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Adobe Business Catalyst

58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

Movable Type

16 Ratings
Score 8.6 out of 101

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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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Movable Type

Ask yourself if you want to pay for it because Wordpress can do everything MT can, and it is free.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
2.5
Movable Type
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.6
Movable Type
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst
2.4
Movable Type

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Movable Type
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst
8.1
Movable Type
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Movable Type
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.2
Movable Type

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst
6.3
Movable Type
6.0
API
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.6
Movable Type
6.0
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst
7.1
Movable Type
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst
6.1
Movable Type
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst
5.5
Movable Type

Security

Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
5.0
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
5.0

Web Content Creation

Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
6.4
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
9.0
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
6.0
Admin section
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
8.0
Page templates
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
5.0
Library of website themes
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
3.0
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
8.0
Publishing workflow
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
9.0
Form generator
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
3.0

Web Content Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
5.6
Content taxonomy
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
9.0
SEO support
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
6.0
Bulk management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
3.0
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
3.0
Community / comment management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Movable Type
7.0

Pros

  • Server Uptime is good
  • Online Chat is good
  • Security is good
  • Technical Service is good
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  • Very easy to theme.
  • The control panel is simple enough for the basic user to figure out
  • Very easy to add plugins and more complex code.
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Cons

  • They do not have the ability to create and build custom plug-ins for use on websites.
  • They do not support every payment gateway, they support the major ones, and most others, but if you have some very unusual payment gateway, it might not be supported.
  • The custom web apps were absolutely one of my favorite parts of this system, and it is really a shame that they do not allow them to be used on all tiers of the website, you have to get the web commerce tier to edit and use them.
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  • The actual plugin website seems out of date and not well maintained.
  • The system seemed to crash for much larger sites (800+ entries).
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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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Movable Type5.4
Based on 9 answers
As mentioned, this tool is great for small companies that have no web experience and want a designer to build something they can eventually update and maintain. For larger scale sites, I would be more comfortable creating everything in-house
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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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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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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

We didn't really used many products before deciding to use Business Catalyst. When we started we developed sites using an old product (GoLive) and then created a few sites in WordPress. We didn't like that fact that WordPress needed an add-on every time we wanted additional functionality and trying keep on top of updates was distracting.Adobe's Business Catalyst gave us an all in one system to replace the multiple products clients required to run their online businesses. We also didn't have to remember which sites had what add-ons updated...or not. Business Catalyst is SaaS which allows us to always have the latest updates and functionality ready at our fingertips.
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Movable Type is outdated and out of style with current blog design trends.
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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
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Return on Investment

  • Business Catalyst provides partners and clients a single system to learn and maintain. No need to constantly switch gears to remember who has what CMS which makes support more efficient.
  • Business Catalyst has made it possible to create and launch sites in less time thus increasing profitability.
  • Business Catalyst is a large investment in the beginning about monetarily and in learning the system. It may not affordable to smaller agencies.
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  • Most of my Movable Type sites were smaller scaled or did not really have marketing goals so this isn't applicable to my case.
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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

Movable Type

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