Email Marketing Service Providers

Email Marketing Service Providers – 2018

Here is information about various Email Marketing Service providers. Most of these have many of the same features – and some are easier to use than others. Once you’ve picked one and want to get started, check out my many articles on how to build your list and training videos, too.

Constant Contact – These folks are excellent. Possibly the most expensive in this category, but you also get a lot for what you pay for. Great support. If you want to work together, it’s likely we’ll be using Constant Contact 🙂

Constant Contact logo

Robly – A less expensive alternative to Constant Contact with some interesting features I haven’t seen anywhere – NextGen – which allows a user to re-send a newsletter to those who haven’t opened it yet. Robly AI – which tracks when recipients have received an email in the past and then sends again at that time is also pretty cool.  These alone makes this service worth a look.

Robly

Aweber – I’ve used Aweber in the past. I have a number of clients who’ve switched to it in the past. I think mostly because of the action-based triggers it offers. My experience is that it is not nearly as user-friendly for beginner users – I’d love to hear what your experience is if you use Aweber.aweber

Getresponse – This is one you hear about a lot – I’ll write here more as I learn more about this solution

Getresponse

Mailchimp – You get what you don’t pay for. I’ve written an article why I think it does not make sense to use Mailchimp. That said – it’s way better than using nothing – and I hope you have success if you go this route.

Active Campaign

Vertical Response

 

They Say it’s Your Birthday

They Say it’s your Birthday – How to create a Birthday autoresponder email in Constant Contact

Everyone loves to celebrate their birthday. You can bring a smile to the face of your friends, family, clients and customers by send them an email on their birthday. In this 13-minute tutorial I describe how this process works. Let me know how you do or if you have any questions – Albert Kaufman – albert@albertideation.com

You can also join my birthday list, here.

https://tinyurl.com/albertbirthdaylist

Happy Birthday,

Albert

 

3 Great Reasons to have a Personal Newsletter for Friends and Family

friendsandfamilyI’ve been using email to send out a newsletter to my friends and family for the past 11 years. The response has been fantastic and it’s made me a believer in taking the time to send word to your personal network on a regular basis. Here are my three top reasons that I think this makes sense.

1. You have a personal life and telling people that care about you what is going on for you leads to their having a greater understanding of your life, hopes and dreams.  Once friends and family know more about what you’re up to – they can get behind any effort you’re making.  For instance, I had an idea a couple years ago called Farm My Yard. It’s an effort to match up homeowners and urban farmers who live nearby. I’ve been mentioning this idea and dreaming it into existence for the past couple years, and now that it’s starting to take off the people I’ve told are some of the effort’s greatest boosters.  And, of course, Farm My Yard has a newsletter sign up form on the website 🙂

2. The feedback. We all want to know how we’re doing. When I send my newsletter out, I always ask for feedback. Over the years it feels like people take turns writing back with their thoughts, suggestions and mentions of how they might be facing the same challenges and their solutions for making their way through.  Sometimes it’s just an “atta boy”, but some friends have deepened our relationship by sharing their thinking and real offers of help.

3. Referrals.  By telling my friends and family what I’m up to in my business life, they then know something of how I make a living – teaching email marketing, social media and helping small businesses boost their marketing efforts. I have become known in my personal world as THE guy who does that. This has led to friends referring their friends who need business support. I generally don’t ask my friends and family directly for support, but their knowledge of my business helps me in various ways. For instance, when we come together for various gatherings, the conversations often start at a greater depth because they’ve been following my life and are somewhat caught up with my progress. Instead of “what’s new“, the conversations more often start with “hey, I remember you mentioning that you lead street tree planting efforts” – any idea of how we can get that going in my neck of the woods?”

As with any email newsletter, you want to follow the basic rules of thumb – keeping the newsletter brief; having a great subject line; putting the call to action towards the top; and using graphics and links sparingly.  If you invite your friends and family to write back about what has moved them about what you’ve written, they often will – and, I promise, this feedback will be interesting and possibly useful.

If you ever need encouragement on trying this out, feel free to get in touch. If you’d like to receive my friends & family monthly email (The Eleven), you can sign up for it here.

You can do this, and I truly believe it will lead to great things!

Social Media is Many Things to Many People

The many faces of social media

The more I use social media over the years the more convinced I am that it is very hard to say exactly what it is. There are various platforms and these are often hard to explain simply. I’ve been training people how to use social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and others for about 8 years.

I first started out by teaching classes in my living room – mainly – how does one use Facebook – personal pages vs. business pages + netiquette – how to be in those places and look like you have a cleu. As the various platforms have expanded their feature sets and made things a bit more difficult for businesses to reach their fans how people use them have changed.  Here are some of the new uses that I am experiencing and seeing in the field.

1. Some people are just using the systems as a messaging system – an example would be FB messenger. I note that I am having more and more personal “email like” interactions via FB messenger than in the past. FB messenger seems to be replacing email in terms of personal connections/conversations in my world.

2. People pick their platforms and stick with them. I know a number of people who are mainly on one platform and that’s it. My nextdoor neighbor runs an Instagram page for his crystal business.  He’s up to 132K followers. I encouraged him to get going with email marketing – and he has, but really, he’s having so much success and fun with Instagram.. that he’s pretty happy with that one platform. Personally, I don’t recommend having all your eggs in one basket (ie, make sure to be list-building – that’s yours…) – but I see this across the board. People who are mainly on Twitter or FB – they find home and stay there.

3. Then, there’s how one spends their time on FB (as an example). I used to spend much more time on the newsfeed – and I’m sure many still do.  But ever since I discovered Friends’ Lists and how to segment my 3770 closest friends + see all the posts of those who I most want to follow/learn from.. that has changed my FB experience dramatically. I also am using FB much more to network with others and connect around business topics in relevant groups. The ALE Family/LESA group has actually really changed my thinking around how a small, dedicated group of people can come together for a common purpose and really elevate everyone’s experience.

Maui Tree

I’ve been looking for articles like this one where people delve into how these prominent tools/platforms are being used – in non-obvious ways, but have not really found what I’m looking for. So, I’ll try putting out my own thinking on the topic and see how that goes. Perhaps if you get what I’m getting at and you find something that you think is similar, add a comment, please. Thanks!

Do you use social media in a way that you think was not intended by the creators?  Please share below!

Have a great Summer – Albert Kaufman, Albertideation, Portland, Oregon, The United States

PS – when you get to my website, please do take a moment to join my email list. I have a few different projects I’m working on and I’d love you along for the ride!