Autoresponder Software

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Anyone have an idea which is the best server based autoresponder software out there?

I'm not referring to the services such as aweber and getresponse - I already know about them and have used them.
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  • Profile picture of the author craigc1980
    I like jango mail. They have some great features.

    I have been using them for a while now and i love it.
  • Profile picture of the author nonoynet
    I like group mail. easy to set up and use.
  • Profile picture of the author Arun Pal Singh
    Have you considered Autoresponder solutions like Aweber or Getresponse.

    After I use them self hosted AR seem like a hassle.
    • Profile picture of the author ronr
      Autoresponseplus.com

      Have used them for years. it's worked great but is a little behind on the new tracking features that have been introduced by Aweber and others. But they have a big new upgrade coming out soon which should be great.

      Ron
  • Profile picture of the author chibobski84
    you could check fleetmailer, oempro, intuit, interspire

    never tested them before, but they have demos.
  • Profile picture of the author ksburgess
    I use phplist for a client with very simple needs, she sends a newsletter out once a month to her local business mailing list. It works well for me and for her for that.

    Anything more complex than her needs and I'd go for a service like Aweber.
  • Profile picture of the author jaiganeshv.com
    I'm using Trafficwave.net and its amazing, flat rate of $15 for unlimited list members and comes with all features needed for an autoresponder

    Thank you
    Jai
    • Profile picture of the author trafficwave
      Originally Posted by jaiganeshv.com View Post

      I'm using Trafficwave.net and its amazing, flat rate of $15 for unlimited list members and comes with all features needed for an autoresponder

      Thank you
      Jai
      Just to clarify: TrafficWave.net is $17.95 per month.
  • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
    There are certain things to check on before hosting your own autoresponder. First check to make sure the host can support them. Not only from a TOS, but from MTA compatibility i.e. are they running a sendmail type of program. Do they limit access to the standard smtp port (25), or do they limit the number of emails you can send in an hour - or are you required to pop/check your email before sending? Some ISPs will not allow you to send emails directly from your desktop or from a server. Some will limit you to 25 out going emails an hour, and some will only let you send an email after checking your account.

    Having said that - you should be using at the very least a VPS and in general a dedicated server.

    Next are you just wanting to send out newsletters and updates, or use a true autoresponse system? If its just sending out newsletters etc then any of several open source programs will work fine. If you want to use true autoresponders then you really want to look at fellow warrior Neil Morgan's Autoresponse Plus. Its the best self hosted program out there. Its been around for a long time so is stable and well designed and coded. Plus Neil offers great support. You can not go wrong using it IMHO.

    Now as to deliverability and other items - its more work on your part - either yourself or someone you outsource to. You need sysadmin skills to maintain your server and keep it secure. You need to take time to check to see if you're on spam complaint systems and follow up with all complaints. That takes time.

    but running your own AR Plus is possible and practical. You just to need to stay on top of things.

    Good luck,
    --Jack
  • Profile picture of the author Emmanuel ED
    Interspire Email Marketer is the best self-hosted AR, Lot's of Features and worth every Bit of the price.

    Emmanuel.
  • Profile picture of the author veeco
    i choose interspire email marketer.. one time investment... for larger list can use smtp.com service for lower price compare to aweber and get respond... no monthly fees when you don't plan to send any newsletter.
  • Profile picture of the author Mr.Cash
    Yeah interspire is the best of them really
    • Profile picture of the author richardmarkread
      I'm really happy with Aweber. Even at the cost, I find it so useful and have come to really rely it doing so much for me
  • Profile picture of the author Jeremiah
    Great lead to trafficwave. Just got signed up and posting my first form today. Thanks jaiganeshv
  • Profile picture of the author sakthig
    Interspire is the best way to promote e-mail campaigns but you need an premium SMTP account so that your emails delivered to the inbox not to the spam folder( most of the hosting SMTP accounts or third party smtp accounts like gmail,yahoo is not suitable or not supports bulk email campaign)

    Thanks to Jaiganesh now i am trying with Trafficwave 30 days trail.

    I will let you know my feedback about this service soon
  • Profile picture of the author palaki
    I have used jango mail and am still using the same., Its good.


    Originally Posted by Rezbi View Post

    Anyone have an idea which is the best server based autoresponder software out there?

    I'm not referring to the services such as aweber and getresponse - I already know about them and have used them.
  • Profile picture of the author johndougs
    I've been reviewing the following autoresponders for the past week:

    - Getresponse.com
    - Trafficwave.net
    - MailChimp.com


    others that I intend to review
    - aweber
    - Ishopping
    - Sendfree
    - Wizard Responder
    - Shoutresponse


    Of the 3 I reviewed plus aWeber (not reviewed yet) I find these are the most popular that I know of.

    Getresponse is a a very good autoresponder service that is well entrenched in the industry and widely used. They've been around for awhile now.

    Second autoresponder I reviewed was Trafficwave. These people are good too and offering a good price for people who are on a budget.

    Mailchimp which I spend a few hours today going over their videos was a block buster. Nice videos. Very impressive and they have lots of features with their system. But when I tried to create an account with MailChimp today the form did not accept it. Must be a bug somewhere in the form - or Firefox 3.6 is not yet compatible with their system.

    AWeber is the other contender but yet to review them. Lately, they had some issues with their mail-databases. They are widely used like the others and probably the most popular by internet marketers.

    These four are the top ones I'll be looking into if I decide to continue with one of them.

    I won't consider any self hosted Autoresponders simply because I don't have the time to do all the little work of setting it up running it. It is just not worth it if you're really serious. Let your money do the hard work and save it that time for marketing your efforts.

    If you're serious about your business expect to pay anywhere from $15 - $50 depending on the size of the list you have.

    For a newbie with some budget don't even consider running an autoresponder on your server or computer. Go for a paid service.

    Thanks!
    John
  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    The Dirt Cheap Autoresponder is what I use if you're looking for a great server based autoresponder. Doesn't have stats like Aweber, but it gets the job done and can be used on unlimited sites.
  • Profile picture of the author Hortensia
    I also use Dirt Cheap Autoresponder and I'm happy with the simplicity, that it is all on my server and that I am in control of my lists and not some autoresponder service.
  • Profile picture of the author valen42
    Does anyone have any idea has to hard it is to change from one autoresponder to another. How do you migrate your list (both prospective and ones who have purchased)? If you change do you need to do a mailing to everyone telling them about this or does it even matter to them?

    Lawrence
    • Profile picture of the author Hortensia
      Originally Posted by valen42 View Post

      Does anyone have any idea has to hard it is to change from one autoresponder to another. How do you migrate your list (both prospective and ones who have purchased)? If you change do you need to do a mailing to everyone telling them about this or does it even matter to them?

      Lawrence
      That's what I like about Dirt Cheap Autoresponder. The things you mention are easy and quick and without 'buts' or 'ifs', something you absolutely cannot say about the paid services, since they are soooo afraid of possible spam complaints. They control your list. If something goes wrong with them, you cannot reach your lists.

      I know all the stories and read BlueSquares indept review on why you should use paid services, but all in all I don't agree.
    • Profile picture of the author trafficwave
      Originally Posted by valen42 View Post

      Does anyone have any idea has to hard it is to change from one autoresponder to another. How do you migrate your list (both prospective and ones who have purchased)? If you change do you need to do a mailing to everyone telling them about this or does it even matter to them?

      Lawrence
      TrafficWave.net is helping quite a few folks switch their lists from the other services without any major issues. We verify the account, lists, etc... and do the transfer for those making the switch.

      They tell us it's pretty painless.
  • Profile picture of the author j-spratt
    here are few others - auto response plus - icontact - omnistar mailer - adtrack responder pro go ahead and google to check out
  • Profile picture of the author SeanIM
    I use a customized version of InfinteResponder and it does the trick for me.

    S
  • Profile picture of the author Rezbi
    Here's what I'm thinking about:

    Dirt cheap autoresponder for $35

    or

    Infinite responder - free

    My problem is, will there be much difference between the two?

    On paper is one thing, but the reality is usually different.

    Has anyone tried both of these?

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