SendinBlue is an interesting case here. They do offer unlimited contacts on all plans, but only as long as you’re going to be sending regular email campaigns (like a newsletter). The marketing automation features have different rules. There’s a cap of 2,000 contacts, unless you’re willing to pay $66+ / mo, at which point you do get unlimited contacts for marketing automation as well.

Forever Free is lacking when it comes to customer service. MailChimp provides customers with extremely comprehensive articles, videos, and other resources to make all the details of your email marketing easy. But for customers on the Forever Free plan, that’s where the buck stops. There’s no phone number to call if you’re experiencing difficulties with your service, and email support is only available for the first 30 days of your subscription. After that, you’re on your own.
As new marketing techniques and strategies pop up almost daily, email marketing has truly evolved to keep pace with flashy new technology and capture the attention of customers. A great email helps you engage your customer and deliver your message, which can make a difference between a click-through and a direct route to your website or losing a customer’s interest and being sent to the spam folder.  Modern marketers need a combination of eye-catching design, clever text, and attention-grabbing headlines to engage today’s consumers. That’s why we have compiled a collection of our favorite emails.
Ayisha, my understanding is that Wysija will sort of do this for you. If I have it right, you can create your 30 messages, but you can’t group them into a series where there’s the first, second, third. My guess (I haven’t played with this yet, but plan to for a shorter series) is that you’d have to set each one to go out a certain number of days after signup. It’d be a real pain, but it would work.

With MoonMail you can send up to 300 free emails per month. However, this free plan comes with a lot of restrictions like only one campaign per day, only 10 recipients per campaign, and their logo is attached in the footer of each email. But MoonMail does have a (WYSIWYG) editor, list segmentation, basic support, and they are GDPR compliant. If you're looking for a larger plan, the Starter Plan is $23.99 a month and comes with unlimited campaigns, up to 25,000 recipients, and advanced email marketing solutions like automation and transactional email sending.

As a small business, it’s crucial to maximize email marketing in reaching out your target audience and building relationship with current and potential customers. Your limited budget shouldn’t stop you from exploring email marketing products as various companies offer their services for free which you can use to leverage your small business marketing.
Firstly, their form builder is below average. While it does the job, I always find myself spending longer than I’d like customising forms in their not-so-intuitive form builder section. Secondly, there are a few things (like deleting a list) that are unusually hard to do. In fact, even after using GetResponse for over three years, I’d have to Google it to find out how to find the list delete page.

Whether your team holds monthly customer and prospect events, yearly conferences, or just occasional community outreach parties and events, it's important to have the best event marketing tool up your sleeve when the time comes to use it. After all, in-person events are some of the best ways to interact with potential customers and create a brand experience that prospects, customers, and your community will remember. 
Social Media Managers know the pain of posting that perfect social media post only to have a follower find a typo a minute later and call you out. For marketers, using a social media tool to schedule all of your posts (so you catch those typos beforehand) is a must. But it also helps to get the right analytics from your social posts, especially on channels where it can be hard to get that information.
A cloud-based email platform, SendGrid is a tool built to serve developers. It is known as the world’s largest Email Infrastructure as a Service provider. Users can quickly send out emails such as shipping notifications, email newsletters, sign-up confirmations, etc. Businesses can also track email opens unsubscribes, bounces and spam reports without the use of code. This email marketing tool also provides templates, scheduling and A/B testing. Email analytics can be viewed in real-time.
If you run a small business, you probably wear a lot of different hats. Often there's little time to think about drawing traffic to your site, growing your following, or selling your stuff—even if it is vital to your success. Marketing automation is software that handles these tasks for you. Instead of creating a one-off campaign every time you need to talk to your customers—via emails or your social media channels—you can set up automations, and never have to worry about customers slipping through the cracks. Learn the basics of marketing automation. Learn the basics of marketing automation.
Transactional emails. It involves an opt-in phase, where customers agree to be added to your mailing list. An incentive is necessary here to spur customers to contact you. A few examples are: order confirmation email; password reset request; and email receipts. Because customers opted in, open rate for transactional emails is significantly higher than with newsletter (51% vs. 36%). In this regard, email marketing software becomes an administrative tool. However, it is still a marketing tool because you have an opportunity to include subtle cross-sell or upsell messages.

👉 Overall, Infusionsoft really has it all in terms of richness of features and different things you can do. However, it’s not particularly easy to grasp when you first get into it, and therefore I would not recommend it to beginners or small business owners who just want to get started with some basic automations. Here’s more on Infusionsoft’s automation features.
Bluecore is a triggered email marketing service for e-commerce businesses. Each time a customer browses a product category, searches for a specific keyword or checks out a sale item, the software automatically sends them an email to earn the sale. Popular customer triggers include search abandonment, window shopping, wish list creation, cart abandonment and purchase completion. The service also automatically tracks each product and its price so businesses can build dynamic trigger programs without ever uploading or integrating product data.
We just started using MailChimp because it seems to be the only one that offers a free account for small or new users. The problem is that there are so many steps for a potential subscriber to go through with both double opt-in and recaptcha, that we are getting at best complaints to worst, plain nasty comments posted on our Facebook page. We don’t know how many would be subscribers we lost because of this.
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