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58 Ratings
Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst

Adobe Business Catalyst is an absolute rock-star for companies that want an all in one solution, who have limited budgets and/or little technical expertise. It will scale well and can grow with your company. It is more complex and more flexible than something like Wix, where your options are heavily limited, but less open than WordPress where you can use plug-ins and custom code to rebuild how anything works. So it is a nice area in the middle.Adobe Business Catalyst would probably not be a great solution for companies who want absolute control over their website and everything in it and have highly experienced technical resources to build out whatever they need since not every area of the website or server can be modified.
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I believe it fits the needs of small businesses. I can't imagine our version supporting a larger enterprise, but I could be wrong about how it's used
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

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

Lead Management

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

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

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

Online Storefront

Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.2
Product catalog & listings
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Product management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Bulk product upload
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Branding
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
8.0
Product variations
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
8.0
Website integration
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Visual customization
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
10.0
CMS
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.0

Online Shopping Cart

Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Abandoned cart recovery
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.8
Checkout user experience
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.4

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6

eCommerce Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
8.9
Promotions & discounts
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
8.8
Personalized recommendations
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.0
SEO
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.0

eCommerce Business Management

Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.5
Order processing
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Inventory management
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
10.0
Shipping
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.6
Custom functionality
Adobe Business Catalyst
Spree
9.0

Pros

  • Analytics: I am able to see on multiple levels traffic, clicks, and most importantly search terms for improving SEO. The reports are easy to generate as well as read, especially for small inexperienced business owners.
  • Marketing: When using the BC platform businesses are able to link up easily with Adobe Marketing to automatically send out emails and newsletters. Its a very smooth and painless process.
  • Online Editing: This is probably the best part of BC. Once a design is approved and launched on the platform, my clients do not have to contact me for small content updates. This frees me up as a small business owner to concentrate on design, new clients, and larger projects for existing clients.
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  • Simple platform to post jobs
  • Straightforward record of job applications
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Cons

  • There is a lot of documentation out there, but much of it is out of date or lacking in detail or specificity.
  • The biggest weakness of BC is its support. While the chat feature is good, it has long hold times and staff that is not knowledgeable about the product. I doubt anyone in support has ever even built a site with Business Catalyst before. They need US support centers with actual designers or developers who would be able actually help. It seems like 50% of our support questions should be easy but end up being escalated as a "not for the development team" or never answered.
  • The Admin UI could be more intuitive and the In-Content Editing is very difficult to actually use in practice with a novice client.
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  • For the ATS portion, ability to download applicants would be helpful
  • We have to use our developers to change some simple things on the web format
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst9.4
Based on 10 answers
There is no renew option, it is a one stop buy-in. There are two different options that can be chosen.
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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

More reliable; more integrated tools
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I don't want to knock other products but let's say that the more famous shopping carts, although they have great functionality off the peg, are limited in terms of branding ability and further customisation. Invariably you get a site which looks and feels like many others. This will suit many companies as a low cost option which is very competent. However the fully customisable front end that we need, and will continue to develop, is not possible with these turn-key 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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Return on Investment

  • Better customer service
  • Faster site builds.
  • Workflow notifications and faster response time.
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  • We are able to quickly post and update jobs with minimal implementation time
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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

Spree

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