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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

I was strictly the implementor of Livefyre (for my company only). That task alone was at least 3 weeks worth of work. From a user standpoint, Livefyre is a good product which is why this review is strictly about how difficult it was to implement. Therefore, if a colleague was to ask me if I recommend Livefyre, it's not a straight answer. Questions like, 'how fast do you need it?', 'how centralized is your user database?', 'do you want social login?', all come into question and were details that made my job not easy (hence, my review of 5/10 for suggesting it to others). Once implemented, Livefyre is a great product (notice my overall review is higher), but based on my experience with implementation, it certainly requires a senior developer's dedicated time and patience to set up exactly as desired. For smaller companies with small/simple user bases and websites, the process may be more straightforward, but from my experience, it wasn't out-of-the-box at all.
Darin Spivey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

Buffer is one of the best social media management tools out there, particularly for its cost. Our team used the Pro Plan for just $15 a month which allows you to connect up to eight social media accounts, which was more than enough for us. A larger company might need to look into a higher cost plan, but small marketing teams can absolutely utilize this plan for $15. Buffer is great for scheduling social media in advance and keeping your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts thriving.
Whitney Knight | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Publishing

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.4
Content planning and scheduling
Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
9.1
Content optimization
Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.1
Workflow management
Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
7.8

Reporting/analytics

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
7.7
Campaign success analytics
Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
7.7

Account management

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.6
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.4
Mobile access
Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.8

Pros

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

  • It provides and allows comments and comment management that is fast, seamless and shareable.
  • Having used disquss, WordPress comments and many others I like Livefyre better for its seamless integration and transparency
  • It is really nice that they have a range of services from free to enterprise with increasing functionality and benefits.
Andy Newbom | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

  • It allows multiple social platforms to be used at once. For our university specifically, we have Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that we use as our main accounts and it allows us to be able to post and custom tailor to each one of these social media platforms.
  • Buffer also has a pretty robust analytics section of the site (paid) that allows users to see details about the posts we have going up and the interactions we are having with them. This allows us to make educated decisions in regard to our social media planning and strategy.
  • With the exception of the paid analytics portion of Buffer, it is honestly cost-effective for us. It offers more for the dollar amount than any other social media scheduling platform that we have used in the past.
Frankie Heath | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

  • Implementation was not easy. Although flexible, I personally wrote at least 1,400 lines of code to get this implemented over a few week's time.
  • The social login aspect is cool, but again, hard to implement. They did not write any of those modules, although they could have. This required senior-level developmental skills and a knowledge of how social media is interfaced with programmatically. Lots of questions arose from this and it was difficult to implement with virtually no help from Livefyre, other than to provide the hooks into their system for when users were validated. I had to write at least 2 separate login/redirection scripts to accomplish this flow.
  • CSS tweaking was tricky. We could override lots of common CSS classes, but to get things just the way we wanted it, I ended up writing LOTS of jQuery listeners and functions to transform the output into exactly what we wanted. This was a surprise since the software was sold to us as being 'fully customizable'.
  • Documentation was sufficient, but not great. Getting the flow of the callbacks that are fired wasn't clear at first, and sometimes did not work as expected.
  • It should be noted that, after this review was published, Livefyre contacted me stating they now have better documentation and process for implementation (for version V3, specifically) and urged me to revise this review. However, I can only write of my experience with V2, and it WAS difficult to implement over 3 weeks of dedicated time. Another developer on my team implemented version V3 and his evaluation is very similar to mine, claiming much difficulty with the CSS customization.
Darin Spivey | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

  • Analytics-- The analytics on the Pro plan are limited at best. You can simply review your posts from the past 30 days, but you can't access any analysis (or even simple tallying of Likes, Shares, etc.) without upgrading to the Premium or Business plans, which are otherwise more than we need at the moment.
  • Publish+Reply+Analyze-- It's a bit tedious to have these basic social media functions/tools separated out as three distinct products, as well as overkill for a small nonprofit without a dedicated social media team. I imagine each tool is good at its job if you need 'em.
  • Linking to Accounts-- Buffer seems to lose touch with Facebook and LinkedIn somewhat frequently. It's vaguely annoying but very simple to fix, so I just roll with it.
Michelle Green Arnson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre 8.8
Based on 5 answers
We feel we have a real partnership with Livefyre and we both make each other better. Their customer service has been phenomenal even during a time of rapid growth.
Sam Salmassi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

Buffer 6.0
Based on 13 answers
Ease of use, affordability, time saved and just love for the app and the team. It's not a miracle tool that will suddenly increase your company's value or leads, you still need to put in quality posts, thoughts and content but when used regularly and with thought, you'll be happy in the long run
Deanna Ayres | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre 7.3
Based on 1 answer
It's really easy to implement that app but should improve some analytics.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

Buffer 7.0
Based on 3 answers
I gave buffer a 6 because it really is a great platform, but they still have some areas they can approve. Being able to post to Instagram automatically without having to manually push them through and having analytics that are available with the subscription are two of the biggest reasons that I didn't give buffer at least an 8
Frankie Heath | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Buffer

Buffer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Buffer is always on hand and very reliable, their software suite rarely has outages
Len Gordon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Buffer

Buffer 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Buffer interagates well with extensions, however with most cases of cross connecting software there are little issue sometimes but they are easy fix and you are able to work with them. Buffer UI loads quite quickly and does have ability to swith between two different UI if needed. Buffer original UI nd their new updated UI
Len Gordon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre 8.2
Based on 1 answer
From purchasing to implementation, the customer service/support was really perfect!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

Buffer 7.7
Based on 4 answers
There is support available (on different tiers) and they are always immediately responsive. However, sometimes things will have to fail multiple times for multiple days for them to have an answer. While this (I'm sure) is mostly fine, it really impacts our reach as a small business to not be able to use the service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Buffer

Buffer 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We were very satisfied with the implementation of Buffer. We had no issues switching from the platform that we were using over to buffer. Our staff did not even miss a beat when it came to posting content. It was an easy transition and I feel that is something that buffer has really done well. They have an "out of the box" usability platform
Frankie Heath | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

We felt Livefyre was more innovative and better at SEO. It felt like we were working with a partner for the long haul who was interested in our business and how to improve it.
Sam Salmassi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

Buffer lets us schedule on Instagram even if we have to do it manually while Hootsuite would not even connect to our Instagram page. So we can't use Hootsuite for Instagram postings. Buffer fills that hole although each post has to be posted manually from the Instagram app to be published.
Susan Hammiche | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Buffer

Buffer 8.5
Based on 2 answers
Buffer does what it say on tin as they say! you can always count on Buffer. Buffer can be scale to 25 social account with 2,000 scheduled post which is enough for most agencies or businesses
Len Gordon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

  • The heavy work is already done given that we take the time to implement.
  • Very useful insights and AI powered delivery.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Buffer

  • We had a goal of 1,000 Instagram followers by the end of the calendar year. With the help of Buffer, we were able to meet that goal three months early.
  • Through our social media channels, we hope to engage with our students more and make them aware of events happening within the college, university, and city as a whole. We receive comments from students and even non-students and other groups within the university about how informative our channels have become.
  • With the use of Buffer, we have been able to increase our followers as well as the number of posts we put out per month and how frequently we do.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Required

Buffer

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
8.0
Buffer
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
8.8
Buffer
6.0

Usability

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
7.3
Buffer
7.0

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.0

Performance

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.0

Support Rating

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
8.2
Buffer
7.7

Implementation Rating

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
10.0

Scalability

Adobe Experience Manager Livefyre
Buffer
8.5

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