Recently, I was asked which autoresponders on the market right now are worth the money? I always to try to review a product or service for the value it provides. Today, I will take an in depth look at the top 3 autoresponders. In this review I will look at features, price, ease of use and value in my best autoresponder 2017 review. For this review I chose Get Response, Aweber, and Mailchimp in comparison. You may be shocked to find that only 2 of the 3 autoresponders made it through my complete analysis.
This simple best autoresponder test case tells the story
Obviously email marketing is the latest craze and many people and businesses are starting to see the power and value in email marketing. Commercially, there are several email marketing autoresponder programs available but it seems the Top 3 and most widely known are Aweber, GetResponse, and Mailchimp.
This review dives into the user experience of these autoresponders, and delivers the results.
When I started email marketing I used Mailchimp. Mailchimp seemed to be the best autoresponder at the time. Well that was 2014. Since then I have switched to Aweber, after using GetResponse for a short while.
Mailchimp allowed for the features I needed at the time, but that is just the thing with Mailchimp autoresponder. It worked for the time. Life and business evolved and the need for aesthetics changed which is why I switched to GetResponse.
What is the best autoresponder? Will it be Mailchimp, AWeber or GetResponse?
Mailchimp is a good autoresponder for a basic email autoresponder but I would not recommend it on a high usage level and here is why –
- Mailchimp’s proprietary system Omnivore, provides false positives on bounces, and skews user reporting.
- Forms are basic and require knowledge in CSS, and Html to dress up your form for a positive user experience.
- Mailchimp charges for their support by offering a lack of it for their customers. I never understood a business that offers a free plan but will not offer customer support to their free users.
- Mailchimp coding sometimes conflicts with sites. I have especially seen this with Vistaprint, Clickfunnels, and Wordpress. I have specifically stopped taking requests to integrate mailchimp with other platforms due to the unreliability.
Mailchimp failed to meet our bar in user experience. In this test case, we offered a person $20 to set up and test the following in Mailchimp:
- A Lead Capture
- A Follow up Email
- A redirect to a url
Test: FAILED After 20 minutes of trying to tweak the signup form to something that looked…okay, and another 10 minutes troubleshooting the failure to pop up we decided to move on to a better email marketing program.
Mailchimp Pricing-starts at Free – $199.99 per month (Not recommended)
Mailchimp is not the best autoresponder…lets check out GetResponse and AWeber.
We moved on to GetResponse, in the same fashion that I did in trying to determine the best Autoresponders for the purpose of this review. GetResponse is a great email marketing tool with many up to date features and nice lead captures. GetResponse gave our test user a run for their money at around a 35 minute turn time from start to finish to create a lead capture, integrate a lead capture, and write the first follow up email.
GetResponse features a free trial available here, and they also do a great job of working with their customers to build their business. GetResponse Pricing starts @ $15/Mo – $999/Mo. GetResponse also offers landing pages, webinars, marketing automation and more. GetResponse offers a 30 Day Free Trial Here. You will find nice aesthetics with GetResponse and workable features but there is still something missing in the user experience…Sadly, GetResponse is a runner up in this test.
AWeber wins as the best autoresponder by a landslide an this is why –
- 30 Day Free Trial
- Email Marketing Materials
- Email Marketing Training
- Affordably Priced @ $19 a month
- Consistency in Integration
- EXCELLENT Customer Support on Live Chat 😉
- We created and integrated a lead capture in 5 minutes from Start to Finish making AWeber the best in User Experience in our Test!
The bottom line?
Honestly it was a difficult decision between Aweber and GetReponse. I have talked about the consistency in fluid integration with clickfunnels and Aweber in this post, and I have seen countless customers jump ship from Mailchimp and GetResponse to Aweber for one reason or another 😉 Personally, my decision to move to email was purely a aligning with consistency test. So far that has proven to be a wise move. GetResponse is a leader and will always have my respect in terms of autoresponders.
AWeber will allow for consistent growth and positive user experience that exceeds what I have reviewed on the market right now. AWeber provides ease in the entire email marketing process and offer many tips. Their legacy follow up series is a hit with new customers moving toward email marketing.
Follow these simple steps to creating an AWeber Account –
Step #1 Click Here to Navigate to Aweber
Step #2 Click on Free Trial
Step #3 Enter your Aweber Account Information
Step #4 Enter your Aweber Billing Account Information
Step #5 Login to Aweber
Step #6 Create your first list 😉
Authors Note: We paid out $60 in testing our best autoresponders review to a test subject for this test case. This person was tasked with creating the lead capture, integrating a lead capture, and creating the first autoresponder email. The compensation was paid to review the user experience of the test. No Unworthy US Dollar Bills were paid out in this review.