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The Top 6 Alternatives to AWeber

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When it comes to monetizing your website there are many paths you can take: advertising, affiliate marketing, your own products and more.

One internet marketing technique that has been used since the dawn of the internet is email marketing.

When combined with a monetization technique, it can work wonders.

The Money is in the List

Creating an email list to market to has numerous benefits such as:

  • Less reliance on search engines
  • Having a targeted audience to market to
  • Engagement with your audience on a 1 to 1 level

The power of email marketing is well known and is still going strong. How exactly do you do email marketing?

Well there are 2 basic things you need: a way to gather email addresses (an optin form) and a way to actually send emails out.

Email Service Providers such as AWeber allow you to easily manage you list and email them in bulk without getting penalised by your host for excessive emails!

AWeber

When you ask people about what Email Service Provider to use you often get a list of the various companies: AWeber will be in that list!

Founded back in 1998 AWeber has been helping businesses connect with their customer base ever since.

Reasons to use AWeber

I know that this article is about alternatives to AWeber, but let’s just look at why you should also consider AWeber as it is still a great platform to use for your business!

Being one of the biggest names in the industry AWeber has proven to be a reliable company with plenty of features such as:

  • Responsive HTML templates
  • A drag and drop editor
  • Autoresponder sequence
  • Tagging
  • RSS to email
  • Sign up (optin) forms
  • Great customer service
  • An API
  • Email tracking
  • Analytics
  • Subscriber management and segmentation

AWeber also starts out at a relatively affordable price per month and includes the first month for free.

AWeber users also get access to every feature on AWeber regardless of the price point they buy at.

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price
0 – 500$19
501 – 2,500$29
2,501 – 5,000$49
5,001 – 10,000$69
10,000 – 25,000$149
25,001 +On quote

Alternatives to AWeber

Just because AWeber is a solid service, doesn’t mean that it is the right one for you.

One example is the price point as not everyone starting out will want or can afford to pay $19 per month for a couple of hundred subscribers. Other services offer different rates and features.

1. ActiveCampaign

Alternatives to AWeber ActiveCampaign

One of the best features of ActiveCampaign is its ability to really breakdown your email campaigns and audience into smaller chunks, making targeting the right people with the right campaign effortless.

The auto responder element of ActiveCampaign allows you to base your follow up emails not just on time but also on your customer’s actions, their interests and how the behave when on your site.

This can lead to a myriad of variables and options which can make the ActiveCampaign dashboard somewhat complex and cluttered.

Alternatives to AWeber ActiveCampaign default dash

If you’re after a basic system, then ActiveCampaign might not be fit for you, but if you are looking to tweak and polish your email campaigns then this service has a lot to offer you.

Other features include:

  • Split testing
  • Drag and drop interfaces
  • Templates
  • Image hosting
  • Obtaining of contact data
  • Analytics
  • Integrations
  • And more

Active Campaign has 4 different plans that change price according to the number of subscribers, those plans are: Lite, Plus, Professional and Enterprise.

Each one has different features attached to it making the choice of plan a little bit more complex

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price (Lite/Plus/Professional/Enterprise)
0 – 500$9 / 55 / 129 /229
501 – 1,000$23 / 55 / 129 /229
1,001 – 2,500$39 / 99 / 129 / 229
2,501 – 5,000$69 / 135 /199 /359
5,001 – 10,000$111 / 199 / 279 / 399
10,001 – 25,000$179 / 319 / 479 / on quote
25,001 – 50,000$239 / rest on quote
50,001 – 75,000$299 / rest on quote
75,001 – 100,000$369 / rest on quote
100,000+$ on quote

 

2. Constant Contact

Alternatives to AWeber Constant Contact

Considered one of the top email service providers out there, Constant Contact has numerous features that make it stand out from the crowd.

  • Unlimited emails
  • Customizable (drag and drop) templates
  • Optin forms
  • An in built image library
  • File storage
  • Mobile app
  • Integration with other services
  • And more

The one thing that might put you off unless you already have a sizeable list and set of requirements, is the fact that the autoresponder service is only available on the Plus plan, meaning a minimum spend of $45 per month.

Constant Contact has 2 different plans, Email and Email Plus, both of which change price dependant on subscriber numbers.

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price (Email / Email Plus)
0 – 500$20 / 45
501 – 2,500$45 / 70
2,501 – 5,000$65 / 95
5,001 – 10,000$95 / 125
10,001 – 15,000$195 / 195
15,001 – 25,000$225 / 225
25,001 – 30,000$295 /295
30,001 – 35,000$315 / 315
35,001 – 50,000$335 / 335
50,001 +$ on quote

 

Constant Contact also offers the 60 days free, with a discount for purchasing in 6 or 12 month blocks, which will give you plenty of time to review the service without paying.

3. ConvertKit

Alternatives to AWeber ConvertKit

Targeting professional bloggers, ConvertKit is trying to separate itself from the crowd by recognizing the individuality of entrepreneurs.

While you can certainly scale with them the pricing suggests they are keen on servicing the small business market.

That doesn’t mean ConvertKit is feature light, in fact it has everything you need to get started with:

  • Embeddable optin forms
  • Analytics
  • If this, then that rules
  • Drag and drop sequence builder
  • Tagging and segmentation of lists
  • Integrations with other services

ConvertKit doesn’t really do HTML emails. While it’s possible and they do supply a couple of templates, their focus is on simpler text emails as they “highly encourage sending emails that look personal”.

For most marketers this is just fine, and their tagging/segmentation more than makes up for the lack of design options.

The pricing for ConvertKit is one of the simplest out there and just bases it on the number of subscribers you have and keeps the numbers simple.

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price
0 – 1,000$29
1,001 – 3,000$49
3,001 – 5,000$79
5,001 +Depends on number

 

4. Drip

Alternatives to AWeber Drip

Drips various plans all come with the same feature set. Even the free plan does, although that does come with Drip branding as well.

Drip offers a lot of features including some that some of the more well-known companies like AWeber don’t offer.

Alternatives to AWeber Drip comparison

Features:

  • Visual campaign builder
  • Automatic broadcast resending
  • Triggers and actions to help automation
  • Subscriber tagging
  • Lead scores
  • Analytics
  • Integrations
  • Optin forms
  • Split Testing
  • And more

While most of the email service providers out there are offering free trials, Drip offers a free plan for up to 100 subscribers, meaning you can start building you list and only start paying when the list becomes sizeable.

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price
0 – 100FREE
101 – 2,500$41
2,501 – 5,000$83
5,001 +Depends on number

 

5. GetResponse

Alternatives to AWeber GetResponse

One of the big names in email marketing, GetResponse has a wealth of features available to make your email campaigns a success.

Their “perfect timing” feature is a game changer, allowing you to send out emails automatically to individual subscribers when the subscriber is most likely to see them.

As well as that GetReponse allows you to make use of its webinar service (Pro plan or higher) that is deeply integrated with the email service to make generating leads that much easier.

Features include:

  • Drag and drop/HTML templates
  • An image library
  • Segmentation
  • Delivery optimization
  • Tracking and analytics
  • RSS to email
  • And more

GetResponse’s pricing is one of the best out of the listed providers, especially for new customers with small lists; $10 bucks a month for 1,000 subscribers is excellent.

They also offer 1 month free of charge in order to test drive the platform, and discounts if you buy 12 or 24 month plans.

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price

(Email / Pro / Max / Enterprise)

0 – 1,000$10 / na
1,001 – 2,500$16 /na
2,501 – 5,000$30 /32
5,001 – 10,000$45 / 50 / 110
10,001 – 25,000$100 / 110 / 170
25,001 – 50,000$160 / 180 /240
50,001 – 100,000$300 / 330 / 390
100,000+$1199

 

6. MailChimp

Alternatives to AWeber MailChimp

MailChimp’s popularity is no doubt tied to both its generous free plan as well as the features it offers.

However, it’s very easy to eat up that free plan as 2,000 subscribers means you can only send out 6 emails a month.

That being said it’s still a great way for you to try out the various features and tools MailChimp supplies without needing to pay any money.

Some of MailChimp’s features:

  • Integrations with well-known platforms
  • Flexible templates
  • Analytics
  • An API
  • Social Media Ad Campaigns
  • Segmentation
  • Split Testing
  • Delivery tools
  • And more

The MailChimp pricing system is complex as it starts in chunks of 500 subscribers, then drops to per every 100 – 200 subscribers, then jumps by a few thousand, then it is back to every few hundred. Here’s a selection so you can see what I mean or check their full price list.

Number of SubscribersMonthly Price
0 – 500$10
501 – 1,000$15
1,001 – 1,500$20
1,501 – 2,000$25
2,001 – 2,500$30
2,501 – 2,600$35
2,601 – 2,700$40
2,701 – 2,800$45
2,801 – 5,000$50
5,001 – 5,200$55
5,201 – 5,400$60
5,401 – 5,600$65

MailChimp does offer a very tempting free plan which is for up to 2,000 subscribers or 12,000 emails sent in a month.

Their Pro plan also costs the above plus an additional $199 per month.

The Bottom Line

Every single one of the email service providers listed here are excellent and they all have redeeming features as well as cons.

If you’re looking to jump ship from AWeber then any one of these providers is a good choice.

If you’re looking to be able to control every aspect of your campaign in details, check out ActiveCampaign.

If you’re just starting out and are on a budget try MailChimp or GetResponse.

If you’re looking for a service that is focused on small businesses then ConvertKit is for you.

That being said, AWeber is still one of the best email service providers out there so weigh your options carefully.

Which newsletter service do you use? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below.

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