ActiveCampaign vs. AWeber

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ActiveCampaign
Score 7.9 out of 10
N/A
ActiveCampaign helps small teams power big businesses with a platform for intelligent marketing automation. It provides email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM tools that help businesses to create incredible customer experiences.
$15
per month
AWeber
Score 7.1 out of 10
N/A
AWeber is an email marketing and automation solution. It provides support for mobile-friendly HTML email newsletters, autoresponder campaigns, subscriber segmentation and management, RSS-to-email features, signup forms for websites or blogs, and more.
$0
Up to 500 subscribers & 3,000 email sends per month
Pricing
ActiveCampaignAWeber
Editions & Modules
Starter
$15
per month
Plus
$49
per month
Pro
$79
per month
Enterprise
$145
per month
AWeber Free
$0
Up to 500 subscribers & 3,000 email sends per month
AWeber Lite
$14.99
per month
AWeber Plus
$29.99
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ActiveCampaignAWeber
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsNo matter what plan you choose, our services are designed to help you get the most out of your investment — so you can focus on running your business. ActiveCampaign services included in all plan tiers: ActiveTraining Community access Contact migration Customer enablement workshops Video tutorials Chat and ticket support Knowledge base & help guidesAWeber offers a free plan up to 500 subscribers and 3,000 email sends per month. Pricing for the Plus Plan is determined based on the total number of subscribers in your account. Pricing starts as low as $29.99/month (or $20/month if billed annually).
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Community Pulse
ActiveCampaignAWeber
Considered Both Products
ActiveCampaign
Chose ActiveCampaign
In the first formation of my business I used AWeber, and while I liked it, when I restructured it didn't feel like the right fit. I wanted something that felt more streamlined, easy to use (for a DIY, non-techy person like myself) and had more room to grow. I'll put it like …
Chose ActiveCampaign
Comparisons are always obnoxious, but in this case, there is no rival;)
  • The communication interface is much friendlier.
  • The learning curve is less, obviously it takes a while, but it is much more intuitive.
Chose ActiveCampaign
I used AWeber years ago, and I couldn't figure it out despite having taught myself dozens of apps since 1983. Mailchimp was very expensive to compare to ActiveCampaign's most basic plan. Sendinblue was an accident and I used it for a very limited purpose. It didn't even stack …
Chose ActiveCampaign
AWeber is way too limiting. ConvertKit wasn't as intuitive and also very limiting. Mailchimp was ultra basic. ActiveCampaign was easy to figure out, enough to keep simple but have the ability to add more complexity. I'd say anyone should use ActiveCampaign. From what I've seen, …
Chose ActiveCampaign
Much more user friendly than either Mailchimp or AWeber in my opinion.
Also much cheaper than AWeber.
It has been easier to integrate into my business than the others, but was also very easy to transfer any info from the other platforms to ActiveCampaign.
Chose ActiveCampaign
Backend user experience is much more streamlined and robust than AWeber. AWeber also triggers weird spam wall blocks occasionally when integrating with other system’s automated forms. MailChimp simply doesn’t have the features I need.
Chose ActiveCampaign
Keap is more expensive. Used it for a bit and then went off it because of price. AWeber is great - for affiliate marketing and more, as is mailer lite. Good for beginners and simple needs when it comes to lower-ticket offers and just the need for an email marketing software. I …
Chose ActiveCampaign
I selected ActiveCampaign because many in the communities I was interacting with recommended it. It is also the software many of the platforms I interact with users and integrate directly via API.

The cost to get started is relatively low for access to automation and tagging …
Chose ActiveCampaign
The really big difference between ActiveCampaign the the competition, is the power of the automation that you can get with AC.
Chose ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign was easier to use
Chose ActiveCampaign
The fact that it combines email, CRM, and automations between them makes it such a force to be reconned with. Its plans are reasonable and moving up from a basic plan allows 25 users for one price. This is great compared to Hubspot. It's much smoother than Mailchimp and much …
Chose ActiveCampaign
It's the easiest and most useful to use. The other products make it more complicated. ActiveCampaign also has a high deliverability rate compared to others, so it's one of the most important reasons why I love ActiveCampaign. I also love how easy it is to set up campaigns, edit …
Chose ActiveCampaign
For the price, ActiveCampaign is streets ahead. I probably use about 60% of the platform's functionality with a further 20% that I could benefit from using and intend to explore in the next 12 months. This compares to only about 25% usage with some other platforms or having to …
Chose ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign was more affordable and had more features than I needed. In particular, the automation, sequences, and integrations plus the ability for custom webhooks. While I like the other platforms too for various reasons, the automation and webhooks features, integrations, …
Chose ActiveCampaign
In comparison to all the other systems (except Keap), ActiveCampaign goes above and beyond for email marketing, marketing automation, and CRM functionality. It's the closest you can get to an all-in-one system.

And while Infusionsoft is also robust, it's not very intuitive. …
Chose ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign is the most intuitive out of all of the ones I've used. Their visual automation builder is great. I felt like every other option that I had previously played with just felt more confusing. I tested out many other tools while also using ActiveCampaign and I just …
Chose ActiveCampaign
Overall, we selected ActiveCampaign based on the features offered, the ease of use (and therefore the ease of training others to use), and the overall value for the price. The competitors I have used or evaluated in the past may occasionally be better than ActiveCampaign in one …
Chose ActiveCampaign
It's mostly just personal preference, but I found ActiveCampaign to be a more user-friendly UI and system overall. It's possible I didn't quite explore everything other service providers had to offer, but I just found AC to be so much easier out of the box. It has a ton of …
Chose ActiveCampaign
You've got to know what you want the software to do and then find software that covers as much of those needs as possible. AC had most of the features we wanted - mostly native connectivity with Salesforce and scalability. Their support structure was a HUGE selling point too. …
Chose ActiveCampaign
I always recommend ActiveCampaign to clients primarily because we can import funnels into their accounts which saves us a tremendous amount of time. I also feel that ActiveCampaign's automation is a step above other platforms. They are easier for me to visualize what's …
Chose ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign is the solution I recommend to all my clients. It's the best value with most functionality.
Chose ActiveCampaign
Pardot is in my opinion overpriced and because it relies on Salesforce as a CRM limiting as a choice. HubSpot CRM is great even in the free version, but once you need to add email automation in the mix the cost become a big factor.
Chose ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign dances circles around both. It's easy to learn, provides good support and training, and exactly fits our needs by providing so many options. We wish we had started out with ActiveCampaign - we feel like we lost three years monkeying around with difficult software …
AWeber
Chose AWeber
If you are evaluating an email marketing or email broadcast software that is easy to use, at a reasonable price and does the makes sure the emails get delivered in the inboxes and not in the spam folders and has all the necessary reporting functionality then try AWeber. …
Chose AWeber
The reason we [opted for] AWeber over others is for its email delivery rates. AWeber is great for freelancers, large enterprises, mid-zize business, etc. A 14% discount is available if you pay quarterly and more if you pay annually. AWeber is priced roughly in the middle of …
Chose AWeber
It is easier of a solution to work with when compared to other alternatives such as SendinBlue or MailChimp. Ultimately what I valued is the deliverability and quality to be able to deliver our emails. If you are seeking a more robust enterprise-level solution I would then …
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
ActiveCampaignAWeber
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
9.0
664 Ratings
15% above category average
AWeber
7.7
31 Ratings
5% below category average
WYSIWYG email editor9.6581 Ratings8.830 Ratings
Dynamic content9.2520 Ratings7.03 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content8.8471 Ratings00 Ratings
Landing pages7.9338 Ratings5.94 Ratings
A/B testing9.3380 Ratings7.97 Ratings
Mobile optimization9.4526 Ratings7.026 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting7.0631 Ratings7.931 Ratings
List management9.7650 Ratings7.931 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences9.7574 Ratings8.827 Ratings
Lead Management
Comparison of Lead Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
7.6
524 Ratings
2% below category average
AWeber
-
Ratings
Lead nurturing automation9.3491 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead scoring and grading8.0359 Ratings00 Ratings
Data quality management9.3401 Ratings00 Ratings
Automated sales alerts and tasks9.4355 Ratings00 Ratings
Lead segmentation and distribution1.81 Ratings00 Ratings
Campaign Management
Comparison of Campaign Management features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
9.6
374 Ratings
23% above category average
AWeber
-
Ratings
Calendaring9.7295 Ratings00 Ratings
Event/webinar marketing9.6286 Ratings00 Ratings
Social Media Marketing
Comparison of Social Media Marketing features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
9.6
287 Ratings
24% above category average
AWeber
-
Ratings
Social sharing and campaigns9.7254 Ratings00 Ratings
Social profile integration9.5250 Ratings00 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
8.4
627 Ratings
12% above category average
AWeber
8.5
31 Ratings
10% above category average
Dashboards8.0597 Ratings8.827 Ratings
Standard reports8.0584 Ratings8.831 Ratings
Custom reports9.3377 Ratings7.826 Ratings
Platform & Infrastructure
Comparison of Platform & Infrastructure features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
9.3
491 Ratings
20% above category average
AWeber
-
Ratings
API9.6391 Ratings00 Ratings
Role-based workflow & approvals9.4267 Ratings00 Ratings
Customizability9.5420 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Salesforce.com9.492 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with Microsoft Dynamics CRM9.860 Ratings00 Ratings
Integration with SugarCRM9.856 Ratings00 Ratings
Third-party software integrations7.520 Ratings00 Ratings
Pre-Send Testing
Comparison of Pre-Send Testing features of Product A and Product B
ActiveCampaign
-
Ratings
AWeber
7.6
3 Ratings
8% below category average
URL Validation00 Ratings7.73 Ratings
Link Tracking00 Ratings8.43 Ratings
Image Validation00 Ratings7.13 Ratings
Inbox Display00 Ratings7.13 Ratings
Spam Testing00 Ratings7.13 Ratings
Email Previews00 Ratings8.43 Ratings
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User Ratings
ActiveCampaignAWeber
Likelihood to Recommend
7.7
(676 ratings)
8.0
(37 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.5
(25 ratings)
6.8
(6 ratings)
Usability
7.8
(38 ratings)
8.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
9.1
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
7.1
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
1.3
(41 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
In-Person Training
9.1
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Online Training
7.3
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.7
(14 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
6.4
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
9.0
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
1.3
(5 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
6.4
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
7.2
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
ActiveCampaignAWeber
Likelihood to Recommend
ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign is brilliant for small businesses wanting a secure, reliable and user friendly email capture software that filters users emails into the appropriate category/tags and have endless options when it comes to having different lead magnets and ways users may sign up. It's been super handy for my small business to send regular emails and be able to analyse the success rates and open rates of emails and the ability to resend them with a different subject line. It's made email marketing really easy peasy.
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AWeber
AWeber is an excellent email marketing solution for small to mid-sized businesses, especially those that are just starting with email marketing campaigns. AWeber is also good for bloggers. But it's not perfect for an affiliate marketer who wants to make a landing page on AWeber. Businesses that require advanced segmentation options may need to consider other email marketing platforms.
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Pros
ActiveCampaign
  • The graphic design is very good, especially fonts, colours and templates
  • Flexibility of design and functionality
  • Takes a little while to learn it, but generally user-friendly
  • Looks very professional but doesn't cost much to get started
  • There are masses of integrations for ActiveCampaign, and the ones I tried all worked well and didn't take long to figure out.
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AWeber
  • List building: AWeber makes it easy to grow opt-in subscribers through customizable signup forms as well an integration with tools like Sumo and Hustle Pro.
  • List segmentation: with a little more information about each subscriber, it's easy to create custom segmented lists based on different criteria.
  • Deliverability: AWeber enforces opt-in rules to keep spammers out of its system and improve deliverability rates for reputable users. We rarely have issues with our messages from AWeber being routed to spam folders.
  • Double opt-in: AWeber makes it easy to set up double opt-in to make extra certain you have a high-quality mailing list.
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Cons
ActiveCampaign
  • The email designing part could be easier to use. There are certain simple shortcuts that don't work, for example, adding links is more complicated than it should be, moving blocks around is hard, etc.
  • There's no good way to filter by 'active' and 'inactive' subscribers when editing en-mass.
  • I'd like more reporting data on one page.
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AWeber
  • Aweber would be even better if it had the ability to host landing pages. I have to use a tool like landingpages.net to do this if I don't want to create the landing pages as part of my client's website. If I manage their site, it isn't a problem, but it keeps me from using Aweber for clients who manage their own sites or dont' have one.
  • Aweber would greatly benefit from a more robust reseller program. Firms like mine have multiple clients and, with each client needing an individual Aweber account, it would be nice to have access to margin so that we could resell the services.
  • Along the lines of a reseller program, it would be great of Aweber allowed resellers to white label the interface and administrate multiple accounts from one agency account.
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Likelihood to Renew
ActiveCampaign
I am committed at the moment. Rebuilding the automations I have would be a huge time drain. Plus the cost of learning a new system and the risk to deliverability of porting a 6,000 person list to a new platform. Also, AC offers everything I need ast a reasonable (but a little high) price. So, why not a 10? Because, early 2023, AC dropped a massive 2x price hike on long-term customers. They knew few would shift, so this feels like a cynical cash grab and left a bad taste, If they do something like this again, this camel will have a broken back.
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AWeber
AWeber is easy and intuitive for me use. I really like the simplicity and the structure of the work flow as it saves me time. AWeber also integrates with all the other programs, systems and gateways that I use on a daily basis (WordPress, Paypal, LeadPages, Facebook and more) and if I have any questions or have trouble the AWeber customer service technicians are very helpful.
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Usability
ActiveCampaign
ActiveCampaign has been the easiest marketing automation software we have ever used. They provide tips throughout the entire process of anything you are building. Their support team through LIVE CHAT has been extremely fast and helpful. The monthly meetings provided with the enablement team has helped us through several large and urgent needs.
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AWeber
See previous answers ... the design / customization interface could be more intuitive and elegant .. for example, for me it has been difficult to easily figure out how to place pictures / images to the right, left or center of text.
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Reliability and Availability
ActiveCampaign
I haven't experienced application errors or unplanned outages at all. Active Campaign is ultra reliable and I would not be using them if that were the case. Also, the helpful emails they send are welcomed and informative, and present very practical tips and guidance for using the platform. They're always demonstrating new features and I'm thankful for that.
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AWeber
No answers on this topic
Performance
ActiveCampaign
Oh my gosh, Active Campaign's performance gets an A+++ in my book. The pages load quickly and so do the reports. I haven't noticed any slowdowns when it's integrating with other programs and it performs excellently on all levels.
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AWeber
No answers on this topic
Support Rating
ActiveCampaign
This might be the best part. The chat support lady offered to make a video to help me solve my problem. I worked in customer service for years and I've never done that, lol. So, if they're offering things like that, I can only imagine that they'd be able to handle most any issue you throw at them.
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AWeber
I have always received prompt phone or live chat support that has resolved my issues on the first call in a competent, knowledgeable and friendly manner. By contrast MailChimp offers no live chat or phone support; they only offer email support and the response time for MailChimp is slow by comparison to AWeber.
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Implementation Rating
ActiveCampaign
Very satisfied with our implementation in our professional medical practice, allowing us to be on top of client service, and not miss out on crucial information and insights. Marketing is often neglected in professional practices and ActiveCampaign solved this problem with aplomb.
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AWeber
No answers on this topic
Alternatives Considered
ActiveCampaign
I moved to ActiveCampaign from Mailchimp. Admittedly, I was using the free version of Mailchimp, but I had numerous episodes of subscriber data NOT being added to Mailchimp, despite using API to integrate with my mailing list. Obviously, I couldn't pay for clicks and not capture subscriber data, so I had to find something else. ActiveCampaign has been 100% reliable in testing.
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AWeber
We often use Canva to design our content and then export it as an image to upload into Aweber, as Aweber designs and limitations are too much of a hindrance to our needs. Canva is a brilliant tool for marketing and saves you a lot of time being able to adapt or change an existing template you create.
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Scalability
ActiveCampaign
My web designer told me about Active Campaign and although I don't recall which platform I had before, I LOVE Active Campaign and its user friendliness. The transition was seamless and I've never had a problem with functionality or server failure.
Active Campaign provides so many features, and makes it easy for non-techies to maneuver around the site with ease. They capture information and put it in an easy-to-read format.
At this point, I don't think I'd ever use any other platform!
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AWeber
No answers on this topic
Return on Investment
ActiveCampaign
  • I haven't monetized my list yet so no clear ROI but great from a list-building perspective
  • The software is not cheap so at times I feel like I may not be getting the most out of the product because I'm not using all of the features
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AWeber
  • Aweber delivers my email fast and reliably, never had a problem tech support could not handle (by the way, their support is great!)
  • Since I have been with Aweber for so many years, I have an unlimited plan for a very affordable rate
  • Aweber may not be a sexy as some of the new kids on the block, but it is a solid offering you should consider when choosing an autoresponder
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ScreenShots

ActiveCampaign Screenshots

Screenshot of tagging, that when combined with conditional content helps to put the right message in front of each customer.Screenshot of marketing automationScreenshot of audience segmentation based on engagement, purchase activity, lead score, or any other dimensionScreenshot of live chat, site messaging, email, and a unified inbox that can be used to build relationships with customers.Screenshot of the CRM, which helps sales reps to get more done in less time

AWeber Screenshots

Screenshot of Email marketing tools to run email marketing programs.Screenshot of Can automatically deliver a sequence of messages to new subscribers with autoresponders.Screenshot of The Canva direct integration feature can be used to create emails.Screenshot of Professional email newsletters can be created and sent in a matter of minutes with a drag-and-drop editor.Screenshot of Responsive landing pages.Screenshot of Sign up forms to build lists.