ConvertKit Review

ConvertKit
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ConvertKit
2013
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18,000+
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ConvertKit At A Glance

Good: Customizable opt-in forms, revelatory dashboard, automated "if-this, then-that" workflows, drag-and-drop sequence builder, abundant integrations.
Bad: Strictly limited to automating email marketing.
Bottom Line: ConvertKit's automated workflows, integrations and dashboard deliver utility and value for bloggers who want to improve their bottom line through email marketing.

Product Overview

ConvertKit turns a blogger’s email list into a revenue driver. The specifically targeted, powerful email marketing platform offers resources to bloggers that help grow a business, like automated workflows, incisive reporting, handy widgets and helpful support.

ConvertKit features easily embedded and customizable opt-in forms, workflow and sequence automation, and an astute dashboard to track and monitor campaigns.

Features

The key features of ConvertKit include:

Forms –  Customizable opt-in forms direct subscribers to desired calls to action that are personal, relevant and immediate.

Reporting – The homepage dashboard displays subscriber data and an opt-in conversion tally.

Visual Automations – “If-this, then-that” automation rules create distinct workflows to develop individualized customer journeys. Events, actions and conditions can be linked with a click, and subsequent steps can be autopopulated to guide subscribers to an intended conversion. Each event, action and condition card displays a cumulative running tally of users completing that step.

Sequences – Automated emails can be personalized by using drag-and-drop sequence builders designed to grow a subscriber list.

Subscriber management – Tags and segments help users manage and manipulate subscribers from a single list.

Broadcasts – ConvertKit lets a user automate email distribution for one-off messages, RSS feeds and more.

Editing – Email content editing begins and ends by clicking on an item in a workflow. And all emails are constructed in plain text, which is helpful with penetrating spam filters.

Using tags and segments, a user can organize subscribers from a single list. ConvertKit not only lets a blogger draft and send one-off messages, but can also tie an RSS feed to a blog for automated posting.

Target Market

ConvertKit targets online “creators” with any size subscriber base who want to more effectively monetize their content.

The following bloggers have built their businesses on the features of ConvertKit:

  • effortlessgent.com
  • zenhabits.net
  • justinjackson.ca
  • mobiledesignbook.com
  • 12minuteathlete.com
  • tommorkes.com
  • realmacsoftware.com
  • bradhussey.ca
  • railstutorial.org
  • everydaybright.com

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Implementation/Integration

Users can sign up for a free account via ConvertKit’s website, and if they have to migrate data from an older solution, the vendor offers free migration services.

ConvertKit integrates with more than 70 marketing automation tools, including leading apps for e-commerce and customer payment, lead capture, membership and courses sites, survey and quiz development, website platforms, customer relationship management (CRM) systems and list tracking. Its Zapier integration gives users access to hundreds more marketing automation tools. It also accommodates Slack.

Customer Service & Support

Users can browse articles within the knowledge base, connect with other creators within the Creator Community and contact the support team via their account. ConvertKit also hosts weekly video workshops, typically less than an hour long, on a variety of topics.

Pricing

ConvertKit offers a free account for companies that manage up to 1,000 contacts and includes features such as unlimited landing pages and forms, send email broadcasts, sell digital products and subscriptions and email support.

There are two paid plans. First, there’s the Creator plan that starts at $29 per month for up to 1,000 contacts. It includes all of the features of the free account, plus free data migration, automated funnels and sequences, over 70 direct integrations and API and priority support.

Then, there’s the Creator Pro plan that starts at $59 per month for up to 1,000 contacts. It includes all of the features of the Creator plan, plus Facebook custom audiences, a newsletter referral system, subscriber scoring, advanced reporting and premium support.

Shortcomings

ConvertKit only focuses on email marketing, although it integrates easily with most other marketing automation tools.

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About

Launched by noted blogger Nathan Barry in 2013, ConvertKit is managed by a team from around the globe. Its purpose is to make email easier and more robust for pro bloggers to help them “make a living online.”

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