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Email marketing is still one of the best ways to reach potential buyers, build relationships with existing customers, and boost sales.
According to Litmus, email marketing has an average ROI of 42X. Not bad, right?
Obviously, email marketing can make you a lot of money. The question we want to answer today is, how much will it cost you? Keep reading to find out.
What does email marketing software cost?
The cost of email marketing software can be tricky to pin down. Most leading email marketing platforms offer pricing tiers based on how many contacts your organization has. However, those prices can go up based on the additional features that you’ll need access to.
For example, a package that only includes basic emailing functionality will cost less than one that features advanced segmentation, custom templates, and multivariate testing options. (Unlike CRM pricing, email marketing software typically isn't charged on a per-seat or per-user basis.)
Below, we've listed 12 of the most popular email marketing software platforms, as well as the price ranges for each available package. To determine the exact price you'll pay, we encourage you to visit each provider's website. Let's dive in!
Note: Monthly email sends are limited to eight times the size of your audience. For example, if you’re paying for up to 10,000 contacts, you can deliver up to 80,000 emails per month. Nutshell Marketing is billed monthly and no contract is required.
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Starting price: $9/month for the Lite plan (billed annually), for 500 contacts.
Pricing structure: The cost of ActiveCampaign depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of subscribers on your list.
ActiveCampaign Lite monthly subscriptions cost…
$15/month for 500 contacts
$30/month for 1,000 contacts
$61/month for 2,500 contacts
$99/month for 5,000 contacts
$174/month for 10,000 contacts
$286/month for 25,000 contacts
$424/month for 50,000 contacts
$561/month for 75,000 contacts
$687/month for 100,000 contacts
Features included with the Lite plan:
Unlimited email sending
Drag-and-drop email builder
125+ email templates
Site and event tracking
Campaign and automation reporting
ActiveCampaign's Lite plan is powerful, but upgraded plans will allow you to access advanced marketing and automation tools.
For example, a landing page builder and SMS marketing are included in the Plus plan, while predictive content and sending, as well as other personalization tools are available in the Professional and Enterprise Plans.
Starting price: Free for up to 500 subscribers and 3,000 email sends per month.
Pricing structure: The cost of AWeber depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of subscribers on your list.
AWeber Pro monthly subscriptions cost…
$19.99/month for 500 contacts
$29.99/month for 2,500 contacts
$49.99/month for 5,000 contacts
$69.99/month for 10,000 contacts
$149.99/month for 25,000 contacts
Features included with the AWeber Free plan:
Drag-and-drop email builder
Web push notifications
As you can see, AWeber's Free plan offers everything you need to get started with email marketing. But to really ensure a healthy ROI, you'll want to upgrade to Pro. When you do, you'll get access to unlimited email sends as well as more advanced automations, email testing tools, and reporting dashboards. You also won't have to deal with the AWeber watermark, which is a major benefit for most companies.
Features included with the Campaign Monitor Basic plan:
Drag-and-drop email builder
Professionally designed templates
Insights and analytics suite
Customer support via email
The biggest drawback of the Basic Plan is that it puts limits on how many emails you're allowed to send per month. Once you upgrade to the Unlimited Plan (starting at $29/month), you no longer have these restrictions. You'll also get access to more advanced automation and segmentation features in the Unlimited and Premier Plans.
List sizes over 10,000 contacts are automatically upgraded to the more expensive Email Plus plan
Features included with the Constant Contact Email plan:
Hundreds of email templates
Tracking and reporting
For basic email marketing needs, Constant Contact's Email Plan is more than adequate. But if you want access to advanced features like custom pop-up forms, surveys and polls, dynamic content, coupons, and the ability to add products directly from your Shopify or WooCommerce store, you'll need to upgrade to the Email Plus Plan.
Pricing structure: The cost of ConvertKit depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of subscribers on your list.
ConvertKit Creator monthly subscriptions cost…
$15/month for 300 contacts
$29/month for 1,000 contacts
$49/month for 3,000 contacts
$79/month for 5,000 contacts
$119/month for 10,000 contacts
$199/month for 25,000 contacts
$379/month for 55,000 contacts
$499/month for 75,000 contacts
$679/month for 105,000 contacts
$1,579/month for 255,000 contacts
$2,299/month for 400,000 contacts
Features included with the ConvertKit Creator plan:
Unlimited landing pages and forms
Send email broadcasts
Sell digital products and subscriptions
Live chat and email support
Free migration from another tool
Automated funnels and sequences
ConvertKit offers a free plan, but it's not powerful enough for most small business use cases. To really take advantage of this tool, plan to subscribe to the Creator or Creator Plus Plan. Speaking of Creator Plus, this plan offers features like a newsletter referral program, subscriber scoring tools, and an advanced reporting dashboard.
Note: Monthly email sends are limited to 5x the size of your subscriber tier for the Starter Plan, 10x the size of your subscriber tier for the Professional Plan, and 20x the size of your subscriber tier for the Enterprise Plan. (For example, if you’re paying for up to 10,000 contacts on the Starter Plan, you can deliver up to 50,000 emails per month.)
Features included with the HubSpot Marketing Hub Starter plan:
Starting price: $299 a month for the Marketing Plus plan, which includes up to 10,000 contacts.
Pricing structure: All of Insightly's email marketing plans are billed annually and include up to 10,000 contacts. If you need more, you have to contact their sales team.
Marketing Plus: $299/month
Marketing Professional: $599/month
Marketing Enterprise: $1,299/month
Features included with the Insightly Marketing Plus plan:
Mobile-optimized content creation
External form tracking
Lead scoring and tracking
Like most of the services on this list, more expensive Insightly packages allow users to access more features. Specifically, the Professional and Enterprise Plans include more landing pages, greater automation capabilities, and more in-depth business insights.
Starting price: Free for up to 2,000 subscribers, 10,000 monthly sends, and one audience.
Pricing structure: The cost of MailChimp depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of subscribers on your list.
Mailchimp Essentials monthly subscriptions cost…
$11/month for 500 contacts
$23/month for 1,500 contacts
$34/month for 2,500 contacts
$59/month for 5,000 contacts
$87/month for 10,000 contacts
$150/month for 15,000 contacts
$225/month for 25,000 contacts
$299/month for 50,000 contacts
Features included with the Mailchimp Free plan:
Forms and landing pages
MailChimp's Free Plan is popular because it's, well, free. But it's also pretty limited. Once you upgrade to the Essentials Plan, you'll be able to host up to 50,000 contacts and send 500,000 emails every month. You'll also be able to remove the MailChimp watermark. The Standard and Premium Plans extend user capabilities even farther by adding advanced automation, segmentation, and reporting features, as well as the option to host and message larger lists.
Starting price: Free for up to 300 sent emails per day. Includes Sendinblue branding on emails.
Pricing structure: The cost of Sendinblue depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of email sends you send per month.
Sendinblue Lite monthly subscriptions cost…
$25/month for 10,000 contacts
$39/month for 20,000 contacts
$54/month for 40,000 contacts
$69/month for 60,000 contacts
$99/month for 100,000 contacts
Over 100,000 contacts requires subscription to Sendinblue Premium
Features included with the Sendinblue Free plan:
Unlimited contact storage
Mobile-friendly email designer
Email template library
Chat support for one user
Planning to send more than 300 emails a day? Then you'll need to upgrade to a higher Sendinblue package. When you do, you'll get access to A/B testing, send-time optimization, a landing page builder, the ability to create and monitor Facebook ads, and more.
Starting price: Free for up to 6,000 emails per month to 2,000 contacts.
Pricing structure: The cost of Zoho Campaigns depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of email sends you send per month. Zoho Campaigns also offers a pay-as-you-go structure which allows you to buy credits and send email campaigns as needed, without a subscription.
Zoho Campaigns Standard monthly subscriptions cost…
Starting price: Free for up to 100 contacts and one user.
Pricing structure: The cost of Keap depends on the amount of features you need access to and the number of subscribers on your list. All paid plans include one user, with additional users costing $30/month
Keap Lite monthly subscriptions cost…
$79/month for 500 contacts
$109/month for 1,500 contacts
$209/month for 5,500 contacts
$279/month for 10,500 contacts
$379/month for 25,000 contacts
Features included with the Free plan:
Dedicated business line
Live in-app chat support
The Free and Lite plans are designed for solopreneurs and brand new businesses. If your company has grown beyond these parameters, you should consider the Pro or Max Plans, which include landing pages, sales pipelines, A/B email testing, and more. The Max plan also features lead scoring and subscription management capabilities.