Email marketing is a vital part of the blogging business strategy............
You want to (and you should) do it from your day of launch..........
However, it is hell expensive.
If you are a new blogger, it is hard to monetize in the first few months.
Paying these costs without any return........
Here comes the paradox. If you don't incorporate email marketing, you are left behind. But if you do, it is a big hole in your pocket.
Third-Party Email marketing providers penalize for having more subscribers.
It's like paying a premium on your successful customer acquisition..........
And it is difficult to leave a Email provider because it becomes difficult to transfer funnels and automation to the other provider..........
In this post, I will tell you a complete Customer relationship management tool that you can install inside your WordPress website.
Don't worry, it won't slow down your website.
So if you want to save loads of money on Email marketing without compromising on the quality of services, and do not want to get penalized for increasing subscribers, then this post is for you.
Trust me, it is the best email marketing software you can have for your business as a new bie as well as an experienced blogger.
FluentCRM - Budget Email Marketing
FluentCRM is a WordPress Plugin, which can manage your email marketing very effectively, from inside WordPress. It is complete CRM tool which manages your customer relationship effectively.
What CRM means?
A CRM is a complete system business uses for their customer's relationship management.
A good business cares for its customers. Hence, CRM becomes a vital part of customer and subscribers management.
Even if you have a small business, if a good CRM is available at cheap costs, you should consider investing in it. It will make your business audience-centric.
Now if you are planning to monetize your blog (unless it is B2B business), you should invest in CRM. Email marketing is a subpart of CRM. The whole blogging world usually focuses on Email marketing.
But they forgot that if email marketing is coupled with CRM, it becomes a powerful Sales machine. Once you set up this system, it keeps on generating sales and income, depending on your subscribers and customer behaviour.
FluentCRM is not only an Email marketing tool, it is a full-fledged CRM system that can run your marketing automation fluently.
Is FluentCRM free?
FluentCRM has a free version without some of the Pro features. The base plugin is free of cost. You have to buy the license for certain Pro features.
For starters, the Free version could work. But since it is not that expensive and the Pro feature has WooCommerce and Conditionals, It's better to buy a license with a nominal amount.
Like the other third-party Email marketers, the Pro version doesn't come with subscribers and Email caps. You can have 100 subscribers and even 100000 subscribers with the same pro license without any price increase. Cool, isn't it?
Can FluentCRM replace Mailchimp, ConvertKit and other 3rd Party Solutions?
Absolutely. I have used third-party Email providers like GetResponse, Aweber, and Convertkit. Nowhere are they near FluentCRM.
Why am I telling this?
Let's compare both the options
FluentCRM Vs. Other 3rd Party Tools
It isn't easy to switch Email marketing providers. All your Marketing Automations, which are triggered by different forms inside your website (provided by Email marketing providers), imagine if you scale and then change them.
Hence don't fall prey to the Free email marketing tier they offer. They know you will stay for long once a customer because of all the dependence.
Be absolute sure why would you want a Third party solution, when you can have it all inside your WordPress.
FluentCRM set up is one time investment. Once set up properly, it will work like a charm inside your WordPress. No daily hassle of integrations and CRM data collection.
FluentCRM comes with integrations with different WordPress plugins that are essential for your business.
It integrates smoothly with LearnDash, Thrive Apprentice, LifterLMS, TutorLMS, LearnPress etc for your online courses and students.
It integrates with major Page builders too like Elementor, Thrive Architect, Oxygen Builder, Divi and Beaver Builder.
I use Thrive Themes for my website and it works smoothly with it. I use Thrive Leads for lead generation and connect it directly to FluentCRM through API integration. There is no additional add on plugin required for integration as of now.
It is very convenient to work within WordPress for writing your blog posts, write emails, setting up lead magnets and freebies and directly connect it with FluentCRM.
FluentCRM comes with best price for your business. The best part? It will never charge you for increasing subscribers and expanding your reach. Even with low number of subscribers, other email marketing services costs anything above $300+ for a year (not including the number of subscribers).
However, like any WordPress plugin, you can choose not to renew your membership and still continue to use the features of current version. But it is not recommended as you won't get any further updates and it is not good for your site security.
It is it's budget friendly price and not charging a fee on our success(our subscribers growth) that I am using this plugin.
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How do you use FluentCRM
It is fairly simple. It is like any other plugin you use for WordPress. And don't worry, It won't slow down your website.
How do I install FluentCRM?
Follow these steps to get FluentCRM for free:
Step 1: Install two plugins FluentSMTP and CRM Plugin
Go to plugins section and install these two Plugins. You can find these on top by searching "FluentCRM" on search bar.
Step 2: Activate both plugins
Activate these two plugins instantly and start setting them for further use.
Step 3: Set up FluentSMTP with Amazon SES (or any SMTP service of your choice)
Set up SMTP service for delivery of your emails from FluentCRM. There are different Transactional Email services available now. I choose Amazon SES service as they are reliable in delivering Emails with cheaper rates.
First 62,000 emails per month are free, rest they charge $0.10 per month for every 1000 emails after 62K emails. Right now, I am under free email quota. When I will grow with my email list, even then my emails charge will be in cents.
Step 5: Test whether the emails are delivering or not.
After setting up your SMTP service with your choice, test whether SMTP service is working or not. Go to Email Test and send a Test Email to your account.
Email Marketing Automation
Automation are important part of your email marketing campaigns. If you are a newbie, maybe you are not using them. But for business owners who are making money with their Email lists, they are important. Let us know how Automations work in FluentCRM.
This is how we set up a email automation sequence in FluentCRM. You can see, there are different conditionals and events on which this automation can be triggered.
Next when creating automation it comes with different options to trigger your automation.
Since it is a WordPress Plugin, It comes with different triggers and actions unique to WordPress only. We can use this if we want to include subscribers and buyers in WP roles.
With these options with you, you can setup any type of marketing automation right inside your WordPress.
I highly recommend you to use FluentCRM for your business.
If you have already established business, go for Pro version.
If you are newbie and just want to send Newsletter and emails to your audience without any sequences, then go for Free plugin.
It's worth every penny. You spend less and get much more than its 3rd party competitors.