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ConvertKit Review - The Newsletter Tool for Bloggers Coders

josep
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ConvertKit is a relatively new player in the email marketing software market. Their product targets professional bloggers as their goal is “to make email easier and more robust for professional bloggers like you”. Next to bloggers they also target podcasters, course creators and YouTubers.

ConvertKit Review: Summary

One of the things that stands out is their pricing. They don’t have a free plan and their cheapest package starts at $29, so not low-cost at all. On paper, they appear to have really advanced features (e.g. landing page editor, email automations, etc.), but how do they actually perform? They also claim to offer a really easy-to-use system, “easier to use than Mailchimp”, apparently.

But let’s take a close look at ConvertKit and its features to examine their system. Will it actually be as easy to use as they say?

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1,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$29/MO

Includes unlimited emails. Discounts available for yearly plan.

3,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$49/MO

Includes unlimited emails. Discounts available for yearly plan.

5,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$79/MO

Includes unlimited emails. Discounts available for yearly plan.

10,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$119/MO

Includes unlimited emails. Discounts available for yearly plan.

25,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$199/MO

Includes unlimited emails. Discounts available for yearly plan.

50,000 SUBSCRIBERS

$379/MO

Includes unlimited emails. Discounts available for yearly plan.

With ConvertKit you’ll get all the features with (almost) any of the plans you choose. The only excluded feature from lower tiers is the free platform migration. When you purchase a plan for more than 5.000 contacts, they’ll migrate your lists into their system so you don’t have to worry about it.

You’ll only have to consider how many subscribers you have, as this is the only category that changes from plan to plan. For a list of up to 1000 contacts you’ll be required to pay $29, $49 if your email list is smaller than 3000 subscribers and $79 for up to 5000 contacts.

You can always check our pricing comparison tool to see how ConvertKit stack up against the competition and check higher plans. Or check our pricing guide to find out how much you’ll pay for ConvertKit.

Landing page editor:

Lets you create a simple landing page, even if you don’t have your own website. This can be very convenient for social media campaigns.

Flexible user-subscription management:

The tagging system makes it as easy as pie to add and remove subscribers from workflows.

Responsive support:

Their support team is helpful and (in our experience) they normally answer back really quickly.

It's pricey:

There are more advanced tools (e.g. Active Campaign or GetResponse) that end up being cheaper.

Poor designs options:

Only 3 templates on offer and they’re all text-based. They should offer more design options to achieve better visual results.

Reports are lacking in depth:

They offer the basics: open rates, click through rates and unsubscribes. They don’t even give you the bounce rate.

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Ease of Use

Most features are easy to use and the navigation in the backend is logical. However, sometimes you need to mess with HTML code (e.g. to format emails).

Newsletter Creation

Editor

Although the editor is fast and self-explanatory, it is very basic (much like a text editor you’d use when sending regular email). We expected it to have more options, but you are limited to: regular text, bulleted and ordered lists, horizontal lines, simple images and file uploads. For example, we’d like to see additional visual display options, video and gif integration or social media buttons.

Personalization

yes

If/Then/Else logic is available but it is not easy to use as it’s coding based. However, if you get it, it’ll do the job.

Email types

Classic newsletters, sequences (autoresponders), automations, A/B testing (for subject lines only) and landing page creation.

Choice and Flexibility of Template Designs

It only has 3 templates and they are too basic. For example, you can’t add CTA buttons, grouped images or get column-based layouts. In short, really limited when creating visual content. However, they are responsive.

Email Automation

You can create email sequences, and also workflow-based visual automations. After the user triggers an event (e.g. clicks a link or subscribes to a form), you can customize your communications by adding actions (e.g. add a tag, subscribe them to sequences, etc).

List Management

The tagging system is really flexible when adding or removing users from campaigns and email sequences. This makes it easy to segment your subscribers.

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

You can create embedded, pop-up and slide-in forms, as well as landing pages. Forms are easy to edit via their visual editor, and there are a handful of nice designs to choose from.

Deliverability

While ConvertKit’s deliverability rates dropped slightly in our latest tests, they still offer an acceptable average deliverability rate of around 87%.

Reports and Analysis

They aren’t mind blowing but it comes with the basics: open rates, clicks and unsubscribes. There is no heatmap, ecommerce conversion tracking or social media report. Google Analytics isn’t integrated either. Also, it’s rather strange that the bounce rate is missing.

Languages

Only available in English.

Further Features

Spam- and Design-Testing

ConvertKit doesn’t have a spam testing feature, but they do test emails in the background and flag them if necessary. There is no design testing either, you’d need to use an external solution for that.

Bounce Management

yes

Hard bounces are flagged and no further emails will be sent to them. Soft bounces will eventually be classified as hard bounces if the email address can’t be reached after several attempts.

Blacklist

no

Not available.

Storage available for data and images

unlimited

There is no apparent limit. However, they don’t have a media database where you can manage your uploaded files.

Pro Features

Authentication

yes

SPF and DKIM are supported. Side note: ConvertKit uses external mail servers (Mailgun), which is not a very common approach in this industry, but in our tests everything worked perfectly fine.

Own Domain

no

Not available.

Different levels of account access

yes

You can invite admins and team member to your account.

Integrations

yes

ConvertKit has about 90 integrations (e.g. Shopify, WooCommerce, SumoMe, ConvertPlug, etc.). Please note that some of the “integrations” they mention on their website need to be set up manually by copying and pasting HTML code.

Landing Page Editor

yes

The landing page editor provides 4 templates, and is easy to use. However, the options to modify the design are limited, especially when you compare them to some competitors’ (e.g. GetResponse).

Support

4.5/5

In our experience, their support was always fast and came back with coherent explanations. You can contact them via ticket (email). Additionally, they also provide useful tutorials, but some of them could be more detailed.

Overall rating

3.5/5

ConvertKit is missing crucial features (e.g. a good template selection, spam and design testing). On the bright side, we really liked everything to do with list management. Unfortunately, it’s a bit pricy for what it offers.

There are several areas where ConvertKit does quite well. For example, support is quick, friendly and effective, we can’t complain here. We also liked the flexibility when managing subscribers via its tagging system. This is certainly something bloggers (and digital marketers) can take full advantage of whilst targeting communications to their audience.

ConvertKit ships with a landing page editor that will let you collect subscribers even if you don’t own a website, great for social media campaigns. However, we have to say that we are a bit disappointed by the available email designs. Other tools such as GetResponse or MailerLite offer much more here, and by the way… they are even cheaper.

On top of it all, ConvertKit is actually pretty expensive, especially when you consider the relatively basic features it offers. So we’d strongly suggest you check some alternatives before choosing them as your next email marketing platform.

 

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They use Amazon Web Storage (AWS), which has server locations in the USA and many other locations around the world. Their email servers they use are from Mailgun – they are based out of Illinois and Virginia.

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josep
Josep believes a good digital marketing strategy isn’t complete without emails, which is why he's glad to help businesses and individuals through EmailToolTester. If you can’t find him testing newsletter tools, he's probably munching popcorn in front of Netflix.

Latest Updates

1 Feb 2019 - Review updated
7 Jan 2019 - Deliverability rating updated
20 Mar 2018 - Deliverability rating added
06 Jul 2017 - Added FAQ about server location
27 Jun 2017 - Initial Tests & Review
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