These tools are the all important "behind the scenes workhorses" that take care of your follow up emails, opt in emails, news letters and list mail outs. I started out years ago with a free autoresponder, my customers' needs grew and so did my list. The free software although reliable did not have the functions my business required.
Email marketing software and services, (autoresponders) can be remotely hosted, server based or desk top based.
Own your own autoresponder desk top based software
Get ResponseThis is a remotely hosted web based email marketing solution autoresponder service. It is fairly priced and I tested it when the free trial was on offer. It has a user friendly interface and very popular in the industry. There are no surprise add on charges like some other web based email marketing companies charge.
The support staff are quick to respond. I had some minor newbie issues that needed attention and they responded to my emails within 12 hours.
iContactA really nice remotely hosted autoresponder service. They offer a 15 day free trial. Don't upload too many of your contacts just in case you decide to opt out. However I have tested this soft ware and highly recommend you do check it out. Others have a few more features.
At the time I took the 15 day trial there was no way to attach a file to an outgoing autoresponse email message. Attachment s are disalowed.There is a work around. You could place a link in the outgoing email that when clicked would send your prospect to a page on your web site.
My final take on iContact autoresponder:
We recommend using iContact for sending out permission-based email newsletters.
Cost starts at just $10.00 per month.
For some reason most of the automated emails that I receive from companies on the internet are delivered through AWeber internet marketing opt in email.
I joined up for their newsletter which offers useful information about internet and network marketing email marketing solutions.
At the AWeber web site you can take a test drive of their email marketing software.
Constant Contact offers a 60 day free trial.Although this is a great chance to test run the program it would take around 60 days to build a contacts list testing the optin forms and various templates.
Once you have put that much work into generating leads then it would be difficult to change to another autoresponder program particularly if you reach the 100 contact limit imposed on the 60 day trial.