AdStage vs. Outbrain

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
AdStage
Score 8.7 out of 10
N/A
The AdStage Platform is a self-serve cross-network online advertising platform with full management and analytics for campaigns across search, social, display, and mobile ad networks like Google AdWords, Bing, Facebook, Twitter, & LinkedIn Ads. It's an all-in-one marketing platform, complete with a suite of first- and third-party apps built on the AdStage API, for advertisers of all sizes.N/A
Outbrain
Score 5.0 out of 10
N/A
Outbrain, headquartered in New York with offices globally, is an internationally known native advertising platform for curating and publishing content across a variety of channels and media spaces, containing editorial controls, analytics for judging impact, and related features.N/A
Pricing
AdStageOutbrain
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
AdStageOutbrain
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Features
AdStageOutbrain
Ad Network Integration
Comparison of Ad Network Integration features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
6.5
3 Ratings
12% below category average
Outbrain
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Data Transfer7.03 Ratings00 Ratings
DSP integration6.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Campaigns
Comparison of Ad Campaigns features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
7.2
3 Ratings
8% below category average
Outbrain
-
Ratings
Ad campaign creation8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad deployment7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Display advertising8.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad display and retargeting segmentation7.02 Ratings00 Ratings
Sequence targeting6.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Ad Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
AdStage
8.7
4 Ratings
11% above category average
Outbrain
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Ratings
Ad dashboards9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad performance reports8.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad conversion tracking9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad attribution reporting9.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Cross-channel ad management9.04 Ratings00 Ratings
Ad forecasting and optimization8.03 Ratings00 Ratings
Best Alternatives
AdStageOutbrain
Small Businesses
Google Ad Manager
Google Ad Manager
Score 8.5 out of 10
Amazon Advertising Sponsored Products
Amazon Advertising Sponsored Products
Score 7.6 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
The Trade Desk
The Trade Desk
Score 6.9 out of 10
Amazon Advertising Sponsored Products
Amazon Advertising Sponsored Products
Score 7.6 out of 10
Enterprises
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Score 8.8 out of 10
AdSense
AdSense
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
AdStageOutbrain
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(4 ratings)
1.5
(17 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.8
(5 ratings)
Support Rating
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.5
(6 ratings)
User Testimonials
AdStageOutbrain
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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Outbrain
If your client or organization is running a high volume awareness campaign, Outbrain would be a platform to diversify your mix with. Pretty low maintenance and easy to set up, you can get ads running in a few minutes. If your primary goal is conversions, there are probably better channels you can use where the targeting is a little more transparent and would likely see a higher avg conversion rate.
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Pros
AdStage
  • Easily pulling together API access for multiple channels into one area for in-depth reporting
  • Automation. They helped a bunch with features that LinkedIn didn't have.
  • The team. They were always super responsive and on the ball with any questions or concerns we had. The customer service was great.
  • General reporting and tieing data together.
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Outbrain
  • Website network: Outbrain provides high-quality websites in its network so that you can get a quality audience.
  • Affordable pricing: The CPC offered by Outbrain is relatively cheaper than other alternatives.
  • Content dashboard: The dashboard allows you to edit the content before publishing it on Outbrain's platform.
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Cons
AdStage
  • More reporting options
  • More export options
  • Saved templates per user or oganization
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Outbrain
  • Customer Service - Speaking to a human is nearly impossible, there is no "chat" function, and no phone number immediately available. Ultimately, I've had to email a generic CS contact and wait several days before heading back.
  • High Number of Guidelines - The number of guidelines one must meet before using Outbrain is much higher than any other ad platform I've used. Most of them are highly specific and not necessarily items that a website would have out-of-the-box.
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Likelihood to Renew
AdStage
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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Outbrain
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Usability
AdStage
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Outbrain
The use case is very obvious, brand awareness and low cost conversions because of its reach in billions. The platform is easy to use, well sorted and defined with good click optimized algorithms and brands can use it without hesitation. If monitored well and optimized accordingly, this can prove to be one of the best advertising channels.
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Support Rating
AdStage
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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Outbrain
We had an account manager assigned to us, but they really didn't offer too much help outside of the financial side of things. We used the self-serve platform with mild suggestions every few weeks from our reps amounting to "spend a bit more here."
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Alternatives Considered
AdStage
AdStage has by far the best UI and custom functionality of any of the platforms we demoed
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Outbrain
Here at AdRizer my personal ad sources primarily revolve around Google Ads & Outbrain. Taboola is extremely similar to Outbrain minus the fact that strategies are dictated on the account level unlike by campaign with Outbrain
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Return on Investment
AdStage
  • 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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Outbrain
  • None. My perspective is that further testing is needed as well as additional tracking capabilities applied to be able to assess value. However, it's a CPC model and relatively inexpensive in regards to additional reach, especially if it's packaged in with an Earned media push into the marketplace.
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