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29 Ratings

Bitly

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Score 7.9 out of 100

Attribute Ratings

  • Bitly is rated higher in 1 area: Likelihood to Recommend
  • Branch is rated higher in 2 areas: Usability, Support Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.7

Bitly

87%
56 Ratings
7.3

Branch

73%
14 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

10.0

Bitly

100%
2 Ratings

Branch

N/A
0 Ratings

Usability

9.5

Bitly

95%
6 Ratings
10.0

Branch

100%
1 Rating

Availability

9.0

Bitly

90%
2 Ratings

Branch

N/A
0 Ratings

Performance

9.0

Bitly

90%
2 Ratings

Branch

N/A
0 Ratings

Support Rating

8.0

Bitly

80%
15 Ratings
9.0

Branch

90%
2 Ratings

Online Training

7.0

Bitly

70%
1 Rating

Branch

N/A
0 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Bitly

80%
2 Ratings

Branch

N/A
0 Ratings

Product Scalability

9.0

Bitly

90%
1 Rating

Branch

N/A
0 Ratings

Likelihood to Recommend

Bitly

Generally I would recommend. If you are doing a tiny amount of volume (price sensitive and/or your team needs hands on support) you may be better served elsewhere, but I don't think you're going to get the easy of use and feature set that you would with Bitly. We have found that our user base is also used to seeing Bitly-shortened links in their daily browsing, so are less reticent to click a URL that isn't on our domain
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

Branch well suited: Branch links are perfecting for embedding into our email service provider (SendGrid), paid media channels (Facebook, Google, ASA), organic media (Instagram, Facebook, content marketing, referral) and push notification platform (OneSignal) to be able to evaluate actions taken from users that clicked on those branch links. No matter the data from these links, they are accurate and are easily exported to our database and CRM to determine ROI, and find weak points in our major funnels.
Sam Lepak | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Bitly

  • Shorten and link branding: Bitly helps to turn long URLs into short ones that can also be customized to suit any business name.
  • Tracking and analytics: A great thing to be able to see the social media channels that visitors are clicking from and where they are in the world.
  • Integrations: Bitly integrates well with third-party tools to help improve workflow and tech tools.
  • Free plan: There are some great features on the paid plan but for those not yet ready to invest Bitly provides a great free option.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

  • Click tracking: it integrated well with Facebook, Google, Clevertap, product, etc. to allow multiple stakeholders to use this one platform for tracking.
  • Sale attribution: it has a robust fraud detection and event deduplication in place to attribute sales correctly.
  • Smart URL: it offers different deeplinks to support basic user platforms, thus making the URL behavior smart and personalized for users.
  • Referrals: it's a ready-made platform to easily launch your refer and earn program, with all checks of fraud detection in place.
  • Social sharing: it offers various goats and cards for how a link will appear on various social media channels if shared, which is particularly helpful for marketing teams.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Bitly

  • One thing I've noticed is that if you're shortening a link that you didn't create - for example shortening the link to a news article that you then want to share on Twitter - the analytics will continue to pull data from the original URL as a whole, and not just your unique Bitlink. It would be nice to be able to pull out the traffic that just my efforts are pulling to the site, and not every single source of traffic that site is getting.
Corinne Aherne | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

  • Multiplayers redirection is important feature. In our marketing process for [our] Ace Tutor app https://www.acetutor.io, we have a referral reward campaign for which we want to aggregate clicks from lower level links to higher level links. For example, we created unique Branch Links for 10 marketing interns, and each intern wanted to create Branch Links for their own 10 delegates, the clicks of the Branch Links from these delegates would be automatically rolled up to the right intern's Branch Link, so we can make payment following the aggregation paths. Currently, Branch Links do not support this kind of multiplayer or multi-layer redirections.
Ben (Xiaojun) Li | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Bitly

General

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

Starting Price

$0

Bitly Editions & Modules

Edition
FreeFree
Basic$352
CustomizedContact sales team
  1. none
  2. per month
  3. none
Additional Pricing Details

Branch

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

Starting Price

Branch Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details
Our main platform is free to all. Some of the free products that most apps find useful are content sharing, custom onboarding, referrals and organic app search. We have specialized products (Journeys (Smart Banner), Deep Linked Email, Dynamic Ads and Data Integrations) which are typically priced by volume of a company.

Likelihood to Renew

Bitly

Bitly 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We've had great success with Bitly and will continue using it.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Bitly

Bitly 9.5
Based on 6 answers
Using Bitly to create shareable, trackable short links for social media couldn't be easier. Bitly is super easy to manage and offers easy monitoring of short links. Even with the few shortcomings or cumbersome features, Bitly is ranked number 1 for shortening links for our organization because of how simple it is to use.
Stefanie Cash | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

Branch 10.0
Based on 1 answer
It's very usable. Multiple teams in the company are using it, and it never takes more than 5 mins to explain to someone how to use this.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Bitly

Bitly 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I've witnessed very little availability issues with Bitly. This includes very rare occurrences of application errors and unplanned outages, of which I very much appreciate. When there are application errors or outages, Bitly does a great job of handling the issues in a timely manner and I am rarely out of the site for long at all. This is great, considering I was using Bitly for nearly every link that was posted to our social media accounts.
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

Bitly

Bitly 9.0
Based on 2 answers
I have used Bitly's service on a variety of computers, systems, and browsers. With this being said, I have not noticed much of a change at all between the browsers and computers, and Bitly's performance is top notch. Reports are also completed in a reasonable time frame, and I have had very little problem with lag time on loading different pages on the site. Pages tend to load quite quickly.
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Bitly

Bitly 8.0
Based on 15 answers
For us, Bitly is a Godsend an an almost perfect solution. I have no complaints and would recommend them to almost anyone. I guess I would hold back from a 10/10 because short URLs can sometimes look spammy. For us, and what we need it for, it's just about perfect!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

Branch 9.0
Based on 2 answers
We have never had any issue with support response yet. In fact, they have a local POC in our city too, who routes the urgent matters to their escalation matrix.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Bitly

I did not receive any in-person training, as I felt that I didn't need this type of training in order to understand and learn Bitly. It was quite easy for me to explore Bitly and learn the features myself without needing a person to give me a demo or tutorial. Kudos to making a platform that is very straightforward.
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No answers on this topic

Online Training

Bitly

Bitly 7.0
Based on 1 answer
I haven't experienced direct online training - However, several times while learning Bitly by myself I went to the main Bitly page to answer a few questions I had. This includes determining exactly what features I was receiving and then I would explore the website and find these features. Also, I went to the Enterprise tab when both deciding to purchase that upgrade, as well as after I purchased this upgrade. It was very helpful in learning exactly what came with that package and after the upgrade, I was able to look there and learn some of the aspects of the upgrade that I was missing
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation Rating

Bitly

Bitly 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Very excited to use bitly for link tracing - I was very excited to begin using Bitly for this company, and I've had very favorable impressions of using Bitly in the past for a variety of different jobs. Knowing the amount clicks on each link is important for our overall strategy.
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Bitly

We use Pretty Links for custom URLs from our Word Press website. When that is not possible because the URL doesn't originate from the website, we use Bitly. It definitely has a purpose in our day-to-day operations. We also appreciate the information you receive like total clicks, top referrer and top location.
GAIL PABST | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

We ended up selecting AppsFlyer due to its better integration with media and more reliable fraud protection system. Nevertheless, Branch.io is a great app which solves universal linking and mobile app attribution issues by allowing users to see which actions were taken from each link, regardless of the platform they are using.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Bitly

Bitly 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Bitly's scalability is great. When I began using it, I only used it once in a while to promote blog articles from our WordPress site on Twitter. This was due to Twitter's character limit and URL shortening was necessary. However, once I became more familiar with it and started seeing the benefits of many of Bitly's features, I began using it for nearly every link I posted across all of our social media accounts. This increased the workload I filtered through Bitly, and we also upgraded from free to a paid account. This growth was handled very well by Bitly and I was very pleased with its ability to scale so easily.
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Bitly

  • We have seen an increase in event surveys since user Bitly in addition to the QR code
  • There are less technical issues when users are trying to use the Bitly URL
  • Can't beat free and when we have the budget would upgrade as the costs for benefits is worth it
Shannon Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer

Branch

  • Branch had given a profound impact on the way our users share their content.
  • Users now have more easy access to content created.
  • Users feel more motivated in creating content because they know that it is easy to share and get their content in the eyes of the target public.
Wésley Queiroz | TrustRadius Reviewer

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