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Score 8.4 out of 100

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Likelihood to Recommend

Bitly

Bitly is a great tool for small businesses looking to build their online presence and wanting to look as professional as possible and gather a few insights into where their main traffic is coming from. For online businesses that primarily use social media platforms such as Pinterest, I would not recommend using Bitly as the links are seen as spam and therefore are not accepted.
Ayo Bamgbose, Assoc CIPD, MSc | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Analytics

For optimizations of anonymous tracking, google analytics is second to none--and it's free! Unless you have extremely high traffic... then it get's very expensive very fast. It is well suited for tracking multiple sales channels, across multiple devices, and allows for very granular tracking. GA supports annotations, providing invaluable context when viewing trends.
Kyle Reichelt | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Bitly

  • Very easy to use. Anyone with even limited tech knowledge would be able to begin using the service from day one.
  • Managing and tracking links is very straightforward and offers you exactly what you need.
  • Can use for free and even without signing in, so it's very open and available to everyone.
  • Has been around long enough for it to be a trusted brand, so people feel secure in clicking on it.
Jessica Meadows Rich | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Analytics

  • Google Analytics does the obvious thing really well: tracks user behavior around our website. But more specifically, it allows us to do some very complicated attribution to behavior, traffic sources and even specific campaigns or devices. Depending on the volume of traffic we are trying to analyze and the purpose, we can narrow things down EXTREMELY well and get a great story to use for data mining.
  • The eCommerce tracking with GA (Google Analytics) is hands down the best. Specifically, its attribution to traffic sources and matching with user behavior that is the best. I have yet to find another tool that can let me track traffic sources, split campaigns down to devices and track which inventory was purchased specifically from that campaign--especially if I am looking back at inventory purchased from a campaign (or in our case, people who signed up for Classes) I can tell all of that from GA.
  • You can use GA to track specific user accounts within a product, and differentiate user behavior within the product based on account roles. A lot of people don't know about this, but with the help of a developer you can leverage a TON of data including creating lookalike audiences that you can sync into AdWords and make your display campaigns highly targeted. Most people think this kind of feature is only available on Facebook ads--nope! :)
Seth Tucker | 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

Google Analytics

  • I was bummed that they moved some of the functions (keyword data, etc.) over to Google Webmaster tools. (On the bright side, this has prompted me to become more familiar with Google Search Console.)
  • A lot of functions are right there. But it's hard to tell which functions are most important or what they offer.
  • Perhaps this is related to number 2, but the UX is fairly intimidating. All of these tools and subsets of tools are right in front of you, and it's difficult to understand what ones are the most important. A simpler, streamlined format might be a better approach.
Jonathan Miltimore | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Bitly

Bitly 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Bitly helps us determine how many people are clicking on our links and where they are finding these links.
Holland Pintarch | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Analytics

Google Analytics 8.4
Based on 48 answers
Having used Google Analytics for the last 9 years, I have no intention of discontinuing my service. Google Analytics is a fantastic product that provides me with almost everything I could wish for. The positives in this product outweigh any negatives that you might find. I can not think of a single reason to not immediately start using Google Analytics for your business.
Joshua Van Horsen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Bitly

Bitly 10.0
Based on 4 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

Google Analytics

Google Analytics 6.6
Based on 5 answers
Google Analytics provides a wealth of data, down to minute levels. That is it's greatest detriment: find the right information when you need it can be a cumbersome task. You are able to create shortcuts, however, so it can mitigate some of this problem. Google is continually refining Analytics, so I do not doubt there will be improvements
Victor Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Bitly

Bitly 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Google Analytics

Google Analytics 9.5
Based on 2 answers
No answer on this topic is available.

Performance

Bitly

Bitly 9.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Google Analytics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Bitly

Bitly 7.6
Based on 6 answers
I have only had to request support from Bitly once in the many years we have used the service. Even when using the free account, we received a prompt response with thorough problem solving and follow up. Bitly also offers extensive support resources, documentation, and videos for self-help as needed.
Jim Nelson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Analytics

Google Analytics 6.2
Based on 38 answers
Google provides this super product, but the best teaching for it comes from outside Google. That's absurd. I always felt insecure using the product. Our managers didn't rely on this product very much either, as the data would not necessarily reflect the success of the campaigns. It's so hard to use, despite it being a requirement for the SEO industry.
Kenny Madison | 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

Google Analytics

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

Google Analytics

Google Analytics 10.0
Based on 2 answers
love the product and training they provide for businesses of all sizes. The following list of links will help you get started with Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented by Google Analytics.
  1. How to Use Google Analytics for Beginners – Mahalo’s how-to guide for beginners.
  2. A beginner’s guide to Google Analytics – A free eBook walking you through Google Analytics from setup to understanding what data is being presented.
  3. Getting to Know Your Google Analytics Dashboard – The title says it all! This is a brief post with one goal: to introduce you to the Google Analytics dashboard.
  4. Google Analytics for Beginners: How to Make the Most of Your Traffic Reports– This guide doesn’t cover setup, but it does a great job of helping you to better understand the data being presented.
  5. Google Analytics Video Tutorial 1: Setup – A video presentation that walks you through Google Analytics setup.
  6. Google Analytics Video Tutorial 2: Essential Stats – A video presentation that introduces you to some of the most important data being presented in Google Analytics.
Roy Morejon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Bitly

Bitly 8.0
Based on 1 answer
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

Google Analytics

Google Analytics 5.0
Based on 6 answers
Make sure to put the tracking code on every page. Ideally this would be part of a template or "include" so you can update the code on all pages (or at least within pages of the same category) at once.
Sid Haas | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Bitly

I use Hootsuite for scheduling social media posts, but it also offers a link shortener, which serves the same purpose as Bitly but with additional features like scheduling posts and monitoring your brand. If you're looking for something a bit more complex than Bitly, I would recommend Hootsuite as a great alternative.
Mark Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Analytics

Realistically, Google Analytics is in a class of its own. While there are competitors in the space, none are really worth mentioning in comparison. Analytics has every single tool a webmaster could need to effectively track website visitors' behaviors and origination, wrapped up in an extremely easy to use interface.
Jeffrey Smith | 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

Google Analytics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Bitly

  • Bitly has had a major negative financial impact on our business due to them not allowing us to redirect our link. Our product labels have broken links on them, which is affecting sales.
  • Bitly has had a negative impact on our customer satisfaction.
  • Bitly has wasted our time and efforts and has not been straightforward with their features.
Mego Salbashian | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Analytics

  • GA has only had a positive impact for myself and my clients. Utilizing the data from Google Analytics, we have been able to optimize landing pages, shopping carts, and content to only improve our acquisition, reduce abandonment rates and follow through with successful conversions.
Christopher Corbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Bitly

General

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

Google Analytics

General

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

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