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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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LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

If you want to do awareness campaigns for a brand or product, LinkedIn can be very helpful. Most of the ad units work well for this type of campaign. So using campaigns for thought leadership is great.I've yet to see LinkedIn Marketing Solutions being very good for lead gen, despite being a big part of the platform's offering. I've done it for several clients and it just hasn't produced good results. I also think that while InMail looks and sounds great on paper and in theory, there too have I ever seen much success. It's not surprising since I rarely look at them when they're sent to me personally. The really odd thing is that they seems to know this, because reps have typically steered me away from any type of ad unit other than sponsored content.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
7.5
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Data Transfer
AdStage
6.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.5
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Sequence targeting
AdStage
7.5
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
7.4
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad dashboards
AdStage
8.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad performance reports
AdStage
8.5
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
8.5
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
6.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
7.5
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
6.0
LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

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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  • LinkedIn targets other professionals incredibly well, it is by far the best targeted paid advertising we do.
  • Engagement rates on LinkedIn are typically higher than any other social media platforms.
  • InMail allows us to contact prospects directly with a picture and personalized message, the extra personalization features go a long way.
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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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  • LinkedIn has a relatively limited audience size when compared to other social media platforms.
  • There is a large group of LinkedIn users that create an account and never return, but messages still hit their inboxes.
  • LinkedIn targeting by job title can be limiting, as they set a hard limit on targeted titles per campaign.
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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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Usability

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LinkedIn Marketing Solutions9.1
Based on 2 answers
I think the tool is easy to use and delivers valuable results.
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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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LinkedIn Marketing Solutions8.0
Based on 1 answer
All of my issues were resolved quickly.
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Alternatives Considered

We've used tools like Companion Labs and AdEspresso before for Facebook Ads, or Optmyzer or WordStream for Google Ads, and AdStage has so many features that these systems don't. True, it's drastically more expensive than most, but the feature set is leaps and bounds above. From automation to reporting to even campaign monitoring being in a single platform with this level of customization, it's playing at a different level than anything else we've used off-the-shelf.
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LinkedIn doesn't come even remotely close to the pure audience size of Google, or even Yahoo for that matter. But it really doesn't need to, it's a specific product for a specific market and it does an exceedingly good job. Facebook will get your content in front of an almost unlimited number of people, but it won't target them anywhere near as effectively as LinkedIn. LinkedIn also establishes contact during business hours, which is when prospects are most likely to respond to marketing that is business related. Seems like a no-brainer, but most professionals aren't going to act on Facebook marketing from 9-5.
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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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  • We have seen a marked increase in inbound agent calls since we began LinkedIn marketing.
  • LinkedIn marketing is an excellent way to put your content in front of people that are actually going to read it, this has led to a major increase in our content being consumed and acted on.
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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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LinkedIn Marketing Solutions

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