How to choose my Marketing Automation Software?

April 21, 2017 - 11:31

Marketing automation software has gained so much attention in the last decade as a result of the evolution of digital marketing strategy from the internet only to an omnichannel strategy. Marketing automation platforms help organizations to structure their digital marketing initiatives across different platforms and ensure that their efforts are getting paid off. State of Marketing Automation Survey by Ascent 2 states that over 46% of marketing influencers consider generating ROI as the primary objective of marketing automation and about 84% find it successful after implementation of a marketing automation system1. They help in scheduling updates, getting ideas about consumer trends, engaging customers in real time and delivering rich insights about marketing initiatives. Hubspot and Marketo are two of the significant players in this market. Let's compare them in detail.

Overview

Hubspot2 is an inbound marketing software that helps organizations in leveraging the content marketing to generate inbound leads. Hubspot focuses mainly on the content and engagement front. Marketo3 is claimed as an engagement marketing platform that delivers targeted reach and rich insights about audience engagement on different platforms. Marketo focuses mainly on the advertising, social, email and engagement front.

Product Offering

Hubspot provides all necessary tools as a package. This includes marketing automation tool, a CRM, a blog creation engine etc. But for Marketo, the product is offered as different bundles. This provides users some freedom to choose the kind of services they need. Bundles include Lead management, Email marketing, Consumer marketing, Customer base marketing and Mobile marketing.

Who Should Use

Hubspot is a platform that's crafted for SME's. It is for this reason, the subscription costs are on the lower side. On the other hand, Marketo is ideal for medium to large enterprises, who need a great product but can't afford a platform like Eloqua. Subscription costs are on a higher side compared to Hubspot and it needs a technical team to handle operations of Marketo.

User Experience

Hubspot provides pretty cool, easy to use interface. Even non-technical users can handle this marketing tool with ease. Though Marketo provides an intuitive user interface, it's quite difficult to master it.

Integration With Other Systems

Both Hubspot and Marketo provides integration with different systems like Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics, SAP etc.

Target Audience

HubSpot can mainly be used when you are targeting B2C audience. Marketo can be used for a B2B audience.

Support and Training

Hubspot offers a great deal of support through different channels like chat, phone, email, website etc. Their knowledge base is one among the best available now. Marketo is a bit reserved in that front. Even though they provide us a reasonably good knowledge base, their support is not top notch as compared to Hubspot.

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Sources:
1. State of Marketing Automation Survey, Ascend 2 and Research Partners, PDF ebook, pages [2,4] April 2017, Ascend2.com accessed April 2017
2. Hubspot accessed April 2017
3. Marketo accessed April 2017
4. Aleks Peterson, Hubspot vs. Marketo: A Side-by-Side Comparison, Technology Advice accessed April 2017
5. Bob Ruffolo, HubSpot vs. Marketo: A Head to Head Comparison, Impact, accessed April 2017

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