You can also see whether the completion rate has increased or reduced, for 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 saves me a lots of time and effort, and neither MailChimp nor ConvertKit (upgrade: 9/2020 ConvertKit now has ” snippets”) has a similar function.
Let’s say you have the first name of just a few of your contacts, which holds true with my list. I usually don’t need a given name to sign up to my list, however often I get a given name, such as when someone buys a product. Wouldn’t it be nice to welcome your contacts by name, in the events when you have it? You can do this, however it’s cumbersome.
I developed a variable that’s just %greeting-hey%. If I have the contact’s name, it reveals up in the e-mail. If I do not have the contact’s name, it defaults to “Hey,”. Where Message Variables really save me a lot of time is by enabling me utilize the same automation over and over again for my webinars, and I can quickly alter out all of the information.
Here vary for a webinar I run called “Bust Through Creative Blocks.” You can see I have a bunch of various variables here, such as the date and time of the webinar, the cost of the item, deal terms, discount coupon code, and more. Each time I run a brand-new webinar, I can alter each of these variables to match any schedule modifications or deal modifications.
And here it is in an e-mail. This message variable allows me to quickly change out a countdown timer. I did mention earlier that one of the cons of ActiveCampaign is their e-mail modifying experience. I switched from MailChimp, and MailChimp takes place to have the finest email modifying experience. I actually like to send out basic e-mails.
However, adding images is a bit of a task. You have to choose them from a file web browser. There’s no drag and drop choice. ActiveCampaign’s HTML email editor needs that you make up totally in HTML. The alternative to this, if you want to have control over the HTML, is to edit pure HTML, with a preview on the side.
You can’t just include an image to a block of text. Rather, you have to produce two blocks of text: one for before the image, and one for after the image. If you have actually made any format modifications, you’ll have to watch on those to stay constant. That’s something to deal with when you wish to add one image, but when you wish to include several, it becomes a huge chore.
ConvertKit’s e-mail editing experience is very plain, but easy to browse. Their templates are restricted, which is fine with me, however their e-mail modifying experience is somewhat easier in that you can create inline images, and you can produce an absolutely plain e-mail, and even modify the underlying HTML. If you want to make some quick edits to some e-mails in an automation, with ActiveCampaign, it’s troublesome.
I’ll click an email, 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 disabled Command + Click from the automation editor. If I desired to switch back and forth between various e-mails, I would intuitively be inclined open the same automation in various tabs, then open the particular emails from each of those tabs.
You can combine qualities with an AND/OR operator, and you can blend and match those groups of qualities with another AND/OR operator. With MailChimp, you can just segment by AND/OR, however MailChimp’s Pro plan permits more advanced segmenting, for an extra $199 a month. In my look for the ideal e-mail marketing platform, I saw numerous others, a few of which I have actually already discussed.
ConvertKit. If I weren’t on ActiveCampaign, I would probably be utilizing ConvertKit. Their automations are much simpler to build, though they aren’t as flexible as ActiveCampaign’s, and their divisions choices aren’t as sophisticated either. They likewise do not have objective tracking, or Message Variables. MailChimp. You currently know that I changed from MailChimp to ActiveCampaign.