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GetResponse vs AWeber (2020): The Most Practical Review10 min read

I don’t know whether money is in the list or not but getting email marketing software that fulfills your business needs and impel growth is crucial to your success journey. While you may have encountered many names, I highly doubt you wouldn’t have considered the two giants we’re comparing today – GetResponse vs AWeber it is. 

If you are stuck choosing in between them and/or wondering which one fits your needs, you are in the right place. Here, we’ll discuss each aspect of both SaaS products and make things easy for you so that you can make an informed decision easily. 

GetResponse vs AWeber: Defining The Rivals

GetResponse is an email marketing software tool that is most targeted towards small businesses and content creators and is known for helping, boosting up their business with the help of email lists and lead generation. It helps in creating landing pages, conducting webinars, and automating emails.

AWeber, which started near about 1998, is also an email marketing tool (obviously) is a rivalry of GetResponse. It also offers email templates, sign-up forms, and creates landing pages so that one can add more number of subscribers to their email list. Right now there are more than 100000 entrepreneurs and businesses are using AWeber.

Features Comparison: AWeber vs GetResponse

Comparing both is not easy and I can only anticipate your confusion in going with one. Both software is used as email marketing software tools and is very much similar in features. That’s why I thought to break them down into a simple and understandable way. Below, I’ve enclosed their features into a table which will help you to understand better. Have a look:

FEATURES LISTGetResponseAWeber
Landing PageYesYes
Email AutomationYesYes
Webinars/ EventsYes (Integrations with 3rd party apps available too)No
Custom DomainsYesYes
A/B TestingYesYes
Operating SystemWeb-based, iOS, AndroidWeb-based, iOS, Android
AutoresponderYesYes
Share Your FunnelsYesNA
Activity TrackingYesYes
SecurityModerateBasic
Optin FunnelsYesYes
Social Media IntegrationNoNo
Ecommerce IntegrationYesYes
Free Trial30 Days30 Days

After reading the above table we can say that in terms of features, GetResponse is a winner with only a small margin. 

AWeber vs GetResponse: Key Features in Brief

Let’s study some of the unique features of GetResponse and AWeber and only then we can assess them better. 

Email Templates and Landing Pages

Both AWeber and GetResponse have beautiful email templates that can be used to create customer-centric landing pages. GetResponse offers 100+ attractive templates and stock images which you can choose as per your requirements. Drag and drop facility makes the task even easier.

With AWeber, you get 500+ templates but not as attractive (and/or professional as GetResponse) though still manage to give a tight competition to its rival. They have simple and minimal designs and some of the templates are seen to be a bit outdated. You also get a drag and drop facility, lots of free stock photos, changing options for elements, colors, and the ability to add buttons.

In terms of email template designs and landing pages, between AWeber and GetResponse email marketing software, GetResponse is the clear winner. 

Autoresponders and Automation

If you have just started your business or the job of being a content creator, you might be busy with making strategies, meeting people, extending contacts, creating content, etc, and believe me, if not yet you will soon face a lack of time for other pieces of work. So, what if someone opts for your newsletter or showed some interest in your business. Who will be there to respond to those emails? This is where you need some automation.  

So, to sort out this problem both AWeber and GetResponse allow automation and autoresponders. You just have to create some sequence of emails and it will automatically be sent when someone responds to your newsletter and according to the rules set by you. For example, you can set an automated welcome email when someone subscribes to your newsletter either immediately, a few hours later, or on the next day.

With GetResponse one gets options to automate not only emails but also the ability to automate CRM and webinars. On the other hand, AWeber only allows you to automate your email marketing campaigns. But the user interface is quite a crystal clear. Here it’s a tie between both the competitors. However, if webinars and CRM automation are in your bucket, AWeber turns out to be a winner. 

Reporting Tools and Analytics

It is very much important to track your progress to know where you need to improve. Set a time to take a look at your analytics regularly. GetResponse gives features like email tracking, mobile tracking, and real-time stats so that you understand the behavior and demographics of your users. It also offers one amazing feature which is Google Analytics integration.

On the other hand, AWeber also allows some basic reporting and tracking information. The analytics of AWeber is not as detailed as those of GetResponse. Still, these analytics are useful. Their analytic tools are quite simple and easy. 

Overall GetResponse gives more enhanced analytics and is a winner.

Opt-in forms

You know well, apart from all features and benefits, the basic requirement of email marketing is the simple addition of more and more subscribers to the email list. And for this, both platforms provide pop-up forms so that users may subscribe to your newsletter directly from your website. You can customize your signup form accordingly with seamless customization. Both can be set up accordingly so that users don’t get irritated. Here it’s a clear tie between and both stand head to head.

Contact Management

With a growing email list, it’s management is the next task we have to face. GetResponse has an effective contact management system if we talk in comparison with AWeber. It makes exporting, importing, removing duplicate contacts, and managing subscription lists is a cakewalk. 

If I talk about AWeber, you only get one must in which you can adjust your subscribers using tags and segments. You can also categorize subscribers according to your convenience, export, import, and removal of unwanted contacts.

Contact management of GetResponse feels more intuitive and user friendly. So, here GetResponse is a clear winner over AWeber in terms of the subscriber or contact management system.

Webinars and Event spot

The basic rule to make and keep your subscribers with you is to interact with them regularly. This not only makes your subscribers active but also builds more trust in users. So, the best option is to create a webinar or an online event and interact with your audience/users.

GetResponse and AWeber both offer webinars. In just a few clicks you can create an event and set notification email to your subscribers. It can also handle payment and registration. If you deliver high-quality content and knowledge through webinars then there is a great chance of increasing your email list. 

Customer Support Service

And here comes the most important factor to consider while buying any SaaS product i.e. customer support service. GetResponse allows customers to support in 7 different languages. Their team is well trained who provides you every single information in a simple way. 

But if you talk about AWeber, they provide support via email, phone, and live chat support. Not only this they also provide so many blogs and video tutorials on YouTube that will help you out if you get stuck somewhere in the middle. This is what makes it different in comparison to its rival, GetResponse. They have won several awards in past years for their customer support service.

Overall, AWeber is the winner with many positive reviews from the customers and reviewers. GetResponse lies behind by only a small margin with AWeber.

GetResponse vs. Aweber: Plans & Pricing 

GetResponse Pricing

GetResponse comes with a variety of plans. It consists of four plans which are Basic, Plus, Professional, and Max. All plans include a 30 days free trial and you don’t need a credit card for it.

Basic Plan

This is the first and basic plan comes with a price tag of $15 per month. It includes some basic features like email marketing, autoresponders, unlimited landing pages, unlimited automation templates, sales funnel, and Facebook ads.

Plus Plan

The second and most recommended plan costs $49 per month and the additional features you get apart from the basic plan are automation builder, webinars (max 100), work together (3 users), webinar funnel (5 funnels), contact scoring, and tagging. It is the most popular and recommended plan to go with.

Professional Plan

One has to pay $99 per month to get this plan. This amazing plan offers you a wide range of services like unlimited automation builder, paid webinars, unlimited sales funnel, unlimited webinar funnel, and on-demand webinars. It is recommended to professional and big businesses.

Max Plan

Imagine a plan which you can customize according to yourself. Isn’t it cool? This plan is fully personalized and flexible and comes with custom pricing. It’s an advanced platform with features like transactional emails, dedicated support, dedicated IP address, single sign-on (SSO), email campaign consulting and deliverability consulting.

AWeber Pricing

AWeber has two plans to choose from and they provide a 30-days free trial. Let’s check each plan of AWeber.

Free

Tagged at $0/month this plan is for all those people who are looking to grow their small businesses. Best suited for solopreneurs, bloggers, and small businesses, this plan offers unlimited email, automation, drag and drop, dynamic content, unlimited landing pages, video landing pages, signup form, social media, and e-commerce integration. 

Pro Plan

Their Pro plan has so many variations and you can choose as per your requirement. All the below plans offer unlimited email, automation, drag and drop, dynamic content, unlimited landing pages, video landing pages, signup form, social media and e-commerce integration, and much more. Below is the list of its premium plan:

Hosting and emailing a list containing: 

  • 0 to 500 subscribers: $19 per month
  • 501 to 2,500 subscribers: $29 per month
  • 2,501 to 5,000 subscribers: $49 per month
  • 5,001 to 10,000 subscribers: $69 per month
  • 10,001 to 25,000 subscribers: $149 per month

If you have 25,000+ subscribers on your mailing list, you will need to call Aweber for a quotation.

Pros & Cons

GetResponse

Pros

  • User friendly and easy to use
  • List building
  • Email and funnel builder
  • Analytics are helpful
  • Opt-in forms
  • Customer support is strong

Cons

  • No tutorial videos
  • Customer service support
  • Not user friendly
  • Analytics are confusing
  • Forms aren’t responsive

AWeber

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • A large number of email templates
  • Reporting and tracking
  • Email integration and payment services
  • Contact Management System
  • Better Personalization
  • Subscriber based email platform
  • Tutorial videos and blogs

Cons

  • RSS to email template is poor
  • Autoresponder is limited
  • A high price which isn’t worth
  • Outdated templates

Conclusion: Which One To Go With?

Comparing both of them was not an easy task but I tried to compare all the important features and aspects of AWeber and GetResponse. So, now the question arises which one you should choose. 

If you ask me, I would suggest AWeber as it offers a free version of it with limited features. If you are a beginner, this plan is worth getting. And if you have no issue with money and you are ready to invest some money then go with GetResponse. It is a bit cheaper than AWeber and also comes with some terrific features. 

And why to forget that both the software comes with a free trial, try both of them simultaneously. Then you can understand which works best for you. But if you don’t have much time to test both then I suggest you go with GetResponse.

I hope this GetResponse vs AWeber post would have helped you. Still, have questions? If yes, simply put it down in the comment section below. I’ll love to answer your queries. 
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