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Heap vs Hotjar: What are the differences?


Heap and Hotjar are both powerful tools used for analytics and user behavior tracking on websites. While they share some similarities, there are key differences between the two.

  1. Data Collection: Heap automatically captures all user interactions and events on the website without requiring manual tracking setup. On the other hand, Hotjar requires manual implementation of tracking codes and events to collect data.

  2. Real-time Data: Heap provides real-time data, allowing users to see immediate updates and changes in user behavior. Hotjar, on the other hand, has a slight delay in data reporting, with updates typically taking a few minutes to appear.

  3. Heatmaps: Hotjar offers a visual representation of user interactions through heatmaps, allowing users to see where users click, move the mouse, or scroll most frequently on a webpage. Heap does not provide heatmaps.

  4. Session Playbacks: Hotjar enables session recordings, which allow users to watch recordings of individual user sessions to gain insights into how users navigate and interact with a website. Heap does not have session playback functionality.

  5. Conversion Funnels: Heap provides a feature called "Autocapture Funnels" that automatically tracks and visualizes user behavior throughout a conversion funnel. Hotjar does not have built-in conversion funnel tracking.

  6. Surveys and Feedback: Hotjar includes tools for creating surveys and collecting user feedback directly on the website. Heap does not have built-in survey and feedback functionality.

In summary, Heap and Hotjar have key differences in data collection, real-time reporting, heatmaps, session recordings, conversion funnel tracking, and surveys/feedback tools.

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    Automatically capture every user action
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    No code required
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    Free Plan
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    Real-time insights
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    Track custom events
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    Define user segments
  • 7
    Define active users
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    Redshift integration
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    Fun to use
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        Doesn't work with iframe

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      What is Heap?

      Heap automatically captures every user action in your app and lets you measure it all. Clicks, taps, swipes, form submissions, page views, and more. Track events and segment users instantly. No pushing code. No waiting for data to trickle in.

      What is Hotjar?

      See how visitors are really using your website, collect user feedback and turn more visitors into customers.

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