Alternatives to aWeber?

Discussion in 'Increasing Traffic' started by Staxed, May 5, 2011.

  1. Staxed

    Staxed Staxalicious

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    Greetings,

    In my efforts to launch my new community, I'd like to get an email marketting list setup (mainly for newsletter purposes) before I start getting members so I can integrate it with my forum.

    I have been looking at aWeber for a long time, and never really considered other options, so I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has any other recommendations or heard of other systems like aWeber that have good reviews?

    I'd love to hear your experiences.
     
  2. Adam H

    Adam H Think before you speak.

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    I use Get response for my email list building a mass mailing for forum newsletters etc.

    Best thing is that you can use it for free for a time period to which will allow you to get to grips with it before deciding to purchase it.
     
  3. fattony69

    fattony69 Cool Guy on Taz

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    Mailchimp is free for the first 500 subscribers.
     
  4. Staxed

    Staxed Staxalicious

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    but can't be used for affiliate marketing, so won't work for me.

    have any pros/cons about it? Personal experiences?
     
  5. Adam H

    Adam H Think before you speak.

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    To be honest its the first one that i used and ive never had any reason to look at other providers, it does exactly what it says on the tin, Easy interface to use too which makes it alot easier but as i say i have nothing to really compare it to in terms of its competition so im afraid i wont be much help apart from saying give the free trial a go and see what you think.
     
  6. Breakpoint

    Breakpoint Aspirant

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    Is it easy to import my whole members list into the application? I have over 112,000 members I would like to send a newsletter to.
     
  7. MarkR

    MarkR Coder/Designer

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  8. 64North

    64North geospatially inclined

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    http://www.constantcontact.com may be what you are looking for.
     
  9. MarkR

    MarkR Coder/Designer

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    According to their prices:

    10,000 - 25,000 is $150.00 / month

    Whereas Campaigner.com is:

    25,000 is $120.00 / month

    Seems like ConstantContact is pretty expensive. I don't even want to know what they charge at a 100,000+ contact volume. :p

    Just my thought on it, you should probably contact the major companies and get a quote for 75,000 - 100,000 contacts and compare quotes. In my experience with massive mailing lists, you may have 100,000+ email addresses, but chances are at least 10% of those are hard bounces (probably more). What I would suggest you do is get a quote for 75,000 contacts. Send a newsletter to the first 75,000 contacts, delete hard bounces and unsubscribes, this should free up a lot of room on your list. With that room, refill your list to the cap, do it again, and repeat this process until all your members are on your list. I'm 100% positive that you would be wasting your money paying for a 100,000+ capacity account.

    One trick I do to clean my list on Campaigner.com is execute their filters which identifies users who haven't opened the newsletter in the last 6 months. I delete those users because they are taking up much needed space and not even opening my newsletter. I'm sure regardless the provider you go with, they will also have similar filtering options. And after you have had over 6 months of newsletters, I'd strongly urge you to do the same, this will also help you free up more slots.
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2011
  10. benny18

    benny18 Aspirant

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    I'm using 1shopping cart because it has affiliate software - the works.

    Mailchimp is free for the first 500 subscribers but i find it does not have the autoresponder function which is crucial if you are building an email list.

    You can only send out messages so no automation. The paid version of mailchimp has this function - clever marketing by the mailchimp guys.

    I've used aweber which is very good. However i stopped using them for 1 month and lost all my email contacts - i didn't know i had to back it all up :(
     
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