You can also see whether the conclusion rate has actually increased or reduced, for how long it considers contacts to reach that goal, and you can search all contacts to see who did and didn’t reach the objective. 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 a similar feature.
Let’s say you have the given name of just some of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I generally do not require a given name to sign up to my list, but often I get a very first name, such as when someone purchases a product. Would not it be nice to welcome your contacts by name, in the cases when you have it? You can do this, however it’s cumbersome.
I’m likewise filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Guest.” If they have a very first name, I state “Hey,” and after that their very first name. If they don’t, I simply say “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily alter my greeting according to whether I have the contact’s given name.
I produced a variable that’s merely %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 actually save me a lot of time is by allowing me utilize the same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can rapidly alter out all of the information.
Here are variables 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, offer terms, coupon code, and more. Each time I run a new webinar, I can alter each of these variables to match any schedule changes or deal modifications.
And here it is in an e-mail. This message variable allows me to easily alter out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email editing experience. I changed from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the finest e-mail modifying experience. I actually like to send simple e-mails.
I have actually found that very hard to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was modifying e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather cumbersome. For a long time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was activated by a basic design template I created. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some free open-source job. .
However, including images is a bit of a task. You have to choose them from a file browser. There’s no drag and drop alternative. ActiveCampaign’s HTML e-mail editor requires that you compose entirely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you wish to have control over the HTML, is to edit pure HTML, with a sneak peek on the side.
Including images to ActiveCampaign’s rich text editor is a cumbersome experience. You require different text boxes for above and listed below the image. Recently I have actually started utilizing ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor. They have some nice design templates, however I still want to send out the plainest email possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, but they have some degree of minimal formatting, which you can’t eliminate – .
However, with some changes, I can make my email pretty standard. I can make it instantly take up the entire window, and I can fine-tune the typography to be slightly larger, and have a little more leading. The most aggravating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is including images. Imagine you’ve simply typed out an excellent e-mail. .
You can’t simply add an image to a block of text. Rather, you have to produce 2 blocks of text: one for prior to the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any format changes, you’ll need to watch on those to stay consistent. That’s something to handle when you wish to include one image, however when you wish to add several, it ends up being a big chore.
They even have a fundamental mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the finest I have actually seen in all of the email marketing platforms I’ve attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can create a really plain e-mail, supplied you make a basic template first.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is exceptionally powerful. You can resize, crop, and include customized text to your images. I miss MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would conserve me a little time to have that exact same experience on ActiveCampaign. But the highly-customizable automations I can build on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that prospective time cost savings.
ConvertKit’s email editing experience is very plain, however easy to browse. Their design templates are restricted, which is fine with me, however their email editing experience is slightly easier because you can create inline images, and you can produce an absolutely plain e-mail, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you want to make some fast edits to some emails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s cumbersome.
I’ll click on an e-mail, and it takes me to the editor for that email. Keep in mind 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 desired to switch backward and forward in between numerous emails, I would intuitively be inclined open the very same automation in different tabs, then open the respective e-mails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations area, there’s a “Handle 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 brand-new tab to more quickly modify your whole series. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Once again, it would conserve me a lot of time to have ConvertKit’s automation e-mail editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . However choosing an e-mail marketing platform is like selecting a spouse. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Mentioning division, another factor I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has actually limited segmentation choices.
You can combine qualities with an AND/OR operator, and you can mix 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 extra $199 a month. In my search for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, some of which I have actually already pointed out.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would most likely be utilizing ConvertKit. Their automations are a lot easier to build, though they aren’t as flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations options aren’t as advanced either. They likewise do not have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already understand that I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.