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ActiveCampaign is an integrated marketing and customer relationship management (CRM) suite with a foundation in email marketing. Targeted towards small-to-midsize businesses, the software is designed to help organizations build their... Read more
Drip is a cloud-based email marketing solution catering to businesses of all sizes across various industries such as marketing and advertising, consumer goods and e-learning. Key features include workflow automation, multi-channel... Read more
MoonMail is a cloud-based email marketing tool suitable for small to midsize companies in all industries, particularly marketing agencies, designers and developers. Key features include configurable email templates, email automation... Read more
SendinBlue is a cloud-based email marketing tool suited for organizations of all sizes. It offers marketing automation, email campaigns, transactional emails and SMS messages functionalities within a suite. SendinBlue allows users... Read more
SendX is an Intuitive, Affordable & Feature-rich Email Marketing Software for marketers & business owners. It enables users to send unlimited email campaigns, build email lists, design emails using a drag-and-drop editor, email automation... Read more
Autopilot is a visual marketing software that enables users to create manage marketing campaigns and lead conversions. The product offers multi-channel marketing capabilities, such as online, email, in-app, SMS and snail mail communications. Features... Read more
GetResponse is a cloud-based marketing tool that allows users to connect with their customers through email and create landing pages. It caters primarily to small businesses, bloggers and marketing agencies. GetResponse provides an... Read more
Sender is a cloud-based email marketing solution that helps users to creating and managing email-based campaigns for small and midsize businesses. Key features include configurable subscription forms and templates, subscriber segmentation... Read more
Built for small- and medium-sized sales and marketing teams, Infusionsoft offers tools for managing customer relationships from contact to conversion. They serve users in a variety of industries from health care to hospitality. Read more
Workfront (formerly AtTask) is a cloud-based project management solution that helps teams to prioritize, route, manage and report on their work. It is suitable for businesses of any size and industry including IT, architecture and... Read more
Marketo offers a cloud-based email marketing platform for companies of all sizes to manage and monitor engaging customer relationships. The solution features integrated applications that deliver a range of capabilities including marketing... Read more
Pardot, a Salesforce company, is designed for organizations that primarily focus on business-to-business (B2B) sales and marketing automation. This email marketing system offers automated support for the longer timespan and multi-step... Read more
Campaign Monitor is a cloud-based email marketing solution that helps businesses manage new subscriptions, send email newsletters and generate reports. It caters to businesses of all sizes across various industry verticals. The solution... Read more
SendGrid is a cloud-based email marketing tool that assists marketers and developers with campaign management and audience engagement. Its key features include A/B testing, mailing list management, predefined templates, image library... Read more
MailerLite is a cloud-based email marketing solution. Key features include campaign reporting, email automation, subscriber list management and result tracking. The solution helps users to design email campaigns in the form of newsletters.... Read more
Salesforce Marketing Cloud is a part of Salesforce.com family that offers robust social marketing solution to help businesses create and manage the social presence on a variety of social media sites. The solution offers multiple functionalities... Read more
Act-On is a cloud-based marketing automation tool that offers businesses a suite of applications, including email marketing, website visitor tracking, lead management, social media management, reporting and analytics. With Act-On's... Read more
Mailbird is an email marketing tool that helps businesses of all sizes manage multiple accounts and enhance workforce productivity. It is a Windows-based solution that enables users to sync and centralize emails and contacts from several... Read more
FireDrum is a cloud-based email marketing tool designed for businesses of all sizes. It offers email design, list management, member reporting and campaign reporting functionalities within a suite. The FireDrum editor allows users... Read more
Desk.com is a customer support engine for customer service professionals in small and midsize companies. The system integrates with Salesforce and contains reporting features that can help administrators and employees manage customer... Read more
Email marketing is one of the most popular marketing techniques around. In fact, if measured by volume alone, it’s probably the most popular marketing method of all time! So what exactly is email marketing, what does it accomplish for businesses and why is it so popular? We answer these and other questions below.
Many describe email marketing as the online version of direct mail marketing. They’re similar, since both help companies reach out to customers with their marketing message. They’re also similar because both are relatively cheap and so can be sent in large quantities. This lets companies reach larger and wider audiences with greater frequency and lower expense.
While there are some similarities, it’s not until we look at the differences between the two methods that email marketing really begins to shine. Most significantly and unlike direct mail, emails are trackable. This allows marketers to see which recipients are engaging with their content and, in some cases, how they engage with it. Mature email marketing efforts use this information to refine future marketing efforts, whether by email or other channels.
Email marketing software is the tool that businesses use to run and automate common email marketing tasks. The software is also used to measure the engagement and impact of each email marketing campaign and to help companies find better ways of segmenting their customers and audience. (While it’s theoretically possible to engage in email marketing without dedicated software, the vast majority of companies need the automation that email marketing software provides in order for it to be a profitable strategy.)
This guide will help you learn more about email marketing software systems and their range of functions. With this information you’ll be ready to make the right purchase decision and put email marketing to work for you. Here's what we'll cover:
Reviewers' Choice Products
Our Reviewers’ Choice list shows the five highest user-rated software solutions for Email Marketing when adjusted for total number of reviews and recency of reviews.
If a software solution has more reviews, and more recent reviews, we value those ratings more highly than a product with fewer, older reviews. This is because is it much harder to get 100 five-star reviews than it is to get 10.
We also know that software vendors continually tweak and update their product, so we believe that more recent reviews tend to be more accurate.
To determine which products made the final cut, we looked at how users rated each solution's:
A solution can make the Reviewers' Choice top five in all three categories, or just one or two. All software solutions in the Reviewers' Choice have at least 10 reviews from real software users. The final products are listed in alphabetical order from left to right.
For more details on how we selected our Reviewers' Choice, read the full methodology.
In general, email marketing software is used to create, launch and track email campaigns to promote a company’s marketing message. It uses email as the primary vehicle for ''keeping in touch'' with leads. Its goal is to nurture the leads and keep the brand’s solution top-of-mind, until the leads are ready to convert into paying customers. These systems are designed to improve efficiency by automating the more common activities of email marketing, of which there are many. They can also provide insight into the success rate of each individual campaign. Additionally, they help companies generate and maintain more consistent messaging across all email marketing communications.
Specifically, most email marketing solutions include tools that help companies capture and segment leads, automate email delivery and track the results of email campaigns.
While capabilities may vary from vendor to vendor, most email marketing programs typically include the following functionalities:
|Lead capture||Captures lead information from web forms, landing pages etc.|
|Basic segmentation||Groups contacts or leads by shared characteristics (e.g., by demographic or household attributes, or by industry segment or past purchase history).|
|Email templates||Time-saving templates that can be used for frequently sent messages and requests.|
|Mass email delivery||Provides the means to send emails in batches to groups of contacts.|
|Drip (scheduled) email delivery||Automatically sends email messages over a scheduled period of time, helping keep the marketing message top of mind.|
|Email open rate and click-through tracking||Tracks the success of individual email campaigns by measuring the frequency with which prospects engage (open, click links etc.).|
|Reporting and analytics||Provides reports and dashboards to help companies measure leads, email performance, landing page performance, web activity and more.|
Here are a few other things to keep in mind as you evaluate email marketing products:
Consider what mediums your customers are using.
Consumers now interact with emails on multiple devices (such as mobile phones and tablets). Consider systems that optimize emails for viewing on mobile devices. If you or your customers are social media users, look for a system that allows you to incorporate social components into emails. For example, you might consider a system that includes email templates with social sharing buttons.
Decide what degree of personalization you'd like to offer.
If all you want to do is send a monthly newsletter to a large group of contacts, select any system that sends mass emails. If you'd like to automatically send emails on a pre-determined schedule, also look for drip email functionality. To send personalized emails to leads based on their interactions with your company or website (a form of drip email marketing), choose a system with strong segmentation tools and the ability to send targeted emails.
Salesforce Marketing Cloud offers drag-and-drop segmentation capabilities that let users send targeted email messages based on web analytics, customer data and other interactions
Make sure your new system supports necessary integrations.
When comparing email marketing solutions, think about the other tools it'll need to communicate with. You might consider vendors that offer native integrations with customer relationship management (CRM) products, or plug-ins that connect the platform to other software. If you plan to use your mobile device to access your email marketing system, look for a vendor that offers a native or web-based mobile app. Many vendors also offer integration support and services.
Consider what you'll need in the future.
Stand-alone email marketing tools typically only track interactions related to email campaigns. However, some are offered as part of larger marketing cloud suites. Among other things, these suites include tools for:
If you expect your business to need these other capabilities, consider a marketing suite. Alternatively, you might look for an email marketing platform that is customizable and can integrate with other systems if you'd prefer to add capabilities over time.