Thanks for the recommendation Ana. Once again your blog is helping to focus on what is needed to do to increase traffic & sales. Yes, I need to focus more on the information that we send out to our subscribers and I will take a look at Aweber! I’d be interested to hear, however, how often do you think is appropriate to send newsletters to your list?
I use this while working as a consultant for others with online business. I usually recommend it to those just starting to gain several hundred people to their email list. In part due to it's ease of use, functionality, overall compatibility, and affordability for smaller lists where volume of emails is important. In conclusion It can be a great alternative to others if you have a smaller list that requires daily emails.
You have to let AWeber know from where your subscribers came—whether they signed up on a form, bought a product and opted to receive mail, or gave verbal agreement. AWeber also wants to know whether the list is being moved from another mail marketing provider. The goal is to verify you aren't spamming or buying lists. AWeber auto-creates a confirmation message, which is sent to contacts to verify their subscription. Like GetResponse, AWeber doesn't allow disposable domains, such as Mailinator addresses. I just wish this had been explicitly communicated. I uploaded a file containing regular addresses as well as Mailinator ones and waited for the import file to be reviewed and confirmed by Aweber. I never saw an error message informing me that the addresses were rejected, making me think the site was just slow. There was nothing in the import history log, either. When I tried the import without Mailinator addresses, it took just a few minutes.
More than anything, I use Aweber for affiliate marketing. I've established a large portfolio of passive income that my family and I enjoy every month. After being SHUT DOWN by many email marketing systems, Aweber has been the most diplomatic and flexible tool yet in my journey. As a result, I created Sales Funnel Blueprint to teach everyone not only what I've learned over the years in internet marketing, but to give them an affiliate marketing business with the proven potential to earn six-figures per year. You can get your license of it here.

The best part about using aweber is it’s ease of use and ability to link with many other programs. They make it easy to keep track of your customers as well as automate a sequence of emails. I was able to get my investment in Aweber back within a couple months of using it. This may take more or less time depending on how big of a following your business has already.

I remember these guys from over 10 years ago when I started as a freelance web developer. They have always had their finger on the pulse of online marketing and understand, almost better than any other competitor out there, how to convert leads and continue to deliver a sales message properly. You can learn a lot from this company and gain more knowledge from their blog and knowledge base articles than you can from most websites that discuss e-commerce.


George: All right so, One Last Tool viewers and listeners, there was integrations there was marketing automation, drip campaigns, there’s tagging, which equals segmentation, there are newsletters and one-offs, and hopefully, hopefully, listeners and viewers, you’re not sitting there going, “Hey, maybe I should do that someday.” No, you should probably have started to put forms on your site and generate an email list, I don’t know, as soon as you opened the doors to your digital business. But, we’re not judging you, we’re just giving you the information today on this podcast.
AWeber helps organizations turn passive prospects into loyal customers with email marketing and automation tools with live customer support. Choose from hundreds of ready-to-use sign up form templates and add custom branding – without coding skills. Watch people subscribe via the website, blog posts, Facebook page, in-person events and anywhere else audiences hangs out.
By now, you already have a working autoresponder set up using AWeber. The final step is add more entries to your follow up series. Return to Messages > Legacy Follow Up Series on your dashboard, and click the Create a Message button again. Now, repeat the process from step number two until your email is ready to go. When adding it to your existing series, you’ll get the option to schedule when it should be delivered:

More sophisticated split testing options are available in Mailchimp if you're prepared to pay for them - subscribers to Mailchimp's 'Pro Marketer' plan can test 8 variants of e-newsletters against each other. This is undoubtedly useful, but as this will cost you $199 per month on top of whatever you are paying to host your list, it's probably going to be a feature that only large organisations will avail of.
Tom: Yeah so, the two most popular prices that we see is, $19 a month, which we talked about earlier. That’s gonna cover you up to 500 subscribers. Then, the next popular tier is $29 a month, which will cover you up to 2500 subscribers. It scales based on a number of subscribers that you have after that. So, those are kind of our cost to entry pricing tiers that we have. One of the really nice things that I appreciate working here at AWeber, it certainly makes conversations a lot easier, is that all of our services, and all of our tools, are offered for everyone. There’s no tiers based on features and based on the toolset.
Cons: Stay away! Their RSS campaign did not send out for a while and then on its own sent out 6 emails at once really pissing off our readers they offered us a discount of 30% if we signed a two year contract after I said it was an inexcusable mistake which cost me hundreds of dollars in unsubscribes and possibly thousands and pissed off my entire email list. 30% off their inflated high price which they had just boosted was not worth it - i have heard many experts and users tell me of Aweber nightmare stories since my experience. I would recommend mailchimp as an option for basic users, i would advice all to stay away from Aweber
AWeber lets you manually add up to 10 contacts—subscribers—via a form. Each record collects the name of the person, email address, ad-tracking value, and the name of the initial email message the person will receive. This can turn into a long and tedious exercise for a long list of names. The import tool is a better choice, as it has a textbox to cut and paste an entire comma-delimited list of email addresses. You can also upload a spreadsheet (XLS and XLSX), text file (CSV, TSV, and TXT). Unlike Campaigner, MailChimp, and GetResponse, AWeber doesn't have Gmail or third-party integration for pulling contacts, which is disappointing. You can, however, export the Gmail contacts to a CSV file and use the import tool.
Overall: Capterra was a completely foreign name to me until I did extensive research on the products, philosophy and services offered. There are more than four hundred software programs, this was the big statement that really drew me in to learn more. Whether you run a non profit, or a church, or a restaurant the software program list is endless and accesible. I'm sure if you had a lemonade stand you would be able to find the product you needed. Navigating the site is easy as well and they don't try to push other products onto you. The customer service is amazing as well and really focuses on customer satisfaction which in turn makes people repeat customers and word of mouth starts spreading so more people can learn about the company. Thank you capterra for helping me go forward with my non profit organization !
Cons: Stay away! Their RSS campaign did not send out for a while and then on its own sent out 6 emails at once really pissing off our readers they offered us a discount of 30% if we signed a two year contract after I said it was an inexcusable mistake which cost me hundreds of dollars in unsubscribes and possibly thousands and pissed off my entire email list. 30% off their inflated high price which they had just boosted was not worth it - i have heard many experts and users tell me of Aweber nightmare stories since my experience. I would recommend mailchimp as an option for basic users, i would advice all to stay away from Aweber
George: So, I love it because this is literally what happened people, is that I set the ball up, and he was gonna spike it, and he kind of tapped it. It hit the top of the net, and he saw that it was wobbling back and forth, I was like, “I’m not sure if we’re gonna win this game.”, and then you said one thing, Tom. And I was like, “He just spiked the ball.” That was, that Tom mentioned education, that they’re always creating content, that they have live support, that they’re there to help, and so that was super awesome. Now, as I’ve traveled through the interwebs, there are two types of people that I’ve found. There are those people who, they just get it. Like, they’re technically savvy. And then there are those folks that well, not so much. So, as a first time user to AWeber, what are some of the problems, or a problem that I might run into that will kind of perplex me, and what have you guys done internally, to try to not have that moment happen?
What AWeber has done especially well is develop a reputation of providing excellent support – while some users like nothing more than experimenting so they intuitively can try to make sense of everything on their own pace or customize like crazy, others appreciate the ability to receive help anytime from a real human through email, phone or live chat – especially if they’re hopelessly mired trying to send a message out to thousands of customers/prospects. (There’s also an online Knowledge Base plus a moderated official Facebook forum.)
Pros: The singular thing I so much love about Aweber is their User Interface UI. It is so simple and straightforward. Everything you needed are at the right place. Their inbox rate in superb, from experience I normally have up to100% inbox rate. My list is less than 2000 subscribers but then I believe their system sends out emails as though it's sending directly to one person at a time. Their landing pages are simple and easy to customize. They have Javascript, plugins for different CMS and blogging platform and Html though I use the html mostly.
Aweber designs their system where everything starts with a list. You create a list and name it, and this is what all of your email campaigns will go into for each particular list. Think of the list as your file folder. It helps you stay organized for you to have multiple lists and campaigns going at once. All of your opt in traffic and new subscribers will always fall into your list. When you do your other software integrations with Aweber, you will always be choosing a list to connect that software to Aweber with.
So, I’m very transparent when I tell people as well that, we don’t don’t have a landing page service. We don’t create landing pages because that’s not our focus. Our focus is just email. We are focused on giving you the best tools and resources to send amazing, beautiful email automated or one time broadcasts, and we integrate with 50 fantastic landing page providers, who will do it better than we will do it anyways. I think that you’ll get transparency, you’ll get a company that focuses on doing what we do really, really well, and not trying to bolt on or do too, too much outside of that, customer service is fantastic. We have live customer service outside of Philly. Everyone here is in the same office, so we talk together, we hang out, they know our product really, really well, the marketers here know our product really, really well, and then education.
It’s quite the opposite so, if you can get somebody to actually give them their email address, and say, “I give you permission to send me that really cool e-book, or that really cool checklist, or that really cool thing that you have, and then you can continue to send email, and I will read it, and I will enjoy it.” That’s a really great opportunity that I think a lot of marketers don’t take full advantage of. I think a lot of marketers really rely on the push, the Facebook ads, the blog content, the podcasts. I love all that stuff, and I do all that stuff too, but I think there’s something intimate, something special about creating a really strong bond between the emailer and the email reader, and I think the marketers who crack that code, really see a lot of success.
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George: All right so, One Last Tool viewers and listeners, there was integrations there was marketing automation, drip campaigns, there’s tagging, which equals segmentation, there are newsletters and one-offs, and hopefully, hopefully, listeners and viewers, you’re not sitting there going, “Hey, maybe I should do that someday.” No, you should probably have started to put forms on your site and generate an email list, I don’t know, as soon as you opened the doors to your digital business. But, we’re not judging you, we’re just giving you the information today on this podcast.

Hi Ana, I’m currently using Aweber and I have recently noticed that most of the big “gurus” have been using iContact – My understanding is that you can import your existing list directly to iContact without a double opt-in all over again. All this on a “honor” system but if the spam complaints go about “the” threshold – your iContact account could get shutdown.
I use this while working as a consultant for others with online business. I usually recommend it to those just starting to gain several hundred people to their email list. In part due to it's ease of use, functionality, overall compatibility, and affordability for smaller lists where volume of emails is important. In conclusion It can be a great alternative to others if you have a smaller list that requires daily emails.
Then, of course, you’ll want new subscribers. That’s where AWeber's forms come in. They let you make signup forms with up to 25 fields to collect as much info as you want, using your own design or pre-made templates that run the range from simple layouts to fancy forms with animated widgets. Its form fields are smart, too—the normal name field can figure out first and last names, and split them automatically so you can personalize emails without making new subscribers click through multiple form fields. You can then embed the form on your site or let AWeber turn it into a simple landing page, and can A/B test your forms to see which one works better. And if that’s not enough, AWeber integrates with WordPress, PayPal, and Facebook so you can add contacts from the apps your customers and fans already use. There’s even a mobile app to add subscribers on the go from your conferences, stores and more.
It's a great feeling when your email campaign is working and bringing in new customers or really engaging with your existing user base. There's no need to slow down your momentum just to manage this flood of new data — give this AWeber HubSpot integration a shot instead! Once you've got it all set up, every time you receive an AWeber subscriber the information will be sent to HubSpot, where a new contact will either be created or an existing one will be updated, letting you focus on on your strategy and work at hand with the assurance your information will remain updated.
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