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Postby bushaex » Mon Oct 30, 2006 10:50 am

For anyone searching for ways to increase the productivity of their website, don't overlook autoresponders. I find this an invaluable way to offer free reports and free courses. It certainly provides the appearance of "instant service" when someone signs up. Because the text and appearance is controlled from a central website, it is easy to make changes and implement those changes simultaneously on all websites where the marketing offer is appearing. When I was looking for a source to host my autoresponders, a trusted web advisor recommended and I would certainly echo a strong recommendation for their level of service. For anyone wanting to explore what autoresponders might look like from a marketing point of view on your website, please visit one of my websites such as (see "Seven-Part Course" and "Special Reports") or or for examples.
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Postby Evan » Mon Oct 30, 2006 2:42 pm

Great suggestion Stephen!

I use Awebber for my newsletter system and find that it's a pretty good system and very price effective. You get unlimited use for a really low monthly fee.

I haven't used Autoresponders to date but might consider it after your post!

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Postby jvprosperity » Thu Jan 04, 2007 10:09 am

I use the Free unlimited autoresponder version of

It's great when starting out as their Free service is great and I get few bounces.

You should upgrade to PRO as that's where you can send your list an email anytime outside of the autoresponder.

For example let's say you set up an autoresponder sequence to send out an email every seven days after they signup to be on your list. Well, that's all you'll be able to do on the Free service (great if you just want to build your list by giving away something for free like an ebook) but you need to constantly add value to the people on your list by keeping in touch with new fresh thought provoking ideas through a newsletter.

Well that one time newsletter will need the PRO service.

I wrote that up as I get a lot of people asking me about GetResponse free vs Pro service. I've been happy.
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Postby IWDCanada » Thu Jan 11, 2007 10:38 pm

I agree, Auto Responders work really well. If you have a sign up form and attach the responder to that, it just makes you look amazing (if the responder is written properly).

Our hosting servers have that ability for autoresponders and email forwarders. If you guys are interested, and can cover my cost ~$20/year, I can set one up for anyone.


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Postby terriz » Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:43 pm

I agree that autoresponders are a very powerful (and inexpensive) marketing tool. Not to mention a great way to automate responding to inquiries, etc.

I personally haven't used any of the email marketing/autoresponder services. A long-time internet marketer once gave me the advice to always handle those services in-house -- that way you never have to depend on someone else's servers, flaky customer service, etc. I've been doing so successfully for almost four years now.

For a long time I used (and recommended) ListMail Pro ( Dean (the developer) is a good guy and at a one-time cost under $200, it's a great deal. However, I recently moved up to SendStudio (; at just $239, it's still a great value for what you get -- unlimited lists, unlimited autoresponders, personalizable emails, great statistics and easy-to-build subscribe, change, and unsubscribe forms. The last two are what made me move from ListMail to SendStudio, although ListMail may have added features since then. Another bonus with SS is the built-in wysiwyg editor for html emails -- sweet! (and easy for my VA to use :wink:)

I'm not associated with either of these products. However, I'm happy to answer questions about the features I've used and how well they work -- including features like segmenting my list, selective sending, link tracking, etc.

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Postby mphcoach » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:50 pm

Funny, I signed up with them long ago and didn't use them much until recently - I was a bit put off by the interface.

Like anything though, as you use it, you find that its not as complicated as it first looked.

Apart from all the snazzy zillions of things it can do, one great thing is that you can flip potential clients who become actual customers to a different mail list as they change from one to another - thus setting them off on a different list - ready for the next product :-).

Their live help and online videos are great too - all for less than $20 a month for unlimited use!
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Postby The Computer Guy » Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:38 pm

If anyone is looking into something a little more techie, then you might consider Desktop Marketer It has an autoresponder built in and can guarantee you zero bounce backs and completely avoiding any spam filters what so ever.

I like it because it's techie, but it may not be for everyone.
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