Hello Sharon, thank you for this extensive article, liked it a lot!:) Could you please specify in more details the way you grouped these apps? It’s clear about email testing, list building, tracking and monitoring tools. But.. what is the difference between drip email tools, email newsletter apps and integrated marketing automation tools… All of them about automating your email marketing. Is it about different ways to automate it? Unfortunately, it is still not clear for me. Please help me get it right:)

Response Magic has a state of the art hybrid permission based email marketing system that allows you to not have to confirm your email addresses. Our state of the art hybrid permission based email marketing system allows you to increase the number of emails that get delivered to your email box even and for the leads the confirm to receive your emails get sent using an entirely different email provider making the email deliverability for response magic best in class. We have over 11 years experience getting your emails delivered.
With Vero, users can track and store customer data and events in real-time. Using this information, you can create segments without having to do any coding and send out automated emails. For example, users who have just abandoned the shopping cart can be targeted with an email just hours or days later. In terms of deployment, Vero can be integrated with an email delivery provider, such as Sendgrid.
No matter what the focus of your newsletter is, you can pull down content from blog posts or search the web to pull content from a variety of sources – Flashissue automatically summarizes this content for you. After populating the editor with a certain number of story summaries, you can change the headline and article descriptions in order to better personalize it for your readers. This allows a more tailored emailer, rather than just generic news.

When customers leave your site without buying anything, retargeting creates the awareness they need about your brand and a clear path back to your store. Ideally, retargeting is part of a long-term strategy for businesses that already have a solid following. They are particularly helpful in specific moments, like when you want to promote your best selling stuff, advertise a new collection, or feature surplus items. See how retargeting ads work around the clock to keep your brand top of mind and encourage potential customers to take the next step.
According to a 2017 study, 55% of emails are now opened on mobile devices, which means providing a marketing experience that works on both desktop and mobile platforms is more essential than ever. Both of our top picks include the ability to automatically convert your desktop designs into mobile-friendly formats, and most other major companies do as well — Whichever service you choose, make sure it provides this function so that your emails will read the way you want them to, no matter what platform they’re being read from.
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For this, we’d recommend ActiveCampaign. Alternatively, GetResponse and Ontraport are also a popular choice among small businesses. We’ve reviewed all three below to help you find which one is right for your small business.As a blogger, you’re probably looking for an email marketing tool that makes building your list and keeping your subscribers coming back to your latest posts easy – without breaking the bank.
In terms of GetResponse versus services like Mailchimp and Aweber, we originally had four sites using Mailchimp and one using Aweber. While I prefer the general features and ease of use of GetResponse over these services, my own experiments also suggest that GetResponse have superior deliverability and opt-in confirmation rates – meaning you get more subscribers, and more emails landing in your contacts’ inboxes.
Odoo Email Marketing is an easy-to-use application that allows you to create email campaigns without any IT knowledge. It offers an extensive template library, a drag-and-drop editor, detailed analytics and campaign segmentation. The Odoo Online version (SaaS) allows you to have up to 1 million subscribers and can be used as a completely free stand-alone app with a limit of 400 emails per day. The app can be fully integrated with all other Odoo business apps.
Paid Pricing: VerticalResponse offers three pricing levels. A “Basic” level starting at $11 per month, a “Pro” level starting at $16 per month and a “Pro+” level starting at $196 per month. As you pay more, you receive more features such as live support, heat maps and even an expert email strategist for the top tier. VerticalResponse is not transparent on their pricing page on the number of emails or users are allotted for each tier, but does say that their pricing is based off of email list size.
Violation of spam laws. The U.S. and E.U. passed specific laws against spamming and to protect privacy. You could be violating them if you’re not careful or the email marketing solution isn’t equipped with compliance control. For example, CAN-SPAM prohibits misleading recipients. Your subject line should match the email’s content. Likewise, the law requires you to provide recipients a means to opt out or unsubscribe from your list. To avoid lawsuits make sure the software is CAN-SPAM-compliant.
So maybe you should look for a paid system from the beginning instead of losing time on free tools? If you need a powerful but inexpensive email system, have a look at our system! User Engage is a simple to use and yet powerful marketing automation tool - all you need to do is to set up a widget on the website. We are one of the newer companies, smaller and not as renowned as the top marketing automation sellers with tens of thousands of clients but that also means we are more flexible, easier to implement and our prices are much lower!
SendinBlue is the wild card here. Since they don’t charge you per contact, your expenses may vary depending on how often you want to message your list. If you’re just getting started with roughly 1.5 emails per contact each week, you’re going to pay what you see in the table above. If you’re sending only 1 email per week, it’s going to be even less than that. However, if you’re a high-volume sender (5x per week or more), then email marketing services like MailChimp can turn out cheaper for you in the long run (depending on how big your list is).
Benchmark's free email marketing software includes up to 2,000 subscribers and 14,000 emails per month. This free plan comes with (WYSIWYG) templates, sign-up forms, basic drip campaigns, as well as 24/7 support via chat. If you'd like a more robust plan with more advanced features, their medium size plan comes with 1,500 subscribers and unlimited sends each month for $27.99.
Research shows that only 5% of customers who visit your site add items to their cart, so how can you reach the other 95%? Product retargeting emails can help—in fact, they generate 90x more orders per contact than regular bulk campaigns. These automated emails send to subscribers who view your items, but leave your site without adding anything to their cart. The most successful product retargeting emails test for the best time, include product recommendations, identify their audience, and speak to their goal. Still not sure how to make retargeting work for you? Check out a real-world example.
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While constant follow up sounds like a lot of work, SendFree makes it easy. SendFree autoresponders automate the follow-up process for you. First, they’ll immediately deliver your promotional messages to your prospects when they're hot. Then they’ll send automated and personalized follow up messages that build trust, close sales and make you money!
Marketo. One of the popular marketing automation solutions, Marketo features a powerful email  marketing module but with drag-and-drop simplicity, making it an excellent inbound marketing platform. Likewise, it helps you promote social sharing and customer engagement with real-time personalization tools. Among its key features are loyalty marketing, event marketing and budget calendar.
The Elite Email cloud-based platform allows organizations of all sizes to build and grow their mailing lists, create emails, and track results with detailed reports and analytics. There's nothing to download or install with the software. With Elite Email, businesses can choose from more than 400 customizable templates to create email newsletters, promotions, announcements and coupons.
For home security company Blink, success began with a 2014 Kickstarter campaign. More than 7,000 backers provided them with funding, and these backers became an engaged audience. After that, Blink used Mailchimp's powerful testing and reporting tools in combination with surveys to determine what these customers liked best. They learned that design matters just as much as content and that it's as valuable to send relationship-building emails as it is to send emails that convert. In this article, Blink tells us how optimizing their email automations has helped them sell more than 400,000 of their security products.
Choosing a free plan to start with seems relatively risk free. You can always export your contact list, so if you don’t mind small ads or limited features, it’s easy enough to move between the generous free plans of Mailchimp or Benchmark. In any case, we hope this article gives you a good primer on the pros and cons of each service, so you can make your decision today.
And that leads us right into understanding service pricing and packaging. The email marketing services we reviewed range from about $5 per month to as much as $20 per month for a range of features. Many email marketing plans include unlimited email sends each month and bill you based on the number of subscribers. If you have a small list, then look for a company that offers a free plan, a low-cost plan for several hundred subscribers, or even a pay-as-you-go plan. On the flip side, many of these services also offer high-volume plans with up to 100,000 or more contacts. Sometimes this requires a custom plan that has to be arranged directly with a sales rep. If you're willing to commit, then look for the companies that offer discounts if you pay yearly rather than monthly. A few offer also money-back guarantees.
Whether you already have a list of subscribers or are starting from scratch, email marketing services can help. All of the services we cover let you add contacts manually using copy and paste or by uploading CSV or Microsoft Excel files. Some integrate with third-party software enabling you to import Gmail and other webmail contacts, Salesforce.com and other customer relationship management (CRM) data, or other software where you might have contacts stored. Depending on the size and location of your list, third-party integration could be key. Verify whether you can export contacts as well (and how easy it is to do so) should you leave the service. Managing users who unsubscribe should also be easy so you're not accidentally contacting anyone who has opted out of your newsletters.
AdStage takes the hassle out reporting on all of the PPC campaigns you're running and puts it all in one place. AdStage helps you automate, create, and manage your campaigns across all of the major PPC platforms, then allows you to report on your results. With visual features and powerful automation tools, AdStage is a must for PPC experts and newbies alike. 

It lands on the first spot of this list as it has offerings that are only available on other product’s paid versions. For instance, you can schedule and queue the delivery of emails to a prospect for a personalized sequence. Reduce the time it takes to send repetitive emails by saving templates and tracking its performance to know which ones are effective or not. It also integrates with Gmail, G Suite, and Outlook versions.
Where they should improve: Unfortunately, this ease of use doesn’t apply to the autoresponder editor. You can’t view autoresponders in a workflow, and they’re not very flexible (you can’t send autoresponders to send after an hour, for example, and you can’t set sending time ranges). Historically, Benchmark haven’t performed so great in our deliverability tests, either.
Hi. thank you for the great information. I currently have Mail Chimp and it is set up to sync between my WordPress site and Mail Chimp. the problem is it isn’t and new subscribers to my blog are not being updated onto the list on the Mail chimp end. I have tried several fixes and nothing is working. I am unsure what to do now after endless googling it may be time to quit Mail Chimp. Seems others are having this problem also.