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Constant Contact Alternatives: Which one’s the best fit for you?

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Sept 20, 2021

Josep Garcia

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As far as email marketing platforms go, Constant Contact is a dinosaur. Founded 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.

constant contact competitors popularity

Comparing the popularity of Constant Contact Vs Mailchimp

On the one hand, this is understandable as the market is becoming more competitive. But it could also mean their product isn’t as impressive as it once was, especially for a small business looking for a more affordable service. In this article, we’ll look at the number of reasons why people are looking for a better Constant Contact alternative, and which providers to check out.

Main Shortcomings of Constant Contact

As you can read in our detailed review, Constant Contact has impressed us with their niche features in the past, however, there are a number of ways in which they lag behind their competitors:

    • No deep automations, only autoresponders: Their autoresponders include welcome and anniversary emails, as well as triggered automations based on opens and clicks. What it's lacking are more advanced automation triggers and the flexibility to combine conditions and actions.
    • Email templates & editor: The email templates are a little dated and the editor lacks some flexibility compared to other tools, for example, there is no design or spam testing available.
    • Registration forms: These are pretty basic and hard to customize. The fact that you can’t add any custom fields is very limiting.
    • Customer support: Our experience with customer support, whether via email or live chat, wasn’t the best.
    • Prices: Considering Constant Contact’s lack of advanced features, their plans are on the expensive side. As you’ll find out below, there are plenty of more affordable options on the market.

So if you’re looking for alternatives to Constant Contact with better features and more affordable prices, read on.

Here Are 10 of the Best Constant Contact Alternatives

Provider Comment
Sendinblue Strong reporting options which Constant Contact lacks. The automations and transactional emails are also superior, plus it’s a much more affordable option.
ActiveCampaign Unlike Constant Contact, ActiveCampaign offers advanced email marketing automation and numerous list management tools. Its CRM features are also a big advantage.
GetResponse Powerful automations and sales funnel features. Available in 17 languages. They also offer a landing page tool and webinars.
MailerLite Cheaper price plans than Constant Contact, with good features and an excellent user interface. Great landing page builder with modern templates.
EngageBay Affordable and feature-rich marketing automation platform with unified CRM for SMBs. Costs less than Constant Contact.
Omnisend Strong feature set for online store owners, and they have a generous free plan.
SendPulse Creating multi-channel campaigns (e.g. emails, SMS, push notifications, etc.) is possible, and they have a generous free plan.
MailChimp More popular than Constant Contact, and the free plan gives you a larger number of contacts and features. Excellent reporting.
BenchMark Better international email campaign options than Constant Contact.
ConvertKit More focus on bloggers and automation than Constant Contact.

Most popular Constant Contact Competitors in Detail

Interested in learning more about which email marketing platforms offer a better deal and better service? Here are your answers.

1. Sendinblue

We think Sendinblue is a great fit for those looking for a Constant Contact alternative. The French email marketing service has some interesting features, including the ability to send SMS and transactional emails as well as newsletters, of course. They have some impressive automation and reporting features, too, which, though may not be as powerful as ActiveCampaign or GetResponse's (see below), will definitely get the job for you. When you consider all of this alongside Sendinblue’s very affordable prices, it makes them our top Constant Contact alternative.

Let’s see it in action in the video below:

Pricing per contact

9,000 emails: $0/mo (with a limit of 300 emails per day)

40,000 emails: $54/mo

60,000 emails: $69/mo

100,000 emails: $99/mo        

What we like about Sendinblue: At first glance, their free plan is generous, but there’s a catch: you can’t send more than 300 emails a day. However, paid plans are amongst the cheapest around and all come with unlimited contacts. Available in 6 different languages and fairly easy to use. Comes with most of the reports you’ll need (Google Analytics as your campaign monitor, geo-tracking, clickmaps, etc). The automations are also surprisingly advanced, and they offer a landing page feature too.

What they should improve: The user interface is kind of clunky, and at times we found the email editor a little laggy. Compared to Constant Contact's 400+ integrations, Sendinblue could do with increasing their native integrations.

Who is this for: Those looking for a really cheap tool that does a little bit of everything, and does it pretty well.

> Try Sendinblue for free

2. ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign os the top rated email marketing service on our comparison list. In our detailed review, we highlight them as a powerhouse newsletter tool, and there is indeed a lot to like about their offer. The features, in particular, seem adapted to email marketers who want complete control over how and when to send messages to users. Follow up campaigns, multiple conditions and if/then/else logic means tons of flexibility for creating complex workflows and sales funnels.

But isn't it a bit much for beginners? Take a look at the video below to understand why we call them the automation champs.

Pricing per contact

Up to 500: $15/mo

Up to 1,000: $29/mo

Up to 2,500: $55/mo

Up to 5,000: $99/mo

What we like about Active Campaign: Email automations and list management are really solid. They let you create complex workflows and well targeted email campaigns, where you can personalize the message you send to your readers. Active Campaign‘s reports and analysis are great as you can dig into the data in order to refine your campaigns and communications. Our experiences with support is always really positive. They also have great deliverability.

What they should improve: Prices. They can become rather expensive if you have a lot of contacts. We’d also like to see more informative spam tests: right now it’s either pass or fail and you don’t get a clear explanation about what is wrong.

Who is ActiveCampaign for: Users who are serious about marketing automations and have a decent budget, as they can be expensive. There’s not free version (but a 15-day free trial), so ActiveCampaign really targets marketing professionals and more established businesses.

> Try Active Campaign for free

3. GetResponse

Tons of pro features, competitive prices, what’s not to like about GetResponse as an email marketing platform? Well, their claim that they are “the easiest newsletter tool available” maybe. After all, nobody likes boasting.

But as you’ll see in our review, this Polish-based company might have certainly empowered email marketers with their outstanding features. They could even work for beginners who don’t have a website yet thanks to their landing page editor. Take a look at our video below to find out more information:

Pricing per contact

Up to 1,000: $15/mo

Up to 2,500: $25/mo

Up to 5,000: $45/mo

Up to 10,000: $65/mo        

What we like about GetResponse: Automations, list management and multilingual options (17 languages). Best design and spam testing tool we’ve tried. It comes with a landing page editor, which makes it an appealing solution for those starting out in email marketing who don't have a website yet.

What they should improve: Not the easiest tool to manage. Some functions are buried too deep and the interface can feel a bit clunky. It’s cheaper than ActiveCampaign but like them, there is no free plan. The entry level plans are a bit expensive. You're limited to 1GB for content and media uploads, but that should'nt be a problem for most users.        

Who is this for: Marketing managers or small business owners who want powerful tool and have a good grasp of advanced features.

> Try GetResponse for free

4. MailerLite

Our favorite, most affordable provider of email newsletter: MailerLite. Don’t let the fact that they are a young company scare you off: it actually plays in their favour. From the modern feel of the platform to the minimalist and efficient templates, these guys seem to know exactly what they’re doing.

Combine that with the fact that they offer very good features at a good price, and you have a very exciting proposition for your next email marketing tool, as you can see below:

Pricing per contact

Up to 1,000: $0/mo

Up to 2,500: $15/mo

Up to 5,000: $30/mo

Up to 10,000: $50/mo

What we like about MailerLite: Great free plan and really affordable paid plans with limited number of contacts, but unlimited emails. Super easy to use, one of our favorite tools with an intuitive and pleasant backend design. Comes with automations and a good list management system, (although not as powerful as Active Campaign or GetResponse). Available in 7 languages and they even offer support for most of them. Users without websites can still create landing pages to redirect traffic towards social media pages for instance.

What they should improve: We’d like to see more powerful automations and reporting; these would allow users to get more data about their subscribers to improve further communications. And they really need spam and design testing to preview how emails will look through different email providers (e.g. Gmail) or to understand email deliverability issues (though they perform very well in our deliverability tests).

Who is this for: This is ideal for small businesses or freelancers who want to start with email marketing cheaply or even for free. All MailerLite's paid plans come with all the features included. Plus, you get 1,000 contacts and 12,000 emails for free.

> Try MailerLite for free

5. EngageBay

engagebay email

EngageBay is a great Constant Contact alternative for those looking for an affordable and power-packed email marketing platform. Though a newer entrant into the cloud CRM market, it is loved by over 30,000 businesses globally. With EngageBay, you get a host of tools, including marketing automation, workflows, task management, A/B testing, email broadcasts and sequences, autoresponders, a drag-and-drop builder, and much more.

But EngageBay’s USP is its affordable and transparently priced plans, making it a noteworthy email marketing solution for SMBs.

Pricing per contact

Up to 500 contacts and 1,000 branded emails: $0

Up to 1,000 contacts and 2,500 branded emails: $12.99/month

Up to 20,000 contacts and 20,000 branded emails: $24.99/month

Up to 30,000 contacts and 30,000 branded emails: $49.99/month

EngageBay also offers a 20% discount on annual subscriptions and a 40% discount on biennial subscriptions.

What we like about EngageBay: EngageBay is geared towards small and medium businesses with limited marketing funds. Even its free plan has numerous features, including autoresponders, email broadcasts and sequences, predictive lead scoring, and integrated CRM. EngageBay also offers onboarding sessions, migration services, and mobile applications.

What EngageBay should improve: We wish they had more native integrations on offer. Also, there’s no marketing automation feature in its free plan.

Who is this for: EngageBay is the ideal platform for SMBs, solopreneurs, and tech startups, as it is one of the most affordable marketing automation platforms. Its free plan is made for businesses just starting out, and offers a wide range of features from marketing to customer support and social ads.

> Try EngageBay for free

6. Omnisend

omnisend vs constant contact

Omnisend are a great Constant Contact alternative, particularly if you have an ecommerce store. You’ll find their features easy to set up and rewarding, as you’ll be able to target users at each stage of the buy journey with various email automations, such as browse abandonment, cart abandonment, order confirmations, etc.

Omnisend also allows you to send SMS, push notifications, and Facebook and Whatsapp messages.

Pricing per contact

      • 500 emails/month to up to 250 contacts: Free
      • Up to 500 contactable subscribers and 6,000 emails/month: $16 per month
      • Up to 1,000 contactable subscribers and 12,000 emails/month: $20 per month
      • Up to 5,000 contactable subscribers and 60,000 emails/month: $65 per month

You can store unlimited contacts on all plans. Check out our pricing guide for more information.

What we like about Omnisend:

Omnisend is directed towards online store owners, offering a number of features they’ll find useful, including automation workflows, the ability to automatically add your store’s products to your newsletters, and cool email add-ons like scratch cards and gift boxes.

They also offer a free plan, which includes 500 emails p/m (to up to 250 contacts) and all features: landing pages, A/B testing, marketing automation and website tracking.

What they should improve:

The templates they offer are really attractive, we just wish there were slightly more of them. There are 18 in total.

The allowances on the free plan were recently lowered, meaning you'll outgrow this plan.

Who is this for: If you have an online store, on a platform like Shopify, for example, you’ll find Omnisend to be a great choice. (Read full review)

>Try Omnisend

7. SendPulse
SendPulse pricing

SendPulse is pretty good at letting you contact your customers via different channels. They offer transactional emails, automations, autoresponders, SMS, web push notifications and more.

It also comes with a free plan. Though you’ll only be able to have up to 500 subscribers, you can send 15,000 emails for free.

Pricing per contact

Up to 500: $0/mo

Up to 1,000: $12/mo

Up to 5,000: $35/mo

Up to 10,000: $53/mo

Up to 30,000: $126/mo

What we like about SendPulse: It’s pretty cool that they let you access some advanced features even with the free plan (e.g. A/B testing, advanced reporting, automations or transactional emails). Their pricing is flexible – choose between a monthly subscription or a pay as you go one. Their backend interface is modern-looking and (most of the time) intuitive.

What they should improve: Managing automations can be done with a visual workflow, however, it could be slightly more intuitive. They could offer some more templates, although the ones they have look good.

Who is this for: Those looking for an intuitive tool and needing to reach customers via different channels (emails, SMS, push notifications, etc). If you are looking for a free tool, they offer a solid deal for exactly $0 a month.

> Try SendPulse

8. MailChimp

Without a doubt the most famous email marketing service out there. In fact, it’s hard to think of another tool whose ad campaigns, visual and cheeky mascot has had such an impact on creators of newsletters everywhere.

However, just because they are the first name in everyone’s mind when you mention newsletters, they aren’t necessarily the best. See for yourself in our video and breakdown below:

Pricing per contact

Up to 2,000: $0/mo

Up to 2,500: $30.99/mo

Up to 10,000: $78.99/mo

Up to 30,000: $230/mo     

What we like about MailChimp: The generous free plan, which includes automations. You get 2,000 contacts and up to 10,000 emails free per month (which you pay with a very small MailChimp ad in each email). Their editor is the most flexible we’ve tried, letting you completely control the email template design. The reports and analysis are extremely detailed (opens, clicks, social media, ecommerce conversions, etc.).

What they should improve: After the free plan, prices start climbing pretty rapidly. You can get better tools for your money with Active Campaign or Get Response, for instance.The automations are good, but achieving complex email marketing automated workflows is not especially easy or intuitive. It doesn’t help that managing contacts isn’t flexible either, as moving them across lists isn’t possible.        

Who is this for: They are great for newbies to email marketing as they offer a generous free plan including advanced features like the automations. Also good for ecommerce thanks to their goal conversion tracking.

> Try MailChimp for free

9. Benchmark

Your international email campaign is in good hands with Benchmark thanks to their excellent multilingual options and support. They are present in fifteen countries around the world, which should be a testament to the quality of their “powerfully simple” newsletter tool.

While we appreciate the goal, we’d say they fall in a kind of middle ground, quality wise. There is some good and some bad in equal measure, as you can see in our video:

Pricing per contact

Up to 2,000: $23/mo

Up to 3,500: $[bm-en-3500]/mo

Up to 7,500: $65.99/mo

Up to 15,000: $118/mo

What we like about Benchmark: Another great editor to build email templates with their building blocks. Modern-looking templates for impressively visual newsletters. They are available in 9 languages.

What they should improve: The advanced email marketing features. For example, the email marketing automations system is not as smart as we’d like – what they offer are more like basic autoresponders. This means sending automations on email signups, opened emails and on clicks, but not much more. Managing subscribers isn’t great either as moving them across different lists gets complicated.        

Who is this for: Since they have capped their free plan at 250 emails/month, we can no longer recommend them to those looking for a free plan. Unfortunately, because other tools offer more features at similar or even cheaper prices, it's difficult to recommend Benchmark over others.

> Try Benchmark for free

10. ConvertKit

ConvertKit targets content creators of the digital age, including bloggers, Youtubers and podcaters. It is a strange angle, especially since we can’t imagine what these people would need that other small businesses wouldn’t.

But let’s not just judge them on this as it could just be a marketing technique. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, which is why we’ve tested all their features in our video comparison below:

Pricing per contact

Up to 1,000: $0/mo

Up to 1,000: $29/mo

Up to 3,000: $49/mo

Up to 5,000: $79/mo

Up to 10,000: $119/mo        

What we like about ConvertKit: It’s designed with bloggers and digital marketers in mind. Easy enough to use, as their backend is intuitive and has a pleasant feel. They are new but also working hard on the email automations and list management. In our first ever deliverability test, they did very well, and recently too.

What they should improve: Despite now offering a free plan, their paid plan prices are rather expensive. Especially since they lack advanced email marketing features (e.g. no different levels of account access, reports are too basic) and the designs are very limited.

Who is this for: Not sure. Although we are interested to see where they go with their product, we think there are currently better options in their price range.

> Compare ConvertKit to other Constant Contact competitors

Which Constant Contact alternative should I Choose?

In conclusion, you can see why Constant Contact is beginning to lag behind the competition. There are now more and more email marketing providers to choose from, some of them with better features and cheaper prices.

Still unsure about which newsletter tool is best for you? > Compare these Constant Contact alternatives

 

Updates:

20 Sept 2021 – Updated Omnisend's pricing
26 Aug 2021 – Added EngageBay
24 Nov 2020 – General update
16 Jun 2020 – Added Omnisend
28 Apr 2020 – Added updated MailerLite video
22 Apr 2020 – ConverKit added a free plan
22 Apr 2020 – Benchmark made changes to their free plan
02 May 2019 – SendPulse added
03 Jan 2019 – Smaller updates for Sendinblue
24 July 2019 – Smaller updates for Sendinblue