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Overview

Meet Salesforce Marketing Cloud, the leading marketing solution to increase engagement with every consumer.

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Pardot from Salesforce is a marketing automation solution designed to bridge the gap between sales and marketing teams,

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

Video & Screenshots

Pricing

Starting from

4800

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

1250

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • No credit card required
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.0

279

5

4

3

2

1

105

110

45

8

11

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
87%
would recommend this app

4.1

571

5

4

3

2

1

235

214

93

22

7

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
89%
would recommend this app

Pros

Encourages cross-team communications. Great support from the vendor, and strong community of users and third-party integrators.

BL

Bill L.

Was quite easy to understand for novice and navigate around and had easy to use and useful automated marketing features that made reaching a large audience seamlessly easy.

DA

Dwayne A.

We use salesforce daily to engage with customers on a daily basis. It has been very helpful in managing customer journeys, sending and preparing emails, and getting good reporting.

LS

Luis S.

Pros

The functionality of Pardot and the analytics are awesome. This software is a great way to successfully streamline marketing efforts to your customers.

TS

Todd S.

Custom redirects are also one of the best features that Pardot has because you can utilize them on all SoMe platforms for prospect tracking and provide more quality on certain links on your website.
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Anna H.

Overall, it is a very good product. Certainly worth the investment if you are can invest the time and resources to improve your marketing efforts.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons

The price, the user experience, the lack of multibrand use. When I threatened to take my business elsewhere we had one call with the VP but then he stopped responding to calls and emails.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

It felt like they were just as fed up with this crap tool as we are. Although they didn't say it, I think one of our key employees quit over the frustration of dealing with marketing cloud.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Not all pending sends will list themselves under "Pending Sends," so that has caused some issues with accidentally sending the same email to the same list more than once.

AR

Anonymous Reviewer

Cons

I had advised the salesperson of my challenges and concerns with implementing myself which he downplayed and disregarded. It was a complete waste of time and resources for our organization.
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Colleen P.

After determining that the product simply doesn't work we are transitioning to their competitors. Pardot is still forcing us to pay licensing fees even though their product failed to function.
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Randy M.

The emails send directly to our customers junk mail. So tough to change and their customer service is HORRENDOUS.

KE

Katie E.

  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review2 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review23 days ago

Key features

  • Total features153
  • AB Testing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad Network Integration
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audience Targeting
  • Audio File Management
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Publishing
  • Behavior Tracking
  • Behavioral Analytics
  • Brand Tracking
  • Business Card/Badge Scanning
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Campaign Scheduling
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Campaign Tracking
  • Canned Responses
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Channel Management
  • Click Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Engagement
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Journey Mapping
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Surveys
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable CTAs
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Dynamic Content
  • Electronic Forms
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Monitoring
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • File Storage
  • Filtering
  • For Small Businesses
  • For iPad Devices
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Keyword Filtering
  • Keyword Tracking
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Database Integration
  • Lead Distribution
  • Lead Generation
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Notifications
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Lead Qualification
  • Lead Segmentation
  • Lead Verification/Validation
  • List Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Marketing Automation
  • Marketing Calendar
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Account Management
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Attribution
  • Multi-Channel Campaigns
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Data Collection
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multivariate Testing
  • Online Forms
  • Performance Metrics
  • Pipeline Management
  • Post Scheduling
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Prospecting Tools
  • Publish Scheduling
  • Queue Management
  • ROI Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Response Management
  • Rewards Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Routing
  • SEO Management
  • SMS Marketing
  • Sales Activity Management
  • Sales Analytics
  • Sales Pipeline Management
  • Sales Reports
  • Search Marketing
  • Search/Filter
  • Segmentation
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Social Advertising
  • Social Marketing
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Social Promotion
  • Source Tracking
  • Spam Blocker
  • Subscription Management
  • Tagging
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Forms
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Website Visitor Tracking
  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features103
  • AB Testing
  • API
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Ad Network Integration
  • Ad hoc Reporting
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Archiving & Retention
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Audience Targeting
  • Audio File Management
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Publishing
  • Behavior Tracking
  • Behavioral Analytics
  • Brand Tracking
  • Business Card/Badge Scanning
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Campaign Scheduling
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Campaign Tracking
  • Canned Responses
  • Categorization/Grouping
  • Channel Management
  • Click Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Rate Optimization
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Customer Database
  • Customer Engagement
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Journey Mapping
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Surveys
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable CTAs
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Reports
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Visualization
  • Document Classification
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Dynamic Content
  • Electronic Forms
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Monitoring
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • File Management
  • File Storage
  • Filtering
  • For Small Businesses
  • For iPad Devices
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Keyword Filtering
  • Keyword Tracking
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Database Integration
  • Lead Distribution
  • Lead Generation
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Notifications
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Lead Qualification
  • Lead Segmentation
  • Lead Verification/Validation
  • List Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Marketing Automation
  • Marketing Calendar
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Account Management
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Attribution
  • Multi-Channel Campaigns
  • Multi-Channel Communication
  • Multi-Channel Data Collection
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Language
  • Multivariate Testing
  • Online Forms
  • Performance Metrics
  • Pipeline Management
  • Post Scheduling
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Prospecting Tools
  • Publish Scheduling
  • Queue Management
  • ROI Tracking
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Response Management
  • Rewards Management
  • Role-Based Permissions
  • Routing
  • SEO Management
  • SMS Marketing
  • Sales Activity Management
  • Sales Analytics
  • Sales Pipeline Management
  • Sales Reports
  • Search Marketing
  • Search/Filter
  • Segmentation
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Social Advertising
  • Social Marketing
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Social Promotion
  • Source Tracking
  • Spam Blocker
  • Subscription Management
  • Tagging
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Support
  • Visitor Tracking
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Forms
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Website Visitor Tracking
  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations142
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Drupal
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • HubSpot Marketing Hub
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Pipedrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations152
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Drupal
  • Google Ads
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • HubSpot Marketing Hub
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn for Business
  • Mailchimp
  • Marketo Engage
  • Meta for Business
  • Pipedrive
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend8/10

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Review

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

It's secure and easy to use just like all the rest of Salesforce's software. It includes a ton of marketing tools like Pardot too which is very nice.

Cons

Steep learning curve for the software, but it's powerful when you get to know it.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Powerful, but complex

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

This software is an online SAAS, and is some of the most powerful Marketing Software on the planet. The software is best used in an environment where personalized, but mass email communication is needed--typically for B2C situations. Pardot is an ideal product for B2B solutions. Although the product can be configured and used by end-users, it is best to work with a partner.

Cons

There are many updates needed in order to make the software work in a more user-friendly fashion, particularly when compared with less powerful solutions, like Constant Contact, MailChimp, etc. A Salesforce partner will cost additional money to implement the solution, but it is a good investment.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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Pardot

Best Marketing Automation tool if you are using Salesforce CRM

Reviewed 2 years ago

The insights Pardot provides to the Sales team is great. Automating prospecting and follow up that traditionally the Sales team would be responsible at the top of the funnel helps free up time for your team to focus on closing deals.

Pros

Pardot is a robust marketing tool and its integration with the sales cloud functionality of Salesforce make this the best Marketing Automation tool for companies using Salesforce CRM.

Cons

The functionality is not quite as robust as Marketo or Eloqua. While its improving all the time make sure to vet out that it has the features you need.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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Pardot

Pardot is perfect for marketing from Salesforce CRM

Reviewed 2 years ago

Overall its been a good experience (if you / your client doesnt mind the cost of using it). If choosing to use Pardot, ALL Salesforce CRM licences need to upgraded to the highest cost level (Enterprise), even if its only small teams / individual groups that require the Pardot element. This seems a bit unfair.

Pros

It's a perfect 'marketing output' tool for Salesforce, which has been adapted to natively fit without having to use 3rd party marketplace plugins for marketing output. Pardot has been a gamechanger for outputting Marketing directly from Salesforce.

Cons

It doesnt integrate Social Media management (scheduling, Ads, etc.) - so you still need to use a Social Media tool such as hootsuite. So, while it's the most 'integrated marketing tool' for Salesforce, it's not a complete integrated marketing solution.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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Pardot

Marketing!

Reviewed 3 years ago
Pros

Marketing made simple and easy. Works with you Salesforce CRM

Cons

It could be expensive to get started off with.

Overall Rating
  • Value for money