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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

I feel that Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is best suited to small businesses and free lance designers reselling to small businesses. The whole interface is very personal and easy to use from an inexperienced perspective. This makes it a perfect platform for small business websites or even portfolio websites. Its lack of different server side protocols and languages makes it perfect for the small scale web implementation.
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CommerceHub

Commercehub is perfect for those that sell in a online market place such as Walmart, home Depot, Lowe's, Amazon, and other various stores that also have an online presence. If you are getting hundreds of orders then commercehub will make your life so much easier.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

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

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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  • Order searching
  • Shipping
  • Order organization
  • Invoicing
  • Order printing
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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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  • Allow for mass uploads for shipping and invoicing.
  • Allow for custom notes when canceling an order.
  • Allow for changing items that are shipped or invoiced when needing to change a customer order.
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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

Adobe Business Catalyst has Web Apps which makes all the difference between them and competitors. Without that, BC would be behind many of the other CMS systems out there. Being a hosted system without any maintenance needs also puts it ahead of others. LightCMS is easier for clients to use, but not as customization and Evoq or DNN is over complex but a stronger platform..
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ChannelAdvisor is the only one that is close to what commercehub has to offer and commercehub has a much richer experience and is more user friendly. ChannelAdvisor is clunky and very hard to use.
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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

  • I used this service for people who had little or no budget, set up the platform and showed them how to use it. However, I would use it again if someone on a budget wanted a good looking site that could handle eCommerce.
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  • Less time spent manually entering orders.
  • More time spent shipping and invoicing - costs more on the company than if a mass uploads from an Excel sheet would be allowed.
  • Cancelling orders can cause issues especially if you cannot add notes to transmit to them directly to the customer.
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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

CommerceHub

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