Adobe Analytics vs. Google Analytics 360

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Analytics
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
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
Google Analytics 360
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
Google Analytics 360 (formerly Google Analytics Premium) is an enterprise-level analytics solution that includes a full service suite of features offering a singular view of the consumer across platforms and devices. It also provides full integration with the Google stack, data-driven attribution, and the ability to optimize site content through content experiments.
$150,000
Up to 1 Billion hits/month
Pricing
Adobe AnalyticsGoogle Analytics 360
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Google Analytics Premium
$150,000
Up to 1 Billion hits/month
Google Analytics
Free
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe AnalyticsGoogle Analytics 360
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
Adobe AnalyticsGoogle Analytics 360
Considered Both Products
Adobe Analytics
Chose Adobe Analytics
Google Analytics comes across more of a reporting tool whereas Adobe Analytics is more of an Enterprise level analytics tool. Contentsquare provides some traffic and flow capabilities but not to the same level as Adobe Analytics. However, Contentsquare's major advantage is its …
Chose Adobe Analytics
It helps to understand what channels and devices are users using and what route they are taking to convert. It helps to check the funnels and drop offs at each stage
Chose Adobe Analytics
More or less all tools are the same however Adobe seems to be bigger brand and being used by business where analytics is being used very seriously
Chose Adobe Analytics
Google Analytics (inc. 360): Target is less intuitive than Google on a number of fronts: layout, naming conventions, default reporting views, but offers more flexible reporting options without having to swap to tools like BigQuery. In a lot of instances, its faster than Google …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics allows for the comparison of the same metric with and without various segments applied. Google Analytics is an all-or-nothing situation; either you apply a segment to metric or you do not. This makes it difficult for segment vs. non-segment and creating …
Chose Adobe Analytics
As the implementation involves multiple products to be integrated together like Adobe Experience Manager, Target, Adobe Audience Manager, We recommended Adobe Analytics as the best suitable product for analytics, as the tracked data would be seamlessly available to other …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe's Analysis Workspace offers a significantly better interface than Google Analytics. It has an improved data model versus Google Analytics and there is no limit to data segmentation in the platform. Adobe also offers many more dimension and metric options for analytics …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics is a more in-depth tool with some of the advanced features making it much easier for users to deep-dive themselves into problems. The workspace functionality is much better in terms of conducting analysis than tweaking the standard reporting functionality that Go…
Chose Adobe Analytics
I would use Google Analytics 360, as it is widely accepted in the organization and has a better pricing model.
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics is better for scale and customization. Google 360 lacks the ability to pull in as many data sources. Google Analytics doesn't give in-depth data. Tableau Desktop isn't a measurement platform, but it does perform better as [a] data visualization and reporting …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics outperforms Google Analytics and Snowplow when comparing the feature sets, but the other tools bring advantages and flexibility that Adobe does not. The features and capabilities just within the tool are unmatched as Adobe Workspace and the segment and …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Not all the platforms above are a direct competitor to Adobe Analytics, as some of them are advertising platforms and not analytics only. Saying that, I think Adobe Analytics is most probably the best out of them all and this is due to Marin having a slightly "older" look and Go…
Chose Adobe Analytics
I would recommend sticking with Google's stack over Adobe.
Chose Adobe Analytics
When it comes to reporting on a website, Adobe Analytics is by far the most superior tool in my opinion. It is also very good when you have several platforms like web, mweb and app. Then you can see the customer data across all platforms in one tool.

But if it's just an app you …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe analytics is very similar to Google Analytics 360. The one thing I say that turns us off from using Adobe Analytics on more clients is the fact that it isn't easy to set up compared to Analytics. Google Analytics focuses more on your website as a whole, versus Adobe …
Chose Adobe Analytics
NetInsight/Coremetrics now IBM Analytics, Webtrends, Google Analytics Premium
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
We decided to implement the Adobe Analytics service in our organization because compared to other alternatives, Adobe Analytics is a very reliable and accurate service. The recommendations we were given about this service allowed us to verify its high functionality, and I …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics and Google Analytics are most often compared. Google Analytics has become a favorite for ease and cost. But Adobe Analytics still is the most advanced for robust enterprise implementation. I recommend GA for smaller clients and Adobe Analytics when it is the …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics has a more modern and friendlier user interface and it's easier to use for me. Google analytics has better compatibility with other Google products
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics has better features for finding problems and highlighting areas of improvement on a website, but the Google products seem to integrate better into third-party tools, which can be very valuable in a complex business environment. All of the listed tools take care …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe analytics has been selected as a platform to be used across a huge company, which tracks the performance of a hundreds of thousands pages with different type of content. It's believed to be the most accurate tool and the support on the side of the platform has been always …
Chose Adobe Analytics
Adobe Analytics is our least favorite of all of these platforms. We only use it when incoming clients exclusively use Adobe, this leaving us with no choice. Between the lack of control in implementation, usability issues and extra time for digging through complex reports, we …
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
Adobe Analytics (previously known as Omniture) is the de-facto standard across the media industry. Google has very quickly caught up with Adobe and it is always worthwhile to take a very long look at Google Analytics to evaluate the differences. Your decision will depend on …
Google Analytics 360
Chose Google Analytics 360
Google Analytics Premium is the more user friendly experience of the two. If you want people in your organization, outside of your analytics/web department to look at and occasionally use the tool, then this would be the ideal choice. However, the amount of times you are going …
Chose Google Analytics 360
Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics are very similar. I wasn't involved in the decision making process at my organization, as we had GA well before I began in my position. However, GA has a suite of other tools that complement Web Analytics that makes it extremely easy to …
Chose Google Analytics 360
Google Analytics Premium is more simple and focused on marketers' needs with a clear advantage for driving improvements to advertising, especially with the Google tech stack. Adobe Analytics is very complex and great for enterprises, especially those that want to measure …
Chose Google Analytics 360
Adobe Analytics is a robust tool, feature-rich, and good reporting. It has focused on understanding user behavior and e-commerce performance at its core. However, with the sophistication comes difficulty in use and the ability for simple reporting and analysis. The setup of Ado…
Chose Google Analytics 360
Unless you have very complex and edge case analytics needs, Google Analytics [360 (formerly Google Analytics Premium)] is likely going to be the best choice. From both a cost and usability stand point, Google wins. Adobe has the edge case when you need to create really custom …
Chose Google Analytics 360
Google Analytics and Adobe Analytics are both great products and solutions. Each has advantages and disadvantages that need to be evaluated based on your business needs and the people you have to leverage them. Google Analytics is a lower overall investment than Adobe Analytics
Chose Google Analytics 360
As long as the budget isn't in question, then I think you get a lot more for your money for 360. Having more confidence in the data is essential, your typical GA suite is good but there are limitations. These limitations unfortunately mean that a lot of the time you are having …
Chose Google Analytics 360
  • Easier to use.
  • Better data accuracy.
  • Data connections with other google tools.
Chose Google Analytics 360
Nothing used any other application prior to Google Analytics 360 [(formerly Google Analytics Premium).]
Chose Google Analytics 360
Features like user segmentation and visualization of user behavior and journey. 
Custom reporting and creating custom tables with different metrics is what we miss. 
Big Query, Google Optimize and other features. 
Chose Google Analytics 360
Google Analytics is much more user friendly and requires less day to day management. Google Analytics should be the platform of choice unless there are complex business reasons to choose Adobe.
Chose Google Analytics 360
HubSpot spends too much time trying to sell you on other products instead of assisting you with your current product in a consultative manner. Google customer support doesn't consult per se, but they do focus on the current product at hand without constantly trying to upsell …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Adobe AnalyticsGoogle Analytics 360
Web Analytics
Comparison of Web Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Analytics
8.3
2 Ratings
4% below category average
Google Analytics 360
-
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
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Score 8.5 out of 10
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Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Contentsquare
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Score 8.9 out of 10
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User Ratings
Adobe AnalyticsGoogle Analytics 360
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(176 ratings)
8.5
(55 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
9.9
(42 ratings)
10.0
(11 ratings)
Usability
6.7
(33 ratings)
9.0
(5 ratings)
Availability
8.7
(12 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.8
(11 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
4.6
(41 ratings)
10.0
(23 ratings)
In-Person Training
2.3
(5 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Online Training
7.0
(5 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Implementation Rating
7.7
(10 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Contract Terms and Pricing Model
7.3
(6 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.6
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Professional Services
7.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe AnalyticsGoogle Analytics 360
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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Google
I think this is a great platform as long as there is a dedicated team which is going to spend reviewing the data and also taking out insights from it, making it beneficial. It was well suited for me when working with a client that had a very large amount of traffic, with a large range of complex products on offer. This tool allowed us to be able to do more with the data and segmenting it more which ultimately drove our relationship forward, but also the results that we saw
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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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Google
  • It is an excellent cloud analytics platform that is easy to install and configure and easy to deploy and use, allowing us to measure web traffic and other tools.
  • It is an entirely online tool; it does not take up hard disk space like other desktop tools.
  • Since this tool is draggable, Google is constantly adding more features.
  • Even beginners who do not have a custom dashboard can get information. If there is a problem somewhere on the site that needs to be investigated, Google Analytics 360 will notify you.
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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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Google
  • Google Analytics can be difficult to understand. Not everyone is a whiz at analytics and you really need someone to help set it up for you and explain it to you.
  • Unless you hire someone to help you set it up, Google Analytics 360 can be overwhelming. It almost provides TOO much information, some of which isn't applicable to most users.
  • It would be nice if Google Analytics 360 would provide a "lite" version - or boil it down to the things most people want and need to know.
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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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Google
Google Analytics 360 is an upgraded version of the most widely used web/app analytics tracking tools in the market. The price is stable and predictable making it a long-term product of choice. It's easy to use and pairs so well with other Google Marketing Platform products.
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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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Google
The UI is very easy to navigate and use. The features are well designed and intuitive. As long as the user has a good understanding of basic digital analytics definitions and capabilities, this tool should be quite easy to use. I consider Google Analytics Premium to be the easiest of all of the enterprise solutions out there to use.
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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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Google
No answers on this topic
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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Google
No answers on this topic
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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Google
If you purchase Premium through a reseller like LunaMetrics, you are going to be taken care of. The additional amount of support and services that a reseller provides to make sure you have the best experience with the product is the reason why the reseller program exists to begin with. Support doesn't have to be just reactive, it can be proactive as well.
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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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Google
No answers on this topic
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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Google
There is a ton of information online about Google Analytics, but Google Analytics Premium users will have dedicated support and training from Google or an Authorized Reseller.
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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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Google
If you already have the basic version of GA installed, "getting" GA Premium happens immediately through a virtual flipping of the switch - no need to re-implement. You'll want to expand your use of custom dimensions and metrics (you get 10x the amount with Premium). Ideally, you'll be using a tag management solution to talk with GA Premium, in concert with implementing a dataLayer (to note, Google's Tag Manager platform is covered under the same GA Premium SLA, and it's free). There are some welcomed "configurations" with GA Premium, such as integrating with DoubleClick products, activating data driven attribution models, and building roll-up executive reports - but all of these are easy point and click solutions. In comparison with any other enterprise analytics solution, implementing GA and GA Premium is traditionally easier and more flexible. And if you have any trouble or need an extra set of hands for implementation, GA Certified Partners like LunaMetrics can help
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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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Google
Unless you have very complex and edge case analytics needs, Google Analytics [360 (formerly Google Analytics Premium)] is likely going to be the best choice. From both a cost and usability stand point, Google wins. Adobe has the edge case when you need to create really custom reports, dimensions, metrics, etc. In my experience, this is rarely the case and you end up biting off more than you can chew. Stick with Google unless you are or plan on hiring an Adobe Analytics expert.
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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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Google
No answers on this topic
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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Google
No answers on this topic
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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Google
No answers on this topic
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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Google
  • Unlike AdWords, it's difficult to put a number on the ROI for GA 360. I was not in charge of pricing at my previous company, but offering analytic support to clients as part of a website optimization (and maybe even SEO) package certainly has value.
  • I imagine that having a direct line to Google consultants may be a value proposition to clients, but again, I was never a salesperson.
  • If you are a larger company for whom GA 360 is appropriate, then having the best tools money can buy (and the features therein) is always a nice thing to have in your back pocket.
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