Aweber or GetResponse?
I need to tell you why I decided to write this post first.
There’s a rumor GetResponse has the best deliverability compared to infusionsoft and aweber that started ever since Neil Patel (the guy who blogs at Quicksrpout) started vouching for GR.
Although he’s one of the few marketers I like, this is very hard to believe and is just a cut deal between GR and Neil… something like they give him free service and he markets their product. I’m just guessing here (or maybe not, since he no longer uses GetResponse :)) about the deal, yet I’m more than sure GR and Aweber have the same deliverability rates.
How do I know?
I’ve been using Aweber ever since I started email marketing and can say they are awesome (more about that in a sec), but all those great GR reviews around the web (all caused by Neil), that started showing up several months ago, made me go take a look at GetResponse.
It’s not bad, it’s just Aweber is way better and this is why I needed to write this article, since all those reviews are only meant to make you either buy GR, or switch from Aweber.
Maybe people just want to make a quick buck, maybe these reviews are just affiliated articles… have no idea, however, you should know both services have great deliverability… I did not see any difference in that direction, although I did not put in the same amount of money and time to build the same huge list I have with Aweber…
I usually get 30%-70% open rates up to the tenth message, then 15%-30% after, I email daily and broadcast until people buy or unsubscribe. Now, I know I’m pretty awesome and not a lot of people could write my emails, yet I believe those open rates are caused by my emails being delivered right as well.
Here are snapshots from my Aweber account to make things right:
List 1 Double Opt-ins
List 2 Single Opt-ins
Can’t provide snapshots from GetResponse, cause, as I already said, I didn’t use it that long to display results, yet I can assure you I got pretty much the same open rates (according to my data) while testing it.
Let’s move on to the pros and cons of both services.
Before I start, I have to say they are both awesome, though I like Aweber better (you will see why in a sec). I will not list all the features they both offer (you can always see them visiting their home pages), but will tell you what really makes the difference and will help you choose the better option for you.
1 Cheaper starter plan (something like 4 bucks cheaper from 0-500 emails)
1 More expensive advanced plans (some of them way more expensive)
Yeah, they offer some landing pages and very limited attendees webinars, but I wouldn’t use a landing page used by thousands of other people, nor would I use a webinar limited to 100 attendees for anything serious.
That’s just cheap marketing to make people pay more, which mostly attracts wannabe marketers (explains number 4 down there).
2 Too much useless features that just make life difficult… well, not totally useless if you are a kid in first grade
3 Importing of lists without confirmation
I know you might think this is an awesome feature, but it’s not at all. Once they have enough customers to abuse this feature (and they will… I have had many GR users emailing me without permission), things might get ugly.
Aweber now too offer importing of lists without confirmation, I guess I can’t consider this a negative feature any more.
4 Mostly used by wannabe marketers
5 Lacks segmentation features
1 Way cheaper advanced plans.
2 Kicks ass when it comes to simplicity
This is what I care about the most, all genius things are simple… I’m a huge fan of Einstein’s “make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”. Aweber are the king of simple and I love them for that.
3 Brilliant support
4 Integrates with pretty much everything, and if you find something that is not on the list, support will take care of you.
5 Second to none deliverability
1 More expensive starter plan (from 0-500 emails)
2 Lacks segmentation features
Like I posted in the comments, Aweber have come a long way since I posted this article and now offer pretty much all segmentation options.
It’s also pretty easy to save different segments – just pick one of the options (no opens, date added etc.) from a drop down menu, name the segment and then save.
This is why I love Aweber.
Aweber has also become the way cheaper option through the years… to be honest, I did not expect this to happen, Aweber was more expensive when I wrote this article a few years ago.
Let’s put it this way:
If you like to concentrate on things that matter, like writing cool emails that people buy from, and run simple email marketing, you will have to go with Aweber all day long.
If you like playing around with useless features, or concentrating on the little things and paying a lot more for that, you have to choose GR.
In my opinion, Aweber is head and shoulders above the competition.
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Let me know if you liked this article and stay awesome.