Abandoning a longterm relationship was never easier.
Once you know the truth, you’ll never look at Mailchimp in the eye again. Hold your mouse, I’m fixing to dump the facts right over your screen.
There’s heaps of misinformation about these critters. The common notion seems to be, Why leave a free service for a premium? After all, they’re created equal.
But don’t allow the nickels in your jeans to trick you: Aweber’s worth your mad money. If you have fourteen emails, it’s time to switch. Here are seven traits that distinguish AWeber from Mailchimp.
1. AWeber lets you send a broadcast out as soon as it’s published
This feature alone is worth the breakup, but there’s more. In case you’re wondering how it’s done, I’ve got you covered.
With Mailchimp, emails can go out once per day (assuming there’s new content). That’s splendid. Almost.
If you set it to send at 10:00AM and then publish an article at 10:01AM, you’ll wait 23 hours and 59 minutes for that email to go out.
Houston, we have a problem.
The AWeber labs are on top of you all hours morning and night. When you publish, they ship. Just ask Devin Hughes.
2. AWeber gives you the straight on which forms are hot
If you’re passionate about growing your list, you’ve got forms sprinkled all over your site, and it’s critical to know which ones are popular.
If some guru’s discovered a way to hack Mailchimp’s API into confessing which forms are hot, he’s kept it a good secret. But AWeber’s done the heavy lifting when it comes to revealing which forms convert the best. Just ask Derek Halpern.
3. AWeber emails come from the same email address each time, which means readers can add the address to their “safe sender” list
They’ll probably sue me over this one.
If you knew how many broadcasts went into spam because the “from” address changed every time in Mailchimp, you’d cry. This is the feature that finally tipped my BIG client into going AWeber.
Of course, most email clients make Mailchimp emails look like they’re coming from the same address … but they’re not. You won’t see the truth until you’re in Microsoft Outlook. Just ask Joe Hage.
4. AWeber gives you full control of the email experience
They give you gobs of templates, but they also give you the ability to tare it to the bones. Using your own custom HTML tables, you can code it from scratch.
Not so with Mailchimp. The only way to start from scratch is to select Plain Text, which doesn’t let you use any HTML (you start from scratch … and you end with scratch). See this? You can’t even use italics. Just ask Robert Bruce.
5. AWeber lets you show off the number of subscribers in Feedburner
If you initiate a blog broadcast, Feedburner will hear about it. It’ll dynamically pull the number into your total Feedburner subscribers count. If you have 300 RSS readers and 700 emails, Feedburner will show 1,000. Mailchimp won’t do that. They claim otherwise but it never works! Just ask James Chartrand.
6. AWeber lets you handle eBooks more smoothly
Let’s say you’re giving away an eBook. You promote it on your blog, but you also have signup forms that just say, “Sign up for updates” without talking about the ebook. If people subscribe and suddenly get an eBook, they’ll think, “Wait! I didn’t order that.” That’s a problem, but here’s a bigger one. Let’s say you’re giving away an eBook on some forms but a free Webinar replay on another. Which goodie do you send when people subscribe? If they’re expecting a webinar and get an eBook, they’ll not be happy.
AWeber’s got you covered with Automation (go to “my lists –> automation”). You can set up multiple lists with their own auto responder based on what the person wants, while automatically subscribing them to your master list (the list you actually send emails to). This is incredibly powerful because you can offer an infinite number of instantaneous freebies while funneling all the leads into the same list. Just ask Joe Hage.
7. AWeber has a phone number
They’re cool like that. Watch how vibrant their office lifestyle is.
I’ve called them numerous times on behalf of myself and clients, and they’ve always been unbelievably helpful and friendly. They even manually transferred my Mailchimp database into my AWeber account, so the transition was painless. Just ask Ricardo Bueno.
I’ve given you the facts.
What will do with them?