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Score 8.3 out of 101
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Likelihood to Recommend

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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Basis DSP

Basis DSP is well suited to every type of campaign imaginable. My firm specializes in outreach and education campaigns and we use Basis DSP in order to turn people out to events and to take specific actions. Basis has changed how we do business for the better. The hyperlocal campaigns, native campaigns, and audio campaigns have all added excellent additional capabilities to our tool box and have allowed us to complete very compelling campaigns for our clients.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
7.4
Basis DSP
9.1
Data Transfer
AdStage
5.9
Basis DSP
8.4
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
Basis DSP
9.8

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.5
Basis DSP
9.0
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
Basis DSP
9.8
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
Basis DSP
9.2
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
Basis DSP
9.5
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
Basis DSP
9.3
Sequence targeting
AdStage
7.4
Basis DSP
7.4

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
8.5
Basis DSP
7.7
Ad dashboards
AdStage
8.7
Basis DSP
7.2
Ad performance reports
AdStage
9.0
Basis DSP
8.0
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
9.0
Basis DSP
8.1
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
8.1
Basis DSP
7.8
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
8.3
Basis DSP
7.8
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
8.1
Basis DSP
7.0

Pros

AdStage

  • 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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Basis DSP

  • Provides access to lots of data/user segments in addition to the ability to upload network audiences. User and interest level targeting is easy and powerful
  • API integrations with Basis DSP make it easy for publishers who are using bespoke and/or plug-and-play DMPs, CRMs, or other DSPs to manage campaigns without living in yet another interface.
  • Ad tag integration with DART/DFA ensures that trafficking ads with third-party impression tags/pixels is easy and only needs to be done once.
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Cons

AdStage

  • It's software, so glitches happen. And when those glitches happen, you need to talk to Support. While the Support team is really helpful, not reading from a script or just looking in the Help docs, there's often a severe lag time of hours or even days. That can be crushing when the glitch is affecting your ad campaigns that are spending money right now.
  • Setting up reports can be really frustrating if you want to customize them at all. If you want your Facebook Ads widget to only report on certain campaigns, there's no ability to filter by a naming convention or launch date, you just have to select every campaign manually. It's a bit like Magento—powerful, but working within the system can be really time-consuming.
  • Right now, AdStage focuses on Google & Facebook. So if you run ads on Snapchat, Pinterest, or Taboola you're kinda out of luck. They rolled out some LinkedIn stuff recently, and they say those other networks are on the way, but it's a little way that the software could get better.
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Basis DSP

  • More detail on how and when the exchanges review submitted ad tags would help us set better expectations for our clients and client success teams during launch. Often a delay in ad approvals can result in lagging campaign metrics that must be made up later, often at the cost of performance.
  • More predictive tools / the ability to stop a campaign from bidding when a certain impression threshold is reached (in addition to the dayparting and budget rules that are currently in place and used for every campaign).
  • For some reports, such a geolocation reports, being able to visualize it on a map of some kind would make the data export more meaningful and less manual for our operations and client success teams seeking to explain to clients where their campaign was exposed.
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Likelihood to Renew

AdStage

AdStage 8.0
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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Basis DSP

Basis DSP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Usability

AdStage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Basis DSP

Basis DSP 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's pretty basic, nothing is hidden and nothing ever moves so you can count on finding what you are looking for each day
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Support

AdStage

AdStage 10.0
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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Basis DSP

Basis DSP 10.0
Based on 1 answer
We have a dedicated account rep. She makes it seem like we are her only client, she is very responsive, helps each time we have a question and understands our campaign goals. Anytime we need support, our rep is available either email or call and if she is not going to be available, she will let us know ahead of time to provide back up and inform them of our current campaigns so they can better assist us.
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Implementation

AdStage

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Basis DSP

Basis DSP 9.0
Based on 1 answer
There are a ton of tactics and strategy to implement in the DSP platform. There isn't really a selection of the different types of campaigns or tactics to choose from, you just have to learn as you go. Once you figure out the strategy and goal of the campaign it is very easy to implement the tactic and to achieve its goals.
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Alternatives Considered

AdStage

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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Basis DSP

Basis is able to reach ad exchanges that these platforms can not. Basis serves as a one-stop shop whereas these platforms require 3rd party integrations.
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Return on Investment

AdStage

  • It's saved time for me to easily build out campaigns in Facebook and LinkedIn quickly and in scale
  • It gives people the option to get direct API access to multiple channels without having to build it all in-house
  • It allowed some great optimizations for LinkedIn which allowed us to use our spend there better
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Basis DSP

  • Basis has fewer fees than DV360 which has generated a favorable ROAS.
  • We pay $7500 a month to use LiveRamp for DV360. We do not need to do that for Basis.
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AdStage

Basis DSP

Pricing Details

AdStage

General

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

Basis DSP

General

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

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