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Score 8.7 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

Marin Software

It's well suited when you have to integrate it with another data source, like an FTP for example. The dimensions you can assign to campaigns or ad group levels help for easier performance management and reporting.What makes it difficult is that everytime you need to update anything on the account, you can't use the publisher but have to do it through Marin. This makes the whole process very time consuming and causes more mistakes. Also if you have paused anything on the publisher and you don't remember to sync marin after, all changes on the publisher will get lost if you make new changes on marin
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

Good for instances where search campaigns are driving poor overall traffic. Campaigns for awareness work well, and you have pretty good control of how your ads look without having to do too much work. We've used this successfully for law, financial services, and political campaigns effectively. With Twitter banning political ads, and Facebook becoming increasingly strict on their approval guidelines, this may turn into the best alternative. Would not necessarily recommend for ecommerce campaigns, or lead based campaign where keeping cost per conversion down is a primary objective.
Vincent Misiewicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Marin Software

  • Marin is a self-serve platform. You can tailor your campaigns per your preference/convenience/needs. You can customize your view, see % changes, create custom columns depending on your Key Performance Indicators, and set any sort of dimensions and labels that will help you filter for your campaigns on a daily basis.
  • Bidding and changes to destination URLs can be done through mass edits within the UI, without having to upload bulk-sheets. You push any changes from Marin to the Engines, and can also pull in your changes from Bing/AdWords engines by syncing your campaigns as well. The system will not publish anything you do not manually post until Midnight PST. You can copy paste straight from your excel bulksheet into the uploading tool (or upload the document through unicode text).
  • The Administrative log keeps track of all changes, and keeps users (through their logins) accountable for any edits. This way, you can filter for your name, and find the edits that you made, just to double check your work, or to make sure you are publishing the correct changes. There is a keyword- group- and campaign-level history/settings log, where you can see the name of the user who created, edited, published, paused, activated, deleted, etc. any item.
  • You can set up alerts that will help you manage accounts: anything from active campaigns with 0 ad copy, to finding keywords in low ad positions.
  • If you push duplicate keywords, the system will reject them, keeping our accounts from getting clouded due to human error. There is no need to download existing keywords or groups and use their keyword or group IDs to make any edits--instead, editing is a breeze because the system detects the new changes automatically. The only need for IDs is when making edits to creative.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

  • Offers extensive solutions to reach a high volume of users and create new reach outside of major networks like Google and Bing.
  • Provides unique ways to differentiate advertisers in top positions on search results pages.
  • Creates unique tactics to utilize on display networks (carousel and video takeovers).
Alexander Rodriguez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Marin Software

  • Support. They are addressing this currently, and things seem to have improved lately, but we were experiencing long delays in getting support tickets addressed.
  • New Google Shopping campaigns will not even show in the tool. Old PLA campaigns are fine however.
  • Random missing data. Typically this happens after an update, but we've seen data missing in various clients. Usually logging a support ticket and having Marin Support rerun a backend process resolves the issue.
Robert Frost | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

  • No traffic -- despite a high ROI, the lack of overall spend led to us eventually remove support for the channel from our services.
  • Nothing to differentiate it from other paid platforms -- Gemini didn't particularly offer anything new or novel that made it worth using over Bing and Google.
Brandon Mitchell | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Marin Software

Marin Software 7.6
Based on 23 answers
I've used Marin Software now at three separate companies where I evaluated the platform along with several other internal partners. In each case, we did make the decision to renew based on our positive experience with the app and the customer support we received at the Enterprise level. Especially when we had complex integration questions or faced the change to Google's enhanced campaigns - Marin worked closely with us to make the transition seamless.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

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Usability

Marin Software

Marin Software 8.9
Based on 5 answers
Marin has a very basic layout, which makes it easy to use and easy to learn and this is very important in a fast paced environment, when there is not a whole lot of time to learn a new program without getting caught behind. Marin has some nice training that makes this whole process super easy.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising 5.3
Based on 3 answers
One of my main pain points with yahoo gemini is that the product is very difficult to use and the UI seems like they took a skeleton of a similar product and made it bare bones functional for the purpose of generating ad spend. It is a huge barrier for new customers and I feel one of the main reasons they have new customers at all is all the free trial dollars they offer.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Marin Software

Marin Software 8.2
Based on 5 answers
I have had mostly successful support from Marin Software with the exception of one individual who I am assuming was new due to their lack of knowledge about the product. I do not hold this against Marin Software significantly because any time I have ever called/emailed with questions I have received help fast and accurately.
Ashlee Anderson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising 6.2
Based on 8 answers
They were always super helpful during training and demoing and would answer any questions we had.We didn't have a direct account manager, which would have been nice, but I just don't think their size accommodates for that type of set up.They are very knowledgeable and help guide you through a set up for each particular client.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Marin Software

Marin Software 9.0
Based on 1 answer
Interactive helpful videos, summaries, and quizzes help a user learn the platform in demo-mode. The only challenge was that once you clicked certain buttons per instructions, you couldn't necessarily go back to retake notes without redoing the entire module.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

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Implementation Rating

Marin Software

Marin Software 9.8
Based on 5 answers
I think if we had known what we wanted, the implementation would have been perfect. Since we didn't, there was quite a bit of back and forth between ethology and the implementation team at Marin. The process ended up taking a lot longer than we expected it to take, but worked out in the end.
Robert Frost | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

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Alternatives Considered

Marin Software

Marin is a must have for any enterprise-level PPC account. The time savings from task automation and the very sophisticated bidding platform can help any advertiser or agency effectively scale any account.In both AdWords and Bing, the bulk editing and automated bidding features are less reliable and prone to error. The interfaces are also unnecessarily complicated and outdated.While Google Analytics is a great tool, there are no features that tie true revenue data into these interfaces, limiting the amount you can really optimize around ROI.
Vincent Misiewicz | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

Yahoo Gemini! does stack up well against its competitors in the smaller spending realms. We've never been able to justify the ROI when we try to scale it up to even 10% - 15% of our spend. No, we've found that it's much better as a tangential win than a mainstream channel.
Nathan Richardson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Marin Software

  • It has definitely increased employee efficiency because we run on Yahoo Gemini, Bing, and Google. If we had to optimize/report per engine, it would take hours and hours each week.
  • I think it's made optimizations less of a daunting task in my daily routine. I've been able to pinpoint where our ROI suffers and work from there in a matter of minutes.
  • The customer service has gotten better and could still be improved. Our Marin rep used to be horrible at returning messages but once he got support, we were able to implement a ton more pixels and betas.
Nikita Patel | TrustRadius Reviewer

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

  • It has created a more comprehensive understanding of the audience to whom a client is marketing.
  • It allows clients to target and reach audience members on all major search platforms.
  • It provides data and reporting to understand and analyze campaign success and optimize campaigns towards client goals.
Leah Jakaitis | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Marin Software

General

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

Yahoo Gemini! (Verizon Media Native), formerly Yahoo! Advertising

General

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

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