AB Tasty vs. Google Tag Manager

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AB Tasty
Score 7.9 out of 10
Mid-Size Companies (51-1,000 employees)
AB Tasty is a SAAS application created for e-marketers that enables them to optimize their website and conversion rate without technical knowledge. They can test several versions of their pages to identify which one has the biggest impact on their business objectives, e.g. click-through rate on a call to action button, add-to-cart rate, global conversion rate of their website.N/A
Google Tag Manager
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
From Google, the Google Tag Manager is a tag management application that facilitates creating, embedding, and updating tags across websites and mobile apps, thus gaining the benefits of data standardization and speed of deployment. Google touts an agency friendly system with multiple user access, and tools to improve tags performance like debugging, and rules, macros or automated tag firing. The Google Tag Manager also integrates with Google product DoubleClick. Moreover, Google Tag Manager is…N/A
Pricing
AB TastyGoogle Tag Manager
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AB TastyGoogle Tag Manager
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
AB TastyGoogle Tag Manager
Considered Both Products
AB Tasty
Chose AB Tasty
We decided on AB Tasty as there were numerous features at this time that other providers did not offer and we felt like being on the right track for the upcoming years and challenges. Also, the price was for sure one of the criteria. AB Tasty offered an attractive package …
Chose AB Tasty
We benchmarked AB Tasty vs. Kameleoon and Optimizely - the clear 3 leaders for me at the time I made the survey. Optimizely was and is still too expensive compared to the other two.

We then tested AB Tasty against Kameleoon with the acquisition team for 8 weeks. I was using Kame…
Google Tag Manager

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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
AB TastyGoogle Tag Manager
Testing and Experimentation
Comparison of Testing and Experimentation features of Product A and Product B
AB Tasty
8.8
21 Ratings
5% above category average
Google Tag Manager
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Ratings
a/b experiment testing9.121 Ratings00 Ratings
Split URL testing9.114 Ratings00 Ratings
Multivariate testing8.918 Ratings00 Ratings
Multi-page/funnel testing8.615 Ratings00 Ratings
Mobile app testing7.94 Ratings00 Ratings
Test significance10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Visual / WYSIWYG editor9.717 Ratings00 Ratings
Advanced code editor9.87 Ratings00 Ratings
Page surveys5.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Preview mode5.88 Ratings00 Ratings
Test duration calculator9.92 Ratings00 Ratings
Experiment scheduler9.95 Ratings00 Ratings
Client-side tests9.08 Ratings00 Ratings
Mutually exclusive tests10.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Audience Segmentation & Targeting
Comparison of Audience Segmentation & Targeting features of Product A and Product B
AB Tasty
9.5
20 Ratings
9% above category average
Google Tag Manager
-
Ratings
Standard visitor segmentation9.719 Ratings00 Ratings
Behavioral visitor segmentation9.317 Ratings00 Ratings
Traffic allocation control9.320 Ratings00 Ratings
Website personalization9.718 Ratings00 Ratings
Results and Analysis
Comparison of Results and Analysis features of Product A and Product B
AB Tasty
8.5
21 Ratings
0% above category average
Google Tag Manager
-
Ratings
Heatmap tool7.38 Ratings00 Ratings
Click analytics7.616 Ratings00 Ratings
Scroll maps8.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Conversion tracking9.120 Ratings00 Ratings
Goal tracking9.120 Ratings00 Ratings
Test reporting9.421 Ratings00 Ratings
Results segmentation7.719 Ratings00 Ratings
Experiments results dashboard9.58 Ratings00 Ratings
Security
Comparison of Security features of Product A and Product B
AB Tasty
-
Ratings
Google Tag Manager
9.8
53 Ratings
14% above category average
Role-based user permissions00 Ratings9.853 Ratings
Tag Management
Comparison of Tag Management features of Product A and Product B
AB Tasty
-
Ratings
Google Tag Manager
8.1
64 Ratings
1% above category average
Tag library00 Ratings7.759 Ratings
Tag variable mapping00 Ratings8.052 Ratings
Ease of writing custom tags00 Ratings7.563 Ratings
Rules-driven tag execution00 Ratings8.358 Ratings
Tag performance monitoring00 Ratings7.855 Ratings
Page load times00 Ratings8.346 Ratings
Mobile app tagging00 Ratings8.432 Ratings
Library of JavaScript extensions00 Ratings8.735 Ratings
Data Management & Integrity
Comparison of Data Management & Integrity features of Product A and Product B
AB Tasty
-
Ratings
Google Tag Manager
9.0
64 Ratings
8% above category average
Event tracking00 Ratings9.961 Ratings
Mobile event tracking00 Ratings9.844 Ratings
Data distribution management00 Ratings8.539 Ratings
Universal data layer00 Ratings8.655 Ratings
Automated error checking00 Ratings7.944 Ratings
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User Ratings
AB TastyGoogle Tag Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(52 ratings)
9.7
(68 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
7.7
(8 ratings)
10.0
(6 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(13 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(2 ratings)
8.4
(11 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
7.3
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.8
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AB TastyGoogle Tag Manager
Likelihood to Recommend
AB Tasty
A/B Tasty tool allows us do easy testing without burdening our limited developer resources all the time. Reports are simple enough to interpret. Support has been excellent and proactive, also the onboarding was successful. It is also an advantage that we have the possibility to drive all our traffic to the test versions rather than being limited to specific user amount per month. We can recommend A/B Tasty for testing purposes, as the platform keeps it’s promises, doesn’t require too much technical knowledge and the support is excellent.
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Google
Google Tag Manager is well suited when the marketer or marketing team does not work closely with the developers. In this scenario, it means that the marketer can deploy 3rd party tools such as live chat widgets, advertising pixels, and much more themselves in a timely manner. Google Tag Manager may be less relevant in an organization where the marketer is also the developer or has a strong development background, where they can implement the 3rd party tags directly on the site when they need. But even in this instance, there's still great benefit in using Google Tag Manager.
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Pros
AB Tasty
  • Customer-focused. Over the past year, AB Tasty has worked with us to overcome many obstacles (e.g. tracking hurdles, ITP issues, etc.). The team always finds a solution in a timely manner to ensure we're able to execute on experiments.
  • Reliability. One of the biggest hurdles earlier this year were the ITP regulations set out by Apple. Over 40% of our ad traffic was Safari users. AB Tasty was using 3rd party cookies but quickly migrated over to a local session storage solution that circumvented the issue.
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Google
  • Selecting elements on a site [object, class, cookie, etc] (to later fire an event, send some data, etc) is very easy with triggers. Want to add an event when someone clicks on a button? Super easy. It was many many DOM selectors and you can even add custom functions if you need to do something more specific
  • In general, firing events in different circumstances is very easy mixing triggers and tags. You can track almost any element of the DOM and do whatever you want with it.
  • Testing is a great functionality. Only you can see what's on the site and you can debug it easily by seeing which events or tags were triggered and all the DOM elements involved (and why they matched the trigger).
  • Working in environments (staging, production) and versioning is easy to do, deploying changes in 2 clicks.
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Cons
AB Tasty
  • Sometimes the platform is a little glitchy and requires a refresh.
  • Would be great to be able to see the experiments and projects on a timeline with their status and main result to have an immediate view of ongoing and completed projects.
  • Email notification for when an experiment reaches a certain confidence level.
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Google
  • There are several good integrations, but there can always be more. Native tracking for call tracking solutions, analytics providers, non-Google advertisers would be top of my list.
  • Documentation is just dreadful. Luckily there are some awesome folks out there doing crowdsourced tutorials (shout out to Simo Ahava) but by and large the Google Tag Manager instructions are worth what you pay for them.
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Likelihood to Renew
AB Tasty
AB Tasty's tool as well as the support team completely met my goals on A/B Testing. Editing a test is really easy and AB Tasty made the marketing team free to launch nearly any test. Reporting is also easy to set up and give us the information needed to keep improving transformation on landing pages and forms
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Google
Google Tag Manager makes tracking traffic to our websites effortless, which enables our developers to focus on other tasks. Setting up a new instance takes only minutes and additional scripts can be added/modified without touching the source code of a site in production. This enables our marketing directors to coordinate tests and experiments with minimal effort.
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Usability
AB Tasty
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Google
Google Tag Manager is the definition of a learning curve. At the beginning, you can barely do the minimum and it can seem questionable as to why you would use it. However, as users begin to learn its offerings and see how it can do much more, they will have a moment where GTM becomes a tool that empowers their ability to track and efficiently collect data for important business questions.
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Support Rating
AB Tasty
Support is good, but it would be better if it was quicker or if AB Tasty provided a quicker SLA. At times, you require stuff urgently but AB Tasty support isn't as quick as I personally like it to be.
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Google
It depends wether you are seeking official support from Google itself, in which case it would be rated very low because it's not their business model, they would rather have you work with one of their Google Analytics Certified Partner (GACP). In terms of self-served support, Google offer extensive documentation at https://developers.google.com/tag-manager/, recently revamped training (https://analyticsacademy.withgoogle.com/course05/preview), has active forums and user community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104865292981489764063) which can typically answer even the most advanced questions.
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Online Training
AB Tasty
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Google
I thought there was a little bit too much emphasis on AdWords stuff, not enough on the generic application of GTM.
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Implementation Rating
AB Tasty
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Google
Planning and communication will help greatly with an in-house implementation. If there are large teams, try to limit the number of people involved to 1-2 developers (back-end dev may be necessary depending on your platform), one analytics marketer and one project manager.
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Alternatives Considered
AB Tasty
We selected AB Tasty mostly because we got a sense that their dev and customer service teams were going to go above and beyond to help us out. We were right! The cost was also a factor as they came in a small bit lower, but cost wasn't the only factor.
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Google
We moved to GTM from a standard Google Analytics implementation. GTM is much more flexible and easier to make changes, especially as the changes relate to multiple sites and environments. While there is a learning curve when figuring out how to use GTM, I believe the change has been worth it because it helps us understand at a more fundamental level how our tracking works and gives us a lot more control over what we track and how.
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Return on Investment
AB Tasty
  • Since we use AB tasty our conversion rates have significantly increased on the Watch pages.
  • We can report positive comments about the evolutions of our interfaces, from our expert users. And so improved customer satisfaction.
  • The solution allows us to validate or invalidate without taking major risk while gaining in reactivity, our proposals relook pages.
  • Commitment rates are much higher, multiplied by 2 or 3, when we implement customizations that are relevant. These customizations are very relevant insofar as we are governed by the seasonality of events as a media site.
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Google
  • GTM is very useful to determine if a particular element on the site is useful (i.e. is it being watched, is it being clicked, does it help customers navigate through more pages). As an SEO person, I can use this information to decide what to optimize for but also to track progress and see improvements in engagement.
  • With the use of Google Tag Manager, I was able to easily inject an A/B testing tool which lead to several improvements in lead generation.
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ScreenShots

AB Tasty Screenshots

Screenshot of Reports: Quickly interpret results with a robust reporting interfaceScreenshot of Dynamic Widget Library: Nudge visitors into actionScreenshot of AB Tasty Editor: Easy-to-use WYSIWYG editorScreenshot of Dashboard: Manage all your campaigns in one placeScreenshot of Targeting Criteria: Target specific user segments