I am curious when is it appropriate to use Feedburner's rss to email feature for subscribers. Vs Setting a mailing list subscription using something like mailchimp and send updates out using a RSS to email campaign.
What I am struggling with is that for the RSS to email feature, I don't know that one is better than the other. However, if you wanted to send out Newletters that were not in your RSS I don't think the feedburner option has a method to deal with that. Or does it?
Lastly, does anyone know is there a way to sync feedburner with mailchimp for example?
I have linked my Aweber account with my blog so it will automatically email my newsletter articles out.
I don't have any experience with Mailchimp, but I am pretty confident that it can be done.
P.S. I would recommend a email marketing service over the FeedBurner option, because you have the email addresses that you can send out additional messages to. I have my blog newsletter set up to send messages that are part of a specific category so I have to categorize a blog post in order for it to be emailed.
Thanks! I am glad to hear some other opinions. I am currently in the process of setting up feeds and mailing list right now. I had to ask, as I would rather try to do things once.
One last question Camden, do you have any reason you picked Aweber vs some other? I have researched Aweber/Mailchimp/icontact, I can't find a major difference for the basics. Am I missing something?
The biggest reason I chose Aweber over the other companies is that they have the best autoresponder system out of all the companies available (even better than some of the bigger name companies). When I was researching companies, I was looking to make a very highly customized auto-responder, and Aweber was the only one I found that would allow me to block off days and times to send my messages out.
Also, from what I hear (this is something I haven't compared personally), Aweber has some of the best opt-in form templates around, and I can say that all of the dozens I have looked at are great looking.
Since I started on Aweber and didn't move my list there, I cannot comment on the deliverability rates, however I can say that in my almost 2 years, no one has commented to me that my newsletter appeared in their junk folder. Aweber has great spam checking scores to help keep your messages from even appearing spammy.
One thing I have heard from others is that it is more difficult to move an established list into Aweber, because they are huge proponents of the 'double opt-in' and if you end up moving to them later, things can get a little more complicated as everyone you are moving will need to 'opt-in' again.
I believe mailchimp is a good place to start if you are going for free, but unless they have changed recently, they don't offer their auto-responder service to their free customers.
If all you are looking for is an rss-to-email setup, I am sure mailchimp would work, but if you want to expand your marketing in the future with a complex autoresponder sequence, then its best to start with Aweber.
I am pretty sure that Dan uses MailChimp, however I know that there are several people on 48days who have tried all four main lower priced services (Aweber/Mailchimp/iContact/Constant Contact).
What I haven't heard many stories of is people leaving Aweber for another inexpensive service. I usually see stories like this one where the blogger went from Mailchimp to Aweber. Also, 48days.net member Cliff Ravenscraft wrote a great post a few months ago on why he made the switch from Mailchimp to Aweber here.
Hope this bit of information is useful to you. I see Andrew has directed you to mailchimp's answer. Hopefully, we can get you going with the best blogging to email solution for you!
Actually, they do offer their autoresponder to free customers now.
This is great news to hear. Last time I checked, it was not this way. That is a great +1 for Mailchimp, even if Aweber's autoresponder has way better logic implemented into its system.
Thanks for the correction Andrew.
I agree with you there. Mailchimp's autoresponder is a bit of a pain to set up! It works, though, and it's free. Someday I'll most likely migrate to aweber.
I use mailchimp to send out my RSS feed, and it works quite well. It's very customizable, and it's really quite easy to set up. Here's how to do it: http://mailchimp.com/features/rss-to-email/
Thanks for all the feedback guys!
You're welcome. Glad to help.