You can also see whether the conclusion rate has increased or reduced, for how long it takes for contacts to reach that objective, 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 saves me a lots of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has an equivalent feature.
Let’s state you have the given name of just a few of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically do not require a given name to sign up to my list, however in some cases I get a given name, such as when somebody purchases an item. Would not it be great to greet your contacts by name, in the cases when you have it? You can do this, but it’s troublesome.
I’m likewise filtering for generic terms included by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a very first name, I say “Hey,” and then their first name. If they don’t, I just state “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily alter my welcoming according to whether I have the contact’s first name.
I created 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 actually conserve me a great deal of time is by allowing me utilize the exact same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can quickly alter out all of the information.
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 product, deal terms, 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 modifications.
And here it remains in an e-mail. This message variable enables me to quickly change out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that a person of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their e-mail editing experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the very best email editing experience. I really like to send basic e-mails.
I have actually found that extremely tough to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was modifying emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite clunky. For a very long time, I used ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a standard design template I produced. The interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some totally free open-source project. .
Nevertheless, including images is a little a task. You have to select them from a file browser. There’s no drag and drop choice. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor needs that you compose completely in HTML. The option to this, if you wish to have control over the HTML, is to edit pure HTML, with a preview on the side.
Adding images to ActiveCampaign’s abundant full-screen editor is a cumbersome experience. You need different text boxes for above and below the image. Lately I have actually begun using ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor. They have some nice templates, but I still desire to send the simplest 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 email pretty standard. I can make it instantly use up the whole window, and I can tweak the typography to be a little bigger, and have a bit more leading. The most frustrating part of ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is adding images. Picture you have actually just typed out an excellent email. .
You can’t merely include an image to a block of text. Rather, you have to create 2 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 have to watch on those to stay constant. That’s one thing to handle when you wish to add one image, but when you wish to include numerous, it becomes a big chore.
They even have a standard mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the 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 produce a genuinely plain e-mail, offered you make a fundamental template initially.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is exceptionally powerful. You can resize, crop, and include custom-made text to your images. I miss out on 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 develop on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that potential time savings.
ConvertKit’s email editing experience is extremely plain, but simple to navigate. Their templates are limited, which is fine with me, but their email modifying experience is a little much easier because you can develop inline images, and you can create a completely plain e-mail, 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 e-mail, and it takes me to the editor for that e-mail. Keep in mind 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 back and forth in between different emails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact 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 modify each one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a brand-new tab to more quickly modify your entire series. . 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 – . But selecting an email marketing platform resembles picking a partner. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Speaking of segmentation, another reason I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has limited division alternatives.
You can combine characteristics 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, nevertheless MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more sophisticated segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my look for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, some of which I’ve currently discussed.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would probably be utilizing ConvertKit. Their automations are much simpler to construct, though they aren’t as versatile as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions choices 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.