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Adobe Marketing Cloud

82 Ratings
Score 7.9 out of 101

IBM Digital Analytics

47 Ratings
Score 5.5 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Marketing Cloud

This is definitely a tool for enterprises. You need to have a certain level of complexity before you pay for this tool. You should have multiple funnels, websites, or an insane amount of content. If you are involved in ecommerce, this is a worthwhile investment. However, if you have a smaller site, little content, only a single funnel, or don't sell anything online, this is a much less worthwhile tool for you.
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IBM Digital Analytics

IBM analytics has continued to improve upon the days of being the original core metrics. After using the updated version for quite some time, it has been great at providing the needed analytics to measure ROI and goal performance for our quarterly KPI's. It has resulted in a great increase in web engagements although we are a midsize company, smaller outfits may not need such an expensive option.
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Pros

  • personalized marketing through a clear and complete understanding of how all marketing channels are working together
  • visualized customer experience, showing marketing efforts and customer reactions
  • marketing automation, easy to set up repeating workflows like emails to support specific behavioral targeting
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  • IBM Digital Analytics is a strong offering for retail eCommerce clients, based on the out-of-the-box metrics available around product views, items added and abandoned, as well as the ability to remarke to the individual user based on that information.
  • Fairly straight forward implementation compared to the other major tools
  • Visitor stitching - I feel the IBM Live Profile is very accurate at creating a full picture of an individual user and provides opportunities to create better messages to them.
  • Having IBM Support as a an immediate resource to clarify or troubleshoot any of the system features has been very beneficial as well
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Cons

  • Price - it's very expensive which leaves it out of reach for mid-level and smaller companies
  • clunky visuals - competitors like Oracle have a more aesthetically appealing interface, though less functionality
  • constantly changing, names of modules are changing as Adobe acquires new tech and phases it into existing cloud
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  • The user interface is in Flash, which can be very frustrating and slow at times. Apparently, this is to be transitioned in a future release.
  • Can only segment the last 93 days of data. Any historical segmentation beyond the 93 days must be run in Explore (which is credit based, and has its own limitations with the number of credits per month, based on the initial contract with IBM).
  • Reports can only display 93 days of data at a given time for custom date ranges. There are pre-programmed date ranges setup with IBM during implementation (last week, last month, last quarter etc.), but are not flexible enough to answer more specific questions.
  • Certain reports cannot have segments applied, making answering some simple questions a bit more tricky. For example, I can create a segment around mobile devices and apply it to the marketing channels report, but I can't create a marketing channel segment and apply it to the mobile reports.
  • Built in API calls allows for nice report design and automation.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Marketing Cloud6.5
Based on 2 answers
Although a powerful tool, Google Analytics has been catching up in capabilities and is much simpler to use.As analytics move to the spotlight, more sections in a company want to have access to it. However, creating straightforward reports/dashboards and sharing them with different groups is not a strength of Adobe Marketing Cloud.
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IBM Digital Analytics6.0
Based on 19 answers
It is still a best in class analytics platform, but working with IBM contracting has proven to be quite a hassle at times... There are proven pros and cons to each of the major systems and vendors (most I already listed). I always recommend to establish the business questions you are trying to answer, determine which platform answers them best and decide whether it is worth the dollar investment
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Usability

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IBM Digital Analytics9.0
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Very easy to implement and use.
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Reliability and Availability

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IBM Digital Analytics10.0
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Never had any issues
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Performance

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IBM Digital Analytics8.0
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As reports are templated, the system is pretty quick. Sometimes you have to wait a bit for a report to render. Or you might have to re-load the page. But there is no real issue here and the system is on par with other similar systems.
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Support

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IBM Digital Analytics2.3
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Overall, the level of support is very good and I would say it is a strong asset of the solution. However, you can sometimes feel that there is a difference of level among the support team.
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Online Training

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IBM Digital Analytics7.1
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Online training is really great. One of the best assets that they have. Lots of great videos, pop quizzes at the end of each module. Fantastic. Other tools have similar features, but not as good.
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Implementation

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IBM Digital Analytics9.9
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See previous comment: reading and understanding the encyclopedic implementation guide is a must.
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Alternatives Considered

As an agency, we are vendor agnostic so we typically recommend a tool based on our client's specific needs. Both Google Analytics 360 and Adobe Marketing Cloud are powerful tools, but if a client does not have the appropriate organizational pre-requisites to leverage the outputs, they should not invest in either and focus on that.
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Google Analytics - Compared to IBM, not as strong on the product reporting (product views, abandoned carts etc.). The end results can be achieved through custom variables, but that does require custom coding. While Google does at least have a reporting API, it is not nearly as streamlined as IBM's.Google has at least caught up in the way of custom metrics and some visitor stitching with the Universal Analytics. Site Catalyst - Compared to IBM, definitely a much more intensive implementation.
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Scalability

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IBM Digital Analytics9.0
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This solution can support large amount of data and transaction. The way that user management features are built, it shows it is meant for large organizations.
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Return on Investment

  • As an agency, we typically see the highest return with clients that are more sophisticated and that have the ability to invest in multiple components, as well as have the internal resources and processes to act on the data and insights.
  • I've also seen less sophisticated clients invest in one or two components without having a deep understanding of how to use them or the expertise to use them efficiently to have a significant business impact.
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  • Using IBM Digital Analytics has allowed us to optimize marketing spend for our clients and provide us the insight to reduce the spend on vendors that are not performing well or not bringing in qualified traffic.
  • Using IBM Digital Analytics data to power on-site product recommendations has increased the percentage of total sales from recommendation zones to around 10% compared to around 1% with manually merchandised zones.
  • Using IBM's TruePath Funnels to analyze the checkout process for various clients has allowed us to see where visitors are dropping out of the checkout process and make improvements to increase conversion rate.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Marketing Cloud

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

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