AWeber Mailchimp Comparison

AWeber Mailchimp Comparison

I’m not new to either AWeber or Mailchimp, so I feel that I can give you a pretty unbiased AWeber Mailchimp comparison. The truth is that up until this post (March of 2014), I would always tell my customers that their capabilities are the same but the big difference is in price. With AWeber, you’re paying the same for a few subscribers as you would for a few thousand; not so with Mailchimp as you don’t pay a dime until you reach a threshold which is 2,000 subscribers total or 12,000 sends per month depending on which you reach first. The cost is the nearly the same as AWeber plus or minus a few dollars here and there once you get reach 2,000 or so contacts. But all in all, they both had plenty of good and not much bad, so they were pretty equal in my book after considering price.

My AWeber Mailchimp Comparison

aweber-mailchimp comparison But something really changed for me today when I went to create a single-line sign up form for one of my customers. I’ve been doing the same single-line sign-up form for a while and accustomed to using just a few lines of raw HTML code. For the record, neither Mailchimp OR AWeber have a single-line sign up form code or pre-made form that does this and neither does my favorite forms program Formidable Pro, but after taking apart the 10 or so lines of code provided by Mailchimp, it’s not hard to figure out the code and then make it work. However, today I had a customer who uses AWeber and wanted the same single-line sign up form. So, I got the raw HTML code and I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone or something. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was given over 100 lines of code to pick apart! (Well, it was 101 to be exact, but this was just unreal considering how much smaller the Mailchimp raw HTML was.) And then when I tried to reduce the unneeded elements like CSS (I need to use my own blog styling), I was astounded that after a few hours I wasn’t able to do it without being forced to use their CSS. I was shocked. I realized that I need to stop recommending AWeber because they are not just different because of the price, but they are also different because of the lack of flexibility to use their raw HTML to apply the formatting that I want. Why would AWeber force me to use their CSS? I just don’t understand their need to control what I am doing with their form. After all, they want me to use their form but they don’t want to let me style it consistent with my website? What are they thinking? Well, it’s pretty obvious that not only do they want more money from budding entrepreneurs, authors and small business owners who are just getting started but they also want absolute control over their own form styling. I’ll admit that if I wanted to, I could spend hours upon hours customizing the form using their styling, but why have style for the blog and then style for the form be separate? I am given no choice to separate their form from their design style and that is the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. I was fine to call it a draw when it came to being equal in terms of everything but price, but not any more. My recommendation from now on to my customers is to avoid AWeber because, with everything else being equal, the price and the lack of freedom to use my own styling on their forms create a deal-breaker for me. I do admit that there are some advantages to both that could be argued successfully either way. More advanced users find more value in AWeber and those who are new enjoy Mailchimp’s easier learning curve. There are lots of reasons why both are great. However, this issue with making my own sign up forms is just too great for me to ignore. Saving time and hassle is far more important than anything to me. So, I recommend that you go with Mailchimp. The following link is an affiliate link, so feel free to use it or open a new browser window and go there, but either way, my experience now tells me that Mailchimp is the better choice for two very clear reasons. Here’s the link…

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