13 Mailchimp Alternatives for 2021

Jul 18, 2019

Last updated: September 19, 2021

For years it seemed that Mailchimp was the de-facto email marketing tool of choice, but more recently, lots of Mailchimp alternatives have started to make themselves known.

Where the marketing monkey has expanded its list of features, others have been busy carving out niches for themselves in the cut-throat world of email marketing.

Why is Mailchimp so popular?

Aside from being on the email tools market for the better part of two decades, Mailchimp has offers lots of advanced features that many email marketers want. Things like pre-built email templates, A/B testing, reporting and audience segmentation tools spring to mind.

There’s also the free plan, which is potentially a big draw to many. Particularly small businesses.

Finally, they put a lot of resources into visibility. Running a lot of niche sponsorship campaigns. In 2014 they ran a 20-second ad alongside a true crime podcast series, that got a lot of press.

Why you might want to take a look at Mailchimp alternatives

As any product adds more customers, so too does the demand for new features. Both to keep existing customers happy and to continue to attract new ones.

But as the feature list has grown, so has the complexity.

This makes it harder for some, particularly small businesses and solopreneurs to get the most value from Mailchimp. It’s great that Mailchimp offers so many tools, like a landing page builder and Facebook ad campaign manager.

But if you have no real use for it or simply don’t have the resources to create that content, you can end up paying extra for stuff you’re not likely to use.

There’s also the issue of pricing. In mid-2019 the Mailchmp pricing structure got an update. As they pivoted away from being “just” email marketing and evolving into a full-service marketing platform. This change drew a reasonable amount of criticism, and prompted some to look for cheaper alternatives.

Most email marketing platforms charge based on subscribers but Mailchimp updated their pricing model to charge based on audiences. This seemingly innocuous change in wording meant that Mailchimp customers got charged for every contact—including unsubscribed contacts.

See a comprehensive Mailchimp review for more on the pros and cons of Mailchimp.

An overivew of the best Mailchimp alternatives

So, let’s take a look and see how the big gorilla compares to other email marketing software.

The three main areas I’ll review are:

  • Focus: what or who is each option us best for.
  • Features: what features they offer.
  • Pricing: how much they cost.

#1 Mailchimp alternative: Outfunnel

What’s Outfunnel’s “thing”?

CRM Integration

First up is Outfunnel (yup, that’s us).

Outfunnel started out as a simple, elegant Pipedrive-Mailchimp integration to help keep sales lists and email lists in sync and to help salespeople get their hands on email marketing engagement data within their CRM.

Since then, Outfunnel has become the best tool for connecting your sales and marketing tools. Additionally (and here’s why we’re on this list as well), Outfunnel features a simple email campaigns tool as well.

Outfunnel’s vision is to bring sales and marketing together, by connecting sales and marketing data, deeply and easily. Rather than adding another layer of complex tools that could potentially result in unnecessary, duplicated functionality why not sync it directly to where it’s needed?

What features does Outfunnel offer?

  • Tight CRM-marketing tools integrations
  • Web visitor tracking and WordPress plugin
  • Simple email campaigns tool for one-off emails and drip campaigns
  • Lead scoring
  • Fast support, regardless of the pricing plan
  • Easy setup
  • No mandatory branding on cheaper plans

So, what about the pricing?

Outfunnel pricing

Outfunnel’s pricing is simple.

You’ll see no complicated sliders here. Just three, easy-to-understand pricing tiers, with the Starter plan coming in at $19/ month which gets you 1,000 emails a month and 1,000 tracked web visits.

At the other end of the scale, Outfunnel’s Professional plan is $125/month and you’ll get 50,000 emails and 50,000 tracked web visits per month.

There’s a 14-day free trial and you can sign up without needing to hand over any credit card details.

All of the plans offer the same set of key features. It’s only the number of emails and tracked web visits that differ.

#2 Mailchimp alternative: Omnisend

What’s Omnisend’s “thing”?

“Ecommerce-focused omnichannel marketing automation.”

What features does Omnisend offer?

  • Visual drag-and-drop marketing automation workflows with split automation
  • WYSIWYG email editor with beautiful email templates for cart abandonment, welcome, order confirmation,etc
  • Advanced segmentation for easy targeting & relevant messaging
  • Workflows that accommodate email, SMS, Facebook Messenger, push notifications and more
  • Email & phone number capture with signup forms, popups, landing page editor with landing page templates, etc
  • Ecommerce-friendly features to boost conversions: gift boxes, discount codes, product picker, and more to really support your eCommerce marketing efforts

So, what about the pricing tiers?

omnisend pricing

Omnisend offers a free plan for basic email marketing, but unlike other Mailchimp alternatives, there is no maximum subscriber count for that plan. It’s limited to 15,000 email sends per month. 

Omnisend’s paid plans start at just $16 per month for the Standard Plan and adjust based on how many subscribers you have. Their Pro Plan starts at $99 and includes free SMS credits based on the amount you pay for your plan. Enterprise is custom pricing, and includes the most channels and features, as well as a dedicated account manager for deliverability. 

All paid Omnisend plans come with a 14-day free trial, and all plans regardless of paid or not come with 24/7 availability of their customer support team. 

#3 Mailchimp alternative: Moosend

What’s Moosend’s “thing”?

User-friendliness

What features does Moosend offer?

  • Simple drag-and-drop email builder
  • Email marketing automation
  • Advanced segmentation options
  • Integrations with 3rd party platforms, like Paperform and Zapier

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives - moosend pricing

Moosend is a great Mailchimp alternative, as it includes all the same functionality, regardless of whether you have a free or paid plan.

The only exception to that is a dedicated IP address.

The free account gets you up to 1,000 subscribers, then the first step is 1001-2000 for $10. They also offer a pay-as-you-go option, where you can pay for credits up front and then use them as you need them.

#4 Mailchimp alternative: Constant Contact

What’s Constant Contact’s “thing”?

Small business

What features does Constant Contact offer?

  • Drag and drop editor
  • eCommerce integration, with platforms like Shopift
  • Basic segmentations
  • Surveys and polls*
  • Donation collection and events tools*

* Only available on the Email Plus plan

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives - constant contact pricing

Constant Contact has been one of the most popular email marketing services on the market.

When it comes to pricing, it offers two tiers: Email and Email Plus, with Email starting price at $20 and Email Plus at $45.

The word “starting” is doing a lot of work here.

Constant Contact’s pricing page is one of the more, shall we say, opaque examples in this list. In the image above you’ll notice that, beneath the price it states:

“Price based on number of contacts.”

Which is fine. Expected, even. The problem is, there’s no mention of how many contacts you’ll be getting for your money, nor how the pricing scales as you add more.

From some googling, I was able to find a number: 500 contacts included on both Email and Email Plus. But that was from a third-party review site, so it’s difficult to know whether that number is even still current.

On the plus side, Constant Contact comes with a 30-day free trial.

#5 Mailchimp alternative: ActiveCampaign

What’s ActiveCampaign’s “thing”?

Advanced automation workflows

What features does ActiveCampaign offer?

  • Marketing automation, including some kick-ass email sequences capabilities
  • Contact and lead scoring
  • SMS marketing*
  • Predictive sending and win probability with machine learning*

* Not available on the “lite” plan

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives - activecampaign pricing

ActiveCampaign’s cheapest plan, Lite, comes in at $15 per month if you’re paying monthly. Yes, you get access to their marketing automation feature, but you’ll only have 500 contacts.

You also won’t be able to use any of their native integrations or, well, most of their features other than email. If you don’t need those features, and are just looking for email automation tools, and have a list of 5,000 contacts, you’ll be looking at $89 per month.

And, if you do want those features, the Plus plan will set you back $169 per month.

Brazen pitch: Outfunnel is one of the newest ActiveCampaign integrations, allowing you to connect your CRM of choice (Pipedrive, Copper or HubSpot CRM) with ActiveCampaign, deeply and easily. Keep sales contacts and email lists in sync and record marketing engagement in the CRM. See more info about each integration: Pipedrive-ActiveCampaign, Copper-ActiveCampaign, HubSpot CRM-ActiveCampaign integration.

#6 Mailchimp alternative: Sender

What’s Sender.net’s “thing”?

Affordablity, user-friendliness and feature-rich email marketing campaigns

What features does Sender offer?

  • Drag & drop email editor
  • Email marketing automation
  • Forms and popup builder
  • Integrations with 3rd party platforms, like Zapier, WordPress, and advanced API. 

*Free users get complete access to features. 

So, what about the pricing?

Sender doesn’t discriminate. Free users get complete access to each feature and the most significant monthly quota of 2500 email subscribers and 15 000 emails with no daily limits. 

While it does have somewhat limited features, it certainly is an affordable option and features 24/7 customer service regardless of the plan. 

Sender has repeatedly proved to be the most innovative and most effective email marketing platform compared to competitors. The fact that it only cost $11 to maintain 5000 email subscribers makes me say wow. 

Sender pretty much undercuts all competitors in pricing, features, and ease of use.  

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#7 Mailchimp alternative: Sendinblue

What’s Sendinblue’s “thing”?

Social media

What features does Sendinblue offer?

  • Marketing automation workflows
  • Email templates
  • Facebook ad tool and retargeting*
  • Email heat map and A/B testing tools*
  • Landing page builder*
  • Transactional emails*

*Only available on the Premium plan or above

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives - sendinblue pricing

Sendinblue offers plans for those who are looking for a reasonable price. First off, they have a Free plan, that has a a limit of sending 300 emails per day. The cheapest plan removes that limit and instead switches to a pretty generous 40,000 emails per month.

The cheapest of the monthly plans, Lite, costs $25/month ($20 per month if you switch to annual subscription) but to get access to any of the cool features listed above, you need to go all the way up to $66/month.

#8 Mailchimp alternative: Drip

What’s Drip’s “thing”?

Ecommerce

  • Less an email marketing tool, more an eCommerce CRM

What features does Drip offer?

  • Behavior-based automation and deep segmentation
  • Advanced customer data management, with custom fields and tags
  • Facebook and Instagram integration
  • SMS and direct mail integration

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives -  drip pricing

Drip’s focus is less of an email marketing tool and more as a whole eCommerce CRM. This is largely reflected in their pricing too, so it will be expensive to use just for basic features like sending email newsletters and email drip campaigns.

Whatever you pay, you get access to all of their features – $49/month for up to 3000 contacts. This goes all the way up to $1,740/month for 140,000 before it goes all “let’s talk”.

That’s a big chunk of cash, but, if you’re in the market for an enterprise-grade eCommerce CRM, Drip is definitely worth a look.

#9 Mailchimp alternative: Mailjet

What’s Mailjet’s “thing”?

Collaboration

What features does Mailjet offer?

  • Unlimited contacts
  • Email analytics
  • Multi-user collaboration*
  • A/B testing*
  • Marketing automation workflow*

*Not available on free or basic plans

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives - mailjet pricing

Mailjet offers a free plan that includes a generous 6,000 emails per month, with unlimited subscribers. On top of that you don’t need to hand over your credit card details to get started. Another welcome touch.

Their subscription plans do offer some pretty affordable pricing. From their monthly plans, Basic is a thoroughly reasonable $8.69 per month for 30,000 emails per month.

On the other hand though, if you want to get your hands on one of the key features at the heart of the main selling point, multi-user collaboration, you’ll need to go for their Premium plan at $18.86 per month.

The same is also true for email marketing automations and A/B testing.

Both the basic and premium plans scale based on how many emails you want to send. The base option is 30,000 all the way up to 900,000. Anything after that and you’re well into Enterprise territory.

#10 Mailchimp alternative: Convertkit

What’s Convertkit’s “thing”?

Bloggers and content creators

What features does ConvertKit offer?

  • Marketing emails tool
  • Customizable sign up forms
  • Subject lines testing
  • API support and 70+ native integrations
  • Quick migration
  • Unlimited emails

So, what about the pricing?

convertkit pricing

Convertkit doesn’t offer a free plan, just a free trial. Pricing for their “basic” plan (which doesn’t have a name on the pricing page, by the way, it’s a picture of a sprouting plant — a personal bugbear of mine) comes in at a comparatively pricey $29 per month.

But that price does have some merit. The only thing that varies between their pricing plans is the number of subscribers, with the exception of their “enterprise” or “picture of big plant” plan.

With the enterprise plan you get free concierge migration thrown in too.

All jokes about the naming of the plans aside, the actual pricing structure offers a lot of clarity that is sorely missing from many SaaS tools in 2021.

#11 Mailchimp alternative: GetResponse

What’s GetResponse’s “thing”?

Integrated CRM

What features does GetResponse offer?

  • Marketing email platform
  • Access to free stock photos
  • Simple CRM*
  • Webinars*
  • Sales funnel(s)
  • Multi-user*

*Not available on the Basic plan

So, what about the pricing?

 getresponse pricing

GetResponse is another email marketing service provider on this list of Mailchimp alternatives without a free plan.

Their Basic package starts at $15/month with the option to try free for 30 days. For this price you do actually get some pretty neat key features: Facebook ads, a single sales funnel (you’ll need to go up a step, plan-wise for more) and landing page creator.

All of their plans also scale based on your list size, like many other Mailchimp alternatives.

Once again though, we see that, if you want to get your hands on their main selling point, their simple CRM, you’ll need to opt for the Plus plan. Plus starts at $49/month for 1000 contacts.

All of GetResponse’s prices also feature list-based scaling. As an example, if you want to go for the Basic plan, and 5000 contacts, you’ll be looking at $45/month if you pay monthly.

#12 Mailchimp alternative: Mailerlite

What’s Mailerlite’s “thing”?

“Beautiful email design and exceptional customer support.”

What features does Mailerlite offer?

  • Drag and drop email editor
  • Lead gen tools, like landing pages and pop-ups*
  • Surveys*
  • Automation and segmentation
  • Optimization tools, like A/B split testing and auto resend*

* Pop-ups, surveys, and auto resend only available on Premium plans

So, what about the pricing?

mailchimp alternatives - mailerlite pricing

Mailerlite offers a fairly intuitive pricing system: free, up to 1000 subscribers and sacrifice some features. If you want access to those features and only have 1000 subscribers, you’ll pay $10/month and then scales from there.

Take a look at the pricing chart above to get an idea.

In terms of features absent from the free plan, there are a couple of biggies, including Custom HTML editing and newsletter templates. You’ll also need to get your wallet out if you want click maps and surveys, among other things.

#13 Mailchimp alternative: EmailOctopus

What’s EmailOctopus’ “thing”?

Email marketing that’s simpler and more affordable. 

What features does EmailOctopus offer?

  • Customisable landing pages and sign-up forms
  • Drag and drop email editor with a library of templates
  • Time-based autoresponders for setting up welcome emails
  • List segmentation based on custom fields and campaign activity
  • Multi-level user accounts with unlimited team members

So, what about the pricing?

EmailOctopus has two plans – a free Starter plan and a Pro paid plan with prices that scale with the number of subscribers in your list. 

The free Starter plan is one of the most generous on the market with up to 2,500 subscribers and 10,000 emails each month. And on the free plan, users have access to all the same advanced features that paid plan customers do. 

The Pro plan starts from as little as $20/month for up to 5,000 subscribers with 10x the number of emails each month. 

So, which of these Mailchimp alternatives is the winner?

In the email marketing war, there are no winners.

It really comes down to a) what you need your email marketing solution to do and b) how much you’re willing to spend / save.

There are some platforms where the benefits are more clearly defined and, in particular, I applaud the transparency in features and pricing from Moosend and Convertkit. 

It’s something we at Outfunnel do as well, because trying to confuse people into becoming customers (or even existing customers) just doesn’t seem like a sensible approach.

The main takeaway here is this: figure out what you want first. What are the one or two things that are holding you back with Mailchimp?

Focus on those, and find the one that best caters to that need at the best price point.

Which ever email service provider you end up choosing, connect it to your CRM with Outfunnel. Get started with a free 14-day trial, no credit card required.

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