Mailchimp good, bad or ugly?

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Are free autoresponders unreliable?
#bad #good #mailchimp #ugly
  • Profile picture of the author Brian Tayler
    Mailchimp is very picky and hates IM mailing lists. Just use the search function here and you'll find out all you need to know on the subject
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    Free autoresponders can cause all sorts of problems further down the line. This is one thing you don't want to do on the cheap.

    Best just to go with aweber as this is what the vast majority of people here will tell you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by FaisalKhan View Post

    Mailchimp good, bad or ugly?
    Very, very ugly, according to Warriors.

    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...y-account.html

    Originally Posted by FaisalKhan View Post

    Are free autoresponders unreliable?
    They tend to be dreadful. Their unreliability isn't even their biggest drawback, by any means. One of them is so dreadful that it offends me even as a subscriber to others' lists and I'll no longer join (not even under a "spare email address") the lists of marketers who use it.

    Disappointingly spammy emails from people whose lists I've voluntarily subscribed to are bad enough: I won't tolerate spam sent behind their backs to their subscribers by their autoresponder company. I'm not joking about this: in my opinion it's a really serious issue of the kind which - in the long run - can only ever have bad collective outcomes for all of us, whether we're personally involved in it or not.

    When an autoresponder company does that, to me it's clearly just the sending out of bulk, unsolicited, promotional email. And that's the definition of "spam", isn't it? It's just inexcusable, in my opinion.

    Also in my opinion, it's because of exactly this sort of behavior that regulators gradually grow bigger and more numerous and stronger and their teeth are more effective. And ironically, the people who complain about that are typically the very ones causing the problems to which "increased regulation" is the understandable and necessary response. If they're not part of the solution, they're part of the problem.

    Some other people's opinions of this and related subjects in these threads ...
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    • Profile picture of the author Fraggler
      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Disappointingly spammy emails from people whose lists I've voluntarily subscribed to are bad enough: I won't tolerate spam sent behind their backs to their subscribers by their autoresponder company. I'm not joking about this: in my opinion it's a really serious issue of the kind which - in the long run - can only ever have bad collective outcomes for all of us, whether we're personally involved in it or not.

      When an autoresponder company does that, to me it's clearly just the sending out of bulk, unsolicited, promotional email. And that's the definition of "spam", isn't it? It's just inexcusable, in my opinion.
      Alexa, are you referring to Mailchimp?

      I'm on so many Mailchimp lists it isn't funny and run many for myself and other organisations and have never had problems and definitely never received marketing material from them either to my account emails or to the numerous dummy accounts I create to track performance.

      I agree that practice is inexcusable and the reason I refuse to use some of the Teflon coated new 'affiliate' management services. My list is my list only.

      I use Mailchimp as a solution to small businesses who want to get away from MS Outlook and start tracking their email campaigns. It's great for that and much more.

      I also use it for my own service which is internet marketing related but will never see an affiliate link. I've got Aweber for affiliate stuff.

      Mailchimp's integration with numerous SAAS providers in all sorts of markets make it a very powerful and handy tool.

      I'm curious about the behind-the-back spam though.
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      • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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        Originally Posted by Fraggler View Post

        Alexa, are you referring to Mailchimp? ...

        I agree that practice is inexcusable ...
        No - to the best of my knowledge, Mailchimp doesn't do that. That's part of the monetization model of at least one of their competitors, though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mantasmo
    MailChimp - great support, good service, amazing integration - but they don't work with internet marketers.

    Go with either aweber or getresponse. Both products/services are great.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kostas Papadakis
    In my opinion, you get what you pay for .....(most of the times)...but talking about autoresponders, this is 100% true.
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  • Profile picture of the author SergioFelix
    You are extremely limited with MailChimp and it's practically impossible to send a broadcast containing an affiliate link.

    They say the reason they do this is because they want to keep their service as spam-free as possible so you are able to send a broadcast to a review page, that contains affiliate links.

    But sometimes, even that can be a problem.

    Save yourself some time, efforts and headaches and go straight to Aweber or GetResponse.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by SergioFelix View Post

      you are able to send a broadcast to a review page, that contains affiliate links.
      This isn't quite right, Sergio - or, at the very least, it isn't reliable: as so many Warriores have reported, Mailchimp's customer service staff tell people openly that if they do any affiliate marketing (or any of the huge number of other prohibited activities), even if they don't use Mailchimp to do so, they can have their accounts closed: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post3762385
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  • Profile picture of the author DianaHeuser
    Although Mailchimp is not a good option for anyone involved in Internet Marketing, it is still a very useful tool for your offline clients if you are into Offline Marketing.

    I run most of my offline clients off Mailchimp because their services are not IM related. It's free to start off with and it's easy for them to use after I have set it up for them.

    But for my personal business stuff I use Aweber at the moment.

    Di
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  • Profile picture of the author elexmedia
    Mailchimp is good if you are not in Internet Marketing Niche.
    It's free up to 2,000 subscribers and the interface is beautiful.

    But if you are in IM/ affiliate marketing niche, you can't use mailchimp. Your account will be banned after you send your offer.

    They do not allow businesses that offer these types of services, products, or content: Affiliate marketers, Work from home, Internet Lead-gen, Make money on online opportunities, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author banx63
    I'm sure its OK, but I've always used Aweber......


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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    I disliked it immensely, and the whole no affiliate link deal makes it pretty much useless for my marketing efforts. GetResponse is the autoresponder of choice for me these days, recently switched over from Aweber and have been very happy with the results.
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  • Profile picture of the author msu
    Mail Chimp is excellent in every respect - the one catch is that they don't allow lists from internet markers. They also just upped their free account usage from 500 to 2000 subscribers.
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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    In simple word, it's 'UGLY". But that is my thinking. I dislike free autoresponders.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zack Sprague
    I am starting to use Aweber !
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    Zack Sprague

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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      Originally Posted by flatbro94 View Post

      I am starting to use Aweber !
      Well done - I'm happy to hear it, Zack, and I wish you well with it.

      I'm just slightly amused - in a macabre way - at post #15 above: someone with a sig-file-full of affiliate marketing stuff is commenting on how "excellent in every respect" Mailchimp is, presumably not having read any of the posts like this one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Zaheera
    mailchimp gives you free account, but monitors very strictly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Danny Shaw
    Mailchimp is OK but not for us marketers! I wrote a blog post on how to get around this problem. I hope it helps someone? "link building service pro"
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  • Profile picture of the author Carol_A
    Some of my friends have had their accounts shut down and LOST their ENTIRE lists due to not being aware of their Terms of Service.

    Note: It pays to READ the small print before relying on a service for the most important asset of our online business.

    Bad and Ugly!

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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Miranda
    I love Mailchimp but I also only send to my own buyers and it is an SEO service. They don't like affiliate or Im related stuff though.
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  • Profile picture of the author karlmay1980
    Use aweber why even think of compromising you want them delivering and the platform they offer is so much easier to use for the newbies!
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  • Profile picture of the author BlackMetal
    after several problems i do not trust aweber at all.
    mailchimp works well for me, and my clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author dirocket
    mailchimp is really good email marketing service
    its really better than any other email marketing software or service.
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  • Profile picture of the author tamnl
    Poor me, hope I find this topic sooner 2 days ago I got the problem with newsletter announce our new affiliate program. Stupid MailChimp banned my account and no reply until now. They have a long article explain about affiliate marketing and affiliate marketer but I can't understand what they want to mean. I don't think release a new program is spam. And can't believe that they don't respond any email.So angry now.
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  • Profile picture of the author shimul0011
    I heard people lost their accounts with a few thousands valuable customers' emails ! Also they say Big NO to Affiliate Marketers ! Wow ! May be Mailchimp is a good solution for sweetmeat and packaging companies
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