You can likewise see whether the conclusion rate has actually increased or decreased, for how long 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 favorite feature. It conserves me a ton of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has a comparable feature.
Let’s state 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 first name to register to my list, however often I get a given name, such as when someone buys a product. Wouldn’t it be nice to welcome your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, but it’s cumbersome.
I’m likewise filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a given name, I say “Hey,” and then their given name. If they don’t, I simply say “Hey there,” (). By building a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily alter my greeting according to whether or not I have the contact’s given name.
I developed a variable that’s simply %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 truly save me a lot of time is by enabling me utilize the same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can quickly alter out all of the details.
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 price of the item, deal terms, voucher code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can change each of these variables to match any schedule changes or deal modifications.
And here it is in an e-mail. 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 switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the finest email modifying experience. I actually like to send out basic e-mails.
I have actually found that extremely tough to do with ActiveCampaign. For some time, I was editing emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather clunky. For a long period of time, I used ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was activated by a basic design template I created. The user interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some totally free open-source project. .
Nevertheless, including images is a little bit of a chore. You have to pick them from a file browser. There’s no drag and drop choice. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor needs that you make up entirely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you wish to have control over the HTML, is to modify pure HTML, with a sneak peek on the side.
Adding images to ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor is a clunky experience. You need different text boxes for above and below the image. Lately I have actually started using ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor. They have some nice design templates, however I still want to send the plainest email possible. They do have some plain-looking e-mails, but they have some degree of very little formatting, which you can’t get rid of – .
But, with some modifications, I can make my e-mail quite standard. I can make it automatically take up the whole window, and I can modify the typography to be somewhat larger, and have a bit more leading. The most discouraging part of ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor is including images. Imagine you have actually simply typed out an excellent email. .
You can’t merely include an image to a block of text. Instead, you have to create two blocks of text: one for before the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any format modifications, you’ll have to watch on those to stay constant. That’s something to handle when you desire to add one image, but when you desire to include a number of, it becomes a huge chore.
They even have a basic mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the very best I’ve seen in all of the email marketing platforms I have actually tried. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a truly plain email, supplied you make a basic template first.
MailChimp’s integrated image editor is extremely powerful. You can resize, crop, and add customized text to your images. I miss out on MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would conserve me a little time to have that same experience on ActiveCampaign. However the highly-customizable automations I can build on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that possible time savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail editing experience is extremely plain, however easy to navigate. Their design templates are restricted, which is fine with me, but their e-mail editing experience is slightly easier because you can develop inline images, and you can create a totally plain e-mail, and even modify the underlying HTML. If you desire 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 implied to or not, ActiveCampaign has disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I wanted to change backward and forward in between different e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact same automation in numerous tabs, then open the particular e-mails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations section, there’s a “Handle 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 easily modify your entire sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Sequences.
Again, it would save me a great deal of time to have ConvertKit’s automation e-mail modifying experience on ActiveCampaign – . But choosing an email marketing platform resembles picking a partner. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Mentioning division, another factor I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has actually limited division choices.
You can integrate qualities with an AND/OR operator, and you can mix and match those groups of qualities with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can just segment by AND/OR, nevertheless MailChimp’s Pro strategy permits more advanced segmenting, for an extra $199 a month. In my search 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 probably be using ConvertKit. Their automations are a lot easier to build, though they aren’t as versatile as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations alternatives aren’t as advanced either. They also do not have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.