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SendInBlue
3.7

SendinBlue Review - Email for the Budget-Conscious

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SendinBlue launched in France in 2012 as a transactional email service, aims to ‘become the simplest, most reliable and cost-effective marketing platform’. This is a bold aim that’s difficult to measure, but perhaps the numbers they quote give some insight, with more than 30 million emails and SMS’s sent each day to people in 140 countries.

SMS is actually relatively unique to SendinBlue, although these aren’t available on any free plan and only make sense if your subscribers are in the USA, otherwise the costs become prohibitive. Of course, the majority of users will be more interested in their email marketing and transactional campaigns. These you can try for free, but you’ll have a daily limit of 300 and monthly limit of 9,000.

Now it’s time to dive in and see whether this really is the simplest marketing platform.

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9,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$0/MO

Emails include branding, daily quota.

40,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$7.37/MO

Emails include branding, no daily quota.

60,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$39/MO

Includes all advanced features.

120,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$66/MO

Includes all advanced features.

Low-cost plans:

With up to 40,000 emails for just $6, it’s hard to argue with the value.

Solid email automation:

Surprising for a newsletter service at this price point: SendInBlue boasts a workflow-based automation feature. You can even trigger campaign actions using your visitor’s website browsing behaviour.

SMS marketing tool:

While this won’t be useful for people outside of the US, it’s still a novel concept for newsletter tools.

Few integration options:

Unfortunately there are relatively few integration options available for SendinBlue, which may be a problem for larger organisations.

Editor and templates need updating:

The editor, while fast, has a few bugs that make it a less than ideal user experience. Their templates also have very few design elements to them, which make their possibilities limited.

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Ease of Use

The user experience is a little duller than other tools, yet the menus are easy to navigate.

Newsletter Creation

Editor

The editor itself is relatively fast, yet the sections have a slightly annoying movement/flickering effect whenever you move over them, or click on them to edit. Also you need to make sure the screen is wide enough. Otherwise the side menus cover the editing pane. The help menu is not available while you’re in the editing screen.

Personalization

Ok

Similar to other tools, If/Then/Else logic is available, but a little awkward to use.

Email types

SMS, classic & transactional newsletters. Autoresponders via the Automation section.

Choice and Flexibility of Template Designs

The templates are all responsive. Design-wise they don’t look too bad. There are just over ten design elements to choose from, less than most other tools have.

Email Automation

Even though it’s still a Beta version, we found their integration pretty solid. It allows you to use website visitor data to automate your email marketing.

List Management

List management is quite good. You can create separate lists within folders, and can easily manage contacts across lists, and folders, by going into a contact’s file. Segmentation methods are also useful, allowing you to create several and/or conditions within lists.

Registration Forms/ Opt-in & Opt-out- Process

Easy to create these, and you can add your own database fields. Some of the menus below can be easy to miss, so read each section carefully.

Reports and Analysis

SendinBlue has most of the reports you might need, such as a click-map, geo-tracking and Google Analytics integration. It also has order tracking available. It’s only missing direct social media tracking.

Languages

The website, and help, is available in 6 languages (EN, ES, PT, DE, IT, FR)

Further Features

Spam- and Design-Testing

You can test email delivery for certain email clients to see if they will be regarded as spam or not, as well as seeing a preview of how the email might look. These are easy to access and run but they sometimes time out.

Bounce Management

Ok

Only hard bounces are managed automatically, by blacklisting them. Soft bounces need to be managed manually by the user, and this can be done by filtering lists by those who have soft bounced.

Blacklist

Ok

It’s good to note these users still count towards your subscriber amount. You can export the blacklist easily.

Storage available for data and images

Unlimited

There appears to be neither a limit on the total amount of images, nor on individual image sizes.

Pro Features

Authentication

Ok

SPF and DKIM (Domain Keys).

Own Domain

Close

You get a cryptic tracking link that can’t be customised.

Different levels of account access

Close

Not available.

Integrations

Ok

Only a few integrations available, mostly contact syncing with major companies such as WordPress and WooCommerce.

Landing Page Editor

Close

Not available.

Support

You can access a relatively thorough knowledge base, and send an email, although they’re a little hard to find. They responded within a couple of hours and were quite friendly. Would be nice to also offer live chat.

Overall Rating

3.7/5

While mostly easy to use, SendinBlue is missing some of the features of other email tools. On the flipside, it comes at a very low price and offers email automation. Try it for free.

If you just want to send out responsive newsletters then SendinBlue should have everything you need. There are a few niggles though with the editor’s general ease-of-use, template choice and general lack of options (e.g. no A/B testing). With other options, such as integrations, they just can’t compete with the choice offered by other tools like ActiveCampaign or GetResponse.

On the other hand, SendinBlue have good list management and segmentation options available, and offer a similar level of reporting to other newsletter marketing platforms out there. Their marketing automation tool looked quite promising to us (more about it here).

If you’re after value, then SendinBlue may deliver (pardon the pun), giving you up to 40,000 emails for under $8 per month. But if you’re looking for a free plan, MailerLite may be a more attractive choice due to SendinBlue’s daily sending limit.

 

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steve lamattina
Steve's an avid app user, and content manager by trade. His career has spanned across areas such as film, digital media and literature, with the tech and mobile world remaining a personal passion. Now he’s interested in sharing that passion with mobile app makers at the beginning of their journey, through honest reviews and content.
Oh, and he’s Australian...but don’t hold that against him.