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Comparing EmailOctopus with GetResponse, with its humble start in 1997, now one of the oldest and well-recognised email marketing firms out there.

A quick comparison between EmailOctopus and GetResponse

Grow and manage subscriber lists
Seamless transition of contacts
Choice of templates or self-made layouts
Flexible marketing automation
Easily customisable sign-up forms
Analytics to help your business grow
Reliable integration opportunities through Zapier
Free plan to get you started
Monthly cost for 205,000 subscribers. Sending 1 email per week
$184.80 USD (inc Amazon SES fees)
$990.00 USD
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Expanding on the feature comparison

We take a more in-depth look at the two respective platforms, and compare their feature sets.

Importing subscribers

Both EmailOctopus and GetResponse allow you to input email addresses and name fields manually into the system. This can be then translated onto emails, allowing the user to customise and personalise the emails being sent out.

As an alternative, EmailOctopus and GetResponse allow you to upload CSV files directly onto the system, making it easy to transfer your full list of contacts from another email marketing service provider. Customisable sign-up forms mean that your lists can grow quickly and more easily.

Email design options

Both EmailOctopus and GetResponse have a wide range of unique templates that allow you to give your emails a more professional look with minimal effort. If you wanted the email to seem more personal and relate more easily to your users, a plain text email, is a very handy weapon in your arsenal and both providers support these.

For the more the technically skilled users, the option to use HTML code in order to design your emails.This will allow you to create unique, stand-out emails to really set yourself apart in the eyes of your subscribers. GetResponse goes a step further by adding a drag & drop feature to the email design, so users can easily design their own templates and keep them layouts unique.


EmailOctopus gives it’s users the function to automate emails based on time. This means you can send out emails with a more personalised touch. An example of this is being able to send out an email for a new subscriber to your email list.

GetResponse provides a higher degree of automation and flexibility. This means that you are able to automate emails based on more than just time joining lists. But, the degree of automation available to you depends on which pricing plan you land in, requiring you to upgrade to their high costing plans in order to gain greater automation.


Both EmailOctopus and GetResponse provide up-to-date statistics regarding open rates, unsubscribes, click through rates and bounces. Monitoring the performance of your email marketing is crucial for businesses so you can measure the ROI of their email marketing campaigns.

Pricing plans

GetResponse charges it’s customers differently based on which features are available to them and number of subscribers. EmailOctopus provides a free pricing plan for small-scale users with up to 2500 subscriptions. All of EmailOctopus's pricing plans have access to all the features, from templates through to Aautomation. The cheapest plan available by GetResponse with minimal features and a subscriber list of only 1000 costs £10 per month. To avail a full range of features and a subscriber list in excess of 100,000, GetResponse charges £999 each month. With EmailOctopus, you can move up to 250,000 subscribers for a monthly charge of only $109. To add to, this EmailOctopus does provide discounts for non-profits, making it the ideal choice for non-profit organisations.

The main differences

The differences between EmailOctopus and GetResponse lay purely with the pricing. The features though not exactly the same, are similar with a degree of variation. GetResponse do limit a number of their features to you and they become accessible by upgrading your paid plan. EmailOctopus alternatively, gives you access to all of it’s features regardless of the pricing plan you fall under, even if you’re using our services for free!

Why not try EmailOctopus? Our support team are on hand to help you get started, and we're adding features such as templates and extending the automation, over the coming months. Try any of our plans on a 14-day trial before the start of the paid plan, with only a credit card and valid email address.

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