Marketing Software

In general, marketing software helps organizations perform the following functions: • Attract new customers and visitors. • Turn customers into leads that can be nurtured through the sales funnel. • Deliver marketing and promotional materials (e.g., via email marketing, socia... read more

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Textedly

Textedly is a cloud-based SMS marketing tool for businesses of all sizes. The system offers mass group texting, text scheduling and customizable auto replies. Users can send texts over 300 characters long. The system also off...Read more about Textedly

4.59 (339 reviews)

7 recommendations

Benchmark Email

Benchmark Email is a cloud-based email marketing platform. It offers email templates for different occasions and events. It helps users manage email campaigns. It provides Email signup forms on website, blog and social media to in...Read more about Benchmark Email

4.22 (165 reviews)

7 recommendations

HubSpot Marketing Hub

HubSpot is a leading growth platform. Over 52,000 total customers in more than 100 countries use HubSpot’s award-winning software, services, and support to transform the way they attract, engage, and delight customers. Marketing H...Read more about HubSpot Marketing Hub

4.51 (5258 reviews)

5 recommendations

Notifii Connect

Notifii Connect is a cloud-based text and email communications tool designed to keep residents, employees, and community members informed. It can be used to send unlimited text and email notifications to specific audience segments...Read more about Notifii Connect

4.87 (54 reviews)

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SharpSpring from Constant Contact

SharpSpring, a Constant Contact company, is a revenue growth marketing platform that helps small businesses generate leads, improve conversions to sales, and drive higher returns on marketing investment. Our innovative platform, o...Read more about SharpSpring from Constant Contact

4.57 (746 reviews)

4 recommendations

Ortto

Ortto is the product-led growth engine that helps businesses acquire and retain customers. Since 2015, Ortto has empowered over 10,000 companies with their software. Ortto allows online businesses to unify their customer data with...Read more about Ortto

4.58 (107 reviews)

4 recommendations

emfluence Marketing Platform

emfluence Marketing Platform is a cloud-based marketing solution that offers tools to create, track and run online marketing campaigns. Key features include email marketing, form and landing page builders, calendars, social media ...Read more about emfluence Marketing Platform

4.71 (48 reviews)

4 recommendations

IRIO

IRIO is a cloud-based mobile marketing solution suitable for businesses of all sizes, and is particularly suited to retail, real estate and agencies. IRIO enables users to send surveys, sweepstakes, promotions, customer service me...Read more about IRIO

4.44 (36 reviews)

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Net-Results

Net-Results is a cloud-based marketing automation solution for small, midsize and large businesses. Primary features include lead management, lead scoring, marketing list management, email builder, social media management, insight...Read more about Net-Results

4.64 (33 reviews)

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Marketo Engage

Adobe Marketo Engage is as a centralized marketing hub for orchestration and execution of cross channel campaigns to acquire, engage, nurture, expand and retain customers, throughout complex buying journeys. Marketo Engage facilit...Read more about Marketo Engage

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Maropost

Maropost is a cloud-based marketing solution enabling marketing teams to strategically engage with their audience through marketing automation and analytics. It has proved to be successful for businesses of all sizes across multip...Read more about Maropost

4.00 (14 reviews)

3 recommendations

Perfect Doc Studio

Design and delivery personalized Documents, Contracts, Emails, SMS and Automated phone calls to your customers in 100+ languages with Perfect Doc Studio. This system enables Business users to take 100% control of their customer co...Read more about Perfect Doc Studio

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monday.com

monday.com is an award-winning work and project management platform that helps teams of all sizes plan, prioritize, manage, and execute their work more effectively. The platform offers solutions for a wide range of use-cases such...Read more about monday.com

4.57 (3193 reviews)

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Avochato

Avochato is a messaging and reputation management solution designed for companies of all sizes. It offers customer review management, response management, review monitoring and reporting functionalities within a suite. The product...Read more about Avochato

4.69 (131 reviews)

2 recommendations

Mozeo

From marketing your business, ensuring safety during a storm, or growing your nonprofit, Mozeo provides the tools to propel your communications forward. Mozeo has been a leading authority for over a decade, helping thousands of c...Read more about Mozeo

4.72 (46 reviews)

2 recommendations

Heymarket

Heymarket is a cloud-based communication tool suitable for small businesses in a variety of industries. It offers a text messaging app that allows users to schedule and manage communications with customers. Native apps are availab...Read more about Heymarket

4.51 (43 reviews)

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Wix Enterprise

Wix Enterprise is an all-in-one web solution for any business need. With Wix Enterprise, companies can build fast with total design freedom using Wix creation platforms and integrate external systems to boost efficiency while cutt...Read more about Wix Enterprise

4.00 (2 reviews)

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Lusha

Lusha is a lead generation platform, which helps sales representatives, recruitment managers and marketers in businesses of all sizes find contact details of prospects to reach out and generate leads. The software allows managers ...Read more about Lusha

4.06 (326 reviews)

1 recommendations

ActiveDEMAND

ActiveDEMAND is a cloud-based marketing automation solution that caters to marketing agencies and helps them to create and manage their marketing campaigns. The solution includes marketing automation functionalities for small busi...Read more about ActiveDEMAND

4.23 (73 reviews)

1 recommendations

Pinpointe

PinPointe is a cloud-based email marketing tool that helps small, midsize and large enterprises across various industry verticals to create, distribute, analyze and manage their email marketing campaigns. PinPointe allows us...Read more about Pinpointe

4.73 (55 reviews)

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Buyers Guide

Last Updated: November 15, 2022

 

The marketing technology landscape is growing and diversifying. As more consumers go online to look for information and research products, more marketers are focusing on digital strategies. Over the years, new categories of marketing software have emerged to support this shift.

Today, there are a plethora of software options to help marketers manage and optimize digital campaigns. In fact, some experts estimate the greater marketing technology landscape now has close to 2,000 vendors across nearly 50 categories. If you’re new to marketing software, this breadth of options can feel daunting.

This guide will help you understand your many options and make an informed purchase decision. Here’s what we’ll cover:

What Is Marketing Software?
A Comparison of Top Marketing Solutions
Common Features of Marketing Software?
What Type of Buyer Are You?
Key Considerations

What Is Marketing Software?

In general, marketing software helps organizations perform the following functions:

  • Attract new customers and visitors 
  • Turn customers into leads that can be nurtured through the sales funnel
  • Deliver marketing and promotional materials (e.g., via email marketing, social media, etc.)
  • Surface insights about customers to improve marketing efforts
  • Automate time-consuming, repetitive manual tasks

Reporting dashboard screenshot in Pardot

Reporting dashboard screenshot in Pardot

While some products are sold as “best-of-breed” systems (i.e., they offer a single marketing application), others are sold as “marketing clouds” or “integrated suites” (they house multiple marketing applications all in one place).

Whether a business should choose a suite or a best-of-breed solution depends on the range of functionality needed. Marketing suites are generally more expensive, but allow users to do more without having to integrate products from multiple vendors.

Best-of-breed solutions tend to be more affordable, and are best for companies that want to focus more heavily on specific applications—or that want to build their own suite of marketing tools.

A Comparison of Top Marketing Solutions

There are many popular marketing solutions on the market, and it can be hard to know what distinguishes one product from another and which is right for you. To help you better understand how the top marketing systems stack up against one another, we created a series of side-by-side product comparison pages that break down the details of what each solution offers in terms of pricing, applications, ease of use, support and more:

Top Act-On Comparisons Top AWeber Comparisons Top Constant Contact Comparisons
Act-On vs. HubSpot
Act-On vs. Marketo
Act-On vs. Pardot
AWeber vs. Constant Contact
AWeber vs. MailChimp
AWeber vs. Constant Contact
Top Oracle CX Marketing Comparisons Top HubSpot Comparisons Top MailChimp Comparisons
Oracle CX Marketing vs Pardot Act-On vs. Hubspot AWeber vs. MailChimp
Top Marketo Comparisons Top Pardot Comparisons  
Act-On vs. Marketo Act-On vs. Pardot
Oracle CX Marketing vs Pardot

Common Features of Marketing Software

Below is a list of common types of marketing applications that may be available either on their own, or bundled as part of a marketing suite:

Marketing automation Used for developing, executing and tracking marketing campaigns. Automates workflows, tracks prospect behavior and qualifies leads.
Lead generation Automates the capture, segmentation and assignment of leads to improve targeted marketing communications and shorten sales cycles.
Lead management Automates the movement and tracking of leads through the life cycle from acquisition to conversion.
Email marketing Used to create, send and track email campaigns and autoresponders.
Social media management Provides the means for users to create, launch and administer social campaigns and promotions. Manages creative assets on social media platforms.
Social media monitoring Identifies words used in association with brands, and locates where on social media platforms these conversations are occurring.
Social media analytics Measures campaign performance and impact, and tracks a brand’s share of voice across social channels to determine how effective social media efforts are.
Mobile marketing Handles the routing, management and delivery of SMS messages.
Marketing resource management Manages marketing projects, digital assets, workflows, budgets and approval processes across teams, departments or agencies.
Marketing analytics Measures marketing activities across multiple online and offline channels to get a view of those channels’ return on investment (ROI).
Content marketing Helps manage the distribution of content across the Web. Creates, deploys, manages and stores content on Web pages.
Search marketing Helps businesses generate traffic by providing information or advice to improve marketing content so it’s optimized for search engines.

What Type of Buyer Are You?

Before making a purchase, companies should evaluate their marketing strategies to determine how to choose software that supports overall business objectives.

Outbound marketing.

Outbound marketing is when a marketer contacts prospects, hoping for engagement. Tactics can include advertising on search engines, paying website publishers to post your ads or sending emails to lists of leads. Businesses that primarily want to reach out to customers in these ways should look for applications that offer email and/or mobile marketing functionality. Most marketing automation platforms include outbound email marketing capabilities. You could also consider lead generation and lead management solutions.

Inbound marketing.

Inbound marketing gets buyers to find you. This is done by providing interesting, helpful content on websites, blogs or social media that engages buyers. Businesses using inbound marketing tactics should look for software that helps optimize marketing content for Web search (so that buyers can easily find it) and provides lead nurturing functionality—for example, inbound marketing automation, content marketing or search marketing applications.

Social media marketing.

If you use (or plan to use) social media channels to connect with customers, consider applications that monitor social media conversations, track the results of social media marketing activities and allow you to measure the results of these campaigns. While social media marketing functionality is sometimes included in marketing automation platforms, many vendors also offer this as a best-of-breed solution.

Planning and measurement focus.

Marketers that want to measure the ROI of marketing projects should look for software that provides detailed analytics. While this functionality is often included in other types of marketing software, you may want to consider the in-depth reporting tools offered by best-of-breed marketing analytics and social media analytics software. Additionally, businesses that need help planning and executing marketing campaigns can consider marketing resource management software.

It's important to note that marketing functionality can also be incorporated into suites outside of the typical marketing software industry. For example, leading event management software often includes some element of marketing, such as tools for creating customizable websites, email marketing and push messaging campaigns. These are described in more detail here.

Key Considerations

To further narrow things down, here are two key factors to keep in mind as you evaluate marketing products:

Prioritize the applications you use most often

Avoid purchasing systems with bells and whistles that don’t support your business processes. However, do consider any applications, features and functionality that you will need in the future, even if you’re not quite ready to use them today.

Make sure your new system supports necessary integrations.

When comparing options, you’ll want to know whether—and how well—a given marketing system will synchronize with your existing data and tools. For example, you may want to consider marketing software that offers native CRM integration. If you plan to access the system while on the go (via mobile phones or tablets), consider a system with a native mobile app. If you’re building your own marketing technology stack, be sure to check that the systems you combine will work together seamlessly. You may also want to look for vendors that offer integration support and services.