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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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Brand Networks Platform

If you have a multiple social channel strategy, the Brand Networks Platform does a good job of comparing and summarizing the cross-platform performance of all the social campaigns. They also have really good optimization technology, so if you have a beginner media buyer who doesn't have a lot of time to devote to (or knowledge about) optimizing campaigns, the BN tool would be helpful.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
7.5
Brand Networks Platform
6.0
Data Transfer
AdStage
6.0
Brand Networks Platform
6.0
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
Brand Networks Platform
6.0

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.5
Brand Networks Platform
8.0
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
Brand Networks Platform
7.0
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
Brand Networks Platform
8.0
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
Brand Networks Platform
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
Brand Networks Platform
9.0
Sequence targeting
AdStage
7.5
Brand Networks Platform

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
8.5
Brand Networks Platform
5.8
Ad dashboards
AdStage
8.7
Brand Networks Platform
5.0
Ad performance reports
AdStage
9.0
Brand Networks Platform
7.0
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
9.0
Brand Networks Platform
4.0
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
8.0
Brand Networks Platform
4.0
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
8.3
Brand Networks Platform
9.0
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
8.0
Brand Networks Platform
6.0

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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  • Sleek design -- very attractive UI
  • Constantly innovating and updating the platform
  • Their support desk is very good. Very responsive and can usually update my issue within 1-2 business days.
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Cons

  • 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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  • API data issues. There are somewhat frequent breakdowns in continuous data being pulled from the social platforms
  • The campaign creation flow is a little clunky and has a couple bugs. Users often forgo using the platform to set up new campaigns, and use the native platforms instead
  • Because it's in continual development, there are lots of little bugs that slip through the cracks
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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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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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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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Facebook for Business has far fewer bugs and errors. Brand Networks has made some major changes over the 3 years that I have been using the platform, but because they are constantly changing and overhauling their platform, there are naturally more bugs in the system -- and this can interfere with the user experience.
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Return on Investment

  • 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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  • If you can create the report you need through automation, you can have those automatically sent to your email or a client's email. That saves time.
  • If optimization works correctly, you get even more efficient costs against you given campaign objective.
  • However, when features are broken, or there is a bug and I can't pull the performance data I need immediately, it detracts from my productivity
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Pricing Details

AdStage

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Brand Networks Platform

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