Next up is building an email newsletter. The best services offer several ways to do this; you can import your own HTML, start from scratch, or use a pre-designed template. Most of these services have drag-and-drop UIs that let you choose exactly the elements you want to include, as well as image libraries in which you can store assets such as your logo or company photos. Tools that let you test your emails for spam are also essential since there are some seemingly innocuous terms that may send up red flags and drop all of your hard work into your subscribers' junk folders or, worse, get your emails banned before they ever reach their recipients.
MailerLite is an email marketing solution built for bloggers and small businesses. Beginners will find it easy to create and send out their first email as there are a lot of tutorials, hints, and notes provided in each step. It has a drag-and-drop editor, custom HTML editor, Rich Text editor, built-in photo editing feature, newsletter design templates, and file manager, among others.
Plus, SendFree's autoresponders have a built in "Tell a Friend" referral builder that works 24/7 to drive traffic to your business. Prospects who request your autoresponder can use the referral builder link to tell others about your business and your autoresponder. Those referred individuals can then request your autoresponder. They'll use the referral builder link and tell others. Then those individual will tell others, and so on. This powerful word-of-mouth advertising continually exposes your business to new prospects.
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.
Angela, whatever your website or blog is about, the people who come to it are generally targeted, or should be. If you are building a list, you can run campaigns for that list where you email them and offer them related products and services that are related to their interest or whatever your site is about. Also you can send out updates about your site to keep them engaged. eBooks and things that you offer them on the front end are to prompt them to put in their real email. It's good to offer them something of value, so they take being on your list serious, and will always open and read your emails, b/c of the value you provide.
Mad Mimi almost doesn't look like an email newsletter app at first glance. Instead of prominent buttons for emails or automations, you'll see tabs for Promotions and Audience. Those Promotions are your emails—only here, they're focused on making emails to share your sales, events, coupons, new products, and other company events and promotions with potential customers.
Levi is the Manager of Community and SEO who came to G2 Crowd in 2015 after graduating from Indiana University's Telecommunication's Department. Aside from rooting on his Hoosiers, you can find Levi at an IndyCar race, re-watching King of the Hill reruns, spending hours on paranormal websites and helping his dog Frodo on his quest to destroy the ring.
One of the better-known email marketing platforms, Constant Contact offers a free 60-day plan which includes professional-looking templates, opt-in forms, analytics, and their extensive online library of marketing tips and strategies. This platform is extremely easy to use, and you don't have to supply a credit card for the free 60-day trial period. If after 60 days you decide this is the right platform for you — the paid version is only $20 a month for 500 contacts. Constant Contact offers a 30-day money back guarantee on their service.
Vidyard is a great tool for creating and hosting awesome video content in your nurturing flows and otherwise. At HubSpot, for example, we've even started using Vidyard to create unique, customized nurturing videos specific to our audience and product. What makes Vidyard so great is its variety of video tools that you can use to create remarkable content.
A very popular email marketing solution, Campaign Monitor provide its users with an easy-to-use drag and drop email builder as well as a drag-and-drop segmenting tool (to create different campaigns with different contacts). Using their email template, users can customise emails to fit their brand. This email marketing tool also offers A/B testing to optimise test subject lines, sender details and email designs.
For an email app you can tweak and integrate into your own apps even further, there's Django Drip. An open-source project from our own Zapier dev team, Django Drip is designed to make it easy to send automated emails to your users. But it can also send an email to everyone in a list whenever you want, making it a great tool to send email newsletters to all of your users.
Email automations: Slightly more complex and flexible than autoresponders, as they don’t need to be on a time schedule. You can tag a user depending on the page they visit on your site and send them customized automated emails. Or you can trigger an email based on behavior (for example when they unsubscribe). Some of these automations can go really far with site-tracking and complex logic trees.
Take the email below from Paperless Post, for example. I love the header of this email: It provides a clear CTA that includes a sense of urgency. Then, the subheader asks a question that forces recipients to think to themselves, "Wait, when is Mother's Day again? Did I buy Mom a card?" Below this copy, the simple grid design is both easy to scan and quite visually appealing. Each card picture is a CTA in and of itself -- click on any one of them, and you'll be taken to a purchase page.
ConvertKit is a very easy-to-use email marketing tool, “built by creators, for creators”. This somewhat newer tool helps marketers, bloggers, writers take their email lists and grow their business through forms, trackable data and automations. It also has very digestible reporting for subscriber acquisition, an extensive knowledge base and email support.
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.
In the world of nurturing, the tools and techniques used are constantly involving. While some aspects of nurturing remain the same, like using email to nurture contacts down your funnel, for example, the content and positioning you use is ever-changing. It would be easy for us to introduce a set of standard workflow and automation tools (like HubSpot's, for example) you can use to nurture your contacts down the funnel. But if you're looking for something a little more innovative for actually creating nurturing content, we have a new tool for you to try.
Marketing emails need to be personalized to the reader and filled with interesting graphics. Few people want to read emails that are addressed "Dear Sir/Madam" -- as opposed to their first or last name -- and even fewer people want to read an email that simply gives them a wall of text. Visuals help your recipients quickly understand what the point of the email is.
Touchstone is a great tool to test your subject lines virtually in real time. It not only enables you to create a virtual simulation of your subscriber base and uses a proprietary algorithm to predict likely open, click and bounce rates for the subject line you want to use, but also allows comparing the analysis against 21 billion emails as well as trends in your industry or sector.
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.