Heap vs Amplitude

Heap vs Amplitude

Product analytics should be reliable and complete, not brittle and difficult

Heap is an Amplitude alternative that offers:

  • Complete, trustworthy, autocaptured data
  • Minimal administrative and engineering work
  • Democratized data, usable across the org
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Product analytics should be reliable and complete

Product Analytics


Good products are built on a foundation of trustworthy data. Product teams choose Heap over Amplitude because Heap gives teams complete, flexible product data that’s instantly accessible to everyone in the org.

Traditional data capture is too brittle

Data Capture


In a traditional data model like Amplitude’s, collecting data means multiple steps and many stakeholders: you have to decide what events to track, get engineers to add tracking code, set up a tracking spreadsheet, wait for data to roll in, re-instrument tracking when your site changes, and hope that nothing breaks. Even then, there’s no guarantee you’ll get the data you need.

With Heap, there are no holes in your data. You can capture everything and be endlessly flexible in how you examine the data. You get a verifiable, trustworthy data set out of the box, with minimal ongoing maintenance and no need for engineers.

Democratize your data

Data Access


Because tools like Amplitude require manual tracking, using them requires individual PMs to go back and forth with engineers to make sure they’re capturing information on single events that matter. Heap offers a different model.

With Heap, a single PM (or analyst, or anyone) can set up events in Heap and easily give everyone in the org immediate access to the data. Our Data Trust Center lets teams can easily control their data, distribute access, and ensure that everything stays reliable, with zero loss of flexibility for end users.

With Heap, teams get control, reliability, and democratization. Despite Amplitude’s bells and whistles, it provides none of these.

Heap vs Amplitude for Product Analytics

See how we compare on key features

Implementation and setup
Easy to implement
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
No
Access to complete historical data
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
No
Add new behaviors without engineering (Web, iOS, Android)
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
No
Track users across devices, platforms, channels
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Enrich data with 3rd-party sources (A/B testing, CRM, Email)
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Audit, verify, and modify behaviors/events
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
No
Automatically surface event anomalies
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Automatically merge anonymous and identified behavior
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Meets modern security standards
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Analysis and Activation
Access to data/reports in real time
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Instantly answer new questions
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Analyze drivers of retention
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Granular insight into user friction
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Account-based analysis
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Automated ETL
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes
Report on user and event properties
Heap
Heap
Yes
Amplitude
Yes

Advantages of Heap over Amplitude

Advantages of Heap

No gaps in your data

With tools like Amplitude, you’ll always have gaps in your data, and events you haven’t tracked. With Heap, that’s never a problem.

Minimal administrative and engineering work

To run Amplitude, you need spreadsheets, tracking plans, meetings, JIRA tickets, and more – all for unreliable data. With Heap, a single javascript snippet collects everything.

Shared data

Amplitude forces individual PMs to manage their own data. Heap gives your whole team access to clean, complete data, offering immediate insights and truly trustworthy information.

Why Casper switched to Heap

I simultaneously installed the Mixpanel, Amplitude, and Heap scripts. Ten minutes later, we’re getting all of this data in Heap, and nothing in the others. Heap just worked.

Alan D’Souza
Director of Product Analytics, LendingClub

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