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Compare Hightouch and Adobe CDP

Hightouch is a Composable CDP vs Adobe CDP, which is a traditional CDP. Hightouch is ranked the #1 CDP on G2 for fastest implementation and highest ROI.

Hightouch
Adobe CDP

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Spotify.
NBA.
PetSmart.
Weight Watchers.
Ramp.
Calendly.
GitLab.
Grammarly.
Spotify.
Betterment.
NBA.
PetSmart.
Tripadvisor.
GameStop.
Cars.com.
Weight Watchers.
Iterable.
Ramp.
Plaid.
Calendly.
GitLab.
Malwarebytes.
Greenhouse.
Grammarly.

Hightouch and Adobe CDP both are tools that allow you to sync data to downstream marketing destinations like CRM tools, email tools, and advertising platforms. Both platforms have the functionality to collect events via an SDK, resolve identities, and sync data to downstream tools.

However, the devil is in the details. The architecture of each are vastly different. Adobe CDP is a “traditional CDP” while Hightouch is a warehouse-centric, “composable CDP”.

Composable CDP Architecture Diagram

Traditional CDP Architecture Diagram

This architectural difference leads to massive differences in cost, implementation time, and usability despite the fact both platforms allow you to achieve similar functionality at a high-level.

Compare Hightouch and Adobe CDP

FunctionalityHightouchAdobe CDP
Data Activation
Data warehouse to destination
Adobe CDP data store to destination
Data Activation Destinations
200+
25+
Custom Destinations
Yes
Yes
Audience Management
No-code audience builder, journey management, and analytics
No-code audience builder. Limited to 250 syncs per destination.
Reverse ETL
Core competency. Built out with deep extensions into your existing workflows
Not available
Real-Time
Event forwarding & low latency API
Event forwarding & low latency API available. Real-time audiences can only use data from real-time events. If you use another trait the audience computes nightly
Data Schema Flexibility
Supports any custom entity or object (users, accounts, households, playlists, etc.)
Rigid schema with three options
Data Storage
Data is stored in your existing cloud infrastructure
Adobe-managed infrastructure
Data Retention
Unlimited lookback & history
Variable
Source of Truth
Your owned data warehouse
Multiple: Adobe and your owned data warehouse
Data Collection
Client-side, server-side, and other 3rd-party sources
Client-side, server-side, and other 3rd-party sources
Identity Resolution
Unify any & all of the customer or entity data in your warehouse
Deterministic and probabilistic models available
Identity Graph Ownership
Lives in your owned data warehouse
Owned by Adobe
Security & Compliance
Immediately GDPR & CCPA compliant. Able to sign BAA to be HIPAA compliant
Not immediately GDPR, CCPA, and HIPAA compliant
Pricing
Unbundled: individually priced features with no MTU billing
Dependent on monthly tracked users (MTUs) & feature add-ons
Proof of Concept
2-3 for SMB, 4-6 weeks for enterprise
Not available
Implementation
100% of customers are live with a production use case at the time of contract signature
Average 6-9 month implementation after contract signature

Pros and Cons of Hightouch

Pros

  • 10X faster implementation time
  • 30-60% lower vendor cost
  • No duplicative data storage
  • Can sync events directly to downstream destinations
  • Runs on your own existing data infrastructure

Cons

  • Newer player in the CDP market
  • Fewer customers
  • Must have existing data store

Pros and Cons of Adobe CDP

Pros

  • Strong integrations with other Adobe products
  • Flexible SDKs
  • Segmentation builder has some basic AI capabilities
  • IDR supports data clean room use cases through “Co-op graph”

Cons

  • Only deployable within Adobe Experience Cloud
  • Your data must conform to Adobe’s proprietary XDM schema
  • Limited number of sources and destinations
  • Data is stored in Adobe’s infrastructure
  • Lots of add-on features needed to create a full CDP
  • No Reverse ETL capabilities

Should I buy Hightouch or Adobe CDP?

When deciding whether to invest in a Hightouch (a Composable CDP) or Adobe CDP (a Traditional CDP), it's important to consider the unique needs of your business. Although a packaged Traditional CDP might appear simpler, Composable CDPs are more flexible and scalable.

The main areas Hightouch wins against Adobe CDP are:

  1. Cost: Hightouch is typically 30-60% less expensive than Adobe CDP
  2. Implementation Time: With Hightouch you are live at the time of contract signature. With Adobe CDP, there is typically a 6-12 month implementation process after contract signature
  3. Flexibility: With Hightouch, you can use any data in your data warehouse vs Adobe CDP where you can only use data that has been collected into your CDP
  4. Source of Truth: With Hightouch, your retain a single source of truth in your cloud data warehouse.

While Adobe CDP can be a decent option for companies looking to implement a more legacy solution, most data-focused companies are now adopting Composable CDPs, such as Hightouch, because they offer greater flexibility, security, time-to-value, and interoperability at a far lower cost. If you’re interested in learning more about the Composable CDP, book a demo with one of our solution architects today to see how we can help.

200%
increase in engagement

"We’re syncing millions of records every single day to orchestrate personalized journeys for the 65+ million members in our loyalty program."

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1 day
migration

"The beauty of Hightouch events is that the SDK is built in such a way that you can rip and replace Segment or any other event collection tool in minutes."

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Hightouch Audiences user interface.

Recognized as an industry leader
by industry leaders

G2

Reverse ETL Category Leader

Snowflake

Marketplace Partner of the Year

Gartner

Cool Vendor in Marketing Data & Analytics

Fivetran

Ecosystem Partner of the Year

G2

Best Estimated ROI

Snowflake

One to Watch for Activation & Measurement

G2

CDP Category Leader

G2

Easiest Setup & Fastest Implementation

Composable CDPs are more secure

Hightouch doesn’t store your data. Instead we simply read from your data warehouse where it stays safe and sound.

Sync data to 200+ tools

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