You can likewise see whether the conclusion rate has actually increased or reduced, the length of time it takes for contacts to reach that goal, 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 (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has a comparable feature.
Let’s state you have the first name of only some of your contacts, which holds true with my list. I normally don’t require a given name to register to my list, but sometimes I get a very first name, such as when somebody purchases an item. Wouldn’t it be good to welcome your contacts by name, in the events 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 first name, I state “Hey,” and then their given name. If they don’t, I simply state “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly alter my greeting 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 appears in the e-mail. If I do not have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables truly conserve me a great deal of time is by enabling me utilize the same automation over and over once again for my webinars, and I can rapidly 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 rate of the product, offer 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 changes.
And here it remains in an email. This message variable enables me to quickly alter out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email editing experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the very best email modifying experience. I truly like to send out easy emails.
I’ve found that very difficult to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was editing emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite cumbersome. For a long period of time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was activated by a basic design template I created. The interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some complimentary open-source project. .
Nevertheless, including images is a bit of a chore. You need to choose them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop alternative. ActiveCampaign’s HTML e-mail editor requires that you make up totally in HTML. The option to this, if you desire to have control over the HTML, is to modify pure HTML, with a sneak peek on the side.
Including images to ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is a cumbersome experience. You require separate text boxes for above and below the image. Lately I have actually started utilizing ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor. They have some good templates, but I still wish to send the plainest 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 adjustments, I can make my e-mail quite basic. I can make it immediately use up the entire window, and I can modify the typography to be a little bigger, and have a little more prominent. The most frustrating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor is including images. Imagine you’ve simply typed out a fantastic email. .
You can’t simply include an image to a block of text. Rather, you need to develop two blocks of text: one for before the image, and one for after the image. If you’ve made any formatting modifications, you’ll need to keep an eye on those to stay consistent. That’s one thing to deal with when you want to include one image, however when you wish to include a number of, it ends up being a big task.
They even have a standard 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 genuinely plain e-mail, offered you make a standard design template initially.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is incredibly effective. You can resize, crop, and add custom-made text to your images. I miss MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would save me a little time to have that same experience on ActiveCampaign. But the highly-customizable automations I can develop on ActiveCampaign more than offset that prospective time savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail modifying experience is extremely plain, however simple to browse. Their templates are limited, which is great with me, but their email editing experience is somewhat much easier because you can develop inline images, and you can produce a completely plain e-mail, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you desire to make some quick edits to some emails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s troublesome.
I’ll click on an e-mail, and it takes me to the editor for that e-mail. 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 wished to change backward and forward between various e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the very same automation in various 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 each 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 picking an e-mail marketing platform is like selecting a partner. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Speaking of segmentation, another reason I switched 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 traits with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can only sector by AND/OR, nevertheless MailChimp’s Pro strategy enables more sophisticated segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my look for the ideal email marketing platform, I saw many others, some of which I’ve already 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 flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions alternatives aren’t as advanced either. They likewise do not have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.