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Adobe Analytics

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Score 7.7 out of 100

Google Tag Manager

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics is very well suited for medium to large e-commerce companies. If you are looking to get a better, more detailed view of your audience and how they interact with your brand across multiple channels, then Adobe Analytics is a great tool for that. Smaller companies with a limited reach may not find the return they are looking for with such a robust tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

If you have a marketing department that wants to be agile and measure valuable goals for your company, then GTM is the way to go.You will be able to track almost any event of value that you want on the site (without adding any extra code, thanks to auto-event listener), add new marketing tools if needed in minutes and send events to multiple platforms. This has huge value for your company if you think about it: measuring your efforts quickly and changing course if it is not working can save tons of money. I believe almost anyone who has a site on the internet can benefit from it because of how much time it saves (considering it's even free!).Just beware: GTM opens the door so you can add any piece of code you want. Someone without much experience can overload the site or affect site speed
Santiago Valdés | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.9
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.9

Tag Management

Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.8
Tag library
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.6
Tag variable mapping
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.6
Ease of writing custom tags
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.6
Rules-driven tag execution
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.3
Tag performance monitoring
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.8
Improved page load times
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.4
Mobile app tagging
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.1
Library of JavaScript extensions
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.4

Data Management & Integrity

Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.5
Event tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
9.6
Mobile event tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.7
Data distribution management
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.1
Universal data layer
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.8
Automated error checking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.1

Pros

Adobe Analytics

  • Adobe Analytics is very visually pleasing and user-friendly; my favorite thing is the simple drag and drop feature that makes the workspace flexible and clean.
  • Reports are easy to read with the help of graphics; another reason why Adobe Analytics is visually appealing.
  • Customer support; while it is sometimes slow to receive help, at least customer support exists, compared to Google Analytics.
Liz Wade | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

  • Code injection is simplified with Tag Manager. Facebook Pixel, Google Analytics, Marketo Munchkin, HubSpot tracking, Hotjar, CallRail, the list goes on. One stop, no constantly bugging the devs to install new code.
  • Need to track onsite events? Build a single listener or trigger, and apply that trigger to countless different applications. A user form fill can trigger an AdWords and Facebook conversion, tag a Hotjar recording, signal deployment of a pop-up or just about anything else javascript-driven.
  • GTM is basically coding light. For non-developers who might be terrified of GitHub, it makes features like version control, forking/branches and draft / deploy mode approachable.
J.P. VanderLinden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Analytics

  • No proper governance on all the dashboards, users creates dozens of dashboards and leave it on the server with 100s of versions.
  • Overall implementation is cumbersome and time-consuming.
  • Need proper tagging on all of your platforms as well as all hits and instances.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

  • There is no real tutorial for GTM, and the one that exists in google analytics academy is very basic. Google should create a library or a document that specifies how to use each of the elements available in GTM. Earlier today I was trying to use a feature for a GA tag that I've never used before, but couldn't find any information about it.
  • They are not great at integrating with Facebook. FB is one of the most popular platforms for advertising, they should have created a specific Facebook tag by now to help marketer with their tracking.
  • It's hard to connect several actions taken by the same person in 1 tag. For example, there is no easy way of tagging a multiple step action. Each tag will fire individually on each action instead of firing on conditions.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 9.8
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.
Natasha Watts | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 10.0
Based on 6 answers
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 6.8
Based on 9 answers
It has amazing functionalities but the usability is still far from friendly. You have to really want to use the tool to learn how it works and we've had several cases of people who are not as comfortable with data and reporting who just gave up using it because they can't understand how to.
Thais Guimaraes, OMCP | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.9
Based on 3 answers
Google Tag Manager, like other Google products, is focused on user-friendliness. All buttons are clearly labeled, documentation is thorough and plenty of tutorials exist to help answer any questions. The layout and menus in Tag Manager are clearly labeled and consistent with other Google products.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 9.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 8.5
Based on 4 answers
The speed with which visualizations and data sets are returned within the tool and or data warehouse can be dissapointing.
Jonathon Frampton | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 6.3
Based on 19 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.
Nathan Normand | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.1
Based on 1 answer
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.
Stéphane Hamel | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 3.6
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
Nicholas Dragon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 8.0
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.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 7.3
Based on 1 answer
I thought there was a little bit too much emphasis on AdWords stuff, not enough on the generic application of GTM.
Stéphane Hamel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 8.0
Based on 7 answers
It is a large effort to implement. Throwing a developer with zero experience with Adobe Analytics with no support is a REALLY BAD IDEA!!! Having experienced developers working as a team is crucial to a strong implementation. I say this because I have experienced both scenarios. I was the only developer on an implementation project and I had no experience with Adobe Analytics. As a result I made many architecturally bad decisions which lead to a rigid fragile implementation that eventually was scraped. It took some hard lessons to learn that Adobe Analytics was not as simple as their sales reps make it sound. Using the Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager made sequential implementations incredibly STRONG. Having a DTM to manage the code was a miracle and a life saver!!! If you plan on doing a big enterprise level implementation, please seriously consider using the Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager!!! it made code maintenance super slick and easy which is super important for a developer!!!
Vagner Polund | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.8
Based on 2 answers
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.
David Gailey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics runs a close 3 with Google Analytics and pales in comparison with Webtrends. I inherited management of Adobe, but if I had my choice I'd switch to Webtrends if not for their ease of SQL customization and their ability to easily create bitstream data without costly add-ons. When you work as an analyst, telling your boss that you need more money for software they've already purchased does not go over well. I could finagle it, but with so many key pieces relying on our web data, it's not worth it.
Nathan Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

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.
Ben Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Analytics

  • As a direct result of some of our insights we obtained through Adobe Analytics, we focused on improving our mobile web pages which resulted in a significant increase in conversion rates for mobile devices (can't disclose actual figures here). We had no idea previously what % of our customers were going through certain processes on our website on a mobile device and the experience had been built for a desktop.
  • One of the insights the Next Page Flow and Fallout reports helped us find was that fallout rates for the first step in one of our multi-step processes on the website were over 50%! That helped us identify that the first step was too complicated, and we simplified it and that resulted in a >30% improvement.
Albert Ihm | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Tag Manager

  • The google tag manager certainly generated an increase in the ROI of our clients, because, with the agility in the management of tags, it was possible to reduce the IT queue, and now the management of the tags happens to be done by the Marketing and media area itself.
  • Reduction of an IT staff
  • Saving time in organizing hundreds of tags in the backend and starting to use the GTM, everything was centralized in one place
Luiz Lai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Analytics

General

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

Google Tag Manager

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Analytics
7.8
Google Tag Manager
9.1

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Analytics
9.8
Google Tag Manager
10.0

Usability

Adobe Analytics
6.8
Google Tag Manager
9.9

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Analytics
9.0
Google Tag Manager
9.1

Performance

Adobe Analytics
8.5
Google Tag Manager

Support Rating

Adobe Analytics
6.3
Google Tag Manager
9.1

In-Person Training

Adobe Analytics
3.6
Google Tag Manager

Online Training

Adobe Analytics
8.0
Google Tag Manager
7.3

Implementation Rating

Adobe Analytics
8.0
Google Tag Manager
9.8

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