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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.
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AWeber is an email marketing software that allows small business owners to easily create and send email campaigns to their customers. Its features include email tracking, newsletters, automation, mobile apps, and more. We compiled AWeber user reviews from our website and around the web and determined that it has generally positive ratings. We also shared its available pricing options.

Examples include a welcome email sent as soon as a new client signs up to your list of contacts, followed a few days later by an informatory email discussing the products and services you offer, then an email informing on current offers, and so on. You could also create different series of post-purchase emails, based on the type of product the individual purchased.

I love AWeber, too. There have been some complaints from prominent marketers about AWeber and it has to do with the number of people you have on your list. The more people you have on your list the more money you are charged, but, that is true for all auto responder companies. This complaint had to do with poor service in accordance with the amount of money they were paying.

Besides templates, editing options and strong support, it can host or import email databases; allow autoresponder customization; responsive email design, RSS and email-to-blog functionality; tools to collect and add new names/emails to databases; the ability to integrate with some other programs, and the ability to easily view analytics and performance results. 

George: Yeah, I don’t know about you, One Last Tool viewers and listeners, and Tom, I don’t know about you either but, my inbox and I, we have a love-hate relationship. That is, that I love to hate it. So, when I finally let you in my inbox, there is a very good reason that I have that e-book, that checklist, that guide, that webinar. Because otherwise, I’m like, “No, no, no, no. No, we don’t need that.” It’s just how we are so, we dumped out a little bit ago, $19 a month as kind of the starting plan but, are there more? Are there branches to that? Talk me through, how much AWeber’s going to cost me if I’m just starting out to if I’m a super advanced user with several thousand contacts in my database.
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.

Even though the support is 24/7, they still often take several hours to respond. The API documentation could be better. Although you're able to click on each subscriber in the UI and see which emails they've read, there doesn't seem to be any way to export this information or access it via an API. They offer a tool to help you create newsletter forms for your web site, but it's very outdated.
I've heard that if you open a new account with Aweber now, you need to use their service for around a month using double optin, which could be annoying. When I set my account up several years ago, I didn't have to do that. So if you're planning on running paid ads etc right away, that might be an issue for you. If not, Aweber is awesome and i'm sure you'll love it.
AWeber treats emails a little differently from other services. There are different processes for creating Follow-up Series, which are essentially the auto-responders mentioned above, Broadcast messages, and Blog Broadcasts. Follow-up emails are sent automatically every time a new user is added, and Broadcast messages are one-time messages, such as newsletters. Blog Broadcast grabs posts from a blog and compiles them into a newsletter form. You can also create your own mail templates using the Email Template Manager, where you can customize existing templates or write your own using AWeber's API.
Yeah, I could probably pay a coder to write an app that allows their API to be single optin, etc, but why? I’d still want to have the ability to add people manually and have them automatically sign into my list. For example, I’m going to start doing some seminars locally. I want to be able to come home and add the 25 people to my email list…easily.
Aweber seems to be working to add more functionality and become more of an automation platform rather than just an email and mailing list service. I used Aweber for nearly a decade and I still think that it's a sold solution. I would recommend it over ContstantContact or MailChimp. The platform is solid and reliable, that's huge in the marketing world.
However, Mailchimp offers a much bigger selection of integrations. It’s seen, for whatever reason, as more of an industry standard tool than Aweber, so some web applications - key examples being Squarespace and Shopify - will offer Mailchimp as a default ‘works out of the box’ e-marketing option. That's not to say that you can't use Aweber with these products, but there will be a bit more configuration required.
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.
George: So Tom, what I love about that, and viewers and listeners, what I love about that is, Tom went with the “Who we’re not a good fit for”, to explain to you, who they are a good fit for. I will also throw in, just a side … This is free, this is free. A side piece of information to you. If you are not generating $19 a month, go get a job. Like, stop this podcast right now and just go get a job. I’m kidding, we love you, viewers and listeners, you know I’m just joking. So Tom, let’s go ahead and talk about, and usually, I ask this, and companies that we interview, it’s probably one problem that they solve. I don’t think that’s the case for AWeber so, if you want to do a problem or problems, it’s totally up to you, but what problem does AWeber help the folks out there solve in their business?
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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.

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.


I've used quite a few other email platforms for mass emails and I have found that AWeber doesn't offer as much customization with creating emails. I like to create my own format for emails, and it's a little more difficult in AWeber than some other platforms. It's more of a basic service. I also am not impressed with the home page for the sole reason of not having the key things that I like to see when I first get to a landing page. This is more of a personal preference.
So once it’s all set up, hover over messages and click on follow-up series. Next click on the create your first follow-up button and when you do you’ll be taken to the Aweber message editor and now going to walk you through the most important part of the editor and how to use them. So at the top we have the subject line and this is the subject line of the e-mails that your subscribers will receive and in general you want to make these benefit driven.
Okay, so once the settings are saved click on confirm often. And this is the message people will receive when they opt in to your list. So you can modify this however you want and generally the one that’s here, that’s Aweber gives you is actually pretty high converting. Okay, but you can always change it like to whatever you want. You can insert the person’s name if you have that as part of your e-mail opt in form. Their first name, their e-mail, whatever that you want to add.
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