The internet is always buzzing with the latest and greatest. Surely, you might have heard Jenna Kutcher rave about Flodesk or you’ve read Forbes interview with Martha Bitar, one of the co-founders of this new email marketing platform.
This new kid on the block promises an intuitive visual builder, sign up forms, and beautiful email templates that help creatives and small business owners grow their email list without costing a fortune. In fact, everyone gets a 30-day free trial (no credit card information required) and once you decide Flodesk is for you, you only pay the beta price of $19 a month!
Too good to be true?
Flodesk might be taking the internet by storm but before you switch from other email service providers like ConvertKit to Flodesk, there are a few things you SHOULD know. This post highlights 5 reasons you should NOT switch to Flodesk.
Louisa, why should I not switch to Flodesk? Glad you asked!
TABLE OF CONTENT
- #1: Don’t switch if you do not want beautiful emails
- #2: Don’t switch if you like paying more for less
- #3: Don’t switch if you can’t live without HTML codes
- #4: Don’t switch if you like a jack of all trade
- #5: Don’t switch if you can’t stand automation
- #6: [Bonus] Don’t switch if technology is your pet peeve
- FAQ about this new email marketing platform
If you’ve ever considered on been on the fence about switching from ConvertKit or Mailchimp to Flodesk, these are 5 reasons you should not switch your email marketing provider.
5 Reasons You Should NOT Switch to Flodesk
1. You Don’t Want Beautiful Emails ?
Do not switch to Flodesk if you do not want beautiful emails. If you can’t stand beautiful emails, then this new email service provider is not a fit for you. Seriously, if you’re a creative (photographer, blogger, physical product seller…) you’d be leaving seriously moolah on the table by going with boring, plain-text emails.
If you’re keen about hooking your readers into your latest outfit, Etsy product, Photoshop presets… [fill in the blank] an engaging, visually appealing newsletter sucks people in all the way. This is what my Sunday Insider emails look like:
See the full email preview in your browser here.
2. You Like Paying More for Less ?
Do not switch to Flodesk if you like paying more for less. No one likes to pay more for less when it comes to quality (and for some, quantity). And email marketing is the same. If you’re a small, up and coming entrepreneur without the need for complex workflows, funnels, upsells, and all that jazz, you definitely want to give Flodesk a serious consideration.
For example, a fashion/beauty blogger or interior designer is usually more interested in connecting with their audience, developing a relationship, and generating affiliate sales/conversion than pushing products like a multi-million dollar business.
And here’s the scoop, this email marketing platform actually gives you all you need to get up and running getting your readers to know, like, and trust you. Rather than getting penalized to grow your list (like most email marketing providers do), this new email platform charges you one flat rate regardless of your list size.
I seriously was not joking when I said that I pay $19/month (beta price) for almost 5,000 subscribers. With ConvertKit, that would have cost me $79/month. For perspective, that’s $228 with Flodesk and $948 with ConvertKit on a month-to-month plan. Yikes!
Sounds too good to be true? Here’s a screenshot of my Flodesk email subscription. I switched from the month-to-month plan to an annual plan.
You get one free month when you switch from a monthly plan to an annual plan (plus the 50% beta price). Psst! Don’t pay more for less 😉
3. You’re Obsessed with HTML Codes [yuk!]?
Do not switch to Flodesk if you love, love, love HTML codes. Unless you were born a coder or programmer, there’s no reason to love HTML editor (sorry, twin sis!). Seriously, I had to learn how to create and add HTML codes to get my emails looking more engaging with ConvertKit.
Before the recent ConvertKit update, I had to copy and paste a line of code every time I created an email just to add a clickable button to my newsletter. Result? A dislike and slight dread of writing emails.
With Flodesk, HTML codes are nonexistent. I’m not joking. Do you want a button? One-click and done. Want to integrate your latest Instagram photos? Super easy. Need a photo grid? Done, done, done!
Writing emails is way more fun now than ever before. In fact, I look forward to writing my weekly newsletter every weekend. And my engagement was been amazing. ?
4. You Want an All-in-One Solution ?
Do not switch to Flodesk if you want an all-in-one solution. As the saying goes, a jack of all trade is a master of none. If you want a program that delivers you content, accepts payment, manages giveaways, and every other thing under the sun, Flodesk will be your worst nightmare. Why? This email service was created with one goal in mind: to create beautiful emails people want to read.
Yes, with the latest Zapier and Shopify integrations, you can connect other software you use to supercharge your email marketing with Flodesk.
But most creatives, especially those building their list and cultivating a relationship, could care less about InfusionSoft-like features. And when you do need the bells and whistles, you’ve got Flodesk integrations to do the heavy lifting for you.
5. You Want to Work Harder (not Smarter) ?
Do not switch to Flodesk if you like repetitive manual labor that makes you work harder instead of smarter. Ok, this might be a stretch as most people that do email marketing are savvy enough to automate their workflow with their email service provider.
If you’ve ever wondered how to easily and quickly create a sequence of emails that drips slowly over a period of time to your audience, you’ll fall in love with Flodesk.
Sure, ConvertKit has workflow but that bad boy got so complicated, I was close to throwing in the towel a few times. In Flodesk’s own words, “Email marketing just got intuitive.”
[Bonus] 6. You’re Old School ??
And because I love unexpected bonuses, here’s a bonus one for you! Do not switch to Flodesk if you’re old school and like being stuck in the past.
In today’s technologically-driven world, we are always on the lookout for features that will make our lives easier and more efficient. You don’t want to be a Blockbuster in the era of Netflix, that mindset might do you more harm than good.
While I was a dedicated, cash-paying user of ConvertKit, I was intrigued by Flodesk when I first heard about them. A no-hassle, free 30-day trial (and the promise of this 50% lifetime discount) was all it took to get me to switch from ConvertKit to Flodesk.
At the end of the day, we all have to make a decision on which platform we think best suits our needs. For creatives, Flodesk currently offers the best bang for your bucks.
So, yup you read the blog title right. Flodesk is not for everyone and may not even be for you. I recently ended my 4 years relationship with ConvertKit ($79/month, up to 5,000 subscribers) and locked-down the lifetime Flodesk beta price ($19/month, unlimited subscribers).
FLODESK IS A GREAT OPTION IF:
- your blog or small business is visually focused (fashion, beauty, decor, recipes, photography).
- you don’t like HTML codes.
- cost is a concern for you.
- you love modern features without the hassle.
- you have a limited need for external tools (Flodesk supports Shopify and Zapier).
For my detailed Flodesk review – cost, features, integration with Zapier, comparison with ConvertKit, and more, give this post a quick read.
Frequently Asked Questions about Flodesk
Flodesk is a single subscription plan at a flat rate of $38 for unlimited everything including subscribers. Use THIS LINK to get a free month and 50% off for life. Or type in this coupon code LOUISA on the signup page.
Need a list of the features in Flodesk? Here’s a breakdown: Stunning Templates. Intuitive Email Builder. High-Converting Forms. Subscriber & Email Stats. Quick Workflow Setup. Fixed Price, Unlimited Subscribers. Visual Automation Builder. Easy Sign-Up Form Creation. Zapier and Shopify Integration… and more.
Flodesk is free for the first 30 days and then $38 afterward regardless of the number of subscribers you have on your list. For a limited time, save 50% off here (pay $19 for life!).
The long-awaited integration with Zapier is live. Now you can create Zaps by instantly connecting Flodesk with over 1,500 apps to automate your work and productivity. Zaps include Teachable, Shopify, Squarespace, Interact, Buffer, Asana and more.
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