You can also see whether the conclusion rate has increased or reduced, the length of time it takes for contacts to reach that goal, and you can browse all contacts to see who did and didn’t reach the objective. ActiveCampaign’s Message Variables is my preferred feature. It conserves me a heap of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has a comparable feature.
Let’s say you have the very first name of only a few of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I generally don’t require a given name to sign up to my list, but sometimes I get a very first name, such as when somebody purchases a product. Would not it be nice to greet your contacts by name, in the cases when you have it? You can do this, but it’s troublesome.
I’m also filtering for generic terms included by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a given name, I state “Hey,” and then their given name. If they do not, I just say “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly alter my greeting according to whether I have the contact’s given name.
I developed a variable that’s simply %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it shows up in the e-mail. If I don’t have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables really conserve me a lot of time is by enabling me utilize the same automation over and over once again for my webinars, and I can quickly alter out all of the details.
Here are variables for a webinar I run called “Bust Through Creative Blocks.” You can see I have a bunch of different variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the price of the item, offer terms, discount coupon code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can change each of these variables to match any schedule modifications or offer changes.
And here it remains in an email. This message variable enables me to quickly alter out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that a person of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their e-mail editing experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp occurs to have the best email editing experience. I truly like to send simple e-mails.
I’ve found that really tough to do with ActiveCampaign. For some time, I was modifying e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather cumbersome. For a long time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was activated by a fundamental design template I developed. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some complimentary open-source task. .
However, adding images is a bit of a chore. You have to select them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop choice. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor requires that you compose entirely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you want to have control over the HTML, is to edit pure HTML, with a preview on the side.
Including images to ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is a clunky experience. You require separate text boxes for above and listed below the image. Lately I have begun using ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor. They have some nice templates, however I still wish to send out the plainest e-mail possible. They do have some plain-looking e-mails, however they have some degree of minimal formatting, which you can’t get rid of – .
But, with some changes, I can make my e-mail quite basic. I can make it immediately take up the entire window, and I can tweak the typography to be slightly bigger, and have a little bit more leading. The most aggravating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor is adding images. Envision you have actually simply typed out an excellent e-mail. .
You can’t simply add an image to a block of text. Rather, you have to develop two blocks of text: one for prior to the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any format changes, you’ll have to watch on those to remain consistent. That’s something to handle when you wish to add one image, however when you want to include numerous, it ends up being a huge chore.
They even have a basic mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the very best I have actually seen in all of the email marketing platforms I’ve attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a really plain e-mail, provided you make a basic template first.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is exceptionally powerful. You can resize, crop, and add custom-made text to your images. I miss MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would save me a little time to have that very same experience on ActiveCampaign. But the highly-customizable automations I can build on ActiveCampaign more than offset that prospective time savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail modifying experience is extremely plain, however simple to navigate. Their design templates are restricted, which is great with me, but their e-mail modifying experience is a little simpler in that you can create inline images, and you can create a totally plain email, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you wish to make some quick edits to some emails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s cumbersome.
I’ll click on an email, and it takes me to the editor for that e-mail. Note that I can’t even Command + Click to open it in another tab. Whether they meant to or not, ActiveCampaign has disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I desired to switch backward and forward in between different e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the very same automation in numerous tabs, then open the particular emails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations section, there’s a “Handle Messages” location. From here, you can see all of the messages in each of your automations. You can edit each one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a new tab to more quickly modify your whole sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Once again, it would save me a great deal of time to have ConvertKit’s automation email editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . However selecting an e-mail marketing platform resembles choosing a spouse. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Speaking of segmentation, another factor I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has restricted division choices.
You can integrate attributes with an AND/OR operator, and you can blend and match those groups of characteristics with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can only section by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more sophisticated segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my search for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, some of which I have actually already mentioned.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would most likely be utilizing ConvertKit. Their automations are much easier to build, though they aren’t as versatile as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations alternatives aren’t as sophisticated either. They likewise don’t have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You currently understand that I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.