Computer platforms and autoresponders – what is the difference?

by valheisey

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Computer Platforms and Autoresponders

Have you ever wondered if there is any wisdom in matching computer platforms and autoresponders in your MLM business? I never thought about it before, but having an opinion on computer platforms makes me think about how some autoresponders differ too!

My story on computers… years ago, in the day of the Trash 80, I believed that was the ultimate toy. At the time, that was basically what it was used for anyway. Then, I entered the world of real estate.

I went through maybe 5 or 6 different companies – much like people do in network marketing, and for the most part, every company was using a PC platform. The MAC was considered the choice for schools, which made it kinda difficult when the kids were working on this Apple thing, and we had a PC at home.

But, the last real estate company I worked for before I quit selling and started appraising, was using a Macintosh! Felt kinda weird!

After appraising, you guessed it, I started thinking about what was really important to me, and having never gone to college, I decided to pursue a degree in art. There I was, back at the MAC! And I have never looked back again.

Last year, I tried to get a cheap and dirty netbook for travel, but after having it for a week, I couldn’t stand it! It just wasn’t intuitive like a MAC, so I returned it to the store, and bit the bullet and ordered my MacBook Air. Absolutely love it!

So, what does this story have to do with computer platforms and autoresponders?

As I continued to grow my network marketing business, I began using MLSP to learn the art of marketing online, and at the time, they recommended Aweber and GetResponse. Both good choices, and I chose Aweber. I think the reason was price per number of leads. I’m not positive, but the feel of the autoresponder seemed PC friendly to me. I have to admit, I was a little confused, and hoped I had it operating correctly.

But, then MLSP introduced Oprius. This autoresponder has been integrated into MLSP as is Aweber and GetResponse. Their price is the same if you have 1 lead or 100,000+ leads, where the other two have price points for different quantities of leads. And Oprius gives you a discount if you pay for the year up front. Aweber and GetResponse do that too.

But, what struck me, is the intuitiveness of the website. After perusing the site, I discovered it was indeed created on a MAC! I knew it all along!

This autoresponder lets you try it out for 30 days at no charge and you don’t even have to give them a credit card. Simply sign up! So I did – hey, what did I have to lose!

Turns out, I really like this autoresponder. It not only collects leads, but you can manage them in different categories and assign a task list to each lead so you can stay on track with making phone calls, sending emails, or newsletters, and making onsite notes filed for each lead. This autoresponder was created by network marketers for network marketers. They know what we need to stay organized and on track!

So, consequently I made the switch to Oprius. As far as affiliate marketing, Aweber and GetResponse pay affiliate commissions when someone signs up under you, but if someone signs up to Oprius under you, you get a month free! Is that better? Time will tell. One sign-up is worth $24.95 if you are on a pay by the month plan, and is worth $16.67 if you are on a pay by the year plan. The other ones pay 30% and 33% recurring commissions respectively. So you would need around 3-4 committed signups to pay for your service completely on a recurring basis. 3 signups on Oprius would get you 3 months free.

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Computer Platforms and Autoresponders – Oprius

Overall, I like the features and the feel of Oprius better than Aweber, and there are some things they could do to improve the creativity options of their basic widget. As with anything, the market dictates the direction of the company, and that could change their affiliate program as well. They could offer an option of residual commissions vs. getting a free month when someone signs up.

Update (May 4, 2012)… I have decided that although Oprius is easy to navigate and set-up, the lack of creativity with their opt-in forms and email messages has driven me to jump off Oprius and jump on GetResponse. Hey, what the heck, might as well try them all! GetResponse is easier to set up, has lots of creative opt-ins, and allows multi-media to be embedded in email campaigns. I think video emails are the wave of the future, and GetResponse provides that. And it’s less expensive with a 33% residual commission to boot! If anything changes, I’ll let you know!

So, when it comes to computer platforms and autoresponders, the difference is like MAC vs. PC!

 

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Jamella Biegel February 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Hi Val,

I have not heard of Oprius before your post. I currently am using Get Response. Oprius’ offer of a free month’s trial and free month when someone signs up under us, is appealing. Thanks for letting us know about Oprius!
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valheisey February 29, 2012 at 8:12 pm

Yeah Jamella, I recently found out about it from being in MLSP. I decided to make the switch from Aweber because I liked what I saw and the ease of using it. Oh, I forgot to mention in the post that you can also make capture pages with it. Before I made the switch, I downloaded my leads as a crs file (I think that’s what kind of file it is), from Aweber, and then I could upload them straight into Oprius. Very easy!
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Michael Harrington February 29, 2012 at 8:02 am

Hi Val,
I also use MLSP.
It is a fantastic company that teaches you exactly how to market online.
I am also about to try out the autoresponder. Sounds good.
Thanks for a great post.
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valheisey February 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

No problem Michael. Let me know how you like it!
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Radu February 29, 2012 at 10:16 am

Hey Val,
I heard about Oprius here and there but your post made some more light. It seems like a great autoresponder.They have a slightly different approach that might work very well. I also use MLSP so it can be a great combination.
Thanks for sharing. Will test it :)
Be blessed,
Radu

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valheisey February 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Radu, I think it has been around for a while, but MLSP just integrated it into their system. Let me know how you like it!
Val
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Terry Petrovick February 29, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I have been with Aweber for over 10 years, it would be tough for me to make the switch. I’m a MAC lover too…but I’m not too sure it would make that big of a difference…do you?
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valheisey February 29, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Terry, if you are happy and comfortable with Aweber, I think it is an awesome autoresponder. I did love their email blog articles on marketing, and I can still subscribe to them. I can understand after being with them for 10 years, it would be hard to make the switch. You would have another thing to learn! LOL. I was with Aweber for 2 billing cycles, so it was not difficult for me to move over. Thanks for the comment – your expertise is always welcome!
Val
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PAT February 29, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Val,
this is such a great article!!
I love how you compare, Mac vs PC
and Aweber and Oprius…very smart analogy!!
I , like you, never understood why the RE market
never went Mac…but anyway, that is why we are now
happily in network marketing..:)

I , love Oprius….I love having it all on one site…
the follow up is great and I just find it much more
interactive with my Leads…

great job, VAL
thanks
PM
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Absolutely Pat. I wasn’t sure at first, so I did the trial, and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to navigate, and keep track of everything.
thanks!
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Shirley February 29, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I agree with you here Val, I think it all comes down to how much time you have, what you are will ing to pay for and what you want the autoresponder to do. Awesome post. Have heard about oprius and you have answered some of my questions here. Thank you. Warmest Regards Shirley
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Glad to help Shirley. Oprius has made my life easier! Thanks.
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John Moussan March 1, 2012 at 12:14 am

thanks for the share Val. I think I want to consider this as well. great tip.
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:24 pm

Take the free 30 days John. Then make your own decisions! Glad you stopped by!
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Michelle James March 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

Hi Val, thanks for the review, I had looked into Oprius but didn’t want to get bogged down in anything else. One thing I wanted to know can you transfer your list from Aweber straight into Oprius? The last thing I want is trying to transfer and all the leads have to re-confirm their subscription?
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Michelle, you can import a csv file, and then you have to contact Oprius and they will bypass the required opt-in requirement for transferred leads.Thanks for stopping by.
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Wendy Elwell March 1, 2012 at 7:57 am

Val,
I have not had much time to really look into Oprius. Thanks for sharing all the benefits of this autoresponder. I will have to look into better. Thanks again.

Wendy Elwell

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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:26 pm

No prob Wendy. Glad I could give you some information about it! Thanks for stopping by.
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Alan March 1, 2012 at 8:49 am

Hey Val, quite a while since I was on your blog. Nice heads up by the way on Oprius, interesting to see other options in the marketplace.

I am currently with GetResponse although have in the past been with iContact and Aweber and to be honest, I like GetResponses backoffice and layout.

I do, however, have to agree with you on the MAC thing, I am a MAC fan and as they say, once you go MAC, you will never go back! So true, for me anyway, I have a 27″ iMac which I absolutely love and will soon be getting a Macbook Pro 13″ for travelling, can’t wait.

Keep moving forward.

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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Love my MAC(s) too! And, I am really liking Oprius! Thanks for stopping by again!
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Tristram Lodge March 1, 2012 at 11:03 am

Hi Val,

I heard about this and checked out the website and it seems really good. I think for the time being I will stick with Aweber as I have had no problems but it is good that a new platform has come onto the market giving a wider range of options and choice. Great review.

Tristram Lodge.

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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Glad you stopped by Tristram. If you’re happy with what you’re doing, keep doing it!
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Kent Smith March 1, 2012 at 11:10 am

Great review Val. Glad you like the new Oprius. Good luck with it.
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Thanks for stopping by Kent! Just passing the information along!
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Julie Beachum March 1, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Great review of Oprius and auto responders incorporated into MLSP. Thanks for the break down and comparisons Val.

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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:29 pm

You’re welcome Julie! I am quite pleased with my switch to Oprius!
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Lilach Bullock March 2, 2012 at 10:21 am

Val I personally use Aweber and love it. It’s not the cheapest but I find they have so many features that the other email marketing companies can’t compete with – sorry I’m very biased!

Regardless of what email marketing solution you’re using I would highly recommend you do! There is a reason why people say the money is in the list and anyone who has an online presence should be actively working hard to build their list.
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Absolutely Lilach! The money is in the list! Glad you love Aweber. I had it, and believe it is a very high quality company. Thanks for the comment!
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David Sharp March 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Like you Val I also switched to Oprius after evaluating the platform, it is absolutely great and give me the flexibility to add leads who will not be on my mailing list, it also integrates Facebook and Twitter and the task scheduler is brilliant.

Oprius is so much more than an autoresponder and just what we need.

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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Thanks for stopping by Dave. Glad you are loving Oprius as I am. You’re right, the features that the others don’t have are definitely a must for people in this business!
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Nathalie Villeneuve March 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm

That sounds interesting … Are you able to create opt-in box that look good?… It’s always been the main reason for me to use Aweber because frankly there is not much difference between most auto responder… Thanks Val ~ Nathalie
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valheisey March 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Nathalie, the opt-in widget is pretty simple – put a round corner border on it or not, and add fields as necessary. The customization comes from adding images above or below it. Those with some html and css knowledge can do a lot with it thought – my Facebook optin on this page is styled within the widget. But, you can also create capture pages and add lots of content and styles on these. Great if you are creating your own content to sell or give away!

Actually, I did have Aweber, and although it is a fantastic autoresponder, Oprius does a whole lot more like creating task lists, emailing contacts using your own email addresses, creating phone calls, taking notes on what transpires during the call, providing phone scripts and allowing you to set up your own scripts. Plus, they have a one price fits all – no tiered pricing! So, I would have to disagree with you – not all autoresponders are the same. Thanks for stopping by!
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Ryan Biddulph March 4, 2012 at 4:01 am

Super breakdown Val!

I liked Aweber although not using at this time. Either way, build that list…and with your insight here, more people can make an educated decision on which autoresponder to choose.

Thanks for sharing!

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valheisey March 15, 2012 at 6:26 am

Ryan, thanks for the comment. What autoresponder do you use?
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Alecia Stringer March 15, 2012 at 3:16 am

Thanks for your insights. These tools will always need updating.
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valheisey March 15, 2012 at 6:28 am

Yes Alecia, especially computers! They make them that way! thanks!
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