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Adobe Media Optimizer

27 Ratings
Score 7 out of 101

WordStream

34 Ratings
Score 6.9 out of 101

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Adobe Media Optimizer

Best solution for enterprises, brands and high volume retailers. Not suitable for smaller businesses or agencies.
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WordStream

WordStream is so beneficial to a green digital marketing team. If your team is new to paid ads, this will help immensely. It might not be as beneficial for a company that does not use AdWords and is strictly in social ads.
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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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  • Definitely go with a consultant. It amazed me how quickly our consultant was able to understand our business and what we sell. He was the best resource for our newly-digitized marketing team.
  • The negative keywords section was a hugely helpful tool. It saved us from so much unnecessary spend while making it easy to add negatives.
  • How quickly changes implemented were updated on AdWords was amazing. It's live, so no lag and unnecessary spend.
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Cons

  • Initial code implementation can be difficult, depending on the size and style of the website you are trying to implement it on. Use of the new Adobe Dynamic Tag Manager can make this project significantly easier.
  • We experienced difficulty initially when we were hard coding the javascript onto the site while others were making website changes and this sometimes resulted in data inaccuracies.
  • The process from inception to actually getting your website actually up and running with the optimizer engine can be lengthy, especially when doing several sites concurrently. For smaller applications I can see this taking a much shorter time frame, but can be quite time consuming for multiple websites.
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  • While the basic tools are pretty simple to use, the platform is actually pretty expansive and I don't feel like I've taken advantage of it (yet) as much as I could. It does require some training to get up to speed.
  • Support for Display ad campaigns is limited - this is mainly used as a way to optimize Search campaigns.
  • Reporting. I find the reporting setup to be a bit confusing and still rely on other sources for building out reports on our Adwords performance (Adwords itself and Google Analytics).
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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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WordStream9.0
Based on 3 answers
Affordable, useful, informative, easy to use, continually updating and staying current
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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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Support

Adobe Media Optimizer7.2
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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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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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First one that I used.
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Return on Investment

  • We have seen 12:1 ROI in some clients within the first 3 weeks of being up and live on the service. This is where you can go in and adjust portfolio objectives and make changes accordingly.
  • It has freed up a lot of time that we had previously spent manually monitoring and managing individual paid search accounts. While a lot of that time is still spent with the accounts, it is spent in AMO, checking and adjusting portfolio goals and weighting objectives to achieve maximum benefit.
  • It is important to make sure to allow AMO to take time to learn, and make sure that it is receiving enough information to learn and make decisions properly. We've found that slower moving PPC account that don't receive tons of traffic often need to utilize secondary objectives in their portfolios to "feed" the system enough info to learn and act.
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  • In my opinion ROI is zero.
  • Either spend a bit more time on Google AdWords portal and avoid paying the money that you do not need to pay to WordStream or just hire a company to manage your AdWords.
  • AdWords is a complex configuration and needs expertise, you are better off hiring someone that does this for a living.
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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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WordStream

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