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AdStage

AdStage is great for bringing together all of your channels into one place for analytics. They now have easy API access into multiple channels which allows you to really deep dive and get the most out of the data that you often can't without that API access. They also have great ways to surface this data that is easy to digest for leadership.If you already have this internally or want to build it out internally, AdStage may not be a fit outside of some great automation tools, but it's not easy to have this data done and built out internally so this is a great place to start.
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Sizmek

I've use Sizmek as media analytics and reporting tool. Unless a site doesn't work properly with Google DoubleClick, I rarely recommend Sizmek over DoubleClick. It can do everything DoubleClick does, but with almost twice the hassle. One Area that makes it easier to track is that ads are given individual tracking ID's that creative can look up and search by when indexing and testing to make sure all ads are working and input.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
7.5
Sizmek
7.6
Data Transfer
AdStage
6.0
Sizmek
7.6
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
Sizmek
7.6

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.5
Sizmek
6.9
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
Sizmek
6.8
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
Sizmek
8.4
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
Sizmek
7.6
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
Sizmek
6.1
Sequence targeting
AdStage
7.5
Sizmek
5.4

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
8.5
Sizmek
8.3
Ad dashboards
AdStage
8.7
Sizmek
7.5
Ad performance reports
AdStage
9.0
Sizmek
8.8
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
9.0
Sizmek
8.7
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
8.0
Sizmek
8.7
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
8.3
Sizmek
8.4
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
8.0
Sizmek
7.9

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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  • Uploading multiple ads in bulk
  • It's pretty easy to use from an ad serving standpoint, with functionality being intuitive, a lot of great reporting features.
  • The creative showcase is a good place for learning and finding resources for when it comes to HTML5 builds
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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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  • Bulk uploads
  • API sync with Prisma was sometimes faulty
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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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Both have great offerings, however they both miss points when trying to enhance day to day productivity. DoubleClick provided great detail, however Sizmek is able to show the same information with less amount of steps. Still Sizmek's interface provides what's needed but sometimes can cause issues with long loading or sometimes not providing the requested information at all.
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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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  • It has allows the team to optimize effectively in programmatic
  • Allowed the team to make reasonable decisions about reallocation
  • Post campaign analysis is insightful for the next campaigns
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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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Sizmek

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