Salesforce Marketing Cloud

About Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Meet Salesforce Marketing Cloud, the leading marketing solution to increase engagement with every consumer. Use powerful data management to collect, organize, and securely store first-, second-, and third-party data — alongside offline data — to create complete consumer data profiles. Tailor every interaction along the journey with your brand using built-in AI. Then, engage each individual consumer at scale using industry-leading email, mobile, advertising, and social solutions.

Pricing starting from:

US$1,250.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

Key benefits of Salesforce Marketing Cloud

The Salesforce Marketing Cloud email marketing solution, formerly ExactTarget, is designed to help you execute promotional campaigns, automated campaigns, highly personalized emails, transactional messages, behavior-triggered messages, and much more. Our robust email platform is perfect for sending everything from batch email communications to highly personalized and event-triggered emails with predictive content.

Here are 4 key benefits of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud (formerly ExactTarget):
1. Unparalleled Infrastructure - Powerful, scalable platform trusted by the world’s leading brands
2. Flexible Data Model - Leverages data from any source, automatically imports and exports
3. Native CRM Integration - Seamlessly connects to Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and more
4. Designed for the Marketer - Easy to use interface with intuitive drag and drop tools

Typical Customers

  • Freelancers
  • Small Businesses (2-50)
  • Mid-size Companies (51-500)
  • Large enterprises (500 and more)

Deployment

  • Cloud-based
  • On-premise

Markets

Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada and 28 others

Supported Languages

Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English and 16 others

Pricing starting from:

US$1,250.00/month

  • Free Version
  • Free Trial
  • Subscription

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Build audiences on Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and — with Salesforce DMP — the entire display advertising ecosystem.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Manage customer journeys at scale using data from any source with Email Studio.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Visualize consumer activity at every touchpoint, on any channel with Interaction Studio.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Create and save custom views of your data, understand how prospects are engaging, and enjoy a holistic view of every customer.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Use machine learning and artificial intelligence to define and reach your target audience more efficiently and effectively.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Monitor audience discussions on topics that matter to your brand using machine-learning sentiment analysis and image recognition.
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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Build audiences on Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and — with Salesforce DMP — the entire display advertising ecosystem.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Manage customer journeys at scale using data from any source with Email Studio.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Visualize consumer activity at every touchpoint, on any channel with Interaction Studio.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Create and save custom views of your data, understand how prospects are engaging, and enjoy a holistic view of every customer.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Use machine learning and artificial intelligence to define and reach your target audience more efficiently and effectively.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud Software - Monitor audience discussions on topics that matter to your brand using machine-learning sentiment analysis and image recognition.

Features

Total features of Salesforce Marketing Cloud: 161

  • A/B Testing
  • AI/Machine Learning
  • 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
  • Automated Publishing
  • Autoresponders
  • Behaviour Tracking
  • Behavioural Analytics
  • Brand Management
  • Brand Tracking
  • CAN-SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Campaign Scheduling
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Campaign Tracking
  • Canned Responses
  • Categorisation/Grouping
  • Channel Management
  • Click Tracking
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Commenting/Notes
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Contact Management
  • Content Library
  • Content Management
  • Content Publishing Options
  • Conversion Rate Optimisation
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Customer Engagement
  • Customer Experience Management
  • Customer History
  • Customer Journey Mapping
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Surveys
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable CTAs
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customization
  • Dashboard
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Recovery
  • Data Visualisation
  • 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
  • Filtering
  • For Marketing and Advertising
  • For Startups
  • For iPad Devices
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Image Editing
  • Image Library
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Keyword Filtering
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Lead Qualification
  • Lead Segmentation
  • List Management
  • Loyalty Program
  • Marketing Automation
  • Marketing Calendar
  • Marketing Management
  • Metadata Management
  • Mobile Optimization
  • 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
  • Performance Metrics
  • Post Scheduling
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Prioritisation
  • Prospecting Tools
  • Publish Scheduling
  • Queue Management
  • ROI Tracking
  • Real-Time Analytics
  • Real-Time Data
  • 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
  • Search Marketing
  • Search/Filter
  • Segmentation
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Social Advertising
  • Social Marketing
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Social Promotion
  • Spam Blocker
  • Subscriber Management
  • Tagging
  • Template Management
  • Text Editing
  • Third-Party Integrations
  • Transaction History
  • User Management
  • Version Control
  • Video Support
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Website Visitor Tracking
  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting
  • Workflow Management
  • eCommerce Management

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Reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5
(489)
Value for Money
3.8/5
Features
4.3/5
Ease of Use
3.8/5
Customer Support
3.9/5

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Imran
Imran
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  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Comprehensive Marketing Automation Tool with Powerful Features

Reviewed on 23/3/2023

Salesforce Marketing Cloud has been a comprehensive and effective solution for our marketing needs,...

Salesforce Marketing Cloud has been a comprehensive and effective solution for our marketing needs, offering a wide range of features and integrations. The Journey Builder feature, in particular, has allowed us to automate our campaigns and engage with our customers throughout their journey.

Pros

The most likable feature of Salesforce Marketing Cloud is the Journey Builder feature, which allows businesses to automate their marketing campaigns and engage with their customers throughout their journey.

Cons

One of the things I dislike about Salesforce Marketing Cloud is the pricing model, which can be quite expensive for small and medium-sized businesses. However, we believe that the platform's features and capabilities justify the cost, especially for larger businesses.

Brandon
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  • Industry: Hospital & Health Care
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Salesforce is simply the best

Reviewed on 25/2/2022

The best thing I can say about our decision to use Salesforce is it has made our company more...

The best thing I can say about our decision to use Salesforce is it has made our company more attractive to potential buyers since we are "already on the same platform." There is power in the crowd.

Pros

Our team loved its usability and intuitive framework. There are other modules we want to buy as soon as we are ready.

Cons

Honestly, there is a lot of work that the third-party consultant had to do to make SF work the way we wanted it to. And this can be expensive.

Alternatives Considered

Zoho CRM

Reasons for Switching to Salesforce Marketing Cloud

We felt that by choosing Salesforce we would always have enough support since so many people use it. We definitely could have chosen something cheaper at the beginning; but I doubt it would have been cheaper in the long run.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Leisure, Travel & Tourism
  • Company size: 2–10 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 6-12 months
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  • Likelihood to recommend 3.0 /10

Streer clear of Marketing Cloud if you're a small company

Reviewed on 31/7/2020

It's 2020 and this product has the UX of the 2000's and a backlog of tech debt and bugs for a...

It's 2020 and this product has the UX of the 2000's and a backlog of tech debt and bugs for a premium price. For a small business I'd HIGHLY recommend going with something else. Not only do you pay a PREMIUM price for Marketing Cloud, but you'll also end up spending more time than you should trying to figure out this product.

There are "features" that exist, like data conversion on automations, but you'll have to spend time figuring out that they exist so you can e-mail support and request they turn them on, when they should have just been there in the first place.

Pros

I like that Send Time Optimization was included, this was extra with the previous e-mail marketing product we used.

Cons

First, we ended up in Google's black hole even when following the plan laid out by our integration partner. That you need an integration partner to get a small business setup should have been a huge red flag, but we thought we were stepping up to a more powerful e-mail product.

There are bugs everywhere. Our integration partner had many tips like making sure to unselect an e-mail reselect it and stop and start a trigger to make sure the new e-mail is used, these are things that should be handled by the UX and not tribal knowledge. We used alias in our e-mails to aid in reporting, but sometimes they show up in the report and sometimes it shows the original URL. We opened a ticket and months later it was closed with no resolution, because there's a back end bug in their system that they believed was causing the issue.

There's a lot of duplicated functionality that has different features. Want to manage your data extension you can do it in Email Studio or Contact Builder, BUT the features are different between the two. You can only easily add records in one of them so you have to remember which one you can do a specific action in.

Their reporting is limited on Journey's and you'll need to extract all the data to do any deep dives. You'll need to use Journey's if you want to use send time optimization or any of the AI logic, so you're guaranteed to have to build your own reporting in your own tools. We needed this to realize we were in the Google black hole.

Lindsey Raye
Lindsey Raye
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 10,000+ Employees
  • Used Daily for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

SFMC is a robust system great for dynamic development

Reviewed on 19/2/2024

Pros

The ability to test emails with different dev ops test files

Cons

Cumbersome and a lot of repetitive tasks

Walter
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  • Industry: Higher Education
  • Company size: 501–1,000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

SFMC

Reviewed on 21/1/2020

This is a very serviceable software and will serve it's purpose. It can do a lot, so depending of...

This is a very serviceable software and will serve it's purpose. It can do a lot, so depending of the size of your organization it might be too much for the cost.

Pros

In addition to being able to import a distribution list, this product integrated with our CRM (Recruit) so we were able to send to segregated lists and it showed what emails were sent in Recruit. This made it easier for our reps to see when correspondence went out to their pipelines. It is rather simple to create and distribute emails.

Cons

Some of the functionality was a bit wonky, and emails viewed differently between various email clients. Line spacing was the biggest thing that varied quite a bit. Everything would look great in SFMC, but when an email was received in Outlook, Mac Mail, or Gmail, all three would display it just a bit differently. Not sure who's problem this is. It also doesn't embed video either. The workaround is to create a screenshot as a graphic, then add a link to it.

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

Salesforce Marketing Cloud offers the following pricing plans:

  • Starting from: US$1,250.00/month
  • Pricing model: Subscription
  • Free Trial: Not Available

Starter Suite Marketing $25 user/month Marketing Cloud Personalization $100,000 org/year billed annually Marketing Cloud Engagement $1,250 org/month Marketing Cloud Account Engagement (formerly Pardot) $1,250 per month Data Cloud for Marketing $108,000 org/year Marketing Cloud Intelligence $3,000 org/month Loyalty Management $20,000 org/month

Salesforce Marketing Cloud has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1,000, 1,001–5,000

Salesforce Marketing Cloud supports the following languages:

Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese

Salesforce Marketing Cloud supports the following devices:

Android (Mobile), iPhone (Mobile), iPad (Mobile)

Salesforce Marketing Cloud integrates with the following applications:

Adobe Workfront, LinkedIn for Business, Meta for Business, Salesforce Sales Cloud, Shopify, Simply Measured, Twitter/X, Vidyard

Salesforce Marketing Cloud offers the following support options:

Email/Help Desk, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base, Phone Support, 24/7 (Live rep), Chat

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