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5:37 pm on May 9, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Hi,

We have an email list with 3.5k subscribers, all opted in via our website.

Up until now we have used the newsletter feature that comes with our shopping cart (x-cart) to send out the occasional email. Each time we send out a new email we get a ton of bounce backs and I think the delivery rate is very low.

So I have been looking into using a 3rd party system as I see the advantage of using an outside company who can increase the delivery success. Plus it gets rather time consuming dealing with the bounce backs.

However I have been slightly surprised with the prices quoted. One company I contacted would charge 2.5p ($0.05) per email, which for our list would cost approx 90 ($180).

I have seen others which charge $50 a month. This is cheaper, but we don't need to send out emails very often. I would say at most once a month, but more likely once every two months. So that also works out to be quite a lot.

I'd like to know if others have had positive experiences with 3rd party mailing list specialists, and if it was worth the costs. Plus if anyone could sticky me some recommendations, then great!

Tim

2:37 am on May 11, 2008 (gmt 0)

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There are several free newsletter scripts out there. I use two different ones: one in .asp and one in .php depending on the site. I have not had any problem with either of them and they work in plain text or HTML. Try doing a web search for free newsletter scripts.

Marshall

2:35 pm on May 12, 2008 (gmt 0)

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phplist works very well for me.
9:38 pm on May 14, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for the info. A few days ago I signed up with constant contact and really like it so far. I've only sent a test email to my own email addresses and it got into both hotmail and yahoo accounts, which is something I can't do with my own email from my domain. This is one of the main reasons I am prepared to pay $50 a month. However this phplist looks very interesting and I will look into it a bit more. Maybe I'll try both and see which one I like best.
3:23 pm on May 15, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Though I only run a newsletter of 500 through phpList, it works EXTREMELY well. Great features. All you need is the ability to send outgoing mail - PHP, and a MySQL database.
1:26 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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I recommend AutoResponse Plus.

FarmBoy

 

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