5 Email Systems
There are so many different newsletter services out there, how do you choose one to use for your newsletter? How can you be sure it’s the right one for you?
Here is a list of a few features of five very popular services, to help you make your decision easier:
1ShoppingCart – 1SC is a great all in one solution for all of the things you will need as a VA, but it has levels of service for different prices that make it affordable before you need everything they offer. For just $29 per month you can get a basic email service that allows you to send HTML newsletters and set up auto responders (messages that are sent automatically when someone signs up for something that you have them opt in to). It’s easy to use, and allows you to set up templates to make sending emails a breeze.
You can also set up multiple lists with 1SC so you can keep your marketing projects separate when necessary. I always recommend 1SC when you start out simply because you can grow with it as your business grows – and then you can use the shopping cart and the affiliate software make up the professional package for $99/month, when you start selling things and working with partners and joint ventures.
Aweber – another very simple and popular email and autoresponder service, Aweber also allows you to set up separate lists for different events. Their templates for newsletters and opt in boxes are just great, and easy to customize. Aweber’s basic price is $19 per month, and I know many of my clients and colleagues like it because it is so simple to use. it doesn’t require a whole lot of technical expertise to send your own newsletter and that’s a big selling feature! It also integrates with your Facebook and Twitter easily, so you can reach your whole audience when you send out your newsletter.
Vertical Response – Vertical response is another good newsletter service that has an interesting feature – you can pay for it monthly or you can pay per email sent. It also offers great templates to build your email and is very easy to use. It supports multiple lists as well which is helpful if you work with events or if you work with partners. You also have the option to run surveys through Vertical Response, and it integrates with Facebook and Twitter as well. Vertical Response pricing starts at $10 per month or around a penny an email if you choose that option.
Constant Contact – many of my clients and colleagues started off using Constant Contact as their email provider. Some still use it and some have moved on to other systems (usually to a shopping cart system). Constant Contact is famous for being user friendly and they now allow you to set up autoresponders with your basic email marketing service. They also have optional add on services for online surveys and event marketing as well, which look very interesting. There is great functionality in using these services as they are designed precisely for what you need to use them for. They have a huge inventory of templates for each of their platforms and they really require very little technical skill to set up professional looking correspondence. Pricing starts at $15 a month for their basic services.
Mailchimp – I have not used Mailchimp in a very long time, but they have become very popular again lately due to their new list of features. I have heard great reports lately from people who are using it. It is also very simple to use, provides many templates, has a great deliverability rate (!) and also has some great ‘power features’ that you will want to check out. One of the features I would love to look at is the Google Analytics integration (I’m a Google gal, after all!). The coolest thing about Mailchimp… it’s free for up to 500 subscribers. Sounds like a pretty easy decision to me!
Whichever email service you decide to go with, be sure to try out a free trial. Most services offer a 30 to 60 day free trial along with tutorials so you can learn how their features work, and if they are the right fit for you.