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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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ChannelAdvisor

Excellent for marketplace sellers with a lot of products - or those with a high turnover of SKUs. Not well suited to the small seller with only a few SKUs to promote. Also probably not suited to someone who only cares about a single marketplace. The real strength of it comes from managing multiple marketplaces through a single system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

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

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
8.8
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
10.0
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
9.0
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
9.0
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
7.0

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
6.0
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
6.0

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
8.0
Multi-site management
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
8.1
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
7.0
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
9.0
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
ChannelAdvisor
8.0

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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  • Complex, Yet Simple Navigational Interface: ChannelAdvisor is a beast, but navigating through their platform is relatively straightforward. The overall heirarchy is very well put together.
  • One Feed to Rule Them All: With ChannelAdvisor, all we have to do is connect our inventory to their system once. Instead of having to construct and connect dozens of different product feeds to our internal inventory system, we simply connect to ChannelAdvisor and use the same single feed to build out all others' website templates.
  • Product Mapping Made Easy: Mapping product attribute data across a multitude of unique online marketplaces and digital marketing sites can seem like a daunting task. ChannelAdvisor does a great job of simplifying this process, providing easy-to-understand and manage feed templates containing helpful descriptions and categorization.
  • Business Rules and Lookup Lists: I use these all the time when "transforming" our raw inventory data to the specifications of any given feed. They are extremely helpful and super easy to build.
  • Efficient Product Optimization: Instead of having to deal with the time-consuming task of making minute changes to thousands and thousands of skus, ChannelAdvisor allows you to automate these changes in a matter of minutes. It's much more scalable for our business.
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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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  • Customer Support: Unfortunately ChannelAdvisor does not currently provide a phone number for their support team. Everything is done strictly through email. While you can submit support tickets with "urgent" or "high priority" settings, response is almost always a little lackadaisical. It would amazing if they had a direct line to call or chat feature to make solving technical issues more efficient.
  • Training/Strategy Resources: Don't get me wrong, ChannelAdvisor provides plenty of resources to educate users on its platform. It may be personal preference, but the organizational layout seems a little outdated and not as easy-to-navigate as its normal user interface.
  • Optimization History Log: Battling feed errors in ChannelAdvisor tends to happen a lot. It would be great to have some sort of change history log for users to reference when optimizing feeds. In my experience, it's tough to pinpoint which changes in particular actually solved or caused an issue to occur.
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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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ChannelAdvisor7.0
Based on 3 answers
Only reason I would renew is because everything is live and working on the system. If I were the company owner I would build my own e-commerce site as a stand-alone site and migrate away from ChannelAdvisor ASAP.
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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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No score
No answers yet
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Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 5 answers
Good support; there have been a few issues that we have been unable to resolve
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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
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No score
No answers yet
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Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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ChannelAdvisor8.0
Based on 1 answer
Better control of scope between the resources on both sides involved would allow for better change management.
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Alternatives Considered

We prefer Adobe Business Catalyst over WordPress. Adobe Business Catalyst websites are more secure and you don't have to update plug-ins. Saving our clients in cost over time.
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Haven't really found a true competitor in the same scale.
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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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No answers yet
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Return on Investment

  • As someone who uses it on behalf of other clients, our ROI with BC is definitely positive. We needed a mid-range CMS without huge licensing costs to satisfy mid-range clients who have some dynamic needs but doesn't need the expense or liability of enterprise level products. Without it we would have lost possible customers or taken bigger hits on projects because of the costs involved with satisfying their mid-level needs
  • Our clients are all usually very positive about the BC platform and are able to use it themselves which lessens our Support time/cost.
  • To use the Web App element,. which we do on almost every site, you need to pay for the highest plan. This brings along with it many features most of our clients would never use. A more basic plan with that Web App capability would be a big improvement on our costs.
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  • Labor savings of at least several FTEs.
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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

ChannelAdvisor

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