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Likelihood to Recommend

AdRoll

It is very well suited for easy targeting especially when it comes to visual ads in the remarketing and retargeting categories. As a small business, this option is also affordable for our use.
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Simpli.fi

If you don't care where your campaigns are running, if you don't care about your clients then feel free to do business with them.I would not recommend them to other agencies or business if they have a lot of particular advertisers and clients that they work with. It is too much work for them.If you want to do a self-service model with Simpli.fi, then I could recommend working with them. As long as I don't have to deal with their customer service daily, and my company has the control of the campaigns, I can feel more comfortable working with them. But even still, there are a lot of red flags that have been raised over the last few years and I am skeptical.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdRoll
7.6
Simpli.fi
6.5
Data Transfer
AdRoll
7.8
Simpli.fi
5.0
DSP integration
AdRoll
7.5
Simpli.fi
8.0

Ad Campaigns

AdRoll
8.1
Simpli.fi
Ad campaign creation
AdRoll
8.2
Simpli.fi
Ad deployment
AdRoll
8.6
Simpli.fi
Display advertising
AdRoll
8.5
Simpli.fi
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdRoll
8.2
Simpli.fi
Sequence targeting
AdRoll
6.9
Simpli.fi

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdRoll
7.0
Simpli.fi
Ad dashboards
AdRoll
7.5
Simpli.fi
Ad performance reports
AdRoll
7.4
Simpli.fi
Ad conversion tracking
AdRoll
6.6
Simpli.fi
Ad attribution reporting
AdRoll
6.9
Simpli.fi
Cross-channel ad management
AdRoll
7.4
Simpli.fi
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdRoll
6.2
Simpli.fi

Data Collection

AdRoll
Simpli.fi
6.0
Collection of first-party data
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
7.6
Collection of third-party data
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
5.3
Access to Third-party Data Providers
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
5.3

Data Classification

AdRoll
Simpli.fi
6.9
Audience taxonomy
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
7.4
Tag Management
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
7.6
Data Analysis Dashboard
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
5.9

DMP Analytics

AdRoll
Simpli.fi
7.3
Campaign Analytics
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
6.9
Audience Analytics
AdRoll
Simpli.fi
7.6

Pros

  • Customizability of visual ads is easy and efficient. I can make it look the way I want it with the words I need to use.
  • I think the reach not being limited to just Google but rather accross multiple channels is an advantage for AdRoll.
  • Has a great support team that is always ready to help out. They were particularly helpful when we were first trying to set up our first ad campaign.
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  • Their geo-fencing capabilities are by far one of the best in the market. The reporting capabilities on the back end for geo-fencing is great & the way they can get down to a pinpoint location is great.
  • Having access to the amount of exchanges that they partner with is great for a small agency that wouldn't normally have that reach.
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Cons

  • Conversion reporting would be the big one. Some aspects of what they do are obfuscated, so you can't always get the best reporting depending on what channel you're running (web or facebook, retargeting, etc).
  • Better integration with Facebook creative units. Right now it feels like you don't get access to all of the same newer formats and capabilities you get when running with Facebook direct.
  • Better creative management. It can get a bit unwieldy managing many different variations of creative.
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  • Their customer service over the last couple of years has been severely lacking! It has been an absolute terrible experience which has made us re-evaluate our plans of moving forward with them.
  • They over-promise & under-deliver constantly. Even though they say they have the best geo-fencing capabilities in the market and that's how they sell you on it, they take short cuts which inevitably makes their "glamorous" product look bad. If you send them the form that they have requested you to fill out, it ends up putting a radius around each fence. That isn't acceptable, just because they are "short staffed" or its too much work is no excuse to screw over the client.
  • A lot of times when we are getting questions from our clients that are truly relevant and are a cause for concern & we take that information back to Simpli.fi we feel like we are getting their "BS" answer. They talk a lot of game, but can't back it up when it comes down to it.
  • The sites that their inventory runs on is extremely alarming - we could never show that to a client when it is such garbage.
  • When we request keyword lists for Search Retargeting - we give them as much information as possible for the client + their website to pull keywords from. We could be running a restaurant and we could get keywords back for stock prices, linkedin, how to make donuts etc. Thousands & thousands of keywords that are completely irrelevant to our client and our cause.
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Likelihood to Renew

AdRoll6.5
Based on 4 answers
Account management is a big issue for us, its something we were looking for but we didn't get too many big ideas or big strategies to move the needle.
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Usability

AdRoll10.0
Based on 3 answers
I find most of the functions usable, but can see room for improvement in some areas
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Support

AdRoll10.0
Based on 3 answers
They have helped us solve problems, and have been available when we've had questions. They've also helped us optimize campaigns and improve our overall use of the product
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Implementation

AdRoll6.0
Based on 1 answer
It was easy to implement.
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Alternatives Considered

In some ways we've been looking at AdRoll as an alternative to running ads direct with Facebook. The biggest thing AdRoll has going for it is that their own network has reach beyond the Facebook ad network. It also provides a central place to run FB ads and display ads and see performance overall in one place. It's very good for what it is, but it still misses some features that you get when you run on FB directly.It seems to compare well to other DSP's/etc. though
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We have done a lot of research on many other vendors that offer the same or even more as Simpli.fi and have found a great fit for our business. There are many other options out there for programmatic buying! My advice to you is do your research. Don't just jump into bed with one without knowing all of the facts. Ask questions. Do some digging. And NEVER take anything they say at face value. They are there to sell you the product and if you move forward, you will for sure be disappointed
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Return on Investment

  • On a positive front, we've been able to measure some impact from AdRoll campaigns - we actually did an A/B test to look at how many view-through conversions were recorded for people who saw our ads vs seeing PSA's and saw a significant lift.
  • On a more negative front, the large majority of conversions we've seen through AdRoll have been view through conversions, which has made it more difficult to track which conversions specifically were due to AdRoll, and measuring has been more difficult (although their Enhanced Conversion Tracking helps some, although it only works for a subset of campaigns we run).
  • It's honestly hard to tell what the overall impact has been, as we actually haven't been running with it the past few months, and it's been hard to measure a noticeable decrease in overall signups/volume.
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  • We have actually seen quite a bit of negative impact because of poor performance & poor quality of sites & keywords, we have lost quite a bit of business.
  • Regardless of any negative impact, we still are able to offer this as a service to our clients, which in turn we do make money off of.
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Pricing Details

AdRoll

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

Simpli.fi

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