Interspire SendStudio NX Review

Earlier this month, I posted a review on Mitchell “Harpz” Harper’s personal blog, HarpzOn.com. Mitch was so impressed with the amount of buzz the review generated for his new blog, he decided to order up another ReviewMe review for one of his company products.

Mitchell is the co-founder of Interspire, a software company that makes PHP software for web designers and web site owners. Of the eight products Interspire sells, Mitch felt readers would be most interested in SendStudio NX.

What Is SendStudio NX

SendStudio NX is an email marketing program that helps you make money online. The software lets you create, send and track an unlimited number of email messages and auto responders. The software is used by over 25,000 web developers to stay in touch with their subscribers (check out the SendStudio demo).

Right now, I use a third party mailing service to handle my email newsletters. I pay $50 per month for this service, which is quite reasonable for the size of my list. However, Mitch says that SendStudio would eliminate the need to sub out my newsletter mailings. If that were true, then the $239.00 software would pay for itself in less than five months.

SendStudio NX

SendStudio NX is extremely easy to install and use. If you can install a WordPress blog, you can install SendStuido. However, if you are not sure how to go about it, Interspire does offer a free installation service. You just have to tell them within 30 days of purchase and they’ll set it up for you.

Full Unencrypted PHP Source Code

The first thing I noticed after unzipping the SendStudio files was the codes were not encrypted. You are free to customize the code in any way you like, such as adding features specifically for your site. You can even remove the “Powered by SendStudio” link. Except for the licensing code, Interspire do not restrict you from changing any of the code to suit your needs.

Professionally Designed Email Templates

SendStudio Nx

SendStudio includes a bunch of professionally designed email templates that have been tested to work with all email clients including Outlook, Thunderbird, Hotmal, Gmail, Yahoo, etc. You can use these templates to design a custom email template or you can upload their existing email template.

This Thing Is Fast!

The number 1 reason I sub out my newsletter mailing to a third party is performance. I have tried other email software but it was either too slow or cost too much. SendStudio NX is almost as fast as the $10,000+ Lyris ListManger software used by my hosted email service. That is truly remarkable.

Before the initial released of SendStudio NX, Mitch and his team spent days testing it to make sure it could handle even the largest of mailing lists on a standard shared server setup. Their test results for sending a HTML email with embedded images and tracking enabled are shown below.

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SendStudio NX will allow you to take your hosted email back in house and save a ton of money. The software can send out over 50,000 HTML emails in less than an hour on a 2.66GHz Pentium 4 with just 512MB of RAM. On my Dual Xeon servers, I should be able to send over 100,000 emails an hour.

Complete Campaign and Link Tracking Reports

SendStudio Nx

This is my favorite feature of SendStudio NX. For each email campaign you send, you can see exactly how many people opened their email, how many people unsubscribed, which links they clicked, email forwarding statistics and more. Except for the number of newsletter subscribers, my current hosted newsletter service offers zero stats.

Start Your Own Email Marketing Service

SendStudio NX is a complete private label solution. You can use the software to start your own email marketing service. It is easy to add your own logo, text and color scheme to SendStudio so that it looks like your own email marketing program. You can even change the “Powered by” to your company name.

Each of your users has his/her own unique SendStudio control panel login. When they login, they will only see their own mailing lists, images, templates, campaigns and statistics. They can never see your other customer’s email marketing data. SendStudio has a built-in form creation wizard for subscription forms that clients can place on their web sites to collect visitors details. Existing email subscriber list can be imported as well.

All this for just $239.00! With this software, you can really make money online. No wonder Mitchell has sold over 25,000 copies. SendStudio NX is by far the best email newsletter software I’ve used to date. If you’re an email marketer or have a big list hosted by a 3rd party, then this is a must have piece of software.


92 thoughts on “Interspire SendStudio NX Review”

  1. Aris says:

    Hope you will get what you’ve paid for Mitch. I will certainly pay a visit and check out myself later.

    1. Justin Slife says:

      I’ll come and check out your site, also. I’m really thinking about doing one of these ReviewMe posts.

    2. Mubin says:

      Even one sale means that the guy has made his money back from one review.

      http://www.mubinahmed.com

      1. That’s very true! This really looks like a very interesting product!

        1. HMTKSteve says:

          Yes it does look interesting

          1. Jane May says:

            ummmm, interesting. May be an understatement. “I like it, I like it a lot” (that was my Jim Carry impersonation) 😆

          2. jez says:

            There are other products that handle mail campaigns, which are maybe $100 cheaper, but if this is as good as the review suggests then this would probably represent better value for money, certainly at 25k sales its ahead of others I have read about.

        2. jez says:

          I dread to think what you would do with it Saman ❗

    3. Gary Lee says:

      pretty interesting concept . . . i might check it out myself for some design ideas

    4. jez says:

      I think Mitch definitely got what he paid for, that was one of the best reviewMe’s John has done IMO.

      1. Jane May says:

        I agree. Was very thorough in his review.

  2. Can I have a free copy? I use the old send studio daily, and I love it.

    1. Hey Michael,
      If you ordered within the last 12 months yep upgrading is free – we’ve “soft launched” SendStudio NX meaning the info on the site is for the current release of SendStudio, but the zip file is actually NX if you download it from the client area 🙂

      1. Jane May says:

        I think that’s pretty fair. You hear that, download NX…nice!

    2. Hey Carl. If you ordered within the last 12 months sure! You can download NX from the client area 🙂

    3. Why don’t you email that question the Mitch?!

      1. HMTKSteve says:

        That is a good suggestion Sam.

        1. Jane May says:

          That would make waaaay too much sense!

    4. Hey Michael. You said you’ve already ordered the old verison so if you ordered in the last 12 months the upgrade is free. Just login to the client area to download NX!

      1. Hey Michael, just in case you didn’t get this:

        You said you’ve already ordered the old verison so if you ordered in the last 12 months the upgrade is free. Just login to the client area to download NX!

        😛

        1. Jane May says:

          I think Michael got it…shoot, I even got it! 😛

        2. jez says:

          I think he put his name in differently and wanted his Avatar on his post!

    5. jez says:

      I wonder if John got a free copy, and whether he will end up using it.

      1. Jane May says:

        good point. Hey john, a contest prize that would rock would be a free copy of this!

        1. John Chow says:

          I can send you a copy but it won’t work. The license key is tagged to the site domain name. Use the program on a site that is not yours and the program won’t work. 😈

          1. I’d be happy to give away 5 copies if you want to run a competition John?

          2. Jane May says:

            YES YES YES!!! Let’s say John’s top 5 commentators???? 😀

            That is really generous of Mitch and not to mention good business. You’ll probably get a large number of sales, if not now, in the near future from readers that come and read this post.

  3. Aris says:

    Why should he send you a free copy? How many people can you expose this software to? If you can proof that what are you going to do will generate the same or a better exposure than this evil review :-), definitely, a free copy will be on its way soon. 🙂

    1. jez says:

      It is an upgrade from a previous version, not a handout…

  4. looks very interesting.. good review John!

  5. carl says:

    looks cool!! nicereview john love it!

    i like the blue one!:P

  6. Good review John…

    I was with Constant Contact (paid online service) which ended up costing around $350 USD / month since we have around 50,000 emails on our list. I liked their service because of the features but this software looks to have just the same.

    You’ve sold me and it would have paid for itself within one month!

    1. Hey Cam. Just got your email and I’m replying now. And Yep, it’s me – the guy who designed your web site about 5 years ago :mrgreen: Let’s get back in touch. Check your inbox for my email.

  7. Justin Slife says:

    I see you have HackerSafe on your site. I just recently added it to my ecommerce site. How is it working for you?

    1. Gary Lee says:

      i looked into it and still don’t see anything worth getting . .

      1. carl says:

        I think somethings good there:)

    2. Hi Justin,
      HackerSafe is worth every cent. It gives your visitors peace of mind and keeps your server secure.

      1. John says:

        Actually it’s not. The thing is only used for marketing to make the visitors feel at ease. And they do kiddie scans each day. If you would have a real scanner scanning all kind of vulnerabilities EACH day, your server would go down.

        And read this: http://jeremiahgrossman.blogspot.com/2006/11/hackersafe-makes-not-so-good-news.html

        Just because a site is scanned by Hackersafe it’s not more secure than one without.

        1. Jane May says:

          If it is just as secure as anything else, but customers feel more secure because of the marketing, isn’t still a good thing??? You are not any less safe than the next guy or girl 😀

          1. jez says:

            If you read that post, they no longer feel more secure, they feel very pissed off.

        2. Actually John I disagree. What’s the link to your web site where you run Hackersafe? Don’t believe everything you read. It does work and works very well. We have 3 sys admins who keep our servers secure as well as using the HackerSafe checks. It is mostly for peace of mind for visitors, but it’s definitely worth the price.

          1. John says:

            I don’t run Hackersafe because I do not see the need to pay the huge sum they require.

            Why would you want to pay for a scan, when you can install Nessus and scan your site for free? Or other free scanning tools available.

            The only reason to use it as I can see it is for marketing purpose. If you think it’s “worth the price”. Good for you, you probably have more money to spend than me. But it’s not worth the price for me so I wont use it. 😉

        3. Justin Slife says:

          My wallet is a lot more secure with HackerSafe. I have seen close to a 10% increase in sales since I installed it. 😀

  8. TikiTiki says:

    Promising software. However there are other solutions in the market which has more features such as http://www.octeth.com (oemPro), http://www.mailium.net (Mailium – only $59) or 12All (www.activecampaign.com)

    1. HI TikiTiki. Check Octeth’s support. Our sales manager worked for them before us and he LEFT because he couldn’t handle all of the customer complaints. I haven’t heard of Mailium but I’m guessing you get what you pay for @ $59 a copy.

      12All seem like good guys and I like their software. They do a respectable job and they keep us on our toes, but if you compare ActiveCampaign to SendStudio NX in terms of features you’ll find that SendStudio really is head and shoulders above ActiveCampaign.

  9. Nice looking tool for my next spamming campaign…

    1. carl says:

      LOL, got me there!

    2. How about not! Spam= 👿 and we all know John’s the only evil one around here.

      1. Hey, as long as he pays and doesn’t send a spam email with your company’s name, what does it matter?!

        I’m just kidding, spam does suck!

        1. HAHAH true – but spam is evil! Man you comment alot!!! :mrgreen:

    3. jez says:

      Yeah Samon needs to put this on his christmas list for sure :mrgreen:

  10. Bo Ek says:

    this numerous (review me) reviews are starting to annoy…

    1. jez says:

      I actually liked reading that one.

  11. Yumcha Girl says:

    This looks fantastic. Will definitely have a good look at it.

    As for the ReviewMe posts, I do not mind them at all. In this case, without it, I probably would not have known about a product that could potentially be really useful for me.

    Keep it up John. You’re doing great!

    1. jez says:

      I agree, unlike a lot of the reviewMe’s that one was pretty interesting.

  12. Kenneth (Dreyer Media) says:

    Great article, John! Interprise just got a buyer.. :]

  13. Bri says:

    I actually did a quick interview with Mitch. He’s a pretty cool guy, and it really looks like his blog has been exploding in the last few weeks. Hopefully this review will explode his sales with Interspire, too!

    1. Nate W. says:

      If Mitch has sold 25,000 copies for $239 each, that is almost 6 million dollars. Not bad for a 24-year old. I would say exploding would be a understatement. More like nuclear blast of mountains of cash. Good job, Mitch!

      1. Jane May says:

        Yeah! I wish I was in the 12 person crew that Mitch has over there!!!

        Great job guys!

        Good review John…I really enjoyed this one because it’s so pertinent to us.

      2. jez says:

        Well the article says “used by over 25,000” I dont suppose he got full price off all those users

  14. “I use a third party mailing service to handle my email newsletters.”

    Can you tell us what you use??

    1. He mentioned that his host uses Lyris ListManger, but I guess we don’t know if John is utilizing it…

      1. HMTKSteve says:

        It would be bad form to list a competitor in a review.

        1. Not really.. there are A LOT of SendStudio competitors and we surveyed our customers: the average customer looked at FIVE competitors products before buying SendStudio. Says a lot about Sendstudio I think 🙂

    2. John Chow says:

      http://www.netatlantic.com/ They have good service and their prices are the lowest in the industry. They offer Lyris ListManger software for their clients. This is actually my 2nd time with them. I left once when I found a mailing software. But the performance of that software sucked – way too slow. So I went back to them. However, I’ll be leaving them again since Mitch’s software can do the job.

      1. It would be bad form to list a competitor in a review.

        It may be “bad form” but John= 😈

  15. John, fantastic review. I truly believe in my heart that our software will help people run their online businesses better. It’s not all about money for us. For example, read this:

    http://www.interspire.com/content/blogs/214/Existing-SendStudio-Customer-We-NEED-Your-Help.html

    Know any other companies that get this kind of feedback on their products? I only know a few and they are big fortune 500 companies. We’re just 12 guys trying to do the best we can with what we have 🙂

    Cheers,
    Mitch
    Co-founder, Interspire.com

    1. Jane May says:

      Any deals for Chow readers 😀

      1. Yumcha Girl says:

        Actually, good idea. John, knowing that you are perfectly “evil”, I am sure you could arrange discounts for your readership. You have bargaining power, use it!!!

  16. Having the code open for modifications is a nice feature to have. That was good thinking.

  17. Hey John,
    Excellent review, thanks for that. Even though it’s a paid review I really think SendStudio is a tool EVERY blogger/internet marketer/website owner should have. You NEED to be up to scratch on email marketing and autoresponders if you want to succeed online, and SendStudio is one of the many ways to get started.

    I am biased and I love SendStudio, but at the end of the day SendStudio is a tool to help you make money from your site/blog, and for $239 you get rediculous support from our team – we have 12 developers now.

    Of course you can use a hosted solution or a competitors product but where else would you find die hard customers like this:

    http://www.interspire.com/content/blogs/214/Existing-SendStudio-Customer-We-NEED-Your-Help.html

    I mean even for me, these comments are just NUTS. We have thousands of “die hard” fans – which is what most of the fortune 500 companies want but don’t know how to get. When you try to get die hard fans you end up with zero. Instead we work rediculously hard on our products to make them head and shoulders above our competitors and after 3 years SendStudio is untouchable for $239. I mean, it includes features you wouldn’t even find in $10,000 enterprise level email marketing software.

    I guess I just want everyone to understand the passion we have for our products. It’s 1:33AM and I just finished answering 50 presales emails about SendStudio. If that’s not passion then I’ll be damned 😕

  18. How does the software keep track of opened emails? Please tell me it’s not that annoying “User has requested to know when you open the email” popup… 😀

    I assume it’s just an invisible HTML image, but I just wanted to check.

    1. Hi Ryan. LOL yep just an invisible image. No annoying popup messages.

      1. HMTKSteve says:

        Does that mean it is HTML mail?

        1. John Chow says:

          SendStudio can send both HTML or text only email. I haven’t sent a text only email in years.

          1. Jane May says:

            hahaha…that’s what I use 😈

        2. It does Steve, yep. There’s no way to track open rates of text emails unfortunately unless every subscriber is using your proprietary email client which is impossible.

  19. John Anthony says:

    John,

    The real question is – Have you ditched your current email service yet and switched completely over to SendStudio?

    1. John Chow says:

      I have started using SendStudio for my mailings. My current provide is paid up for this month. I will not be renewing.

      1. Jane May says:

        that shows how strongly you believe and feel about their service. The more I think about it, the better the idea seems.

      2. jez says:

        Well you cant get a better endorsement than that.

    2. Jane May says:

      Yes, this is the real question! At least for our purposes 😆

  20. John says:

    The only thing I’m concerned with hosting mailing lists myself is to be blacklisted for spam. Even if you don’t send spam. Or that your emails end up in the spambox flagged by anti-spam scanners.

    When you pay for a hosted e-mail solution you want to pay for whitelisting at the big ISP’s and e-mail providers. Most companies that provide e-mail marketing solutions usually work a lot to have their servers whitelisted so you don’t end up in the spambox.

    Hosting yourself you will face this problem..

    1. Jane May says:

      I think that’s a problem that you risk with any email system. Depending on who you are sending it to and by what means. I just got banned from sending anything to Boeing from my work email because I had 3 attachments (going to a few members of our board). There was nothing spammy or malicious in the emails, but their security evidently didn’t like the attachments.

    2. That’s a valid concern John. Most big web hosts also work hard to keep their mail servers whitelisted and SendStudio includes the ability to specify your own mail server in the unfortunate even that you do get black listed. Hope that helps.

  21. Jane May says:

    You must have read my mind John. We were looking for a way to manage and capture an email listing for Career Ramblings.

    This seems like one of the best options.

    Thanks for this!!

  22. IndoDX says:

    I love the Interspire SendStudio NX interface, look cute and so profesional…

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