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ActiveCampaign vs AWeber

It’s almost unfair to pit one of our top and lowest rated solutions against each other. We’ve written extensively about how ActiveCampaign is one of the strongest newsletter tools you can use for your business thanks to their mastery of automations. Meanwhile, AWeber underwhelmed us with their lack of features and sometimes confusing editor. However, it’s worth

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Best sales funnel software 2019

If you’re looking into sales funnel software, first of all, well done. You might be one step ahead of your competitors. As any marketer knows, if you’re going to make it in the modern climate, you’re going to need an intelligent digital marketing strategy, and sales funnels could very well help you with that. As

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MailChimp vs Constant Contact

We know you’ve heard a lot about Mailchimp. Constant Contact? Not quite the same level of fame yet. While they have been around since 1995 and serve roughly half a million users worldwide, their advertising power seems a lot more meagre than Mailchimp’s. It should also be noted that they are rated lower than MailChimp

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ActiveCampaign vs Mailchimp

Let me make a confession. I used to be a huge fan of MailChimp. This was probably about 10 years ago, when I was just getting started in the world of email marketing, and using MailChimp for many of the small business clients I was working for. I loved its ease of use, templates and designs.

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AWeber’s big claim to fame, over their 18 years of existence, is to be the company who invented the autoresponder. By comparison, MailChimp is certainly the new kid on the block – albeit the kid everyone’s talking about thanks to their clever marketing and share-worthy mascot. So how do the two email marketing solutions compare? Our

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The best free survey tools, reviewed and compared

Surveys are a great tool for gathering any kind of data in an effective, cost-free manner. Allowing the respondents to answer the questions anonymously, free survey tools provide you with a non-intrusive way of collecting information without having to leave the office. The ways in which you can use surveys are practically endless, meaning that companies

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Email Deliverability July 2019

In light of receiving such great feedback from Rand Fishkin, the co-founder of Moz and SparkToro, we were eager to get our next round of deliverability results out. When Rand shouted us out on Twitter back in May we were mid-test and keen to see how the email providers had done compared to our previous

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Office 365 Review: What's the Verdict?

Do you remember when you’d have to go down to your local computer store to buy the latest version of Microsoft Word… on a disk? You might even have one buried deep in a desk drawer somewhere. Of course, nowadays you can buy and download your software as digital files quickly and easily with a

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ActiveCampaign vs Drip

In the small-to-medium business space, two big names often come up in conversations around the best email marketing automation software: ActiveCampaign and Drip. ActiveCampaign has steadily built a reputation for itself as a marketing automation leader over the last 15 years, serving over 70,000 businesses worldwide. Core offerings include its powerful workflow editor and integrated CRM.

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email automation

Email marketing is all about trying to stay relevant: sending the right message at the right time, and read by the right recipient. If you can’t hit that trifecta, your campaign will head to the trash without the slightest chance of being read. Email marketing automation is hailed as the ultimate solution to staying relevant.

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Free autoresponder

These days, it’s impossible to run successful email marketing campaigns without the help of autoresponders. Why? Because autoresponders are perhaps the cheapest, easiest and most effective way of converting your subscribers into customers. Picture this: you run a consultancy. A visitor comes to your website and registers to download a free eBook. You provide them with a

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Mailchimp alternatives

There was once a time when Mailchimp was the first name that came to mind when you thought about email newsletter services. The tool was a breath of fresh air within the email marketing industry, with its affordable pricing model and ease of use a big hit with small-to-medium businesses, bloggers, online store owners, and

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Hubspot pricing

Hubspot, if you haven’t heard, is quite a big deal. They have been active for more than ten years. They’re a publicly traded company, and offer a complete solution for CRM, inbound marketing, email marketing, analytics, and much more. In fact, there’s almost too much going on! But for the sake of this introduction, here

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Best email marketing for Shopify

Ready to take your Shopify store to the next level? Chances are, you’ve probably already thought about using email marketing to do that (if you’re not already!). Email marketing can offer a great way to improve conversions, boost sales, and get more repeat business to your store. However, the icing on the cake is that it’s

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Free newsletter templates

So maybe you’ve decided your email newsletters are in need of a refresh. Or you’re just sick of your newsletters falling apart when viewed on mobile (and potentially getting missed by up to 77% of your subscribers). Unfortunately, sometimes the templates available in your newsletter tool just don’t cut it. And you simply may not

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Constant Contact Alternatives

As far as email marketing platforms go, Constant Contact is a dinosaur. Started more than 20 years ago, it saw its user base grow significantly around 2011, but has since lost a lot of traction to competitors like Mailchimp. Comparing the popularity of Constant Contact Vs Mailchimp On the one hand, this is understandable as

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free newsletter services

So you’ve decided to start focusing more effort on your ‘small’ business, and perhaps you’re still working out of your bedroom, but your customers don’t need to know that. You’ve been sending out emails to your list of around 50-200 recipients that you’ve built up over the last few months, but Outlook isn’t quite cutting

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G Suite Review

Here’s a fun fact: when Google first released Gmail in 2004, many dismissed it as an April Fool’s joke. The 1GB of storage offered just seemed too good to be true (back then, rivals like Hotmail and Yahoo only offered 2MB). And the April 1 release date obviously didn’t help, either. 15 years later, around

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G Suite Pricing

We’re all familiar with Google, but if you’re a business user, you’ve probably also come across Google G Suite at some stage. What is G Suite, exactly? G Suite is Google’s range of cloud-based office productivity tools. It initially only included Gmail, Docs, and Sheets, but in recent years, Google have also added tools like

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Small business email marketing

This article isn’t about how your small business should be doing email marketing. It’s not even about why your small business should be doing email marketing. By now, we think email marketing has more than proven its worth. There’s no shortage of research that shows that email marketing generates around $44 for every $1 spent. Or that

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GetResponse vs MailChimp

You’ve been doing some research for a newsletter service and noticed that MailChimp and GetResponse keep popping up? Well, that’s because they’re both quite good! They rank 2nd and 4th in our list, just under ActiveCampaign. There’s only a few points between them, but depending on what you need, little things may make a difference.

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ConvertKit vs MailChimp

One has earned a reputation for itself as ‘the content creator’s email marketing software’. The other is the world’s most popular email marketing platform. Both boast raving fans who will passionately defend why each one is the bees’ knees of email marketing. We’re talking, of course, about ConvertKit and MailChimp. At a glance, both actually

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Constant Contact Templates

Let’s start with something unusual for our unbiased reviews: I’ll begin with a shortcoming of Constant Contact templates…. They are not organized in categories. Yes, this means you’ll have to scroll through a ton of them before you find something that meets your needs. But in all honesty, it’s not the end of the world.

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Free landing page

Once upon a time, when I was living in London and working for a fast-paced marketing agency (and drinking way too much coffee), my job was to manage digital projects for some pretty big-name clients. One of the project requests that frequently came in was landing pages. My clients were regularly running big-budget email marketing

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ActiveCampaign CRM

A powerful email marketing service and CRM, conveniently packaged together in the one tool? That’s been one of ActiveCampaign’s key selling points, ever since the marketing automation provider launched its CRM feature in 2014. But how is it different to any other all-in-one email marketing and CRM tool in the market? Well, for one thing, most

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Email deliverability January 2019

Following on from our previous email deliverability test last year, we’re pleased to release the results of our latest round of testing. There were a few surprises this round – the third in our series of deliverability tests (we launched the first round in August 2017). One tool saw a remarkable improvement, for example, and other

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15 essential email marketing tips

Email marketing is now easier than ever. Going back a decade ago, the tools were clunky, onerous, and really no fun to use at all. But thanks to a new breed of providers there’s no excuse anymore. Regardless of the size of your business, you must have an email marketing strategy in place. Now getting started

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email marketing mistakes

It takes no time at all to hit send in your newsletter tool. But what happens when an error has slipped in? Or – even worse – what if the whole concept behind the newsletter is all wrong? Don’t worry – we are here to help you with the low-down on seven of the biggest

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Email deliverability test March 2018

A lot of email experts argue that email deliverability is the responsibility of the sender. Which is partly true – there are plenty of things you can be doing to reduce the likelihood of your email getting marked as spam. But tell that to the marketer who has spent months cleaning email lists, building immaculately-coded templates,

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Wix ShoutOut

If you’re a Wix user, you’ve probably heard about Wix ShoutOut, their newsletter service. Launched a few years ago, ShoutOut is designed to be a simple, easy-to-use add-on to any Wix website. Funnily enough, you don’t need a Wix site to use ShoutOut. But it is very much designed to make Wix users’ lives easier.

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Email Deliverability

If you use Google Mail, you’ll notice it’s constantly getting better at filtering your emails. Firstly, it will send unsolicited messages to the spam folder. If they’re from a newsletter, they will land in your Promotions tab. This is all part of a larger trend designed to completely remove spam from our digital lives. And

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transactional emails

Here’s a common problem: You send out a confirmation order email or a newsletter through your website hosting provider’s email server, but unfortunately hardly any contacts receive the message. That’s a particular issue with self-managed newsletter software like Supermailer, Sendblaster, or with WordPress plugins such as Mailpoet. Why? Well, there are two underlying problems here. For starters, most

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After several months of hard work, we finally reached the finish line: EmailToolTester has a new look. We have been comparing and reviewing the best newsletter and offering advice on how to start your own email marketing campaigns tools since 2011.   While our old website builder, Webnode, was a reliable asset for many years,

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promotions tab

You might think email marketing is going out of fashion. Aren’t there too many email newsletters already? Yes, of course there are. To tell you the truth, many of them are being ignored (and rightly so). The old ‘subscribe and blast’ approach stopped working a while ago. Ever since Gmail started filtering newsletters into the

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