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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.
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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
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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
7.9
Tag library
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.2
Tag variable mapping
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.4
Ease of writing custom tags
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.4
Rules-driven tag execution
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.4
Tag performance monitoring
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.1
Improved page load times
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.3
Mobile app tagging
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.9
Library of JavaScript extensions
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.3

Data Management & Integrity

Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.6
Event tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
9.4
Mobile event tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.9
Data distribution management
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.9
Universal data layer
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
9.1
Automated error checking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.8

Pros

Adobe Analytics

  • Once you learn how Adobe Analytics looks and is implemented on the page, it's fairly easy to spot issues with it that can be fixed. This is a strength in that it doesn't take a largely technical person to call out any issues during implementation.
  • Adobe Analytics is good with adding tracking to the page and providing strong and accurate analytics data for analysis.
  • There are numerous online tools to help with checking Adobe Analytics data for verification on a site. Firefox plugins such as Firebug, Omnibug, as well as any proxy debugger such as Fiddler and many others can be used.
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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.
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Cons

Adobe Analytics

  • I believe that there are some limitations in the reporting, mainly in specific areas. I think there is some opportunity to enhance the capabilities in graphs and the layout of the reporting in general.
  • Along with the above example, I think they could do a lot more from a visualization perspective. Being limited in the way we can present the data makes it hard sometimes to accomplish the way we envision some things to turn out.
  • We have run into some glitches when trying to load a report. The page would keep trying to load and would not complete the report request. I reached out to client care and even they had an issue diagnosing the issue.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.8
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.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 9.0
Based on 5 answers
I have never experienced downtime with this product
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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
I have never experienced any sort of problem with this products speed or throughput
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Google Tag Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 5.7
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 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.
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In-Person Training

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 3.6
Based on 3 answers
Myself and others have found the in-person training ok, but not outstanding. Trainers are good at explaining how to use the product features, but sometimes lack "real-world" experience on how to use the product as they are people who have often not previously been web analysts. There is also a shortcoming in company-provided training on advanced uses of the product. The implementation training is very good.
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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 SiteCatalyst training was so-so. It was more of white papers and forums than actual training.
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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.
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Implementation

Adobe Analytics

Adobe Analytics 8.0
Based on 7 answers
Make sure you use a Tag Management System. Enterprise TMS solutions used to be very pricey but Adobe now offers DTM (previously Satellite) for free.
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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.
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Alternatives Considered

Adobe Analytics

There is no competition. Adobe Analytics is superior in all aspects. If you want something free that will solve some marketing issues than go with Google. If you want to market your products and services and easily manage data, campaigns, audience, ROI, employee use, targeting, segmenting, positioning, budget, increase conversions and users, than go with Adobe. Bottomline: if you want to make money off of online marketing Adobe is the only way
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Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager is the only tag management tool I have used.
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Return on Investment

Adobe Analytics

  • Adobe SiteCatalyst derives its ROI from improvements made to the website and conversion rate increases that can be attributed directly to use of SiteCatalyst.
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Google Tag Manager

  • General to all Tag Management Systems, GTM generally coincide with an increased awareness and accountability of data quality and governance
  • Greater agility in managing the tags deployment life-cycle leads to reduced operational costs and greater data quality
  • Deploying GTM (or any TMS) implicitly requires a re-tagging of the entire site
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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

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