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AdStage

AdStage is great if you're an agency or an in-house marketer managing a lot of ad budget, a lot of campaigns, or a large number of clients and you want to get the day-to-day tasks cleared to focus on higher-brain-stem tasks. Bid and budget management are replaced by rules. Holiday sales are replaced with flighting. All of your team members can log in, access their accounts, set up their reports and have them send to clients without having to lift a finger.
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AppNexus

There is no doubt about the platform performance but one should know about their needs before selecting. AppNexus is well suited for all the digital players to fulfill their goals
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
7.5
AppNexus
3.3
Data Transfer
AdStage
6.0
AppNexus
3.0
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
AppNexus
3.6

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.5
AppNexus
5.1
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
AppNexus
5.4
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
AppNexus
5.0
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
AppNexus
5.0
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
AppNexus
5.0
Sequence targeting
AdStage
7.5
AppNexus
5.0

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
8.5
AppNexus
5.2
Ad dashboards
AdStage
8.7
AppNexus
5.0
Ad performance reports
AdStage
9.0
AppNexus
5.0
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
9.0
AppNexus
4.5
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
8.0
AppNexus
4.5
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
8.3
AppNexus
4.6
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
8.0
AppNexus
8.0

Pros

  • AdStage has a great onboarding process. We have a dedicated support rep who walked our entire team through each of the three major sections of AdStage, talked about use cases and even recorded the training so we could provide it to other, future team members.
  • The real power of AdStage for us is in the Automation. You can set up rules for when to do things like increase budget or raise bids on certain ad channels. If something is doing well, push more money to it without ever logging in. Likewise, if something is tanking it gets turned off without you having to be at your computer. It frees up our team to focus on more strategic, creative endeavors by handling the "grunt work".
  • The ability to create custom metrics is a real plus. Sometimes, even with systems as advanced as Google and Facebook are, they just don't understand how to set up what you want to measure. Maybe I want to know the cost for all purchases across apps and my website? AdStage's custom metrics let me design that, and then use it in my reports, dashboards or rules.
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  • Targeting geographically by cities and regions, it has better targeting capabilities compared to other DSPs.
  • More and various targeting contextual categories.
  • Budget pacing is really great and super accurate.
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Cons

  • We were with them in the earlier days and when they were growing larger. We experienced some of that pain with pricing changes that didn't feel quite right. But, they've fixed this now.
  • We didn't really see the usefulness at times of optimizing some of the channels through AdStage, but we loved the reporting features they had for the channels.
  • Better tiers for payment and what fits into those. Again, these are being addressed much better now.
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  • Better visualization and dashboard will make it a perfect product.
  • The product concept is hard to master. More video training in addition to the interactive training may help.
  • More report templates will make my life easier since it takes time to build one.
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Likelihood to Renew

AdStage8.0
Based on 1 answer
AdStage has been great and the only reason we wouldn't renew is if we decided to build this all out internally for API access. But, customer services is great, the product is great and I'd definitely recommend it.
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AppNexus4.0
Based on 6 answers
The UI is well-rounded and easy to find previously delivered campaigns if you need to refer back to campaigns in the past. Even the creatives stay
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Usability

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AppNexus5.0
Based on 2 answers
Because I think the interface is kind of confusing at the beginning and it confuses you a lot.
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Reliability and Availability

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AppNexus10.0
Based on 1 answer
I've never had any problems with appnexus - the software is always available
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Performance

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AppNexus10.0
Based on 1 answer
Yes, everything works great in that sense
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Support

AdStage10.0
Based on 1 answer
AdStage had great support. They got back to me quickly every time, they always had or found an answer for what I was looking for, they took my feedback well, and they were knowledgeable with the platform and any issues I had. I have worked with a lot of other companies that are slow and AdStage definitely isn't one of them.
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AppNexus6.0
Based on 1 answer
Because the support team does give you support, they take 24hrs to get back to you but once they open a ticket they focus on resolving the issue for you. My only problem is that you don't have a specific account representative assigned to you.
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Online Training

No score
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AppNexus2.0
Based on 1 answer
Online training are not user friendly and not easy to understand
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Alternatives Considered

I'm actually not aware of a ton of direct competitors for what AdStage is doing right now. As mentioned before, they have some great integrations for deep analytics, they bring all of the different vendors together in one central place and they have some awesome automation tools that I have not seen around.
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QlikView's dashboard is hard to configure. Also, it is unable to report on metrics by section or DMA. It does not update data that have been corrected. There is no visualization with QlikView.
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Scalability

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AppNexus5.0
Based on 1 answer
Because it's a great DSP but not the best
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Return on Investment

  • In terms of hours saved, it's hard to pin down, but we definitely spend more time on the meaningful, strategic, or artistic tasks now than we used to.
  • AdStage is also a great tool to roll out during the sales process because our clients love to hear that we're making decisions automatically with data and automation rather than just hiring more junior people to push buttons.
  • During black Friday this year our team all setup campaigns to flight, meaning they weren't sitting around the turkey with their laptops out. That's an ROI in company culture that's hard to measure, but extremely valuable.
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  • The performance campaign I ran with AppNexus didn't deliver the expected/desired ROI goal.
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AppNexus

Pricing Details

AdStage

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

AppNexus

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