Active Campaign Developer Documentation

You can likewise see whether the conclusion rate has increased or decreased, the length of time it considers contacts to reach that goal, and you can search all contacts to see who did and didn’t reach the goal. ActiveCampaign’s Message Variables is my preferred feature. It conserves me a lots of effort and time, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (update: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has a comparable function.

Let’s state you have the first name of just a few of your contacts, which holds true with my list. I usually don’t require a given name to sign up to my list, however often I get a given name, such as when someone purchases a product. Would not it be good to welcome your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, however it’s troublesome.

I’m also filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Visitor.” If they have a very first name, I say “Hey,” and then their given name. If they don’t, I simply say “Hey there,” (). By constructing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly alter my welcoming according to whether I have the contact’s given name.

I developed a variable that’s just %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it reveals up in the email. If I don’t have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables truly save me a lot of time is by allowing me utilize the very same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can quickly alter out all of the information.

Here vary for a webinar I run called “Bust Through Creative Blocks.” You can see I have a bunch of various variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the cost of the item, deal terms, coupon code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can alter each of these variables to match any schedule changes or offer changes.

And here it remains in an email. This message variable allows me to quickly change out a countdown timer. I did point out earlier that a person of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email modifying experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp takes place to have the very best email modifying experience. I truly like to send out simple emails.

I’ve found that extremely tough to do with ActiveCampaign. For some time, I was editing emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather cumbersome. For a long period of time, I used ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a basic template I produced. The interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some totally free open-source project. .

However, adding images is a little a chore. You have to pick them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop option. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor needs that you make up entirely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you desire to have control over the HTML, is to modify pure HTML, with a sneak peek on the side.

Adding images to ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is a clunky experience. You require separate text boxes for above and listed below the image. Lately I have started utilizing ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor. They have some good design templates, but I still wish to send out the plainest e-mail possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, however they have some degree of minimal format, which you can’t eliminate – .

But, with some adjustments, I can make my email pretty fundamental. I can make it instantly take up the whole window, and I can modify the typography to be a little larger, and have a bit more prominent. The most frustrating part of ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is adding images. Envision you have actually just typed out a great e-mail. .

You can’t simply add an image to a block of text. Instead, you have to produce two blocks of text: one for prior to the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any formatting changes, you’ll have to watch on those to stay consistent. That’s one thing to handle when you want to include one image, however when you wish to include several, it ends up being a big task.

They even have a standard mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the finest I’ve seen in all of the e-mail marketing platforms I’ve attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can produce a genuinely plain e-mail, provided you make a standard template first.

MailChimp’s integrated image editor is incredibly 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 exact same experience on ActiveCampaign. However the highly-customizable automations I can build on ActiveCampaign more than offset that possible time cost savings.

ConvertKit’s email editing experience is very plain, but simple to browse. Their templates are limited, which is fine with me, but their e-mail editing experience is a little simpler in that you can produce inline images, and you can develop an absolutely plain e-mail, and even modify 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 an e-mail, 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 meant to or not, ActiveCampaign has handicapped Command + Click from the automation editor. If I wished to change backward and forward between various emails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact same automation in various tabs, then open the respective e-mails from each of those tabs.

In the Automations area, there’s a “Handle Messages” location. From here, you can see all of the messages in each of your automations. You can modify each one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a brand-new tab to more easily edit your whole sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.

Again, it would save me a great deal of time to have ConvertKit’s automation e-mail editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . However picking an email marketing platform is like selecting a partner. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Speaking of segmentation, another reason I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has limited division options.

You can combine attributes with an AND/OR operator, and you can mix and match those groups of traits with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can just sector by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan enables more advanced segmenting, for an extra $199 a month. In my look for the best e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, a few of which I’ve already mentioned.

ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would probably be utilizing ConvertKit. Their automations are much simpler to develop, though they aren’t as versatile as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions alternatives aren’t as sophisticated either. They also do not have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You currently understand that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.