You can likewise see whether the completion rate has actually increased or decreased, how long it takes for contacts to reach that objective, and you can browse all contacts to see who did and didn’t reach the goal. ActiveCampaign’s Message Variables is my favorite function. It conserves me a load of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has a similar function.
Let’s state you have the given name of just a few of your contacts, which is the case with my list. I usually don’t need a given name to sign up to my list, but often I get a very first name, such as when someone purchases an item. Would not 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 very first name, I state “Hey,” and after that their given name. If they do not, I simply say “Hey there,” (). By developing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can quickly change my greeting according to whether I have the contact’s first name.
I created a variable that’s simply %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it appears in the email. If I don’t 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 same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can rapidly alter out all of the information.
Here vary 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 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 offer changes.
And here it remains in an email. This message variable enables me to easily alter out a countdown timer. I did discuss earlier that a person of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email editing experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp occurs to have the finest e-mail modifying experience. I actually like to send out easy e-mails.
I’ve found that extremely difficult to do with ActiveCampaign. For awhile, I was editing e-mails in ActiveCampaign’s hybrid editor, which is quite clunky. For a long time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a basic template I created. The interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some totally free open-source task. .
Nevertheless, including images is a bit of a chore. You need to pick them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop option. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor needs that you compose entirely in HTML. The option to this, if you wish to have control over the HTML, is to edit pure HTML, with a sneak peek on the side.
Adding images to ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor is a cumbersome experience. You need different text boxes for above and below the image. Recently I have actually begun using ActiveCampaign’s abundant text editor. They have some great design templates, however I still want to send the plainest email possible. They do have some plain-looking emails, however they have some degree of very little formatting, which you can’t eliminate – .
But, with some modifications, I can make my e-mail pretty basic. I can make it immediately use up the entire window, and I can fine-tune the typography to be slightly bigger, and have a bit more leading. The most discouraging part of ActiveCampaign’s rich full-screen editor is including images. Imagine you have actually just typed out a fantastic e-mail. .
You can’t simply include an image to a block of text. Instead, you have to develop two 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 stay constant. That’s something to handle when you wish to add one image, however when you wish to include several, it ends up being a big task.
They even have a basic mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the best I’ve seen in all of the e-mail marketing platforms I’ve tried. You have access to the underlying code, so you can develop a really plain email, offered you make a standard design template initially.
MailChimp’s integrated image editor is very powerful. You can resize, crop, and include custom-made text to your images. I miss out on MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would conserve 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 really plain, but easy to browse. Their templates are restricted, which is great with me, however their e-mail modifying experience is a little easier in that you can produce inline images, and you can produce an absolutely plain email, and even modify 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 an e-mail, 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 suggested to or not, ActiveCampaign has handicapped Command + Click from the automation editor. If I wished to switch backward and forward in between numerous emails, I would intuitively be inclined open the exact same automation in various tabs, then open the particular e-mails from each of those tabs.
In the Automations area, there’s a “Manage 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 easily modify your entire sequence. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Once again, it would conserve me a great deal of time to have ConvertKit’s automation email editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . But selecting an email marketing platform resembles picking a spouse. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced division. Mentioning segmentation, another reason I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has actually limited segmentation choices.
You can integrate attributes with an AND/OR operator, and you can blend and match those groups of characteristics with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can just sector by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan enables more advanced segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my search for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw numerous others, a few of which I have actually currently discussed.
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 flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions options 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.