You can likewise see whether the completion rate has actually increased or decreased, how long it considers contacts to reach that objective, and you can search 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 effort and time, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (update: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has a similar function.
Let’s state you have the given name of just some of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically don’t require a given name to sign up to my list, however often I get a first name, such as when someone purchases a product. Wouldn’t it be good to greet your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, however it’s cumbersome.
I’m likewise filtering for generic terms included by other systems, such as a dash, or “Visitor.” If they have a given name, I say “Hey,” and then their given name. If they don’t, I simply say “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly alter my greeting according to whether or not I have the contact’s given name.
I created a variable that’s merely %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it shows up in the e-mail. If I do not have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables actually conserve me a lot of time is by allowing me utilize the 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 cost of the product, deal terms, discount coupon code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can alter each of these variables to match any schedule modifications or deal modifications.
And here it remains in an email. This message variable allows me to quickly change out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that a person of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email modifying experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp takes place to have the very best e-mail modifying experience. I actually like to send out simple emails.
I have actually discovered that really hard to do with ActiveCampaign. For some time, I was editing emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite cumbersome. For a long time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was activated by a standard design template I developed. The interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some complimentary open-source project. .
However, adding images is a little bit of a chore. You need to choose them from a file browser. There’s no drag and drop alternative. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor requires that you compose entirely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you want 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 clunky experience. You need different text boxes for above and below the image. Lately I have begun using ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor. They have some good design templates, but I still wish to send out the plainest e-mail possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, however they have some degree of very little format, which you can’t remove – .
However, with some adjustments, I can make my e-mail quite fundamental. I can make it immediately take up the whole window, and I can modify the typography to be somewhat bigger, and have a little bit more leading. The most discouraging part of ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is including images. Imagine you have actually just typed out a fantastic e-mail. .
You can’t just add an image to a block of text. Rather, 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 have to keep an eye on those to remain consistent. That’s something to handle when you wish to add one image, but when you desire to include several, 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 finest I’ve seen in all of the e-mail marketing platforms I’ve attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can produce a truly plain e-mail, supplied you make a fundamental design template initially.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is extremely effective. You can resize, crop, and include custom text to your images. I miss MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would conserve me a little time to have that very same experience on ActiveCampaign. But the highly-customizable automations I can develop on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that prospective time savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail modifying experience is very plain, however easy to navigate. Their design templates are restricted, which is fine with me, however their email editing experience is a little much easier because you can produce inline images, and you can develop an absolutely plain e-mail, 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 wanted to change backward and forward between numerous e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the very same automation in different tabs, then open the respective emails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations area, 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 easily edit your entire sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Once again, it would save me a great deal of time to have ConvertKit’s automation e-mail modifying experience on ActiveCampaign – . But selecting an email marketing platform resembles selecting a spouse. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Speaking of division, another factor I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has limited segmentation options.
You can integrate qualities with an AND/OR operator, and you can mix and match those groups of characteristics with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can only sector by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro strategy enables more sophisticated segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my search for the ideal email marketing platform, I saw numerous others, some of which I’ve already mentioned.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would most likely be using ConvertKit. Their automations are a lot easier to construct, though they aren’t as flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations options aren’t as sophisticated either. They likewise don’t have goal tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already know that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.