Adobe Analytics

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Score 7.5 out of 101

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

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Score 7.9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics is great for customizing once you get used to the bogged down UI and the unhelpful location of items. we've used it to mimic paywall systems of costly companies. We have base reports set up to manage our paywalls set up in Adobe and they work great. But getting at the minute data is where the issue comes in and the add-ons are needed.
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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

DoubleClick works very well if you are running a search or programmatic campaigns, especially with search campaigns, you are able to consolidate your campaigns from multiple engines and apply its bidding tools to improve your performance and get the greatest amount of conversions for a reasonable CPC. However, these tools are not best suited when it comes to mobile advertising.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4
Data Transfer
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.5
DSP integration
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4

Ad Campaigns

Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4
Ad campaign creation
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4
Ad deployment
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.5
Display advertising
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.4
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.8
Sequence targeting
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
9.0

Ad Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.3
Ad dashboards
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.9
Ad performance reports
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.5
Ad conversion tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
9.3
Ad attribution reporting
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.3
Cross-channel ad management
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
7.7
Ad forecasting and optimization
Adobe Analytics
Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)
8.1

Pros

  • Easy to create segments and apply them instantly to reporting
  • Easy to use out of the box metrics and to create custom metrics
  • Beautiful UI that allows the user easy access to reporting and dashboards
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  • Bid strategies based on a variety of goals for automated bidding.
  • Bid rules to automate bidding for lower volume campaigns.
  • Centralized reporting with all engines available in one UI.
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Cons

  • The navigation, especially the left nav, has always been confusing, especially for new users. It has improved A LOT over the last few years, but there's still lots of room for improvement.
  • The charts are never good, it's really hard to get an out-of-the-box chart on Analytics that actually makes sense.
  • Account switching through marketing cloud is still a little buggy sometimes.
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  • Reporting for display campaign - currently DoubleClick for Search doesn't provide reporting on the placement level and data is only rolled up to the ad group level.
  • Yahoo is currently not supported, but it's supposed to be on the road map
  • Conversions are not being pulled in from the engines. It is required to implement DoubleClick's floodlights to track conversions.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Analytics9.8
Based on 29 answers
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 Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)8.0
Based on 13 answers
Due to its adapting behavior with industry ad formats and seamless integration with publishers and DSP's, I don't see myself moving away from DCM. As we see the display advertising is getting more programatic and automated due to the rise of DSP and concept of RTB, Double Click has evolved with new advanced best practices
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Usability

Adobe Analytics6.8
Based on 9 answers
Again, learning how to use the system is difficult. It is nearly unusable if you haven't received training, and training from Adobe is EXTREMELY expensive
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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)8.0
Based on 2 answers
The Doubleclick interface is easy and simple to get a hang of. The options are slightly limited compared to other DSPs. But, for a simple campaign, this is a great DSP to move forward with. They have a ton of data and can plug into a lot of different partners
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Analytics9.0
Based on 5 answers
Adobe SiteCatalyst has a good up-time track record, but there are cases in which the interface reports a "Network Acceleration" issue, which can be frustrating. There are also times when data can be "latent" for customers, but most of these cases are due to spikes in traffic or temporary server issues.
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Performance

Adobe Analytics8.5
Based on 4 answers
For the most part, Adobe SiteCatalyst reports work ok, but there are cases in which reports take a long time to return. These cases are usually when too much data has been stored in Conversion Variables (eVars).
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Support

Adobe Analytics5.7
Based on 9 answers
I give the rating of a 4 just because it seems more like a process that is failing. Any time I have put a request in, they have taken days, sometimes weeks, to get back to me and even then, the issue may still persist. I believe this is the biggest weakness of the Adobe Analytics tool and has a lot of room for improvement.
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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)5.7
Based on 3 answers
The customer service team is understaffed and not equipped to handle the number of clients
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In-Person Training

Adobe Analytics3.6
Based on 3 answers
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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Online Training

Adobe Analytics8.0
Based on 4 answers
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 Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)8.0
Based on 1 answer
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Implementation

Adobe Analytics8.0
Based on 7 answers
The success of implementations depend primarily on the solution design, and also on the ability to work with developers to get the solution implemented correctly. This is not an aspect of the product per se.
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Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)6.0
Based on 2 answers
I would highly recommend asking clients to provide 3PAS tags or use an internal 3PAS
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Alternatives Considered

I have just recently started to evaluate GA and reserve judgement at this time to compare it against Adobe Analytics. That said, the usability and user experience of the GA platform is much more intuitive and user friendly. The ability to customize GA seems comparable to Adobe Analytics. I have not yet had gone through a support experience with GA.
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We evaluated multiple other tools such as Atlax, OpenX, AdRoll, and PointRoll. We picked up Double Click for multiple reason - 1. Creative Control and Creative Insights 2. Centralized Management of Campaigns and 3. Data Ownership. Double Click stood on par with other products out there in the market
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Return on Investment

  • Campaign optimisation, we run many campaigns so getting rapid feedback is essential for making changes or terminating if there's poor performance.
  • It's the essential tool for telling us how to make change on our website.
  • An essential 2nd data source for cross checking data from BI and other systems.
  • Increased employee efficiency as users become self sufficient with data opposed to making requests through BI.
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  • Able to optimize spend and improve performance over time.
  • Certain times reports are not reporting correctly and managers at DoubleClick are lost and don't know how to fix it.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Google Marketing Platform (formerly DoubleClick)

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details