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AdStage

5 Ratings

AdStage

5 Ratings
Score 8.2 out of 101

The Trade Desk

5 Ratings
Score 9.4 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

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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The Trade Desk

All programmatic buying of media online can be done in TheTradeDesk which is why we brought it in-house. The option to go into CTV and podcast environments is of future interest.We are able to launch campaigns faster in other platforms (DataXu, in particular) so if time is critical we do not start here. From a creative approval to meaningful spend in Day 1, TheTradeDesk is outperformed by DataXu.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk
8.5
Data Transfer
AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk
9.0
DSP integration
AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk
8.0

Ad Campaigns

AdStage
7.8
The Trade Desk
Ad campaign creation
AdStage
8.0
The Trade Desk
Ad deployment
AdStage
8.0
The Trade Desk
Display advertising
AdStage
7.0
The Trade Desk
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
AdStage
7.0
The Trade Desk
Sequence targeting
AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk

Ad Reporting & Analytics

AdStage
7.8
The Trade Desk
Ad dashboards
AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk
Ad performance reports
AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk
Ad conversion tracking
AdStage
9.0
The Trade Desk
Ad attribution reporting
AdStage
6.0
The Trade Desk
Cross-channel ad management
AdStage
8.0
The Trade Desk
Ad forecasting and optimization
AdStage
6.0
The Trade Desk

Data Classification

AdStage
The Trade Desk
7.0
Audience taxonomy
AdStage
The Trade Desk
6.0
Tag Management
AdStage
The Trade Desk
7.0
Data Analysis Dashboard
AdStage
The Trade Desk
8.0

Data Collection

AdStage
The Trade Desk
8.0
Access to Third-party Data Providers
AdStage
The Trade Desk
8.0

DMP Analytics

AdStage
The Trade Desk
8.0
Campaign Analytics
AdStage
The Trade Desk
8.0

Pros

  • 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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  • Allows you to very optimize and control bidding across pretty much every factor that impacts win rate/delivery.
  • Engaged, hands-on account services team is readily available to provide insights, demonstrations, and quality assurance.
  • Auto-optimization and pacing tools allow for less manual campaign management.
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Cons

  • We were with them in the earlier days and when they were growing larger. We experienced some of that pain with pricing changes that didn't feel quite right. But, they've fixed this now.
  • We didn't really see the usefulness at times of optimizing some of the channels through AdStage, but we loved the reporting features they had for the channels.
  • Better tiers for payment and what fits into those. Again, these are being addressed much better now.
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  • Reporting platform leaves a lot to be desired. Requires a lot of trial/error to pull exactly what you need to drive optimizations/learnings.
  • The "stop"/"continue bidding" feature for sitelists, devices, player sizes, etc is awful. When you set something up specifically, you should not have the AUTOMATIC option to serve beyond those parameters.
  • Trafficking video (VAST/VPAID) tags requires a manual insertion of a click URL. Completely redundant ask and is not provided by advertisers as that URL lives within the ad tag. Should not require multiple actions traffic a video tag.
  • Creative approval process (manual) doesn't seem necessary and is not a part of peers' platforms. There is no "pause/deactivate" feature for creative, you remove them or adjust the end date.
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Likelihood to Renew

AdStage8.0
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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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TradeDesk is more extensive like DBM compared to DX. Offers an easier building process with templates and being able to duplicate and share libraries at the partner level.I find TradeDesk clears at higher CPMs than the other platforms. Also tends to perform well for in-view like DBM, DataXu is the worst of the three for in-view performance.TradeDesk has quickly become the #1-#2 partner for us when we extend our reach in a campaign. Knowing we can deliver and perform at scale is something we value highly.
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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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  • Positively impacting ability to delivery in-view KPI campaigns across ad types (display, high impact, preroll).
  • Slightly higher pricing structure requires a bit more conservative bidding in this platform compared to others.
  • The customer service has been top notch. Adding to the confidence in building a lasting partnership. Access to product betas and offering product feedback are of interest to our organization.
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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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The Trade Desk

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