Among all the popular email marketing platforms, Aweber and GetResponse definitely seem to be the best. So, what makes them stand out of the crowd full of email services? And what is the difference between these two? We will present our findings in this Aweber vs GetResponse: Review and Comparison, which we recently updated after resolving to go with AWeber.
If you are new to the world of email marketing, you might be wondering what these two services actually do. Basically, both of these are tools that allow you to host your mailing list, create beautiful email templates, and send newsletters to your subscribers.
You might be wondering why can’t you just use Gmail and import all the subscribers into the “To” section, and then send emails. However, every single email service that is free, including Gmail, has a daily limit of emails that you are allowed to send. If you have a massive list of subscribers, that limit will, most probably, be too low for you.
Another great thing that Aweber and GetResponse have is an autoresponders feature. It allows you to automate your communications with subscribers.
Autoresponders provide your subscribers with newsletters at intervals that you define. For example, you can set the autoresponder to send a newsletter when the user signs-up, and they will receive an email a day or a week later, a day before a discount at your store, and so on. If you have a list of 100,000 subscribers, for example, you would have to spend the whole day only sending emails. That’s how much time autoresponders save you, which is fantastic.
Now, let’s see how they differ from each other.
When it comes to AWeber, there are five different subscription plans, importantly starting with a free plan If you have less than 500 subscribers, you will need to pay $19 per month. If you have between 10,000 and 25,000 subscribers, the fee that you have to pay will be $149 per month. However, if you have even more subscribers, you will have to contact Aweber directly to get the price.
Also, note that there are no differences in features between subscription plans. Everything that you get in the basic plan will be included in the premium plan, too. The only difference is the allowed number of subscribers. Also, Aweber offers discounted plans for non-profit organizations of three months free, and 25% off after that. For students, it’s 20% off.
GetResponse has four subscription plans, and they are different from Aweber’s plans. The first three plans, Basic, Plus, and Professional, cost $15, $49, and $99, respectively. However, they are all for up to 1,000 subscribers and differ by features that come with the plan. There is also an Enterprise plan in case you have more than 100,000 subscribers, and it costs $1,199 per month.
If you are a non-profit organization, you should note that there are also special pricing plans included. However, you will have to contact GetResponse directly about that. The main difference between plans includes the addition of landing pages, CRM, webinars, and e-commerce, but you will also get more functionality if you pay more.
So, which one is better in terms of price? If you have a list of between 500 and 1,000 subscribers, then GetResponse is a more cost-effective solution. If your list is bigger than 1,000 subscribers, GetResponse is again a better solution, around $5 per month cheaper than the similar Aweber plan. In a year, you will save around $50-60 if you choose GetResponse. There are also great discounts if you pay for one or two years in advance – you will get a discount of 18% or 30% respectively. If you pay for a year in advance to Aweber, you will get a 15% discount, which is slightly less.
Overall, we can say that GetResponse is the winner when it comes to pricing. However, there are also other things that we should consider.
Let’s see what features both of these services offer. Of course, they both have the ability to capture data and host mailing lists. Additionally, both Aweber and GetResponse have pre-designed templates for newsletters. There are numerous different styles to choose from to satisfy everyone’s needs. Also, autoresponder and statistics are available with both services.
Statistics usually include the percentage of people who received, clicked, and opened your emails. Furthermore, they both offer integration with various third-party services and tools, such as Amazon Payments, Google Checkout, and similar.
However, GetResponse has some features that Aweber doesn’t. Those are webinars, CRM functionality, “autofunnels”, landing page builder, and even more advanced marketing automation.
Marketing automation is a feature that GetResponse recently featured, and it takes autoresponders to a much higher level. Basically, you are able to create more sophisticated automation using a drag and drop builder. It makes your job of automation much more manageable.
There are many triggers that you can use to optimize and shape your automation workflow, such as email opens, product purchases, abandoned carts, link clicks, and similar. It means that you can fully customize your subscriber’s journey, depending on how they react to your emails. Aweber offers a similar tool but is much more basic.
Both services are very similar when it comes to importing data. They both recognize extensions such as .xls, .xlsx, .txt, and .csv, and a few more. Also, GetResponse allows you to import data from various third-party services, while they both allow adding contacts manually and adding users to a particular autoresponder. Not all email marketing services allow that.
However, there is an important thing to note. When importing a new list of contacts, Aweber can take up to one business day to process the information, which is not very efficient if you are in a hurry. Anyway, we can say that both services are good when it comes to importing data.
You can run a mailing list in only two possible ways – using a single, or a double opt-in approach to subscribers. But what does it mean?
A good example of a single opt-in method is using a subscription form or a sign-up form. When the user submits the information, their email is automatically added to your “subscribers” list. With a double opt-in process, the person that subscribes to your list receives a confirmation mail. That mail contains the link that they have to click to subscribe to your newsletter. Although the first method might seem like an easier way to gain more subscribers faster, both of these have their pros and cons.
As mentioned, using the first way, you will definitely get more subscribers. However, with the second method, you will be sure that the entered email is correct, and that a real person has subscribed to your list. Also, you will know that they are interested in what you have to offer. You can think about it as the quantity and quality.
The first way will get you more subscribers, but the second one will get you “quality” subscribers. It’s important because you pay monthly based on the size of your subscription list, so you don’t want to have a big list with random entered email addresses and waste money on that.
As mentioned, both GetResponse and Aweber offer integration with lots of third-party sites and apps. Besides Amazon Payment and Google Checkout, you can also integrate them with Facebook and Twitter. However, that’s not all. While GetResponse offers around 150 integrations, Aweber offers several hundred. In this field, Aweber is a clear winner.
You should also know that some of the integrations require you to set up a connection between your account and a third-party tool. It’s not too complicated but might require some trial and error until you get everything to work correctly.
Another important factor that we should consider is data segmentation. That’s also the main reason why some people prefer GetResponse over Aweber.
Both of them allow you to create data segments pretty easily. There are a variety of filters that you can use to identify subscribers and save them. However, GetResponse is better since Aweber allows you to send newsletters to only one segment at a time.
Let’s say that you have a mailing list of car owners with three pre-existing segments, such as red, green, and blue car owners. Now, you want to send newsletters only to red and green car owners. You can do it by ticking these two segments and clicking send. In Aweber, you have to create a completely new segment each time, for red car owners OR blue car owners. This leads to more manual work and can be exhausting if you have to repeat it every day.
Creating a landing page is another aspect in which GetResponse is better than Aweber. But first, what’s a landing page? It’s a page that is specially designed for data capture. Usually, it contains a form with some very attractive images and is intended to make the user subscribe and enter their details, such as email address.
GetResponse has a landing page creator which allows you to directly customize or create your own landing page, or choose from many templates and customize them. The truth is, you can get a beautiful landing page in a very short amount of time.
It also allows you to create an unlimited number of landing pages, display them to how many users you want, and also do A/B testing. When it comes to testing, the system will automatically identify the best performing page.
When it comes to Aweber, you can make landing pages using a variety of third-party integrations, or you can manually code your landing page. It also allows you to do split testing. The downside is that using third-party apps to create landing pages can be quite expensive. For example, if you use apps such as Ubounce or Instapage, it will cost you a minimum of $99 per month, and the price can go much higher.
The truth is, although AWeber and GetResponse are good at doing what they are supposed to do, we have evolved from using both software programs to choosing AWeber to go forward with. Even if you are not too into coding and technical stuff, you will be able to use them with ease. However, the definite winner is AWeber
After an in-depth analysis, we can say that AWeber is much better. It is also much cheaper and comes with much better and more advanced automation features.
At first, GetResponse allows you to get a free trial account without entering credit card details. AWeber has a free scheme though to allow you to get started.
There are a few things at which Aweber is better. The templates (700 from AWeber) are a little bit more attractive, and there are more templates to choose from.
With Aweber, that works perfectly. Additionally, a lot more third-party integrations are available with Aweber than with GetResponse, and the company offers excellent phone support.
In the end, if you can’t decide which one is a better fit for you, then you should know that there are a few very good alternatives. For example, Campaign Monitor and MailChimp are great choices, but a little bit expensive for some users. If you want a cheaper solution, you should check out Moon Mail. It has some great features that will not cost too much.
All of these options are great, and if you are looking for email marketing platforms, you should definitely check them out! However, with all things considered, when it comes to Aweber and GetResponse, we still think they are two of the best options out there. So take a look for yourself and decide.
We hope this Aweber vs GetResponse: Review and Comparison has helped you with your decision.
In conclusion as a latest update,We recently changed all our emails over to AWeber.
We were running both AWeber and GetResponse for a while, then we had an issue with a telephone number needing to be registered, or rather two telephone numbers for GetResponse, at the insistence of GetResponse compliance team so it was the clincher to stop using GetResponse. I dont understand why this was an issue, and we tried for several weeks to resolve it but it was just too difficult, and I dont see why i should buy and run a new phone just so as to use GetResponse.
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In order to succeed in the highly competitive 21st Century Corporate World and your own Niche Marketplace, you need to have a Vision of what you want your business to become and embark upon a Vision And Business Strategy formulation which adapts in order to fulfill the owners’ aspirations.
A lot of people want to start a new business and often do so without having formulated their Vision And Business Strategy formulation for the future business, nor their Mission Statement, and Business Plan.
Whatever market you are in there are some common principles of successful strategic and business management that must be put in place in order to achieve a successful corporate outcome.
It is worthwhile to spend some time formulating and writing down these thoughts so that you do not lose sight of them when the day to day pressures of business operations offer many distractions.
Usually, the owner or leader of the business has a Vision of what he is trying to achieve from the successful outcome of his startup endeavors, or indeed whenever there is a change of direction within the Business Strategy.
A Vision is a vivid mental image of what you want your organization to be at some point in the future, based on your goals and aspirations. Having a vision will give your business a clear focus, and can stop you heading in the wrong direction.
The next level of strategy is the Corporate Business Strategy, which states what business the company is in.
Additionally, any company should have a Mission Statement which is the statement of what the business does day by day, in pursuit of the Vision and Business Strategy.
Here is Wikipedia´s definition of a Mission Statement.
A Mission Statement is a short statement of an organization’s purpose, identifying the goal of its operations: what kind of product or service it provides, its primary customers or market, and its geographical region of operation.
The Mission Statement clearly supports and works towards the Vision of the Organisation´s Leader.
So, how to achieve these Business Objectives, what is needed is a clear Business Strategy in place which spells out how to achieve the Business Objectives. What is a Business Strategy?
Business strategy is the firm’s working plan for achieving its vision, prioritizing objectives, competing successfully, and optimizing financial performance with its business model. Strategy builders can find practical guidance in this definition.
So how to prepare a Business Strategy?
The first thing that the company´s leaders must do is to prepare ambitious but achievable goals for each sector of the business.
For this, you need to narrow your focus on the few vital initiatives critical to achieving your objectives.
You need to build consensus within your team for breakthrough objectives and promote cross-functional teamwork.
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Funnel Franchise 2.0 Review 2019 from Mark Wightley is our review of Mark´s new and updated complete business system which you can enter on two levels, either as a Basic (Free) Member or as an Elite Member ($47 per month). It is designed to give you multiple streams of passive income from a totally organised and pre-tested funnel system, as well as giving you training and other products and support for your business.
Both membership categories give commissions, but the Elite level of membership gives a significantly greater remuneration (7x) level than that of basic Free members, no surprise there. See our benefits comparison table below.
This Funnel Franchise 2.0 Review 2019 is intended to give you an overview and appraisal of this software system in order that you can decide whether it suits you to participate in it, and to what extent – as a Free or an Elite member.
Mark Wightley is an experienced and highly successful internet marketer who is based in Australia, and is building his own business by offering you the opportunity to participate in this Funnel Franchise system. He is really good at this and it is a great system.
As a Basic (Free) Member of Funnel Franchise, you enjoy the following benefits:
Comparitive figures for Basic Member income would be typically be for the 5 income streams $300 per month.
As an Elite Member of the Funnel Franchise System, you enjoy all of the above benefits as per Basic (Free) Members, plus the following valuable benefits:
Once you upgrade to the Elite Membership, which typically is the case for 1 in 3 Basic (Free) Members to Upgrade, then you get a full video explanation from Mark Wightley about how the Funnel Franchise system works.
You have explained to you that in order for the Funnel Franchise system to work you need to set yourself up with some Essential Tools And Resources. These are:
1. Your own Domain – which you can purchase from Namecheap, at a reasonable cost. Alternatively, you can use your own domain which you may already have. It is suggested that this should be based upon your name since you are going to be the Go-To Expert in your business.
You also need to set up an email address related to this domain, which again is recommended to be done using GoogleApps, GSuite, which costs $5 per month. You can get the first 14 days as a Free Trial before you need to start to pay for it.
If you wish to use your own domain, then Mark Wightley recommends that you check out using Namecheap, that there are no residual issues with it, which may affect your business adversely.
2. An AutoResponder – for storing all subscribers email addresses.
3. A Page Builder – For Building Landing Pages, Thankyou pages, Funnels and Blogs. Builderall is recommended as the most suitable tool for this purpose.
Mark Wightley also recommends that you purchase a Click Tracker, although this is not essential.
The cost of joining as a Basic Member of Funnel Franchise is $Nothing – it is Free to join!
The cost of joining as an Elite Member of Funnel Franchise is $397 or 10 monthly payments of $47.
You need to budget for the above mentioned Essential Tools And Resources as well as your Funnel Franchise payments.
From our evaluation Funnel Franchise is definitely legit – it is a well thought out funnel system which was created by Mark wightley. You receive training and guidance in setting up your business system, or you can choose a Done For You set up for $67.
Mark Wightley also sends you traffic on a weekly basis if you are an Elite member (but not if you are a Basic Member). You need to know that it is a form of Multi-Level Marketing, so you benefit from the number of new subscribers who you introduce to the Funnel Franchise system.
As an Elite Member you benefit from Tier 2 commissions, so this contributes to the 10 streams of income which you can benefit from as an Elite Member, whereas Basic Members have only 5 income streams.
Comparing income streams for Basic and Elite members
Here is a review of Funnel Franchise 2.0 System from Colin McIntyre:
Here is another review of Funnel Franchise 2.0 System from April:
From our Funnel Franchise 2.0 Review 2019 of the Basic Free Membership, we would suggest that it definitely worthwhile to invest in the upgrade to Elite Membership of Funnel Franchise. We have tried the system and seen the results, and it is a good one to invest in.
You can take the risk and pay the $397 upgrade fee, or you can spread the cost over 10 months at $47 per month for the Elite membership. It should be noted that you are warned that there is no refund policy on the upgrade to Elite Membership of Funnel Franchise. This is because Mark Wightley says that you will receive instant payment of commissions, and since you are dealing with downline members, it would become extremely difficult for him to deal with the complexities of refunds as you are part of a chain of transactions. That seems reasonable.
We are in the process of going through the set up at the moment, so will keep you informed about progress and any successes or notable events. We will keep you posted about future results as well from our own usage of Funnel Franchise 2.0 from Mark Wightley.
If you are a streamer of Twitch or thinking of going to the Twitch platform, you might have heard of two ways you can monetize your brand, and this includes Twitch Partnership and Affiliate.
You have probably wondered what the difference Twitch Partnership vs Affiliate is. Is one easier compared to the other, or is the other one just completely impossible to reach? Let’s talk about all the differences and benefits between the two.
Affiliate channels are now allowed to receive cheers in bits as well as subscribers. Meaning with this, now streamers can monetize on their channel without worrying about chargebacks. Before Affiliates started, if you were not a partner, you would have to set up a donation/tip button and ask people to donate to you through PayPal.
What Twitch allows now with being an Affiliate is that there are no more risks to where someone can share bits and they can just easily subscribe to your channel and never have to worry about any kind of chargebacks as a streamer.
In order to become an affiliate here are things you need to meet:
The affiliate program uses bits to determine your revenue. When another member of Twitch purchases bits and then cheers, you will make a designated amount of money. Affiliates get one cent for every bit that is cheered.
Payouts for actual Twitch subscriptions are different. The subscription model utilizes a three-tiered system, and the affiliate will receive 50% of the subscription amount when purchased through their link.
Here are the advantages and benefits of being an affiliate.
As an affiliate, you are not guaranteed of transcoding. You may receive transcoding, but it does not necessarily mean that bigger affiliates get bigger transcoding. Sometimes affiliates that are streaming a little more often or have slightly more average viewers in their channel can receive more transcoding. What transcoding does is it allows the viewers to click on a sprocket at the bottom of the video and change how they watch videos.
For example, if the audience is watching through their mobile phones and does not want to watch you in 1080p, they can downgrade it to 720p to save themselves data in the process. It can even be downgraded lower which before was only accessible twitch partner-specific and not guaranteed for affiliates.
What happens is that the audience can stream if they want as long as they click the small button in their dashboard that says, “save my past streams.” What that will do is it will be put a catalogue of videos into on-demand or VODs and will be saved up to 14 days.
Any stream that the viewers have done in the past or uploaded to twitch can be viewed as a rerun when they are not streaming it live. It lets them still engage with their community since, even though they are not streaming live, they still get the content to watch. Premieres, on the other hand, can include when a new game is about to come out and the streamer can set a premiere notice which then sends out a notification to all their followers on Twitch. It is like a form of a reminder to let them know that you are about to go live with that premiere, which is a good option that affiliates get to have.
Back then, streamers had to wait 45 days for their pay-out to reflect, which was a long period of time. And then it went down to 30 days and eventually dropped down to 15 days which is a perk that every affiliate enjoys now.
What this means is that as a Twitch affiliate, you are allowed to have up to five emotes on your channel. However, affiliates don’t have them right away, they have to earn them, and you earn them by subscriber points. The more people that subscribe to someone’s channel, the more likely that affiliate can unlock all five of them and once they get to unlock all of them, they do not have to constantly keep going back to earn them.
Say you are playing the new Battlefield Six or Call of Duty, what it does is that it pops up below the streamer’s video saying something like “you are now playing game X” and if the viewer chooses to play the same game with the affiliate, they can recommend them by clicking the button below their video which then takes them to the Twitch platform and allows the viewers to purchase the game. As an affiliate, this allows them to collect a small monetization off that sells.
For this type, they almost get the same perks as an affiliate, one of which is having reruns and premieres and 15-day pay-outs and even game sales revenue, but they still have a few differences. For example, for partnership, they can earn up to 60 emote. Just like the affiliate unlocking those 5 emotes, partners must unlock the 60 through their subscribers which is a lot more work to unlock all of it compared to being a Twitch affiliate since finding the 5 emotes easier to achieve than the 60.
This is the next level of the affiliate program. With this program, you get the same perks as a simple affiliate, but there are many more features and a few extra ways to make money, such as ad revenue. However, there are more hoops to jump through to get to the level where you meet the requirements needed to up your game. You also get better direct support from Twitch and custom emotes.
In order to become a partner, here are the requirements you need to meet:
The commissions you get are very similar to the ones attached to the affiliate program. You also will get a commission off of subscriptions made through your links, but, at the top level of partnership, you will make 70% instead of 50% off of these sales.
You can also get donated bits, and, with this revenue stream, you will be making the same one cent per bit as the affiliates do.
Now, let’s talk about the biggest benefit of being in the partner program…ad revenue. The amount of revenue made off of this option depends on how many commercials you want to show during your stream. There are some streamers that make a couple thousand dollars off of a couple thousand views while showing minimal ads. This is a scalable money stream that could help you out.
There are also other revenue streams that partners have access to. Things like sponsorships or brand deals are easier to get when in the partner program. This is when brands pay you to wear, play, or promote their product to your audience, and you are compensated for doing so. This is like a live advertisement for whatever brand is working with you.
Here are the advantages and benefits of being a partner:
Twitch partners can monetize off of ads. Not only that, but they are also entitled to run live streams and be ad-free for subscribers. What this means is all of their subscribers do not have to go through an ad while they are watching the live stream. However, for those who are not subscribed, they are subjected to watching the ad and having that stream break. Thus, the viewer can miss 30 seconds of content which eventually makes them want to hit the subscribe button to avoid that stream break.
Any other viewers, whether they are watching it on their iPad, a mobile, Xbox, or any other device, have access to a transcoder which allows them to change how they want to view the content. Whether it be 1080p, 720p at 60 frames, 720 at 30 frames etc. The viewers can downgrade that to where it is not killing their data.
Unlike affiliates that only have 14 days of VOD storage, partners can have up to 60 days of a backlog of their live streams or upload content. This is convenient, especially if they have a bigger community and viewers have their day to day tasks. And, if they feel like they miss a stream, they can always go back and watch that on a later date and not have to watch it within a two-week period with the worry of the stream falling off.
You might be asking why a partner would want to increase their delay up to 15 minutes, but this is for a lot of professional gamers out there that are playing games such as League of Legends, Pub G or Fortnite and they are having issues with stream snipers which, by the way, means cheating in a game by watching another player’s stream. So, partners crank up that delay up to 15minutes to avoid being sniped; however, the side effect is that they do not have instant access to what is going on in the chat.
Even with affiliates, there is a fee when it comes to being paid out within that 15-day timeframe. The only difference is that the pay-out fees for the partners are already covered by Twitch itself. With partners, Twitch eats out the fee which then saves the partners a lot of bucks when getting their pay-out.
Partners are considered VIPs to Twitch, basically being higher up on that tier ladder when it comes to customer support. This means that if you are having issues such as connecting to the servers on Twitch or your streams do not look that appealing, a partner can ask Twitch for support regarding the matter. This saves them time from sitting and waiting for the solutions to come. Unfortunately, affiliates do not have this perk at all.
Just like other social media accounts like Twitter or Instagram, Twitch also provides verified badges for streamers who usually have a bigger community and higher subscriber count. After all, being a partner is a lot of work before a streamer can achieve that status in the gaming platform.
If you are a casual streamer and are not looking to make a career of this, then the affiliate program is just fine for you. Signing up for this program will allow you to make a little side money and is a great side hustle. If you are dedicated and stream regularly with the intention of making this your career, then working to get your way into the partner program is an ideal goal.
In the end, the decision of which avenue is the best for you depends on your goal and your dedication. Both have their benefits and very few disadvantages, so the choice is yours.
When it comes to Twitch partnership vs affiliate, while it’s true that a partner is a VIP status and makes more money than an affiliate, they are both a part of the Twitch community. The takeaway is, whether you’re a Twitch affiliate or partner, it’s always your responsibility to make sure that you give your subscribers and viewers the value for their support and money. This means putting content that is valuable, true, and entertaining in the platform, and not just subpar videos eating up people’s time and money.