When you start with online marketing one of the first thing everybody is telling you is that email marketing has to be your #1 priority. It doesn’t matter if you want to sell your own products or services or sell the products and services of other merchants through affiliate marketing your email list is your most important asset.
However, there are many different email marketing tools out there but which one should you use? There are already many people using Aweber and as ClickFunnels is getting bigger and bigger many people ask whether Actionetics or Aweber is the best email marketing software you can use.
To help you to make this decision I have created this article which shows you the best features of both tools and helps you make a decision.
For me, one of the most important aspects is whether the tool is easy to use or not. I don’t want to waste time with learning how this tool works, I simply want to work with it.
In this category, both tools are very good. AWeber has a very clean interface which is simple but very powerful and designed for users with little or no technical expertise.
Actionetics is designed for marketers and “non-techy” users, with a simple and logical user interface which makes it very easy to use. However, if you are used to the user-friendly user interface of ClickFunnels that is no surprise.
However, in this category, no tool has a real advantage and they both are highly user-friendly to use.
When we have a look at the monthly costs there is a huge difference between these two tools.
Aweber starts at $19/month for up to 500 subscribers. The more subscribers you have the more you need to pay and for up to 25,000 subscribers you have to pay $149/month. I think that’s a very cool principle as you have to pay as much as you use.
Actionetics has always the same price and costs $297/month. However, it is important to mention that Actionectics comes together with ClickFunnels, a powerful funnel builder software, and Backpack, an affiliate marketing management software.
What this means is that the prices of these tools are hard to compare as Actionetics has much more features as it comes with additional software.
In addition, Actionetics has always the same price and you can store unlimited contacts in your email lists.
So here it really depends on the goal you have with email marketing. If you don’t have a huge budget and start with email marketing to see how it goes you should choose Aweber but if you want to have all your marketing tools like landing page creator, funnel builder software, email marketing, etc in one tool you should start with Actionectics.
What is great with both tools is that there is no contract at all. That means you can cancel your subscription every month.
Now we come to the most important aspect of every email marketing tool and that is the features. Let’s have a look at the features of both tools and which one offers more value.
Creating autoresponders and newsletters are the basic features of every email marketing tool. Of course, both tools are able to create autoresponders and to send out newsletters to your leads.
I worked with both tools and I believe that it is very easy with both tools to create autoresponders or email broadcasts.
As I said, autoresponders are the basic feature which every email marketing tool should have but today it is also important that you can automate your workflow. What this means is that I maybe want to have a different autoresponder series to people who open all my emails than to people who never open my emails.
In addition, I maybe want to set up another autoresponder for buyers than for non-buyers. If you want to have advanced email automation both tools are very different so let’s have a look at it.
With the help of Aweber, you can create automated workflows so you can, for example, resend emails that haven’t been opened the first time. However, if you want to change the workflow depending on purchases your contacts have made Aweber can’t help you.
That’s when Actionetics comes in. With Actionetics you can easily create email automation workflows depending on purchases your contacts made, on which step of your funnel they are, how they responded to your emails etc.
That is only possible because of the seamless integration of Actionetics into ClickFunnels. In addition, with Actionetics you can create workflows depending on different information of your lead like age, number of social media followers, rough income, and much more.
That makes it possible to create hyper-targeted email campaigns with a much higher return on investment than usual email marketing campaigns.
When it comes to email automation I think that Actionectics is one of the best tools on the market you can get.
The dream of every marketer is to have only one tool for everything. There are tools that cover a lot of features but no tool can cover them all. So for an email marketing software, it is important to work together with other marketing tools.
Both tools offer a lot of integrations but I want to have at the in my eyes two most important integrations and that is WordPress and Landing Page integration.
WordPress is the basic foundation for most of the websites today. I believe that over 90% of all blogs are based on WordPress so an email marketing should be able to work together with WordPress.
With AWeber, you can easily create web forms which can be integrated into your WordPress website. You can place them for example on the sidebar or integrate them into your article.
With the help of the ClickFunnels WordPress plugin, you can easily integrate your landing pages into your WordPress website. However, it is not possible to create small opt-in boxes for your sidebar.
The heart of every email marketing campaign is a landing page to capture your leads. AWeber doesn’t have a landing page creator but it offers an integration to every any landing page creator I know. You can even integrate AWeber into ClickFunnels if you want to!
As I already mentioned, Actionetics works seamlessly together with ClickFunnels. However, it is not possible to use Actionetics together with other landing page creators but I think that shouldn’t be a problem as you can use ClickFunnels
As you can see, both tools offer highly user-friendly interface and all the basic features every email marketer needs. However, if you want to create advanced email marketing automations Actionetics is the more advanced tool.
And that all comes with a bigger price than for Aweber. If you have a small blog and you want to add email marketing I would recommend using Aweber. If you are a business owner and you want to use advanced email marketing I can recommend using Actionetics together with ClickFunnels!
While I was in college I was not amused to become a 9-5 worker. So I searched for other ways. And I found online marketing. After many failures, I finally succeeded and I was able to escape the 9-5 and live the life I always wanted. I believe that if you want something you can achieve it. And if you want to build a successful online business I can help you achieve your goal!