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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst is an absolute rock-star for companies that want an all in one solution, who have limited budgets and/or little technical expertise. It will scale well and can grow with your company. It is more complex and more flexible than something like Wix, where your options are heavily limited, but less open than WordPress where you can use plug-ins and custom code to rebuild how anything works. So it is a nice area in the middle.Adobe Business Catalyst would probably not be a great solution for companies who want absolute control over their website and everything in it and have highly experienced technical resources to build out whatever they need since not every area of the website or server can be modified.
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AspDotNetStorefront

If you need a tool to manage a website, this is a good place to start. If you aren't ready for something of this caliber it might not be meant for your business. It's a stepping stone and you need to be ready to learn and it may require a bit more attention.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
AspDotNetStorefront
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
AspDotNetStorefront
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
AspDotNetStorefront
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.5
AspDotNetStorefront
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
AspDotNetStorefront
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
AspDotNetStorefront
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
AspDotNetStorefront
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
AspDotNetStorefront
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
AspDotNetStorefront
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
AspDotNetStorefront

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
AspDotNetStorefront
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
AspDotNetStorefront
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
AspDotNetStorefront
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
AspDotNetStorefront
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
AspDotNetStorefront

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
AspDotNetStorefront
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
AspDotNetStorefront
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
AspDotNetStorefront

Social Media Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
AspDotNetStorefront
Social sharing and campaigns
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.8
AspDotNetStorefront
Social profile integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.6
AspDotNetStorefront

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
AspDotNetStorefront
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
AspDotNetStorefront
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
AspDotNetStorefront
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
AspDotNetStorefront

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
AspDotNetStorefront
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
AspDotNetStorefront
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
AspDotNetStorefront
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
AspDotNetStorefront
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
AspDotNetStorefront

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.7
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.0
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.0
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Branding
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
7.0
Mobile storefront
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.0
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.0
Website integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Visual customization
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
9.0
CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0

Online Shopping Cart

Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.0
Abandoned cart recovery
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
7.0
Checkout user experience
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
9.0

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
9.0
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Personalized recommendations
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
9.0
SEO
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
8.0

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0
Custom functionality
Adobe Business Catalyst
AspDotNetStorefront
10.0

Pros

  • As mentioned previously, we use the Content Holder module quite often because of the ability to place any html content that is prone to being frequently edited. It simplifies the process and allows us to simplify our templates.
  • We also like the ease of the Photo Gallery and how simple it is to either add or remove photos from the gallery once it has been placed.
  • Media Downloads seems to be a very helpful resource. With its ability to be categorized both by file type and customized categories within the web site and then placed by category also helps us streamline document placement especially when there are large number of those resources to organize.
  • News is obviously a much needed resource and it is simple to add news items, classify them and place them on template pages where they are fed. It is one of the easiest items to teach new clients how to manage.
  • Web Apps is our most prized module because of the ease of creating a database, then being able to style the output in any shape form or fashion.
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  • Tons of reporting tools
  • Easy to navigate
  • Multiple user profiles
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Cons

  • The Web Forms is very helpful and easy to create. Placing the forms is simple especially when inserting as a module. The problem comes after placement. It is time consuming if there are any edits that need to be made to the form. For example, if you are in the U.S., you typically do not want other countries to show up on a dropdown menu. It would be great if BC would allow you to check the countries (or states) that you want to be active. Also, often times within a web form you may want to include to separate address fields. That is not allowed unless you go back and do custom editing for the forms. "Workarounds" are typically possible but for the designer, anything that adds time to the process also cuts down on profitability.
  • Where we enjoy the ease of creating Photo Galleries, we also don't like the fact that you can style the output like you can within other module templates. For example, many clients would like to offer better descriptions and even style the descriptions. If displaying a photo from a art museum, you may want to give the proper title and that would include italicizing the name of the artwork.
  • One of our biggest pet peeves is the fact that BC only offers the European date style when displaying that dates in the modules. You should be able to check a box on which date style should be shown.
  • On Web Apps, almost everything is fantastic EXCEPT for the ability to sort web app items by date. If I wanted to create a calendar of events based on a web app I want to create, I would want to be able to display those items in chronological order.
  • The Event Module is great except the way it uses a quirky form to process payments and reserve events. It should behave more like an ecommerce solution where the form is easier to fill out, customize, submit and process.
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  • Not everyone can navigate easily without training
  • Some reports can be fairly large and take lots of time to download
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Actually with Business Catalyst there is no renewal; once you are a partner, you are a partner for as long as you like. It is an investment in your business not simply a product you purchase...and as an investment in partnership with Adobe, both are committed to each other's success.
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
Overall it is a "plug and play" interface. The majority of the work is done in other software interfaces. Managing billing, user roles and custom reports are all that you need to manage in the actual BC user interface. For my business this is an incredible benefit as I have to leave my preferred software less.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
The support provided by Adobe is excellent. Though the knowledge base, forums, blogs and online chat questions most all answers can be found. In the event that you are unable to find an answer or you have a unique situation simply post a question to the forums. These forums are regularly monitored by Adobe and its users.
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Alternatives Considered

As far as the CMS for BC goes, there is none out there that compares. In the past we have utilized Joomla, Wordpress, Mambo, Drupal, Concrete 5 and others. None of them were as easy to use and train on that Adobe's Business Catalyst. Our alternative to BC is WordPress when our clients want a less expensive solution. For the most part that works OK but we have had issues with plugin incompatibility among other issues. We lost at least two clients because of similar issues. The other great part about BC's solution is that we can still work with our favorite site creation tool - Dreamweaver. The whole process continues to be more and more simplified with added features to the system. No other solution (that we've found) offers such an easy way to create custom web sites that are easily editable by our clients.
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More customization and ability to work with web designers make it an easy tool to manage projects and promote growth of your store front. It may not be as user friendly as others but it has more flexibility by far.
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Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
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Return on Investment

  • Well you can't really beat consistency throughout an entire family of programs. Adobe in pretty much uncontested in this arena.
  • If you are a designer, you will need these programs at some point. It is a depressing fact, but Adobe has the absolute monopoly in the business. If it is any consolation, they make excellent programs.
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  • Easy to use customer service tools
  • Invaluable reporting abilities
  • Tier users makes it easy to manage employees
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Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst

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

AspDotNetStorefront

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