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  1. Ed Townes says

    Good overview of a complicated and vendor-rich (many!) field. MailChimp started as a very “hip” alternative to Constant Contact but got corporate super-fast and so now, it’s way too muscle bound for all but the savviest users or those with ridiculously easy “campaigns” to launch. Their customer service is just about 100% “give us a day or 2,” and given the glitches and (sometimes pointless) complexity of the product, that’s just plain inadequate. Mad Mimi has some formidable competitors out there (not mentioned here), but MailChimp has long ceased to be one of them.

  2. Adam says

    Thanks for posting this comparison Lauren.

    You can actually self-host an email list but it is a bit of a pain. It’s ideal for non-profits with tight budgets though.

  3. Pablo says

    Hello Lauren,

    I was wondering if you can help me to include the genesis enews extended in every post.
    By the way I really like your social sharing icons, do you use a specific pluggin for it? Can you tell me the one you use?
    Thank you so much for your help.
    Best Regards,

  4. Catina says

    Thank you Google for leading me here!
    Great comparison and exactly what I needed. I am a current user of Constant Contact which my company pays for BUT for my non-profit clients it seems that Mad Mimi is perfect. I have been trying to decide between MM and Mail Chimp – you just helped me finalize the decision! Glad I found your site!

  5. Nate says

    First off, let me say I love your site and your posts! I am in the process of switching my wife’s site over from to .org and your posts have helped a lot. Especially the one about the social icons. Need to get Bloglovin’ in there! My question for you is, have you tried MailPoet yet? I had Mailchimp at first, but I think I’m going to make the switch. It’s pretty clean and seems integrated, very, very well with WordPress. Do yo uhave any thoughts on it?

    Keep up the awesome work! Your site has inspired me to try and sell myself and services up here in Minneapolis.

    • Lauren Gray says

      I’m glad to hear all the good news Nate! I haven’t tried MailPoet myself, I’m using MailChimp right now because of the many integrations it supports. Not to mention I’m on a pretty low quality hosting plan, so I try to take the load off my server whenever possible. Will you write back to me later and let me know how it’s working for you? I’d love to hear more about it – I can already think of one client who may need exactly this!

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