Marketing Automation · Sales

What are the best marketing automation platforms?

Jesse Guglielmo

April 16th, 2015

Pardot, Hubspot, Sharpspring, Mailchimp...and I'm sure a host of others. In a world where "automation" is becoming commoditized, my real interest is in in what tool gives me 3 more smarter brains and five more longer arms but that are still in control of the "conductor." So important when you are managing businesses that still rely heavily on the human element and interaction in a true consultative, sincere sense. Any thoughts on what really separates tools such as these? I have reviewed these specifically. Any additional that should be explored? Thanks in advance for any insight.

Guy Marion Chief Marketing & Revenue Officer at Autopilot HQ

April 16th, 2015

Hi All- I'm at Autopilot ... but have been part of FounderDating much longer. I almost founded my own sales/marketing automation platform (which is why I joined FD), but instead left Zendesk and joined the AP team last year. Loving it. I've been a long term marketing automation enthusiast all the "majors" (Marketo, Hubspot, Eloqua, Pardot + SFDC) for lead nurturing, behavior-based SaaS trials, "1:Many" sales, new customer onboarding, etc. Feel free to ping me with questions.

Ayang Obur Managing Director at WeAreWizard

April 19th, 2015

Marketing automation in 2015 is a no-brainer. It's almost like you are doing your customers a disservice if you don't use it. 

There is an open source marketing automation platform called Mautic. 

It is found here

I met the regional representative last week. 

Check them out it's free and open-source.

Right now, I am loving it!


April 16th, 2015

I reviewed a few vendors in this space including Hubspot and Marketo, and ended up picking autopilot, which has much superior marketing automation, and is very reasonably priced and more effective than base version of Hubspot.

Jon Gettinger Interested in moving to Seattle? We are hiring!

April 16th, 2015

Check out Autopilot. A great new automation tool that just showed up on the scene that handles campaign orchestration. Very reasonably priced as well

Michael Brill Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products

April 22nd, 2015

Thanks Chris... I'll check it out.

I did quickly check out Autopilot and it looks like a great product... but my tentative conclusion is that the amount of integration and data transformation work will vastly exceed the value of a nicer UI for workflows.

Daniel Nickerson Product Developer, Freelance Creative Strategist & Ideate Savant

April 22nd, 2015

I've been using Ontraport, but am now switching to ActiveCampaign for marketing automation and as a lightweight CRM.

David Crooke Serial entrepreneur and CTO

April 16th, 2015

Mailchimp is not marketing automation, it's an email list tool. If you want the full monty I suggest + Eloqua, the former to support more channels than email and automate lead flow into Sales.

Michael Baker

April 16th, 2015

Check out: for a dashboard that puts everything in one place.

Kelli Sharpley Entrepreneur, Problem Solver, People Connector, Music Lover, Foodie.

April 16th, 2015

Have you ever looked into Sharpspring? It is similar to Hubspot however, less expensive and appears to be a bit more intuitive. They can explain how the "human element" is integrated. Truly understanding you customer and their buying habits also plays into the way true marketing automation is used to maximize your ROI while personalizing the experience to each customer relevant to their place in the buying cycle.    

Jennifer Neal CEO at Formula Done

April 16th, 2015

I have used a lot of tools over the years, and found that my favorite is Infusionsoft - best for combining CRM data with interactive marketing automation. And, more reasonable price than Marketo or Hubspot.