You can also see whether the conclusion rate has increased or decreased, for how long it takes for contacts to reach that objective, and you can search all contacts to see who did and didn’t reach the objective. ActiveCampaign’s Message Variables is my preferred function. It conserves me a lots of effort and time, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has a similar feature.
Let’s say you have the given name of just a few of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically don’t require a given name to register to my list, however often I get a given name, such as when somebody buys a product. Wouldn’t it be great to greet your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, however it’s cumbersome.
I’m likewise filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a very first name, I state “Hey,” and then their first name. If they do not, I just say “Hey there,” (). By building a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily change my greeting according to whether or not I have the contact’s given name.
I created a variable that’s just %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it appears in the e-mail. If I do not have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables actually conserve me a lot of time is by allowing me use the same automation over and over once again for my webinars, and I can rapidly change out all of the details.
Here are variables for a webinar I run called “Bust Through Creative Blocks.” You can see I have a lot of various variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the price of the item, deal terms, voucher code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can alter each of these variables to match any schedule changes or deal changes.
And here it remains in an e-mail. This message variable enables me to easily change out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email editing experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the very best email editing experience. I really like to send out basic e-mails.
I’ve discovered that extremely difficult to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was modifying e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite cumbersome. For a very long time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a fundamental design template I created. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some free open-source task. .
However, adding images is a bit of a chore. You need to select them from a file browser. There’s no drag and drop alternative. ActiveCampaign’s HTML e-mail editor needs that you make up entirely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you wish 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 cumbersome experience. You need separate text boxes for above and listed below the image. Lately I have begun utilizing ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor. They have some great design templates, however I still wish to send out the plainest email possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, however they have some degree of minimal formatting, which you can’t remove – .
But, with some changes, I can make my e-mail quite standard. I can make it instantly use up the whole window, and I can fine-tune the typography to be somewhat bigger, and have a little bit more leading. The most frustrating part of ActiveCampaign’s abundant full-screen editor is adding images. Envision you have actually simply typed out an excellent email. .
You can’t just include an image to a block of text. Rather, you have to create two blocks of text: one for prior to the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any format modifications, you’ll need to keep an eye on those to remain constant. That’s one thing to handle when you wish to include one image, however when you wish to add numerous, it becomes a huge task.
They even have a standard mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the finest I have actually seen in all of the e-mail marketing platforms I have actually tried. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a truly plain e-mail, provided you make a basic design template first.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is extremely powerful. You can resize, crop, and include customized text to your images. I miss out on 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 develop on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that possible time cost savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail editing experience is really plain, however easy to navigate. Their templates are limited, which is great with me, however their e-mail editing experience is a little simpler because you can produce inline images, and you can produce a totally plain e-mail, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you wish to make some fast edits to some e-mails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s cumbersome.
I’ll click an email, and it takes me to the editor for that email. Note that I can’t even Command + Click to open it in another tab. Whether they suggested to or not, ActiveCampaign has disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I wished to switch back and forth between various emails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact same automation in various tabs, then open the particular emails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations area, there’s a “Manage Messages” area. 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 entire sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Again, it would save me a lot of time to have ConvertKit’s automation email modifying experience on ActiveCampaign – . However picking an e-mail marketing platform is like choosing a partner. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Speaking of segmentation, another reason I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has restricted segmentation choices.
You can integrate characteristics with an AND/OR operator, and you can mix and match those groups of traits with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can only segment by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more sophisticated segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my search for the best email marketing platform, I saw lots of others, a few of which I’ve already pointed out.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would probably be utilizing ConvertKit. Their automations are a lot easier to develop, though they aren’t as versatile as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations options aren’t as advanced either. They also do not have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.