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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

CQ is best suited for multi-site projects that require frequent updates or new pages spun up very quickly and with the same quality as the rest of your site. It's also a great fit if you have extensive media libraries: pictures, videos, etc. The Digital Asset Manager is very powerful and if it's coupled with a CDN, it can be itself a great solution for that particular purpose alone.Key questions to ask would be:- How comfortable will our authors be with this publishing platform? What are their needs and wants? Can CQ accommodate them?- How skilled is our development team to take a project like CQ? The best of CQ comes when is customized but it will come with a price. Time and talent will be necessary to tweak it to the right fit.- Do we have enough time and resources to allow our technical and non-technical stuff to learn? Can we afford all the oficial training levels?
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Brandfolder

Great for organization and visualization of all marketing collateral. Great for sharing public facing assets with everyone, including external parties.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Brandfolder
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.3
Brandfolder

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
7.7
Brandfolder
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Brandfolder
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Brandfolder

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Brandfolder
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
7.6
Brandfolder
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Brandfolder
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Brandfolder
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Brandfolder
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
5.5
Brandfolder
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Brandfolder
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.5
Brandfolder
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
6.3
Brandfolder

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Brandfolder
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Brandfolder
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.2
Brandfolder
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.1
Brandfolder
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
5.7
Brandfolder
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
5.3
Brandfolder

Pros

  • Adobe Experience Manager allows our company to manage multiple sites simultaneously.
  • Adobe Experience Manager make it easy to share review sites for necessary sign-offs.
  • Adobe Experience Manager is a flexible resource and can always be what you make of it.
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  • It's really nice to have a place where we consider everything uploaded to be finished and useable material. Now when someone needs an image for something, they don't have to ask for it, they can just go grab it from Brandfolder.
  • Being able to search the whole collection and have different types of assets is fantastic.
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Cons

  • Searching for and organizing images can be a clunky experience.
  • Standard components frequently do not meet our needs. New components must constantly be in production to run what I usually consider pretty standard functionality.
  • Steep learning curve for people not used to web design or development. Not intuitive at all levels.
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  • If you have a large collection of images, like we do, and you go 2 or 3 pages deep and select an image, then close the image, the collection snaps back to page 1. It's pretty frustrating.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 5 answers
If I had the choice to renew, I would. Adobe CQ is one of the better CMS's I've been able to use. It's well organized, fast and easy to use. Although it is a little high in price, the fact that it does a good job justifies the decision to renew
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Usability

Adobe Experience Manager10.0
Based on 2 answers
I personally feel that AEM is very intuitive to use from an authoring standpoint. The entire CMS was engineered around the author. Everything about AEM is geared to helping authors generate and maintain content. There are ways that tool tips can be customized so that any individual could simply hover over and be guided step by step on how to author web content
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Support

Adobe Experience Manager9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
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Implementation

Adobe Experience Manager8.7
Based on 2 answers
Depending on your individual needs, It is really quite simple to create an authoring experience for a website that looks really good. I have been part of many implementations and many teams and have seen many projects that were super successful and others that were not implemented well. AEM has room for a lot of flexibility in the implementation process compared to other CMS like SharePoint
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Alternatives Considered

We selected Adobe CQ mostly for the ease of page authoring in brought to our non-technical staff. Powerful and simple UI widgets made it very simple for our merchandiser to create, edit and publish new pages. It also allowed us to customize those widgets to fit their needs while keeping the same clean experience. We also saw a plus in the ability to run activation workflows based on our own organization hierarchy, which helped make sure the right pages were exposed to the right eyes before going live. Overall, it was the mixture of user-friendliness of the authoring interface with the robustness of the technology stack that convinced us to go with CQ.
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I used Marketing Central before Brandfolder. The later is better with faster access to design ideas.
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Return on Investment

  • Our direct business landing pages have seen an increase in ROI since switching to Adobe Experience Manager.
  • Our non-direct pages have seen a severe drop-off in traffic and conversions since the switch to Adobe Experience Manager. The more creative, editorial-type content that used to be imperative to our site is now relegated to second tier. Just getting a "content hub" with this site was a beast of a project.
  • The overall efficiency of our web team has increased with bulk edits, so that they can make single updates and impact our multiple sites. This is a huge money-saver for team staffing.
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  • Definitely a positive impact in that we can now very easily share and stay organized across teams and departments.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

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

Brandfolder

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