What do you like best?
The one thing Salesforce has, according to my coworkers, is the functionality to accommodate high volumes of secure data - which is why they initially chose it. In the work we do, the importance of the data being secure is very important and apparently, at the time, Salesforce Marketing Cloud was one of the few email providers that satisfied our needs in that department.
What do you dislike?
I have been unhappy with Salesforce for quite a while now. I know it is one of the more pricey ESP's out there and I do not really understand why based on the amenities. First of all the design capabilities are limited at best, they do not have a good tool to begin with and when I use it I feel like I am using a platform that was built 10 years ago both aesthetically and functionally. They do not transfer well from what you see on the screen when designing, compared to what you get in your inbox. Also, coming from MailChimp at my previous company, they are limited on what I thought were basic features such as timezone sending and viewing what emails will look like by device (i.e. phone, tablet, desktop, etc.) The last big annoyance I had while using them, is that I would attend webinars that I received invitations to via emails from Salesforce themselves (I'm assuming they sent them to anyone who had an account with them) to teach users how to take full advantage of certain capabilities. The thing is - afterwards I would ALWAYS receive a sales email from them thanking me for joining the webinar and then trying to get me to purchase the product. I always had to explain that we already do purchase the product and that was why I was in the webinar in the first place, it was quite tedious and eventually made me stop attending the webinars.
Recommendations to others considering the product
The only advantage to this ESP was really it's capabilities of handling mass quantities of data in a very secure environment, but in 2017 we have many other choices with the same features that do not cost as much.
What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?
We are a marketing company with many clients so we needed an ESP that could accommodate us having many sub-companies under one umbrella. Also, the data that we handle is very confidential and needed to be secure so we chose the client based on it's experience with handling large quantities of very secure data and the features it presented to us that a lot of other ESP's did not have in this aspect.