You can likewise see whether the conclusion rate has actually increased or decreased, how long it considers contacts to reach that objective, 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 saves me a lots of effort and time, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has a comparable function.
Let’s state you have the given name of only some of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically don’t require a very first name to sign up to my list, but often I get a given name, such as when someone buys a product. Wouldn’t it be great to welcome your contacts by name, in the cases 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 “Guest.” If they have a given name, I state “Hey,” and then their first name. If they don’t, I simply state “Hey there,” (). By constructing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly alter my greeting according to whether or not I have the contact’s given name.
I produced a variable that’s simply %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it appears in the e-mail. 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 enabling me use the exact 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 bunch of various variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the rate of the item, 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 deal modifications.
And here it remains in an e-mail. This message variable allows me to easily alter out a countdown timer. I did discuss earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email modifying experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the very best e-mail editing experience. I truly like to send out simple e-mails.
I have actually found that extremely hard to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was modifying e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather clunky. For a very long time, I used ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was set off by a fundamental design template I developed. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some totally free open-source job. .
However, adding images is a little bit of a chore. You have to select them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop choice. ActiveCampaign’s HTML e-mail editor needs that you make up completely in HTML. The alternative 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 rich full-screen editor is a clunky experience. You need separate text boxes for above and below the image. Lately I have actually begun utilizing ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor. They have some nice templates, but I still want to send out the simplest email possible. They do have some plain-looking e-mails, however they have some degree of minimal format, which you can’t get rid of – .
However, with some modifications, I can make my email pretty basic. I can make it immediately take up the entire window, and I can modify the typography to be slightly bigger, and have a little bit more prominent. The most aggravating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is adding images. Picture you’ve just typed out a fantastic e-mail. .
You can’t simply include an image to a block of text. Rather, you have to develop 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 deal with when you desire to include one image, but when you wish to add several, it ends up being 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 have actually attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can develop a genuinely plain e-mail, supplied you make a fundamental design template first.
MailChimp’s integrated image editor is extremely effective. 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. But the highly-customizable automations I can construct on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that possible time cost savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail modifying experience is extremely plain, but simple to navigate. Their design templates are restricted, which is fine with me, however their e-mail editing experience is somewhat easier because you can produce inline images, and you can create a completely plain email, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you wish to make some quick edits to some e-mails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s cumbersome.
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 meant to or not, ActiveCampaign has disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I desired to change backward and forward between various e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact same automation in various tabs, then open the respective emails 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 modify every one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a brand-new tab to more quickly edit your whole sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Sequences.
Again, it would conserve me a lot of time to have ConvertKit’s automation e-mail editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . However picking an email marketing platform resembles choosing a spouse. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Speaking of segmentation, another factor I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has limited segmentation choices.
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 sector by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan enables more advanced segmenting, for an extra $199 a month. In my look for the ideal e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, a few of which I’ve currently pointed out.
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 choices aren’t as advanced either. They likewise don’t have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.