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Score 8.4 out of 100
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Likelihood to Recommend

AWeber

AWeber is best suited for small to midsized B2B companies and smaller ecommerce suppliers who don't have huge mailing lists (20,000 or fewer subscribers) and don't need sophisticated automation sequences or personalization. Because of its pricing model (based on subscribers, but no limit on emails) it's great for vendors who do multiple mailings each month but to a reasonably small list. Larger companies will likely look for a more sophisticated offering or bring this in-house with marketing automation software.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

Our early experiences with SparkPost were great; we were looking for a low-cost (or no-cost) solution to our email messaging needs, and SparkPost had the best low-cost option: 100,000 messages per month for free, guaranteed for life. Even though our team has experience with other APIs, we chose SparkPost because it felt like the best value. Our experience with it was great. Two years ago, they discontinued their free option but sent the existing users the following message: "When you signed up, we promised that if we ever changed the terms of our 100K free plan, we would continue to honor the original plan for the life of the account. I would like to reaffirm this promise: while this plan is no longer available to new customers, you are grandfathered into this level of free sending volume."The following year, apparently following a change in leadership, they decided to "deprecate" existing free plans, dropping us down from 100,000 messages per month to 500, the lowest of any email API service I'm aware of. No recognition of the broken promise, the reneged guarantee, just a 20% off coupon. This atrocious behavior that reeks of a new culture of squeezing as much money as possible out of its users and has coincided with a steady deterioration of functionality and customer service. At this point, I have no idea why anyone would pay more for a worse service that treats its users so poorly when you could use SendGrid or a similar competitor for a lower price and way more features.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Email & Online Marketing

AWeber
8.4
SparkPost
WYSIWYG email editor
AWeber
8.7
SparkPost
A/B testing
AWeber
6.2
SparkPost
Mobile optimization
AWeber
8.5
SparkPost
Email deliverability reporting
AWeber
9.8
SparkPost
List management
AWeber
8.7
SparkPost
Triggered drip sequences
AWeber
8.3
SparkPost

Reporting & Analytics

AWeber
8.4
SparkPost
Dashboards
AWeber
8.6
SparkPost
Standard reports
AWeber
8.7
SparkPost
Custom reports
AWeber
8.0
SparkPost

Pros

AWeber

  • 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.
Greg Dungan | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

  • Good Documentation
  • Developer focused
  • Supports sub-accounts
  • Good support
  • Integrates with Laravel out of the box
Witt Sparks | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

AWeber

  • Aweber's drag and drop email designer could be a little easier to use.
  • It is difficult to design templates for the casual user, they almost always need help.
  • The user interface is a little friendlier to a techy than a noobie. MailChimp is much easier to use but I would NEVER recommend MailChimp for serious marketers.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

  • I really like SparkPost, it was really useful to achieve our goals
Rene Enriquez | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

AWeber

AWeber 6.8
Based on 6 answers
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.
Nichol Skaggs | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

AWeber

AWeber 7.3
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.
Yvonne Herbst | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

AWeber

AWeber 9.1
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.
Yvonne Herbst | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

SparkPost 1.0
Based on 1 answer
Would give it a zero if I could. Their customer service used to be incredible; fast response times, really hands-on with their users, and a pretty regular feedback process. They sent me an awesome t-shirt that became part of my go-to climbing gear. But for the past year, their response times went way down, their customer service was less helpful and generally a lot more rude, and they haven't asked for customer input once since their leadership change
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

AWeber

AWeber is exact in between of Eloqua and Mailchimp. It has more options and functionality then Mail chimp, but it is lighter (not as coding heavy) than Eloqua. This is a good fit if you are in the walk phase of your email strategy and have a database under 2MM
coll kirk | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

ExactTarget, Marketo CRM. These are completely different types of systems, but their email element is similar.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

AWeber

  • If the campaign is well designed in the first place, ROI is immediate.
  • Occasionally, when we do test runs, we find AWeber can even show us ways we can make our campaign even better, or catch something we had not foreseen.
Jackie Bassett | TrustRadius Reviewer

SparkPost

  • It has helped us with our IP health and making sure that we avoid spam traps
  • Very high deliverability and automatic retrying once they have the event
Samir Shamma | TrustRadius Reviewer

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Pricing Details

AWeber

General

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

AWeber Editions & Modules

Edition
AWeber Free$01
AWeber Pro$16.152
  1. Up to 500 subscribers & 3,000 email sends per month
  2. per month
Additional Pricing Details
AWeber offers a free plan up to 500 subscribers and 3,000 email sends per month. Pricing for the Pro Plan 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.

SparkPost

General

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

SparkPost Editions & Modules

Edition
Starter$301
Premier$751
EnterpriseContact sales team
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

AWeber
8.8
SparkPost
1.8

Likelihood to Renew

AWeber
6.8
SparkPost

Usability

AWeber
7.3
SparkPost

Support Rating

AWeber
9.1
SparkPost
1.0

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