AdEspresso by Hootsuite vs. OpenX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AdEspresso by Hootsuite
Score 7.4 out of 10
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AdEspresso by Hootsuite is tool that allows you to perform split tests on every aspect of an advertising campaign. The platform also allows you to create, analyze and optimize Facebook Ads, Instagram, and Google campaigns. Understanding from AdEspressos analytics of what is performing best allows one to optimize campaigns both manually and automatically.N/A
OpenX
Score 8.9 out of 10
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OpenX is an ad serving platform. It is sold option as a hosted solution for can be purchased as an installed application. It allows for easy inventory management , geo-targeting of ads by country, and provides statistics for each ad placement.N/A
Pricing
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Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AdEspresso by HootsuiteOpenX
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
AdEspresso by HootsuiteOpenX
Ad Network Integration
Comparison of Ad Network Integration features of Product A and Product B
AdEspresso by Hootsuite
7.0
2 Ratings
8% below category average
OpenX
6.6
3 Ratings
14% below category average
Data Transfer7.02 Ratings6.53 Ratings
DSP integration7.01 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Ad Campaigns
Comparison of Ad Campaigns features of Product A and Product B
AdEspresso by Hootsuite
6.6
2 Ratings
18% below category average
OpenX
7.0
5 Ratings
12% below category average
Ad campaign creation7.52 Ratings6.85 Ratings
Ad deployment7.52 Ratings6.65 Ratings
Display advertising7.02 Ratings7.35 Ratings
Ad display and retargeting segmentation6.02 Ratings6.55 Ratings
Sequence targeting4.92 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Ad Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Ad Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
AdEspresso by Hootsuite
6.8
2 Ratings
13% below category average
OpenX
6.6
5 Ratings
16% below category average
Ad dashboards7.52 Ratings5.95 Ratings
Ad performance reports8.52 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Ad conversion tracking7.52 Ratings6.15 Ratings
Ad attribution reporting6.52 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Cross-channel ad management6.02 Ratings7.25 Ratings
Ad forecasting and optimization4.42 Ratings7.64 Ratings
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User Ratings
AdEspresso by HootsuiteOpenX
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(2 ratings)
7.3
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
AdEspresso by HootsuiteOpenX
Likelihood to Recommend
Hootsuite
[AdEspresso is] great if you have a smaller budget or are just getting started with Facebook advertising. You can easily create ads and publish them in minutes after everything is set up for your account. I would recommended trying it if you don't have a lot of experience, but not to manage a large account with multiple clients (10+)
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OpenX
What are the best ways to integrate it with salesforce.com? What are the best ways to target our users with this tool? To segment the users? How can I integrate my ads with your adexchange-what sizes are you looking for in terms of banners, skyscrapers and so on. In this way I can plan my in house ad and those for the exchange to be the same size, to avoid duplication of work.
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Pros
Hootsuite
  • A/B testing
  • Mass advertising
  • Budget and finance
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OpenX
  • OpenX is a system that was designed to scale as is evident in some key design decisions found throughout the platform. The multi-server setup that was chosen at Mail.com allowed for a distributed server architecture which separated the front end web delivery nodes from the backend MySQL Database master which replicated data back to each front end delivery node mysql slave. This eased the ability to horizontally scale as needed due to the ingenious separation of the ad impressions data tables on the delivery nodes which were being collected locally on each ad impression and then processed periodically back to to the master database which replicated the aggregated statistics back to the delivery nodes. The ability to load balance across the front end web delivery nodes, add caching at many different layers, utilize a CDN for the static ad images, implement PHP accelerators, and hit memcached instead of the MySQL master made the OpenX platform a service that was very resilient to failures.
  • The ability to optimize the platform is also something that OpenX does very well. This is evident in many of the config key parameters available. In addition to OpenX specific tunable's, optimizations can be made at many different levels in which the system sits. These include hardware and operating system level optimizations, tcp and networking stack optimizations, web server/php-cgi configurations, and database (MySQL InnoDB) tunable's. There are many different optimization knobs that can be tuned to help scale the application for the best performance possible
  • The documentation was simple, to the point, and well written which led to an easy initial implementation and roll out of a multi-server setup. The installation and upgrade procedures were straight forward even for the complexities of the multi-server setup. I also found the OpenX team to be accessible and even got a chance to meet some of the team at their Up Close and Personal events at Cal Tech in Pasadena. Core developers were on hand to answer technical questions and also made themselves available to us via email and irq channels.
  • The open nature of the OpenX platform allows for flexibility in the choice of web serving platform to use (Apache, nginx, Lighttpd) and also the database management systems (MySQL, PostGreSQL)
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Cons
Hootsuite
  • It is a bit limited in features, for example can't do everything that you can do in Facebook's Business Manager
  • There are certain levels, depending on budget, so you'll have to pay more to use it the higher your budget is
  • Could use an update for Lead Ad creation, found it very tough and couldn't get things to synch correctly.
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OpenX
  • Propagation could be improved; ad units that need to go live immediately could take up to 45 minutes to propagate.
  • Over-complexity can be confusing. There are multiple tiers before assigning ad units per order and it seems unnecessary.
  • Real-time reporting or a status dashboard would be great.
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Likelihood to Renew
Hootsuite
No answers on this topic
OpenX
I no longer work at the company where I was using OpenX, but if I were then I'd certainly stay aboard. Frankly, there are a lot of sunk costs involved with building all of the infrastructure we had put in place, the system was working very well even if reporting was a hassle, and our team was trained on it. Also, I'm not aware of another product that does everything else we'd need it to.
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Usability
Hootsuite
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OpenX
I was given the system to use as part of setting up a whole new site from scratch in less than 2 months, with a large number of specialty hub pages to run ads on and lots of content I needed to run disease specific ads on. The system was easy for me to learn on the fly in a very compressed time frame. I would have loved more chance to really dig in under the hood to see all that it could do, but given how fast I had to work, I got everything up and running and looking great. And I did it ahead of my launch deadline too. My only reservation might be for people who are not as patient as I am in picking things up, or as hands on. Customer service was great if I needed them, and a quick start guide with the essentials would be ideal for those people.
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Support Rating
Hootsuite
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OpenX
They went above and beyond without ever asking for additional money and we met our launch date and immediately started to meet and even surpass our business goals. Nothing was too much trouble, which really stood out compared to other companies I had and was at that time also working with. Customer service can really make or break any business; if i expect my staff to give good customer service, I expect to get it too, and Open X gave it.
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Alternatives Considered
Hootsuite
I find it a lot more detailed in creation and ad reporting, but not very user friendly or helpful if you encounter an error or something happens that needs to be fixed. AdEspresso [by Hootsuite] is better if you want an easier experience and less to look at while you're creating your ads.
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OpenX
OpenX is less focused than MoPub and it has a bigger reach as it is not limited to the mobile app. Unlike MoPub that focuses on performance, OpenX comes from the branding world and is pushing into CTV and other areas of the industry more catered to traditional media agencies and not pure ad tech players.
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Return on Investment
Hootsuite
  • They have helped us greatly in lead generation for internal marketing efforts
  • Big focus on lead generation for clients, have helped sell dozens of homes for them!
  • Engagement and lead gen saw a big increase while using AdEspresso
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OpenX
  • OpenX made it easy to manage online advertising. At the time I used the product I was the lead developer in charge of implementing the solution but quickly was put into the role of managing the traffic and training other users. It was really easy for a technical user to become a traffic manager. Getting other users trained and up to speed was very efficient.
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