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Review on Some of the Best Value Email Marketing Software

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Email Marketing Software

Thinking of automating your email marketing campaigns? Well, there are lots of applications out in the market that you can use. However, there are a few that stand out above the rest. In this article, we are going to discuss five of the best value email marketing software: Sendinblue, MailChimp, GetResponse, EmailOctopus, and Exabytes EBuzzzz

If you are considering one for your business, don’t miss our comparison. We will tell you!

Arguments For and Against These Marketing Automation Tools

MailChimp and Sendinblue are probably the best-known providers for the management of email addresses and direct and response marketing. There are also many other providers with special focuses such as GetResponse or EmailOctopus. If you want to use e-mails as a marketing tool, you can compare these industry giants to find out which functions you need (multivariate testing, autoresponders, tutorials …) and with which you can get the best ROI.

Which is the best for your business? Let’s see it in depth!

  1. Sendinblue
  2. Mailchimp
  3. EmailOctopus
  4. GetResponse
  5. Exabytes EBuzzzz

1. Sendinblue

Best Value Email Marketing, Sendinblue
Image Source: Sendinblue

For starters, beginners or experts, Sendinblue is very, very easy to use, since it is not necessary to know HTML, it contains a very intuitive editor that does all the technical work for you.

A template gallery is also available, so you just have to choose and customize an email template to create a fully customized newsletter for your goals and brand.

Something very important nowadays is that emails should have a responsive design that automatically optimizes your newsletter for all devices (think mobile, tablet and computer). With Sendinblue, these are possible.

As we said before, Sendinblue is easy for starters to pick up with email marketing. For beginners or experts, they may explore deeper about Sendinblue’s other comprehensive functions including SMS, Chat, Automation and even CRM.

Another point in favor of Sendinblue is that there is no limit of contacts and you pay only for what is sent. Hence, this is value in cost-savings!

In a nutshell (in laymen’s terms), we checked Sendinblue’s list of features as follows:

Key Features

  • SMS Marketing
  • Chat Tool
  • Drag and Drop Email Builder
  • CRM
  • Transactional Email
  • Email Automation
  • Custom Forms
  • Launch Facebook Ads
  • Real-Time Email Analytics Reports
  • Email Heat Map
  • App Integration

Pricing

  • Free – Up to 300 emails per day and Unlimited contacts
  • US$25/mth – Up to 100,000 emails and Unlimited contacts
  • US$65/mth – Up to 1,000,000 emails and Unlimited contacts

2. Mailchimp

One of the best known and also one of the most complete is Mailchimp, which offers a wide range of functionalities. Among its attractions we must highlight is its ease of use and the intuitiveness of its interface, making the whole user experience smooth and comfortable. On top of, this freemium software comes with a number of in-built tools with a free plan, not just email marketing, making it ideal for companies looking to start a new email marketing journey.

Some of these in-built tools includes the Marketing CRM which provides the tools for your customer segmentation, contact profile, tags etc., and a Website Builder with site analytics and free MailChimp Domain. On top of, a free plan also comes with design and social media tools allowing you to build your registration forms, marketing emails, landing pages, and publish social media posts all from within the software. Should you sign up for certain paid plans, more useful tools will become available! In particular, we wish to highlight that the Lookalike Audience Finder tool, which can help you find new prospects who are similar to your current audience, as one of the best! Of course, paid plans also come with pre-built email templates allowing users to launch branded professional campaigns in minutes.

Key Features

  • Drag and Drop Email Builder
  • Email Automations
  • Real-Time Email Analytics Reports
  • Transactional Email
  • Mobile App
  • Share to Social Channels
  • MailChimp Domain
  • Popup Forms
  • App Integration

Pricing (Email Marketing Packages)

  • Free – Up to 10,000 emails per month and 2,000 contacts
  • US$10.88/mth – Up to 500,000 emails per month and 50,000 contacts
  • US$18.14/mth – Up to 1,200,000 emails per month and 100,000 contacts
  • US$304.67/mth – Up to 3,000,000 emails per month and 200,000 contacts

3. EmailOctopus

Best Value Email Marketing, EmailOctopus
Image Source: EmailOctopus

EmailOctopus offers email marketing at exceptional value if you choose to connect your own Amazon SES account. The platform provides a simple and intuitive user interface that allows marketers to create their rich HTML emails and deliver them to specific groups of subscribers with just a few clicks. Yes, you heard that both right! It allows for your segmentation strategy and they provide ready-to-use responsive email templates suitable for many occasions. On top of, you can build your emails using their drag and drop editor; meaning you don’t need any html knowledge at all! Think creating flyers using Powerpoint!

Unlike the two platform previously mentioned, EmailOctopus Free Plan is able to setup email automation with autoresponders List/campaign management Unsubscribe and bounce processing HTML editor.

Besides, EmailOctopus is equally potent with its capability to integrate with other apps such as Eventbrite, Shopify and SurveyMonkey among others and offers Powerful analytics, complaint, and bounce tracking, etc. like other platforms. This makes it value and powerful. Sweet!

Key Features

  • Drag and Drop Email Builder
  • Email Automations
  • Transactional Email
  • Real-Time Email Analytics Reports
  • App Integration

Pricing (Amazon SES packages)

  • Free – Unlimited emails per month and up to 2,500 contacts
  • From US$19/mth – Unlimited emails per month and up to 5,000 contacts

* Take note that separate costs for Amazon SES applies

4. GetResponse

GetResponse is slightly different compared to the other platforms that we had discussed so far as their costs is based on the features that users paid for and the number of contacts. Even so, one thing to keep in mind is this: GetResponse has proven 99% message delivery rate for targeted email campaigns.

Truly ideal!

Similar to other platforms, GetResponse make use of data collected through their various platforms integrated to send targeted and relevant emails which could be automated, transactional or regular. This ensures that your customers and subscribers only receive what they want, meaning lesser annoyance, hence lesser churn.

So how are data collected? GetResponse answers with their GetResponse store; that collects data about customer with abandoned cart, landing pages from a certain digital marketing campaigns, or even from webinar registration. All these could be done within one central platform in GetResponse!

Perhaps of most importance in considering about GetResponse, be aware of how the number of contacts is calculated in order to ensure keeping to limits; that is keeping to your budgeted monthly subscription to GetResponse. GetResponse counts the number of contacts based on their total count in all your list. So, take note in how you do your segmentation when using GetResponse. However again, GetResponse does not charge for the number of emails which is a huge plus if you are sending lots of emails to your loyal subscribers and customers on a frequent basis.

In all, it’s simply impossible to list out the features of GetResponse which is based on the tier of plan chosen. GetResponse is NOT freemium, but it is a good choice for the serious and skilled to advanced marketer. Have a look below!

Key Features

  • Email Automation
  • Transactional Emails
  • Drag and Drop Email Builder
  • Real-Time Analytics for Email Campaigns
  • Automated Campaign Reports
  • App integration
  • GetResponse Webinar

Pricing

  • Free Trial for 30 days on any plan
  • From US$15/mth – Unlimited emails up to 1,000 contacts

* Discount of 18% Off for 12-month subscription and 30% Off for 24-month subscription

5. Exabytes EBuzzzz

Best Value Email Marketing, Exabytes
Image Source: Exabytes

Like the other four mentioned, Exabytes EBuzzzzprovide users with important tools for designing landing pages, creating newsletters, and setting up automation for campaigns. The program designers had also built in a reporting tool allowing email campaign results to be tracked and measured for improvement. Their plans are not so much based on features, but more on the number of subscribers and emails sent on a monthly basis.

Exabytes EBuzzzz is easily one of the most affordable and friendly tools on the market. Like other email marketing platforms, it has an easy-to-use drag and drop email design tool. In the current fast-paced society, it really cannot stress how important this is. On top of, it provides ready-made templates for easy modification and sending, friendly all-round interface for management of contact lists, and the ability to automated emails among other advantages. Exabytes EBuzzzz is not freemium but offers easily the cheapest package suitable for bloggers, and perhaps even startups.

Key Features

  • Email Automation
  • Transactional Emails
  • Drag and Drop Email Builder
  • Real-Time Analytics for Email Campaigns

Pricing

  • US$6.66/mth – 1,000 emails per month and up to 1,000 contacts
  • US$12.49/mth – 20,000 emails per month and up to 10,000 contacts
  • US$20.83/mth – 40,000 emails per month and up to 20,000 contacts
  • US$45.83/mth – 100,000 emails per month and up to 80,000 contacts
  • US$499.00/mth – 1,000,000 emails per month and up to 500,000 contacts

Our Advice

Email marketing is a simple concept but had advanced viciously with science and technology. Email marketing is now no longer about sending bulk emails (also known as ‘email blasting’), due to growing implementation of privacy and data protection laws worldwide. In choosing the best email marketing platform, go back to the basics. Look at what you need, and determine what is necessary. Choose one that works to your requirements.

>> Do not choose one that is complicated!

Once you had established a decent few, try contacting their customer support to enquire more about their features or request a trial. Consider if it is easy to obtain support and the quality of support provided. Are resources also available online for self-diagnostic? How easy it is to scale up if required; that is purchase a bigger plan?

In addition to above, consider a reliable platform which has proven deliverability of the emails (assuming quality contacts) to ensure that your emails reached the contact fine. Emails reaching the spam/junk boxes is subjected to many factors, but you definitely do not want a poor email marketing platform to be the cause.

Here, we also feel that the drag and drop tool, and reporting/analytics tool are exceptionally required! Email automation is nice to have, but require a lot of thoughts and prior setups, and hence more suitable for large businesses and skilled marketers. Take note that a good automation tool should be intelligent, which ensures that the content of the emails is tailored to specific person or audience.

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