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Likelihood to Recommend

Dynamic Tag Management

If you're on the Adobe stack at all, you absolutely need DTM. It will make your life infinitely easier. It's so simple to update your Adobe Analytics code and have version control, and when we implemented Adobe Target, it took literally less than 15 minutes for me to do. I also think it's significantly simpler than Google Tag Manager. I went through all manner of difficulty when implementing tags on that and have not had similar problems on DTM. If you're frequently placing pixels, it's a great tool that will speed their deployment.The only situation in which I think a tag manager is not appropriate is if you have a dev with too much time on their hands. Otherwise, get a TMS and get DTM.
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Webtrends Analytics

Scenarios1. If you want to use web server log files as input to your web analytics, then Webtrends will provides a good product, with great ease of implementation. Don't even think about being cheap on hardware, and make sure Webtrends runs on real servers, not in a VM environment.2. If you want to use Data Tagging, similar to Google Analytics or Site Catalyst, Webtrends has a powerful product, just be prepared to pay.3. If you are new to Web Analytics, but it is the strategic direction, start with Webtrends on Premises.Questions to Ask1. What are you trying to accomplish?2. Can you place a dollar value on the benefit that you expect/need from Webtrends?3.Can you live with Webtrends running SaaS?
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Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Dynamic Tag Management
10.0
Webtrends Analytics
Role-based user permissions
Dynamic Tag Management
10.0
Webtrends Analytics

Tag Management

Dynamic Tag Management
7.4
Webtrends Analytics
Tag library
Dynamic Tag Management
5.0
Webtrends Analytics
Tag variable mapping
Dynamic Tag Management
6.1
Webtrends Analytics
Ease of writing custom tags
Dynamic Tag Management
7.6
Webtrends Analytics
Rules-driven tag execution
Dynamic Tag Management
8.2
Webtrends Analytics
Tag performance monitoring
Dynamic Tag Management
8.2
Webtrends Analytics
Improved page load times
Dynamic Tag Management
9.0
Webtrends Analytics
Mobile app tagging
Dynamic Tag Management
8.0
Webtrends Analytics
Library of JavaScript extensions
Dynamic Tag Management
7.1
Webtrends Analytics

Data Management & Integrity

Dynamic Tag Management
7.0
Webtrends Analytics
Event tracking
Dynamic Tag Management
9.0
Webtrends Analytics
Mobile event tracking
Dynamic Tag Management
9.0
Webtrends Analytics
Data distribution management
Dynamic Tag Management
7.0
Webtrends Analytics
Universal data layer
Dynamic Tag Management
9.0
Webtrends Analytics
Automated error checking
Dynamic Tag Management
1.0
Webtrends Analytics

Pros

Dynamic Tag Management

  • The ability to measure the start and end of an online process to determine where web visitor's are falling out or not completing things such as login, web forms, and shopping cart
  • Measure website traffic
  • Measure and report shopping cart funnel
  • Can be customized to fit your unique business needs
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Webtrends Analytics

  • More than some of its competitors, most Webtrends' configurations (reports, dimensions, filters, content groups, measures) can be done in the admin UI, rather than in the tagging and site code. The tag itself is smart - it can sense offsite links, clicks on pdf downloads, form button clicks, and so on, which eliminates a lot of extra coding or tag modification that has to be done with other products.
  • There are so many levers and buttons in the configuration that nearly anything can be turned into a report, or a report dimension, filter, or measure.
  • It allows re-analysis of past data as far back as 90 days. Usually, you do this if you have created new custom reports, content groups, change the filters, and so on.
  • There is a software version, called On Premises. (The SaaS version is called On Demand.)
  • It has real path analysis ... it does not daisy-chain individual steps as others do. The paths it displays are what happens in actual visits, up to 20 steps long. It has forward and backward paths (one visit can appear several times depending on how many times the node was hit), paths-from-entry (one visit, one path), content group paths as well as page paths. Its one lack (that I care about) is SiteCatalyst's Pathfinder report which allows you to identify wildcard pages in a 3-step hypothetical path.
  • This isn't going to ring a bell for a lot of people, but it handles list variables much better than its competitors (basically, parameters that hold multiple values such as "choose as many as apply" kinds of variables.
  • It handles the tabulations of parameters really well. It deals with three kinds of parameters: those in the pages' URL, those placed in the WT.meta's (I don't think any competitors use this approach and it is fantastic for easily keeping URLs clean for SEO purposes), and those collected automatically by the standard tag. When tabulating parameters, its competitors require more up-front work, lots more configuration time, or severe limits on the quantity.
  • Having recently tried out Google Analytics' new Content Groups feature, I was reminded of how powerful it is in Webtrends. There's really no comparison. Furthermore, the content groups can be configured p in the UI as well as hard-coded into the page. Content Group paths can be up to 20 steps long, and are not daisy-chained.
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Cons

Dynamic Tag Management

  • Because Adobe Analytics requires adding DTM tags to the site, it does require some basic web development skills to ensure it does not impact pageload speed. When working across a large organization with many developers, it is equally important the developers do remove the code, lacking the understanding of what it is.
  • The utilization of eVars, Sprops, and events to tag a website, creates a learning curve for technical teams. There is a gap in knowledge of UX | UI design and the strategy of what should be measured and treated as a click event vs. pageload.
  • The Adobe consultants provide very little "real world" examples and they do not look at your web design and the user's functionality to recommend a DTM tagging strategy
  • All implementations should start first with a tagging strategy: 1) define what are the most important, critical actions or behaviors on the website 2) Write out the details within the Adobe provided spreadsheet for assigning eVars, Sprops and Events 3) Tag the site
  • When consulting within the business team, try to refrain from talking eVars, Sprops and events. It is simply too confusing and is much easier to ask what are the online behaviors or interactions that are most important across the site or on the page and then translate those into a DTM tagging strategy and prioritization.
  • Don't try to tag everything! Which often results in over engineering, too many technical resources spending too many hours tagging and testing. Quantity of data is not the same as quality.
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Webtrends Analytics

  • The big downside, the elephant in the room, is that it does not (as of right now) have on-demand segmenting, drilldowns, etc. You have to think of what you want in advance and create those reports then analyze some data. This is huge. You can, of course, re-analyze old data after creating new reports but you still have to wait. (This deficiency may become obsolete with the release of Webtrends Explore later this month (May 2014).)
  • It has fewer mature integrations with other products and databases than competitors do, although I'm told it works with SharePoint better than anything else does.
  • Its attribution modeling capability is behind Google Analytics'. In my humble opinion, this could be changed quickly if Webtrends would make some tweaks to its standard visitor history files (i.e. preserve the order in which past visits were sourced beyond the single most recent one, rather than storing all those past sources as a randomized list).
  • It doesn't incorporate statistical tests, confidence intervals, or statistical associations. However, this same criticism can be applied to its competitors (other than A/B Testing products). It's a tabulation program, as they all are. In this respect, web analytics tools as a group are relatively primitive. Sorry to bring this up as a criticism of Webtrends but it's my pet peeve about the whole industry and I just have to say it. (p.s. take advantage of the heavy-duty Webtrends Scheduled Export functionality to get really granular data that you can feed to a stats program to get significances.)
  • Although the documentation, help screens, phone support and the knowledge base have improved tremendously in recent years, there is still a pretty steep learning curve because it is different from the tools that entry-level users may have already been exposed to. This can be a shock and many users are alienated at first because they just don't get some of the fundamentals at first. I'd like to see much better help screens that are thoroughly interlinked with the KB and documentation. Having superb online support would make a world of difference with the adoption of this basically powerful tool.
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Likelihood to Renew

Dynamic Tag Management

Dynamic Tag Management 10.0
Based on 1 answer
As it interfaces so well with AMO, we shall be utilizing the DTM for any future client additions.
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Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 5.4
Based on 25 answers
Once an analytics platform is in place on a client's site, I am loathe to switch. There's little justification (other than budget) to leave Webtrends.The factor that would force me to switch is familiarity. Many more web analysts know and understand Google Analytics and Omniture. If a big redesign is coming up and the analytics staff is increasing, deployment time can be a real issue. Training new staff on Webtrends can slow down this process. However, it should be noted that because of their excellent customer service an individual can get lots of help on the learning curve.
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Usability

Dynamic Tag Management

Dynamic Tag Management 5.0
Based on 2 answers
It does exactly what it is designed for in a very user friendly fashion.
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Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 5.4
Based on 7 answers
There's always room for improvement, but the power and flexibility is undeniable.
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Reliability and Availability

Dynamic Tag Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.0
Based on 4 answers
It is much better than average. Down time usually occurs because of a need to refresh the server on our end.
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Performance

Dynamic Tag Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 8.2
Based on 3 answers
The v9 admin interface and v10 reporting interface work as well as expected, but have a tendency to be pokey, especially for bulky reports and whenever you're connected to wifi. I much prefer using the REST API for all reporting for this reason, which simply dumps out the data and doesn't bother with the user interface.
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Support

Dynamic Tag Management

Dynamic Tag Management 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Although it is a newer product to Adobe, they seem to truly care about our challenges and are very proactive in making sure that we have the most knowledgeable support available in a timely manner.
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Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 8.8
Based on 8 answers
WebTrends day-to-day tech support is generally very good, and they are also good with escalating issues when necessary.
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In-Person Training

Dynamic Tag Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.7
Based on 3 answers
The in-person training was comprehensive enough to get you started, but I strongly recommend having a more experienced person when beginning with the tool.
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Online Training

Dynamic Tag Management

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Webtrends provides several free webinars over the course of the year, many of which I would expect to pay for. The people providing the webinars seem to have a good feel for real-world application of the product.
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Implementation

Dynamic Tag Management

Dynamic Tag Management 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It was quite seamless with the outstanding support from our Adobe account manager.
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Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.9
Based on 5 answers
Careful planning and patience. Use a non-public test site to fine tune tags and reporting. Despite best laid plans, there will be surprises when you collect the data, run the analysis and begin generating reports using the tool. Perform a tag audit to ensure tags fire as desired.
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Alternatives Considered

Dynamic Tag Management

The one thing GTM has over DTM is that there are a bunch of hosted pixels by companies like Facebook. Otherwise, it's incredibly inferior. The DTM UI is easier, more intuitive, and more comprehensible. Debugging is easier as well, and the triggers are better defined in DTM. Version control is far superior and it's so easy to tell what tags are firing and when. I went from DTM to GTM when switching jobs and was so relieved when my new company made the switch to DTM. I'm much happier and it's much easier now.
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Webtrends Analytics

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Return on Investment

Dynamic Tag Management

  • The key factor is that my devs are not tied up with petty things like adding JS or advertising pixels. Simple work like that can be handled by me while they work on feature development.
  • Release cycle is much shorter when a dev is needed, say for a direct call rule that involves JS being written. We don't have to go through the normal release cycle and can do it on an ad hoc basis without all the rigmarole of a hot fix.
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Webtrends Analytics

  • With the detailed data we were able to extract we were able to identify new inventory our product team should target - increasing our opportunities for new sales.
  • Webtrends did help us areas of opportunity to improve on-site search, which was critical for our organization.
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Pricing Details

Dynamic Tag Management

General

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

General

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

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