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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Social

Adobe Social is not well suited to any type of social publishing, reporting or listening, particularly on a large scale within a major enterprise. It can, on occasion, completely fail to do what is asked of it. Customer support is slow and representatives often don't even read the ticket properly and ask questions answered by the ticket.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

I think it is wel suited for a business with a lot of one on one relations in the database. For example a supermarket that sells products to a client and gives a reduction on that product. It is nice if the selection process is not to complex and does not involve to many calculations. It is also nice if it is very clear what you want to follow up.In our environment we have lots of many-to-many relations. for example one product is held by more then one client. And that client might have more of those products with other clients. These kind of situation demands for a lot of calculations with derived fields(*), and there things go far too slow. Unica is probably not such a good solution for us, because our environment is too complex, and so is to process of creating the selection, we often have to change things in the selection flows. Because of the complexity it is difficult to see what the flow is exactly doing afterwoods, it also takes to much time to modify existing campaigns. The interface is not handy to work with, if you have long lists of variables, of tables or derived fields(*) you have to scroll through trough them, you can not really search them or reorder them. You can not drag and drop fields or other objects like derived fields in the flow, what would be easy if you have to make frequent changes to the proces flow. When you copy objects something the content of the object changes because the links with other objects or lost. (*) derived field: field to calculate something
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Listening/monitoring

Adobe Social
2.3
HCL Unica
Boolean keyword searches
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Filtering out noise/spam
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Sentiment analysis
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Broad channel coverage
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica

Publishing

Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
Content planning and scheduling
Adobe Social
4.0
HCL Unica
Audience targeting
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
Content optimization
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Workflow management
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica

Engagement

Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Automated routing and prioritization
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Customer interaction histories
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Bulk actions
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica

Marketing

Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Lead generation
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Content marketing
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Paid media management
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Campaigns and promotions
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica

Channel coverage/integration

Adobe Social
2.9
HCL Unica
Twitter
Adobe Social
4.0
HCL Unica
Facebook
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
LinkedIn
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
Google+
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
Instagram
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
Pinterest
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
YouTube
Adobe Social
1.0
HCL Unica

Reporting/analytics

Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Campaign success analytics
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Real-time tracking
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
Competitor analysis
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica

Account management

Adobe Social
2.5
HCL Unica
Role-based user permissions & privileges
Adobe Social
3.0
HCL Unica
Mobile access
Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica

Pros

Adobe Social

  • Integration with Site Catalyst could be of benefit as long as a subject matter expert in both platforms provides guidance
  • Some of the terms reporting can be useful at times to determine overall reach of a campaign across platforms
  • Recent update to newest version did bring some noticable improvements.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

  • Ability to translate Multiple SQL queries into a very easy to use visual GUI.
  • Provides the ability to pre-define segments, run them once in off hours, store them in their own system tables for quick youth and a significant reduction in CPU utilization on the database.
  • It’s use of Reusable objects. Including user variables to pre-define calculations one time, macros that you can create and pass values to parameterize the SQL code And the creation of templates to easily replicate work.
  • It’s ability to bring in external data on the fly that can very easily be mapped into any flowchart.
  • It’s flexibility and creating UNIX script via triggers to automate sending of files to multiple vendors with different FTP sites
  • It’s flexibility in the output layouts that it can create.
Eric Bahme | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Social

  • It would be great if Adobe scheduled video uploads for Twitter.
  • A time change in a social post automatically puts the post back to Level 1 of approvals. It can be a big hassle to have to start the process over for such a small change.
  • Adobe uses a different algorithm to measure engagement our company does. It would be great to upload your own algorithm into Adobe.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

  • Greater integration of real time (Interact) capabilities with outbound channels, in particular IBM eMessage Email & SMS delivery.
  • Additional outbound channels to be integrated into eMessage, including Facebook Fanpage & Twitter DM broadcasts. At the moment these are possible only through custom additional integration.
  • Support for additional marketing database technology, e.g. MySQL, Exasol, ParAccel, WX2.
  • Provision of database technology with software purchase, as Web technology (IBM WebSphere Express) is supplied for free, but no database is supplied - since IBM also market DB2, which is a supported technology it seems a shame.
Tim Biddiscombe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Social

Adobe Social 5.4
Based on 11 answers
I wasn't in charge of making the actual management decision, but I would absolutely renew Adobe Social. As I mentioned, it provides strong and in-depth analytics and listening tools. The reports that it generates are very thorough and easy to read. I loved the platform and would recommend it to anyone
Robert Randle | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 8.7
Based on 12 answers
There are three main factors to renew a licence:1) Cost to migrate to another platform would be rather expensive and time consuming, plus the requirement of retraining employees to use a new tool2) It has been proven time and time again that it is a market leader in the space (10 years +)3) It can be built upon, with the addition of additional IBM EMM modules - despite theories it does have very strong digital capabilities.
Brent Banning | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Social

Adobe Social 2.1
Based on 2 answers
The new UX is gorgeous and overall usability of the tool has improved greatly, but there has also been an increase in slow loads and overall login issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 8.0
Based on 1 answer
I think it is easy to use, if you don't have to do to complex selections.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Adobe Social

Adobe Social 8.0
Based on 1 answer
The Adobe support team is really helpful. We have recently gone through a number of account reps since our favorite rep was promoted off of our account, so we are hoping for better service in our newest rep.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 3.0
Based on 1 answer
I didn't use the Unica support since it is with IBM, only before.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Adobe Social

Adobe Social 6.0
Based on 1 answer
Training was long and a little confusing. While a number of features carried over, they were still covered in this elongated training. It would have been nice to have training tailored to experience level with the product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Adobe Social

Adobe Social 5.0
Based on 1 answer
The implementation was done during our POC. We had a very mixed experience here, and have had some issues arise since based on the way the tool was implemented. An Adobe employee went ahead and made a change to our account that was unauthorized (helpful for our implementation) which caused issues in on boarding another team who needed the same change, but could not get it done without costly Adobe certification
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

HCL Unica 7.2
Based on 2 answers
- We had to rebuild a part of the datamart afterwards to tighten up and simplify the selection process. But as it was too time consuming to rebuild all the existing campaigns, we no run campaigns on different versions of the datamart. - The response tracking of the campaigns never worked out well, it was impossible to implement a direct response where there is a link between the lead and the response in our operational process
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Social

Hootsuite Enterprise is superior in many ways, but the biggest factor is probably that it is constantly evolving and adding new features, working directly with social media companies ahead of new releases. Adobe seems to have stopped developing their product.
Chris Cartwright | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

The contact history and the response history are so powerful. You can track whatever you want to help the call center to push relevant offers to our customer. In addition, predictive models can be built, with patience, in IBM Campaign. If you have some complaints from the call center about any campaigns, you can easily validate it into the contact or response history.
Gabriel Racine | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Social

  • A bespoke report we created (and had to pay additional money to work with Adobe to create) paid dividends. It signaled to us that one of the characters in our show was receiving out-sized chatter - and we pivoted our marketing plans as a result.
  • It was awful for tracking realtime trends, stats and chatter.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HCL Unica

  • It helps my clients drive their business which in turn, drives more profit for them.
  • It helps my clients determine what works, and what doesn't work, in terms of their social marketing campaigns.
  • It helps navigate proper budgeting through determining what clients' users respond to, and what they find unique.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Adobe Social

General

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

HCL Unica

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Social
2.0
HCL Unica
9.0

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Social
5.4
HCL Unica
8.7

Usability

Adobe Social
2.1
HCL Unica
8.0

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Social
7.0
HCL Unica

Performance

Adobe Social
5.0
HCL Unica

Support Rating

Adobe Social
8.0
HCL Unica
3.0

Online Training

Adobe Social
6.0
HCL Unica

Implementation Rating

Adobe Social
5.0
HCL Unica
7.2

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