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Adobe Analytics

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Google Tag Manager

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Adobe Analytics

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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.
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Google Tag Manager

I would really recommend GTM. It's an easy-to-learn tool that can achieve great things. I think every marketer should know how to use GTM, at least the basic concept of creating tags and triggers. There are many non-Google online tutorials and scripts that other people have already written, which makes it even easier to achieve your goal.
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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
7.8
Tag library
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.8
Tag variable mapping
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.4
Ease of writing custom tags
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.2
Rules-driven tag execution
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.1
Tag performance monitoring
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.1
Improved page load times
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.6
Mobile app tagging
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.8
Library of JavaScript extensions
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.3

Data Management & Integrity

Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.4
Event tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
9.3
Mobile event tracking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
8.7
Data distribution management
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.4
Universal data layer
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
9.0
Automated error checking
Adobe Analytics
Google Tag Manager
7.6

Pros

  • Adobe Analytics is a popular tool and seamless connections to popular analytic tools such as Microsoft Power BI.
  • Adobe Analytics internal reporting tool is top notch.
  • Adobe Analytics has always provided us really strong customer support.
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  • GTM does a very good job in updating their predetermined triggers. Every so often they will add a new trigger that they see is needed. For example, the latest update was a Youtube trigger, element visibility trigger and scroll depth trigger. This helps in keeping up with digital marketing trends and tracking.
  • There is a fairly good integration with other Google products like Google Analytics (of course), Google Optimize and Adwords. For example, GTM makes it easy to set up A/B testing with Optimize, since a there is a specific tag created for that.
  • Having the option to create DOM variables and using them in the tags opens a world of possibility for tagging.
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Cons

  • Because it is a web interface, sometimes it's just slow. This could be on the user's side, or on Adobe's side, but it does get annoying when reports or dashboards take a long time to load.
  • A lot of the things I use AA for I learned myself as it was pretty intuitive, but there are many other features that I didn't really understand what they were for or how to utilize them.
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  • 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 Analytics9.8
Based on 29 answers
  • New pricing models are very expensive compared to old pricing model, even though it includes several additional tools, most of which seem to be beneficial
  • Horrible support experience despite working with escalation teams to try and resolve
  • Several bugs in recent releases which remain unresolved for many months at a time
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Google Tag Manager10.0
Based on 6 answers
Google Tag Manager has some strong capabilities in simplifying the addition of features and analytics to a site. However, it can obscure code making it difficult to debug problems. It also allows changes to the site that can break certain it for browsers. With great power comes great responsibility.
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Usability

Adobe Analytics6.8
Based on 9 answers
Based on new user feedback, everyone has found it challenging to find what they need and customize reports to meet their desired outcomes. Different interfaces have inconsistent presentations and layouts which compound the challenge.
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Google Tag Manager9.7
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 Analytics9.0
Based on 5 answers
I have never experienced downtime with this product
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Google Tag Manager9.1
Based on 1 answer
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Performance

Adobe Analytics8.5
Based on 4 answers
The speed with which visualizations and data sets are returned within the tool and or data warehouse can be dissapointing.
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Support

Adobe Analytics5.7
Based on 9 answers
I have had many clients that are not thrilled with some aspects of the support. I think the actual day-to-day technical support (ClientCare) is great, but I have heard (and experienced) complaints about the the longer-term services (initial implementation, account management).
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Google Tag Manager9.1
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 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 Tag Manager7.3
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 Analytics8.0
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 Manager9.8
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

Google Analytics is a lot easier to use but it doesn’t have as many features as Adobe Analytics.
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Google Tag Manager is the only tag management tool I have used.
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Return on Investment

  • Adobe Analytics has allowed us to quickly spot performance issues and correct them. This has allowed us to lessen the impact of these issues.
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  • GTM is very useful to determine if a particular element on the site is useful (i.e. is it being watched, is it being clicked, does it help customers navigate through more pages). As an SEO person, I can use this information to decide what to optimize for but also to track progress and see improvements in engagement.
  • With the use of Google Tag Manager, I was able to easily inject an A/B testing tool which lead to several improvements in lead generation.
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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 Tag Manager

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