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Adobe Target

Let go of your preconceptions about what you think will win a user experience test, but keep hold of your marketing savvy.
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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

  • Test & Target is an excellent means to understand and quantify any user experience solutions your business needs to achieve.
  • Large scale tests combined with incremental changes will whip your web properties into shape. You will better understand your customers, as well as your success metrics. In the scope of a campaign, you can better understand the behavior of your audience by setting up specific success metrics (i.e. clicks on specific nav items, white paper downloads, page landings, etc.) alongside your primary conversions (i.e. form fill, purchase, application, etc.)
  • Test & Target is an excellent solution for directing traffic to the appropriate web properties. By targeting specific users, you will have the ability to set up parameters which determine the content which you want the customer to view.
  • Test & Target undergoes product updates on a regular basis, making its capabilities more robust. You must be analytic AND creative to use Test & Target to its fullest potential.
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  • Simplified exporting of reports and specific ranges of data
  • Automated reports are easy enough to set up
  • UI is simple and easy to use
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Cons

  • Segments must be configured and applied prior to publishing the test - that is, there is no post-hoc segmentation capability. This is a feature of some other tools that allow for analysis of particular segments after a test has run. It can be made possible with Adobe Target through the integration with Adobe Analytics, but it is not an inherent feature of Target.
  • The data export capabilities could use improvements. Often there is a need to export data out of the tool to integrate that data into another database and/or perform deeper analysis. Adobe Target does not make this easy within the UI (although there is an API that can be leveraged for these purposes).
  • The need to implement mboxes around each piece of content that is to be tested (as opposed to deployment of a single line of code) can often be a dependency that can slow down the testing rhythm for organizations that must adhere to a standard web development cycle as opposed to continuous deployment. One solution to this is the use of global mboxes but requires a deeper level of technical expertise to implement campaigns using this method.
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  • The speed of the UIX can be improved upon greatly, at times it is laggy.
  • The more tabs that are open, the slower the tool becomes.
  • Hard tagging is not full of features when compared to other solutions.
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Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Target6.3
Based on 24 answers
We did not renew, mostly due to product roadmap and overall cost of the product compared to competitors.
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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

Adobe Target1.1
Based on 4 answers
Interface is intuitive and easy to use.
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IBM Digital Analytics9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to implement and use.
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Reliability and Availability

Adobe Target6.1
Based on 4 answers
i don't think we use the full functionalities of the tool, but to use the full functions, it's almost impossible (Too hard)
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IBM Digital Analytics10.0
Based on 1 answer
Never had any issues
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Performance

Adobe Target8.0
Based on 3 answers
The bottleneck is never the software program
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IBM Digital Analytics8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Adobe Target7.0
Based on 6 answers
Our support is in India, so it makes communicating in real time difficult because of the time difference
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IBM Digital Analytics2.3
Based on 4 answers
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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In-Person Training

Adobe Target8.1
Based on 3 answers
The instructor that came to train us was awesome and this training was very useful. I would recommend it for anyone who is going to be using this software. I only mark it lower because it is an added expense to an already expensive product, and a lot of the training covered the "Target" portion of the software (which again, we didn't use)
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Online Training

Adobe Target6.1
Based on 3 answers
The training was very easy to understand, however it would have been more useful to my development team than me. It was also primarily over-the-phone, which is never as easy to follow as in-person. We ended up scheduling and paying for an in-person training session to supplement the online/phone training because it wasn't helpful enough.
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IBM Digital Analytics7.1
Based on 2 answers
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

Adobe Target7.2
Based on 5 answers
Ensure that documentation is thorough and detailed. Make no assumptions that IT or developers know why they are doing what you're asking them to do, and provide detailed instructions to them.
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IBM Digital Analytics9.9
Based on 2 answers
See previous comment: reading and understanding the encyclopedic implementation guide is a must.
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Alternatives Considered

Target has far superior functionality, it integrates with Adobe Analytics and is easy to build tests.
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Google Analytics is great low cost alternative to IBM Digital Analytics for smaller, low traffic sites but does not offer the in depth product performance reports we require for our retail clients. IBM can add notes on Google's user interface but Google should really add additional e-commerce capabilities. Google should also reevaluate their policy on the use of PII data.
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Scalability

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IBM Digital Analytics9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

  • We saw some nice lifts in conversion from the tests we ran within the product.
  • We were able to easily show other team members when suggestions would work or not work, with numbers backing it up.
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  • Digital Analytics is essential for reporting across web performance and marketing activities.
  • Although ROI is difficult to calculate for a web analytics tool, it has helped us drive business decisions that lead to increased ROI for marketing performance as well as a higher conversion rate on the website leading to higher revenue.
  • In particular, the Digital Recommendations solution has proved positive and has consistently returned positive ROIs for the majority of our clients, on average adding a lift of 5-10% in Sales.
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Pricing Details

Adobe Target

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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