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Adobe Business Catalyst

Overall Business Catalyst is an excellent product especially for smaller agencies and freelancer developers.Helpful resources for BC partners are:
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nopCommerce

If you're looking for a small or medium size eCommerce portal, nopCommerce is the best framework. 1. Cost = open sourced framework. You will just simply bypass the application design and development process, but you will have to code to do whatever you want to do for your business needs. It will save you a lot of time and money.2. Technical Architecture = It was created with the best application design and architecture. If you are not into eCommerce, but want to understand EntityFrame code first and domain architecture, Dependency Injection,..etc, nopCommerce is the one.3. I'm sure your business users will ask for the features that are already included with nopCommerce.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

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

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.9
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.4
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.8
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.0
Branding
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.1
Mobile storefront
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.4
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.7
Website integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.7
Visual customization
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.5
CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.2

Online Shopping Cart

Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.5
Abandoned cart recovery
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.3
Checkout user experience
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.8

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.4
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.4

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.8
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.2
Personalized recommendations
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.5
SEO
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.8

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.7
Multi-site management
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.7
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.8
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.7
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
8.2
Custom functionality
Adobe Business Catalyst
nopCommerce
7.3

Pros

  • Blogs are one of the best ways to generate new content and gain organic rankings with search engines. Business Catalyst's built in blog engine allows users to have their blog resident on their website instead of having to maintain to two sites. This helps to keep the website fresh and builds SEO.
  • Business Catalyst provides a comprehensive Email Marketing module. Users can create and schedule email series. BC also allows for other modules to be placed within the email so that as you update content on your website you are also populating your email newsletter.
  • Although not a feature of Business Catalyst itself, there is a great community of BC partners that support one another. The community shares their knowledge and successes as well as their trials and tribulations. The community happily welcomes new partners without condition or judgement. Through the knowledge shared partners can learn about the platform itself, site building in general, tips on working with clients and how to build their own business.
  • Business Catalyst support is excellent. Being able to chat with support in real time while you are talking a client through a problem is a great asset.
  • The Web Apps module is a powerful feature which allows users to add content to the site while locking in the design. Users simply fill out a form and the information is added to the site perfectly formatted.
  • The ability to replicate sites allows partners to reproduce a successful site thereby reducing build time and increasing productivity and profits.
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  • Shopping cart and related functionalities
  • Open source: code with easy customization that allows the development of powerful additional tools
  • Plugins availability
  • Products management
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Cons

  • The learning curve can be steep.
  • There is no access to the server side programming so some functionality needs a work around or cannot be accomplished.
  • It is more expensive for users than many of the other website options.
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  • Provide more themes; more mobile themes are needed.
  • Steep learning curve for code customization
  • Lower adaptation in the industry, though growing.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
It's easy to use and we are invested in it now.
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No answers yet
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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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No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

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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nopCommerce10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have asked numerous questions and the team treats my random questions as if they are critical to the continued success of their product. They really take each users' questions to heart and strive to solve them. I cannot commend them enough on how fast they respond to questions as well as the follow-through given to things thay may or may not even be a part of their platform.
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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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nopCommerce8.0
Based on 1 answer
Go for a plugin based development if you would like to extend nopCommerce. This approach will make it easier for you to upgrade the software.
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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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1. Speed of the store front is very fast compared to Magento Community Edition2. Dotnet based development3. Very dedicated group of developers who are very responsive in released and community support
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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

  • Better customer service
  • Increased efficiency in deploying websites
  • Customer satisfaction with the system
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  • Payback was within a year. ROI is positive.
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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

nopCommerce

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
It's an open-source and free product