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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is a terrific solution for small to medium businesses that are able to leverage e-commerce and seek to have an all-in-one solution. It's less of a fit for larger businesses that will soon scale or enterprise-level websites that have internal and external focus web needs greater than e-commerce.
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Kentico

Well suited for marketers that do not have in-house web programming or web designing resources available. Less appropriate for people that aren't computer savvy (i.e. don't know how to use basic programs like email, Excel, PowerPoint) or for those who are not detail-oriented because if you skip certain steps when adding/editing content, your webpage won't render correctly and/or create negative impact for search engine optimization without you knowing it.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.5
Kentico
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Kentico
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
9.0
Kentico
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.6
Kentico
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.7
Kentico
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Kentico
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.0
Kentico
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Kentico
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst
3.2
Kentico
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.8
Kentico

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Kentico
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Kentico
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.2
Kentico
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.4
Kentico
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst
1.8
Kentico

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.4
Kentico
8.4
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Kentico
8.7
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.0
Kentico
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.0
Kentico
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Kentico
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.2

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
9.2
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
9.2

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.1
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
7.7
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
7.8
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
9.1
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.2
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
4.8
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
9.3
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
9.1
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.4

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
7.8
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.3
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
7.2
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
8.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Kentico
7.7

Pros

  • BC has excellent integration of features that allow for end to end reporting
  • BC is flexible and adaptable through web apps and integrated modules
  • BC offers multi-level customization that can be done efficiently in several ways
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  • Ease of use for the developer, content authors, and internet marketers that use it. The user interface in Kentico 8 truly is amazing and easy to pick up with no training.
  • Strong customization and integration capabilities, including the built in REST service, Integration Bus, and elegant API. I love the fact that if there is anything not in the box we can use the system to extend it or connect it to any CRM, ERP, or other third party service very easily.
  • Large out of the box functionality. There is an extremely high level of value that the platform provides. Instead of having to build extra modules for things like Event Booking, Forums, Polls, or E-commerce, they are already there for us to use.
  • Ability to control the HTML output of the site at a very fine level. Creating HTML5 is very easy in Kentico and implementing any design, as responsive, is totally possible in the system.
  • The ability to get a very high level of insight into the visitors journey through the website and market back to them with the Contact management, Lead Scoring, and Marketing Automation modules is very impressive.
  • The scalablity of the system is impressive. Running a very highly trafficked web site is totally possible with Kentico and its strong caching and web farm capabilities.
  • The support that Kentico provides is top notch, 24/7 global support is included with any purchase, 7 day bug fix policy, and excellent documentation
  • The development community is engaged and ready to help if you are a developer learning Kentico, and the Kentico partner community is very strong as well.
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Cons

  • eCommerce is in need of an overhaul to compete with other solutions out there
  • Site performance is not as consistent as it should be especially when the platform is pushed to its limits
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  • Media Library Azure integration can't handle large numbers of files per folder.
  • Content personalization variant fly-out menus take too long to load.
  • Can't use Salesforce sandbox, activity history doesn't stay automatically sync'd.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
For the types of clients that need all the features Business Catalyst offers, I would not hesitate to renew our use of it. Those types of clients, however, are few and far between. The tech support Adobe offers for Business Catalyst could range from Quite Good to Adequate; it depended on the support personnel
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Kentico9.2
Based on 22 answers
I myself, and many others on our team are certified Kentico developers, so we already know the platform well. That, coupled with the Kentico team's willingness to listen to our thoughts/concerns/ideas for continued improvement shows they're really on-board with providing a best-of-class 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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Kentico9.0
Based on 3 answers
It seriously is one of the best interfaces I have ever used. I also love the fact that I can use UI personalization to secure any functionality by user or role that I don't want that role to have access to. The best part is the customization of the UI, I can add in any button, tab, or menu item I want through it, no code required.
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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
No answers on this topic

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
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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Kentico9.3
Based on 3 answers
They truly are amazing with how fast they get back to us on issues. Almost all of the time the support team is able to answer our issues with direct and to the point information.
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Online Training

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

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
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Kentico10.0
Based on 1 answer
The system provides many opportunities to integrate and enhance the platform and makes it easy to do so.
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Alternatives Considered

Bigcommerce or Shopify
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We used to use Ektron but that was a mess and it was their way or the highway. Their support was not there and their API was horrible. SiteFinity was our other CMS and it was good for many features but it just did not have the modules and support for document creation like we have with Kentico. Also, it got too expensive too fast. I evaluated SiteCore while I was looking for a new CMS but it was too limited with modules and was too expensive for our needs. Kentico was discovered while attending a SiteCore training for the purpose of evaluating SiteCore. A Kentico partner recommended it to us and after training on it as well for evaluation, it was the clear winner. It provided great modules, an easy way for our content authors to author content, and a great API and tools for migrating our content over from our other CMS solutions.
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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 score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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  • Our developers can work quickly within the system
  • End users are empowered to make complex edits and changes to the site if properly trained.
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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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Kentico

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
Kentico Editions & Modules
Kentico
Edition
Kentico CMS Base License for 1 Website
$4,4991
Kentico CMS Base License for 10 Websites
$16,9991
Kentico CMS Base License for Unlimited Sites
$27,9991
Kentico EMS License for 1 Website
$19,9991
Kentico EMS License for 10 Websites
$39,9991
Kentico EMS License for Unlimited Licenses
$69,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 1 Website
$9,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for 10 Websites
$29,9991
Kentico CMS Ultimate License for Unlimited Websites
$49,9991
Kentico EMS Corporate
$399,0002
1. Lifetime License per Seat
2. Unlimited Users, Websites, Environments, Server Deployment, Source Code, Premium Support
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