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.
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!
To Your success…
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