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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Contentful

1 Ratings
Score 6 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Business Catalyst is suited for most web development scenarios. May suggest other options if running a very large ecommerce store, or if they need very specific needs regarding custom coding on a website
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Contentful

Contentful is perfectly suited to global apps running in the cloud that need to download the latest content, images, text or media, as well as support versions of the content, entries and entry types as apps grow. The massive benefit is also that you can reuse the content anywhere you want in any app or any facility you can imagine once it is in the system.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Contentful
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.7
Contentful
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.9
Contentful
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.3
Contentful
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Contentful
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Contentful
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Contentful
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.2
Contentful
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.3
Contentful
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Contentful

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Contentful
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.9
Contentful
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.3
Contentful
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.5
Contentful
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Contentful

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Contentful
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Contentful
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Contentful

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Contentful
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Contentful
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Contentful
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Contentful

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Contentful
8.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Contentful
8.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Contentful
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Contentful
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Contentful
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
8.0

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
7.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
7.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
6.4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
4.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
7.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
6.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
7.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Contentful
8.0

Pros

  • Extremely stable platform.
  • Very flexible with the modules and web apps features.
  • The development UI side of the platform makes it very comfortable and easy for front end coding.
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  • Version Control is outstanding
  • Uploading media
  • Adding and removing fields to content types
  • Linked content types
  • Verification and control of input entries
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Cons

  • I love web apps but it can be time consuming to get the bulk import file just right the first time
  • Support is good, but the effort to research can be massive for unusual issues
  • Metadata on blog posts and pages can require lots of content editing at a slow pace
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  • It would be nice to have some documentation for entry level coders
  • Built in preview mechanisms for more than just entry fields
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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

BC may not be as customizable as these two, but it is a much more of a secure option
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Contentful is easy and fast and cheap. I went from zero experience to loading data out of my contentful space in about an hour or more. The cost is very reasonable and compared to options like CloudCMS are a fraction of the cost. The benefit is that with a lower cost entry point, you are more likely to try it out and find new ways to use it.
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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

  • Complete reporting connecting dollars spent on marketing to dollars earned as revenue
  • Faster turn-around on ideas into market-ready content
  • Better service to clients through greater usability in account management
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  • Instant data into your app
  • Instant publication of data and also reversion to previous versions
  • Support tens of thousands of simultaneous users with little effort
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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
Adobe Business Catalyst Editions & Modules
Adobe Business Catalyst
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Contentful

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Contentful Editions & Modules
Contentful
Edition
Starter
Free1
Plus
$99/month1
Pro
$199/month1
Enterprise
Contact us1
1. https://www.contentful.com/plans/
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