Autoresponders

My Thoughts on Autoresponders

You have recently seen some articles on autoresponders.  I am frequently asked about what autoresponders I use, and what do I think of them.

Well, I have, and USE, many autoresponders.  Here is the current list (I also have others):

  •  Aweber – Full Featured Autoresponder Only.  Gets very expensive as your list grows.  Basic is $19.95 per month.  No reseller fee.
  • GVO – Full Featured Business System.  GVO was my first autoresponder and I have some of my largest newsletters there. $24.95 per month.  
  • TrafficWave.net – Full Featured Autoresponder. $14.95 per month for unlimited campaigns, unlimited messages, unlimited subscribers, campaign chaining, and through the Matrix Buster program I can get you 30 days for free, and  I will pay for your second month for free.
  • WorldProfit – Limited Function Integrated prospect manager and autoresponder functions.  Autoresponder included with Platinum VIP upgrade
  • All-In-One-Profits Response – Full Featured but no frills Autoresponder with available hosting, landing pages, and so much more.  $11.50 per month.  No reseller fee.  $10 commission per referral per month but it does have a pass-up requirement.
  • Get Response – One of the top rated – I recommend joining through JVZoo because it is tightly integrated with a custom API
  • Response Magic – One response message only. A decent contact manager for MLMROD
  • Stiforp – I like the template-based message approach $9.95 per month but limited subscribers without upgrade

  • European Safelist – Basic function autoresponder $7 per month
  • Global NPN – Full Featured Business System with a respectable autoresponder but support is non-existent.

  • Mail Chimp – has been a contender but gets expensive as your list grows.

Why So Many?

I am involved with MANY projects and systems.  They each have their own requirements, and many give you no option to vary from their standards.   If there is licensing of a product or service, you may be required to use approved and copyrighted promotion materials, in which case you CANNOT vary from those standards or modify the messaging without corporate approval.

Time Savers

In some cases, it is worthwhile going with the recommended autoresponder platform because that project supplies a “done-for-you” follow-up message sequence that requires only some setup and tweaking.  To do this yourself would take days (or more).  Or, as indicated above, the approval process might be prohibitive.

Ease of Use

Some autoresponders are full-featured, have excellent editors and a good selection of pre-made templates.  They may have tracking and statistics (you always analyze EVERYTHING).    There are some  less expensive autoresponder systems, but I find them choppy and hard to navigate.  Once set up, they are ok, but not friendly to work with.  You get what you pay for.

Migration

If you plan on starting out cheap, then upgrading to a top-of-the-line autoresponder system such as Aweber, GVO, or TrafficWave, be aware that these systems have severe restrictions on importing leads from external sources.  You must effectively impose on each subscriber to opt-in again, only to your new autoresponder, in which case you are likely to lose a large number of those subscribers.

You are then tasked with manually transporting your messaging from one autoresponder system to another.   This can be a huge project.

These two issues are the main reasons I have not consolidated everything into one autoresponder system.  Strategically, you would not want to do that.  If your single autoresponder goes down, your business STOPS.  An autoresponder with capture page capability is the single most important piece of software in your business if you intend to maintain any kind of online presence.

The Rundown

TeamEliteHomeBusinesses.com – (abbreviated here as TEHB.com) Full function unlimited autoresponders, unlimited lead capture, unlimited subscribers, downline builder and so much more built on LSN 1.0 platform.    Get TEHB.com Here

Aweber is extremely friendly, and flexible, and widely used.  There are integration modules and apps that help you incorporate this technology into other commercial applications.  I have many templates set up for the various projects — newsletters, information desks, eCourses, etc.  I like Aweber, and they have great tutorials and a responsive help desk.  ClickBank Passive Income Pro requires Aweber for integration with lead capture, and the done-for-you drip campaign is in Aweber.  Great statistics.  Price goes up as the number of subscribers top a certain threshold.  Automatically creates a text version of the formatted messages. $19.95 per month for basic plan with no reseller fee.  Get Aweber Here

GVO – This is more than an autoresponder: it is a complete full function business system.  There are other GVO derivative projects like Empower Network, DotComSecretsX, Plug In Profits, Viral Secrets that are tightly integrated with GVO.   This is my favorite autoresponder, and where I have the largest independent lists of subscribers.  The editor requires that you create an HTML (formatted) message AND a text-only version.  Good statistics, and easy-to-use broadcast capability.  My upgrade to 10,000 subscribers only cost $5 per year.  $24.95 per month with Pure Leverage, that offers a 30-day free trial.  Reseller fee required $19.95 per month. Get GVO Here

GetResponse – Another of the biggest and most popular autoresponders.  It has a rather unique template-based page and scheduling method that gives you a graphical calendar-view layout.  My main reason for getting GetResponse was because certain affiliate programs required it.  I started to promote several JVZoo programs, and found that there was a custom integrated version that has an API used with JVZoo.  If you are marketing JVZoo products, be sure you subscribe through JVZoo, and no other program.  Many JVZoo programs have done-for-you campaigns that just plug in to the JVZoo version, which saves time, and you can share your campaigns with others on your team.  My leads, subscribers, and campaigns were totally transferrable to the JVZoo version – once the transfer was complete, I was able to terminate the non-JVZoo version.  Get GetResponse Here (non-JVZoo version)

TrafficWave – Very flexible, and  many controls to customize flow of the campaign.  Has a very desirable feature: campaign chaining.  Required for Perpetual Income Club.  Unlimited campaigns and autoresponder messages. No limit to subscribers.  All one price $17.95 per month but they offer 30 day free trial.  Also offers the Matrix  Buster program where you pay for the first paid month for a referral, but you get it back in bonus and commissions.  No reseller fee.  

Global NPN – This is more than an autoresponder: it is a complete full function business system. At the Basic level, the Mail Marketer Pro is limited to one campaign with limited followup messages.  $15 per month for Basic.  Graduated limits as you upgrade to different membership levels.  

European Safelist – unlimited, no frills, but functional.  Included as an upgraded member of European Safelist for $7 per month.  Get European Safelist Here

AIOP Response – Basic no frills autoresponder functionality – only $11.45 per month.  Pays $10 per referral, no reseller fee. Get AIOP Here

My Picks

I like and use Team Elite Home Businesses, GVO, AIOP, GetResponse, and Aweber.

Which Autoresponder Should You Get?

The one best suited for the project.  This is where my offer of free consulting comes into play.  Let’s figure out the issues, requirements, constraints, and plan together.

Note that these are MY  opinions, and do not necessarily reflect on any of my business partners, business associates, or clients. There are literally hundreds of autoresponders out there, but this has hit the major players

Rich Moyer

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