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Score 7.6 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Chartbeat

It's a great tool for media or market-facing sites that get enough customer traffic to benefit from realtime changes in headlines, design or display. However, small sites that don't get enough traffic to benefit from realtime changes in headlines, design or display probably can't justify the cost of the product.
Kurt Gessler | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

Optimizely is a great A/B testing tool for any size business. The Optimizely platform democratizes A/B testing through a simple interface, excellent training tools, easy implementation and low dependence on IT resources. Utilizing Optimizely I've been able to run robust experimentation programs with a variety of resources (acting as a 1-person team with limited access to IT resources as well as managing a team with high access to resources). Additionally, Optimizely is well-priced and positioned to be affordable for a variety of business sizes.
Emily Emmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Testing and Experimentation

Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.9
a/b experiment testing
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.9
Split URL testing
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.8
Multivariate testing
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.8
Multi-page/funnel testing
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.6
Cross-browser testing
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.9
Mobile app testing
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.4
Test significance
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.8
Visual / WYSIWYG editor
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.0
Advanced code editor
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.5
Page surveys
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.6
Visitor recordings
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.1
Preview mode
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.6
Test duration calculator
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.3
Experiment scheduler
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.7
Experiment workflow and approval
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.8
Dynamic experiment activation
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.1
Client-side tests
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.2
Server-side tests
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.6
Mutually exclusive tests
Chartbeat
Optimizely
5.9

Audience Segmentation & Targeting

Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.1
Standard visitor segmentation
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.6
Behavioral visitor segmentation
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.8
Traffic allocation control
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.7
Website personalization
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.1

Results and Analysis

Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.0
Heatmap tool
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.1
Click analytics
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.8
Scroll maps
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.4
Form fill analysis
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.5
Conversion tracking
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.3
Goal tracking
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.3
Test reporting
Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.4
Results segmentation
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.6
CSV export
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.4
Experiments results dashboard
Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.7

Pros

Chartbeat

  • Instant insight for newsrooms: What are readers reading, on what platform, how long are they staying?
  • Headline testing: Allows us to try multiple versions of the 'sell' for the story to understand what interests different sorts of readers
  • Segmentation of audience: Allows us to understand not only where readers come from (search, social, direct, etc.) but also how loyal they are and how long they stay
  • Proper engagement time: Too often our industry obsesses on dwell time, but Chartbeat's active engaged time gives us a true sense of how long we really engage people for
  • Simple actions: For example, the Chartbeat overlay tells us where people on average leave a story, so it helps us take actions quickly
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

  • Optimizely makes it extremely easy to setup almost any type of split or multi-variate testing experiment. It has a variety of test triggers types & many ways to segment incoming visitors.
  • I believe Optimizely's results dashboard is one of the best among split testing software. It allowed my team to get insights into the running of tests, like time to significance and a view of metric changes over time.
  • Optimizely is very easy to use for non-engineers. It has a powerful visual interface that allows marketers and advertisers to setup complex variations without 1 line of code.
  • In terms of documentation and implementation, I believe Optimizely is ahead of its competitors in terms of its focus on reliability and speed.
Alec Dibble | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Chartbeat

  • The service could be broken down to provide page view figures for individual tags on our website metadata
  • The dashboard for each day could offer more detail on performance compared to previous days/last week - how many people viewed articles of the same topic in a similar time period
Andrew Topping | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

  • Actual creation of an A/B test is confusing and difficult (like the differences between Pages vs URLs etc.).
  • Setting up a URL Redirect Experiment is so convoluted it seems like it's not even a feature Optimizely wants you to use. Instead, it's like I'm tricking Optimizely into alternating between 2 URLs. That really needs to be cleaned up as it would be very helpful.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Chartbeat

Chartbeat 10.0
Based on 5 answers
I gave Chartbeat a 5 for a renewal rating, because, while it delivers clear and understandable content, Google Analytics also provides many of the same features for free. For a small to medium website, I believe it would be more cost effective to use Google Analytics. A website with a high amount of traffic, however, could merit spending the money on Chartbeat to maximize their potential.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

Optimizely 9.0
Based on 42 answers
Because it's an incredible and essential tool for my line of work as a conversion optimization specialist. Really couldn't do my job nearly as effectively without it. It's paid for itself many times over and I feel like I'm only beginning to unlock the tools potential.
Jeremy Bradford | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Chartbeat

Chartbeat 8.1
Based on 22 answers
[Charbeat is] really user friendly both on desktop and mobile. In terms of being able to extract live data, it has been transformational. We are able to make live content decisions backed up by research from platforms which is relevant at the time of publication. The app makes it possible for me to stay in touch with performance when I am not working.
Graeme Brown | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

Optimizely 7.9
Based on 57 answers
Without a doubt, after 8 years using various different testing tools, Optimizely is by far the easiest to use. Feedback from developers and more technical teams has always been positive, mostly due to the code editor allowing for easy implementation along with the creation of advanced audience segments using advanced javascript. For business users and non-technical people, the wysiwig editor allows for smaller changes to be made quickly whilst somewhat educating the user on the types of code changes that are being made.
Ashley Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Chartbeat

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Optimizely

Optimizely 9.0
Based on 10 answers
Web interface is nearly always available. Javascript snippet (which actually runs the test) is distributed on a CDN for near-constant availability.
Albert Wavering | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Chartbeat

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Optimizely

Optimizely 6.0
Based on 10 answers
We have had some issues with screen flicker when loading experiment content. We had to dial back some of the creative changes to load smaller files.
Shawn Daley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Chartbeat

Chartbeat 7.9
Based on 11 answers
Support seems to be solid although there does not appear to be regional (ie. UK) support. One support enquiry I requested asking for an improvement to the interface was however, dealt with promptly and very helpfully and this surprised me a little as it was a UK request to a US support service
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

Optimizely 9.1
Based on 28 answers
They always are quick to respond, and are so friendly and helpful. They always answer the phone right away. And [they are] always willing to not only help you with your problem, but if you need ideas they have suggestions as well.
Sean Cleveland | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Chartbeat

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Optimizely

Optimizely 3.0
Based on 1 answer
The tool itself is not very difficult to use so training was not very useful in my opinion. It did not also account for success events more complex than a click (which my company being ecommerce is looking to examine more than a mere click).
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Chartbeat

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Optimizely

Optimizely 8.0
Based on 22 answers
In retrospect:- I think I should have stressed more demo's / workshopping with the Optimizely team at the start. I felt too confident during demo stages, and when came time to actually start, I was a bit lost. (The answer is likely I should have had them on-hand for our first install.. they offered but I thought I was OK.)- Really getting an understanding / asking them prior to install of how to make it really work for checkout pages / one that uses dynamic content or user interaction to determine what the UI does. Could have saved some time by addressing this at the beginning, as some things we needed to create on our site for Optimizely to "use" as a trigger for the variation test.- Having a number of planned/hoped-for tests already in-hand before working with Optimizely team. Sharing those thoughts with them would likely have started conversations on additional things we needed to do to make them work (rather than figuring that out during the actual builds). Since I had development time available, I could have added more things to the baseline installation since my developers were already "looking under the hood" of the site.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Chartbeat

Larger analytics suites like Google Analytics and Omniture simply do not provide the kind of real-time data that Chartbeat does. I have used Parse.ly which has some interesting real-time features as well; I would say Parse.ly is similar in terms of ease of use, though Chartbeat does give you the feeling of using a best-in-class product.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

I think that Optimizely is more user-friendly than Adobe and Monetate, for example - Adobe is really suited for people with deep pockets and a distinct technical acumen that may not be suitable for a small business. Montetate is not user-friendly - even for seasoned marketers. Apptemize is a pretty great product but they killed their free product. Like Optimzely, they seem to be shooting for enterprise-level clients.
Sylvia Flores | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Chartbeat

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Optimizely

Optimizely 7.2
Based on 50 answers
It's all you need to design, install, analyze and measure simple tests with Optimizely. When test complexity increases, it becomes necessary to integrate third party analytics tools to perform more detailed analysis such as additional details like page views, average time spent on each page, and bounce rates by variation. Optimizely has very straightforward integrations, so integration with analytics is straightforward.
Katie Goh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Chartbeat

  • The most positive impact is that it gives us realtime outage emails — faster than our server provider does. So we know within seconds if one of our sites is down. This has proven an invaluable part of Chartbeat
  • Another great feature of Chartbeat is the multiple sites dashboard, so I can see traffic to all my sites at once.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Optimizely

  • Optimizely has had a tremendous positive impact on the ROI of our clients. Whether you're just starting your testing program and just want to get your feet wet with a few simple WYSIWYG tests, or you're ready to dive in to complex MVT test designs and Personalization Campaigns, Optimizely has everything you need to create, and maintain, a highly successful testing center.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Chartbeat

General

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

Optimizely

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Chartbeat
8.2
Optimizely
7.8

Likelihood to Renew

Chartbeat
10.0
Optimizely
9.0

Usability

Chartbeat
8.1
Optimizely
7.9

Reliability and Availability

Chartbeat
Optimizely
9.0

Performance

Chartbeat
Optimizely
6.0

Support Rating

Chartbeat
7.9
Optimizely
9.1

Online Training

Chartbeat
Optimizely
3.0

Implementation Rating

Chartbeat
Optimizely
8.0

Scalability

Chartbeat
Optimizely
7.2

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