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Adestra

7 Ratings

AWeber

49 Ratings

Adestra

7 Ratings
Score 6.8 out of 101

AWeber

49 Ratings
Score 7.1 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adestra

Small businesses with even smaller marketing budgets and no email marketing experience would be better off selecting a lower-end email marketing provider. However, Adestra will provide a growing company with every email marketing tool along the way.
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AWeber

Aweber is particularly suited to small to medium businesses and organizations who need to manage their mailing lists and communicate periodically with their customers or members.Aweber is not particularly suited to agencies who need to broker and provide these services to multiple clients. It's mainly an end-user application.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

Adestra
10.0
AWeber
6.6
WYSIWYG email editor
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
6.1
Dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
Ability to test dynamic content
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
Landing pages
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
A/B testing
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
6.5
Email deliverability
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
8.3
List management
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
6.3
Triggered drip sequences
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
7.2
Mobile optimization
Adestra
AWeber
5.2

Reporting & Analytics

Adestra
10.0
AWeber
6.9
Dashboards
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
6.7
Standard reports
Adestra
10.0
AWeber
7.3
Custom reports
Adestra
AWeber
6.8

Pros

  • Adestra's "dynamic" list allows users to consolidate multiple lists in combination with data filters and exclusion lists. This implements segmentation and is a powerful marketing tool.
  • Adestra's MessageFocus API integration provides developer-tools for list, campaign or transactional automated requirements.
  • Campaigns can be sorted into project folders. This allows marketers to group campaigns together for management or reporting requirements. Moving or copying campaigns from one project to another is a simple process.
  • Data downloads via Reporting is available at every level, from overview to individual KPI.
  • Creating "core" tables helps marketers develop lists with similar attributes. Whether a list has many fields or simply the one required email address field, a "core" table helps to quickly map data labels from spreadsheet to online database. Creating data labels on the fly is a simple process, as well. The "core" table also groups similar contacts into one core database.
  • Any list can be quickly "emptied" for to manage refreshed data. The contacts within the "emptied" list would still be members of the "core" table and so the process does not negatively impact reporting.
  • Unsubscribes can be managed in one list (as a default) or individual lists. Creating individual unsubscribe lists -- dependent on business requirements -- would allow for a preference center, whereby recipients could be given a choice as to which campaigns they receive.
  • The Form tool creates signup forms, simple surveys and landing pages. These can be hosted via Adestra or otherwise on the web. The tool provides for branding and proprietary cascading stylesheets, with a number of actions available through a drag-and-drop interface.
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  • Aweber manages mailing lists particularly well. By this I mean that it handles subscribe and unsubscribe requests automatically, so you never have to worry about annoying people by accidentally sending them information they opted out of.
  • Aweber provides reliable scheduling of messages. This works for newsletters that you want to write and schedule in advance as well as auto-responder sequences that you create for a specific campaign. It also connects directly to your blog and social media profiles so that you can post in one location and have it show up on all your profiles. That's really handy!
  • Aweber provides detailed analytics for all of your broadcasted messages without overcomplicating things. You can easily see who received, opened, and clicked the links within your messages, so that you can consistently refine your marketing efforts.
  • Aweber is also affordable. Some mailing list applications cost an arm and leg, but Aweber can easily fit into just about any budget. It's reasonable cost also allows it to pay for itself very quickly.
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Cons

  • As of this writing, there are at least 3 different editors available (a drag-and-drop, a WYSIWYG and HTML). However, only a small template library is available if requested through support. Those expecting to find ready-built templates for re-branding would find them through the third-party EDM Designer drag-and-drop editor.
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  • Could use some additional tutorials for advanced usage of aweber
  • Lacking some of the filters for targeting email lists by geographical areas ie zip code or dma
  • Has a bit of a learning curve in order to fully implement the full offering of the solution
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Likelihood to Renew

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AWeber6.8
Based on 6 answers
I don't personally use AWeber.
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Usability

Adestra9.0
Based on 1 answer
I have been self-trained on different ESPs for over 10 years, so my experience isn't comparable to most users. However, I've trained people on various email marketing platforms, and with some training, clients have a positive user-experience with Adestra.
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AWeber7.3
Based on 2 answers
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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Support

Adestra10.0
Based on 1 answer
I have had campaign related issues solved very quickly. When there are technical issues, that involve more than one departmental, it may involve a longer turn-around and management.
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AWeber9.1
Based on 2 answers
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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Alternatives Considered

For medium and large sized businesses, Adestra competes well with dotMailer. While many of the functions are available through either provider, creating campaigns, managing lists and reviewing metrics are somewhat different.As of this writing, dotMailer's drag-and-drop editor dominates that platform and performs well for low-end users with little-to-no HTML experience. Even high-end users will appreciate how quickly campaigns can be built via the drag-and-drop editor. While Adestra utilizes the EDM Designer drag-and-drop, the third-party functionality is not completely cohesive and lack of a template library gives dotMailer a bit of an advantage.
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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 suggest Bronto's marketing solution.
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Return on Investment

  • For companies that focus on goals and analytics, Adestra provides all the necessary tools.
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  • Has helped my build my lists
  • One of the main benefits to our bottom line is the affiliate program. We sign all new email marketing clients up with accounts of their own through our own affiliate program which generates passive monthly income.
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Pricing Details

Adestra

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
Additional Pricing Details

AWeber

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details
After a 30-day free trial, pricing is determined based on the total number of subscribers in your account. Pricing starts as low as $19/mo. Additional savings are available by paying quarterly or annually.