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Adobe Media Optimizer

27 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

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643 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

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Adobe Media Optimizer

I think it is good to keep in mind the type of business application you have in mind when selecting Media Optimizer for your company. For us, as an agency, it makes sense for us to utilize the reporting and paid search optimizing portions for our clients as we manage over 300+ clients PPC campaigns. With this tool it is possible to set up campaigns easily and as long as the parameters are set correctly within the portfolio, there is a great opportunity for the tool to do its job and use the simulation/modeling process to run and grow a paid search campaign with ease of human interaction.
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Google Ads

AdWords works very well as a lower funnel channel, this means that you are able to target users who are already expressing interest or intent to buy or sign up for a specific product, it works very well as a B2C product, where you have a product to sell, or you want to push a certain product. I think AdWords is less suited when it comes to a branding piece if you are trying to give your business more exposure in the public eye. This could work as support to other channels, such as out of the home, or paid social.
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Pros

  • The implementation process is very streamlined as far as single site implementation. Once installed and your desired tracking metrics are rolling in. It is easy for you to build your portfolios to be modeled to achieve these goals and do it in the most efficient way.
  • The reporting aspect of the program also is one of its greatest benefits. No longer do you have to base the success of a paid search campaign on blurry metrics like CTR and SERP rankings. Media optimizer gives you the ability to track complete conversions all the way back to the paid ad that resulted in conversion, as well as the keyword that was searched.
  • Before the actual optimization process begins, and the dollars start being spent, there is a period of learning for the tool that allows it to conduct hypothetical, but statistical based modeling that allows you to see what sort of optimization to expect before turning on the tool and spending actual budget.
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  • Highly targeted traffic based on client keywords. Because there are rather advanced targeting options (geographic, time of day, etc.) and you're bidding on specific keywords, traffic from Adwords tends to be better converting than other marketing options.
  • Can easily control costs. Obviously if money is no object then you can attract a lot more traffic but even for clients with smaller budgets we can set a smaller daily budget and hold to that. In such scenarios I'm usually looking for low cost keywords that have a good bang for the buck.
  • Experimenting to explore potential popularity. I've used Adwords as a test bed for some clients to see if an idea or a product actually has a market. It's a quick and dirty way to answering is there an audience for this (if nobody is searching a given term, likely not).
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Cons

  • The product is expensive.
  • The product sometimes has issues recognizing our users and remembering their profile information.
  • The product can be challenging when gathering specific reports.
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  • For the inexperienced Adwords can easily get out of hand. There are always suggestions for additional keywords to add, etc. however often times those keywords can break a client's budget (let's be real, Google wants to make money here). I actually, over time, tend to hone in on a smaller number of keywords that are top performing.
  • The quality score of keywords is a bit of a dark art that doesn't always make sense to me. The quality score is an algorithm that determines if you ad will show for a given keyword. From time to time I see keywords get dinged for low quality score even when the landing page and ad contain relevant keywords.
  • In my experience you do have to babysit the campaigns to make them most effective. There is some automation that has been added over time but you're still far better off coming back and regularly checking on keywords / ads that are performing well and pausing those that aren't.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Media Optimizer1.8
Based on 2 answers
It has performed well above our expectations and has given us the time we'd be better off spending on building new strategies and customer development, over manual PPC campaign management. The ROI far exceeds what we could have promised on our own with many clients and we wouldn't want to give up that kind of almost guaranteed ROI for our clients.
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Google Ads10.0
Based on 19 answers
AdWords is a great place to start for most clients looking to do internet marketing. The low cost of entry and potential for highly targeted traffic makes it tough to beat.
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Usability

Adobe Media Optimizer9.0
Based on 1 answer
It definitely takes some instruction to get to be able to use the system. One would struggle trying to get it to work without any previous experience with it. If you are famailiar with the interface it is actually quite fast and easy to maneuver around.
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Google Ads9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very quick UI. Put together in a very intuitive and simple manor, while allowing users to go into the depths of functionality if they want
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Support

Adobe Media Optimizer7.2
Based on 2 answers
Customer support is very hands on and the Adobe team pulls from what ever department of expertise to get the problems solve quickly and efficiently
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Google Ads9.0
Based on 2 answers
Good support from the AdWords team, and the community.
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Google Ads9.0
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Daily use with advanced account structures. Familiarity with reporting/api and complex setups.
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Implementation

Adobe Media Optimizer8.0
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It was difficult initially, but the implementation of the Dynamic Tag Manager was a big help and timesaver.
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Alternatives Considered

We have only gone with the Adobe Media Optimizer, as it seemed the most appropriate tool for what we wanted to use it for and offered an optimization tool as well as a reporting platform that others didn't. We took into account the abilities of Marin software and Navis, but none could offer the benefits that AMO could
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Bing is very similar (to the degree that you can essentially import and export campaigns between AdWords and Bing). Generally though, it gets less volume overall, and we've found the quality of leads that we do get from Bing to generally be more inconsistent than what we see from AdWords
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Return on Investment

  • This has increased the number of clients.
  • This has increased the amount of productivity and time we can spend on clients.
  • This has increased the overall revenue because we can handle more than we used to be able to handle without this tool.
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  • The positive impact comes from the fact, that paid search is usually the cheapest paid advertising channel
  • The negative impact is due to the dependency on Google when it comes to CPCs, as there are many factors influencing the actual CPC, which lately has increased significantly on all types of keywords. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nothing to do on the advertiser's side.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Media Optimizer

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

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