Wow such a detailed review! I have tried MailChimp before and I found it too expensive. After that i’ve signed up to Mailerlite and got hooked. It’s either free or cheapish depending on your subscribers’ lists. With other email software providers, you’d need to make an investment even if you’re running a small shop or a blog. And let’s be honest, not everyone of us can afford it :)
Drip from Leadpages includes a visual campaign builder that allows businesses to design email campaigns based on subscribers' actions, decisions, goals, delays and exits. Features include automation, a lead-scoring algorithm that tracks several events to determine which subscribers are most engaged with your content and likely to become customers, and the ability to send targeted emails. Drip integrates with a variety of CRM, e-commerce, forms and surveys, lead capture, marketing automation, and membership and payment processing tools
For more advanced users, GetResponse have done A/B testing very well. Whether you want to split test the body content, subject line, sender name, or even the time of day, GetResponse make this really simple. Their API is also very good. At Venture Harbour we’ve had to do a lot of custom integration using their API, and we’ve never had any problems. Of course, they also have many off-the-shelf integrations with services like WordPress, Salesforce, PayPal, Zendesk, and Shopify.
All of great features you'll find included with your SendFree account are the result of a combined 16 years of email marketing experience. Two well known online marketers, Abbie Drew of DEMC E-Magazine and myself, Robert Charles run the service. When you have questions regarding SendFree, either Abbie or I will respond to you personally. You'll not be sent off to some unknown help desk whose staff doesn't understand SendFree or Net marketing.
The enhanced tracking option links to your website through Salesforce or Google Analytics.  To use “auto-responders”, you must have a paid account – you can automatically trigger specific responses or segment users based on actions they take. After sending out your emails, MailChimp allows you to integrate your social channels to post regular updates on Twitter and Facebook.
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.
If you like to customize everything about your emails, down to how they're sent, Sendwithus is the email app for you. It's designed to let you send emails from your own app, using the transactional email sending service of your choice. Instead of building email features into your own app or site, Sendwithus gives your team one place to manage your email templates, organize and sort your contacts, then trigger new emails via a CURL or API call. You can use Amazon SES, Postmark, SendGrid, Mandrill and more to send your messages, then track their stats and more in your Sendwithus dashboard.
Mailerlite emails are built around content, not just text and images. You can add a countdown timer that dynamically shows the time remaining until you launch a product or before a sale is over, and show product details from your store. Or add a video, pull in your most recent blog posts with a dynamically updating RSS block, and more. You can then reuse those emails in automated workflows to onboard new subscribers.
It is important to build your list. You email marketing database allows you create a direct connection with your audience. Without and email marketing database you don't have the distribution channel needed to properly communicate your offer to prospective clients. Rest assure our 11 years experience and over 67 million records and counting, you know your email marketing database is safe with us.
Customer opinions on how to improve a business provide the best tool a business owner can use to increase sales. She should request that persons on her email list fill out a short survey that asks them what kind of products they wish her business stocked. For example, a retailer can take a survey of email list subscribers asking what their children want for Christmas and then use this feedback to stock up on additional inventory.
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).
SmartMail is a triggered email automation solution that tracks behavioural and lifecycle markers. It helps personalize individual customer experiences to win back and onboard customers and grow average revenue per visitor using predictive automation. The platform helps companies identify potential customers in rea time and re-market to them with personalized product recommendations.
I think this email also makes quite a brilliant use of responsive design. The colors are bright, and it's not too hard to scroll and click -- notice the CTAs are large enough for me to hit with my thumbs. Also, the mobile email actually has features that make sense for recipients who are on their mobile device. Check out the CTA at the bottom of the email, for example: The "Open Stitcher Radio" button prompts the app to open on your phone.
www.aweber.com:  Free Autoresponder for 30 days. One of the original Autoresponder providers! Also one of the best with a very reliable service at very affordable rates. This is a great option if you really want a professional Autoresponder that is affordable! Currently, they are offering a 30-day trial where you can test out the full features of the Autoresponder service for a month.
MailUp gives businesses the tools to send newsletters, promotional emails and transactional emails from one platform. The MailUp email and SMS delivery platform combines email marketing tools with SMTP relay for transactional emails and plugins for e-commerce, CRM and CMS systems. The service's pay-per-speed pricing is designed for midsized companies looking to scale their email marketing efforts.
Your goals and objectives need to be different for whether it's an eblast (promotional email) or regular enewsletter. Eblasts are great for getting quick leads/sales, while enewsletters are better for staying top of mind, educating customers on new offerings, or providing helpful industry updates. I have found them to be very successful, but what works and what doesn't requires testing (of both the subject line and creative) and varies per business. Best practices for both types include have...

Another tool built by AppSumo, List Builder is an email marketing tool that helps you build up your mailing lists. It captures (engaged) visitors right before they are about to leave with pops that are triggered by clicks and timers. It is a very easy tool to use as it has a drag-and-drop functionality and features that can be customised to your brand.
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SendPulse is a versatile platform that offers not only email, but also web push notifications, SMS, Viber and transactional emails. It’s no surprise then that they’d also include autoresponders as part of its offering. These are available to use on SendPulse’s free plan, which allows for 15,000 emails per month for up to 2,500 subscribers. Impressive!


Drip from Leadpages includes a visual campaign builder that allows businesses to design email campaigns based on subscribers' actions, decisions, goals, delays and exits. Features include automation, a lead-scoring algorithm that tracks several events to determine which subscribers are most engaged with your content and likely to become customers, and the ability to send targeted emails. Drip integrates with a variety of CRM, e-commerce, forms and surveys, lead capture, marketing automation, and membership and payment processing tools
For this, we’d suggest either ActiveCampaign (our favourite), Drip, or ConvertKit. We’ve reviewed all three below, starting with ActiveCampaign.As you’re running an eCommerce site, we’ll focus on tools that allow you to import SKUs and integrate nicely with your shopping cart and payment processor, to make upselling, cross-selling and re-activating check-out drop-offs easier.
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