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Amazon SES

26 Ratings

Postmark

11 Ratings

Amazon SES

26 Ratings
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Score 8.4 out of 101

Postmark

11 Ratings
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Score 8.3 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon SES

While most companies can get away with stock or lightly modified SaaS solutions, if email is absolutely core to your business, I'd recommend Amazon's Simple Email Service. It provides the lowest pricing outside of building up your own sender reputation, while providing the same flexibility and performance, especially if your application servers are already in AWS.
The drawback to all this power is that you need to dedicate engineering resources to building, modifying, and maintaining your email pipeline. If you can't justify those expenses, go with a SaaS product.
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Postmark

It is well suited for transactional emails and emails that you need to ensure reach your user quickly. It is not well suited to emails that are marketing based or for newsletters etc. The emails must be transactional since the domain reputation is one of their highest priorities.
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Pros

  • Great pricing
  • Amazing performance when accessed from inside AWS
  • Granular API provides great amounts of flexibility
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  • Transactional Emails.
  • Great user interface. Easy to manage templates and see activity.
  • High deliverability rates. Seen much better deliverability scores then when we had our own dedicated IP.
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Cons

  • Could maintain a dashboard with the list of previously sent emails and their templates.
  • Amazon Simple Email Service dashboard could be made more user-friendly by including few HTML snippets so that they are readily available for testing.
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  • I wish there was an annual payment option. Currently, you can only pay monthly.
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Alternatives Considered

I've selected Amazon SES due to two factors. First of all, the price is really competitive. I haven't seen a better price and if you did, please send me an email. The second factor was that I do not need all those functions to track the subscriptions, sales, reports because I had that implemented on my website already. But when I did, I just simply used Sendy and voilà; you have that fancy service for cents.
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In terms of UI and deliverability, Postmark really blows other ESPs out of the water. We've seen a huge improvement in delivery rates, especially for Outlook/Live/Hotmail email addresses.
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Return on Investment

  • All positive things. The fact that we can send tens of thousands of e-mails per month for less than $5 is incredible. Find a better price for something even remotely as high-quality as SES.
  • SES provides a set-and-forget way of handling e-mail. Drop in the credentials, and your developers will never have to mess with it again.
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  • Fewer support requests for "I have not received my order email!??!111"
  • More happy customers receiving their orders faster
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Pricing Details

Amazon SES

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Postmark

General
Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details