You can likewise see whether the completion rate has increased or decreased, how long it takes for 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 function. It conserves me a heap of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has a similar feature.
Let’s say you have the given name of only some of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically do not need a first name to register to my list, however in some cases I get a very first name, such as when somebody purchases a product. Would not it be good to greet your contacts by name, in the cases when you have it? You can do this, but it’s troublesome.
I’m also filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Visitor.” If they have a very first name, I state “Hey,” and then their very first name. If they don’t, I simply state “Hey there,” (). By constructing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily change my welcoming according to whether I have the contact’s given name.
I developed 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 really conserve me a great deal of time is by allowing me use the very same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can rapidly alter out all of the details.
Here are variables for a webinar I run called “Bust Through Creative Blocks.” You can see I have a lot of various variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the price of the item, offer terms, discount coupon code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can change each of these variables to match any schedule changes or deal changes.
And here it remains in an e-mail. This message variable allows me to easily alter out a countdown timer. I did point out earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their e-mail editing experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp occurs to have the finest email modifying experience. I actually like to send out basic emails.
I have actually found that extremely hard to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was modifying emails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite clunky. For a long period of time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a fundamental template I created. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some complimentary open-source project. .
Nevertheless, including images is a little bit of a task. You have to pick them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop option. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor requires that you compose completely 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 rich full-screen editor is a clunky experience. You need separate text boxes for above and below the image. Recently I have actually begun using ActiveCampaign’s abundant full-screen editor. They have some nice design templates, however I still wish to send the plainest e-mail possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, but they have some degree of very little format, which you can’t remove – .
But, with some adjustments, I can make my e-mail pretty standard. I can make it immediately use up the whole window, and I can fine-tune the typography to be slightly larger, and have a bit more prominent. The most aggravating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is including images. Envision you’ve simply typed out an excellent e-mail. .
You can’t merely include 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 watch on those to stay consistent. That’s something to deal with when you want to include one image, but when you wish to include several, it ends up being a big chore.
They even have a basic mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the finest I’ve seen in all of the email marketing platforms I’ve attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a truly plain email, provided you make a standard design template first.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is very powerful. 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 very same experience on ActiveCampaign. But the highly-customizable automations I can construct on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that potential time cost savings.
ConvertKit’s email editing experience is really plain, however simple to browse. Their templates are limited, which is fine with me, however their e-mail editing experience is slightly easier because you can develop inline images, and you can develop a totally plain email, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you desire to make some quick edits to some e-mails 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 wished to change backward and forward in between various e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the very same automation in various tabs, then open the particular 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 edit each one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a new tab to more quickly modify your entire series. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Again, it would save me a lot of time to have ConvertKit’s automation email editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . However selecting an email marketing platform resembles choosing a spouse. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Mentioning segmentation, another factor I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has restricted segmentation options.
You can integrate 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, nevertheless MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more advanced segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my search for the best e-mail marketing platform, I saw lots of others, some of which I have actually currently pointed out.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would most likely be using ConvertKit. Their automations are a lot easier to develop, though they aren’t as versatile as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions choices aren’t as sophisticated either. They likewise do not have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already know that I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.