Ecommerce, Mobile and Video: September 2014 Apps Roundup

Email is a vital part of growing your business online, but it shouldn’t be your only marketing channel.

To connect with more customers, you may be using a mix of mobile marketing, video and ecommerce tools already — or trying to figure out how they fit your business plan.


Great news: Four more services now integrate directly with AWeber, making it even easier to build up your audience with those channels.

We’ve asked our partners to briefly explain how their services can help you (and provide exclusive discounts for AWeber customers), so read on to learn more about these new integrations.

1. Selz

Geoff Austin, Chief Marketing Officer at Selz. Twitter: @selzdotcom

Who is Selz best suited for?

Selz is designed for bloggers, digital creators, entrepreneurs and small business owners who want ecommerce to be affordable and as simple as using a PayPal button.

What sets Selz apart from other, similar apps?

Selz is a simpler way to sell physical products, digital downloads or services from your own online store, blog or existing website.

It gives you the tools you need to take your online sales to the next level, including a checkout that is mobile optimized and streamlined to maximize sales conversions.

What benefits/results can marketers expect from using this integration?

Email remains one of the most powerful marketing tools available. Growing your list is easy with this free app. Connect your AWeber and Selz account to automatically export your customer’s contact details and sales data to your AWeber list, so you can expand your marketing and sales efforts with customers.

Why should AWeber customers connect to Selz right now?

This free app is one of the easiest ways to build a customer email list and to increase ecommerce sales.

What’s the pricing model?

Selz is free to use, with only a small fee per sale. There are a range of free and low priced plug-and-play apps available. There are no additional credit card or PayPal transaction fees.

How to get started with Selz today:

Get your Selz account
Get step-by-step help integrating AWeber with Selz

2. MEG

Jed Singer, VP of Product Marketing at Stuzo. Twitter: @GetMEG

Who is MEG best suited for?

MEG is best suited for digital marketers, content marketers, and any business with web conversions — such as newsletter sign ups, appointment setting, shopping carts.

What sets MEG apart from other, similar apps?

MEG is a stand alone suite of marketing apps designed to boost mobile conversions across the web, social media, within native mobile apps, and in the real world through iBeacons.

What benefits/results can marketers expect from using this integration?

MEG Apps are designed to boost mobile conversion rates, decrease mobile bounce rates, and increase mobile engagement with your brand’s content, products, and services. MEG Apps can help businesses increase leads and conversions with always-on apps or with campaign apps, both of which are turnkey and take seconds to set up.

Why should AWeber customers connect to MEG right now?

If you’re getting web traffic from mobile devices, you’re probably also losing some leads, as conversion rates on mobile devices can be lower than on desktop. MEG helps you recapture those leads and increase your conversion rates on mobile. Plus, MEG Apps don’t require designers or developers to set up or launch, and they are easy to customize.

What’s the pricing model? Is there a special offer for AWeber clients?

MEG is currently free for all users, with monthly paid plans launching in October. A free model will also be available, with limited access to features. Customers that sign up through AWeber will get free access to the Pro plan through December 31, 2014.

How to get started with MEG today:

Get your MEG account
Get step-by-step help integrating AWeber with MEG

3. vzaar

Hayley Dixon, Marketing Executive at vzaar. Twitter: @vzaar

Who is this app best suited for?

vzaar is a video hosting service that helps businesses drive revenue with video. That includes online educators selling video lectures, ecommerce brands marketing products or publishers using video advertising to monetize content.

What sets vzaar apart from other, similar apps?

vzaar makes it incredibly easy to get started with video: there’s no complicated infrastructure and you don’t need a huge IT team to implement it. vzaar has an advanced set of video security features which ensure that your brand’s content is always working for you, and not somebody else.

What benefits/results can marketers expect from using this integration?

The vzaar-AWeber integration turns your video into a powerful lead generation tool. Gone are the days when people viewed your videos and you had no idea who they were. By inserting an email capture form at the beginning, middle, or end of your video you can collect viewers email addresses and stay in touch with high quality leads. vzaar automatically sends viewer information to your AWeber list so there’s no need to juggle two different lists.

Why should AWeber customers connect to vzaar right now?

You don’t want to let all your video views go to waste. The sooner you start capturing your viewers’ email addresses and adding them to your lists, the more leads you’ll generate.

What’s the pricing model? Is there a special offer for AWeber clients?

vzaar offers an unlimited, fully featured 30-day free trial. Plans start at $20 per month, with no long-term contracts, and you can change plans at any time. Through September 30, AWeber customers can get 20% off a monthly subscription with code AWEBER20.

How to get started with vzaar today:

Get your vzaar account
Get step-by-step help integrating AWeber with vzaar

4. Ez Texting

Albert Cann, Product Manager at Ez Texting. Twitter: @eztexting

Who is Ez Texting best suited for?

Ez Texting allows organizations of any size to manage their SMS mobile marketing campaigns and stay in touch with contacts, employees, prospects, customers, and other stakeholders.

What sets Ez Texting apart from other, similar apps?

Ez Texting provides a user-friendly way to send and receive messages, and run a variety of more advanced campaigns, such as drip campaigns and autoresponders. If you need help, our client success managers are available via phone, email, and live chat.

What benefits/results can marketers expect from using this integration?

Marketers can include an effective SMS channel into existing marketing campaigns, or launch new SMS campaigns to their lists. Since over 95% of text messages are read within the first five minutes of receipt, this is an outstanding way to communicate with contacts effectively.

Why should AWeber customers connect to Ez Texting right now?

To harness the power of an efficient, effective and minimally priced marketing channel within minutes.

What’s the pricing model? Is there a special offer for AWeber clients?

Ez Texting’s pricing options range from a Pay & Go model to a variety of monthly plans. Pricing starts at 5 cents per message (volume discounts are available) with no set up fees, contracts or commitment. AWeber customers can receive a 30% discount on their first purchase by using code AWEBER30 at checkout.

How to get started with Ez Texting today:

Get your EZ Texting account
Get step-by-step help integrating AWeber with EZ Texting

What’s next?

Didn’t catch last month’s roundup? Get caught up on our recent announcements (August, July, June, May) or browse the App Showcase to see all of our third-party integrations.

What do you think of these services? Have you gotten results with any of them? What other apps are on your radar? Let us know in the comments.

Olivia Dello Buono contributed to this post.

6 Comments

  1. Jay

    9/2/2014 7:42 pm

    Awesome services im defintely gonna check out th

  2. Fred

    9/3/2014 6:38 am

    Hi,
    Thanks for the infos, but what are your plans about improving Aweber itself ?

    For example :
    – better stats
    – better forms
    – better management of accent
    – ability to search a text in all message (for example to replace affiliation link…)
    – …

    Thanks

  3. Carlos Martinez

    9/3/2014 11:27 am

    Video marketing is the strongest trend of the last years. It is important to have the best tools to facilitate sales. Awebber is a key for all who want to develop a business online company.

  4. Hunter Boyle

    9/5/2014 12:36 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Carlos. There’s no doubt that video is hotter than ever for marketers. Lower production costs, bandwidth increases, smartphone adoption rates — all have helped video marketing skyrocket. We appreciate you sharing your thoughts!

    Cheers — Hunter

  5. Mark Rothstein

    9/11/2014 3:56 pm

    I’ll admit it, I left aweber for another service, there’s no need to say their name, because no matter what, no matter how hard I tired, aweber just works! It’s NEVER failed me, and to this day I regret leaving and coming back, what a pain that was. And this post just proves how much better they are then those other guys 🙂

  6. Lynette Young

    9/26/2014 7:52 am

    Thanks! Switching to AWeber should never be difficult! We’ve got an AWesome Customer Solutions staff seven days a week that can help you with any questions you may have. Take care – Lynette Y.