think bigger than just the standard types of MA programs.
Like to use
Easy to use
Technical support not required
Quick to learn
Feel confident using
- Easy to quickly send out an email campaign
- Easy to create a segmented targeting list
- Easy to create an email, landing page or form
- Creating custom reports
- Looking for non-standard metrics
- Trying to do deep dives into program performance
We have noticed performance issues when large jobs are submitted. Typically involving imports or massive data changes but we've noticed slowdowns and bottlenecks.
Marketo has never been unavailable that I've seen other than regularly scheduled maintenance which is announced in advance.
LaunchPoint is pretty easy to work with and I'm impressed with the number of companies adding native Marketo integrations.
API connections can take a little time, but the WebEx integration was very smooth.
Relationship with Marketo
They've been great for us, often holding company-only trainings, demonstrations or bringing in partners to showcase new modules and enhancements.
Yes - Marketo makes their releases overnights and doesn't always warn us ahead of time. There have been a few instances where things didn't go absolutely smoothly but they were quick to respond and fix the issues.