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Kissmetrics

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80 Ratings

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Score 8.8 out of 101

Kissmetrics

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Score 7.8 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amplitude Analytics

If you are working with a tool where tracking actions taken by users in that tool is very important. In tools with very few users and not a ton of custom editing, this may not be necessary
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Kissmetrics

If you have a mobile or web application you MUST use this software to see how your users are using your product. I don't have any experience with e-commerce sites, but I can imagine it must be awesome to see how much revenue a newsletter generates, and how your different segments are performing
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Pros

  • You can always get up-to-date usage data on all of our users. It is really down to the minute information, with basically no delays.
  • There are so many usage events. Events basically exist for every possible action a user can take in the software.
  • The charts and everything are very customizable and easy to navigate even if you are not familiar with analyzing data.
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  • Understanding when, in any particular visit, a given visitor gives up on a goal in your application is already a difficult problem. Having solved it, you're still left with the problem that most visits will then read as failures to complete a transaction (in the e-commerce sense, which was our implementation), because you cannot reliably identify the visitor across visits, and if you could, the effort you'd expend to track their performance in even one funnel would be significant--let alone the paths you don't yet know your customers are taking. KISSmetrics handles all that--basic funnel tracking, matching users across visits, dynamic funnels. They allowed us to reduce the effort of tracking funnels to the bare minimum--a single pixel throughout the site--and extract signal from the noise over time in their application.
  • Once you've adopted those tools and become accustomed to reading the results, adding A/B testing and seeing nearly instant results (for in-page variable text and images, at least) can be accomplished in less than thirty minutes.
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Cons

  • Marketing and Sales actions are on separate objects.
  • events can be unreliable as both software update and change. Sometimes they can stop triggering and it's not immediately acknowledged
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  • The biggest issue, is that I have lost faith in the accuracy of the data.
  • There have been a few examples of the system producing what looks like spurious data. I triangulate the data using Google Analytics, and on a few occasions, there have been very wide discrepancies that indicate a potentially serious problem. For example, Google might indicate 1,000 page views, while KISSmetrics indicates 5,000.. This is not a constant problem, but it has happened enough where my faith in the data is shaken.
  • It really doesn't matter how good the front-end functionality is if my faith in data accuracy is not 100%.
  • A/B testing is much more difficult than it needs to be. It is possible to structure the product to enable A/B testing, but this involves reading a bunch of help files and writing some code. I would have expected this to work out-of-the-box. In Google Analytics, for example.you only have to enter two URLs and then it works. This was a surprise.
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Likelihood to Renew

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Kissmetrics7.4
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Will definitely renew.
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Usability

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Kissmetrics7.1
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Funnel analytics reporting is generally quite good. The drag-and-drop functionality is great and it's easy to use. I would rate this a 7 or so. The problem is the home page or dashboard. This consists of a bunch of boxes with numbers in them and is very weak on visual design. It's quite confusing to look at and doesn't give an instant visual picture as to what is happening. It seems as though this was not given very much thought by the team. The Google Analytics dashboard is very much stronger in terms of visual design.
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Reliability and Availability

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Kissmetrics8.3
Based on 6 answers
We have seen no downtime yet
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Performance

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Kissmetrics8.5
Based on 6 answers
We have had no problems yet, though we are currently sending very small amounts of data
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Support

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Kissmetrics6.0
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Our front-line product support person (Mika) is great. She is responsive and great to work with.

However, the data accuracy issue described earlier is the reason for the low score here. This issue was escalated from front-line to support to level 2 technical support and then it disappeared into a black hole. Escalations, in general, do not go well. We get no response for days, or I have to chase things down. This is not acceptable. Marketing metrics are critically important to me and I need answers quickly. I cannot afford to wait around for days / weeks for a response.

Just to be clear, these comments only apply to escalated support issues.
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In-Person Training

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Kissmetrics9.1
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Again, we were fortunate to work with KISSmetrics as they built their application, but Hiten, their CEO and founder, was incredibly helpful to me personally, and to our metrics-driven business as a whole, as we adopted their tool.
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Online Training

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Kissmetrics8.6
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I loved this aspect of the product. It wasn't just that the documentation and online tutorials are great - which they are - the on-boarding process though was really stellar. Once you have set everything up, you get a welcome message followed by a step-by-step guide to get you started that is built right into the product interface. For example, the UI asks you to first do X, and then copy this code snippet and send it to your developer who will know what to do with it. When you come back after the first interaction with the product, it continues the process by explaining right in the UI how to track events etc.This kind of step-by-step approach is incredibly efficient. Although there are various forms of supporting documentation (PDFs videos etc) to support every step, you don't really need them. This approach means that you are up and running very quickly with virtually no training time or documentation consultation. Highly efficient process.
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Implementation

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Kissmetrics7.3
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The JavaScript integration is right for most purposes for most web sites, and makes everything much simpler
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Alternatives Considered

Amplitude Analytics is an easier tool to use. It requires less knowledge of SQL and as long as you have notions of data analysis and retrieving data in general. It is much more user-friendly and allows for easy and quick reporting. It can be used by different teams and therefore can be an easily shareable tool.
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The Google Analytics Premium is a more complex tool, with possible integration to AdWords, Tag Manager etc.Kissmetrics offers a narrower set of IT features, that however fully suit most needs. Google Analytics for example limited the data exports to 10,000 lines per click - to download a large report with e.g. one million rows requires to implement a script that repeats thousand times a request t oretrieve data. These artifical limitations are not present by Kissmetrics and one is able to export the data to own big data analytical tools.
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Return on Investment

  • Positive: Quicker analysis of our important business funnels
  • Positive: Decreased time asking engineering to run reports
  • Positive: Easy collaboration and funnel development
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  • It helped to start thorough monitoring of new, returning clients, conversion rates and helped to improve the conversion rates.
  • It is a paid tool, that provided very good value for money in our use cases by a middle-sized and large company.
  • It offers comparable features to Google Analytics Premium in some aspects.
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Pricing Details

Amplitude Analytics

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Amplitude Analytics Editions & Modules
Amplitude Analytics
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Kissmetrics

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional
$1,500*
1.  per installation
Kissmetrics Editions & Modules
Kissmetrics
Edition
Growth
$5001
Power
$8501
Enterprise
Custom1
1. Monthly Tracked People
Additional Pricing Details
What are Monthly Tracked People? Monthly Tracked People are unique visitors that engage in an Event on your website or with your product, that gets tracked by you in Kissmetrics. Monthly Tracked People can be anonymous or identified.