Oracle Marketing Cloud vs Pardot

Last updated: November 04, 2015

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Oracle Marketing Cloud
Oracle Marketing Cloud personalizes customer experiences with marketing software including content marketing, social marketing, and data management.
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Pardot
Pardot offers a software-as-a-service marketing automation application that allows marketing and sales departments to create, deploy, and manage online marketing campaigns that increase revenue and maximize efficiency. Pardot features certified CRM integrations with salesforce.com, NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics CRM, and SugarCRM, empowering marketers with lead nurturing, lead scoring, and ROI reporting to generate and qualify sales leads, shorten sales cycles, and demonstrate marketing accountability.
Oracle Marketing Cloud vs Pardot in our news:

2015. Marketing software Pardot improves collaboration and productivity



B2B marketing automation software Pardot (owned by Salesforce) rolled out several nice productivity and collaboration improvements: Chrome extension, that can track emails, faster data synchronization, data visualization and new customization features for reporting. The Chrome extension for Gmail - is a marketing automation plug-in that lets sales reps send trackable emails directly from Gmail. It is not just about making life easier for sales reps so they can sell more and better; it's also a new B2B tool, almost a stealth one as it is disguised as an innocent email plug-in, for sales. It's a similar story with the other enhancements. The data synch with Salesforce is now the fastest out of any marketing automation tool, checking for changes every two minutes. It's convenient for the reps, and surfacing prospect insights so sales reps can respond before the competition is crucial.


2014. Oracle acquired marketing data provider Datalogix



Oracle announced its intention to buy Datalogix, a data marketing specialist that gleans consumer sentiment data via pacts with Facebook and Twitter and other sources. As companies in the consumer product goods, automotive and other industries try to reap the biggest possible advantage from social networks,  the data gathered by companies like Datalogix, Acxiom and Epsilon is seen as extremely valuable. This purchase comes 10 months after Oracle purchased Bluekai, another player in this data aggregation space.


2014. Salesforce announced Sales Reach to promote Pardot



The majority of Salesforce revenue comes from subscriptions to the Sales Cloud. But the company also wants to earn more on marketing solutions, because it spent as much as $2.5 billion last summer to buy ExactTarget/Pardot marketing-automation and campaign-management software. So yesterday it announced the new feature for Sales Cloud - Sales Reach, an optional that will bring the basics of Salesforce.com's marketing-oriented Pardot offering to salespeople. It will help salespeople create micro campaigns, track responses to those campaigns, and get real-time notifications when prospects interact with campaign content (such as downloads, event invites, or videos). What's more, salespeople will be able to invite prospects to join communities, and they will be able to do all of the above through their Salesforce1 mobile apps. Sales Reach will be available in the first half of 2015.


2013. Oracle Buys Responsys for $1.5 Billion, Merges with Eloqua



Exactly a year to the day after Oracle announced its $871 million buy of marketing automation company Eloqua, Larry Ellison and company announced plans to acquire marketing cloud player Responsys for $1.5 billion. Oracle's dive into the marketing arena in 2012 has ticked off a year of acquisitions, most notably resulting in a competition with its major competitor, Salesforce. Salesforce bought ExactTarget in mid 2012 in response to the Eloqua buy. That move came less than a year after ExactTarget itself had bought up B2B marketing automation vendor Pardot. Now both Oracle and Salesforce have marketing systems that are expressly designed for either B2B or B2C customers.