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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 8.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager is well suited for large organizations that need a powerful, comprehensive and robust CMS to manage multiple websites/translations of websites. It is also well suited for those who need a CMS that is well integrated with other systems such as analytics, targeting and email marketing, or those who want some fancy add ons like Adobe smart tags or AI-enhanced capabilities.It is also an expensive product with a steep learning curve, so it is less appropriate for smaller companies/individuals or those that don't need an overly robust system that is integrated with other digital marketing tools. If you're looking for a more affordable solution that is easy to pick up and play, go with a more basic WordPress or Joomla type option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

Hotjar is suitable for tracking data. If you know a certain page isn't being visited on a site, Hotjar may provide extra insight into how many users are clicking CTAs to that page for instance. So Hotjar is a good tool to know the 'why' if something is going wrong on your website.Hotjar is less appropriate for use on its own; it should be used in conjunction with other data. This is because it can be unreliable. For instance, a heatmap may be unreliable if it hasn't rendered correctly.
Sarah O'Donnell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Adobe Experience Manager
8.4
Hotjar
Role-based user permissions
Adobe Experience Manager
8.4
Hotjar

Platform & Infrastructure

Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Hotjar
API
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Hotjar
Internationalization / multi-language
Adobe Experience Manager
8.2
Hotjar

Web Content Creation

Adobe Experience Manager
7.1
Hotjar
WYSIWYG editor
Adobe Experience Manager
6.7
Hotjar
Code quality / cleanliness
Adobe Experience Manager
6.9
Hotjar
Admin section
Adobe Experience Manager
7.3
Hotjar
Page templates
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Hotjar
Library of website themes
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Hotjar
Mobile optimization / responsive design
Adobe Experience Manager
7.4
Hotjar
Publishing workflow
Adobe Experience Manager
7.3
Hotjar
Form generator
Adobe Experience Manager
7.0
Hotjar

Web Content Management

Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Hotjar
Content taxonomy
Adobe Experience Manager
7.8
Hotjar
SEO support
Adobe Experience Manager
6.4
Hotjar
Bulk management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Hotjar
Availability / breadth of extensions
Adobe Experience Manager
6.4
Hotjar
Community / comment management
Adobe Experience Manager
6.8
Hotjar

Pros

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Adobe Experience Manager keeps your content separate from your layout which allows for a lot of flexibility in how you display your content.
  • Adobe Experience Manager integrates really well with other Adobe products like Adobe Analytics.
  • Adobe Experience Manager 's drag and drop interface makes it fairly easy to utilize with minimal familiarity.
Tolulope Lawal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

  • User session video capture - HotJar allows us to conduct usability testing as if we were sitting behind a user, interacting with our web software. Although we don't get audio, we can see exactly how a user interacts and moves around our software. We can see clicks, mouse movements, time spent during any given activity, and more. And best of all, the video timeline gives us timestamps/markers where major interactions happened, allowing us to find those interactions quickly.
  • Hot spot heat maps - Just like any good analytics tool, HotJar provides great colored heat maps of how frequently users clicked/interacted on different parts of our web page. This gives us a quick, at-a-glance idea of what our users are focusing on.
  • Dynamic user surveys - Sometimes pure interaction data is not enough to get the info we need. Luckily, HotJar gives us the ability to create dynamically-driven surveys on our web app. These surveys can be change without needing to re-deploy our entire application - they can be updated through the HotJar tool.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Upgrading and applying patches can be hit or miss - I recommend backups because of the potential to damage the existing infrastructure
  • Space management is an issue - every change or request takes up space that can be reclaimed, but only through a complicated procedure done through command prompts. There was no documentation for this on their site and we had to use a third party to create the procedure. It has to be run manually.
  • There isn't a good backup system, particularly one that can be scheduled to run reliably.
Diana Williams | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

  • The video recording feature is very slow to use. I know there is a very powerful process going on (saving your CSS and the DOM movements you make) but anyway it's slow to use.
  • Hotjar itself is heavy and has effects on your load times. This is a very important issue and I hope they're working on that.
  • Adding more segmentation would be nice. For example, being able to connect your API or more information to show relevant polls or feedback buttons to certain users. Aggregated info is hard to process.
Santiago Valdés | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 5 answers
We had and still have a fantastic experience using Adobe CQ. Lots of flexibility, great integration with other Adobe products we already use and a powerful technology make it a great fit for our corporate environment. Also as the community grows, it makes it easier to network with other developers and users to get new ideas on how to continue to get the best out of the software.
Fernando Galeano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

Hotjar 5.1
Based on 2 answers
Even though the heat maps and user recordings were useful, our website was significantly slowed down after we installed Hotjar, so much so, that it took over a minute for our blog to load. The data that we gathered was not worth the length that it took our website to load.
Patrick Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 10.0
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
Vagner Polund | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

Hotjar 9.0
Based on 3 answers
It has never taken me more than a few seconds to figure out how to do what I want to do. I hope the Hotjar team remains committed to keeping the software intuitive to use as they continue to add more capabilities!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Its so far the best Content Management System, available in market.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

Hotjar 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Support has been responsive and helpful. But isn't available by chat.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Adobe Experience Manager

Adobe Experience Manager 8.7
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
Vagner Polund | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Experience Manager

I think AEM is specific to the client's needs and is not necessarily comparable to all other platforms. However, when compared feature to feature I think AEM many times is a leader in the industry. While WordPress has progressed in the WYSIWYG interface it is not there still today and this is truly where AEM shines against all of the other CMS platforms.
Mike Plant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

No other solution offers the full suite of visitor recording, heatmapping and scroll mapping, polls, surveys, and funnel tracking at such a reasonable price point. Every other solution compromises either on features or price, with many sacrificing on both - fewer features and higher cost. Additionally, Hotjar's support is exceptional in comparison to alternatives, ferreting out bugs and recommending solutions for specific isolated issues on live chat or within 24 hours via email.
J.P. VanderLinden | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Experience Manager

  • Our brand requires a high level of polish and crisp functionality. AEM provides that for us. We do look as good as possible and it reflects well on our brand.
  • We can product new pages rapidly with our modules and so we can keep our content fresh and relevant.
  • Our brand value has risen considerably since we polished our web properties with AEM.
Saren Sakurai | TrustRadius Reviewer

Hotjar

  • User Testing Alternative - Instead of hiring UX testers, we can leverage our actual customers to determine how they use our website. This has helped frame website redesign discussions on several occasions.
  • Landing Page Design - We've designed our landing pages based on user feedback from heatmaps we've gathered from Hotjar. Understanding where to place CTAs and other pieces based on user interaction has helped us streamline our landing page design.
  • Device Usage - Part of the data provided by Hotjar includes which device a user is visiting from. This helps us understand how mobile users work differently than desktop users.
Sasha Fritzel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Experience Manager

General

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

Adobe Experience Manager Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Hotjar

General

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

Hotjar Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$01
Pro$292
Business$893
  1. 2k pageviews per day
  2. per month; 10k pageviews per day
  3. per month; 20k pageviews per day
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Experience Manager
8.0
Hotjar
8.8

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Experience Manager
9.0
Hotjar
5.1

Usability

Adobe Experience Manager
10.0
Hotjar
9.0

Support Rating

Adobe Experience Manager
9.0
Hotjar
9.0

Implementation Rating

Adobe Experience Manager
8.7
Hotjar

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