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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Hippo CMS

6 Ratings
Score 7.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

As a partner, you have the option to use B.C templates or buy B.C. templates from third parties. If you choose to custom design a site, you can use B.C. content holders and modules in the build. Quite frankly, I like to encourage potential clients to move to B.C. instead of relying on WordPress because of security and I believe B.C. sites are easier to maintain
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Hippo CMS

The system is ideal if you want to reuse content easily. The "document type" logic, which is not page oriented, but content oriented is a clever and efficient way to build up "content bricks". This guarantees an ideal way to use the same content in different templates or even channels. It can also help to feed some mobile-apps as it is planned in our future online strategy
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Hippo CMS
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Hippo CMS
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Hippo CMS

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Hippo CMS
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Hippo CMS
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Hippo CMS
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Hippo CMS

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Hippo CMS
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Hippo CMS
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Hippo CMS
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Hippo CMS
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Hippo CMS

Pros

  • The Adobe programs are particularly strong by their continuity throughout the entire system. It is fairly simple to jump from one program to the next with ease, as long as you understand at least one program in depth.
  • The Creative Cloud system does create a very convenient environment for keeping our programs up to date, and offering the ability to download whatever program we might now, rather than forcing us to download EVERY Adobe program.
  • While there can be short comings with some things, for the most part Adobe has done a fantastic job of monitoring trends in the design world and responding to those trends with specific tools.
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  • High scalability and reuse of standard information architecture, templates and features in all countries: Every country will have his own channel, usually multi-language oriented. Product information will be very happy and reuse of content mandatory. The system therefore has to be very robust and scalable.
  • Good usability for back-end users: As more than hundred users will use the system on a daily basis, training had to be as minimal as possible. The backend has to be self-explanatory by itself. Hippo goes this way. If you can use a tree structure and a basic RTEditor, you are ready to use Hippo.
  • State of the art targeting tool: In order to address segmentation of users and to go beyond a simple layout relaunch, our Marketing Department needed a tool which can make use of Personas and build up complex dynamic criterias. Real time analysis of the users behaviors will provide insights and allow the company to build up effective CRM strategies.
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Cons

  • Adding unique page titles and meta descriptions to the blog has been challenging especially relating to tags and the "pages" that are automatically generated for them - we'd like this to be a lot easier
  • In-context editing is kind of cool but is really slow loading and it's difficult for my design team to set this up properly
  • You cannot redirect certain pages that no longer exist, so our clients get dinged in Google Webmaster Tools for pages no longer there - e.g. database-created pages with question marks in the name, .apsx pages and some other funky file types
  • When uploading contacts from an email list, we have to contact Adobe directly to get them to manually "verify" each contact so we can email them - we've already gotten permission from them and don't want to have to email them just to get there permission again to satisfy Adobe
  • When editing a page, it sometimes loses its formatting after saving in the viewer - the changes are still there, it just doesn't display properly. This used to happen on every save and now happens intermittently
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  • Hippo lacks some functionality in the backend to help writers, admins to collaborate. Some internal ticketing system for example would be ideal.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
Adobe Business Catalyst is our go-to web CMS and, until something comes along that is a lot better, we're going to continue using it to develop our lead-generating websites.
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Hippo CMS10.0
Based on 1 answer
So far, Hippo is our ideal tool given its use of open standards which helps us to have a clear overview of what's coming next in the future Hippo releases. We are very confident in the future-readiness of the product
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Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.7
Based on 4 answers
It's easy to log in; areas are well marked, and support is available if needed.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
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Hippo CMS10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

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
Good support; there have been a few issues that we have been unable to resolve
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No score
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Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst8.6
Based on 2 answers
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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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Magnolia, Typo3, Drupal, Hybris, Intershop, RBS Change, Sitefinity, Liferay, Crownpeak, Ektron, EzPublish, Coremedia, Pironet, ModX,...We built up a requirement sheet and banished from the selection all CMS wich would not fullfill more than 2 "mandatory" features. Although Hippo did not perfom well in the collaborative features, its core features were going exactly toward our needs. Major focus was mutli-level architecture, scalability, native multi-languages capabilities and excellent roadmap for future releases. We needed a very active development schedule, especially in the field of targeting and real time analysis of users behaviors
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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

  • The CMS has been a great tool to use to close a deal.
  • Assists those who do not have much experience with back end programing.
  • The platform is far more secure because of their closed source code than platforms like wordpress or joomla.
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  • As we can use one single instance of Hippo CMS to feed 50 different countries websites and more to come (extranets, special user restricted areas, B2B sites, etc), we can easily deploy it and maintenance costs are marginal now compared to the previous situation (different CMS in every country with local hosting, maintenance, etc).
  • As Hippo is future ready, countries are already setting up more complex and efficient digital campaigns. This was impossible before as our systems could not address these needs.
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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

Hippo CMS

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Additional Pricing Details