Adobe Audience Manager vs. The Trade Desk

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Adobe Audience Manager
Score 7.3 out of 10
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Adobe Audience Manager is a recognized data management platform (DMP) that is integrated into the Adobe Marketing Cloud.N/A
The Trade Desk
Score 7.9 out of 10
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The Trade Desk is the eponymous flagship product from the company headquartered in Ventura California, a demand-side / data management hybrid platform (DSP / DMP).N/A
Pricing
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Adobe Audience ManagerThe Trade Desk
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Top Pros
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Features
Adobe Audience ManagerThe Trade Desk
Data Collection
Comparison of Data Collection features of Product A and Product B
Adobe Audience Manager
8.6
16 Ratings
5% above category average
The Trade Desk
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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
12% below category average
The Trade Desk
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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
The Trade Desk
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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
The Trade Desk
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Ratings
Campaign Analytics5.516 Ratings00 Ratings
Audience Analytics8.116 Ratings00 Ratings
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User Ratings
Adobe Audience ManagerThe Trade Desk
Likelihood to Recommend
8.2
(16 ratings)
7.1
(7 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(10 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(10 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Adobe Audience ManagerThe Trade Desk
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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The Trade Desk
After extensive research of DSP and DMP platforms in the market, our agency made the wise decision to license TTD's platform and develop a long-term partnership. TTD continues to innovate and offer cutting-edge media buying solutions, access to more audience data segments, and access to new and emerging media channels like CTV/OTT and digital-out-of-home. We couldn't be happier with TTD's technology and is one of the most advanced agency users of TTD is a key differentiator for our agency.
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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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The Trade Desk
  • User engagement - Cookie matching provides better engagement and effectiveness
  • Reporting of campaigns - Great reporting on display advertising & platforms
  • Dashboard reporting - Scalable to global deployment & campaigns
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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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The Trade Desk
  • Reporting platform leaves a lot to be desired. Requires a lot of trial/error to pull exactly what you need to drive optimizations/learnings.
  • The "stop"/"continue bidding" feature for sitelists, devices, player sizes, etc is awful. When you set something up specifically, you should not have the AUTOMATIC option to serve beyond those parameters.
  • Trafficking video (VAST/VPAID) tags requires a manual insertion of a click URL. Completely redundant ask and is not provided by advertisers as that URL lives within the ad tag. Should not require multiple actions traffic a video tag.
  • Creative approval process (manual) doesn't seem necessary and is not a part of peers' platforms. There is no "pause/deactivate" feature for creative, you remove them or adjust the end date.
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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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The Trade Desk
It's very intuitive. We had some training materials, but found that users were able to navigate through the software without needing many resources. Our only suggestion would be to add hover-over capability in the browser, so users can see a pop-up message further explaining what each button does.
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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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The Trade Desk
We noted no issues with our limited interaction with support. The software operated just as expected and we found that we were able to navigate needs on our own. We understand that The Trade Desk offers excellent support, so we believe it will be a good resource to us in the future.
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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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The Trade Desk
The Trade Desk is a much better product than AppNexus. Even though both products showed promise awhile back, AppNexus stopped innovating and The Trade Desk became specialists on data, cross site tracking and CTV inventory thus having a better and more unique product that actually adds value to your advertising efforts.
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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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The Trade Desk
  • The good thing about having an agency account is The Trade Desk lets you add your markups to the client billing.
  • We had a very positive response from clients regarding their perceived ROI on their ad spend through The Trade Desk.
  • We did not have many national clients, mostly local dealerships, so it was difficult for them to allocate a lot of funds to display advertising, even though the ROI yield was acceptable.
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