BEST MARKETING EMAIL SERVICE

To find out what is the best marketing email service, we have to know what we are looking for in the first place, and what are our needs.

Personally, I look for an email service that is affiliate link friendly and has good automation set up. I don’t care much about templates, forms, and segmentation.

In this post, let’s examine and see the most popular email providers and see what is good, bad, and a-ok.

WHY EMAIL MARKETING

If you are a business owner, an online marketer, or a network marketer, do you use email marketing?

The answer of most people who don’t use email marketing is, I don’t have time, it is hard to do, or it doesn’t work. Whatever your answer is, if you don’t do email marketing, you are leaving money on the table.

Does it work? – If it doesn’t, big firms won’t waste their time on it. Let me ask you, how many times you got an email from Amazon? I am sure it is a lot, why, because email marketing is a money-making machine.

Is it hard? – It is not hard because that is the role of email providers to make it easy for you even if you are not a techy person. They can set it up for you, they provide you with drag and drop templates and they do everything possible to make it easy for you because that is how they make money.

Don’t you have the time for it? – That means you don’t have the time to make money and that is fine, no argument here.

Let’s see a comprehensive review of the 7 most popular email services in the market

EMAIL SERVICES PRICE COMPARISON

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Aweber$19$19$29$29$49$69$149
Active Campaign Lite$15$15$29$49$89$139$225
Active Campaign Plus$70$70$70$125$169$249$399
GetResponse (Basic)$15$15$15$25$45$65$65
GetResponse (Plus)$15$15$49$59$79$95$95
MailchimpFreeFreeFree$9.99$9.99$9.99$9.99
Drip$49$49$49$122$122$184$246
MailerLiteFreeFree$10$20$35$50$75
Benchmark$11.89$11.89$18.69$27.19ContactContactContact
Ontraport$79$79$79$147$297$297$497
Automizy$9$18$29$49$69$119$119
ConvertKitFree$29$29$49$79$119$149

ACTIVECAMPAIGN EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Start at $15

AC is one of the widely used email services. It has a high deliverability rate, practical functionality, and very good automation.

Price starts at $15/month for 500 subscribers and goes up which is really reasonable.

ActiveCampaign has unique features like:

  • Ability to share automation sequences
  • Has an affiliate program that starts at 30%

The thing that I didn’t like about AC is, they don’t allow affiliate links or wording like “make money” “affiliate income”,…..etc. and things similar to these, to solve that problem, you have to be careful about the wordings you use, and you have to have a bridge page if you are doing affiliate marketing which is very easy to do.

AC is a very popular autoresponder and it is very powerful. A combination of amazing features and reasonable prices made it be used by a lot of business owners including myself.

It is a very easy platform since it uses a drag and drop process. The price is reasonable and they offer 14 days free trial.

AC acts as an all-in-one platform and you find everything you need in one place. Email service, forms, landing pages. This can be a little high learning curve and you will find a guide on the site to show you around.

PROS AND CONS OF ACTIVECAMPAIGN

PROSCONS
Easy to use and powerful automation platformLearning curve can be long because it contains a lot of features
Detailed reporting that I never saw with any other automation platform
Highest number of delivery comparing to other platforms
They offer free migration if you want to move from other providers

DRIP EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Start at $49

This is one of my favorite email services. I use it on this site I also use ActiveCampaign.

Drip has many features that are not actually used by marketers and used by eCommerce owners.

There are many things I like about Drip like Sharing workflows, Segmentation and the power of bulk change, resending a broadcast to subscribers who didn’t open the email, ease of use, detailed reporting, and many more.

With those features comes the price. The price of Drip starts at $49/month which is not cheap compared to those other services. The only time I suggest going with drip is if you are heavily invested in affiliate marketing or you have a large eCommerce store.

The only two things I don’t like about Drip is, they don’t offer an affiliate program, and customer service is not that awesome.

PROS AND CONS OF DRIP

PROSCONS
Automation is well done and the best you can get in the marketPrice is too high specially for small businesses
Easy to learn and useStats can takes some time to generate in workflows
Tags, Segments, and triggers are top notch
Great reporting system

CONVERTKIT EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Start at $29 after the free plan

In a way, ConverKit can be compared to ActiveCampaign except they don’t provide the following:

  • There is no A/B testing
  • No visually appealing emails
  • Tagging inactive subscribers as “Cold”

Other than that, It is a sold email service fairly new to the industry but became one of the most popular in a few short years.

I like a few things about CK like:

  • Automatic resend unopened emails
  • Editing automation emails without losing the view and the focus

Recently, ConverKit added a free plan of up to 100 subscribers. It is not for a limited time, it is forever but up to 100 subscribers only, if you want to have more subscribers, then you have to pay for it.

You have full access to everything in this plan and it is a very good way to start. See the plan here

I don’t like the reporting details and outdated templates and forms.

PROS AND CONS OF CONVERTKIT

PROSCONS
Lets you make simple landing paged without requiring a websiteReports are not in depth
Powerful segmentation and tagging system Form design is limited
Broadcast Auto resend option
Regularly updated and improved
Helpful and solid support

MAILCHIMP EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Start at $9.99 after the free plan

Mailchimp is one of the biggest providers of emails. I think that is because they give you a free plan up to 2000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month.

There are a good side and a bad side with Mailchimp, my biggest concern with it is, charging for duplicate subscribers, and their automation that is not powerful.

I tried it some time ago and found out that it doesn’t work for my business especially, that it is not so friendly to affiliate links, so, I decided to move on.

Mailchimp also has some good features like nice looking email templates and forms and certainly the free plan.

If I compare it with another mailing service, it would be very similar to Aweber and to be honest, they are not the best marketing emails in the market.

When it comes to integration to 3rd party platforms, Mailchimp integrates with most.

Another thing I don’t like about Mailchimp is, they reserve the right to suspend your account for any reason and without any prior notice. For example, if your emails receive a lot of complaints, they can terminate your account.

It is not also allowed to have more than one form for a list, so, if you want another form, you should great another list a feature that is not practical.

PROS AND CONS OF MAILCHIMP

PROSCONS
Free plan with 2000 subscribers and 12K emails a monthNot affiliate link friendly
Good looking templates, forms, and emailsAutomation is not that powerful and limited
Good reporting and analyticsCan't create more than one form for each list
Good eCommerce intergaration

GETRESPONSE EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Start at $15

GetResponse is one of the old services in the market. A lot of people like it and like the visuality while performing tasks.

The service can have an argument for having the best open rate of emails because of a feature that it delivers emails at the best time to your subscribers based on previous actions of those subscribers.

Another feature that is nice is, if you set an email to be sent at 11 am, GetResponse sends it at 11 AM at the local time of your subscribers.

Besides the two features above, everything else is standard and almost can be found with any provider in the market.

When it comes to affiliate links, it is allowed except Amazon affiliate links, so, if you are an Amazon affiliate, you may want to think again about GetResponse.

Another thing that I don’t like with GetResponse is, it is a list based platform, if you have more than one list, then you have to pay for duplicate subscribers.

PROS AND CONS OF GETRESPONSE

PROSCONS
Powerful and intelligent list automationIf you have more than one list, you have to pay for duplicate subscribers
Salesfunnels can be designed for lead generationForms and email templates are outdated
Several forms and designs can be designed and tested
Time travel and perfect timing can increase your open rate

AWEBER EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Starts at $19

To be honest, I don’t understand why people go with Aweber while they have other services in the market that cost almost the same and have better features.

When first came out, it used to be one of the best and the leading email service in the market. But, I have no idea what happened lately, there were no meaningful updates for things that need to be updated.

Aweber fell behind and is not the best provider anymore.

It is a list based service, which means you are charged for duplicate and unsubscribed subscribers. That is not fair especially when you have many providers in the market.

Affiliate links are ok with Aweber,

Finally, Aweber is a good service provider when you look at it in isolation, but, when you compare it to the competition in the market, it has no chance at all.

PROS AND CONS OF AWEBER

PROSCONS
Support and customer service is one of the best in the industryOutdated templates and some automation limitations
Reporting features are one of the best compared to other providersUnfair count of subscribers
List management is super easy since it can be done through automation and actions taken by subscribers

MAILERLITE EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Starts at $10 after the free plan

When t comes to price and plan, this is very similar to Mailchimp. It has a free plan of up to 1000 subscribers and 12,000 emails a month.

In my opinion, MailerLite is underrated service. It has much more than Mailchimp has to offer, powerful automation, segment, and group to manage subscribers, landing pages builder, nice forms, pop-ups, and many more.

It puzzles me why it is not known as Mailchimp!

While automation is not as powerful as ActiveCampaign, but still one of the best in the market especially when you compare prices.

When it comes to usage, it is so friendly and easy to use.

PROS AND CONS OF MAILERLITE

PROSCONS
Free plan up to 1000 subscribersMissing some features in reporting and automation
Easy to use with clean and simple platformLimited integration with 3rd party
Landing page editor that is hosted on MailerLite
Price for paid plan is very affordable

BENCHMARK EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – $11.89 after the free plan

The pricing of this email service is unique, you can choose to pay according to the number of subscribers or according to the number of emails They also have a free plan with unlimited subscribers and max of emails a month

The platform has a good or standard service. Automation is standard with limited power. It has good email and form templates, but, I don’t think many people care about that.

Benchmark also has A/B testing which is a cool feature.

The service falls short in areas like deliverability issues and A/B testing being delayed.

PROS AND CONS OF BENCHMARK

PROSCONS
Ease of use- It is one of the easiest email service to useDeliverability issues since many emails land in the junk folder
Wide variety of templates to choose fromA/B testing is delayed sometimes
Email automation is easy and it includes behavior based rules

ONTRAPORT EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Starts at $79

I think the reason why Ontraport is not widely used is its price. It is too expensive to start at $79 especially for those small businesses and affiliate marketers.

The landing page, form and email editor is block-based and visually appealing to work with. The automation is powerful and more suitable to big marketing firms.

I don’t know how many people use this service but, I guess they are not much because of the price.

When I think about it $79 for 1000 subscribers doesn’t work for me. But, if you can afford it, it is a very good service. They also offer a 90-day money-back guarantee.

PROS AND CONS OF AONTRAPORT

PROSCONS
90 days money back guaranteePrice is too expensive for small businesses
2 Welcoming calls to help you getting used to the platformDashboard is not that appealing
Landing pages, forms, and email with editing and customization ability
You can share workflows and forms

AUTOMIZY EMAIL SERVICE

PRICE – Starts at $9

I never understood why this email service is not widely spread! It combines ease, reliability, functionality, and a good price.

See my complete review of Automizy here, it is best known to help businesses get a better open rate and can increase it up to 34%

It also offers 60 days money back guarantee with no questions asked

MY RECOMMENDATION OF EMAIL SERVICE

This is not one size fits all, rather, it is a case to case ruling. What I mean to say is, it depends on why you want with the email service, what are you doing with it, and what is your business,….etc.

So, I am going to break it down in a few categories.

First of all, all mailing services have a free trial period and some have a free plan forever, so, you can actually try it before you stick with it (that’s what I do)

  1. If you want an email service for e-commerce and a service that would grow with you, I go with ActiveCampaign or Drip. But, if you are concern about the price, I would exclude Drip and go with ActiveCampaign.
  2. If you are looking for a free account that gets you going until you start making money, then go with one of these three, ConverKit, MailChimp, or MailerLite. I would exclude Mailchimp for its crappy automation and go with ConvertKit or MailerLite
  3. If you have a sales team and want to track all your sales and communication, then Ontraport is perfect for you if the price of $79 to start won’t be a barrier.

So, you have to decide for yourself the service that is suitable for you or at least you can give it a try. Let me know in the comment below what your choice was.

WHAT EMAIL SERVICE PROVIDER DO I USE?

For me personally, I went through several, then I chose two of them.

Currently, I use ActiveCampaign and Drip. I have a list in both and I use them both on a daily basis.

Drip is a bit expensive to start, but ActiveCampaign has a good price and great service. If you are just starting, I recommend ActiveCampaign.

FINAL THOUGHT ABOUT MARKETING EMAIL SERVICES

At the end of the day, you, as a business owner, what you care about is more return in whatever your goal is and being effective at communication with your subscribers.

For that purpose, you have to choose the marketing email service that meets your requirements.

Good automation, great email deliverability, modern and editable forms, and landing pages, and price should be taken into consideration in judging the email service provider.

The good thing about these providers is, they all have a free trial period that you can use and try the platform and see if it meets your standard then make your choice.

Take some time, try a few providers and be the judge.

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