November 13, 2019
Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons
- Robust targeting - Not just within the targeting/audience capabilities, but even using the profile script functions for more complex tests or when desired targeting is not "out-of-the-box."
- Integrates extremely well with Adobe Analytics, which is to be expected - Being while both were not initially developed by Adobe, they now own each and has made drastic strides over the last few years to improve that integration through Analytics for Target (A4T).
- Form-based editor has a bit of a learning curve, but very intuitive once you become familiar with it.
- This is something a lot of testing tools struggle with, but I think the WYSIWYG ("What you see is what you get") editor - or Visual Experience Composer (VEC) in Adobe terminology - could definitely use some work. It's a struggle to execute many tests beyond simple copy, color, placement changes, and even the features that do exist are often clunky if not altogether broken.
- The interface itself can be a bit counterintuitive in certain parts. If you are familiar with other tools, it's likely middle of the road in this respect; think much easier to understand than Monetate for instance, but a far cry from the simplicity of an Optimizely.
- It can be a bit buggy from time to time. The worst example is the frequency at which the tool will fail to save due to an error, but not inform you of this until you try to save, at which point your only option is to log out, log back in, and make all of your updates once again. It can become an extreme pain point at times, and I personally have just gotten into the habit of saving every couple of minutes to avoid a massive loss of productivity.