Whatever form your newsletter takes, know it’s just one of many touchpoints. But it’s the most direct way to speak to the people who may be your clients someday consistently with no marginal cost. Focus on delivering value to them—even if there’s only 10 of them at first. For most service businesses just two or three new clients for the year is such a big payoff that nurturing a small list of interested subscribers thoughtfully is completely worth it. However, if you sell low cost products then quantity is important and building a huge list would be your goal.    
Newsletters are also a great tool for internal communications. This one from Discovery Creative uses recurring columns so that employees know what to expect in each edition, making the email easier to navigate. Doing this through Campaign Monitor is actually really simple—using the drag-and-drop email builder, you can present information in a compelling and engaging way that doesn’t feel like you’re info-dumping on people who might feel they already know the premise behind the story in each column.
Customer.io is an email marketing tool that can be used by various different roles within your business including marketers, product managers and of course, growth hackers. Users can send targeted emails to your visitors on your website or to mobile app users depending on their activity. You are notified when they have read your email and/or if they click on one of the links. It also includes A/B Testing capabilities.
And that leads us right into understanding service pricing and packaging. The email marketing services we reviewed range from about $5 per month to as much as $20 per month for a range of features. Many email marketing plans include unlimited email sends each month and bill you based on the number of subscribers. If you have a small list, then look for a company that offers a free plan, a low-cost plan for several hundred subscribers, or even a pay-as-you-go plan. On the flip side, many of these services also offer high-volume plans with up to 100,000 or more contacts. Sometimes this requires a custom plan that has to be arranged directly with a sales rep. If you're willing to commit, then look for the companies that offer discounts if you pay yearly rather than monthly. A few offer also money-back guarantees.

CakeMail is an email marketing tool intended for small businesses that makes sending out emails very easy. All users to have to do is title their new campaign, set up list of recipients, give their email a design and select a time to send it out. There is also an advanced editing section which is great for users who are more experienced with HTML. CakeMail can be integrated with Google Analytics so users have access to detailed reports on insights such as open rates, unsubscribe rates, click and bounce.
The ability to track onsite events makes ActiveCampaign unique from other services. For example, you can track custom event calls from within mobile apps, billing apps and more. All your customer data will be organized in a sales CRM that gives you a complete picture of your customers. You can use this data to create highly effective marketing campaigns and followups.
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Last but absolutely not least – Aweber, GetResponse and Vertical Response all have solid Privacy and Anti-Spam Policies in place that are 100% trustworthy as of Dec 2016 at last check. All companies change their policies though so always check the final print (toward the bottom) and make sure you know exactly what you and your clients have “Opted In” for.
As your email-marketing service provider, we'll get your emails into customers' inboxes with lightening speed and laser-beam focus. We treat your contact list as the MVP of data, for its ability to provide meaningful, actionable insights into your potential and current customers. From that data, we segment, target, deploy, test and refine your email campaigns. All the while, we identify key performance indicators and trends that help us repeatedly stay in front of your customers.
That said, your confirmation emails don’t have to be boring templates. Use them, as Hipmunk does in the example above, to engage subscribers and get them ready to interact with your brand. Here, Hipmunk shares all the different benefits users have access to; yours could include links to FAQs, helpful articles, “Start here” guides, or other resources that create a more positive experience for your subscribers.
Keep an eye on your stats. Most email newsletter services offer free reports that contain helpful information. Learn how to read and understand your reports, so you can use the stats to improve your campaigns going forward. Pay attention to your open and click rates, and identify any patterns that make those numbers go up or down. If a campaign receives a high number of unsubscribes, then try something different the next time.
Among other things, Dopamine is a chemical that can help moderate pleasure in the brain, and is released during pleasurable situations like shopping. You might think that the dopamine in your shoppers’ brains is running highest when they receive their shipment from you. Not so, say the scientists. In fact, dopamine peaks during the anticipation phase. So right after the order is placed on your website, you can be assured that it is flowing freely.

John, Thank you for this comprehensive review of some of the most popular and well-used services. Over the last decade I have tried many and appreciate your perspective on each. I currently use GetResponse (as I’d not been as active and appreciate the price-value relationship for 1,000+ contacts. I know they’ve grown considerably and now offer many of the features of which you speak of other services you prefer. I would appreciate your updated 2018 review. THANK YOU!
Let’s assume you own an online store that deals with t-shirts. On your email list, you may have both men and women. You probably have people who are only interested in buying polo t-shirts. While other like those graphic tees. Or those into simple, round neck t-shirts. If you send your list the same offers each time, do you think you’ll get a huge response? Not really. Since you are not catering to interests of specific groups of people, you aren’t going to see a high number of sales.
I think this email also makes quite a brilliant use of responsive design. The colors are bright, and it's not too hard to scroll and click -- notice the CTAs are large enough for me to hit with my thumbs. Also, the mobile email actually has features that make sense for recipients who are on their mobile device. Check out the CTA at the bottom of the email, for example: The "Open Stitcher Radio" button prompts the app to open on your phone.

Around this time, social media also had an impact on email marketing. Facebook launched publically (to anyone over 13 years of age) in 2006. By late 2007 the site had over 100,000 business pages, allowing companies to attract potential customers. Consumers could now interact with a brand through multiple channels; online, instore, Twitter, Facebook, email.
You can add more detail to your emails with GetResponse, as well. It can import images from Flickr, Facebook, and iStock, sell products in emails with PayPal buttons, and even reuse text from previous emails with its snippets feature. Then, you can schedule your emails in advance by dragging them to the correct date on a calendar. And if you're promoting your products online, GetResponse has you covered with tools to import contacts from Facebook forms and Twitter ads.
Make it easy to subscribe. Post a signup form on your homepage, blog, Facebook page, and wherever else your customers and fans are already active. You might want to collect names and birthdays (for a special offer or gift) or invite readers to join groups, but don't go crazy with the required fields. A too-long subscribe form might scare people off.
Relevance: Sending targeted messages to niche audience segments gives you the freedom to create messages that are unique to that specific group. Send your niche audience content that they want to see. Show them something that will resonate. Make them remember your message, and more importantly, your brand. Use this opportunity to address the customer by name, mention their most recent purchase, or talk about the product they added to their cart on your website. Connect with the customer in a way that shows them you value them.
This is very typical to newsletters. So whenever you check your inbox and you look at the emails you received from different companies, most of the times, those are the emails you’re looking at. They’re just newsletter emails that either went to the entire list or the majority of the list. This is content that is relevant either today, or for the season, or for this week and that also includes special promotions as we saw here earlier, new announcements, things that just got out the door.
The percentage of email opens on mobile devices continues to grow. According to the GetResponse Email Marketing Benchmarks report, webmail opens make up 56.52% of all email opens, followed by mobile opens at 26%, and desktop opens at 16.99%. The responsive email design tool means you can make sure that your email looks great on any screen, automatically.

Among other things, Dopamine is a chemical that can help moderate pleasure in the brain, and is released during pleasurable situations like shopping. You might think that the dopamine in your shoppers’ brains is running highest when they receive their shipment from you. Not so, say the scientists. In fact, dopamine peaks during the anticipation phase. So right after the order is placed on your website, you can be assured that it is flowing freely.
A/B test your headlines – For emails going to larger audiences, don’t be afraid to test different types of subject line. If you are contacting several hundred prospects at once via autoresponder, try a handful of different headlines to see which perform best. Software that supports A/B testing in a single batch is even more effective because you can keep all variables static except for the subject line.
Address subscribers by name. Personalized emails are more successful. Buffer also suggests to personalize your emails based on need by sending emails that meet different user expectations. This makes them more targeted and more likely to be successful. Some studies show that educating and segmenting your audience will boost your click through rate on emails by up to 50%.
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