Aweber Review (2017) – Pros and Cons of Email With Aweber
Hey guys, what’s up! We’re back at it with another review and today we are going to be reviewing Aweber.
Aweber is basically a service that provides email marketing such as email autoresponder, email lists, campaigns, e-marketing, and much more.
Enough of me talking, let’s get into the review!
So without further or do, let’s get started!
Ranking – 6 out of 10
Price – Starts with 30 Day Free Trial then $19/mth. 6 different plans (Will get into that later)
Owner – Tom Kulzer
Website – www.aweber.com
Aweber is known as one of the top email service providers on the internet. I know many entrepreneurs that I look up too, that use their service so the service must be good.
But in this review, I will be giving my opinion.
How Much Does Aweber Cost?
First let’s get this out of the way. Aweber starts off with a Free 30 Day Trial just in case people want to join Aweber after this review.
But the cost of Aweber varies according to the amount of subscribers you have on your email list as you’ll see below.
- Hosting and emailing a list containing up to 500 subscribers: $19 per month
- 501 to 2,500 subscribers: $29 per month
- 2,501 to 5,000 subscribers: $49 per month
- 5,001 to 10,000 subscribers: $69 per month
- 10,001 to 25,000 subscribers: $149 per month
- 25,000+ subscribers: call Aweber for quotation
While Aweber is very affordable I personally use Sendlane. (I have not done a review on this yet.)
Sendlane you can get the same offer for up to 500 subscribers for only $9. Plus you get access to beautiful landing pages hahah.
But overall Aweber is more than affordable. Really it just depends on your taste. I’ve seen some entrepreneurs use Aweber while others use Get Response.
Key Features Inside Aweber
Aweber provides you with the following key features:
- the ability to import / host an email database
- a wide range of templates
- responsive email designs
- split testing
- RSS / blog to-email functionality
- segmentation options
- phone, email and live chat support
Aweber provides a lot of key features inside. Like I said before people love Aweber!
Different Ways To Import Data Into Aweber.
Importing an existing database into Aweber is a pretty straightforward affair. You can upload the following file types:
You can also add individuals manually, or copy and paste rows.
When adding in subcribers you are given the option to import them into a particular autosresponder and even tag them. Not all email marketing software providers allow for this to happen so it’s a very nice feature that Aweber added in.
For anti spam reasons, Aweber asks you questions about how you collected the date you are importing.
THIS IS WHERE I DO NOT LIKE AWEBER!!
While I understand the the polices of making sure I am not just uploading someone else’s data or spamming my list, this is where I get annoyed.
I have two email lists, one for helping people make money online, and the other for a health sub niche.
I tried to import my list into Aweber. Now while it let me import my data, I had to WAIT for my subscribers to confirm that they subscribed to be on my email list. I waited more than 30 days and not even 10% confirmed the subscription.
Now I have a great relationship with my email list! So I went back to my main email service provider to email them about them confirming with Aweber and some said they got it but most said they didn’t notice or even receive an email from Aweber. I doubt Aweber sends out a confirmation email every week or every other day.
So at that point I decided I would either stick with Get Response or Sendlane.
I refuse to deal with that lololol. It’s just not my cup of tea. But enough of my rant, let’s get back into the review.
Aweber has the largest amount of templates compared to it’s competitors with over 700 different email templates, and e-newsletters.
Now I don’t like all the designs, some I haven’t even seen. (seriously who wants to look through 700 templates)
While they do offer a lot of templates, I do not really bother with them since all my emails are plain text.
Who Should Use Aweber?
I think that business owners can use Aweber, mostly online business owners though. If you have a local business you can use Aweber if you are marketing online as well.
Really it’s for anyone but it really depends on your taste. I’ve already explained a reason I don’t like it haha.
Pros and Cons Of Aweber
- It’s easy to use.
- It’s reasonably priced – whilst not the cheapest product of its kind out there, it is cheaper than several similar tools, notably Campaign Monitor and iContact.
- It has good import functionality, with the option to import a wide range of file types and add the email addresses you’re importing directly to an autoresponder cycle.
- It integrates neatly with a good range of third party tools and apps.
- It comes with a very large range of templates – more than its key competitors.
- Setting up simple time-based autoresponders is very easy to do.
- All email templates are responsive.
- It provides a reasonable number of split testing options (more than Mailchimp, Campaign Monitor and Mad Mimi).
- Reporting features are strong.
- Segmenting data is relatively easy and you can use both field contents and user activity (email opens, links clicked etc.) to create your segments.
- Support options are considerably more extensive than is the case with some key competing products.
- There are cheaper options out there which offer considerably more features – Get Response being a prime example.
- Some of the templates look a bit dated.
- The autoresponder functionality is a bit on the basic side – although that said, it looks as though the new ‘Campaigns’ functionality is soon set to change that.
- The RSS to email templates are poor and they can’t be edited using Aweber’s standard drag and drop email builder.
I had to stop this review cause if I went on to explain every aspect of Aweber this post would be thousands of words long and I don’t feel like torturing you haha.
My Final Opinon on Aweber is that it’s okay. I mean maybe i’m still a little irritated by how you have to confirm a confirmation with EVERY SINGLE SUBSCRIBER even if you had that list for months or even years.
Aweber is good folks, don’t let my one dislike decide if it’s good for you or not hahah.
You can click the link below to get aweber today.
Chris What Would You Recommend?
While Aweber is good in it’s own way, I would like something with a bit more features. That’s why I recommend either Get Response or Sendlane. I’ve used both Get Response and Sendlane.
I think these two services are better then Aweber.
You can decide, I’ll be doing a review over these two soon
If you have any questions or comments, comment below!
Hoped you liked my review!
Have a nice day,