iContact, Aweber, Constant Contact - Which One Do You Recommend?

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Hi there,

I am trying to get my feet wet in my very own list building project.

So I humbly ask for your help here. I wanted to know if there is anyone using iContact as opposed to Aweber or Constant Contact?

I wanted to know the level of ease of use (in terms of marketing to my future list) for iContact as compare the the other 2 services.

Anyone who has any idea on this, could you kindly reply to this thread? Thanks a lot in advance

Aiden Chong
#aweber #constant #contact #icontact
  • Profile picture of the author esr
    I've never tried Icontact but I just had to throw my two cents in anyway. If you've ever tried Aweber, you may realize that there is no reason to use anyone else. For a few bucks a month they make it SO easy to build and maintain a mailing list.

    I'm relatively new to Aweber and just had to jump at this chance to praise them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Benjamin
    Aweber rocks!

    GetResponse I'm told is Second Best, I would stick with either
    one of those and forget the rest. Although IContact is a good,
    one, I'm not familiar with their program to give an opinion on
    it, but I promise you this - you will NOT have ANY major (or
    minor) problems with Aweber as you would with other services.

    This is a pivotal choice, because if you make a mistake chosing
    your auto-responder, you could regret it because you got with
    the cheaper version...don't make that mistake. Choose wisely.
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      • Profile picture of the author BenBrandes
        Personally I've just used aweber. The best autoresponders out there are get response and aweber.

        I lean towards aweber purely because a lot of my friends use it and so do I.

        Hope it helps with your decision
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        • Profile picture of the author roman827
          Not familiar with Icontact, I currently use Aweber after trying GetResponse and automate your list. All are probably pretty similar and all are relatively easy to set up and start using. I mainly stick with Aweber because it seems that most of the training I subscribe too points in that direction. The important part I have discovered is that if you are going to have a list you will need an autoresponder and you probably won't go wrong with any of them.

          Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author samuraiwriting
    This is interesting and I was wondering the same thing. Looks like a lot of people use Aweber.
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Thanks for all of the responses and suggestions given.

    But there's one BIG differences between iContact and Aweber and that is the ability to upload an existing list.

    If you starting from scratch this is not a big issue. If you have any type of existing list and you go with Aweber everyone on that list will have to opt-in again!

    With iContact they do not have to opt in again. What's your take on this?

    Anyway, I think I will go with Aweber since they are having a $1 for 30 days trial option
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    • Profile picture of the author ezza17
      Originally Posted by AidenChong View Post

      Thanks for all of the responses and suggestions given.

      But there's one BIG differences between iContact and Aweber and that is the ability to upload an existing list.

      If you starting from scratch this is not a big issue. If you have any type of existing list and you go with Aweber everyone on that list will have to opt-in again!

      With iContact they do not have to opt in again. What's your take on this?

      Anyway, I think I will go with Aweber since they are having a $1 for 30 days trial option
      Hey Aiden,

      Thanks for this EXTREMELY useful piece of information about iContact. I didn't know that about them. I shall have to look a bit closer at them methinks! :-)

      Aweber is a good product (I have used it for years), but it has weaknesses, one of which is the REQUIREMENT for you to force your old list (from some other email database source) to have to opt-in in order to move from x (whatever your x is) to aweber.

      Also, I have to be perfectly honest & say I found aweber to be rather difficult to track & measure with Google Analytics (GA), etc. They have a fairly basic analytics system themselves, but it's definitely NOT industrial strength, and although they claim to be able to integrate with GA, it's very limited in its functionality.

      I suspect you'd need to go with Infusionsoft if you want a really honkin' powerful autoresponder/email marketing tool. However, it's bloody expensive! :-(

      BTW, I'm speaking from the background of a professional online marketer - I get paid to do this stuff on a daily basis by a media firm. If your needs are less ...?stringent? (not sure if that's the right word) than ours, then you'll probably find aweber is a good choice.

      regards


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      • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
        Well then Eran,

        You owe me a thanks button You're welcome.

        Jokes aside, THANKS FOR YOUR VALUABLE INFORMATION GIVEN

        Yea, Aweber is expensive. I found something similar which doesn't cost as much. Checkout nanacast.com .

        Here is a review that someone who switch from Infusionsoft to Nanacast.com

        I love services like Nanacast, but I definitely don't need that kind of professional service at this moment.

        Thanks again for your professional comment given on the autoresponder services listed above. Appreciate that very much.
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  • Profile picture of the author staffjam
    started with Aweber 1 month ago and it's excellent and very cheap. Great phone support as well which is important to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author cypherslock
    I know that everyone says either aweber or getresponse but for me, I use ImnicaMail. Fast support, delivery rate is the same as the big 2 and with the new interface coming out next month , randomized split testing. Add to that the fact that for a list of up to 10K aweber and getresponse both want in the neighborhood of $60/mo and ImnicaMail only wants $15.95 and in my book Imnica is a clear winner. But it is all about what it right for you.
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    Preferable aweber for sure
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  • Profile picture of the author COBSolutions
    Aweber, hands down for sure
    Though Imnicamail seems to be cheaper
    Aweber servers are too slow when they are on maintenance, plus they seems to be on maintanence quite frequently
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  • Profile picture of the author Christophe Young
    I've been using I-contact since the beginning. No complaints. I can't compare it to any others as I've only used I-contact.
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    • Profile picture of the author han55
      I think every internet marketers know that aweber is the best
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  • Profile picture of the author AidenChong
    Thanks for the information given, warriors

    But as someone mentioned, wouldn't it be too slow if tons and tons of people are using their service? How did you guys find out about their mailing speed ?
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