To begin developing an automation in ActiveCampaign, start with a “trigger.” There are a number of methods you can activate an automation, including: When a tag is included When a contact subscribes to a list When a contact sends a kind E-commerce and on-site options (offered in the “Pro” strategy) When the contact reaches a certain point in another automation.
Contrast with ConvertKit‘s Automations, which are more restricted. On ConvertKit, you can activate an automation when: The contact sends a kind The contact buys A tag is added to the contact A custom-made field is updated with a specific worth From there, you can produce Conditions, to inspect whether the contact has a specific tag or custom-made field value.
You can likewise produce Occasions, which are a bit like ActiveCampaign’s Objectives, however without the reporting. You can track an Event when: A tag is added or removed The contact makes a purchase A date occurs A custom-made field is updated with a certain worth You don’t produce e-mails in ConvertKit’s Automations.
For more on how ActiveCampaign compares to ConvertKit, read my ConvertKit vs ActiveCampaign contrast. The main way I construct my list is through an e-mail course. ActiveCampaign makes it simple for me to develop my e-mail course exactly how I wish to develop it. Numerous online marketers construct really basic e-mail series for their “email courses.” A contact indications up, and then that contact immediately begins getting lessons.
It was simple to develop with ActiveCampaign, however difficult when I was with MailChimp. I do not do that method. My e-mail course is by hand synced with this countdown timer on my site. You have to register by Friday night, and a new course begins each Monday morning. When I initially tried this methodology, I was on MailChimp.
The contact will begin getting lessons the following Monday morning. If it is Friday and after 7pm, the contact missed enrollment for next week’s class. They’ll get the pump up e-mail the following Friday morning, and lessons the Monday after that. It was impossible for me to automate this with MailChimp.
This enables me to customize my messaging, in other automations, based upon the contact’s engagement with the webinar. Here’s the WebinarJam combination panel: I can add tags based upon whether the contact registered, participated in, missed out on, or based upon the length of time they remained in the webinar. These tags can then activate automations within ActiveCampaign.
It costs me money, and it makes it more likely that my e-mails go to spam or Gmail’s promotions tab. Individuals who do not open my e-mails make it harder for other emails to get to the people who truly want them! The “Pro” strategy of ActiveCampaign has lead scoring built in.
Here’s an automation I got from ActiveCampaign’s library of automations, which I utilize to tell which contacts aren’t engaging with my e-mails. When a contact subscribes, this automation includes a “0 days” tag. As time passes, it adds new tags for 7 days, one month, 60 days, etc Each time they open an e-mail, a different automation eliminates them from this automation, eliminates all of those tags, and begins this automation over again.
This automation can be overwhelming at initially, and this is one of those cases where I wish ActiveCampaign had a more out-of-the-box service. But, since you can do anything with ActiveCampaign, sometimes you have to build things from scratch. ActiveCampaign has an option to delete non-active subscribers, which I do not advise.