What users are saying about
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
1038 Ratings
20 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8.5 out of 100

Google Ads

<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring#question3' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>Customer Verified: Read more.</a>
Top Rated
1038 Ratings
<a href='https://www.trustradius.com/static/about-trustradius-scoring' target='_blank' rel='nofollow noopener'>trScore algorithm: Learn more.</a>
Score 8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Basis, by Centro

I would recommend Basis [DSP] for specific clients. Boutique agencies that do not require very complex programmatic solutions are the best fit. It is not very well suited for very big clients that want to run multicountries campaigns with objectives that are very much performance focused.Their dashboard is very good and the platform is easy to use so new entrants to programmatic will find it very useful.
Kimberly Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

It really depends on your business. Some businesses will benefit greatly from pay per click ads and some will just waste endless money. Not only does your customer need to be searching for the keywords you are using, but the ad has to be enticing for them to click on it. We have also found that only advertising with Google Ads gives us better results than advertising with their search partners (like YouTube).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Ad Network Integration

Basis, by Centro
8.0
Google Ads
Data Transfer
Basis, by Centro
7.5
Google Ads
DSP integration
Basis, by Centro
8.5
Google Ads

Ad Campaigns

Basis, by Centro
8.0
Google Ads
Ad campaign creation
Basis, by Centro
7.6
Google Ads
Ad deployment
Basis, by Centro
7.1
Google Ads
Display advertising
Basis, by Centro
9.5
Google Ads
Ad display and retargeting segmentation
Basis, by Centro
9.0
Google Ads
Sequence targeting
Basis, by Centro
6.6
Google Ads

Ad Reporting & Analytics

Basis, by Centro
7.5
Google Ads
Ad dashboards
Basis, by Centro
8.4
Google Ads
Ad performance reports
Basis, by Centro
8.9
Google Ads
Ad conversion tracking
Basis, by Centro
8.0
Google Ads
Ad attribution reporting
Basis, by Centro
6.0
Google Ads
Cross-channel ad management
Basis, by Centro
5.6
Google Ads
Ad forecasting and optimization
Basis, by Centro
8.0
Google Ads

Pros

Basis, by Centro

  • Basis DSP does a great job of keeping their clients informed of new and upcoming features on their platform. They regularly host webinars to help keep their clients informed of what's up and coming and how to use new features.
  • Client relations with Basis is incredible. They're available on a regular, consistent basis. In addition, they check in throughout the on boarding process and beyond to help their clients understand they system.
  • The analytics tracking capabilities built into Basis DSP is fantastic. They provide many different options on how to pull and organize reports for clients.
  • The additional training offered through Centro Institute is fantastic, especially for beginners. Going to Chicago and training at the headquarters for a couple of days has helped with my company's success in building a programmatic advertising clientele list and building successful campaigns.
Matt Kennicott | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

  • Keyword Research - Google Ads has a handy built in tool that helps determine important keywords to target both for Ads & SEO
  • Intuitive Analytics Dashboad - Google Ads makes it fairly simple to see and analyze important metrics on how your ads are running week after week
  • Intuitive Setup - Google Ads makes it easy to figure out how to run ads with little to no training (although training is highly recommended to run effective ads), as their interface is clean and easy to figure out (unlike competing products).
Darien Chaffart | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Basis, by Centro

  • More detail on how and when the exchanges review submitted ad tags would help us set better expectations for our clients and client success teams during launch. Often a delay in ad approvals can result in lagging campaign metrics that must be made up later, often at the cost of performance.
  • More predictive tools / the ability to stop a campaign from bidding when a certain impression threshold is reached (in addition to the dayparting and budget rules that are currently in place and used for every campaign).
  • For some reports, such a geolocation reports, being able to visualize it on a map of some kind would make the data export more meaningful and less manual for our operations and client success teams seeking to explain to clients where their campaign was exposed.
Cody Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

  • Google's heavy dependence on AI makes many of the campaign behavior inscrutable and, often, it performs poorly as a result.
  • Their responsive ads, for example, which are heavily recommended by them, often perform significantly worse than normal text ads.
  • Their support, while relatively quick, becomes useless if you need any deep insight/help.
Lee L Kennedy | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Basis, by Centro

Basis, by Centro 10.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Google Ads

Google Ads 10.0
Based on 19 answers
As of today Google AdWords leads approximately 90% of paid searches globally. There is practically is no other network that can offer such a relevant and engaging audience at the price. The PPC model is also unique in that no media dollars are wasted, since PPC models ensure brand interaction versus traditional media which has heavy ad avoidance and clutter but still charges a hefty amount for ads.
Krupal Shukla | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Basis, by Centro

Basis, by Centro 9.0
Based on 1 answer
It's pretty basic, nothing is hidden and nothing ever moves so you can count on finding what you are looking for each day
Dallas Keefe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

Google Ads 2.5
Based on 5 answers
I suspect that Google Ads is not for the novice user. I told my 'Ad Specialist' that I was not the best on computers and apprehensive about my ability to maneuver the website. He told me on more than one occasion that "I work for you...I'm your sherpa...call me any time or send me an email"!
The sales and service representatives for Google Ads are very well trained, though not much integrity. Despite that I told my Google Ad Specialist that my website was incomplete the ad was published live anyway! Beware that the 'talk' is good, but it ain't cheap!
Monica Galloway | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Basis, by Centro

Basis, by Centro 10.0
Based on 2 answers
We have a dedicated account rep. She makes it seem like we are her only client, she is very responsive, helps each time we have a question and understands our campaign goals. Anytime we need support, our rep is available either email or call and if she is not going to be available, she will let us know ahead of time to provide back up and inform them of our current campaigns so they can better assist us.
Dallas Keefe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

Google Ads 1.0
Based on 7 answers
We have not yet had an account rep who hasn't tried to bully me or other employees to raise our budgets. At the same time, several years ago, one attempted to help refine our ads and ended up changing the ads to be something we were not affiliated with
Patrick Stephens | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Basis, by Centro

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Google Ads

Google Ads 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Daily use with advanced account structures. Familiarity with reporting/api and complex setups.
Eric Hitchman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Basis, by Centro

Basis, by Centro 9.0
Based on 2 answers
There are a ton of tactics and strategy to implement in the DSP platform. There isn't really a selection of the different types of campaigns or tactics to choose from, you just have to learn as you go. Once you figure out the strategy and goal of the campaign it is very easy to implement the tactic and to achieve its goals.
Dallas Keefe | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Basis, by Centro

Advangelist, StackAdapt, Simplifi, Trade Desk, Media Math - overall most of the other platforms we reviewed were perfectly fine and can get the job done quite well. We have mostly stuck with basis because of the relationship that we have, the fact that they have continued to provide stellar support, and have a platform that delivers on everything they promise.
Seth Mariscal | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

Our agency invests heavily in Google Ads (particularly paid search advertising) on behalf of our clients relative to competitors like Microsoft and Yahoo because Google is the top search engine in the world. Google collects the most search data which enables the company to improve its AI to drive better performance for agencies and brands. As such, our paid search and app install campaigns always start with Google. If a client has a large budget, we will allocate media dollars to other search engines, but in some cases, the entire search budget goes to Google because we see the best returns.
Phil Parrish | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Basis, by Centro

  • Affordable display option - The SiteScout platform runs comparable to other self-serve display platforms, and offers a very large network from which to choose.
  • More visibility for our brand - We've used SiteScout as an awareness tactic, and received millions of impressions at a reasonable cost.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Google Ads

  • Targeting gives you the ability to show your ads to reach people with specific interests.
  • Success business means we need to let the people know as max we can and google ads is best option because everyone uses google search engine.
  • Negative is nothing about google ads if we have focus on the increase of the business.
Ankur Arora | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Basis, by Centro

General

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

Google Ads

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Basis, by Centro
8.0
Google Ads
7.0

Likelihood to Renew

Basis, by Centro
10.0
Google Ads
10.0

Usability

Basis, by Centro
9.0
Google Ads
2.5

Performance

Basis, by Centro
Google Ads
9.0

Support Rating

Basis, by Centro
10.0
Google Ads
1.0

Online Training

Basis, by Centro
Google Ads
9.0

Implementation Rating

Basis, by Centro
9.0
Google Ads

Add comparison