GetResponse vs AWeber review

12 Comparisons To Help You Decide Between AWeber and GetResponse

If you want to be successful in blogging and online business, you need to start a mailing list. You probably heard about the term ‘the money is in the list‘ and that if you think that is just for Internet Marketers, you are absolutely wrong.

It doesn’t matter if you are running a small blog or a corporate website; you need to have a god-damn mailing list! And when it comes to the best mailing list provider, you are spoilt with choices. With over a dozen email marketing providers around, we are constantly trying to get the best for our bucks. I mean, who doesn’t right?

Prior to this, you should know that I am a huge fan of AWeber and I eve wrote a review about it. Read all about AWeber here.

Recently, I was basically lured into the dark valley and got bribed by GetResponse with their 25% Christmas deal and being a human being, I was attracted to it … big time!

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And I went through the whole process to migrate all my subscribers from AWeber to GetResponse and it was merely to leverage from the Christmas deal while giving it a go.

Yes, call me crazy.

Important disclaimer:

I know there are probably hundreds or thousands of posts about AWeber vs GetResponse and seriously, I find them not much of a help as they are merely focusing on selling! In this review, I will be sharing with you what I think about both email marketing providers and of course, my personal opinion as a paying user myself.

AWeber versus GetResponse

AWeber vs GetResponse – The no-BS review

In this review, I will sharing with you several criteria for my judging and thus, feel free to head to the relevant section for my write up. Of course, this could possibly be a very long review indeed!

Criteria used for judging:

  1. Overview of both the email marketing companies (what?)
  2. Web signup forms designs
  3. Integrating with third party mailing list plugins
  4. Newsletter creation
  5. Autoresponder ability
  6. RSS to email feature
  7. Drag and drop editor
  8. Email delivery rate
  9. Ease of importing contacts
  10. Single opt-in and double opt-in
  11. Customer service and support
  12. The pricing factor

While this is definitely going to be a huge list, I recommend you to bookmark this for future reference.

1. Background check of AWeber and GetResponse

AWeber

AWeber was founded back in 1998 and it was then a huge hit when it comes to email marketing. As off 2011, AWeber was home to over 100,000 customers globally. By now, I believe they are serving over 300,000 clients worldwide.

AWeber is used by several key figures such as Ileane Smith, John Chow and Adam Connell. For me, I love AWeber’s professional designs and outlook.

Some claimed that AWeber is probably the best email marketing provider in the world.

GetResponse

GetResponse was founded back around the same time with AWeber and it is a great alternative to AWeber. At the moment, GetResponse has over 300,000 clients internationally and is one of the most interactive email marketing providers I ever come across.

GetResponse is actively used by many bloggers, marketers and even huge corporations as well. Just like AWeber, it gets tons of great reviews from popular sites such as Mashable.

There are also many die-hard fans for GetResponse when it comes to choosing the right tool to build a mailing list.

Winner: There ain’t any winner in the background check. Both are highly creditable and reputed. Therefore, this is a draw.

2. The battle of web forms and designs

If you want to sky rocket your mailing list creation, you got to have beautiful signup forms that converts.

AWeber

I have been using AWeber for over 8 months before this and I got to admit, I love their well-designed sign up forms. At the moment, AWeber has over 140 beautifully crafted sign up forms to woo your visitors to sign up.

Creating a sign up form on AWeber is easy and it offers 4 types of form such as inline, pop up, pop over and lightbox. For me, most of the sign up forms are beautiful and thus, it save me a lot of time when it comes to modification and this makes AWeber pretty much ready out-of-the-box.

AWeber has a great Drag and Drop editor for designing forms but I think that is absolutely not needed since it comes with some very attractive ready-made templates.

Now, if you are still unable to find a right template for yourself, don’t worry! AWeber team could provide support and even create a custom template for you! Yes, no joke!

GetResponse

GetResponse is something new to me and I am highly attracted to their very leisure outlook. You know, the vibrant colours and fonts … you get the point.

When it comes to build a sign up form, GetResponse is pretty much opposite from AWeber. Of course, I am more towards the lazy type and expects a lot from my email marketing provider. In terms of sign up form designs, I find that GetResponse is pretty much not overly attractive. They are pretty plain in some way (I am comparing highly to my site only) right out-of-the-box to be honest.

However, don’t get fooled with this. GetResponse is very powerful since it has a great Drag and Drop editor which I love to call to WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get). This means that every form you build is according to your liking.

Winner: Since I am a huge believer that email marketing must be easy and less time consuming, AWeber is the clear winner here.

3. Easy of integration with other mailing list plugin

AWeber and GetResponse are equal in this comparison. The main reason is because both of these are very popular email marketing providers and thus, it is a no brainer to include easy integration with most of the mailing list builder plugins.

Sign up forms generated with AWeber and GetResponse comes with both scripts and HTML codes which you can easily use and integrate to any plugin under 10 seconds flat.

Furthermore, both offers features such as:

  • Self installing the codes
  • Emailing the codes to your developer(s)
  • Hosting it through AWeber or GetResponse servers

I have tested with several optin plugins such as Hybrid Connect and Optinskin. Integrating both email marketing providers is as easy as A, B and C.

Winner: Draw

4. Creating a newsletter for your mailing list

AWeber

If you are interested to use AWeber, it is great for both HTML and plain text usage. Creating a newsletter using AWeber is easy as there isn’t any technical skills required. All you need is to choose the beautiful ready-made templates and you are probably all done and ready with it.

AWeber has spam score value which are auto calculated based on the number of images, links and number of sensitive words in your newsletter. This is definitely a good thing as having a high score will actually increase the changes your newsletter landing in the spam box. Certainly, something you wouldn’t want to right?

Once a newsletter is done, you are given two choices which you may decide to send immediately or schedule a different time. If you are deciding to schedule the newsletter, all you need to set is the time which is according to Eastern or Western time.

Of course, you can also decide which mailing list which will be receiving the newsletter (aka segmentation).

Personally, AWeber is great if you are very focused in text based newsletter.

GetResponse

Again, GetResponse is very opposite to AWeber and it is more focus in dynamic and responsive email newsletters. GetResponse has over 30 of ready made newsletter templates and all you need to do is to choose one that fits your need. Lastly, do some modifications according to your needs and you will be ready in no time.

Of course, if you are adventurous and hardworking, you can just use the Drag and Drop feature and build your own custom newsletter.

A huge feature which GetResponse has is that it comes with responsive email testing and preview. This means that there is an option for you to preview how the newsletter would look like on different smartphones, computer OS and even browsers! Oh yes, if you think that I am joking, I am not!

Here’s what it (called as Inbox Preview) looks like:

GetResponse Inbox Preview feature
Inbox preview is a great feature to check on the email layout on various devices

GetResponse also comes with spam score but it had to be done manually (one click button).

Wait!

There’s one more thing you should know about GetResponse; the revolutionary time-travel. With time-travel schedule featured enabled, all newsletters will be send out according to your subscriber’s local time. This is a mind blowing feature since you obviously do not have all subscribers living in the same town or time zone.

Winner: I would go with GetResponse as I felt each newsletter would be more customized and personalized thanks to the effective Drag and Drop feature. Also, with the latest Gmail update on images, having more images in your newsletter would be a good ‘investment’. Of course, the time-travel feature by GetResponse is definitely a no-brainer winner over AWeber in this comparison.

5. AWeber vs Getresponse review – Autoresponder ability

Autoresponder is a great feature to attract loyal readers back to your site and keeping them informed of the latest updates.

AWeber

Creating an autoresponder is easy and all you need is to create multiple emails (called as follow up emails) plus, setting up the time to be send accordingly. Here’s an example:

Autoresponder by AWeber
AWeber autoresponder feature is popular for email automation

AWeber’s autoresponder feature is pretty straight forward and it is pretty well baked for users who do not require much of a beautiful user-interface (comparing to GetResponse).

GetResponse

GetResponse does everything the same as AWeber and with some twist. You would be able to decide each autoresponder to be send according to:

  • Time based (right after subscription or x days later)
  • Upon actions such as after a click on any links in specific email
  • Upon actions such as after opening a specific email
  • Self defined goals that you create (click through rates, engagement level etc)

While this may sound hazzy at first, this means that GetResponse autoresponder is more versatile and provides a more custom-made experience for you and your subscribers.

GetResponse auto responder feature
Multiple goals and requirements can be used to trigger GetResponse autoresponder

Winner: For me, GetResponse is a better autoresponder since there are multiple ways to trigger an email. This means that you have everything it takes to create multiple goals that can be triggered by any goals or campaigns you had set.

Furthermore, having multiple options is a great way to boost your email marketing campaigns.

6. RSS to email feature

This is one email marketing feature which is very powerful and can determine the success or failure in luring your readers back to your site. Basically, all you need is set once and forget.

AWeber

I was addicted to AWeber RSS to email and used it for a course of around 2 months. Setting up is extremely easy and AWeber provides you two options which are automatic and manual.

In automatic, you need to set the time and the number of RSS collected on AWeber. Once it reaches the goals you had set, an email will be send out automatically to all your subscribers.

However, it is not the case for the manual feature. Instead, emails will be created automatically and placed in your draft folder. You would then need to manually send each email (assuming after you customize or checking it).

Personally, I tend to use more automated than manual but bear in mind that automation could means boring and you are killing the surprise factor.

GetResponse

Since I moved over to GetResponse and totally love their Drag and Drop editor, I basically ditched this feature. However, here’s my review on it.

  • Setup your RSS link with GetResponse
  • Set up the frequency of daily, weekly, monthly or anytime you like
  • Configure the total number of RSS collection before sending out

When it comes to RSS to email feature, GetResponse has only automatic feature and this means that it doesn’t go in draft unlike AWeber.

I would say this is a great addon to any mailing list campaign you are building. However, with the capabilities of the Drag and Drop feature of GetResponse, this could be one of the most under-utilized feature for me.

Winner: In terms of usability, I would give higher point to AWeber since it has the automatic and manual feature. It certainly a better feature when it comes to email customization.

7. Drag and drop editor

AWeber

Out of a scale of 10, I would say AWeber would score around 7.5 for this category. In AWeber, you get all the basic feature you could ever wished to build a newsletter, autoresponder etc.

If you are planning to use AWeber drag and drop feature, it is best used on a blank template since all the ready-made templates are already so perfectly done.

The only issue is that you got to get used to the layout of AWeber Drag and Drop before you can actually maximize its usage.

GetResponse

GetResponse on the other hands is highly focus in drag and drop feature compared to AWeber. I would rate GetResponse higher with a score of 8.5 due to the fact that the feature is more ‘interactive’ with users compared to the above.

However, bear in mind that this is great option especially when you are picky (like me) or would simply prefer a fully customized form.

The only downside for GetResponse is that it takes quite a bit of resources to get this feature running. Therefore, you may face a slower loading page if you are using an older computer.

Winner: I would give GetResponse the winning point here because I noticed it is able to perform better (in terms of functionality) as a drag and drop editor and the WYSIWYG feature really works well with this editor.

8. Which email marketing provider has a better email delivery rate?

Email delivery rate is important as we need to ensure that our subscribers get those email newsletters promptly and at the right time for the maximum effect.

AWeber

Through my 8 months with AWeber email marketing, it has never fail me when it comes to email delivery. Every email is sent out promptly and sharp on the dot.

What else to say? Perfecto!

GetResponse

The delivery rate for GetResponse is pretty close to AWeber and I got to admit, probably on par for many if is not better.

Honestly, I had issues with time-travel delivery not once but twice during my first week with GetResponse. However, the support team was really fast in rectifying the matter and everything was back working in a very short period of time.

For your information, the issues I faced were caused by a technical glitch which affected my account only. Unlucky me!

Winner: While both are seriously on par, I would give AWeber the winning point here due to the technical error I faced during my time at GetResponse. Though it was just an unwanted error, it certainly affected me a little especially when I have such a high expectation.

9. Process importing contacts and security matters (subscriber’s view)

AWeber

Building a mailing list is all about contact and if you are importing contacts to AWeber, you are in luck.

It is pretty easy for backend users like you but it could be a hassle for your subscribers. By default, the process of importing contacts (bulk upload) to AWeber is a 3-steps process:

  • Import contacts to AWeber
  • AWeber will screen the emails to check for any anomalies
  • Contacts will automatically receive an email verification which they need to verify to subscribe to the mailing list

You can also upload contact manually to AWeber and everyone need to go through the same verification process.

Update: According to Brandon from AWeber, we (clients) could request to have this double opt-in feature removed on a case to case basis simply by contacting their customer support team for assistance. Personally, I have yet to experience this and thus, I leave it as a neutral factor at the moment.

GetResponse

By default, GetResponse automatically enables double opt-in for all subscribers. However, you are able to change this feature in the settings.

Compared to AWeber, I totally understand the reason behind this. Not all subscribers are happy (and keen) to keep ‘authorizing’ the newsletters (especially when you are moving from AWeber to GetResponse) and you might lose quite a number of loyal subscribers which could affect your email marketing campaigns dearly.

I would highly recommend to enable double opt-in for new mailing list subscribers to avoid spammers and disable this feature when you are importing your contacts (from other email marketing provider to GetResponse).

Winner: I would say GetResponse is a better winner compared to AWeber in this comparison as I am coming from the point of a subscriber.

Imagine having to verify subscription email another time and maybe, the subscriber could ignore it. I know maybe there are 60% of people out there who will still re-verify but honestly, I would rather not take any chances.

10. AWeber double opt-in or GetResponse single/double opt-in? (end user’s view)

AWeber

As stated above, AWeber is extremely strict when it comes to verification and thus, it is compulsory to verify through email before subscribers will be added to the your mailing list.

While this could be an extremely good move for you as a host, it could also prove an issue for some subscribers would consider it a hassle to ‘keep verifying’ especially when you are moving from one provider to another.

However, don’t forget that by verifying again, you could easily remove inactive users from your email marketing.

GetResponse

GetResponse is different from AWeber as it offers both choices for its users. By default, the double opt-in feature is enabled from the moment you start an account with GetResponse.

However, you can change this setting by going directly to the settings and turn off the double-opt in feature.

This is where you can decide when and what action would require to turn on the double opt-in feature.

Winner: For this, I believe AWeber is a better choice. In comparison #9, I gave GetResponse the winning point as that was during the process of importing email subscribers. However, this comparison is mainly on the users themselves and thus, I believe AWeber’s compulsory opt-in feature is a great move to avoid spam or any wrong doings.

11. Quality of customer service and support

AWeber

Customer service at AWeber is pretty top notch. They have a good respond rate and speed; through my experience, all email enquiries and supports are replied within 12 hours or less.

I would also give credit to them as they always come back with follow up emails and asking me if the problem is solved after a few days.

Coming from a customer service background myself, this is definitely more than just good customer service. It certainly make me believe that my mailing list account is in good hands.

AWeber has the live chat feature which is great and you can easily find it on the top left (green button). Their support team also operates 24/7 and you can even tweet them for assistance too.

GetResponse

I am going to be very honest here. GetResponse support team isn’t as good as AWeber.

However, what makes GetResponse on par with AWeber and the rest of the email marketing providers is the live chat feature. This means that you are absolutely sure that at anytime you need some help, chances are there’s someone listening and providing valuable assistance.

While AWeber has the live chat feature too, I noticed that GetResponse live chat feature is more visible and the button is located on the left side of the page.

Personally, while AWeber could probably have the best support team, it is always great to know that GetResponse support is just one click of a button away.

Anytime you need help about email marketing, just hit the live chat and someone should attend to you within minutes.

A draw back from GetResponse is possibly the fact that they do not operate 24/7 like AWeber does. So, this could be something you should be considering if you are the type that would require lots of support.

Winner: Again, I would call this a draw. Both has live chat feature which is good and the only difference is that AWeber is operating 24/7. So, go figure!

12. The pricing factor – AWeber vs GetResponse

Disclaimer: This is probably the biggest and most important factor when it comes to deciding which email marketing provider you are going to use and my review here is solely on budget and quality of service.

AWeber

AWeber is offering $1 trial for 30 days plus, a full 30-days money back guarantee if you are unhappy with the service. The below are AWeber pricing plans:

AWeber pricing plans
AWeber email service starts at $16.17 per month after discount

As you can see, pricing for AWeber is pretty steep. In fact, it is one of the most expensive email marketing provider in the market now.

GetResponse

GetResponse is offering 30-days free trial and no credit card required. This means that at anytime you are unhappy with the service, you can stop without a single cent charged to you (if you cancel within the first 30 days).

This is what GetResponse pricing looks like:

GetResponse pricing and discount
GetResponse pricing plans

Just like AWeber, GetResponse is also offering discount if you sign up for a yearly plan. What differentiate GetResponse and AWeber is that GetResponse do not have a quarterly plan.

On top of that, GetResponse also offers additional pricing for bigger email volumes such as the below:

GetResponse additional packages
GetResponse also provides bigger and customized plans

New users who sign up for GetResponse could also get extra $30 discount if they signup through a special discount code like this one, GetResponse $30 extra credit.

Winner: As much as I love AWeber, I would say that GetResponse is a better choice with bigger discounts and easier on the pocket. Also, GetResponse offers more email subscribers limit compared to AWeber which is also a huge plus point.

AWeber vs GetResponse – Which is the best email marketing provider?

Phew! That’s one hell of a review right? If you managed to reach here in one shot, I think I might need to treat you a mug of beer mate!

I even took 5 rounds to complete this article with over a dozen revisions.

Using the comparison above, here are the scores:

  • 3 categories are draw between both email marketing providers
  • AWeber won 4 categories
  • GetResponse won 5 categories

With the detailed comparisons above between AWeber and GetResponse, which would be a better choice for you?

While you won’t go wrong with any of them, I would say GetResponse is much better due to the pricing factor.

Though I would probably get better customer service at AWeber, I could get twice the number of subscribers limit plus saving of at least $77 with GetResponse.

I hope you enjoy this long review and tell me what you think using the comment form below.

Also, here are the links which you can sign up for both the email marketing providers:

Sign up for AWeber for $1 (first month)

Try GetResponse and get extra $30 discount

32 thoughts on “12 Comparisons To Help You Decide Between AWeber and GetResponse”

  1. Hi Reginald,

    Wow! That’s one of the best comparisons I’ve read between between Getresponse and Aweber. 🙂

    I think you said it all so well that no one will have any doubts about what one should use. I had gone in for Aweber, but soon realized it perhaps wasn’t what I needed that time and changed over to what I use now. I think Aweber is good if you are more into marketing, or business etc., and also if you have a number of subscribers. Getresponse is certainly better price wise and also otherwise as compared – more of my kind I’d say.

    I’ve seen many of my friend’s use it, and it was Jane’s blog where I’d read another good review about the same. Nice discount going on presently too. Need to check it out. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend. Happy Holidays as well, and remember your promise 😉

    • Hi Harleena,

      Oh wow! Thank you for your kind words dear old friend.

      I love both (having both now seriously!) and I really dig into AWeber customer service. I mean, they came back to me like days later and asking how was my problem. That is insane and really wow-ed me. I mean, they really take customer service seriously.

      I actually came to know about GetResponse through Jane’s newsletter and I thought of giving it a try. Well, pros and cons I would say. Personally, AWeber is great for corporate usage and GetResponse is more towards leisure (and more fun outlook) in general.

      Have a blessed weekend and take care!

  2. Hi Reginald,

    Great comparison indeed. What a very long article, I have heard a lot about Aweber and Getresponse most especially in most reviews were many tends to promote their affiliated link, nonetheless it often nice to do that as it helps to bring more sale. I discover this time around that building a worthwhile mailing list with a great Email autoresponder is the best choice for bloggers and internet marketers to make both ends meet as far as online business is concern. I haven’t decided on what to go for on either out of the two but am a bit convince that Getresponds can do the job better.

    • Hi Adesanmi,

      Honestly, there are many out there but the way I see it, I don’t see anyone beating or coming close to AWeber and GetResponse. Pretty impressive (both) and I love both so much!

      Of course, I decide to go with GetResponse to due the discount and easier on my wallet thingy.

      Thanks for commenting mate!

  3. Hi Reginald,

    Though I don’t have plans to “getresponse” this month, It’ll definitely work out on January and that’s when everything on my blog will go premium 😉

    You’ve got a not just great but honest review here, took me a while to read it and if you ask for the over all winner, I’ll go for getresponse. I know everybody’s going for aweber and it’s mostly used by top bloggers (still don’t know why they don’t prefer getresponse).

    Bookmarked! Expect me back here next month buddy, by then I’d have made a conclusion on the platform to go for 🙂

    • Hey Gilbert,

      Glad to see you here mate. I really love AWEber and just like, I had no idea why many go for AWeber. I mean, I had some issue moving from AWeber to GetResponse (different platform) and it was crazy. While AWeber is pretty straight forward using AWeber, GetResponse is more towards creativity and thus, people would like the ready out-of-the-box thingy.

      One thing I can’t stand is the GetResponse forms. Haha! It is not really my liking and I miss AWeber for that. For pricing, love GetResponse price and deals. Haha!

      Glad you find this useful mate.

  4. You owe me a beer. 🙂 I made it to the end in one go. Anyway, I had no idea there was a product called GetResponse. My focus has always been on choosing between Aweber and Mailchimp. Now that you have helped me to discover GetResponse, I am beginning to feel the effects of analysis paralysis, but GetResponse sounds like the best choice. So thanks for the awesome comparison and for bringing this new product to my attention. I hear in-depth blog posts is the way to go these days. You seem to be on the right path. Happy Holidays.

    • Hi Churchill,

      Hey! Thanks for commenting and what?! You managed to read all in one go? Gratz mate and hell yeah! I owe you a beer mate.

      I wrote something about AWeber and MailChimp and you can have a read if you haven’t 🙂 For me, MailChimp is absolutely fine for a free account but it has many downside. Of course, what can we expect from a free service right?

      AWeber is a great email marketing provider but the only issue is the price. Top notch service and performance doesn’t come cheap. GetResponse on the other hand is a better choice for those who are just starting a business (or blog) and have a smaller budget. The reason I move over to GetResponse is simple; I forecast hitting the cap real soon and thus, I got to start thinking out of the box.

      Do I miss AWeber? Hell yeah but I am happy with GetResponse now (yes, I still have AWeber running but not on this blog).

      Have a great weekend mate!

  5. Hi Reginald,

    You are extraordinary. CommentLuv again? Last time I checked it was without Commentluv. 🙂

    This is a good review. Get response seems better in therms of the price. Very interesting. For a beginner it may be the decisive factor as the two are very close in just about everything.

    For the moment I use Aweber. However, it is good to know something about Getresponse, too.
    I think the best way is to have both and compare them for a period of, let’s say, 6 months.
    Then you will know what to use.

    Have a wonderful day

    • Hi Silviu,

      How are you, dear old friend?

      Oh yes, I moved back to CommentLuv because Google+ comments took over 1 second to load. Moreover, everything is live and it takes resources draining really crazy.

      I am huge AWeber fan and been using it over 6 months before this. Maybe 9 months now. However, as I pick up in subscribers, it is getting tougher for me and thus, I decided to find for alternatives. I heard and followed GetResponse closely for over 3 months and when I saw the Christmas deal, I knew I got to use it.

      It is pretty cool especially in terms of pricing. If you ask me, GetResponse vs AWeber is like comparing Apple and Samsung. Each has their own pros and cons and thus, find one which fits you better.

      For me, GetResponse for the pricing 🙂

      Take care mate!

  6. Hi Reginald,

    I represent AWeber. I read your blog and thought I’d clarify a few of things:

    – AWeber’s customer support also includes live chat, and I’ll add that we have support 7 days a week, something GetResponse does not offer. You can call us, email us, chat us, tweet us, etc.

    – AWeber’s pricing is nearly the same as GetResponse. (There’s only a $4 difference in each pricing tier.) The only real difference is that our first tier includes 0-500 subscribers.

    – Regarding importing subscriber lists, we can work with you to potentially import those without confirmed opt-in. You just need to contact our Customer Solutions team.

    – If any of the hundreds of email templates we offer don’t work for your needs, our designers can create a custom template for you free of charge.

    I hope this helps clarify a few things. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Brandon

    • Hi Brandon,

      Thanks for dropping by. I have updated #1 information. Hope that helps.

      I was not aware of the import list part as I was told otherwise when I started my account with you guys. However, I will keep in mind on that.

      Nonetheless, thanks for your replying and looking forward to see AWeber improving more (especially with pricing) and take care!

  7. Hi Reginald,

    Dang. I somehow feel ripped. I am paying $19/month on Aweber with less than a 100 subscribers and I see on your illustration there on Aweber — $10 for 500-2500.

    Why are they charging me so much? I’ve been with them now for almost a year. Maybe this is the time to switch to GetResponse. Anyway, I clipped this to my Pocket. I’m definitely will be reading this again and will be checking GetResponse.

    Thanks,
    Angela

    • Hi Angela,

      Thanks for commenting. I used AWeber and still highly recommend them. The issue is that the exchange rate is killing me and thus, a cheaper alternatives is good.

      GetResponse is pretty good as well as AWeber and it all depends if you have the budget and the quota needed. With AWeber, I ‘purged’ my account a couple of times and that’s epic right? 🙂

      Have a great day and Merry Christmas (in advance)!

  8. Aweber sign up forms are not responsive and this has caused several obvious issues for developers and therefor negates the “ease” of Aweber. Never tried Get Response, but Mail Chimp signup form, though more laborious are much easier to control on responsive sites.

    Overall great write up. Also, are those Affiliate links at the bottom? just curious.

    • Hi Jason,

      Thanks for dropping by. Didn’t play much with AWeber stock forms but I usually choose the smallest size. Maybe that’s why it always work for me. Through I used MailChimp for sometime, didn’t really like it due to several reasons. Nonetheless, it is a pretty good free service though.

      Yes, the links are affiliate links 🙂

      Merry Christmas!

  9. Hey Reginald,

    When I was the part of the network marketing industry I had a solid MLM blog with Aweber on it.
    Great tool.
    It really come a long way……a ton of improvements in the past 3-4 years and they constantly try to better the user experience.
    Their opt in boxes are cool but I always had to have a programmer make it very custom for my own needs.
    Easy to use and their customer service is top notch.

    Aweber is the way to go.

    • Hi Akos,

      Thanks for your comment and Merry Christmas!

      AWeber been great and love their customer support. Anyway, didn’t face much problem during my time at AWeber either.

      I wouldn’t really say who is much better as it all depends on self preference. From where I come from, the exchange rate is so high that I had to opt for ‘an AWeber alternative’.

      Thanks for sharing your part of the story!

  10. Hey Reginald,

    What a review on AWeber vs. GetResponse. I have been using AWeber for 2 years and when I saw what GetResponse offers with the lower price, I got on the fence. Now you’re saying that overall that GetResponse will be more valuable as oppose to AWeber. I may have to cross over to GetResponse in 2014!

    Thanks for the Review

    • Hi Sherman,

      Merry Christmas mate! Well, the above are based on my self need and experience. Personally, AWeber is great and I totally agree with that. I don’t think anyone can dispute that. Now, when I move to GetResponse, the platform is very interactive.

      Okay, I admit I love catchy stuffs so yes, I got to give the credit to GetResponse for that. What I miss is simple the sign up forms. GetResponse forms are still far behind compared to AWeber. Therefore, I focus on the drag and drop editor for a fast form build up.

      Hope you find this review useful and I would advise try the 30 days free account first. See if you love it. It took me 1 hour to completely understand how it works and it was nice.

      Take care!

    • Hi Emmanuel,

      They are not accepting new sign ups? What do you mean? Do you mean the payment method? Drop me a line if you need help. I know some peeps over at AWeber that could help you out.

      Merry Christmas mate (hope not too late) Haha!

  11. Reginald, you have done a fantastic job with the above comparison.

    I’ve been using Aweber for 8 years. A few years ago, I used Get Response on the 30 day free trial and found it satisfactory, but I was looking at it because it was part of the funnel of a program I was considering at the time. I didn’t go with it because I did not want to manage lists in different accounts.

    I appreciate the cost difference between the two services. It is possible to offset the cost in both by getting 4 affiliates to sign up and continue their membership.

    I’ve added a link to your post on my blog, so my readers can benefit from your comparison.

    Thanks for giving us such an informative article..

    Happy New Year!

    ~ Jude Banks

    • Hi Jude,

      How are you? How was Christmas? Hope it was great for you.

      Oh wow, 8 year?! That’s hell long! For me, both AWeber and GetResponse are pretty similar. It really depends what you need. Of course, you won’t and will never get your dream email provider 🙂

      The price isn’t really that huge for many but again, it is (thanks to my crazy exchange rate). However, I really love … love AWeber’s forms! Haha, yes I don’t know much about CSS and stuffs. Just a wanna be. Heh!

      Thanks for commenting and have a blessed week ahead!

      Happy New Year to you too!

  12. Hi Reginald,

    What a great list! When I got into Internet Marketing it was a toss up between the two. I tried both out and just liked Aweber better. Overall, I liked the interface better. Yes, a little more money for that amount of subscribers but pretty happy with it overall.

    • Hey Nate,

      Thank you! For me, it is really hard to decide between both. Love them and can’t image life without an email marketing provider haha!

      Most importantly, get an email marketing provider that fits your requirement and not just because others said so. Well said mate!

      Have a great weekend.

  13. Dear Reginald,

    many thanks for your the effort it must have taken you to write such a great comparison of AWeber and GetResponse.

    Unfortunately you thereby created some confusion and presumably also work on my part. Although this is by no means your fault. 🙂

    I initially started with MailChimp but then learned that MailChimp does not allow affiliate links in newsletters. Why they are doing this is beyond my comprehension.

    After reading a comparison of MailChimp and AWeber I decided to switch to AWeber. Your comparison and all the details you provide are tempting me to switch again, now to GetResponse. But I will have to think about it.

    Many thanks for your great work,
    Josef

    P.S. Sorry for asking a stupid question: But what is the last item below “Post Comment”?

    • Hi Dr Josef,

      Thank you for reading and your comment. MailChimp is okay but of course, many people tend to overuse it simply because it is a free platform. Since there is no risk, they use it to blast out as many affiliate links as usual. You know, human greed.

      AWeber is a great platform and email marketing service. I have zero doubt in them but the only issue is it is slightly pricey. So, at the moment, I am happy with GetResponse 🙂

      Also, the last item is actually an anti-bot option to ensure that commenters are not bots. You need to checked on it to have the comment go through.

  14. Hey Reginald,

    That is a pretty good review man. You touched on some really important features that should be considered when choosing an email service provider.

    For me, my autoresponder of choice is GetResponse. This is for several different reasons, and here is one of them.

    My primary business model is email marketing and because of this, there are a lot of different features that I look for in an email service provider.

    What sold me on GetResponse was when they added the ability to send emails based on different user actions.

    This allows me set up hyper targeted email campaigns to specific users on my list. Aweber does allow for segmentation, but the only way that you could create the action based campaigns that GetResponse offers was that you had to have an AW Pro account in conjunction with Aweber. While an AW Pro account is only $30 bucks a month, that is still an extra expense on your business.

    With GetResponse, I get all of the benefits of having both an Aweber and an AW Pro account.

    That’s just my 2 cents. Once again, great review man. Keep up the good work.

    • Hi Fred,

      Oh wow! Thank you for sharing your experience. For me, I am a partial IM-er and thus, budget is always an issue. Okay call me stingy!

      What attracted me to GetResponse is the time travel. Seriously, that is one cool feature which I don’t see any other email marketing providers does that. Also, the price is very good and it is definitely worth it.

      I uses AWeber too but I think in some areas, GetResponse really stand out from the crowd.

      Take care and see you around.

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