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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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OpenX

While I didn't think it was the best solution for ad serving capabilities, I've heard it is great for publishers. Just make sure to ask as much as you can upfront & request in person training
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
7.5
OpenX
Data Transfer
AdStage
6.0
OpenX
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
OpenX

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.5
OpenX
9.4
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
OpenX
10.0
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
OpenX
10.0
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
OpenX
9.0
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
OpenX
9.0
Sequence targeting
AdStage
7.5
OpenX
9.0

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
8.5
OpenX
8.2
Ad dashboards
AdStage
8.7
OpenX
9.0
Ad performance reports
AdStage
9.0
OpenX
10.0
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
9.0
OpenX
6.0
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
8.0
OpenX
8.0
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
8.3
OpenX
8.0
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
8.0
OpenX
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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  • Good customer service
  • Good tech support
  • Thorough
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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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  • User interface is not so straightforward.
  • Documentation was not as complete as it could be.
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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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OpenX7.0
Based on 10 answers
I'd go with an easier to use interface
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Usability

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OpenX9.0
Based on 1 answer
I was given the system to use as part of setting up a whole new site from scratch in less than 2 months, with a large number of specialty hub pages to run ads on and lots of content I needed to run disease specific ads on. The system was easy for me to learn on the fly in a very compressed time frame. I would have loved more chance to really dig in under the hood to see all that it could do, but given how fast I had to work, I got everything up and running and looking great. And I did it ahead of my launch deadline too. My only reservation might be for people who are not as patient as I am in picking things up, or as hands on. Customer service was great if I needed them, and a quick start guide with the essentials would be ideal for those people.
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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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OpenX10.0
Based on 1 answer
They went above and beyond without ever asking for additional money and we met our launch date and immediately started to meet and even surpass our business goals. Nothing was too much trouble, which really stood out compared to other companies I had and was at that time also working with. Customer service can really make or break any business; if i expect my staff to give good customer service, I expect to get it too, and Open X gave it.
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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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We selected OpenX because most of the team had previous experience; it was free and we were able to self-host it.
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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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  • We improved conversions using forms to register (as if they were ads) in OpenX.
  • We created awareness of the richness of our content.
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Pricing Details

AdStage

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

OpenX

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