Hello everyone, in this article we are going to compare GetResponse with MailChimp, Constant Contact and Aweber email marketing tool.
GetResponse: They offer a 30-day free trial for a list of up to 250 subscribers, and don’t ask for your credit card while applying for free trial. Be aware, however, that for the trial (and only the trial), if you add, delete, and then re-add a contact, it counts as two contacts.
Mailchimp: When it comes to Free Trial in email-marketing, then no one come close to Mailchimp. Mailchimp provides a forever-free plan by which you get up to 2,000 subscribers and can send up to 12,000 emails each month. You don’t even need your credit card while signing for free trial. Please note that auto responder do not work in free plan.
Constant Contact: Constant Contact provide 60-day free trial and no credit card information is required while signing up. You can send unlimited emails but only to first 100 subscribers.
Aweber: AWeber offers a free thirty day trial. When you select the monthly plan, your first month of service will be free but you will require credit card while signing up for Aweber free trial.
Getresponse: When it comes to pricing, then GetResponse wins. Their basic plan start from $15 per month and you can send unlimited emails up to 1000 subscribers. To save more money, you can pay yearly and get an extra 18% discount with GetResponse. If you have more subscribers than 10,000, you can get a custom quote for the plan.
Mailchimp: Their basic plan starts at $10/month, and sends emails to 500 contacts. As you get closer to 10,000 subscribers, your monthly fee approaches $75 per month.
Constant Contact: Their premium plan start from $20 per month to $85 per month. For $20 you can add up to 500 subscribers and up to 10,000 contacts in $85 per month. If your subscribers are greater than 10,000 then you will need to send them a custom price request.
Aweber: AWeber pricing starts from a base price of $19 per month for 500 subscribers. If your subscribers are more than 500, then you will have to pay additional fee. This is how their subscription pricing works.
GetResponse Vs MailChimp:
Where GetResponse Wins Over MailChimp:
- Free Trial-Auto responder(mobile responsive)
- Spilt Testing
- Live Chat
- Better User Interface
Although MailChimp basic plan costs $10 as compared to $15 by GetResponse, but you need to understand that in Mailchimp you can add only 500 subscribers as compared to 1000 subscribers in GetResponse. GetResponse also provide discount on quarterly and yearly plan, so we can say that in long run GetResponse is more economical as compared to MailChimp.
Given below is the price comparison table for MailChimp and GetResponse:
User Interfaces of Mailchimp and Getresponse are very different. Mailchimp go for a more minimalistic and clean design with big and bold text and menus in a listed format, while Getresponse interface is based around traditional drop-down menus. Personally I prefer Getresponse as we don’t have to scroll quite so much to get at particular features or data and if you are using an email marketing tool for the first time then you will find it more intuitive as compared to Mailchimp.
HTML Email Templates:
GetResponse has around 500 professional and sleek looking HTML templates as compared to 300 by Mailchimp. You can select these templates from 20 different niches such as Finance, Internet marketing, Arts, Travel, Communications, Gaming etc. With the help of drag and drop editor you can easily customize your template-no HTML Skills required and can also add thousands of stock images ((courtesy iStockphoto) on your template.
Split Testing Or A/B Testing:
When it comes to Split testing or A/B Testing, then Getresponse easily beat Mailchimp. Getresponse allows you to test up to 5 versions of your emails on segments of your data, whereas MailChimp allows only 2 versions of split testing.
Responsive HTML Templates and Autoresponder
Both Mailchimp and GetResponse create responsive (mobile friendly version of your HTML email) but I like the way Getresponse previews mobile versions of your email in real time. On Getresponse when you create email using Email Creator then you can see a preview of html email how it will appear on mobile on the right hand side of the screen. Mailchimp does not support real time responsive test.
Getresponse has a strong edge over Mailchimp when it comes to Technical support. Getresponse support team is very fast, knowledgeable and friendly and can be contacted via Telephone, live chat or email. They also provide free campaign strategy consultation, specialized training courses and GetResponse knowledge base where customer can find frequently asked questions related to email marketing and GetResponse.
On the other hand Mailchimp support team can only be contacted via email and live chat(only premium users).
Where Mailchimp wins over GetResponse:
- Unlimited trial
- MailChimp offers ‘subscriber rating’ system
- MailChimp gives Purchase Credits
Unlimited Trial Account
This is one area where no Email-marketing tool can beat MailChimp. They provide a trial account in which you can add 2000 subscribers and can send up to 12000 emails per month. They don’t even ask for a credit card and your account will not be expired till the time you have reached 2000 subscribers across all lists in your account.
On the other hand, GetResponse offers 30-day free trial for a list of up to 250 subscribers and if you will add, delete or re-add a contact on your list, then it will count them as two contacts.
MailChimp offers ‘subscriber rating’ system
One of the best feature of MailChimp is its “Subscriber Rating”. With the help of Subscriber or Member rating you can segment or remove inactive users from your list on the basis of user engagement level. User engagement level is based on various factors such as subscriber’s open and click activity, soft and hard bounce history, unsubscribe and resubscribe rate etc.
Getresponse do not provide any subscriber rating system.
Pay As You Go Plan
MailChimp provide “Pay As You Go Plan” which allows you to purchase credits as needed and they do not expire.1 email cost 3 cents. This plan is especially suitable if you are new to email marketing or want to send one email to your subscribers less than once a month.
GetResponse Do not provide purchase credits.
GetResponse Vs Aweber Comparison
Where GetResponse Wins:
- Free Trial- No Credit Card
- Better User Interface
- Landing Page
- Single Opt-in
GetResponse wins here as they don’t ask for credit card while offering free trial for 30 days. Signup process is quick and easy. On the other hand Aweber asks for credit card while signing up for free trial.
User-friendly and Easy Setup
GetResponse is not just user-friendly but is much better looking and engaging for users as compared to Aweber which is more appealing to users having more technical knowledge.
GetResponse basic plan start from $15 and you can add 1000 subscribers, whereas Aweber basic plan start from a base price of $19 per month for 500 subscribers only. GetResponse offer an 18% discount when you pay annually.
Given below is the price comparison table for Aweber and GetResponse:
If you would like to create landing pages/squeeze pages ,then you have to go with GetResponse. GetResponse Landing Page creator provides you 100+ templates and uses a drag and drop editor. So In simple words we can say that you don’t need technical skill or need to hire a developer for creating your landing page.
Aweber too provide landing page,but their process is little complicated as you will either need to integrate a third party tool or will have to manually design landing page.
Single Opt-In Form:
GetResponse users can choose to use single opt-in for their campaigns. On the other hand it is compulsory for Aweber users to use double-opt in feature.
Where Aweber Wins:
- Technical Support
- Better Templates And Opt In Forms
Both Aweber and GetResponse are known for providing top quality technical support. Both services provide support via telephone, live chat, email and knowledge base. The main difference is in the availability.
GetResponse support team can be contacted from Monday to Friday, 9AM – 5PM EST. They don’t work on Saturday and Sunday.
On the other hand, Aweber support team is available 7 days a week. Their live support is available from 8AM to 8PM on Monday to Friday and 9AM to 5PM EST on Saturday and Sunday. They even provide a toll free number for US callers.
Better Templates And Opt In Forms
Aweber has not only more email templates than GetResponse but some of their recent email templates have been styled like Top WordPress themes. This Include Thesis Theme, Parallax Pro from StudioPress, Twenty Twelve, Twenty Thirteen, Twenty Fourteen and Corpo WordPress theme.
Embedding forms on website is also very easy and looks more professional then GetResponse. So Aweber Win over GetResponse on Templates and Opt in forms.
Constant Contact V/S GetResponse
Where GetResponse Wins:
- Ease of Use
- High Delivery Rate
- Landing Page Creator
Ease of Use:
GetResponse is more user friendly as compared to Constant Contact. Constant Contact website pagespeed is also slow and often gives blank page.
Deliverability rate is very important for successful email marketing campaign. Deliverability rate means higher conversions and click through rate.
GetResponse has 99% Deliverability rate, so more emails will be delivered to your subscriber’s email address. On the other hand Constant Contact deliverability rate of 97% is good too, but if we compare it with GetResponse then it is low.
In a matter of few minutes, you can easily create attractive and professional looking squeeze page for your website, by using GetResponse Landing Page Creator.
Coming to Constant Contact then you will have to use third party software such as LeadPages,Wishpond or InstaPage for creating Landing pages.
GetResponse basic plan start from $15 and you can add 1000 subscribers, whereas Constant Contact basic plan cost $20 and you can add only 500 subscribers.
Where Constant Contact Wins:
- 100% Money back guarantee
- Storage of contacts is also very sleek
- Free Trial is very easy- No Phone/Credit Card
100% Money Back Guarantee:
There are few Email-Marketing service which offers 100% Money back guarantee and Constant Contact is one of them. The only condition is that you have to contact their billing team via phone within the first 30 days after your first payment was made. You will receive a full refund and no questions will be asked from you.
On the other hand GetResponse is a “Pay-as-you-service” so they do not issue refunds.
Storing Contacts in Constant Contact is very easy. You can add as many custom fields,delete duplicate contact and can group your contacts with tags for sending targeted emails.You can even add an email address to multiple lists at once or a reader can also subscribe to several email lists.
They have created a Contact Capture Tool by which you can easily add or update a contact in your list without opening a web browser.
60 Day Free Trial
Constant Contact offer 60 day free trial in which you can send unlimited email to first 100 subscribers.
Users do not have to enter credit card details,CAPTCHA or do phone verification, so we can say that their signup process is very simple and straightforward.
I hope you find this detail comparison between top 4 email marketing tool helpful and useful. Let me know which email marketing you are using or going to use in future. What do you like or dislike about them.
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