Adobe Analytics vs. Adobe Target

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Analytics
Score 8.2 out of 10
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Adobe acquired Omniture in 2009 and re-branded the platform as SiteCatalyst. It is now part of Adobe Marketing Cloud along with other products such as social marketing, test and targeting, and tag management. SiteCatalyst is one of the leading vendors in the web analytics category and is particularly strong in combining web analytics with other digital marketing capabilities like audience management and data management. Adobe Analytics also includes predictive marketing capabilities that help…N/A
Adobe Target
Score 7.6 out of 10
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Adobe Test and Target is an A/B, multi-variate testing platform which Adobe acquired as part of the Omniture platform in 2009. It is now part of the Adobe Marketing Cloud. It offers tight integration with Adobe analytics and content management products.N/A
Pricing
Adobe AnalyticsAdobe Target
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Pricing Offerings
Adobe AnalyticsAdobe Target
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Adobe AnalyticsAdobe Target
Considered Both Products
Adobe Analytics
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics (or any natural reporting tool), will always be my vote over any testing tool's reports (like Adobe Target & Optimizely) due to a much larger universe of reporting options available to the user. Amplitude has a lot of flashy bells and whistles, and is relatively …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe analytics has less flexibility in terms of joining data sources and creating visualizations. It does well at creating custom analytics, but so do the other platforms. Workspace does tend to be better at creating segmentation.
Chose Adobe Analytics
Google is Adobe Analytics direct competitor in this space and while I think they do a slightly better job onboarding new users in the space, I have found that Adobe Analytics is more flexible and powerful in the long term.
Chose Adobe Analytics
Google Analytics is free [there is a premium version] while Adobe has no free tier.

I find Adobe Analytics much easier to navigate and create reports in than Google - I find Google Analytics rather confusing.
Chose Adobe Analytics
We selected Adobe Analytics considering our website traffic volume, as our website traffic volume goes into the few millions every month. Also, we were already using Adobe Campaign for our email, notification campaigns where we had to implement website and app drop-off use …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics is easy to integrate AEM .The segmentation within the reporting tool is quite flexible.You have total control over the data through the admin area.The consistency of the reporting is excellent with Adobe Analytics. You can customize your reports. Adobe …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Unfortunately, the Adobe connector between Adobe Campaign Classic and Adobe Analytics could be improved - There's a number of dependencies (eg. minimum version reliance) that stop it from a 'plug and play' out of the box connector if you've got existing Adobe products up and …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe and Google are the market leaders and way ahead in market share as compared to other providers in the market. Between Adobe and Google, there are few nuances that differentiate at the feature level. If an organization is using other products of Adobe experience cloud, …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Webtrends Analytics provides much the same service and toolset, but when I last used it (some years ago, admittedly) the management of variables and reports was a nightmare; the options were *too* flexible. By limiting the number of variables, and keeping a distinction between …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Compared to its competitors, Adobe Analytics provides a scalable analytics tool for those interested in a deeper dive into their most actionable data. Some of its competition makes it difficult for users to find what they are looking for, where in Adobe Analytics things are …
Chose Adobe Analytics
I have been both a power user and implementation engineer for Webtrends products, with varying degrees of success over the years. With the growing market for third-party analytics tools offering increasingly user-friendly interfaces and approaches to architecting …
Adobe Target
Chose Adobe Target
For us, the decision was very straightforward. We chose to invest in the Adobe stack and utilize tools that are developed to integrate together and complement each other. Ex: Adobe Target 'A4T' integration within Adobe Analytics. Optimizely appears to be a great tool, but …
Chose Adobe Target
I have not used another product like Adobe Target.
Chose Adobe Target
We seriously considered another software but because we use so many other Adobe products this made the most sense for us. If you are not dependent on other Adobe software and are a smaller company, in my opinion, Target may not be the best fit.
Chose Adobe Target
Other products that are typically within the same consideration set are Maxymiser and Monetate. Each tool has its own pros and cons and the best tool can vary depending on the organizations goals, requirements, budget, team structure, etc.
Chose Adobe Target
While my organization has been using Adobe Test & Target, I have had the chance to evaluate Optimizely, another tool that allows for multivariate testing with a smooth interface. The reason I like to stick with Adobe Test & Target is its ability to interface and interact with …
Chose Adobe Target
Webtrends Optimize was on the list. Ultimately, my previous experience with Adobe T&T led us to make the decision to use it.
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Adobe AnalyticsAdobe Target
Web Analytics
Comparison of Web Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Analytics
8.2
2 Ratings
8% above category average
Adobe Target
-
Ratings
Lead Conversion Tracking8.82 Ratings00 Ratings
Bounce Rate Measurement8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Device and Browser Reporting9.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Pageview Tracking8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Event Tracking8.22 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting in real-time6.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Referral Source Tracking8.62 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizable Dashboards7.42 Ratings00 Ratings
Testing and Experimentation
Comparison of Testing and Experimentation features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Analytics
-
Ratings
Adobe Target
8.1
9 Ratings
6% below category average
a/b experiment testing00 Ratings8.59 Ratings
Split URL testing00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Multivariate testing00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Multi-page/funnel testing00 Ratings7.36 Ratings
Cross-browser testing00 Ratings8.65 Ratings
Mobile app testing00 Ratings8.65 Ratings
Test significance00 Ratings7.69 Ratings
Visual / WYSIWYG editor00 Ratings7.78 Ratings
Advanced code editor00 Ratings8.07 Ratings
Page surveys00 Ratings7.84 Ratings
Visitor recordings00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Preview mode00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Test duration calculator00 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Experiment scheduler00 Ratings8.19 Ratings
Experiment workflow and approval00 Ratings7.96 Ratings
Dynamic experiment activation00 Ratings7.84 Ratings
Client-side tests00 Ratings8.57 Ratings
Server-side tests00 Ratings7.74 Ratings
Mutually exclusive tests00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Audience Segmentation & Targeting
Comparison of Audience Segmentation & Targeting features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Analytics
-
Ratings
Adobe Target
8.4
9 Ratings
5% below category average
Standard visitor segmentation00 Ratings8.79 Ratings
Behavioral visitor segmentation00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Traffic allocation control00 Ratings8.79 Ratings
Website personalization00 Ratings8.18 Ratings
Results and Analysis
Comparison of Results and Analysis features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Analytics
-
Ratings
Adobe Target
8.1
9 Ratings
5% below category average
Heatmap tool00 Ratings8.24 Ratings
Click analytics00 Ratings7.37 Ratings
Scroll maps00 Ratings7.84 Ratings
Form fill analysis00 Ratings8.74 Ratings
Conversion tracking00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Goal tracking00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
Test reporting00 Ratings8.59 Ratings
Results segmentation00 Ratings8.28 Ratings
CSV export00 Ratings7.47 Ratings
Experiments results dashboard00 Ratings8.59 Ratings
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User Ratings
Adobe AnalyticsAdobe Target
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(176 ratings)
6.7
(36 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(42 ratings)
6.3
(24 ratings)
Usability
6.7
(33 ratings)
1.1
(4 ratings)
Availability
8.5
(12 ratings)
6.1
(4 ratings)
Performance
7.8
(11 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
4.1
(41 ratings)
3.5
(9 ratings)
In-Person Training
1.7
(5 ratings)
8.1
(3 ratings)
Online Training
7.0
(5 ratings)
6.1
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.9
(10 ratings)
7.2
(5 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
7.3
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.8
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
7.6
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AnalyticsAdobe Target
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
Adobe Analytics is better than some other tools as it feels better set up for actual "analysis", rather than simply "reporting". The power of Workspace allows you to drag 'n' drop at ease which makes you are far more in control of your own analysis/discovery/exploration. However, regards the final reports and dashboards' look 'n' feel the Workspace PDF output is lacking visually compared to other products like Google's Looker. To engage with less technical end users sometimes Looker feels the better, more polished option.
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Adobe
If you're using the Adobe stack and tools to power your website, Target is a great solution to implement. I've utilized Target within two organizations, one running on Adobe Experience Manager (AEM), and the other on Adobe Magento. I don't see how companies could harness the full capacity of Target without also having Adobe Analytics integrated. This is their 'secret sauce' and might not be a good solution for companies who are invested in Google Analytics 360. Integration was straightforward but did require support from the Adobe team to implement successfully. While Target is a great tool for digital teams to support, you'll need your tech team aligned and available to support implementation.
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Pros
Adobe
  • They've been really an industry standard tool in analytics for a long, long time. They've got the trusted brand and the reputation, a wonderful community behind it. It is always nice, having that level of support where you can meet other practitioners. It's a great benefit because I can meet other people who have already pushed the tool a lot farther than I have. And it's a great place to get ideas in that way. We came from a world where we were running on a homegrown system that we'd use to do click tracking. You get some advantages on that of the customization, but losing out on community of support was one of the big reasons why we decided to move beyond that and implement Adobe Analytics instead.
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Adobe
  • This application gives us an incredible integration with Adobe Analytics that allows its operation to be the best and determine the performance of our website.
  • It offers us an analysis based on user behavior and a web page customization option to adapt and meet the needs of those users.
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Cons
Adobe
  • Most of the problems that Adobe Analytics as of now is having, it is getting addressed in a newer tool called Web Desk DK from implementation. They are already addressing that issue with the new tool and also the time data with the customer general analytics. So there is something not in workspace analysis and this is what they're addressing in customer general analytics. Which is good.
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Adobe
  • This is something a lot of testing tools struggle with, but I think the WYSIWYG ("What you see is what you get") editor - or Visual Experience Composer (VEC) in Adobe terminology - could definitely use some work. It's a struggle to execute many tests beyond simple copy, color, placement changes, and even the features that do exist are often clunky if not altogether broken.
  • The interface itself can be a bit counterintuitive in certain parts. If you are familiar with other tools, it's likely middle of the road in this respect; think much easier to understand than Monetate for instance, but a far cry from the simplicity of an Optimizely.
  • It can be a bit buggy from time to time. The worst example is the frequency at which the tool will fail to save due to an error, but not inform you of this until you try to save, at which point your only option is to log out, log back in, and make all of your updates once again. It can become an extreme pain point at times, and I personally have just gotten into the habit of saving every couple of minutes to avoid a massive loss of productivity.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
We've found multiple uses for Adobe Analytics in our organization. Each department analyzes the data they need and creates actionables based off of that data. For E-Commerce, we're constantly using data to analyze user engagement, website performance and evaluate ROI.
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Adobe
We have a team of people trained on how to use the application and it integrates well with the other Adobe products we use. Our future roadmap of testing will require some complex scenarios which we hope Target will be able to accomplish
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Usability
Adobe
Sometimes the processing times are very long. I have had reports or dashboards time out multiple times during presentations. It could be improved. It is understandable since there is a huge data set that the tool is processing before showing anything, however for a company that large they should invest in optimizing processing times.
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Adobe
Can be difficult to learn, but once you understand Mboxes and the nuances of the system it's very user friendly
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Reliability and Availability
Adobe
I do not ever recall a time when Adobe Analytics was unavailable to me to use in the 8 or so years I have been an end user of the product. My most-used day-to-day analytics tool Parse.ly however, generally has a multiple hours planned offline maintenance every two to four weeks, and sometimes has issues collecting realtime analytics that last anywhere between 15 minutes to an hour, and happen anywhere between 1 to 5 times a month.
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Adobe
i don't think we use the full functionalities of the tool, but to use the full functions, it's almost impossible (Too hard)
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Performance
Adobe
Again, no issues here. Performance within the day updates hourly. other reports are updated overnight and available to access by the next morning. Pages load quickly, the site navigates easily and the UX is quite straightforward to get command over. On this front, I give Adobe kudos for building a great experience to work within
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Adobe
The bottleneck is never the software program
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Support Rating
Adobe
I barely see any communication from Adobe Analytics. The content on the web is also not that great or easy to read. I would recommend a better communication about the product and the new addons information to come to its user by a better mean.
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Adobe
On several occasions, we have had the need to ask for help from the Adobe Target support team, and I must say that they have provided us with an excellent experience, as they take care of solving the problems quickly and with high precision
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In-Person Training
Adobe
It was a one-day training several years ago that cost the organization several thousand dollars. There were only about 10 people in the training class. Adobe tried to cram so much information into that one-day class that none of our users felt like they really learned anything helpful from the experience. Follow-up training is too expensive
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Adobe
The instructor that came to train us was awesome and this training was very useful. I would recommend it for anyone who is going to be using this software. I only mark it lower because it is an added expense to an already expensive product, and a lot of the training covered the "Target" portion of the software (which again, we didn't use)
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Online Training
Adobe
The online training for Adobe SiteCatalyst consists of short product videos. These are ok, but only go so far. For a while Adobe charged a fee for this, but recently made these available for free. There are many great blog posts that help users learn how to apply the product as well.
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Adobe
The training was very easy to understand, however it would have been more useful to my development team than me. It was also primarily over-the-phone, which is never as easy to follow as in-person. We ended up scheduling and paying for an in-person training session to supplement the online/phone training because it wasn't helpful enough.
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Implementation Rating
Adobe
One of the benefits and obstacles to successfully using Adobe Analytics is a great / more accurate implementation, make sure your analytics group is intimate with the details of the implementation and that the requirements are driven by the business.
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Adobe
Implement using a global mBox on the page so you can change any and everything over the traditional method. Traditional method is good if you do not have technical web dev resources, do not know Javascript/jQuery, or you have money to blow on mBox calls. Global deployment reduces mBox calls and allows you to touch many parts of the page easily. A lot more customizable
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Alternatives Considered
Adobe
I think Adobe's been around longer as a product but Tealium, from when I did research, it has auto-tagging. So one of my biggest pet peeves is when I'm rolling out new features, and whether it's an app or a website, is that I have to go speak with our metrics team or tagging team and we have to come up with these different strategies. Okay, how are we gonna tag it? What are we going to name it? It just seems like a lot of wasted time in my opinion. I want to track everything. I want to know every single thing these people are doing. We shouldn't have to have this conversation if we tag this, you might not have time to tag this right away for MVP. It's like that to me right now. That shouldn't even be a conversation. I should be able to release a feature, I should be able to just automatically go pull reports on that. And just figure out exactly what they were doing.
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Adobe
We seriously considered another software but because we use so many other Adobe products this made the most sense for us. If you are not dependent on other Adobe software and are a smaller company, in my opinion, Target may not be the best fit.
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Contract Terms and Pricing Model
Adobe
Adobe Analytics is relatively affordable compared to other tools, given it provides a range of flexible variables to use that I have not found in any other tools so far. It is worth investing in if your company is medium or large-sized and brings a steady flow of revenue. For small companies, it can be overpriced.
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Adobe
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Scalability
Adobe
My organization uses Adobe Analytics across a multitude of brand portfolios. Each brand has multiple websites, mobile apps and some even have connected TV apps/channels on Roku and similar devices. Adobe can handle the multitude of properties that have simple, small(ish) websites and the larger brand properties that include web, mobile and connected TVs/OTT devices.
Each of those larger brands has multiple categories and channels to keep track of. We can see the data by channel/device or aggregate all the data together. This gives our executive teams the full picture and the departmental teams the view they need to see their own performance.
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Adobe
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Professional Services
Adobe
The professional services team is one of the best teams for complex adobe analytics implementations, especially for clients having multiple website and mobile applications. However, the cost of professional services is a bit high which makes few clients opt out of it, but for large scale implementations they are very helpful
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Adobe
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Return on Investment
Adobe
  • I like to think it's positive. It's a very steep learning curve, so we do face a lot of challenges with adoption inside of the companies. My team and I evangelize this and also who's in charge of data and advanced analytics, but it's very hard to leverage that with typical business analysis people. These are people who live their life in Excel and SQL and Power BI. They just use this very occasionally and by only looking at that sort of aggregate data, they miss out on behavior and what actually happens in execution. And because it's such a steep learning curve, we do have a challenge pushing it in there.
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Adobe
  • We have been able to run specific A/B tests that have shown an increase in conversion, which in turn has led to very large banked sales numbers for the year.
  • We have been able to prove that using and automated Merchandising process did not decrease conversion. This allowed us to greatly increase efficiency by opening up resource time.
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