To stay ahead in today’s increasingly competitive B2B marketing landscape, automation is vital. Marketing automation software allows companies to automate various marketing tasks, such as emailing specific contacts or posting on social media.
Not only is this great for eliminating the boredom factor (no more repetitive emailing jobs that leave you blurry-eyed and dazed), it’s also great for creating a more dynamic, multichannel marketing strategy. And through automated tracking and data collection, companies gain better insight into prospects, enabling them to fine-tune their offerings as needed in order to reach valuable leads.
HubSpot Vs. Pardot: What Are The Differences?
By consolidating all digital marketing efforts into one platform, HubSpot users can provide personalized experiences for their leads. HubSpot’s Content Management System (CMS) offers smart content, allowing for companies to adjust the content of online visitors when they visit the site, depending on their preferences. For instance, if a lead returns to the website and we know what industry they primarily work in, we can cater the content they view on the website to that specific industry.
At this time, Pardot does not offer a CMS tool. That’s not to say creating dynamic website content based on contact properties is impossible to do with Pardot. In fact, for companies with their websites hosted on WordPress, Pardot offers a WordPress plugin so users can insert dynamic content based on a lead’s properties (i.e. industry, location, lead score, etc.).
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One key differentiator between Pardot and HubSpot when utilizing lead generation tools is the ease of use when it comes to calls-to-action.
As you know, CTAs are button or text-based images that lead to your landing pages — they grab the attention of your website visitors and help them find your landing pages.
In Pardot, CTAs must be created outside of the platform and coded with a tracking URL to measure clicks.
Meanwhile, HubSpot allows not only creation but segmentation from using CTAs — this can be very beneficial if you want to track a user’s journey throughout the website to see which CTA buttons they clicked.
Pardot provides a high-level lifecycle report, showcasing the trickle-down effect of website visitors, prospects (visitors who converted to known contacts), marketing-qualified leads, sales-qualified leads, and won deals. Pardot users can measure the average time it takes to convert leads throughout the sales cycle to help identify pain points.
While HubSpot has always provided comprehensive reports, for many years, the platform lacked the same high-level view of lifecycle stages that Pardot could display. However, more recently, Hubspot has incorporated its own easy view lifecycle stage reporting. The report allows you to drill down and see where prospects are in the buying journey from subscribers to customers.
Within the email tool, HubSpot users can view click maps for emails sent. The email click map shows HubSpot users which links and CTA buttons received the most clicks. This tool provides marketing teams with a deeper understanding of their audience to understand what type of content they are interested in.
Additionally, within the HubSpot CRM, sales teams can track deals through the sales process. The deals tool allows companies to track individual contacts associated with contracts, as well as view all interactions with emails, website views, and form submissions within each contact’s profile.
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With many marketing automation tools out there, we've just broken down the key differences between two of the major players in the game, Pardot and HubSpot. While there are many things to consider when choosing between the two, we hope this helps you narrow it down. Pardot does provide seamless integration with Salesforce and provides a high-level view of the lifecycle of a visitor-turned-deal; there are a number of limitations within the marketing tools. By hosting a number of marketing tools within its own platform, HubSpot allows users to create personalized experiences for leads and users can measure every marketing tactic through comprehensive reporting tools.
Not sure what tools you should be focusing on for your company’s needs or just having trouble getting started? Reach out to one of our industrial marketing and sales experts today; we’re more than happy to give you more insight to how other B2B manufacturers are handling their leads.
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