I am comparing four email newsletter apps in a blog post. I am creating this blog post because I want to learn about the features, price, pros, and cons of each email newsletter software
- Build mail lists
- Custom forms
- 750+ Integrations
- Full featured API
- Design your own templates
- Starting from: $10.00/month
- Pricing model: Freemium, Subscription
- Free Trial: Available (No Credit Card required)
- Reputation & Deliverability
- Dashboard & Learning Curve
- Template & Designs
- Company Culture
- Buried Defaults & Data
- Very Frequent Updates
- Fiddly Native Forms
- (Emergency) Customer Support
- Contact Management
- List-Building Tools
- Tracking & Reporting
- Social Media Sharing Tools
- Image Library
- Constant Contact offers a 60 day free trial period.
- After your free trial runs out, email marketing with CC starts at $20 per month for up to 500 contacts, and it increases to as much as $90 per month for up to 10,000 contacts.
- Constant Contact now offers an “Email Plus Plan,” which includes surveys, registration forms, coupons, and more. Email Plus starts at $45 per month for up to 500 contacts, and scales to $115/month for up to 10,000 contacts.
- You can receive 10% off your Constant Contact account if you prepay for 6 months in advance, or 15% off for a year in advance.
- Nonprofits get double the incentive to prepay, with a 20% prepayment discount for 6 months and a 30% prepayment discount for annual payments.
- Affordable plans.
- Great Help materials.
- Built-in templates for emails.
- Imports contacts from Gmail and Outlook.
- Easy-to-use editor for customizing campaigns.
- Event Spot was changed, making it harder to find your events from a list.
- You can’t attach a name to several emails – this is an inconvenience. I feel as though there are random glitches quite often and that can be time-consuming.
- With the latest updates, it doesn’t appear there is customer support through Live Chat. I have had to call for help and hold for an unreasonable amount of time.
- The updates need to go to all versions, not just a few. We would also like a successful upload of names with emails – also multiple columns with different emails to each name.
- Photo straightener
- Image cropper
- Add text to photos
- Speech bubble maker
- Image Transparency Tool
Canva – Free
- Two folders to organize designs
- Up to 10 team members for free
- 1GB storage for photos and assets
Canva for Work – $12.95/month
- Unlimited folders for your designs
- Invite up to 50 team members
- Unlimited storage for photos and assets
Canva Enterprise – by quote
- All Canva for Work features
- Enforce brand standards
- Approval workflow
Canva does come with free video training courses designed to show you how you can create better art with Canva.
When you create your user account, you are also asked to fill out your brand’s colors and fonts which mean that you can match your blog’s colors and fonts to help make the design more “brandable”.
- Ability To Download Transparent Designs
This may not seem like such a big thing but it has come in handy more times than I can think of, especially when I created my own personal designs to sell on a custom t-shirt business I’ve built for my other blog.
One thing I would like to add about Canva is their great support system which I have only used on Twitter.
Although there are some stock photos you can use for free, the majority of them are stock photos which you will have to pay $1 for a one-time use of it, and that bugs me a bit.
- No Mobile Apps (Yet) (See Update Below)
To this day, Canva has let me down in one major (tiny) way and that is; no mobile apps yet.
- Spam Check
- Survey Management
- Bounce Tracking
- Multi-Variate Testing
For small businesses ready to do smarter email marketing.
$ 89 /MO.
with annual contract
For high-performing marketers looking for next-level email capabilities.
$ 369 /MO.
with annual contract
For sophisticated marketing teams who want it all.
$ 729 /MO.
with annual contract
- Ease of use
- Easy to import users, export lists…
- It’s pretty quick. Love the Response area and the breakdowns.
- Ease of design and production of mailing. Response of Customer Support. Analytics
- Sometimes building a list seems harder than it should be, but I’m really nit-picking.
- The WYSIWYG editor features…pretty limited in terms of buttons, colors, links, drives me crazy
- The thing I like least about this software platform is that they only offer a paid version option…
- Sometimes it’s not as flexible as I would like. I can’t move a certain component, though I can move others.
I found some interesting things about each of the email newsletter apps. Some of the information that I found was in one place or different places. Some of the information, I had to look over some websites to make sure they didn’t have anything useful that I can use.
From the perspective of a small business, I would choose canva because it is free to use by anyone in the business that can make a good newsletter and you also have 1GB storage for photos and assets.
From the perspective of a college student, I would choose mail chimp because the starting from $10.00/month.