Marketing Solutions by Criteo vs. OpenX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Marketing Solutions by Criteo
Score 7.8 out of 10
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Criteo Dynamic Retargeting aims to deliver the right ad at the right moment in the shopper journey. The vendor says Criteo Dynamic Retargeting consistently wins 90% of competitive performance tests and generates an average 13X return on ad spend at significant sales volume. It is used by 18,000 marketers worldwide. Criteo promises to help re-engage shoppers throughout their path to purchase with tailored video and display ads, delivered across the world’s best publishers.…N/A
OpenX
Score 8.8 out of 10
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OpenX is an ad serving platform. It is sold option as a hosted solution for can be purchased as an installed application. It allows for easy inventory management , geo-targeting of ads by country, and provides statistics for each ad placement.N/A
Pricing
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Marketing Solutions by CriteoOpenX
Top Pros
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Features
Marketing Solutions by CriteoOpenX
Ad Network Integration
Comparison of Ad Network Integration features of Product A and Product B
Marketing Solutions by Criteo
7.1
27 Ratings
OpenX
6.6
3 Ratings
Data Transfer7.026 Ratings6.53 Ratings
DSP integration7.121 Ratings6.83 Ratings
Ad Campaigns
Comparison of Ad Campaigns features of Product A and Product B
Marketing Solutions by Criteo
8.6
57 Ratings
OpenX
7.0
5 Ratings
Ad campaign creation8.354 Ratings6.85 Ratings
Ad deployment8.653 Ratings6.65 Ratings
Display advertising8.555 Ratings7.35 Ratings
Ad display and retargeting segmentation8.850 Ratings6.55 Ratings
Sequence targeting00 Ratings7.54 Ratings
Ad Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Ad Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Marketing Solutions by Criteo
7.7
57 Ratings
OpenX
6.6
5 Ratings
Ad dashboards8.156 Ratings5.95 Ratings
Ad performance reports8.056 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Ad conversion tracking7.653 Ratings6.15 Ratings
Ad attribution reporting7.514 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Cross-channel ad management8.01 Ratings7.25 Ratings
Ad forecasting and optimization6.83 Ratings7.64 Ratings
User Ratings
Marketing Solutions by CriteoOpenX
Likelihood to Recommend
7.8
(58 ratings)
7.3
(15 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
10.0
(1 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Usability
7.9
(12 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.8
(12 ratings)
10.0
(2 ratings)
User Testimonials
Marketing Solutions by CriteoOpenX
Likelihood to Recommend
Criteo
Marketing Solutions by Criteo has a great track record that speaks highly of its reputation, we users of this program are happy with the performance and impact it generates in the cloud, in order to connect with new customers, added to this, This software offers us the appropriate tools to professionally manage all these processes and have total control of electronic commerce. Our case has been the protagonist in the increase in sales, that is why we are always willing to recommend this incredible program.
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OpenX
What are the best ways to integrate it with salesforce.com? What are the best ways to target our users with this tool? To segment the users? How can I integrate my ads with your adexchange-what sizes are you looking for in terms of banners, skyscrapers and so on. In this way I can plan my in house ad and those for the exchange to be the same size, to avoid duplication of work.
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Pros
Criteo
  • You are able to access to their data pool, to build audiences with just an email list (encrypted and hashed)
  • Easy to use platform and easy way to analyze data from the dashboard. Everyone could manage the dashboard easily enough to surf through the data and understand the performance. Also you have the help of your account manager.
  • The powerful algorithm drives good results for your company, without too much effort. And they are continuously improving with new features (design types, campaigns, platform, mobile / app products ...)
  • Support for testing all of the integration of the events to check if data is well received. Google Chrome extension, testing mode inside the dashboard with error detection and also the help of your account manager + technical stuff.
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OpenX
  • OpenX is a system that was designed to scale as is evident in some key design decisions found throughout the platform. The multi-server setup that was chosen at Mail.com allowed for a distributed server architecture which separated the front end web delivery nodes from the backend MySQL Database master which replicated data back to each front end delivery node mysql slave. This eased the ability to horizontally scale as needed due to the ingenious separation of the ad impressions data tables on the delivery nodes which were being collected locally on each ad impression and then processed periodically back to to the master database which replicated the aggregated statistics back to the delivery nodes. The ability to load balance across the front end web delivery nodes, add caching at many different layers, utilize a CDN for the static ad images, implement PHP accelerators, and hit memcached instead of the MySQL master made the OpenX platform a service that was very resilient to failures.
  • The ability to optimize the platform is also something that OpenX does very well. This is evident in many of the config key parameters available. In addition to OpenX specific tunable's, optimizations can be made at many different levels in which the system sits. These include hardware and operating system level optimizations, tcp and networking stack optimizations, web server/php-cgi configurations, and database (MySQL InnoDB) tunable's. There are many different optimization knobs that can be tuned to help scale the application for the best performance possible
  • The documentation was simple, to the point, and well written which led to an easy initial implementation and roll out of a multi-server setup. The installation and upgrade procedures were straight forward even for the complexities of the multi-server setup. I also found the OpenX team to be accessible and even got a chance to meet some of the team at their Up Close and Personal events at Cal Tech in Pasadena. Core developers were on hand to answer technical questions and also made themselves available to us via email and irq channels.
  • The open nature of the OpenX platform allows for flexibility in the choice of web serving platform to use (Apache, nginx, Lighttpd) and also the database management systems (MySQL, PostGreSQL)
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Cons
Criteo
  • I think if they had a free trial option, we would be able to better evaluate our need before signing up.
  • I wish there were more targeting features other than retargeting. Would love to target based on interests.
  • Video features are limited. Would love to see new products here.
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OpenX
  • Propagation could be improved; ad units that need to go live immediately could take up to 45 minutes to propagate.
  • Over-complexity can be confusing. There are multiple tiers before assigning ad units per order and it seems unnecessary.
  • Real-time reporting or a status dashboard would be great.
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Likelihood to Renew
Criteo
Criteo is the only remarketing firm worth using for a retailer, in my opinion.
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OpenX
I no longer work at the company where I was using OpenX, but if I were then I'd certainly stay aboard. Frankly, there are a lot of sunk costs involved with building all of the infrastructure we had put in place, the system was working very well even if reporting was a hassle, and our team was trained on it. Also, I'm not aware of another product that does everything else we'd need it to.
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Usability
Criteo
Criteo's platform is very easy to use from a marketing standpoint if you understand key terms. The frontend is very user-friendly and I personally had no issues. I enjoy being able to see key results and metrics being tracked from the dashboard. It is also easy to filter things as desired to break down data.
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OpenX
I was given the system to use as part of setting up a whole new site from scratch in less than 2 months, with a large number of specialty hub pages to run ads on and lots of content I needed to run disease specific ads on. The system was easy for me to learn on the fly in a very compressed time frame. I would have loved more chance to really dig in under the hood to see all that it could do, but given how fast I had to work, I got everything up and running and looking great. And I did it ahead of my launch deadline too. My only reservation might be for people who are not as patient as I am in picking things up, or as hands on. Customer service was great if I needed them, and a quick start guide with the essentials would be ideal for those people.
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Support Rating
Criteo
I think Marketing Solutions by Criteo offers a very robust solution for an ad tech platform and their support team is very knowledgeable about their product. I would like to see, though, more webinars and training about the technology behind the product to give us more tools to talk to our customers with more information and better visuals.
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OpenX
They went above and beyond without ever asking for additional money and we met our launch date and immediately started to meet and even surpass our business goals. Nothing was too much trouble, which really stood out compared to other companies I had and was at that time also working with. Customer service can really make or break any business; if i expect my staff to give good customer service, I expect to get it too, and Open X gave it.
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Alternatives Considered
Criteo
Criteo and AdRoll used to be neck and neck competitors, but Criteo has differentiated its offering by introducing user acquisition and app campaigns and continuously evolving its product while AdRoll got left behind. Compared to MoPub, Criteo's solutions are much more integrated and have more layers of data on their inventory to make sure the media bought on the platform can drive better results.
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OpenX
OpenX is less focused than MoPub and it has a bigger reach as it is not limited to the mobile app. Unlike MoPub that focuses on performance, OpenX comes from the branding world and is pushing into CTV and other areas of the industry more catered to traditional media agencies and not pure ad tech players.
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Return on Investment
Criteo
  • If you are a new entrant in a market, with few acquisition channels, Criteo is going to enhance significantly your ROI with low CPA and high turnover. Usually, with have a CPA below 10€ on our businesses for ROI which can be up to 2.
  • If you already have a clear marketing strategy, with many platforms, Criteo will probably increase your turnover but your ROI will be lower due to the high number of common interactions/conversions between the platforms. It happened frequently, that is why you have to think about your main goal/KPI.
  • Finally, you have to take care of the marketing saturation on your global audience, especially if you use remarketing widely on all your platforms such as Linkedin/Facebook/Google/etc. You should keep a ratio of 60% acquisition and 40% max remarketing, and take that into consideration if you want to launch Criteo campaigns. Once, one of your clients focused only on remarketing cause it had a lower CPA : Facebook & Critéo retargeting. But after a few months, the CPA rose drastically and the ROI declined from 3 to almost one. So keep online dedicated campaigns for Acquisition when you use Criteo.
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OpenX
  • OpenX made it easy to manage online advertising. At the time I used the product I was the lead developer in charge of implementing the solution but quickly was put into the role of managing the traffic and training other users. It was really easy for a technical user to become a traffic manager. Getting other users trained and up to speed was very efficient.
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