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The 15+ Best Email Marketing Software Services and Tools

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Email is 45x more effective than social media when it comes to reaching your customers.

But, the huge variety of email software tools available makes it confusing to choose one.

email marketing software is hard

You might be asking yourself some of the same questions I was when I launched my first company:

  • What is the best email software for sending email “newsletters” to my customers?
  • What exactly is email automation, and do I need it?
  • What is the best email tool for “prospecting” for leads?
  • How can I tell if someone read my email yet or clicked on a link I sent them? (pst: Mailtag.io does this)

There’s a lot to consider. In this post, I marry my experience with some of the best email marketing resources on the internet. And I’ll even tell you which tool works best for your business type.

What Are the Best Email Marketing Software Tools and Services?

The best email marketing software should allow you to design emails easily, segment your list, personalize your messaging, and view analytics reports.

Plus, they should be priced appropriately and get to your users’ primary inboxes.

1. ConvertKit

Convertkit is simple and flexible to use. It’s for entrepreneurs, small businesses, small and medium size startups and bloggers.

convertkit

ConvertKit is great for converting customers using email automation. There’s a small learning curve if you have no email software experience.

It’s great for:

  1. Making simple newsletter emails
  2. Making and storing audience lists and segments
  3. And making beautiful sales automation journey maps, which allow you to really visualize your customer funnels

The most common use cases for ConvertKit include setting up an evergreen sales funnel, sending customers triggered communications based on actions on site or creating automation journeys to analytically pick the best emails to send to your customers at the best time.

Pros

  • Email automation journey maps that make optimizing email automations easy
  • ConvertKit comes with a tag-based subscriber system that allows you to create emails with merge tags and make your email campaigns really automated
  • 80+ email templates
  • Integrations with popular tools like Zapier and Salesforce
  • Email and live chat support
  • I also like the effective visual automation builder and alternative rules builder allowing basic automation
  • Elementary landing page software generator
  • Forms creator tool

Cons

  • Limited reporting data
  • Limited number of customization options for the forms
  • Small learning curve

ConvertKit Pricing

The pricing is dependent on the number of subscribers your business has. $29 monthly is the lowest package for businesses with less than 1,000 subscribers. If you have a bigger list, they have a calculator that estimates the monthly rate for you.

To see a review of what I believe to be the top four solutions read: Mailchimp vs GetResponse vs ConvertKit vs Constant Contact.

ConvertKit is on par with MailChimp and some of the others based on price.

2. Hubspot

HubSpot offers a reliable and feature-packed email marketing tool that’s suited for growing businesses — for free. You can create professional marketing emails that engage and grow your audience with the easy drag-and-drop email builder. With the drag-and-drop email builder, you don’t need to wait on IT or designers for help. 

On top of the free email tool, you can use the HubSpot CRM for free to create tailored touch-points for your customers. HubSpot Email is automatically connected with the HubSpot CRM, so you can tailor relevant emails based on any details you have — such as form submissions and website activity.

Using the CRM, you can include personalized content in your emails, like first name and company name, to ensure your contacts feel like they are being personally addressed, all while tracking email activity in the CRM. 

Pros

  • Includes a complete marketing system: free CRM, landing page tools, live chat and so much more.
  • Price is low
  • Intuitive interface
  • Easy to get started
  • Great support
  • In-depth training

Cons

  • Price increases as your email list grows
  • Limited integrations

Hubspot Pricing

The HubSpot email tool is free for up to 2,000 email sends per month, with upgrade solutions starting at $50 with Marketing Hub Starter.

Price: Free to start

Try Hubspot Email Marketing

3. MailChimp

MailChimp is pretty famous for its great marketing, charming design aesthetic and a free plan. The software is relatively easy to use with easy navigation tools, a fast and simple editor, customization tool and a wide range of templates to choose from.

It’s one of the best known email marketing softwares. It’s perfect for small bloggers, small businesses and businesses that just need a good “newsletter” email marketing solution.

It’s definitely one of the simplest to use tools out there. But that does make it limited for entrepreneurs who may want to get more sophisticated with email automation.

Mailchimp

Pros

  • The easiest to use email marketing tool there is!
  • Clean and stupid simple drag and drop email editor
  • Email design is pretty professional and solid; emails look good
  • Their reports and analysis tool is visually easy to understand
  • MailChimp has integrated other powerful tools, especially at higher tier plans

Cons

  • The landing page tool is not very good at all — I reviewed the Mailchimp landing page feature here
  • The platform lacks a workflow editor which makes automation management a bit unwieldy.
  • Limited features and few integrations at low pricing tiers

MailChimp Pricing

The pricing ranges from $0 for 2,000 subscribers or less, to $240 for 50,000 subscribers on a monthly basis. 

4. MailTag.io

This is an email tracking software that allows you to know when your email recipients have received their emails with real-time alerts and follow-up sales automation and scheduling. 

mailtag.io

Pros

  • Reporting and analytics tool that is easy to understand
  • Custom Pings and scheduling management
  • Real-time open and click tracking
  • Full Gmail & Gsuite Integration
  • Powerful automated sales follow-ups
  • Custom Email Tracking Domains

Cons

  • You cannot use custom variables for mail-merge (yet, it’s coming in 2020

MailTag.io Pricing

Free (no credit card required) 14-day trial, then $12.99/m. Try it Free.

5. Automizy

Automizy is the easiest email marketing automation tool that is made to improve your email open rate and help you send emails that stand out in a crowded inbox.

It comes with all necessary email marketing tools, sending campaigns, automations, contact forms, and contact management.

Plus, a set of features destined to improve your email open rates, such as AI-powered Subject Line Tester, AB testing, automatic resend to non-openers, and contact segmentation.

Automizy’s vision is to free marketers from technological struggles and put them back to the strategic decision-maker position, and that’s what makes Automizy the easiest email marketing tool.

Anyone with or without email marketing experience can send emails, set up forms, and create automations with the drag and drop email editor and visual automation builder.

Automizy is a great tool for SMBs who want to:

  • Send newsletter
  • Create contact forms
  • Set up email autoresponders
  • Segment contacts
  • Manage email marketing on autopilot

Pros

  • An AI-powered Subject Line Tester
  • Easy-to-use automation builder
  • Different email builders
  • Affordable price for small businesses
  • Quick customer support and free demo call

Cons

  • A limited number of email templates
  • Doesn’t provide popups or landing pages for lead generation

Automizy Pricing

Automizy offers a 14 day free trial period, with a 60-day money-back guarantee. After the trial period, you’ll be charged based on the number of your active contacts, starting from $9/month.

6. GetResponse

GetResponse has a comprehensive feature set for small businesses, bloggers and small startups alike. I think that makes it the best bang for your buck for entrepreneurs who may need a whole suite of tools.

See my full GetResponse review here.

get response

I love that they also have features for webinars, the ability to make landing pages and even create some marketing automation journeys. 

They balance a simple email newsletter dashboard with slightly more sophisticated email automation.

It’s very easy to use.

Pros

  • Wide range of out-of-the-box templates
  • List hosting and segmentation made easy
  • Autoresponders (yet another name for email automations)
  • Decent analytics suite: one-click segmentation, metrics over time, per-user information and email ROI
  • Optimization insights for autoresponder campaigns
  • Good segmentation ability
  • A/B testing
  • Simple drag-and-drop email editor
  • Integrates with most of your other favorite tools

Cons

  • A limited number of templates compared with some other email marketing options

GetResponse Pricing

$15 for 1,000 subscribers or less and the highest $450 for an email list of between 50,000 and 100,000 subscribers. The “Pro” and “Max” packages are priced much higher. 

Click here for a free trial.

7. Wishpond

Wishpond’s email marketing tool is more powerful than you realize at first glance. While only part of its suite of marketing services, it might be enough to make the service worth it in and of itself.

First, it has a gallery of pre-designed templates, giving you a range of readymade professional HTML emails to help delight your subscribers and increase your conversions. 

Its drag and drop builder makes it incredibly easy to use, and all templates are mobile responsive, so you only have to build them once (an essential for time-crunched marketers).

Second, it gives you the power of marketing automation — from scheduling to A/B testing to analytics to lead tracking and management — to get the maximum ROI from your professionally designed emails.

Wishpond’s email marketing is a solution you won’t realize you needed until you have it. Then, you won’t remember how you did without it.

Pros

  • Intuitive email design tool
  • Extensive newsletter gallery, organized by industry and purpose
  • Designs are professional and dynamic
  • Reports and analysis are thorough
  • High-level personalization provided by Shopify’s Liquid templating language
  • Complemented by several other marketing automation and integrated lead generation tools to supercharge your marketing capabilities
  • Multiple integrations with other major marketing tools

Cons

  • Drag-and-drop editor might be a little clunkier if compared with other major apps
  • There’s a steep learning curve to more complex personalization options

Wishpond Pricing

Wishpond has a range of price plans. The ‘Starting Out’ plan is $49/month with a maximum of 1500 leads.

The next level up is the ‘Everything You Need Plan’, at $99/month, with 2500 leads. For businesses growing beyond, the aptly named Rapid Growth Tier-1 Plan is $199/month, capping at 10,000 leads.

Every plan allows you to use any of the core apps (automation workflows, landing pages, popups, etc) with the main differentiator being how many leads you can store in your account.

There are monthly or annual plans, and there’s a no-commitment 14-day free trial on annual plans for anyone wanting a test spin.

8. Constant Contact

Constant Contact has been around forever. They were founded as Roving Software in 1995 and changed their name to the equally average-sounding name, Constant Contact in 2005.

constant contact

It’s a good tool for small businesses that want a simple solution. It’s very similar to Mailchimp in function and feel.

Pros

  • Constant contact comes with a variety of pixel-perfect, mobile-optimized templates
  • Drag-and-drop email editor
  • Extra features like coupons, polls, donations etc.
  • Simple analytics that gets the job done
  • Integrates with a lot of tools, including WordPress, Salesforce, QuickBooks, Shopify, etc.
  • Good segmentation ability
  • A/B testing

Cons

  • Like Mailchimp, the platform lacks a workflow editor which makes automation management a bit unwieldy. 
  • I find it a bit clunkier than the Mailchimp, GetResponse or ConvertKit editor.

Constant Contact Pricing

The price varies depending on the size of your email list. Constant Contact offers Email and Plus packages where the email package ranges from $20 to $335 for the Emails package and $45 and $335 for the Plus package. 

9. ExactTarget

ExactTarget was acquired by Salesforce for 2.5 billion in 2013. It’s now part of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud. This makes it a rather upmarket product now. It’s best for medium and large businesses trying to scale email marketing automation and even send push notifications and SMS. 

exacttarget

Pros

  • Content personalization via complex journey maps 
  • CRM and cross-channel integration
  • Wide range of themes and templates to choose from
  • Lead capture forms, real-time tracking, delivery tools, predictive analytics, and A/B and random split testing
  • Sophisticated analytics and reporting makes giving metrics to the CEO a breeze

Cons

  • My complaint about every Salesforce product is the same: great, incredibly sophisticated tool, but the user interface looks outdated and it’s very expensive.

ExactTarget Pricing

You have to contact Salesforce for a price quote. Again, this is a very “enterprise” solution. 

10. Emma Mail

Emma Mail bills itself as a solution for small businesses, franchisees, universities, retailers and agencies. It’s a small business sort of tool. Emma Mail was purchased by Campaign Monitor and shares some of the same features.

emma mail

Pros

  • Customer journeys and email automation tools
  • Easy drag-and-drop feature
  • Really good design aesthetic
  • Easy optimization features
  • Integrations with the usual stuff like Salesforce, Google Analytics, Aviary, Bigstock and social media sites
  • Create easy forms

Cons

  • Very few out-of-the-box templates 
  • Below average landing page software feature

Emma Mail Pricing

Prices range from $30/month for 1000 emails and $125/month for 10,000 emails or less.

11. AWeber

AWeber is an awesome email marketing software that I recommend for small and medium size businesses, entrepreneurs, bloggers, freelancers and consultants, small-to-medium size tech companies and everything in between.

It has one of the largest suites of integrations with other tools like Salesforce, Wix, PayPal and a ton more.

The basic platform is super simple for novices who want a cheap sand simple solution that produces results. But AWeber also scales with your business to a fairly powerful tool — without the sticker shock of a tool like Salesforce Marketing Cloud.

aweber

Pros

  • Extremely easy to send email newsletters for novice
  • Over 150 templates to choose from
  • AWeber integrates with Eventbrite, PayPal, WordPress and many of the other awesome tools you may use
  • Segment your list quick and easy by subscriber clicks, location or visited pages on your site
  • You can, also, get custom HTML and can add attachments alongside your emails
  • Easy pixel-perfect, drag-and-drop email building
  • A mobile app to track your campaign performance on the go
  • Subscriber management and segmenting
  • Easy to read metrics dashboard
  • Integrations with WordPress, Wix, Weebly, Squarespace, Salesforce and tons of other CRM tools, Live Agent,  FreshBooks, HubSpot, Pipedrive, Square, PayPal, GotoWebinar and much more

Cons

  • It has not integrated Google Analytics into its feature set
  • AWeber has no survey feature

AWeber Pricing

AWeber has several pricing options with their monthly plans ranging from $19 for 500 subscribers or less and $149 for 25,000 subscribers or less.

But get a 30 day free trial here.

12. SendGrid

SendGrid is a solution for medium-sized businesses on up.

Clients include Spotify, Glassdoor Airbnb, Uber, etc. They differentiate much more as a developer-friendly email tool. The SendGrid API is the main attraction — it allows web developers to send events and “communicate” with the rest of a website product or property.

SendGrid is not user-friendly for novices. Small businesses, bloggers and online entrepreneurs: stay away!

sendgrid

Pros

  • SendGrid comes with a contact manager and list segmentation allowing you to send targeted emails to your contactsHas a template editor that allows you to create and customize your template
  • Image hosting capabilities, autoresponders, social media marketing and more
  • Google Analytics integration
  • Spam score checking
  • Variety of reporting options
  • Plenty of integrations with your other favorite (enterprise) tool
  • Every API your heart could desire

Cons

  • Drag-and-drop editor is clunky and difficult to use
  • No ready-made templates
  • Not easy for beginners
  • Email customization is difficult without at least some some HTML knowledge

SendGrid Pricing

SendGrid pricing is not that clear. However, you can expect prices that range from $9.95/month for 40,000 email credits to $399.95 for 700,000 email credits. There is, also, a free plan that comes with 12,000 emails monthly.

13. iContact Email Marketing

The comprehensive features and the plans offered make iContact a good email marketing software. I’ve never used the tool myself, but it gets solid reviews on Capterra

Pros

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  • The platform comes with an email editor, a contact list that can be segmented
  • A/B testing, automation, list building and ease of tracking the email analytics
  • The user interface is very friendly making the software quite easy and effective to use
  • Salesforce mass emai
  • Some marketing automation

Cons

  • Glancing at the email drag-and-drop editor, it looks a bit confusing

iContact Pricing

The prices range from $14/month for the essential plan, $99/month for the professional for persons with less than 500 subscribers. The highest package goes for $99/month. Pricing is a strong suit for iContact.

14. Campaign Monitor

This is yet another great newsletter and light automation emails. It counts Adidas and Huffington Post among its 250,000 customers. They’ve positioned themselves as a strong tool for small and medium-sized businesses — particularly ecommerce, travel companies, entertainment companies, nonprofits and media companies. 

campaign monitor

Pros

  • Allows you to send mass emails
  • It has automated emails and action-triggered response tools to follow up on leads — a lot of ecommerce companies like Campaign Monitor
  • Strong analytics tool that helps analyze the results of campaigns
  • You get a wide range of templates to choose from
  • They have integrations with a lot of ecommerce platforms including Shopify, Magento and WooCommerce

Cons

  • Compared to its competitors, Campaign Monitor is a bit more expensive 

Campaign Monitor Pricing

The prices start $9/month $29/month for Unlimited. Premier starts at $149/month.  They also have a pay-per-campaign option for small businesses. 

15. Sendinblue Email Marketing

Sendinblue gets decent scores from Software Advice. It’s a relatively small player in email marketing software. 

sendin blue

Pros

  • Drag-and-drop designer
  • Wide variety of templates to choose from, emails that are mobile-friendly, contact management, campaign tracking, integration with APIs, WordPress plugin, Magento, PrestaShop, and Drupal, among other interesting features
  • Ability to send SMS in addition to email

Cons

  • You can’t send emails right away after being registered
  • The email builder is apparently a bit buggy sometimes

Sendin Blue Pricing

The prices range from $0 for 300 emails daily to $49/month in the premium package which comes with everything. The enterprise package is, also, available where one can create a custom plan.

16. Pinpointe

Pinpointe helps you create and personalize, automate and, also, track email campaigns easily. It has access to features like autoresponders, behavioral targeting, drip campaigns, spam scoring, split testing and other customizable metrics. They call themselves a solution for small businesses that have graduated from basic email marketing tools. 

pinpointe

Pros

  • A lot of universities and traditionally offline businesses like cruise lines use Pinpointe
  • The best thing Pinpointe has going for it is relationships with email providers — this means that your carefully curated email list has a very good chance of making it into the user’s primary email inbox (not spam)
  • Decent user interface and drag-and-drop editor; though it is not best in class
  • Email reporting, split tests, personalizations and analytics
  • Lead capture plugin on your website

Cons

  • They only allow for double-opt in email subscribers; this means all of your subscribers will have to “confirm” their subscription to your email lists — while this may not sound like a big deal, it is a problem
  • You can only open one window at a time which is limiting.

Pinpointe Pricing

The price starts from $42/month with a free trial option. There is, also, an enterprise edition for large businesses.

17. Benchmark Email

This software comes with all features any small business requires for creating a successful email marketing campaign. It includes valuable tools like detailed analytics, A/B split testing, spam testing, responsive templates and designs, and autoresponders.

Benchmark is definitely a tool for small businesses.

benchmark

Pros

  • Drag-and-drop email editor
  • Photo editing in the tool, which is a pretty unique feature
  • Add custom code to your emails
  • Limited but functional automation emails including cart abandonment for ecommerce companies

Cons

  • Reportedly, sometimes the emails go into the spam folders

Benchmark Email Pricing

In addition to the free starter plan, there are paid packages that start from $13.99/month to $29,200/month for businesses with over 7 million subscribers.


Email Automation: Do I Need Something More Sophisticated?

If your business has thousands of customers and you’ve got a lot of money to invest in your email marketing efforts, it may be time to graduate from the above tools.

email automation tool

Email automation tools are really for medium sized businesses and bigger. There is a lot of functionality that is likely unnecessary for smaller companies.

Most of the tools in our list above have simple email automation that allow you to do things like trigger emails based on simple site events like:

  • Abandoned carts
  • Prior email opens

But if you need to trigger emails when a female user between age 24 and 36 opens your mobile app and adds a scarf to their cart… well, that’s a bit more complicated.

This is where email automation suites are helpful.

1. ActiveCampaign

ActiveCampaign focuses on helping you build a good relationship with you active and potential customers. It is considered to be a hidden gem in the world of marketing automation given the price.

active campaign

Active Campaign has a great user interface which makes it easy to use and it has many useful features way outside of email — including email marketing, sales and CRM functions, as well as chat/messaging. 

Pros

  • A package that includes much more than email automation — which is easy to do with their decision tree email visualizer
  • It includes email automation
  • Event tracking
  • Lead scoring
  • Gmail integration
  • Win probability analysis
  • Subscription forms
  • Integrations with Zapier and about 150 other tools
  • Also has SMS features
  • Create a different pipeline for each segment of your customers, act on all leads without leaving any hanging
  • Can make your emails and messages hyper-personalized with the use of conditional content

Cons

  • No native integration
  • No API
  • No push notifications

ActiveCampaign Pricing

ActiveCampaign costs $17/month to start, but as with all email automation software tools, quickly gets expensive. Enterprise versions cost $229/month minimum.  

2. Autopilot

A simple user interface, coupled with a lot of features make Autopilot great software to use. It’s my blog partner, Hailey’s favorite tool for email automation. 

It’s used by big companies like Lyft, Atlassian and Microsoft.

autopilot

Pros

  • The core features include email templates, a contact database, channel management, event-triggered actions, lead management, multi-campaign, and reporting
  • Analytics are a strong suit: can track your entire business right from the generation of leads, setting up of the contact, crew management, and record keeping
  • Probably the easiest journey map builder out there, which makes automation campaigns a breeze
  • Integrations with so many enterprise-level tools including: Twilio, Segment, Salesforce, Google Ads, Typeform and much more
  • Scales from hundreds of messages per month to millions

Cons

  • The email templates are not that impressive, so make sure you have some resources to create content 

Autopilot Pricing

The Silver plan is free, the Gold plan cost $199/month while the Platinum plan goes for $899/month. Platinum includes everything an enterprise-level business needs to dominate their engagement marketing, including 1 on 1 phone support. 


3. Iterable

Iterable has been designed to engage users through a well-structured communication and multiple channels. Iterable has gotten a lot of press. Some larger clients include Spotify, Zillow, DoorDash and Box. 

iterable

Pros

  • Iterable allows you to create unlimited segments in your messaging and contact list, trigger campaigns
  • Customize and build sophisticated workflows and create flexible profiles
  • You can track your leads on a real-time basis, get event-triggered actions and run multiple campaigns seamlessly
  • SMS, push notifications and email
  • Nice journey map builder

Cons

  • It can be a bit cumbersome to upload photos
  • The learning curve is quite steep

Iterable Pricing

Iterable gives no payment information on site. You have to contact sales. It’s a top of the line, very expensive tool. 

4. Salesforce Marketing Cloud

Much like HubSpot’s solution, the Salesforce Marketing Cloud is an all-in-one CRM and engagement marketing solution. 

salesforce

Pros

  • One of the major benefits of this tool is that it is directly integrated into your Salesforce CRM — so if you’re using Salesforce, it’s obviously one of the easiest tools to make work out of the box
  • Collaborative spaces allowing team engagement
  • Journey map builder that is pretty easy to use, but not quite as good as others I’ve seen
  • SMS, email marketing and push notifications all in one
  • Build apps to manage marketing budgets, events and campaigns
  • Salesforce AppExchange has tons of useful tools/plugins for scaling your marketing performance
  • Trusted by Fortune 500 companies

Cons

  • Sometimes it takes a long time to refresh and get real-time information
  • The tool could, also, improve on its documentation
  • I find Salesforce’s user interface to be a little ugly
  • Salesforce reporting is pretty old school

Salesforce Marketing Cloud Pricing

The pricing is dependent on the size of your company and the industry you operate in. I’ve been quoted at $30,000 per year or more (on top of Salesforce CRM). 

5. Pardot (Salesforce)

pardot

Pardot helps provide deeper insights and automation for B2B companies. It was purchased by Salesforce a couple of years ago, so naturally it fits into the Salesforce CRM product effortless. 

Most of the features are very similar to Salesforce Marketing Cloud, but again is for B2B companies.

Pardot (Salesforce) Pricing

The starting price is $1,000/month, but the best features are available from $2,000/month and above.

6. SharpSpring

SharSpring provides automation solutions for a while now. They are positioned alongside Salesforce Marketing Cloud and HubSpot as an all-in-one solution.

SharpSpring is a publicly-traded company.

Email Marketing Software

Pros

  • Full market automation, action behavior-based emails and journey builder
  • Landing pages for visitors
  • CRM and sales automation for B2B companies
  • Comprehensive reporting and analytics
  • Form builders
  • Integrated with SurveyMonkey, Salesforce, GoToMeeting, WebEx, Shopify and more

Cons

  • The email and page builders appear to be clunky
  • It is also not good for designing landing pages

SharSpring Pricing

The prices range from $450/month for 1,500 contacts and $875/month for 20,000 contacts. They also offer true enterprise plans for agencies and companies with millions of contacts.

7. Zoho Campaigns

I hadn’t heard of Zoho before creating this list. But it seems to be a pretty decent tool. I would say it sits somewhere between and email marketing software and an email automation software in both functionality and price. The automations are more limited than a Salesforce Marketing Cloud or a Pardot, but the features are more robust than some smaller solutions like Mailchimp.

zoho

Pros

  • The main feature of Zoho include automated response emails
  • Integration with Zoho CRM
  • A/B testing
  • A variety of templates and layouts to choose from
  • A sync function that eliminates importing and exporting of data
  • A mobile app, so you can track your campaigns on the go
  • A free plan for up to 2,000 subscribers
  • Discounts for nonprofits

Cons

  • The templates could be better and the design much simpler than it is in the editor 
  • Some integrations with WordPress, Shopify, GoToMeeting and others… but more limited than some of the more premium email automation tools

Zoho Pricing

Email-based plan ranges from $0 to $200 monthly. Subscriber-based plan ranges from $5 to $350 and email credits plan ranges from $6 to $750 per month.

8. Marketo

Adobe just acquired Marketo for over $4 billion. It’s not that surprising, as it was one of the first marketing automation tools out there. In function, it’s quite similar to Salesforce Marketing Cloud and HubSpot. 

marketo

Pros

  • Some of the main features include lead generation, CRM integration, lead nurturing and campaign tracking, forms, and landing pages and action-triggered email marketing
  • It comes with all the basic tools one would need for effective email marketing
  • Companies from GE to RingCentral, Hortonworks, and Charles Schwab use Marketo
  • The support is very strong
  • The have mobile marketing (SMS and push)
  • A nifty (but slightly outdated in appearance) editor for campaigns

Cons

  • The forms and landing pages are not robust. The learning curve is, also, relatively steep.

Marketo Pricing

The pricing is based on bundles with bundles available including lead management, email marketing, consumer marketing, customer-based marketing, and mobile marketing. It is very expensive and only meant for truly enterprise clients. 

9. Mailjet

Features

The drag-and-drop feature makes it easy for users to design and customize their marking emails. Other tools that have been integrated into the system include a dashboard for delivery analytics, one-to-one optimization, A/B testing, Restful API, email automation, automated workflows, and real-time email tracking, to mention a few.

mailjet

Pros

  • Developer API
  • Pricing starts very low among peers
  • Transactional SMS communications
  • Strong analytics suite
  • Built for team collaboration
  • Customers that include ProductHunt, Happn and more

Cons

  • There have been complaints of a slow back office and support according to Capterra 

Mailjet Pricing

There is a free trial that allows you to send up to 6,000 emails daily. Other prices include the bronze package that starts from $7.49/month and the crystal package that starts from $21.95/month. Larger companies (the companies who should consider Mailjet) must inquire for custom pricing. 

10. InfusionSoft

InfusionSoft has billed itself as the email automation solution for small business owners. Their site advertises a lot of offline industries making their way into online marketing via InfusionSoft. For instance, the video on their sales page tells the story of a painting company bringing its business communications online.

infusionsoft

Pros

  • This software combines e-commerce, email, and social marketing and CRM solutions
  • It is famous for its ability to send targeted emails by segmenting subscribers by activity
  • Provides a detailed record for customers showing the exact destination for the email and the receiver actions
  • Gives high level business metrics in dashboard form

Cons

  • InfusionSoft is use user-friendly for small business owners who need a combination CRM-email automation solution, but it doesn’t go much beyond
  • It’s expensive for small businesses, but not functional enough for large corporations

InfusionSoft Pricing

The software has three pricing tiers starting $199/month for 500,000 emails or 5000 contacts. The $499/month premier pricing is for 100,000 contacts/500,000 emails.

Email Outreach Tools for Salespeople

Sometimes, you want to send out a mass email from your own personal email account.

You want it to look like a plain old regular email, but you want to include merge tags within the content so that you can send the same email to lots of people at once, but still personalize it.

You can say things like “Hi {first name}, I saw your work at {company name}.”

The complete list of Email Outreach Tools below are all quick and easy to download, often only a light Google Chrome extension on-top of your own Gmail account.

They can help you create some superhuman plain-text emails, without getting too fancy with the bells and whistles of the email marketing software in the section above. 

These tools are best for salespeople.

email outreach tool

1. Yesware

Yesware is a great software for tracking emails and synchronizing engagement activities giving you control over your email prospecting/sales. Yesware includes unlimited email tracking tools, personal templates that allow you to send personalized emails, send later, reminders, attachment tracking, mail merge, team templates, and a trusted IP range.

yesware

Pros

  • It’s a lightweight Gmail or Outlook plugin
  • Good data analytics
  • Automation straight out of your favorite platforms like Salesforce
  • The software allows you to prioritize prospective engagement making it easy to follow up on leads
  • Personalize emails with merge tags to send messages that recipient can identify with
  • A great email prospecting course that teaches you everything you need to know

Cons

  • I wish the interface was a little easier to use
  • It gets expensive as your organization scales

Yesware Pricing

Yesware has 3 packages with the cheapest plan being $12/month if billed annually or $15/month if billed monthly for the pro plan, $25 or $35/month for annual and monthly billing for the premium package and $55/month for the enterprise package which is only billed annually. The premium package comes with pro features and other additional features. Enterprise package comes with premium features and other exclusive features.

2. MixMax

MixMax is a relative newcomer, but is quickly becoming a favorite tool of marketers. It promises to power your outreach emails and engage more effectively with you active and prospective clients.

mixmax

Pros

  • It comes with tools that allow you to track clicks and downloads, send personalized emails in bulk with the mail merging tool, create and edit templates much faster and get detailed analytics on your traffic and engagements.
  • One-click scheduling to make finding time with find
  • Send polls and surveys
  • Undo send feature
  • Integrates with Dropbox, Box and Google Drive, Github and SMS

Cons

  • The cofounder of Growth Marketing Pro loves MixMax and tells me there are no cons that come to mind.

MixMax Pricing

The prices are $9/month for the starter plan, $24/month for the small business plan, $49/month for growth plan and an enterprise plan whose quote is not specified. Each plan is billed annually.

3. Mailshake

Mailshake integrates with Gmail and other Google apps to help reach more people. The software creates customized emails that appear like a normal email from a Gmail address. It allows for mail automation thanks to its various templates that give one the capability of creating email campaigns that are effective.

mailshake

Pros

  • Mailshake can source addresses of prospective clients from .csv and blog post submitted by Twitter users
  • Users can edit their list with various list editing options allowing for customized communication
  • Additionally, you can track contact responds with the incorporated tracking tool.

Cons

  • It also doesn’t have a custom domain tracker
  • Has an unsubscribe option that is quite inefficient, which could be a CAN-SPAM violation
  • Only support CSV files

Mailshake Pricing

For $19/month or $199/year, you can enjoy unlimited email sending options. There, also, is the option of getting the enterprise package.

4. Docsify

Docsify gives you the ability to identify high-quality prospects and send them customized emails to boost your chances of conversion. 

docsify

Pros

  • The email tracking feature helps you know when your emails are received and the action the recipients take.
  • Email marketing software includes
  • Document tracking
  • Content analytics
  • Ready-made templates
  • Gmail scheduling
  • Automatic follow-ups

Cons

  • The email notifications can be improved

Docsify Pricing

There is a free package that grants one unlimited email tracking, access to templates and text shortcuts. The pro package costs $12/month of billed monthly or $9/month if billed annually. The growth package cost $29/month for monthly billing and $24/month for annual billing.

6. SalesHandy

saleshandy

Pros

  • It comes with various email templates to choose from, email tracking feature, file sharing tool, lead tracking tool and integration of Gmail, Salesforce, Outlook andPipeDrive.

Cons

  • The reporting is not that robust.

SalesHandy Pricing

A regular plan will cost you $7 or $9 monthly for annual and monthly billing respectively, the plus plan $16 and $20, and the enterprise plan $40 and $50 for annual and monthly billing respectively.

7. Gmelius

gmelius

Pros

  • Email tracking, and many other customization tools
  • Gmelius gives the user power to send smarter and more automated emails to their recipients
  • Advanced messaging management
  • A sharable to-do list, CRM integration

Cons

  • Sometimes loading Gmail is reportedly slow

Gmelius Pricing

Gmelius has a free plan, a premium plan, and a business plan. The free plan comes with email tracking, email customizations and limited access to the other features. The premium plan goes for $5 or $7 per month depending on when the billing is done, while the business plan goes for $14 per month and is billed annually.

Sale Prospecting Software

Sales Prospecting software are email tools that are meant to be utilized primarily by sales teams.

That is because these tools provide extra identifying information about each contact, from within the email dashboard to help the team maximize efficiency and streamline their prospecting. With more information at their fingertips about prospects, they can spend more time selling and less time researching.

The complete list of Sales Prospecting Tools below includes tools that will help with prospecting, tracking effective emails and phone calls, qualifying leads and automation that will help the team engage with contacts at the right time.

sales prospecting tools

1. Builtwith

builtwith

Builtwith is a tool that helps in identifying sites that use specific web technologies. It identifies the technology spend, gathers the location information and vertical, among other option to create lead lists that are solid for websites by taking into account the internet footprint and technology usage.

Builtwith Pricing

$295-$995/month

Free individual site lookups are available.

2. Dux-Soup

Email Marketing Software

Dux-Soup can scan through thousands of LinkedIn profiles within just one click and send connection invites. It even allows you to tag prospect and even extract and share information quick and easy with your whole team.

Dux-Soup Pricing

$15/month

The free option grants users free access to some of the features.

3.   Apollo 

apollo

This is a sales platform aimed at helping sales teams generate opportunities that are qualified. Apollo maps its 160 million B2B databases to their closed won data and completed tasks providing insights on how to improve the profiles of their customers. The in-built dashboards are, also, helps in custom reporting which is beneficial to the users.

Apollo Pricing

You are required to take the demo first

You get free 1,000 leads with emails that are verified and 95% guarantee on deliverability.

Conclusion

Industry-wide, email open rates are still well above 20%.  It remains one of the best ways to engage and convert users.

I recommend email marketing for anyone and everyone — no matter the size of the business. If you’re selling something online, you should be email marketing.

I hope this guide made your decision a lot easier. Ask questions in the comments if you’re still confused and I’ll make sure to respond.


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    Keith Jeffries

    December 3, 2018

    Thanks for this wonderful list.

    I would suggest you to consider adding TruCadence in this great list of tools. TruCadence is a personalized sales cadence and sales email automation software.

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      Mark Spera

      January 18, 2019

      Thanks! I will check it out

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    Arthur B.

    December 6, 2018

    Great article. For those who already have a mail server and don’t want to pay a monthly fee, try Gammadyne Mailer. We have a large mailing list and it saved us a lot of money.

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      Mark Spera

      January 18, 2019

      Interesting. Love that tip

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    Aminul

    December 28, 2018

    Very informative article that you have shared with us. I am really thankful to you for this. This all tips is really important for our business. I bookmark your site and will keep visit for more information.

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      Mark Spera

      January 18, 2019

      @Aminul I’m glad you like Growth Marketing Pro. Spread the word!

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    hardik porwal

    February 11, 2019

    Thanks a lot for this informative posts on email tools for small business and i am sure that the tools mentioned will surely be a big help for the new small scale business.There are many organisation which reviews the tools for small medium business and refer them the best suitable tool to small business to upscale the growth.One such organisation is toolowl where team identify key performance indicators for a particular tool from Individual’s as well as Business’ point of view. This brainstorming is then translated into a distilled methodology for review framework. Teams do hands-on, research on the tool/domain and record their inferences in the form of reviews that help you make your choice.For more details one can go to the link mentioned below.
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    June 17, 2019

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      Mark Spera

      June 18, 2019

      Thanks very much, Candice!

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      July 3, 2019

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    Maryam J Bowen

    January 5, 2020

    Sendinblue stay by far the best platform. All the other platforms ask per subscribers and makes it very expensive while Sendinblue charge for the amount of emails send. No matter how many subsribers you have…..Sendinblue is definately the cheapest in the market with the best templates. Nothing else compares to Sendinblue! As a South African wher money matters due to exchange rate is Sendinblue a 5 STAR application with great customer support.

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