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If you have a website, online business, or a blog, you need an email list to grow your business. There are several providers out there to choose from. You probably want one that offers an autoresponder service. An Autoresponder service is a company that stores your readers email address and other pertinent information and allows you to send emails to your list. You may send a weekly newsletter, frequent update emails, solo offers, or a series of autoresponder messages.
In this post we will look at several different autoresponder providers and compare them with information that will help you make an educated decision when it comes time to sign up.
Some of the options are subscription services – meaning you’ll pay them a monthly fee for their service, similar to your hosting fees.
There maybe other options you may have an interest in as well. But, the ones below is the one I have done some research on.
The Top 4 Autoresponder Providers
- Mail chimp
Mail chimp has been one of the most popular autoresponder of choice for beginning bloggers. I have never used this particular service, but have seen a lot of bloggers that have. It is supposed to be easy to use with a lot of functionality and some awesome templates with great designs to make your newsletters and emails look as pretty as your blog. If you just want one main list for your blog, Mail chimp is a great option to do just that or you don’t need automatic responses when people sign up. You do get a free account for up to 2,000 email addresses. If you want automatic responses, you will need to set-up a paid account.
- Mad Mimi
This one is supposed to be one of the easiest way to create, send, share and track email newsletters online. Mad Mimi is for people who want email marketing to be simple. I briefly tried this service, but it wasn’t what I was looking for. With this service you can start totally free up to 100 contacts, no risk, and no card required. They have easy integrations, designs, and webforms. They also have unbelievable tech support.
Aweber is the service I used and even the one I keep going back to even when I have tried another service that I thought would be better. They are the business of list building and providing autoresponder services. They have a great reputation and work hard to ensure their emails are delivered to your readers inboxes.
They have added several great features recently. They do offer a free trial if you want to check them out.
ConvertKit is a newer service and I did try them out, but it wasn’t what I needed for my blog at this time. It was pretty easy to use and had several options. But, they really do not have different design templates to be able to use. They believe in a plain text format without pictures, like a letter to a friend. This was developed by a professional blogger whose desire is to include everything he would want in an autoresponder service.
ConvertKit does a little bit of something the remainder of services really do not have. They allow you to have multiple lists, tags, forms and mailing sequences that can cater to your readers interests and needs. You can also edit and resend an email to those who did not open and you can also set-up triggers that allow your readers to opt out of certain mailings if they are not interested in a topic, without opting out of the entire list.
They are still fairly new and small and may not offer some of the other things you have been used to. Although they seem to be sticking around, there is always a possibility that they might not make it through the testing and then you would have to move your emails to a different provider. Even though it seems lately that they are making it easier to do that.