Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued) Reviews

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Richard Taylor | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 26, 2018

If only Adobe BC accounts could stop charging for unwanted services - Be careful No BC Refund Policy Exisits !

Score 6 out of 10
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The service provision is good the accounts customer service is poor so I would struggle to give BC a better than average review, if only they could offer customers a better accounts service then the value would be much higher.
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John Reitz | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 16, 2017

Adobe Business Catalyst, A Solid Mid-Level hosted CMS

Score 7 out of 10
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Adobe Business Catalyst is perfect when you need to create a data driven element for a site. The Web Apps element is great and not something other hosted CMS systems have. It is also a good product when someone wants to make use of multiple modules in one place such as having your website, CRM, online store and email marketing in one place. BC is fine for small sites, but is a bit over complicated and over-priced for a basic brochure-ware type site without any dynamic features. It also does not allow enough customization for a large enterprise level site with a demanding client. As a hosted solution, it has no ability for server-side development or other customization that might be needed on a very complex custom site.
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Jonathan Hodak | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 22, 2016

Adobe Business Catalyst and why it is the solution for most small businesses

Score 8 out of 10
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Adobe Business Catalyst is an absolute rock-star for companies that want an all in one solution, who have limited budgets and/or little technical expertise. It will scale well and can grow with your company. It is more complex and more flexible than something like Wix, where your options are heavily limited, but less open than WordPress where you can use plug-ins and custom code to rebuild how anything works. So it is a nice area in the middle.

Adobe Business Catalyst would probably not be a great solution for companies who want absolute control over their website and everything in it and have highly experienced technical resources to build out whatever they need since not every area of the website or server can be modified.

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Dan Butler | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 25, 2016

Business Catalyst: The Chemistry Between Designer and Client

Score 9 out of 10
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I feel that Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is best suited to small businesses and free lance designers reselling to small businesses. The whole interface is very personal and easy to use from an inexperienced perspective. This makes it a perfect platform for small business websites or even portfolio websites. Its lack of different server side protocols and languages makes it perfect for the small scale web implementation.
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Aaron Landry | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 08, 2016

Developed for Speed

Score 9 out of 10
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When integrating with other systems, it seems to not be a very good fit. For example, if I am a shop and I am not managing my entire inventory within the system, there are ways to get the data into and out of the system but they aren't as easy as integrating a solution on a server. It is very well suited for most if not all marketing websites.
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Kristi Millsap, MBA | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 31, 2016

Business Catalyst Review: small to medium e-commerce businesses best option

Score 10 out of 10
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Adobe Business Catalyst (BC) is a terrific solution for small to medium businesses that are able to leverage e-commerce and seek to have an all-in-one solution. It's less of a fit for larger businesses that will soon scale or enterprise-level websites that have internal and external focus web needs greater than e-commerce.
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Nancy Sheridan | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 03, 2016

Building Business with Business Catalyst

Score 10 out of 10
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As a partner, you have the option to use B.C templates or buy B.C. templates from third parties. If you choose to custom design a site, you can use B.C. content holders and modules in the build. Quite frankly, I like to encourage potential clients to move to B.C. instead of relying on WordPress because of security and I believe B.C. sites are easier to maintain.
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Pauline Kraus | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 08, 2015

One Login to Rule Them All

Score 10 out of 10
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Overall Business Catalyst is an excellent product especially for smaller agencies and freelancer developers.

Helpful resources for BC partners are:
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Sean Parnell | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 09, 2014

Innovaxis Marketing Review of Adobe Business Catalyst

Score 9 out of 10
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Adobe Business Catalyst is easier to use than WordPress and is infinitely better than other open source platforms like Joomla, Drupal, Umbraco, and Ruby on Rails. This holds true for both website developers to build new websites as well as for end-users to write blogs, edit website content, upload images, embed videos., etc. As a result, Adobe Business Catalyst is ideal for about 90% of websites out there: from business-to-business (our focus as Innovaxis) and small to medium business-to-consumer sites. It's not as useful for large consumer e-commerce sites that need a high degree of customization (where a lot of people use Magento), but Business Catalyst is good for just about everything else. Our clients are very happy with it.
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Victor Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 26, 2014

Business Catalyst - The Right Solution for Certain Clients

Score 9 out of 10
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Business Catalyst is well-suited for clients that need an all-in-one solution: customer relationship management; product inventory management; eCommerce; email marketing. Because BC is a very powerful and all-encompassing solution, it is not the best one for many clients. They would be paying for many features that they would probably never use.
I like that it is tightly-integrated with Adobe Creative Cloud, specifically, Dreamweaver. This gives one more control to make great designs.
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Scott Shefler | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 19, 2014

Adobe Business Catalyst - An all-in-one solution like nothing else out there

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Business Catalyst is a scalable solution for most small to medium sized companies. While not right for every company, Business Catalyst is fluid enough to meet most business demands. The Adobe Business Catalyst Community helps to educate developers and agencies by providing resources to better equip us with the tools and knowledge to build better websites on the system. Resources like BC Gurus, BC Academe, Kiyuco, Tribe Vita to name a few.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 17, 2014

A Review of the Adobe Family

Score 9 out of 10
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Well, folks, I hate to tell you this, but you don't have very many options. Sure, there are open source programs out there, as well as cheap knock-offs of the Adobe products, but you will more than likely end up buying CC after a couple weeks of struggle and strife. My largest criticism for the Adobe products would be the enormous price tag attached, as well as the EXTREMELY limited options to own just one or two Adobe programs. While working at a marketing agency, it comes in handy to have all the programs. If I where to rely on photography as a source of income instead, I would not want to pay money that gets me ALL of the programs. I would want the option to purchase Photoshop, Lightroom, and perhaps one or two other programs alone.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

WYSIWYG email editor (13)
2.3
Dynamic content (15)
9.0
Ability to test dynamic content (11)
7.9
Landing pages (11)
7.0
A/B testing (5)
7.0
Mobile optimization (13)
8.0
Email deliverability (13)
8.1
List management (13)
3.0
Triggered drip sequences (8)
6.8
Lead nurturing (11)
1.7
Lead scoring and grading (8)
2.2
Data quality management (9)
1.4
Automated sales alerts and tasks (10)
1.6
Calendaring (10)
2.4
Event/webinar marketing (9)
2.3
Social sharing and campaigns (7)
7.8
Social profile integration (8)
8.6
Dashboards (15)
8.0
Standard reports (15)
7.0
Custom reports (12)
6.0
API (11)
7.9
Role-based workflow & approvals (14)
7.0
Customizability (13)
6.0
Integration with Salesforce.com (2)
5.5

About Adobe Business Catalyst (Discontinued)

Adobe Business Catalyst is an all-in-one cloud-hosted system for building and managing web content and on online store. It has a built-in CRM framework, sales, service, and marketing features including eCommerce and Email Marketing tools. It was acquired by Adobe in 2009, five years after the original developers founded a company. It is a content management solution at minimum, and typical web content management features are present --themes, SEO, an editing interface, document management--, but with the built-in CRM and eCommerce it is targeted at businesses looking to sell online.

The yearly pricing plan for Adobe Business Catalyst starts at $10.99 per month with the narrower webBasics+ pack, which includes content management features and site analytics, as well as a hosted email. The $16.99 per month web marketing pack brings the CRM into the fold, as well as targeted email marketing and the blog. The $34.99 webCommerce pack adds the eCommerce solution, and for $52.99 and $71.99, you can expand access from 3 users to 5 and 10 users, respectively. Paying biyearly takes %5 further off the cost, paying month to month adds 10% to these prices.

Adobe has released an end-of-life announcement for Business Catalyst which can be accessed here. New sites will no longer be available for purchase as of June 2018 and Adobe will stop hosting existing sites on Business Catalyst in March of 2021.

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