Benchmark Email vs. MailerLite

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Benchmark Email
Score 6.4 out of 10
N/A
Benchmark is an email marketing platform on a global mission to help businesses everywhere ignite relationships with their customers, from the company of the same name in St.Louis, Missouri.
$0
per month
MailerLite
Score 8.4 out of 10
Small Businesses (1-50 employees)
MailerLite is an email marketing platform. Users can create professional newsletters, landing pages and websites using a drag & drop editor with AI generator or by customizing pre-designed templates. And manage campaigns on-the-go in the iOS app. MailerLite helps to connect with an audience using advanced targeting, automations and surveys. It integrates with Zapier, Stripe, WordPress, Shopify and other tools and platforms. MailerLite offers a Forever Free account including 24/7 support and a 30…
$10
per month
Pricing
Benchmark EmailMailerLite
Editions & Modules
Pro
Starting at $13
per month
Enterprise
Custom
Forever free plan
$0
1,000 subscribers
Growing
$10
per month 3 users
Advanced
$21
per month Unlimited users
Enterprise
Custom pricing
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Benchmark EmailMailerLite
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
YesYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoYes
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup fee$10 2500 subscribers
Additional DetailsAdditional 30% discount available to Non-profit organizations.
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Community Pulse
Benchmark EmailMailerLite
Considered Both Products
Benchmark Email
MailerLite
Chose MailerLite
Aside from ConvertKit which I feel is very much a different type of tool, Mailerlite kills the competition on price, design, functionality and features. I have used several email marketing tools trying to find out which one would work best for me and my business, as well as …
Top Pros
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Features
Benchmark EmailMailerLite
Email & Online Marketing
Comparison of Email & Online Marketing features of Product A and Product B
Benchmark Email
9.5
7 Ratings
16% above category average
MailerLite
8.6
62 Ratings
6% above category average
WYSIWYG email editor7.86 Ratings7.354 Ratings
Dynamic content10.06 Ratings9.250 Ratings
Ability to test dynamic content9.34 Ratings8.344 Ratings
Landing pages10.04 Ratings8.651 Ratings
A/B testing10.06 Ratings8.638 Ratings
Mobile optimization10.07 Ratings8.647 Ratings
Email deliverability reporting10.06 Ratings8.656 Ratings
List management10.07 Ratings9.256 Ratings
Triggered drip sequences8.24 Ratings8.636 Ratings
Reporting & Analytics
Comparison of Reporting & Analytics features of Product A and Product B
Benchmark Email
8.3
7 Ratings
7% above category average
MailerLite
6.3
57 Ratings
20% below category average
Dashboards7.66 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Standard reports10.07 Ratings6.957 Ratings
Custom reports7.23 Ratings6.01 Ratings
Pre-Send Testing
Comparison of Pre-Send Testing features of Product A and Product B
Benchmark Email
10.0
1 Ratings
19% above category average
MailerLite
7.8
49 Ratings
6% below category average
Inbox Display10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Email Previews10.01 Ratings7.849 Ratings
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User Ratings
Benchmark EmailMailerLite
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(7 ratings)
8.4
(65 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
9.1
(2 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
9.4
(4 ratings)
User Testimonials
Benchmark EmailMailerLite
Likelihood to Recommend
BenchmarkONE
For low volume non-profits, Benchmark Email provides a respectable free service. Ease of use is high and customization of the email is good. The discount for 501(c)(3) organizations and fully free use for non-profits that help children is commendable. Although the GUI editor is flexible and easy to learn, it does have some issues with certain detailed formatting concerns, like properly showing the newlines between paragraphs. Image/photo processing and presentation is similarly both easy to use, but frustrating due to some capability gaps and quirks, like specifying image sizes and display on hi-resolution devices.

Overall, Benchmark Email provides a good service that is easy to learn to expand your communication reach; however, the ROI and satisfaction may not be as high if paying fees comparable to other offerings.
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Mailerlite
The tool is really very complete. I have created regular campaigns, Workflows, and A/B tests in my campaigns and I have not had any limitations. I have tried other platforms that are not as complete in the free version like MailerLite. This makes me want to upgrade to the premium version and I'm sure you will get the same benefits.
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Pros
BenchmarkONE
  • 2,000 contact list space available with no time limit to those who can't upgrade.
  • The AB Testing feature helps to improve the performance of your emails by experimenting with different content and send times to determine what works best. Thus great emailing objectives are easier to achieve.
  • There is a feature where website and email engagement trigger an automatic email series. For example, the automatic flow of a subscriber from a leads list to a customer list upon making a purchase is awesome.
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Mailerlite
  • Offers a user-friendly interface, making it simple to create beautiful forms, group subscribers, and automate emails.
  • Includes email automation workflows in their free plan - the only provider I know of that doesn't charge you after one month or hit you with "transaction fees".
  • Excellent video tutorial library so you can learn email marketing as a beginner without feeling overwhelmed.
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Cons
BenchmarkONE
  • List maintenance -- navigating multiple lists is a cumbersome activity.
  • Analytics about user engagement could be better. It's not super robust, especially if you're used to Google Analytics.
  • Customer support is kind of slow to get back to us.
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Mailerlite
  • I would add more types of inbox previews so people can see their campaigns across more channels
  • Mailerlite could definitely use a few more default fields, and more field types. This is an area where we get stuck writing more custom fields than we like. I want to see a variety of fields, from text box, to radio buttons, drop downs and more date options.
  • Custom fields should be able to be organized according to the list type. Custom fields that are added show up on ALL subscriber profiles, so if you were building a list that had a field for the type of pet someone had because you run a Dog Walking Business, but also had a list that only served Sponsors, that dog walking option would show up on all your subscriber types. If there's a way to change this and I missed it, my bad, but I haven't yet found that to be the case.
  • I'd really like to see Mailerlite have the option of adding a subscriber midway through the process, and a RESEND option, whether that is to non-openers or people who are new to a list. While you can set up drip campaigns or triggers to send certain emails when people change their status, it seems a bit too time consuming.
  • I'd love to see a date specific reminder email template for meetings. That would be awesome and speed things up quite a bit.
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Likelihood to Renew
BenchmarkONE
No answers on this topic
Mailerlite
Mailerlite is awesome and it does everything I need and then some. They're always innovating and adding new features, and their team is flippin' amazing. Can't see myself ever switching. They may not have everything, but looking at how well their team works, they'll get there for sure and I'm willing to wait.
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Usability
BenchmarkONE
No answers on this topic
Mailerlite
Overall it's super simple to get started and use the service. For those who need a bit more help, the support team is accessible.
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Support Rating
BenchmarkONE
No answers on this topic
Mailerlite
Timely responses, quality answers to my questions, showing that the support are knowledgeable and cares about my results. I've had other experiences with competitors, so I'm delighted that this team cares about my business. It's good to know there are real experts ready to jump in when you need help
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Alternatives Considered
BenchmarkONE
I stated this plenty of times in my previous responses but we moved to Benchmark from Mad Mimi. Mad Mimi's feature set is extremely basic and only suited for start-ups or very small businesses. Benchmark provides enough customization to take the next step in your email marketing program. It's also fairly affordable
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Mailerlite
The company I wanted to mention isn't in your dropdown list: BEACONS. While they're more like LinkTree, they also have a great feature to build a newsletter following and their AI prompts encourage you to send more newsletter blasts and then help write the e-mail for you with the blogs/YouTube videos already embedded for example.
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Return on Investment
BenchmarkONE
  • If we think particularly on the ROI then benchmark email gives you a definite amount of ROI. But it takes time, you will see the results after a six month span of time. Because sending an email itself is a slow and steady process to follow.
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Mailerlite
  • Gives us the ability to track the popularity of content in our email as well as who has read the content.
  • The customizable layout gives us the opportunity to be creative and have our culture shine through our company communication.
  • The ability to see who has un-subscribed helps our HR department to see who isn't receiving important company information so we can ask them to re-subscribe.
  • Helps our company to be more transparent and communicate more effectively.
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