I don’t care what anyone says, I absolutely LOVE Mailchimp and will still very likely keep them as an e-mail client for my ventures but I am beginning to outgrow the capacity of Mailchimp and wanted to try something different.
Why not Aweber, ConvertKit or Infusionsoft or some other e-mail client, Gee ?
You want to know the thing about clever questions like that ? I sometimes don’t have an answer for them. And just so you know, me not having an answer for a question is as rare as a $2 bill.
I really just picked Getresponse out of a hat of options to try and ended up with some opinions about it. Sound good ? Alright, let’s move on then.
But hearing Leslie Samuel talk about Getresponse did influence by decision to try it out.
Mailchimp vs Getresponse : The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
Actually there is nothing ugly about both brands at all. I just added that part for dramatic effect.
1) Mailchimp is free for up to 2000 subscribers. Getresponse only lets you have 250.
When I initially signed up for Getresponse, I initially signed up for a 30-day free trial. Usually when I sign up for a free trial, I sort of expect to get the full functionality of the software for those 30 days. Unfortunately, this is not what happened with Getresponse.
One of the things that really excited me about Getresponse was their webinar and landing page feature which I will talk about later and so I was really bummed to find out that I could not use that functionality in my 30-day free trial. I had to in fact pay to use them. Strike One.
Then I thought I would at least get a chance to have 1000 subscribers with their 30-day free trial but as soon as I imported an e-mail list of over 200 , I got an e-mail saying that I was nearing my free 30-day limit and a 250 subscriber limit which was not mentioned at all when I was signing up. To go over that 250 e-mail subscriber limit, I would have to pay. Strike Two.
So I was a bit disappointed that their free trial was really limited in what I could do to test the software.
Mailchimp on the other hand does allow you to collect 2000 e-mails and send up to 12,000 e-mails per month all for free except for some really nice functions like setting up an autoresponder.
So in with regards to numbers of subscribers and having access to most of their functionality on the free plan I really do think Mailchimp trumps Getresponse.
2) You cannot build pretty landing pages with Mailchimp. You can with Getresponse.
Mailchimp does have a landing page functionality to it but you really cannot do much with it, in my opinion. Getresponse on the other hand has some beautiful landing page templates you can customize when you get on their paid plan. You even get very useful landing page analytics.
3) Mailchimp E-mail editor has more functionality to it than Getresponse.
Both platforms have templates for newsletters etc. I however am not one for using templates for my e-mails I send out so I usually skip this option.
I however find the editor for Mailchimp to have way more options than Getresponse. Of course, Getresponse allows you to write your e-mail in HTML so you could technically edit your e-mail however you want…but in HTML.
And here is the Getresponse editor :
Not much to work with.
4) Getresponse has oodles of sign up form templates you can use. You have to hack it with Mailchimp.
The sign up form options Mailchimp offers are very plain and unless you are using some other tool like Thrive Themes or the Magic Action box to “mask” it.
Getresponse on the other hand has several easily customizable sign up form templates.
5)You can host webinars within Getresponse ! Not so with Mailchimp
Getresponse has an in-built webinar application you can use starting with their $49 plan. I think it is a great option to have because your e-mail client is built right into your webinar software and you don’t have to pay $$ for an e-mail client and an extra $$ for a webinar client. Nice idea to have it all in one place.
I do understand however that not everyone is at the place where they can shell out $49 per month to use this functionality. Mailchimp does not have a webinar option at all.
6) You can choose a single opt-in with Getresponse. Mailchimp requires a double opt-in process.
With Mailchimp, if a person does not confirm their e-mail after they sign up, they are not subscribed to your list. I personally love this because spammy folks are less likely to sign up AND it adheres to international anti-spam laws.
Some people on the other hand find this cumbersome. If this is you, you will love Getreponse’s single opt-in option.
7)You can send out audience surveys easily in Getresponse. You will have to hack it out with Mailchimp.
Need to send out a survey ? You can do it right within Getresponse. With Mailchimp you would have to hack it out with a tool like SurveyMonkey or Typeform. Just an extra step but it is nice when you can do it all in one spot.
8) In terms of paid plans, I think you get a better deal with Getresponse.
So while their free plans cannot compare with each other, when you switch to the paid plans, Getresponse really outdoes Mailchimp. You get up to 5000 subscribers for $49 with Getresponse PLUS all the features (landing pages, survey tools, webinars, etc) I mentioned earlier on. With Mailchimp you pay $50 for the same number without the extra features Getresponse offers.
My Overall Reaction
I honestly love BOTH tools. I use both of them seamlessly. Having used Getresponse for a bit though, I would not recommend it for someone who is just starting out. Mailchimp has PLENTY of features that you can use as a beginner especially if you are boot-strapping.
On the other hand the extra features – landing pages, webinars, survey tools, beautiful customizable form templates – are all very strong reasons why Getresponse currently has my the other half of my e-mail client heart.
Which e-mail clients have you used and which ones have you enjoyed ?