You can also see whether the completion rate has increased or decreased, how long it considers contacts to reach that goal, and you can browse 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 (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has an equivalent feature.
Let’s state you have the given name of only a few of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically do not need a given name to sign up to my list, but often I get a very first name, such as when somebody buys an item. Would not it be nice to greet 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 included by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a given name, I say “Hey,” and after that their given name. If they do not, I simply state “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly change my welcoming according to whether or not I have the contact’s very first 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 do not 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 exact same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can quickly change 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 product, 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 modifications or offer changes.
And here it remains in an e-mail. This message variable enables me to easily alter 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 occurs to have the very best e-mail editing experience. I really like to send simple e-mails.
I have actually found that extremely hard to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was editing e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather cumbersome. For a long period of time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a standard template I produced. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some free open-source project. .
Nevertheless, including images is a little a chore. You need to choose them from a file internet 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 want to have control over the HTML, is to modify pure HTML, with a preview on the side.
Including images to ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is a clunky 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 good templates, however I still wish to send out the plainest email possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, but they have some degree of very little format, which you can’t remove – .
However, with some modifications, I can make my e-mail quite standard. I can make it instantly use up the entire window, and I can tweak the typography to be a little larger, and have a bit more leading. The most aggravating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor is adding images. Imagine you’ve simply typed out a fantastic email. .
You can’t just include an image to a block of text. Instead, you need to create 2 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 need to watch on those to remain consistent. That’s one thing to deal with when you wish to include one image, however when you want to add numerous, it ends up being a huge task.
They even have a fundamental mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the best I have actually seen in all of the email marketing platforms I have actually tried. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a really plain email, provided you make a fundamental template initially.
MailChimp’s integrated image editor is exceptionally effective. 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 very same experience on ActiveCampaign. However the highly-customizable automations I can construct on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that possible time cost savings.
ConvertKit’s email editing experience is really plain, but simple to navigate. Their templates are limited, which is fine with me, but their email editing experience is a little easier because you can create inline images, and you can create an absolutely plain e-mail, 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 on 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 indicated to or not, ActiveCampaign has disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I wanted to switch back and forth in between different 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 section, there’s a “Handle Messages” location. From here, you can see all of the messages in each of your automations. You can modify every one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a brand-new tab to more quickly edit your entire sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Sequences.
Once again, it would save me a great deal of time to have ConvertKit’s automation e-mail modifying experience on ActiveCampaign – . However picking an e-mail marketing platform resembles picking a spouse. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Mentioning segmentation, another reason I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has actually restricted division choices.
You can combine qualities with an AND/OR operator, and you can blend and match those groups of qualities with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can only sector by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan enables more advanced segmenting, for an extra $199 a month. In my search for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw lots of others, a few 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 flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions alternatives aren’t as sophisticated either. They likewise do not have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.