Adobe Audience Manager vs. Google Ads

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Audience Manager
Score 7.3 out of 10
N/A
Adobe Audience Manager is a recognized data management platform (DMP) that is integrated into the Adobe Marketing Cloud.N/A
Google Ads
Score 8.2 out of 10
N/A
Google Ads (formerly AdWords) is Google's pay-per-click online advertising program. With Google Ads users set their budget and choose where their ads appear in search listings, and on partner websites. Google Ads uses cost-per-click (CPC) bidding.N/A
Pricing
Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
Data Collection
Comparison of Data Collection features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Audience Manager
8.6
16 Ratings
6% above category average
Google Ads
-
Ratings
Collection of first-party data8.116 Ratings00 Ratings
Collection of third-party data8.116 Ratings00 Ratings
Access to Third-party Data Providers9.516 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Classification
Comparison of Data Classification features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Audience Manager
7.3
16 Ratings
14% below category average
Google Ads
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Ratings
Audience taxonomy7.916 Ratings00 Ratings
Tag Management6.215 Ratings00 Ratings
Data Analysis Dashboard7.816 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Network Integration
Comparison of Ad Network Integration features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Audience Manager
8.8
16 Ratings
10% above category average
Google Ads
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Ratings
Data Transfer8.916 Ratings00 Ratings
DSP integration8.815 Ratings00 Ratings
DMP Analytics
Comparison of DMP Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Audience Manager
6.8
16 Ratings
15% below category average
Google Ads
-
Ratings
Campaign Analytics5.516 Ratings00 Ratings
Audience Analytics8.116 Ratings00 Ratings
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Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Enterprises
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Score 8.2 out of 10
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Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
Likelihood to Recommend
8.1
(16 ratings)
7.1
(115 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(21 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(10 ratings)
7.3
(7 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(10 ratings)
8.9
(8 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
1.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe Audience ManagerGoogle Ads
Likelihood to Recommend
Adobe
If you are already using multiple other pieces of the Adobe Experience Cloud stack, adobe audience manager is an easy choice. It allows for quick and easy data activation for your first and potentially brokered 2nd party data. However this product will likely be absorbed into the adobe experience platform (AEP) soon. In the end I would wait to see where adobe is truly headed with this product before investing heavily without additional heavy adobe investments.
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Google
Clients who are selling products such as dresses, clothes, jewelry, beauty products, etc., generally work well. Also, in some cases, it doesn't fetch a good ROAS for very small business owners. If a client is already doing well in SEO, the probability for it to perform well over Google Ads is always enhanced, and if it doesn't have a good organic reach, Google Ads also suffers.
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Pros
Adobe
  • We are able to generate reports that provide valuable insights into potential customer behavior, allowing us to better focus our marketing efforts.
  • By allowing us to understand who are key audiences are and how they overlap with other brands and products, AAM allows us to get a fuller picture of how we should target our audience.
  • Reporting in AAM is wonderful in that it is easy to understand and exportable. The use of graphics and updates make it easier to share insights with various team members--even those with minimum experience in marketing and analytics.
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Google
  • Keyword Research - Google Ads has a handy built in tool that helps determine important keywords to target both for Ads & SEO
  • Intuitive Analytics Dashboad - Google Ads makes it fairly simple to see and analyze important metrics on how your ads are running week after week
  • Intuitive Setup - Google Ads makes it easy to figure out how to run ads with little to no training (although training is highly recommended to run effective ads), as their interface is clean and easy to figure out (unlike competing products).
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Cons
Adobe
  • Biggest challenge we faced is teaching the use of it to our employees how to use it. The UI Should be easy and to understand for all fields.
  • The AdWords integration is not easy to do.
  • UI is sometimes slow and doesn't load Analyticals for more than 24 hours.
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Google
  • If you don't know what you're doing, it will be a costly mistake. You need to target ads, and it is difficult the first time to do that.
  • There isn't a feature to run an add for a couple set date spans, just hours you want to run them or a single date span.
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Likelihood to Renew
Adobe
No answers on this topic
Google
I think Google Ads is good for getting your company out there and becoming more visible to potential customers in general. However, for specific product launches, social media advertising might be a better fit. Also, our user base is younger so social media is a better channel for our target audience.
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Usability
Adobe
Overall usability is great, as are most of Adobe's software. Maybe a UI refresh could make it a bit easier to do advanced functions or reporting but, overall, it works very well. This is something you take for granted with Adobe solutions because when you try another vendor you realize how bad it can be.
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Google
I suspect that Google Ads is not for the novice user. I told my 'Ad Specialist' that I was not the best on computers and apprehensive about my ability to maneuver the website. He told me on more than one occasion that "I work for you...I'm your sherpa...call me any time or send me an email"!
The sales and service representatives for Google Ads are very well trained, though not much integrity. Despite that I told my Google Ad Specialist that my website was incomplete the ad was published live anyway! Beware that the 'talk' is good, but it ain't cheap!
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Support Rating
Adobe
AAM has good support, but the support is not as available, due to waiting time and queue. The instructions presented are available, but it navigation is not easy between pages. However, instructions are usually direct and straightforward, but any underlying thoughts or questions won’t be easily answered without support from their service.
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Google
We have not yet had an account rep who hasn't tried to bully me or other employees to raise our budgets. At the same time, several years ago, one attempted to help refine our ads and ended up changing the ads to be something we were not affiliated with
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Online Training
Adobe
No answers on this topic
Google
Daily use with advanced account structures. Familiarity with reporting/api and complex setups.
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Alternatives Considered
Adobe
I personally like the Adobe Audience Manager interface and it's easier to use for beginners. It also has some features that Google does not, nor do its other competitors. It is worth the money and time spent, overall. I feel like it gives a bigger and more in-depth picture to our company's audience than other programs.
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Google
Our agency invests heavily in Google Ads (particularly paid search advertising) on behalf of our clients relative to competitors like Microsoft and Yahoo because Google is the top search engine in the world. Google collects the most search data which enables the company to improve its AI to drive better performance for agencies and brands. As such, our paid search and app install campaigns always start with Google. If a client has a large budget, we will allocate media dollars to other search engines, but in some cases, the entire search budget goes to Google because we see the best returns.
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Return on Investment
Adobe
  • Overall a Positive Return for Business who go All in on the Adobe Stack
  • Solid work for brokering and anonymously sharing data between first and second parties
  • The death of TRUE 3rd party data has lessened the effectiveness of all DMPs
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Google
  • Google Ads is often one of our highest ROI channels, especially when you factor in branded ads.
  • Depending on the stage your business is in, search ads can be really powerful from an ROI perspective, providing an investment with a very high spend cap.
  • If you do not manage the campaigns well though, you can quickly spend a lot of money on nothing. So make sure someone is keeping an eye on your account.
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