You can likewise see whether the completion rate has actually increased or reduced, how long it considers contacts to reach that objective, and you can search all contacts to see who did and didn’t reach the goal. ActiveCampaign’s Message Variables is my favorite function. It saves me a lots of effort and time, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (update: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has a similar function.
Let’s state you have the very first name of just some of your contacts, which holds true with my list. I normally do not require a very first name to register to my list, but often I get a very first name, such as when somebody purchases an item. Would not it be great to welcome your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, but it’s cumbersome.
I’m also filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a very first name, I say “Hey,” and after that their given name. If they do not, I simply say “Hey there,” (). By building a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily change my welcoming according to whether I have the contact’s given name.
I produced a variable that’s simply %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it shows up in the email. If I don’t have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables truly save me a great deal of time is by allowing me use the exact same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can rapidly change out all of the information.
Here vary for a webinar I run called “Bust Through Creative Blocks.” You can see I have a lot of different variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the cost of the product, 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 deal changes.
And here it remains in an email. This message variable enables me to quickly change out a countdown timer. I did discuss earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their e-mail editing experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the finest email editing experience. I actually like to send basic emails.
I have actually discovered that very tough to do with ActiveCampaign. For some time, I was editing emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite clunky. For a very long time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was set off by a basic design template I produced. The user interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some complimentary open-source job. .
Nevertheless, including images is a little bit of a task. You need to pick them from a file internet browser. There’s no drag and drop alternative. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor requires that you compose completely in HTML. The option to this, if you wish to have control over the HTML, is to modify pure HTML, with a preview on the side.
Adding images to ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is a cumbersome experience. You need different text boxes for above and below the image. Lately I have actually begun utilizing ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor. They have some great design templates, but I still want to send the simplest email possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, but they have some degree of very little formatting, which you can’t remove – .
But, with some changes, I can make my e-mail quite basic. I can make it automatically take up the entire window, and I can fine-tune the typography to be a little larger, and have a little more prominent. The most discouraging part of ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is including images. Imagine you’ve just typed out a great email. .
You can’t simply add an image to a block of text. Instead, you need to produce two blocks of text: one for prior to the image, and one for after the image. If you’ve made any format changes, you’ll need to keep an eye on those to remain constant. That’s something to deal with when you wish to include one image, but when you wish to include several, it becomes a big task.
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 tried. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a genuinely plain email, supplied you make a standard template initially.
MailChimp’s integrated image editor is extremely powerful. You can resize, crop, and add custom 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. But the highly-customizable automations I can develop on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that possible time savings.
ConvertKit’s email editing experience is very plain, but simple to browse. Their templates are restricted, which is great with me, but their email editing experience is a little easier because you can develop inline images, and you can create an absolutely plain email, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you wish to make some fast edits to some emails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s troublesome.
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 switch back and forth in between various e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the very same automation in different tabs, then open the particular e-mails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations section, there’s a “Manage Messages” location. From here, you can see all of the messages in each of your automations. You can edit every one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a new tab to more easily modify your whole series. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Again, it would conserve me a lot of time to have ConvertKit’s automation email editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . However choosing an email marketing platform is like selecting a partner. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Speaking of division, another reason I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has restricted segmentation alternatives.
You can combine qualities with an AND/OR operator, and you can blend 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 sophisticated segmenting, for an extra $199 a month. In my look for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw numerous others, some of which I have actually already mentioned.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would most likely be using ConvertKit. Their automations are much easier to construct, though they aren’t as flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations choices aren’t as advanced either. They likewise do not have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.