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Likelihood to Recommend

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

Webtrends Analytics

Scenarios1. If you want to use web server log files as input to your web analytics, then Webtrends will provides a good product, with great ease of implementation. Don't even think about being cheap on hardware, and make sure Webtrends runs on real servers, not in a VM environment.2. If you want to use Data Tagging, similar to Google Analytics or Site Catalyst, Webtrends has a powerful product, just be prepared to pay.3. If you are new to Web Analytics, but it is the strategic direction, start with Webtrends on Premises.Questions to Ask1. What are you trying to accomplish?2. Can you place a dollar value on the benefit that you expect/need from Webtrends?3.Can you live with Webtrends running SaaS?
Chaim (Daniel) Arnstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Testing and Experimentation

Optimizely
7.1
Webtrends Analytics
a/b experiment testing
Optimizely
8.0
Webtrends Analytics
Split URL testing
Optimizely
7.7
Webtrends Analytics
Multivariate testing
Optimizely
7.6
Webtrends Analytics
Multi-page/funnel testing
Optimizely
7.4
Webtrends Analytics
Cross-browser testing
Optimizely
7.2
Webtrends Analytics
Mobile app testing
Optimizely
6.4
Webtrends Analytics
Test significance
Optimizely
6.9
Webtrends Analytics
Visual / WYSIWYG editor
Optimizely
7.1
Webtrends Analytics
Advanced code editor
Optimizely
6.6
Webtrends Analytics
Page surveys
Optimizely
6.4
Webtrends Analytics
Visitor recordings
Optimizely
7.2
Webtrends Analytics
Preview mode
Optimizely
6.7
Webtrends Analytics
Test duration calculator
Optimizely
6.2
Webtrends Analytics
Experiment scheduler
Optimizely
7.9
Webtrends Analytics
Experiment workflow and approval
Optimizely
7.0
Webtrends Analytics
Dynamic experiment activation
Optimizely
7.4
Webtrends Analytics
Client-side tests
Optimizely
7.4
Webtrends Analytics
Server-side tests
Optimizely
6.8
Webtrends Analytics
Mutually exclusive tests
Optimizely
6.4
Webtrends Analytics

Audience Segmentation & Targeting

Optimizely
7.5
Webtrends Analytics
Standard visitor segmentation
Optimizely
7.7
Webtrends Analytics
Behavioral visitor segmentation
Optimizely
7.3
Webtrends Analytics
Traffic allocation control
Optimizely
8.0
Webtrends Analytics
Website personalization
Optimizely
6.8
Webtrends Analytics

Results and Analysis

Optimizely
7.1
Webtrends Analytics
Heatmap tool
Optimizely
6.7
Webtrends Analytics
Click analytics
Optimizely
7.3
Webtrends Analytics
Scroll maps
Optimizely
7.1
Webtrends Analytics
Form fill analysis
Optimizely
6.5
Webtrends Analytics
Conversion tracking
Optimizely
7.5
Webtrends Analytics
Goal tracking
Optimizely
7.5
Webtrends Analytics
Test reporting
Optimizely
7.6
Webtrends Analytics
Results segmentation
Optimizely
7.1
Webtrends Analytics
CSV export
Optimizely
6.5
Webtrends Analytics
Experiments results dashboard
Optimizely
7.1
Webtrends Analytics

Pros

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

Webtrends Analytics

  • Control privacy, data sharing and competitive industrial knowledge using Webtrends on premises
  • Great control over custom reports, custom dimensions and metrics
  • Flexible tool which allows multiple methods of data capture. To my knowledge it was the first tool with a Tag Builder / Tag Management function built in via a supporting website.
Mitchell Teixeira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Optimizely

  • Assistance with on-boarding the tool as opossed to using a partner.
  • Dedicated training on the tool for internal business users both on the development and consultancy side.
  • Impression usage should be applied to running AB tests only - Development teams need to take some time to implement a winning variation and so using impressions to temporarily run a winning experience is not ideal.
Ashley Smith | TrustRadius Reviewer

Webtrends Analytics

  • The big downside, the elephant in the room, is that it does not (as of right now) have on-demand segmenting, drilldowns, etc. You have to think of what you want in advance and create those reports then analyze some data. This is huge. You can, of course, re-analyze old data after creating new reports but you still have to wait. (This deficiency may become obsolete with the release of Webtrends Explore later this month (May 2014).)
  • It has fewer mature integrations with other products and databases than competitors do, although I'm told it works with SharePoint better than anything else does.
  • Its attribution modeling capability is behind Google Analytics'. In my humble opinion, this could be changed quickly if Webtrends would make some tweaks to its standard visitor history files (i.e. preserve the order in which past visits were sourced beyond the single most recent one, rather than storing all those past sources as a randomized list).
  • It doesn't incorporate statistical tests, confidence intervals, or statistical associations. However, this same criticism can be applied to its competitors (other than A/B Testing products). It's a tabulation program, as they all are. In this respect, web analytics tools as a group are relatively primitive. Sorry to bring this up as a criticism of Webtrends but it's my pet peeve about the whole industry and I just have to say it. (p.s. take advantage of the heavy-duty Webtrends Scheduled Export functionality to get really granular data that you can feed to a stats program to get significances.)
  • Although the documentation, help screens, phone support and the knowledge base have improved tremendously in recent years, there is still a pretty steep learning curve because it is different from the tools that entry-level users may have already been exposed to. This can be a shock and many users are alienated at first because they just don't get some of the fundamentals at first. I'd like to see much better help screens that are thoroughly interlinked with the KB and documentation. Having superb online support would make a world of difference with the adoption of this basically powerful tool.
Chris Grant | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Optimizely

Optimizely 9.0
Based on 43 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

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 5.4
Based on 25 answers
I would be willing to try Webtrends again AFTER some research from other users. I would need to see that users mention better and faster customer support on questions and issues that arise while using the software. The software is capable of vast and incredible things, but if it isnt properly set up and supported during use, it is just a big hassel and waste of everyones time and money.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Optimizely

Optimizely 7.3
Based on 56 answers
I've heard great feedback from the Marketing and Development team who use the tool. I am not particularly great with code but find it easy to set up tests on my own and feel confident putting them live using the preview tool.
Fay Dawson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 5.4
Based on 7 answers
If I could give it a 0, I would. Not having an intuitive user interface made it impossible to convince non-analytic business users to use the tool on their own. Even as a seasoned analyst, frequent calls were needed to get what should be simple tasks done. Account managers don't understand the tool either, and have to refer you to technical support
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Reliability and Availability

Optimizely

Optimizely 9.0
Based on 5 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

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.0
Based on 4 answers
It is much better than average. Down time usually occurs because of a need to refresh the server on our end.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Performance

Optimizely

Optimizely 6.0
Based on 5 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

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 8.2
Based on 3 answers
The v9 admin interface and v10 reporting interface work as well as expected, but have a tendency to be pokey, especially for bulky reports and whenever you're connected to wifi. I much prefer using the REST API for all reporting for this reason, which simply dumps out the data and doesn't bother with the user interface.
Adam Krause | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Optimizely

Optimizely 9.1
Based on 14 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

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 8.8
Based on 8 answers
I once went on to Twitter to ask for help from my network of analytics people, and Webtrends themselves responded. They have been an excellent partner in making sure that their product is being used to the best of it's ability and I greatly appreciate that. Both Omniture and Google Analytics, do not have that level of support over social media
Matthew Koppel | TrustRadius Reviewer

In-Person Training

Optimizely

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.7
Based on 3 answers
The in-person training was comprehensive enough to get you started, but I strongly recommend having a more experienced person when beginning with the tool.
Adam Krause | TrustRadius Reviewer

Online Training

Optimizely

Optimizely 3.0
Based on 1 answer
No answer on this topic is available.

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.0
Based on 4 answers
Webtrends provides several free webinars over the course of the year, many of which I would expect to pay for. The people providing the webinars seem to have a good feel for real-world application of the product.
Adam Krause | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

Optimizely

Optimizely 8.0
Based on 11 answers
Ensure that your Optimizely JS script is loaded in the header of the page. The reason for this is that the DOM loads the page, and if you are changing elements on the page in your variation, Optimizely needs to know this before the page loads so that it can make those changes for your variation.
Douglas Wright | TrustRadius Reviewer

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends Analytics 9.9
Based on 5 answers
Careful planning and patience. Use a non-public test site to fine tune tags and reporting. Despite best laid plans, there will be surprises when you collect the data, run the analysis and begin generating reports using the tool. Perform a tag audit to ensure tags fire as desired.
Mitchell Teixeira | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

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

Webtrends Analytics

Webtrends has its work cut out for itself considering you have the behemoth Google Analytics and Google Analytics Premium having a strong offering and brand recognition for the price of free. After reviewing the paid service I'd suggest you start off with GA as a cheaper alternative that is just as robust, if not much more flexible in regards to the reporting and goal tracking needs for our company.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

Optimizely

Optimizely 7.0
Based on 49 answers
Optimizely offers excellent testing features and incredible technical support and training resources enabling non-technical teams most benefited by experimentation to truly own this function. Optimizely is easy to implement and use, has simple integration with other technologies making it a staple in our marketing technology stack. Finally, Optimizely continues to innovate around its core technology to add new features and capabilities to improve the overall experimentation process (such as acquiring Experimentation Engine in 2018). In a dynamic and ever-changing marketing technology landscape expect to continue using Optimizely in my marketing technology stack for many years to come.
Emily Emmer | TrustRadius Reviewer

Webtrends Analytics

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

Optimizely

  • Before using Optimizely, we were shooting in the dark with our design decisions. We'd make a change, then have to wait to see our user numbers drop over the course of a couple weeks, then roll back the changes. Our front end team would get frustrated with the wasted time, and try again. With Optimizely, our decisions are data-driven, morale doesn't take a hit, and we are always moving forward with our site.
Benjamin Himley | TrustRadius Reviewer

Webtrends Analytics

  • Webtrends has had a positive impact on site visitation because it allowed us to understand the sources by domain for site traffic and find out ways to increase visits from those domains.
  • Webtrends has also allowed us to understand areas of optimization on the site, which has had a positive impact on the overall user journey on the site, likely leading to longer site duration and engagement.
Lindsay Buescher | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

Optimizely

General

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

Webtrends Analytics

General

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

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Optimizely
8.7
Webtrends Analytics
7.1

Likelihood to Renew

Optimizely
9.0
Webtrends Analytics
5.4

Usability

Optimizely
7.3
Webtrends Analytics
5.4

Reliability and Availability

Optimizely
9.0
Webtrends Analytics
9.0

Performance

Optimizely
6.0
Webtrends Analytics
8.2

Support Rating

Optimizely
9.1
Webtrends Analytics
8.8

In-Person Training

Optimizely
Webtrends Analytics
9.7

Online Training

Optimizely
3.0
Webtrends Analytics
9.0

Implementation Rating

Optimizely
8.0
Webtrends Analytics
9.9

Scalability

Optimizely
7.0
Webtrends Analytics

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