You can also see whether the conclusion rate has increased or decreased, for how long it takes for contacts to reach that goal, 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 lots of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” bits”) has a comparable feature.
Let’s state you have the given name of just some of your contacts, which holds true with my list. I typically do not need a first name to sign up to my list, however sometimes I get a given name, such as when someone buys an item. Would not it be great to greet your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, but it’s cumbersome.
I’m likewise filtering for generic terms added by other systems, such as a dash, or “Visitor.” If they have a given name, I state “Hey,” and then their very first name. If they do not, I just state “Hey there,” (). By constructing a Message Variable in ActiveCampaign, I can easily change my greeting according to whether I have the contact’s given name.
I created a variable that’s simply %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it reveals up in the email. If I don’t have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables really save me a lot of time is by allowing me use the exact same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can rapidly change out all of the information.
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, deal terms, coupon code, and more. Each time I run a new webinar, I can change each of these variables to match any schedule modifications or deal modifications.
And here it remains in an email. This message variable enables me to easily change out a countdown timer. I did point out earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their email modifying experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp occurs to have the very best e-mail editing experience. I truly like to send out easy emails.
I have actually found that extremely 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 time, I utilized ActiveCampaign’s hybrid HTML and WYSIWYG editor, which was triggered by a standard template I created. The interface for the HTML editor looks like it was pulled from some free open-source job. .
Nevertheless, including images is a little bit of a task. You need to choose them from a file browser. There’s no drag and drop choice. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor requires that you compose entirely in HTML. The option to this, if you desire 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 actually begun using ActiveCampaign’s abundant full-screen editor. They have some good design templates, however I still desire to send the simplest e-mail possible. They do have some plain-looking e-mails, but they have some degree of minimal format, which you can’t eliminate – .
But, with some modifications, I can make my email quite standard. I can make it immediately use up the whole window, and I can modify the typography to be somewhat bigger, and have a little more prominent. The most discouraging part of ActiveCampaign’s abundant full-screen editor is adding images. Picture you have actually just typed out a fantastic email. .
You can’t simply include an image to a block of text. Instead, you have to create two blocks of text: one for prior to the image, and one for after the image. If you’ve made any formatting modifications, you’ll have to watch on those to remain constant. That’s one thing to deal with when you desire to add one image, but when you wish to add a number of, it becomes a big task.
They even have a basic mage editor where you can crop the image – . MailChimp’s editor is the very best I have actually seen in all of the e-mail marketing platforms I have actually attempted. You have access to the underlying code, so you can develop a genuinely plain e-mail, provided you make a standard template initially.
MailChimp’s built-in image editor is exceptionally powerful. You can resize, crop, and add custom text to your images. I miss MailChimp’s email-editing experience (). It would conserve me a little time to have that same experience on ActiveCampaign. However the highly-customizable automations I can construct on ActiveCampaign more than make up for that possible time cost savings.
ConvertKit’s e-mail editing experience is really plain, but simple to browse. Their design templates are restricted, which is great with me, however their e-mail editing experience is a little easier in that you can create inline images, and you can develop a totally plain email, and even edit the underlying HTML. If you wish to make some quick 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. Note 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 wanted to change back and forth between various emails, 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 section, 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 new tab to more easily edit your entire series. . Contrast that with ConvertKit’s Series.
Again, it would conserve me a lot of time to have ConvertKit’s automation email editing experience on ActiveCampaign – . But choosing an email marketing platform resembles choosing a spouse. ActiveCampaign offsets it with their Message Variables, more robust automations, and advanced segmentation. Mentioning division, another reason I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign was that MailChimp has actually restricted division choices.
You can combine characteristics with an AND/OR operator, and you can blend and match those groups of qualities with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can only section by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more sophisticated segmenting, for an additional $199 a month. In my search for the perfect e-mail marketing platform, I saw many others, a few of which I have actually already discussed.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would most likely be using ConvertKit. Their automations are much simpler to build, though they aren’t as flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their segmentations choices aren’t as advanced either. They also do not have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You already know that I switched from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.