What Is Pardot?

Meet Salesforce Pardot: B2B marketing automation on the world's #1 CRM. Pardot empowers marketing and sales teams to work together to engage buyers, close deals, and grow relationships. Pardot's lead management features CRM integration, email marketing, lead nurturing, lead scoring, and ROI reporting to help marketing and sales teams work together to generate and qualify sales leads, shorten sales cycles, and track marketing ROI.

Who Uses Pardot?

If your organization uses online marketing for lead generation, you are probably a good candidate for marketing automation!

Pardot Details

Salesforce

Founded in 2003

Pardot Details

Salesforce

Founded in 2003

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Starting price

US$1,250.00/month
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Free Trial

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Pardot deployment and support

Support

  • Email/Help Desk
  • FAQs/Forum
  • Knowledge Base
  • Phone Support
  • Chat

Deployment

  • Cloud, SaaS, Web-based
  • Mac (Desktop)
  • Windows (Desktop)
  • Linux (Desktop)
  • Android (Mobile)

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation
  • Videos

Features of Pardot

  • AB Testing
  • API
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Auto-Responders
  • CRM
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Planning
  • Campaign Scheduling
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Channel Management
  • Click Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Content Management
  • Conversion Rate Optimisation
  • Conversion Tracking
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Marketing
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Generation
  • Lead Management
  • Monitoring
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Social Media Integration
  • Social Promotion
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Visual Analytics
  • Web Forms
  • Workflow Management

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  • CRM
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  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Canned Responses
  • Chat/Messaging
  • Click Tracking
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Recovery
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Monitoring
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Inbox Management
  • Monitoring
  • Queue Management
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Monitoring
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Response Management
  • Routing
  • Search/Filter
  • Shared Inboxes
  • Signature Management
  • Social Media Integration
  • Spam Blocker
  • Subscription Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Whitelisting/Blacklisting
  • Workflow Management

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  • Customer Surveys
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Dynamic Content
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Image Library
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Capture
  • List Management
  • Mailing List Management
  • Mobile Optimised Emails
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Reporting/Analytics
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  • Template Management
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  • Web Forms

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  • Access Controls/Permissions
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  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Approval Process Control
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  • Audit Management
  • Audit Trail
  • Autofill
  • Barcode / Ticket Scanning
  • CRM
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Conditional Logic
  • Configurable Workflow
  • Customisable Branding
  • Customisable Forms
  • Customisable Reports
  • Customisable Templates
  • Customizable Fields
  • Data Capture and Transfer
  • Data Import/Export
  • Digital Signature
  • Document Management
  • Document Storage
  • Document Templates
  • Drag & Drop
  • Electronic Signature
  • Email Management
  • File Storage
  • Forms Creation & Design
  • Forms Management
  • Full Text Search
  • Offline Access
  • Process/Workflow Automation
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reminders
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • Rules-Based Workflow
  • SSL Security
  • Survey/Poll Management
  • Surveys & Feedback
  • Task Management
  • Template Management
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Version Control
  • Web Forms
  • Workflow Management

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  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customisable Branding
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  • Customizable Fields
  • Dashboard
  • Data Extraction
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop
  • Email Management
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Engagement Tracking
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Forms Management
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Distribution
  • Lead Generation
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Notifications
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Lead Qualification
  • Lead Segmentation
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Online Forms
  • Pipeline Management
  • Prospecting Tools
  • Real Time Notifications
  • Reporting & Statistics
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  • Data Visualisation
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  • Engagement Tracking
  • Keyword Tracking
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  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Real Time Analytics
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
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Reviews of Pardot

Read all 562 reviews

Average score

Overall
4.1
Ease of Use
3.8
Customer Service
3.8
Features
4
Value for Money
3.7

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Kate B.
Kate B.
Marketing & Account Management in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Financial Services, 11-50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Pardot delivers on promises

5 last year

Comments: Pardot has made it easy to understand how our marketing is working, know who is a hot lead versus a disengaged one, and to create content that is easy to share and delivers good ROI. It’s built in many safeguards to keep you from getting in trouble with spam rules and avoid sending emails multiple times.

Pros:

The software is great for staying in touch with prospects and clients. It makes it easy to set up emails, create content, measure and report on results, and build stronger relationships. It’s fun to use, once you understand how it works.

Cons:

There’s a long learning curve for adopting Pardot, and if I hadn’t had a consultant to hold my hand through the integration and kick off, I’d be struggling. I find Pardot and Salesforce training to be overly confusing and it’s really hard to find what you’re looking for. It’s a knowledge based system and continually adds more and more information, and it’s not always clear if the instructions apply to you or apply to a different level of service. Other than that I highly recommend it because of all the functionality and way it can dramatically improve your digital marketing.

Tiju T.
Director Marketing Ops in India
Information Technology & Services, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

Strong Marketing Automation Tool! Highly recommended for SME and Mid Range Businesses

5 last month New

Comments: Overall I loved it. It's easier to use and the LIGHTNING EXPERIENCE IS AMAZING!!! It has the modern look and feel. I am going to stay with Pardot for a long time. Truly recommend it!

Pros:

In-house integration with SFDC. Easier to manage. Not complicated. It has similar functionality as the other major peers like Hubspot and Marketo and it was easier to learn and start working on it.

Cons:

Lead routing is not available. I am looking for in-built round-robin routing functionality.

Verified Reviewer
Marketing Operations Manager in US
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 201-500 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Bite the bullet and invest in a better tool

2 2 years ago

Comments: Horrific. Would never migrate to this tool again and wouldn't recommend to anyone.

Pros:

Perhaps "simplicity" is one way to put a positive spin on this review. For any Marketing Ops professional who wants to build anything above and beyond Pardot's pre-built functionality -- Good luck. Maybe the simplicity is good for a very small organization, but in that same vein the price point would be nowhere near worth it.

Cons:

Filter logic is absolutely miserable. There is no Boolean logic in the tool (going back to my point on "simplicity"), which is horrific for building out any type of complex filters for segments. There are even character limits on how much you can enter in one argument field. So, think about if you have to build out a segment to compile all leads from Europe and write out each country.... you would need to split the arguments into 15 or more "or" statements to account for each value. Also, everything is a drop down -- no free text entries for search -- so good luck sifting through 400 different values for a single Salesforce field. This is one seemingly minor example but is a great representation of how overly limited the tool is as a whole. Also their proclaimed "one-to-one" sync with Salesforce is a joke. There is always mismatched or missing data that doesn't align when boiled down into a report.

Verified Reviewer
Content Marketing Manager in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 51-200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Good but lags behind other marketing automation platforms

4 3 months ago

Pros:

As Pardot is designed to work with Salesforce, it is easy to run campaigns from and ensure that all of the appropriate lead information is captured. Email marketing campaigns are easy to set up and it is an important part of our marketing stack.

Cons:

Pardot does not really have the functionality of other marketing automation platforms that we've used in the past. Engagement studio programs are not dynamic, meaning you have to stop and start them if you need to make changes. There is also no option for operational emails (emails without unsubscribe links), meaning you can only use Pardot for marketing purposes.

Md masoom R.
Md masoom R.
Sr. Executive Sales and Research in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Information Technology & Services, 501-1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Great Marketing Automation platform

5 2 years ago

Comments: My overall experience with Pardot is great, being a sales guy I am using this tool daily to send marketing and sales emails to our customers and prospects and this tool never fails me.

Pros:

I love Pardot and if I need to tell you what I like most about it then I must say their customer support team, yes I like this most because their customer support team is very active and responsive, they available 24*7 to help the customers and this is the best thing that I like most about it.

Cons:

There is one thing that I would like to highlight that I like least about it and that is its high cost, yes Pardot is a little bit expensive compared to other marketing automation tool but on the other hand, I must say that it is worth to spend on it.