Only 3 Constant Contact Alternatives with Advanced Features in 2019

In this post, I’ll be presenting some of the Constant Contact alternatives you need to consider.

Constant Contact has been one of the most popular email marketing software.

However, lately, Constant Contact has failed to provide good experience and updates to its software. There are many outdated features and there’s a lack of advanced marketing features.

Constant Contact has quite fewer features to offer in comparison to the price of the software. With so many great email marketing software in the market, Constant Contact may not be the right choice for you.

Constant Contact Alternatives (Our Picks)

#1. ActiveCampaign

Active campaign

ActiveCampaign is one of the most advanced email automation software out there. It was built keeping advanced marketers in mind.

Jason Vandeboom found it in 2003 with the goal of having sophisticated marketing features within the reach of the small business owners.

Active Campaign Dashbaord

Unlike Constant Contact, ActiveCampaign is an all-in-one marketing suite with features like email marketing, automation, sales, CRM and much more. All these features work in great consensus with each other.

Key unique features:

  1. Superior subscriber management with the ability to tag users based on their behavior on your site and also automation workflows
  2. You have superior visual automation builder and also dozens of premade automation workflows
  3. It offers multi-trigger automation, conditional waits and also allows you to split test the automation
  4. ActiveCampaign currently has over 250 integrations that include various apps, eCommerce software, CRMs, webinar platforms, Analytics, and also Zapier.
  5. You can split test the from name, subject line, and also the content of the email with upto 5 email variations
  6. You can track subscriber activity on your site and segment them based on their on-site behavior
  7. Pricing is per unique subscriber

With ActiveCampaign you have mainly three plans namely Lite, Plus, and Professional. You also have a bigger enterprise plan.

Number of subscribers

Lite plan

Plus plan

Professional plan

Enterprise plan

1 – 1,000

$17/mo

$49/mo

129/mo

$229/mo

1,001 – 2,500

$39/mo

$99/mo

129/mo

$229/mo

2,501 – 5,000

$69/mo

$135/mo

$199/mo

$359/mo

5,001 – 10,000

$111/mo

$199/mo

$279/mo

$399/mo

The Lite plan doesn’t come with features like lead scoring, CRM, SMS sending, and much more.

The pricing is quite costlier than Constant Contact. For example, if you have 5000 subscribers the beginning plan of Constant Contact costs you $65/month whereas it is $69/month with ActiveCampaign when paid annually.

Bottomline: If you want advanced marketing features then ActiveCampaign won’t disappoint you. It has the most advanced automation builder on this list. It’s a great value for money if you ask me.

However, the interface of the app can be slow at times.

#2. ConvertKit

 ConvertKit

ConvertKit is an email marketing software specially designed for content creators like bloggers, podcasters, authors and course creators.

Nathan Barry found it in 2013 and it gained lots of traction when people like Pat Flynn, Joanna Penn, and Ramit Sethi switched to ConvertKit for their marketing needs.

I can say that ConvertKit is by far the most easy-to-use email marketing software. The platform is well-refined with utmost importance on UI/UX. If you want a powerful email automation platform without any fuss or advanced learning curve, you’ll love ConvertKit.

ConvertKit Dashbaord

Key unique features:

  1. The user interface of ConvertKit is very refined. The UI/UX is leaps and bounds ahead of Constant Contact or ActiveCampaign
  2. You can have multiple triggers for your automation workflow. You can have upto 5 entry points for automation which is great.
  3. Similar to ActiveCampaign and Drip, it has visual automation builder with support for automation rules and conditions.
  4. When creating an email automation sequence, the email composer pops upright on the side of the screen and is very helpful for creating workflows very quickly without clicking back and forth.
  5. With ConvertKit you can build entire landing pages and you don’t need other tools like ClickFunnels, Leadpages, etc.
  6. There are superior lead generation mechanisms like slide-ins, modals, floating box, floating bar, etc. These can be integrated on your WordPress site with a simple code or their plugin. With Constant Contact, there’re no such lead generation options and with ActiveCampaign these are only available on higher plans

ConvertKit does not have different plans. All the features are available, but the pricing is based on the number of subscribers you have.

  • 29/mo for upto 1k subscribers
  • 49/mo for 1k-3k subscribers
  • 79/mo for 3k-5k subscribers
  • 119/mo for 10k subscribers

Suppose if you have 5,000 subscribers you pay $79/month compared to $65/month with Constant Contact or $69/month with ActiveCampaign.

However, you do also need to note that with ConvertKit, they are not holding you back any features for the higher plans. They have a plain simple pricing structure in place, where you’ll be charged based on a number of subscribers.

Bottomline: If you want a more premium-feel to your email marketing with powerful automation features lead generation, and landing page building features then ConvertKit won’t disappoint you. It’s specially designed for creators, writers, and bloggers who want a powerful email automation solution without all the tech fuss.

#3. GetResponse

GetResponse

GetResponse is one of the oldest email marketing software in this list.

Simon Grabowski found it in 1998. Ever since its creation, GetResponse has evolved greatly and the roadmap is truly remarkable.

Quite similar to ActiveCampaign it also comes with various features like email marketing, landing pages, marketing automation, webinars, and a CRM.

GetResponse Dashboard

GetResponse is favorite among affiliate marketers due to their affiliate friendly policies. However, due to this, there has been few Gmail spam complaints recently.

Key unique features:

  1. With GetResponse you can split test your user name, subject line and also the content of the email. You can split test 5 different email variations.
  2. GetResponse comes with lead scoring feature similar to ActiveCampaign on their higher plans.
  3. It ‘s webinars features allows you to host your webinars. This feature is only available on their higher plans like professional.
  4. GetResponse comes with autofunnel feature that enables you to automatically create funnels similar to ClickFunnels. As of now they have autofunnels for list building, sales and webinar.

GetResponse mainly comes with three plans basic, plus and professional. The features like autofunnels, CRM, selling e-products, come only with their plus plan.

Number of subscribers

Basic plan

Plus plan

Professional plan

Enterprise plan

1-1000

15/mo

49/mo

99/mo

1199/mo

1001-2500

25/mo

59/mo

119/mo

1199/mo

2501-5000

45/mo

79/mo

139/mo

1199/mo

5001-10000

65/mo

95/mo

165/mo

1199/mo

Their professional plan comes with features like lead scoring, webinars, DKIM, etc. It also comes with site/even tracking for more effective targeting.

Bottomline: GetResponse comes with really advanced features compared to Constant Contact. They recently implemented some more features like autofunnels and selling e-products that are great.

GetResponse is more popular among affiliate marketers.

Deliverability test

The below test is performed with the same variables, using the same tool, and with a mixture of plain text emails, and emails with hyperlinks.

Know more about the deliverability experiment here.

Name

Inbox

Tabs

Spam

Missing

ActiveCampaign

92.31%

0.00%

3.85%

3.85%

Aweber

95.45%

0.00%

4.55%

0.00%

ConstantContact

75.00%

0.00%

25.00%

0.00%

Drip

100.00%

0.00%

0.00%

0.00%

GetResponse

75.00%

0.00%

25.00%

0.00%

Mailchimp

95.45%

0.00%

4.55%

0.00%

Mailerlite

75.55%

0.00%

24.46%

0.00%

MailJet

77.28%

0.00%

11.37%

11.37%

SendInBlue

77.28%

0.00%

22.73%

0.00%

In the above test, ConvertKit didn’t participate as they offer SPF/DKIM certificates only for higher plans.

As you can see the Constant Contact has really bad spam rates.

Drip has good deliverability, but it’s priced high and more tailored for eCommerce businesses. Aweber, on the other hand, lacks a lot of crucial features.

Wrapping up

These are some of the best alternatives to Constant Contact.

As you saw in the post, each of the plugins I mentioned excels in their own fields.

Finally, you are the one to determine which one of these email automation tools suits your workflow the best and pick one.

But I’m pretty sure that ActiveCampaign (if you want more advanced features) or ConvertKit (more premium experience and superior lead generation tools) suits you the best based on your needs.

If you have any doubts leave them in comments.

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Akshay Hallur

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