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194 Ratings
Top Rated
194 Ratings
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Score 8.8 out of 100
50 Ratings
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Score 8.1 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager is well suited when the marketer or marketing team does not work closely with the developers. In this scenario, it means that the marketer can deploy 3rd party tools such as live chat widgets, advertising pixels, and much more themselves in a timely manner. Google Tag Manager may be less relevant in an organization where the marketer is also the developer or has a strong development background, where they can implement the 3rd party tags directly on the site when they need. But even in this instance, there's still great benefit in using Google Tag Manager.
Quentin Aisbett | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM analytics has continued to improve upon the days of being the original core metrics. After using the updated version for quite some time, it has been great at providing the needed analytics to measure ROI and goal performance for our quarterly KPI's. It has resulted in a great increase in web engagements although we are a midsize company, smaller outfits may not need such an expensive option.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Security

Google Tag Manager
9.1
IBM Digital Analytics
Role-based user permissions
Google Tag Manager
9.1
IBM Digital Analytics

Tag Management

Google Tag Manager
7.5
IBM Digital Analytics
Tag library
Google Tag Manager
8.0
IBM Digital Analytics
Tag variable mapping
Google Tag Manager
7.9
IBM Digital Analytics
Ease of writing custom tags
Google Tag Manager
6.7
IBM Digital Analytics
Rules-driven tag execution
Google Tag Manager
8.0
IBM Digital Analytics
Tag performance monitoring
Google Tag Manager
6.6
IBM Digital Analytics
Improved page load times
Google Tag Manager
7.9
IBM Digital Analytics
Mobile app tagging
Google Tag Manager
7.2
IBM Digital Analytics
Library of JavaScript extensions
Google Tag Manager
7.7
IBM Digital Analytics

Data Management & Integrity

Google Tag Manager
8.0
IBM Digital Analytics
Event tracking
Google Tag Manager
9.4
IBM Digital Analytics
Mobile event tracking
Google Tag Manager
8.7
IBM Digital Analytics
Data distribution management
Google Tag Manager
7.8
IBM Digital Analytics
Universal data layer
Google Tag Manager
8.8
IBM Digital Analytics
Automated error checking
Google Tag Manager
5.2
IBM Digital Analytics

Pros

Google Tag Manager

  • Selecting elements on a site [object, class, cookie, etc] (to later fire an event, send some data, etc) is very easy with triggers. Want to add an event when someone clicks on a button? Super easy. It was many many DOM selectors and you can even add custom functions if you need to do something more specific
  • In general, firing events in different circumstances is very easy mixing triggers and tags. You can track almost any element of the DOM and do whatever you want with it.
  • Testing is a great functionality. Only you can see what's on the site and you can debug it easily by seeing which events or tags were triggered and all the DOM elements involved (and why they matched the trigger).
  • Working in environments (staging, production) and versioning is easy to do, deploying changes in 2 clicks.
Santiago Valdés | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

  • IBM Digital Analytics is a strong offering for retail eCommerce clients, based on the out-of-the-box metrics available around product views, items added and abandoned, as well as the ability to remarke to the individual user based on that information.
  • Fairly straight forward implementation compared to the other major tools
  • Visitor stitching - I feel the IBM Live Profile is very accurate at creating a full picture of an individual user and provides opportunities to create better messages to them.
  • Having IBM Support as a an immediate resource to clarify or troubleshoot any of the system features has been very beneficial as well
John Runyon | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Google Tag Manager

  • There are several good integrations, but there can always be more. Native tracking for call tracking solutions, analytics providers, non-Google advertisers would be top of my list.
  • Documentation is just dreadful. Luckily there are some awesome folks out there doing crowdsourced tutorials (shout out to Simo Ahava) but by and large the Google Tag Manager instructions are worth what you pay for them.
J.P. VanderLinden | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

  • The user interface is dated and flash based which makes it very difficult to use on mobile. The visualizations and graphs are nice but hopefully they will move away from flash soon.
  • The custom reporting module, Explore, is powerful and the only place to entirely customize display columns and metrics but it is limited to a certain number of credits each month. Each month of data included in a report uses 1 report credit.
  • Inside the Digital Analytics interface you are limited in the number of one time and persistent segments you can create. One time segments must be within the last 93 days and the date range cannot exceed 35 days. Depending on the reporting request that comes up you may run into this limitation.
Seth Poplaski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 10.0
Based on 6 answers
Google Tag Manager makes tracking traffic to our websites effortless, which enables our developers to focus on other tasks. Setting up a new instance takes only minutes and additional scripts can be added/modified without touching the source code of a site in production. This enables our marketing directors to coordinate tests and experiments with minimal effort.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 6.0
Based on 19 answers
With DA being part of the IBM portfolio you know it will benefit from the size and scale of what IBM has to offer. Whether it be acquisitions or the product roadmap you know IBM will want to ensure that DA is right at the top of the market
Gareth Beer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 8.6
Based on 8 answers
Google Tag Manager is the definition of a learning curve. At the beginning, you can barely do the minimum and it can seem questionable as to why you would use it. However, as users begin to learn its offerings and see how it can do much more, they will have a moment where GTM becomes a tool that empowers their ability to track and efficiently collect data for important business questions.
Matthew Stewart | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Very easy to implement and use.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.1
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 10.0
Based on 2 answers
Never had any issues
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Google Tag Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 8.0
Based on 2 answers
As reports are templated, the system is pretty quick. Sometimes you have to wait a bit for a report to render. Or you might have to re-load the page. But there is no real issue here and the system is on par with other similar systems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 6.2
Based on 6 answers
It depends wether you are seeking official support from Google itself, in which case it would be rated very low because it's not their business model, they would rather have you work with one of their Google Analytics Certified Partner (GACP).In terms of self-served support, Google offer extensive documentation at https://developers.google.com/tag-manager/, recently revamped training (https://analyticsacademy.withgoogle.com/course05/preview), has active forums and user community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104865292981489764063) which can typically answer even the most advanced questions.
Stéphane Hamel | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 2.0
Based on 8 answers
Overall, the level of support is very good and I would say it is a strong asset of the solution. However, you can sometimes feel that there is a difference of level among the support team.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 7.3
Based on 1 answer
I thought there was a little bit too much emphasis on AdWords stuff, not enough on the generic application of GTM.
Stéphane Hamel | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 7.1
Based on 2 answers
Online training is really great. One of the best assets that they have. Lots of great videos, pop quizzes at the end of each module. Fantastic. Other tools have similar features, but not as good.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Google Tag Manager

Google Tag Manager 9.8
Based on 2 answers
Planning and communication will help greatly with an in-house implementation. If there are large teams, try to limit the number of people involved to 1-2 developers (back-end dev may be necessary depending on your platform), one analytics marketer and one project manager.
David Gailey | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 9.9
Based on 4 answers
See previous comment: reading and understanding the encyclopedic implementation guide is a must.
Timothy Ponce | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Google Tag Manager

We moved to GTM from a standard Google Analytics implementation. GTM is much more flexible and easier to make changes, especially as the changes relate to multiple sites and environments. While there is a learning curve when figuring out how to use GTM, I believe the change has been worth it because it helps us understand at a more fundamental level how our tracking works and gives us a lot more control over what we track and how.
Ben Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

Much of the work we did in IBM Digital Analytics could have been answered through Google Analytics, a much simpler, agile and FREE solution set. Not mention, given the vast number of Google Analytics USERS, free and actionable support is simply a click away ... this compared to IBM Digital Analytics fractured and often absent support service.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Google Tag Manager

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

IBM Digital Analytics

IBM Digital Analytics 9.0
Based on 1 answer
This solution can support large amount of data and transaction. The way that user management features are built, it shows it is meant for large organizations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Google Tag Manager

  • GTM is very useful to determine if a particular element on the site is useful (i.e. is it being watched, is it being clicked, does it help customers navigate through more pages). As an SEO person, I can use this information to decide what to optimize for but also to track progress and see improvements in engagement.
  • With the use of Google Tag Manager, I was able to easily inject an A/B testing tool which lead to several improvements in lead generation.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

IBM Digital Analytics

  • We spend too much time trying to work around bugs on the new UI.
  • We spend too much time trying to figure out how to make certain segments work because support and the knowledge center are lackluster.
  • Our sales rep is very unresponsive and leaves us searching for a lot of answers on our own, including what other products we may benefit from that IBM offers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Google Tag Manager

General

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

IBM Digital Analytics

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Google Tag Manager
9.4
IBM Digital Analytics
3.9

Likelihood to Renew

Google Tag Manager
10.0
IBM Digital Analytics
6.0

Usability

Google Tag Manager
8.6
IBM Digital Analytics
9.0

Reliability and Availability

Google Tag Manager
9.1
IBM Digital Analytics
10.0

Performance

Google Tag Manager
IBM Digital Analytics
8.0

Support Rating

Google Tag Manager
6.2
IBM Digital Analytics
2.0

Online Training

Google Tag Manager
7.3
IBM Digital Analytics
7.1

Implementation Rating

Google Tag Manager
9.8
IBM Digital Analytics
9.9

Scalability

Google Tag Manager
IBM Digital Analytics
9.0

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