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Likelihood to Recommend

Hotjar

Hotjar is well suite for organizations that want to get a good glimpse into user behavior on their websites. The tool is easily installed through Google Tag Manager, and then users simply select which pages or paths they want the tool to analyze. After a few days, users can start seeing patterns develop, helping them understand what areas of the user journey flow they need to test out and improve. Hotjar is primarily for web-based experiences, not for mobile applications and other non-web digital applications.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

Our marketing team does a lot of creative testing around messaging and imagery. VWO is well suited for this type of testing and can yield great results if you define your conversion goals correctly. However, when we have tried to do more substantial/advanced changes through VWO (such as re-positioning content or modifying elements in a form), we have had some challenges and not been able to get the desired tests working correctly.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Testing and Experimentation

Hotjar
VWO
7.5
a/b experiment testing
Hotjar
VWO
8.2
Split URL testing
Hotjar
VWO
9.1
Multivariate testing
Hotjar
VWO
7.8
Multi-page/funnel testing
Hotjar
VWO
6.4
Cross-browser testing
Hotjar
VWO
8.2
Test significance
Hotjar
VWO
7.3
Visual / WYSIWYG editor
Hotjar
VWO
7.3
Advanced code editor
Hotjar
VWO
9.1
Visitor recordings
Hotjar
VWO
6.4
Preview mode
Hotjar
VWO
6.4
Test duration calculator
Hotjar
VWO
6.4

Audience Segmentation & Targeting

Hotjar
VWO
8.2
Standard visitor segmentation
Hotjar
VWO
9.1
Behavioral visitor segmentation
Hotjar
VWO
7.3
Traffic allocation control
Hotjar
VWO
9.1
Website personalization
Hotjar
VWO
7.3

Results and Analysis

Hotjar
VWO
7.0
Heatmap tool
Hotjar
VWO
6.4
Click analytics
Hotjar
VWO
6.4
Scroll maps
Hotjar
VWO
6.4
Conversion tracking
Hotjar
VWO
8.2
Goal tracking
Hotjar
VWO
8.2
Test reporting
Hotjar
VWO
7.3
Results segmentation
Hotjar
VWO
5.5
Experiments results dashboard
Hotjar
VWO
8.2

Pros

Hotjar

  • Heat mapping is great on Hotjar. It is a good place to start when you are looking at the UX & CRO on your website. You can see the % of people clicking on elements on a page, how far they scroll, and mouse movements.
  • Hotjar is great for session recordings. These record the mouse movements, clicks, pages and scrolls of a user in video format. You can watch these to investigate what works well on a site and identify potential roadblocks and bugs.
  • Hotjar is great as it ensures that users details are anonymous; for instance, if you are watching a session recording, you cannot see what a user types in a form field, as Hotjar blanks this out.
  • Hotjar has a poll function, so you can have polls on your website.
Sarah O'Donnell | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

  • VWO has a strong support team willing to help provide answers to questions during the setup process. During setup, we had some questions regarding implementation across a significant number of sites and they were able to ease dev team concerns and provide detailed best practices to streamline integration.
  • Some of the initial results of a few of the initial tests raised some questions internally. We setup a call and were able to quickly address the questions and find some opportunities to leverage moving forward.
  • I discovered a bug within the UI that lead to some questions internally. I was able to report it and the problem was fixed rather quickly and their team followed up with a thank you for reporting it and to report the issue was now resolved.
Kevin McLallen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Hotjar

  • Customization of in-page user surveys - Although it is a great tool to be able to publish and update user surveys that appear on our web page, the customization options (mostly UI) are somewhat limited, making the survey either stick out like a sore thumb, or look like an advertisement or error on our site. It would be great to get a little bit more control over how the survey appears on our site.
  • Honestly, I have not run into any other major examples I can detail where HotJar has not been able to do what I have needed it to do!
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

  • The user interface within VWO does take a bit of time to get used to, especially as it pertains to switching back and forth between tests. When running multiple experiments on a site at a time, a clear and succinct dashboard for everything in one place would be helpful (as opposed to needing to switch between A/B, multivariate, etc).
Joseph Collins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Hotjar

Hotjar 5.1
Based on 2 answers
Even though the heat maps and user recordings were useful, our website was significantly slowed down after we installed Hotjar, so much so, that it took over a minute for our blog to load. The data that we gathered was not worth the length that it took our website to load.
Patrick Eng | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

VWO 8.7
Based on 20 answers
It's great value and we think we've ironed out all the major teething troubles. However, if we experience any more bugs or problems that significantly slow us down then we're seriously considering switching to Optimizely, which I haven't personally tested but have heard great things about from my CRO peers
Tom Kerwin | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Hotjar

Hotjar 9.5
Based on 6 answers
So easy and simple to use! Straightforward anyone in the team is able to easily go in and set up anything in Hotjar. The UI is really simple. Whenever you give feedback to Hotjar they continously take on board the feedback and improve the tool.
Halima Satheya | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

VWO 8.2
Based on 2 answers
I gave Visual Website Optimizer a rating of 8 because it is overall a great product to use. Setting up and keeping track of various tests is easy and straight forward. The only reason why this product is not rated higher is because the support documents online leave a lot of room for improvement.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Hotjar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VWO

VWO 9.1
Based on 6 answers
I have not experienced an application error or unplanned outage with VWO.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Hotjar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VWO

VWO 8.2
Based on 2 answers
VWO doesn't appear to slow down our website at all, though some customers with adblockers like UBlock Origin have been known to not see entire pages if VWO is making changes to the page at a macro level (background, font, etc). This is rare though.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Hotjar

Hotjar 9.5
Based on 4 answers
Hotjar is a SaaS-based company, and as such has a good support service. Users can quickly submit support tickets through Hotjar's online portal. Enterprise customers get access to additional support members and have SLAs to support their larger, more complex needs. Overall, Hotjar is extremely reliable and I've never had to reach out to customer support.
Zach Ettelman | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

VWO 9.1
Based on 8 answers
While their online document support is lacking a simple email to their support team will almost always get responded to the next day. It has however taken more than one email to explain the problem to the support team till they understood the problem. The solution I was given also only half fixed the problem the rest I figured out on my own.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Hotjar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VWO

VWO 6.4
Based on 1 answer
Training was good, just limited to the onboarding process. They walked through all of the steps it takes to get started in VWO and each of the modules, along with giving us ideas for starting our first test. I feel like it could be better if there was a guided process within the VWO program to continue to educate you along the way, and a way to turn that off for experienced users.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Hotjar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VWO

VWO 9.1
Based on 6 answers
Overall, the implementation of VWO is straightforward. If you've got a straightforward way of deploying code to all of your test pages, either a good CMS or a TMS, then implementation should be a breeze. There is no tweaking to be done to the code itself, and once deployed it has the flexibility to cope with different VWO modules (tracking, conversion analysis, session analysis) without modification.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Hotjar

To be honest, we have only tried Hotjar session recording. I know there are some alternatives but we haven't tried any of them. I think there are none as complete as Hotjar for what you pay (some do heatmaps, other video recording, other polls). And the thing is that all of that is done pretty decent on Hotjar, so I'm not looking for any alternative right now.
Santiago Valdés | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

I used Google Optimize when it had just launched. It was therefore not yet a competitor to VWO. I haven't used it in roughly half a year time, so a lot has probably changed.I still use Hotjar for certain features that VWO offers, but which I think function better in Hotjar. I for instance prefer the Hotjar heatmaps, because I can elect to ignore certain elements on the webpage, such as a cookie consent pop up. A simple difference which makes me like Hotjar recordings more is that I can view a recording and click next, rather than going back to the overview and selecting the next recording.
Michel Zurkirchen | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Hotjar

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

VWO

VWO 8.2
Based on 1 answer
The product seems infinitely scalable for our needs (small business) and we've never had any issue with loading VWO-edited elements. I will say, though, that online customers with ad blockers have been known to not see certain VWO elements as their third-party scripts are disabled.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Hotjar

  • User Testing Alternative - Instead of hiring UX testers, we can leverage our actual customers to determine how they use our website. This has helped frame website redesign discussions on several occasions.
  • Landing Page Design - We've designed our landing pages based on user feedback from heatmaps we've gathered from Hotjar. Understanding where to place CTAs and other pieces based on user interaction has helped us streamline our landing page design.
  • Device Usage - Part of the data provided by Hotjar includes which device a user is visiting from. This helps us understand how mobile users work differently than desktop users.
Sasha Fritzel | TrustRadius Reviewer

VWO

  • The ability to offer a CRO service is greatly enhanced by VWO, as it allows us to run tests for clients
  • The editor means to some extent we don't need much developer resource to run the tests, lowering costs of doing so
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Hotjar

General

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

Hotjar Editions & Modules

Edition
Basic$01
Plus39.002
Business$993
  1. 2k pageviews/per day
  2. 10k pageviews per day/per month
  3. 20k pageviews per day/per month
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VWO

General

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

VWO Editions & Modules

Edition
TESTINGGet a Demo1
CONVERSION OPTIMIZATIONGet a Demo2
ENTERPRISEGet a Demo3
Subscription$99.004
  1. The classic VWO A/B testing solution
  2. The all-in-one platform for all your optimization needs
  3. Customized solution with advanced AB testing and conversion optimization capabilities
  4. Per Month
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