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Score 8 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Business Catalyst is suited for most web development scenarios. May suggest other options if running a very large ecommerce store, or if they need very specific needs regarding custom coding on a website
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Spree

I can only really comment on our usage which is B2C where it is very good.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.6
Spree
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Spree
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
Spree
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.8
Spree
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.9
Spree
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Spree
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
Spree
Email deliverability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.1
Spree
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
3.1
Spree
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.8
Spree

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Spree
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Spree
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.2
Spree
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.4
Spree
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
Spree

Campaign Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Spree
Calendaring
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.4
Spree
Event/webinar marketing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.3
Spree

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Spree
Dashboards
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
Spree
Standard reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Spree
Custom reports
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
Spree

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.5
Spree
API
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.6
Spree
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
Spree
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
Spree
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
5.5
Spree

Online Storefront

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

Online Shopping Cart

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

Online Payment System

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Spree
9.6
eCommerce security
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
Spree
9.6

eCommerce Marketing

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

eCommerce Business Management

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

Pros

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • Extremely stable platform.
  • Very flexible with the modules and web apps features.
  • The development UI side of the platform makes it very comfortable and easy for front end coding.
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Spree

  • Highly customisable. Allowed our developers to generate a unique and flexible front end and cart facility.
  • We handle 2 warehouses and plan to add several more.
  • We use 13 currencies to cater for our main markets.
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Cons

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • 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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Spree

  • No particular weaknesses reported by our developers. They are using Spree on other sites too.
  • Back end is visually ok rather than cutting edge design but functionality is all there.
Cameron Read profile photo

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.4
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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Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.7
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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Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
Jerry Dever profile photo

Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.2
Based on 1 answer
Very few issues
Jerry Dever profile photo

Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
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.
Pauline Kraus profile photo

Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
Jerry Dever profile photo

Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.6
Based on 3 answers
Pretty easy to do
Jerry Dever profile photo

Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

We prefer Adobe Business Catalyst over WordPress. Adobe Business Catalyst websites are more secure and you don't have to update plug-ins. Saving our clients in cost over time.
Debra Scarpa profile photo

Spree

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 Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 2 answers
It's easy to build small sites or large sites and there is lots of templating.
Jerry Dever profile photo

Spree

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • As someone who uses it on behalf of other clients, our ROI with BC is definitely positive. We needed a mid-range CMS without huge licensing costs to satisfy mid-range clients who have some dynamic needs but doesn't need the expense or liability of enterprise level products. Without it we would have lost possible customers or taken bigger hits on projects because of the costs involved with satisfying their mid-level needs
  • Our clients are all usually very positive about the BC platform and are able to use it themselves which lessens our Support time/cost.
  • To use the Web App element,. which we do on almost every site, you need to pay for the highest plan. This brings along with it many features most of our clients would never use. A more basic plan with that Web App capability would be a big improvement on our costs.
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Spree

  • Spree is a shopping cart and so is back-office. The key point is that it allowed us to build a fully customised front end which has allowed us to increase sales dramatically as part of an overall marketing strategy.
  • It is robust and copes with our peak loading.
  • Promotions are flexible but may need initial developer input to customise for a particular business.
Cameron Read profile photo

Screenshots

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Spree

Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

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

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