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Score 9.3 out of 100
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Score 6.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

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.
Richard Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

If you want to sell online and need a platform, you should select Nexternal. If it is within your budget and you want to have success, Nexternal is the way to go. Since switching to Nexternal from Kreck, our online sales have more than tripled!
Kielly Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.5
TrueCommerce Nexternal
WYSIWYG email editor
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.3
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Ability to test dynamic content
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.9
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Landing pages
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
A/B testing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Mobile optimization
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Email deliverability reporting
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.9
TrueCommerce Nexternal
List management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
3.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Triggered drip sequences
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.8
TrueCommerce Nexternal

Lead Management

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Lead nurturing
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.7
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Lead scoring and grading
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
2.2
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Data quality management
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.4
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Automated sales alerts and tasks
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
1.6
TrueCommerce Nexternal

Campaign Management

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

Social Media Marketing

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

Reporting & Analytics

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

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.6
TrueCommerce Nexternal
API
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.9
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Role-based workflow & approvals
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
7.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Customizability
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
Integration with Salesforce.com
Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
5.5
TrueCommerce Nexternal

Pros

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • Probably one of the easiest e-commerce platforms to work in, it does take setup, but compared to a lot of other e-commerce solutions, this is probably the best one that I have seen that can be designed and implemented custom.
  • Their template system works very well and allows you to create and re-use templates across Adobe Business Catalyst.
  • Their pre-built modules are great, giving people a great way to use common web elements without having to use a plug-in or find some solution, it is simply built in and generally works exactly as you would expect.
  • Adobe Business Catalyst is more of an all-around solution, providing elements that most smaller companies would have a hard time figuring out, since it includes the ability to build websites, send and track e-mails, analytics. It really is a powerful tool that would typically require a fair amount of coding knowledge and expertise but with the system already built, it can be easily modified and edited by those with limited or no coding knowledge at all.
Jonathan Hodak | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

  • Nexternal's customer service is the best in the business. Each account comes with a dedicated account rep who answers the phone when you call, and personally replies to your emails within a very reasonable time - sometimes within minutes!
  • Nexternal is consistently improving their platform with added tools and 3rd party integrations for everything from social sharing and email campaign management to search optimization tools and automatic product feed integrations such as Amazon.
  • Nexternal offers site security and PCI compliance out of the box. There is no need for an additional SSL, nor do you need to worry about the security of your clients' personal information.
  • Nexternal is scalable and grows with your business. We have more than a handful of clients who have been with Nexternal for more than 10 years. In web-speak, that's like 50 years!
  • The Nexternal shopping cart template can be customized to create a consistently branded experience from your home page throughout the entire shopping process.
  • Nexternal offers a host of API and XML toolsets that allow clients to sync data between their ecommerce platform and most any other third party platform, thereby coordinating the operations of your business and cutting down on management time.
Katie Partridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

  • Multi Client Management: The dashboard for managing multiple clients as a reseller is a little difficult to get to. There is also no very easy way for me to manage multiple clients at once. I have to log into and out of individual client accounts to do billing or management.
  • Lack of Server support: There are certain server protocols and languages that are not supported using BC. For example I cannot build a custom php database and upload to BC. I am required to use their tools.
Dan Butler | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

  • Nexternal needs a POS system that enables you to swipe credit cards. We switched to a different system because this was a limitation of Nexternal. At the point of purchase we used to have to write everything down and enter in later.
  • The shipping functionality is extremely basic. The shipping address check for each state never worked properly. Also, with our new system, the woman who does the compliance can pull all reports per state out of it. Nexternal does not have that capability.
Stephanie Barnett | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Pauline Kraus | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

TrueCommerce Nexternal 8.5
Based on 3 answers
I'm so happy with Nexternal I don't see myself using any other platform. We currently only use Nexternal for our web store, but we are looking to expand into the tasting rooms and offer mobile points of sale.
Kielly Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

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.
Dan Butler | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

TrueCommerce Nexternal 9.0
Based on 2 answers
Nexternal has been around for over a decade - they may have defined the ecommerce admin panel. That said, they could stand to update it a bit - adding more drag and drop functionality and integrating a more comprehensive CMS allowing your home page to be part of your ecommerce website.
Katie Partridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.0
Based on 4 answers
very few issues with availability
Jerry Dever | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.8
Based on 6 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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

TrueCommerce Nexternal 10.0
Based on 4 answers
Doreen and Lanette are my lovely ladies. They are always available and do whatever they can to make sure I am taken care of. They have always been there for me and I know they will always be there for me.
Kielly Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 8.6
Based on 2 answers
bcgurus.comkiyuco
Jerry Dever | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) 9.8
Based on 4 answers
Pretty easy to do
Jerry Dever | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

TrueCommerce Nexternal 10.0
Based on 2 answers
I had help from start to finish. Doreen, my rep, was very patient, concise, clear, and she has always had the answers I need. Setting up your store is time consuming at first, but with the support system that Nexternal offers, it is painless.
Kielly Lewis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

As far as the CMS for BC goes, there is none out there that compares. In the past we have utilized Joomla, Wordpress, Mambo, Drupal, Concrete 5 and others. None of them were as easy to use and train on that Adobe's Business Catalyst. Our alternative to BC is WordPress when our clients want a less expensive solution. For the most part that works OK but we have had issues with plugin incompatibility among other issues. We lost at least two clients because of similar issues. The other great part about BC's solution is that we can still work with our favorite site creation tool - Dreamweaver. The whole process continues to be more and more simplified with added features to the system. No other solution (that we've found) offers such an easy way to create custom web sites that are easily editable by our clients.
Jeff French | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

Nexternal is a much more basic system in terms of an OMS system but it has much more limitations compared to Submerse. Submerse however is a newer products with a ton of glitches and terrible reporting methods. If Nexternal created a POS system and revamped their shipping capabilities, I would choose Nexternal.
Stephanie Barnett | TrustRadius Reviewer

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 | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

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.
John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer

TrueCommerce Nexternal

  • Because we are a development team who focuses on integrating Nexternal with our clients' sites, we can't speak to specific ROI or conversions, however, the length of time our clients stick with Nexternal says it all - in an industry where there are no shortage of choices in platforms, we have rarely ever moved a client from Nexternal to another platform. Instead, the vast majority of our clients who use Nexternal now either started off with the platform or moved to Nexternal from a less-than platform. We have clients who have been with Nexternal for over a decade, and that's really saying something.
  • In the 10+ years that we have worked with Nexternal we have developed a solid relationship that is built solely on trust. We don't get any commission for referring customers to their site, nor do they receive any commission for sending customers our way. We work together because we enjoy it and we know that the other is dependable and worthwhile.
Katie Partridge | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

General

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

TrueCommerce Nexternal

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
6.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal
9.2

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.4
TrueCommerce Nexternal
8.5

Usability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.7
TrueCommerce Nexternal
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal

Performance

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.2
TrueCommerce Nexternal

Support Rating

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.8
TrueCommerce Nexternal
10.0

Online Training

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
8.6
TrueCommerce Nexternal

Implementation Rating

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.8
TrueCommerce Nexternal
10.0

Scalability

Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)
9.0
TrueCommerce Nexternal

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