The primary weak point I see is the price-point where small business are worried. If you do not require all of AWeber’s bells and whistles, there’s no need to pay for them. You’ll also want to make sure that if you are attempting to cancel your account, you’re not just unintentionally suspending it. This is specifically essential where the totally free trial is worried, as AWeber requires your credit card information.
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?
The legacy follow-up series is an autoresponder. This is a fundamental part of building a relationship with your list. With this message type, you’ll create a series of emails your subscriber receives once they join your list. (Research by Experian and many other firms, shows that a “welcome series” –as these campaigns are commonly called — typically receives substantially higher open and click-through than other email campaign types.)
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 They offer a tool to help you create newsletter forms for your web site, but it's very outdated.

But how exactly does AWeber support your team? You can use it to manage contacts in a flexible and effective way, create successful and visually attractive campaigns, and create personalized subscriber lists. On the list, you can add 10 contacts per form, inserting their records full of contact and behavior information. Nevertheless, AWeber will do more than simply categorizing contacts – it will provide you an insight on where customers are coming from and whether they’ve bought a product or subscribed for a service. Thanks to such historical overview, the user can make smarter and more informed business decisions.
Tom: Yeah, totally. So, I host our podcast so, I’m so used to giving this pitch, over and over again. But, I like to basically start by saying, “AWeber is an email service provider, first and foremost. We were founded in 1998, so I think that’s kind of important, the legacy behind it. In addition to providing the best in class email automation email marketing toolset, we also really pride ourselves in delivering award-winning customer service, some of the best educational resources to help you be a better email marketer.”
Watch out for the $29 report on how to develop an email marketing strategy. It's really easy to click on the wrong thing when checking out and wind up with the report in your shopping cart. If do you wind up buying it by mistake or don't find it useful, AWeber promises to refund your money. There is no free trial or free version to test out the service—but AWeber does let you try out the software for just $1 during the first month. That's a good deal.
Reporting and Analytics – Users can monitor key metrics of a marketing campaign’s performance, such as open rates, bounces, clickthroughs, list growth over time, sign up methods and a subscriber’s activity history. These insights can help marketers continuously improve their strategy by implementing tactics that work and changing tactics that don’t.
So, we occupy this really beautiful sweet spot, of people who know exactly what they need to do with their email marketing, they’re either just getting started or they’ve gotten started, and they began to grow their list. They really just need a very basic, sometimes complex, but they need a basic way to create complex automated sequences. Our customers have found a ton of success using AWeber for that. So, we’re that nice sweet spot between free hobbyist email platform, and then super sophisticated, complex enterprise platform.
George: Hey ladies and gentlemen, it’s George B. Thomas here, and you know what I’m about to say. Yep, I’m excited because it’s time for another episode of One Last Tool. One Last Tool viewers and listeners, this one’s gonna be good because we’re gonna talk about all things nerdy, all things webby, all things a-er. Anyway, maybe you’ll put it together. But, I’m sure, once you see who we have today … hey, why don’t you go ahead, let’s get out of suspense mode, and explain to the listeners and viewers, Tom, who you are, what you do, and who you do it for?

Disclaimer: Reviews on FitSmallBusiness.com are the product of independent research by our writers, researchers, and editorial team. User reviews and comments are contributions from independent users not affiliated with FitSmallBusiness.com's editorial team. Banks, issuers, credit card companies, and other product & service providers are not responsible for any content posted on FitSmallBusiness.com. As such, they do not endorse or guarantee any posted comments or reviews. Post Your Review
Disclaimer: We spend hours researching and writing our articles and strive to provide accurate, up-to-date content. However, our research is meant to aid your own, and we are not acting as licensed professionals. We recommend that you consult with your own lawyer, accountant, or other licensed professional for relevant business decisions. Click here to see our full disclaimer.
AWeber Systems exercises no control whatsoever over the content of the information passing through AWeber Systems. All leads (email addresses) generated by subscriber are held strictly confidential. The leads are never released to any other parties for any purpose. The lead information is only used on AWeber Systems' servers to deliver the follow up messages designated by the subscriber.
AWeber offers month-to-month, quarterly, and annual plans for each of its tiers. The least-expensive plan, for up to 500 contacts, is $19 per month (or $49 per quarter or $149 per year). AWeber adds $10 to the normal rate to expand the service to 2,500 users and adds $30 to increase the capacity to 5,000 users. AWeber also automatically sets you up for automatic billing. If you change your mind, the company offers a 30-day full refund.
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.
Every email newsletter app lets you import your subscribers so you can start emailing your existing customers and fans immediately, but most require you to import a CSV spreadsheet of emails and names. AWeber lets you do that, or you can just copy-and-paste your emails from any other app in plain text. It then lets you map the contact info correctly to AWeber's list fields and specify where the subscribers are from so it’ll know whether or not your subscribers need to confirm they want the emails.

Ecommerce Software Education & Campus Management School ManagementColleges & UniversitiesCampus ManagementLibrary ManagementEnterprise Resource PlanningHuman Resource Management HR SoftwarePayroll SoftwarePayroll OutsourcingAttendance ManagementTime ManagementTime Tracking SoftwareRecruiting SoftwarePerformance ManagementHospital, Clinic & Lab ManagementEMR & Clinic ManagementHospital Management
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.
Marketer’s Choice (aka 1ShoppingCart.com) – this one is actually a great choice. However, it’s not a simple email autoresponder; it comes with a bunch of bells and whistles you probably don’t need just yet. Things like shopping cart, merchant account, affiliate platform, etc. For now, I suggest we stick with simple list building through an email autoresponder, shall we?
Now in terms of the content, is actually very easy to add and modify. It’s very similar to a WordPress post. So if you wanted to add something about why they should stay subscribed. Like why you should stay subscribed, right? Just type it in like that, you can hover over it, make it bold, make it bigger, change the font, whatever you want to do just like you would with then Word processor. So once you add all of the content that you want that’s thanking them for signing up and reminding them why they should stay in your list and offering to be there for any questions, it’s time to send out your test e-mail. Okay, to do that click on test and then put in the e-mail address you want to send it to and then click send test.

Aweber believes in the importance of making sure you confirm the intent of your subscriber before they are added to your list. You can rest assured that you will have a higher quality of subscriber because they take the time to read their email confirmation message and click on a special link that activates their subscription. This way, if they are added to your list it is because they were serious about joining in the first place – instead of just being added to one of your lists by selecting a checkbox and paying little mind to it (as is the case with many web sites).
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, I think one of the problems that we see with AWeber, is because we are an older piece of software. We’ve been around since ’98. When you log in, there’s so much that you can do, because we have a lot of different features, right? So, you can either draft your first one time email, you can jump right in and set up your automated campaign, you can create your sign up form, you can import your subscribers from another ESP, or if you have another list somewhere else. So, it’s kind of a, “Choose your own adventure” that happens when you first log in and you set up that initial account. So, I think for customers who may be overwhelmed with email marketing and kind of the, “where should I go on the map?”, type of feeling, what we’ve done is, we have basically an onboarding email series that drips out over the course of 30 days during your free trial.


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.
If payment is by credit card, the subscriber authorizes AWeber Systems to charge the credit card listed on the subscription form for those charges for AWeber Systems services that may accrue from month to month, or for any past-due balances, in order to bring the account to current status. Credit card payments will be billed and charged automatically, and AWeber Systems may charge the amount due to the provided card at any time.
By default, each AWeber follow up email is configured to go out one day after the previous one. You can tweak these setting to something more reasonable, such as a weekly email blast. In addition, you can also configure a specific ‘send window’ for your messages by clicking the Edit button. Using these settings, you can disable specific days so they don’t count – Sundays, for example – and you can indicate a window of time for your messages to go out. Some windows of time are better than others to maximize your open rates, so do a bit of research and set yours accordingly:
List management. It's easy to upload lists and add new subscribers. It is easy to clean up the lists as well. It serves well if you're looking a way to send out simple emails for a large list. It's also nice to be able to switch between multiple lists to see only the emails that have been sent to a certain list. In other platforms, this has been an issue.

I did not get many benefits and had a bad experience overall - i no longer care this happened months ago I am over it but since I am writing a review on software i have used, I would advise all honestly to stay away as my story seems far from unique and had other bad experiences which i don't have time to list - MailChimp is a pretty good alternative if you are checking out ESPs

So, we occupy this really beautiful sweet spot, of people who know exactly what they need to do with their email marketing, they’re either just getting started or they’ve gotten started, and they began to grow their list. They really just need a very basic, sometimes complex, but they need a basic way to create complex automated sequences. Our customers have found a ton of success using AWeber for that. So, we’re that nice sweet spot between free hobbyist email platform, and then super sophisticated, complex enterprise platform.
This is a great product if you are looking to send out information to others. This will be a plugin that you can put into your website and will pop up either when visited or when they click on a specific link. This works really great when you are trying to send out brochures or pamphlets and have an email of the individual or group that contacted you for said information.
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.
Synchronises customer data of your newsletter subscribers to the AWeber list you select. * Stores relevant customer data in your AWeber subscriber list. Not only the name and email of your customers are stored in your AWeber account, but also their address data and customer information like the amount of orders in your webshop and the total amount they spent. This greatly increases your segmentation options. * Synchronises your customer data to your AWeber list every 15 minutes. This means your AWeber subscriber list remains up-to-date and you can optimize your autoresponder strategy by sending new customers emails within a few days. * Note that opt in emails are sent to your customers by default. If you don't want this to happen, you can disable them in the List Options page on the tab 'Confirmed Opt-In'. You can switch off option 'Send a confirmed opt-in email for Imports'.
×