AWeber vs MailChimp – The Best Email Marketing Services

This article about email marketing services is dedicated to my blogger friend, Bren Lee from My Girly Parts who asked me about the differences between MailChimp and AWeber. So Bren, this is for you and hope you liked it.

You have probably heard about ‘money is in the list’ hundred of times now. If not, you better read this article not once … but twice.

Why? Because this is the most basic blogging 101 for beginners and professional bloggers alike!

Did you noticed that there are those newsletter signup boxes on your favorite websites? Yes, now you got the point.

Before that, let’s take a quick look on what makes AWeber and MailChimp different using the slide below:

The importance of a mailing list

I am just keeping this short and sweet. You may have tons of traffic coming from search engines and referral traffic. However, do you know how to promote an article which has a super high rate of success?

Let’s take an instance that you have 100 subscribers. This means that you have at an average of 90 eager, ready to share and loyal readers who will read your writings. And, you may write something bad and they would probably still say you are good.

Talking from a point of an Internet marketer or emarketer, a mailing list means you are going to promote a products to people who are willing to listen and probably close a sale with them.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a blogger, copy writer or Internet marketer … you need a mailing list. I call it … the black book.

What to look for in an email marketing service provider?

There are many choices you can choose from nowadays which consist of both free and paid ones. As for the record (as of now), I do not have a huge subscribers list like what most bloggers have and I’m still trying to grow my list. If you want to join my list, you can signup here:

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I’m a tough customer and it would take me quite a lot of convinces before I actually try on an email marketing service. This are what I am expecting to get:

  1. Easy to use (UI, integration etc)
  2. Templates
  3. Scheduler
  4. Auto responder
  5. Anti spam features
  6. A/B testings
  7. Pricing

Now, let me tell you again. There are many choices when it comes to email marketing software and provider. After several research and reading lots of reviews, I decided to stick my head into both MailChimp and AWeber only. The rest doesn’t come close to what I what I want (more on that in a minute).

I got to stress that I realized there are so many marketing tactics used by both the email marketing companies above which, at times is very confusing. I hope this article will give a brighter and clearer explanation of what these are and what they can offer. Most importantly, what you can expect from them.

MailChimp – Send Better Email

MailChimp offers excellent email marketing services with a low price

MailChimp offers limited email marketing services for free

I’m going to review MailChimp first since I came into contact with it earlier than others. Okay, I admit it … the word free kinda attracted me. Not only that, with over 100,000 die-hard supporters, I know that MailChimp is definitely a competitor in email marketing solutions.

What I really love about MailChimp?

  1. Clean, clear and fun UI to use
  2. Drag and drop functions
  3. Very direct and not complicated settings and control panels
  4. Free

What I dislike about MailChimp?

  1. Free account offers limited features
  2. Several options could be unlocked only after you completed certain tasks
  3. You can add anyone immediately as subscribers without comfirmation

The first thing that attracted me to MailChimp (besides the bloody ‘free‘) is the user interface. It is basically very simple and is ideal for those who want to build a list fast. You can probably set up an email within 15 minutes. Maybe lesser if you know what you’re doing.

I am also tempted with MailChimp’s integration module. It’s signup form can be integrated easily into nearly any widget and plugins. Yes, a big turn on when it comes to ‘bye bye coding work’.

What I really don’t like about MailChimp is the fact that some important email marketing features are locked on free account (like A/B testing and auto responder). Of course, you can unlocked them by being more ‘active’ or doing more tasks before you are able to unlock them.

What I mean is … give me a break! If you want to offer something, offer them in full.

MailChimp is one of the best email marketing providers which offers free service

Example of MailChimp Mailing List which I had done to run my research

Another downside is that fact that you can basically add anyone into your subscriber’s list without their confirmation. This is not a good sign as you could easily be labelled as spam. You definitely don’t want when it comes to growing your mailing list.

I still love MailChimp and it’s simply because it is freemium. The free account offers a maximum of 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails (per month). Anything more is all pay per use which is pretty cool for me.

Important note (credits to Adrian Jock): Term and Condition changes on MailChimp which could affects you!

MailChimp terms of use

MailChimp has a small clause that disallow specific businesses to use their services.

My verdict: You can grow your mailing list perfectly well with MailChimp. It is definitely a good choice for those who are tight on budget or even on a start up website. Since MailChimp offers a free email marketing service, I believe that it is a great platform to start it … of course, if you on the ‘allowed’ list as said by MailChimp.

AWeber – Email Marketing Software and Email Marketing Services

Aweber offers great flexibility and features when it comes to email marketing

AWeber is one of the most popular paid email marketing provider in the world

AWeber is a great email marketing service and yes, I am using AWeber. Even though I am using it, I will try my best to be as neutral as possible :)

AWeber is not free but I’m willing to pay for it? Why?!

What I love about AWeber?

  1. Detailed dashboard (UI)
  2. Many options and features when creating mailing list
  3. Auto responder
  4. Excellent promo ($1 for the first month)

What I dislikes about AWeber?

  1. Limited templates
  2. Not free!

I moved from MailChimp to AWeber simply because I wanted to try something new. And yes, it was recommended by my blogger friend, Adam Connell from Blogging Wizard. The $1 promo was more than just a deal for me. If I dislike it, I could just cancel the plan. Easy as that!

Aweber dashboard offers complete and excellent detailed email marketing report

This is how AWeber looks like on my test newsletter. A complete and detailed reporting tools at your finger tips.

The first impression when I login to AWeber dashboard was “What the hell had I done?”. Okay, the UI isn’t as clean as what MailChimp is. Just see the screenshots above. AWeber dashboard is … detailed!

Now, creating an email or auto responder (called as follow up message) in AWeber is no easy job. It’s simply because it is highly customizable. There’s a slight learning curve for setting up email on AWeber but once that job is done, you are going to rock it real hard!

Hint: check out the two newsletter signup forms on my sidebar. That’s what I’m talking about!

Once you have created a signup form, AWeber gives you the special placement ability to either grab the HTML code to place manually on your website, email the code to your web developer and even have AWeber to host the form for you. Pretty cool huh?

Doing A/B testing is also easy using AWeber. You can immediately it do it regardless how many subscribers you have. That makes all the difference when compared to MailChimp.

AWeber doesn’t allow you to add any subscribers to your list. You may send an email to invite them to your list and they would need to click on the confirmation link. This is absolutely great since you are also able to detect if they are just spam email or inactive followers. A huge +1 when it comes to spam control.

Talking about spam, AWeber will give you a spam score after you completely editing your email or newsletter. You know … some words are deem spam. The lower your score, the better the chance the email will avoid the junk box.

Lastly, what I dislike about AWeber is that it has very limited and ready-made templates. Okay, I know customization is the main topic here but for lazy people like me, customizing is time consuming. However, this is something I can live with since I customize all my emails and messages.

More information: My complete AWeber review – Could AWeber possibly be the BEST email marketing solution?

AWeber vs MailChimp

I don’t think there is a clear winner in terms of functionality and features. You will not go wrong with either one of these email marketing providers. Trust me on that.

As a recap, here’s what I think about AWeber and MailChimp.

AWeber (Try now: Only $1 for the first month)

  • King of customization
  • Good report and analytic tools ready out of the box
  • Excellent spam control

MailChimp (Try now: Free for 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails)

  • Extremely easy to use features
  • Powerful email marketing tool if used properly (with some patience)
  • Very affordable when it comes to financial matters

Are you using any email marketing tools or services? Share your thoughts with me using the form below and let’s discuss.

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Reginald Chan

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  1. Louis Sanchez says

    I clean my email subscribers list every 90 days. I do this by sending an email with a request to continue receiving our emails, newsletters etc. i give them three emails or chances to remain on the list.

    I would rather have several thousand real people who are interested instead of several million fake subscribers who gobble up my bandwidth and resources (i.e.. real money as an expense).

    Louis

    • says

      Hello DocLou,

      Thanks for the comment and very well said. I can’t agree more on this. I was happy last time as I had many followers (didn’t bother if they are real) but that wasn’t good. After sometime, I realized that I need good followers especially when I started using Aweber.

      Totally agree when it comes to quality or quantity.

      Reginald

  2. says

    Reginald, you missed something very important regarding MailChimp. I recommend anyone who plans to use MailChimp to read very carefully their Acceptable Use Policy… There you’ll see something not very pleasant for a LOT of internet marketers:

    “Nothing personal, but in order to maintain the highest delivery rates possible for all our customers, we can’t allow businesses that offer these types of services, products, or content: [...] Work from home, make money on online and lead generation opportunities, Multi-level marketing, Affiliate marketing”

    • says

      Hi Adrian,

      Thanks for the heads up. I went back to have a look at it and yes you are right! Added one part at the top for the readers to consider. Thank for sharing that mate!

      Reginald

  3. says

    I use MailChimp at the moment on my wordpress based blog. It’s able to communicate with my signup plugins through its API but I’m sure AWeber can probably do the same… I love the automated emails with MailChimp though, you can create a newsletter ‘funnel’ once and let it be forever. This is a feature I have to pay for though…

    In other words, you’ve got me thinking!

    Great post, thanks for sharing.

    • says

      Hi Juan,

      Thanks for your comment. Some food for thought on a Monday? :)

      Hit me on email if you need any help with AWeber (since I spend more time there) and if you ever decide to try it. I think the $1 deal is definitely great for starters.

      Have a great week ahead mate.

      Reginald

  4. says

    I’m so glad I came across this article – I’m in the middle of deciding between AWeber and MailChimp. I have a food blog that’s about a year old – lots of page views but not a lot of subscribers, which is why I’m switching to a better email marketing service. I currently use Jetpack subscriptions, which is extremely limited. I was about to give up on AWeber because, as you explained, the initial learning curve to get it all set up is fairly steep. I had just headed over to MailChimp to see if I could fare better there, but after reading this, I think I’m going to stick with AWeber. Thanks!!! Lisa

    • says

      Hi Lisa,

      Greetings and welcome :)

      At this point of typing, AWeber had added a few more templates which make everything looks better. Good for them. Jetpack subscription and Feedburner are both very limited and thus, I use AWeber instead.

      Glad you find this useful and thanks again!

      Take care.

  5. says

    Hey Reginald!

    Thank you so much for the information about our service and the great comparisons.

    I did want to address some of your concerns regarding the templates;

    We are continuing to work on updating our template gallery and your feedback is greatly appreciated. If you are ever seeing a template you want to tweak but don’t have the time, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Template Design Team!

    We are happy to make any tweaks/edits you would like so you can deliver the most awesome newsletter to your subscribers.

    Again thank you for the support!

    Jordan Premick
    Customer Solutions Supervisor
    AWeber.com
    twitter.com/AWeber Handle ^JS

    • says

      Hi Jordan,

      Thank you for your comment! One thing I got to say is that right after this post was published, I noticed that you guys loaded up some new templates as well.

      Also, thank you for the recommendation on the tweaking part. Certainly, I will give it a try soon.

      You are most welcome and take care!