The Best Email Marketing Services 2017

One of the best ways to increase your traffic and sales is through email marketing.  Did you know statistics show that for every  $1 you invest in email marketing you get a $40 return?  This about blew me away when I first saw this.  I had hardly ever given email marketing a second thought.  I figured it would be too much trouble or too far over my head to figure out autoresponders and follow-ups and so forth.  But when I read those figures I started doing some research.  This is what I found to be the best email marketing services 2017.

There are quite a few, but some just capture email addresses but don’t have autoresponders.  Others ONLY capture email addresses and you do the rest.  Of course some out there are good at capturing and building email list and are set up so that you can connect your data to another company that does offer autoresponders.  The two companies I found will do it all for you and then some.  Their pricing is very similar and they both have a few extras they offer and great support.  The three aspects of an email marketing service are excellent.  Product, pricing and support.

AWeber Communications       

The first is AWeber.  These guys have it together.  First their email marketing program features include;  

  • Campaigns – Create automated emails with drag and drop editor.
  • Autoresponder follow-up
  • Great looking mobile-responsive sign up forms
  • RSS to email – automatically create emails from your newest blog posts
  • Over 700 mobile-responsive email templates
  • Manage subscribers – collect, track and manage your subscriber list
  • Email Newsletters
  • Drag and Drop Editor
  • App Showcase – integrate with other online tools to help build your list
  • Subscriber Segmenting – target subscribers based on their actions
  • Email Marketing API – integrate third-party applications
  • Expert Customer Service

Training and Support                                             

The training at AWeber is thorough and easy to follow.  They have a jam packed video library that teaches you every aspect you need to know.  They have Webinars running at various times that will show you in 15 minutes how to set up your AWeber account including basic list set up, welcome message creation and sign-up form creation and placement.  Along with these, they have the standard Knowledge Base where questions have already been answered.  The support is awesome.  I generally use the text chat and get instant answers, but you can also email support if you wish.  They also have a phone support line.

Free Trial

Want to kick the tires before you buy?  I liked this feature a lot.  You can try them our for 30 days to see if it’s what you need, try out the features and ask questions.  The free trial includes access to ALL features they have to offer.     By signing up for the free trial you are not signing a contract.  You can cancel at anytime.  There are no set up fees or hidden charges with any of their accounts.  What you see is what you get!  And if you decide to continue after the first month, you can change your billing plan at anytime in your Control Panel.

Pricing

Access to every feature from day one? Check.

$19/mo $29/mo $49/mo $69/mo $149/mo Get a Quote
Subscribers 0–500 501–2,500 2,501–5,000 5,001–10,000 10,001–25,000 25,001+
Unlimited Emails
Automation
Segmenting
Analytics
Customer Support
Sign Up Forms
Integrations
Image Hosting
6,000+ Stock Photos
700+ Templates
Edu. Resources

Quarterly and Annual billing options also available.

They accept payment with Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards.  They also accept checks and money orders.

If you would like to try AWeber out, give them a try HERE.  You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

 

GetResponse        

The second is GetResponse.  These guys also have it together.  They also have a couple of bells and whistles thrown in.  Their email marketing program features include;

  • Campaigns – Create automated emails with drag and drop editor
  • Autoresponder follow up
  • Fully mobile-responsive email design
  • Large form selection – sign up, order forms, feedback forms, etc.
  • 500 + mobile responsive email templates
  • Real time activity tracking
  • Subscription statistics
  • Email Newsletters
  • Drag and Drop Editor
  • App Center –  integrate with other online tools
  • Social Media Integrations
  • RSS to Email
  • State-of-the-art-API
  • A/B Testing
  • Landing page templates
  • Top notch customer service

Training and Support

The training at GetResponse is as thorough as AWeber.  They have a whole section of resources including:

  • Whtepapers                 
  • Reports
  • Guides
  • Infographics
  • Courses
  • Videos
  • Blogs

The support is on the ball with 24/7 live chat, email support in 7 languages and also phone line support.

Free Trial                                                 

GetResponse also has a tire kicking period for you!  30 days.  You have access to all features with a few limitations during the free trial.- 1000 contacts (the unconfirmed and removed contacts count towards the limit)
– 30 days to test and utilize features
– GetResponse badge in the emails cannot be disabled
-Webinars for 10 attendees (including you, the presenter)
-1 Landing page limited to 1000 visits

Pricing

 

 

They accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover credit cards.

If you’d like to give GetResponse a try, click HERE.  Again, there’s nothing to lose and sales to gain!

13 Replies to “The Best Email Marketing Services 2017”

  1. Hi Grant,

    Awesome information there. I was also skeptical about investing in anything like that but this post answered a lot of questions. The best part is that it’s free to begin with. Looking forward to this.

  2. Hi Grant,

    Really good post. I have used AWeber in the past and found that it was a really good service. I haven’t used the other services but after reading your post I might try them out just to get a well rounded experience for myself.

    Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

    All the best,

    Tom

  3. I knew of AWeber but not GetResponse. I’ve been looking at subscriber services of late for one of my sites but held back with going with AWeber as I felt my site, being newborn, didn’t warrant the cost as yet. If it gets any volume I’ll probably go with AWeber as I like the features you lay out there. For the moment I’m just going with one of the free WordPress plugins. I assume you can import existing lists (assuming I can export… I better check that again!). I’m keeping costs as low as possible until I get traction, and then I can justify something more advanced.

    As I say though, I like the look of AWeber. Thanks for the heads up on GetResponse, too.

  4. Right on point, I was looking for an email marketing program that not only gave me the features, but also the training! I am going to try out Get Response for 30 days and keep you updated on my opinion! Have you heard about any dislikes that are common with these programs? Thanks again!

  5. Great post!
    But I would like to point out some disadvantages of AWeber.

    The definition of a subscriber in AWeber is unclear. For example, for billing purposes, it still counts an unsubscriber and also subscribing to two lists count as two subscribers. Although these may not have a huge impact, it generally affects more for people who have huge and multiple lists. Same subscriber in different lists are counted as multiple subscribers. This will affect the price the person needs to pay.

    Another problem with AWeber is that it lacks the segmentation function. Although it can categorize subscribers into different categories, it cannot add tags to subscribers to have a much better targeting.

    I would suggest Convertkit as the best Email Service Provider as it is very easy to use yet the functions are more powerful.

  6. Grant, quick question. After my 30 day trial with AWeber, if I’m not quite ready to commit, can I place a hold on my account? If so, how long can the hold be?

    TIA!

    Tonja

    1. Yes, Anne. If you have an account of 501+ subscribers level, you can put a hole on your account for $5 a month. I’ll check and get back to you if there’s a time limit on that.

  7. Some interesting information about email marketing. I’d never heard of those websites. I will be back to your site and check them out. Thanks for the info. Bill

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