Migrating Convertkit To Active Campaign

You can also see whether the conclusion rate has actually increased or decreased, for how long 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 preferred feature. It saves me a lots of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has an equivalent feature.

Let’s say you have the very first name of just some of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I typically do not require a first name to sign up to my list, however in some cases I get a very first name, such as when somebody buys an item. Wouldn’t it be nice 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 “Visitor.” If they have a given name, I say “Hey,” and after that their given name. If they do not, I just state “Hey there,” (). By building a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly change my welcoming according to whether I have the contact’s given name.

I created a variable that’s just %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 lot of time is by allowing me utilize the same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can rapidly change 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 different variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the price of the product, offer terms, voucher code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can alter each of these variables to match any schedule changes or deal modifications.

And here it remains in an email. This message variable enables me to quickly alter out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that a person of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email modifying experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp happens to have the finest email modifying experience. I really like to send out simple e-mails.

I have actually discovered that very hard to do with ActiveCampaign. For some time, I was editing e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is rather cumbersome. For a long period of time, I used ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was activated by a fundamental template I created. The user interface for the HTML editor appears like it was pulled from some complimentary open-source task. .

Nevertheless, including images is a little bit of a task. You have to select them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop alternative. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor needs that you compose completely in HTML. The alternative to this, if you wish to have control over the HTML, is to modify pure HTML, with a sneak peek on the side.

Including images to ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is a clunky experience. You require different text boxes for above and below the image. Recently I have actually started using ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor. They have some nice design templates, however I still wish to send the plainest email possible. They do have some plain-looking e-mails, however they have some degree of very little format, which you can’t eliminate – .

However, with some changes, 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 bit more leading. The most aggravating part of ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is adding images. Imagine you have actually just typed out a great e-mail. .

You can’t simply add an image to a block of text. Instead, you need to produce 2 blocks of text: one for before the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any format changes, you’ll need to keep an eye on those to remain constant. That’s something to deal with when you wish to add one image, but when you wish to add a number of, it ends up being a huge 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 tried. You have access to the underlying code, so you can produce a really plain email, offered you make a standard design template first.

MailChimp’s built-in image editor is very effective. You can resize, crop, and include custom-made 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. However the highly-customizable automations I can build on ActiveCampaign more than offset that potential time savings.

ConvertKit’s email modifying experience is really plain, but easy to browse. Their design templates are restricted, which is fine with me, but their e-mail modifying experience is slightly much easier because you can develop inline images, and you can create a totally plain e-mail, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you want to make some fast edits to some e-mails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s troublesome.

I’ll click an email, 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 implied to or not, ActiveCampaign has disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I wanted to change back and forth in between various e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact same automation in various tabs, then open the respective e-mails from each of those tabs.

In the Automations area, there’s a “Manage Messages” location. From here, you can see all of the messages in each of your automations. You can modify each one, or you can Command + Click to open each in a brand-new tab to more quickly edit your whole series. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.

Once 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 resembles picking a partner. ActiveCampaign makes up for it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Mentioning division, another factor I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has actually restricted 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 section by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more advanced segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my look for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, a few of which I have actually already pointed out.

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 also don’t have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You currently know that I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.