Hybrid Connect Review: The Ultimate Mailing List Plugin?

Hybrid Connect Plugin Review
Review of: Hybrid Connect
WordPress Plugin:
Shane Melaugh
Price:
$49

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On July 8, 2013
Last modified:March 17, 2014

Summary:

Hybrid Connect is a must have plugin that makes it easy to add high converting opt-in forms to your WordPress website. I use it on most of my sites and you will love it.

In the following post you’re going to discover the inner workings of what I can only describe as one of the best mailing list plugins available for WordPress right now. You’ll learn everything you need to know to make a decision and also exactly why I bought it and use it on all of my websites.

If you have been here before, then you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of Hybrid Connect.

I use it on plenty of my sites but the big question is – is it all just hype? And is it going to help you?

Let’s take a closer look…

The Hybrid Connect plugin reviewed

Hybrid Connect is a WordPress plugin that is designed specifically to make it extremely easy for you to integrate mailing list services such as GetResponse (which is what I use) and create powerful, converting opt-in forms.

These converting opt-in forms will get people on to your mailing list which you can then use to keep bringing traffic back to your blog and promoting products to.

If you want to know exactly why you should build a list, read this post and you’ll learn exactly why it’s so important.

>> Do you want to skip the review and get straight to the plugin that’s benefiting 1,000′s of other bloggers like you? Click here.

The good

Hybrid Connect has an impressive array of features and combine together to make this one of the most powerful list building plugins available.

Here are some examples of the main features:

  • Responsive forms
  • Entirely drag and drop, no coding required form builder
  • Add forms using short code
  • Unlimited forms and unlimited lists
  • GoToWebinar integration
  • In depth statistics
  • Facebook connect integration
  • Built in split testing functionality
  • 30 impressive templates to get you started
  • Save your own templates
  • Embed video in your opt-in forms

The bad

I am struggling to come with anything bad to say about Hybrid Connect and one of the reasons is because I’ve come to rely on it so much and every time I think I’ve found something that causes me a problem I then find a way round it.

It got to the point where I was even trying to scrutinise the button styles, I wasn’t all that keen on them – and then I noticed you can upload your own buttons so there’s no excuse.

Shane Melaugh and his team did an amazing job on this plugin.

If I could think of anything, it would be that I’d like more templates and maybe some additional styles for squeeze page but the fact remains that Hybrid Connect does come with 30+ well designed templates already.

Where can you add opt-in forms with Hybrid Connect?

Hybrid Connect allows you to add opt-in forms in the following locations on your blog:

  • Sidebar opt-ins
  • Pop-up light boxes
  • Below your post
  • Slide-in
  • In-content
  • Opt-in tick box for your comments
  • Facebook pages
  • Squeeze pages

Which auto responder services are supported?

A lot of plugins that are available either don’t support many mailing list/auto responder services or they list a few of the big names and leave it at that meaning that sometimes you’re just not sure what will work.

  • iContact
  • Get Response
  • Infusionsoft
  • Mail Chimp
  • Constant Contact
  • Aweber
  • Office Auto Pilot
  • Imnica Mail
  • And more..

If your mailing list provider supports HTML web forms then it will work with Hybrid Connect.

Just how good is the form builder interface?

One of the reasons why I bought Hybrid Connect was because I had been searching for a new Opt-in plugin for a good while, I tried a lot of the main plugins and I was always disappointed.

You could customise a lot them but only to a certain point, then after that you would definitely need to know HTML and CSS to get the sort of look that you want.

I wanted a mailing list plugin that was 100% customisable, no need for messing around with code – just an easy and straight forward way to building powerful converting opt-in forms.

Let’s take a look at the types of things you’ll be able to do with the Hybrid Connect interface.

You start off with the option to pick a template:

Hybrid Connect Review
You then get the option to change headline text, descriptions, bullet styles, call to actions, button text and privacy policy:

Hybrid Connect Review: Ultimate Form Builder
Now we’re on to the actual customisation options which allow you to change every aspect of the template:

Hybrid Connect Customisation Options
Each one of the sections above expands to reveal settings that give you complete control over your opt-in form’s look.

Next you can add images, change margins, positioning and more:

Upload images with Hybrid Connect

What about support?

There are two main reasons why I tend to go with premium plugins – firstly they offer a bigger and better selection of features and secondly, they offer great support in most cases.

I have had to use Hybrid Connect’s support once, and the problem was that something was interfering with a floating menu on a theme that I was using on another website – the theme developer told me that it was because of Hybrid Connect.

After I raised the ticket with Hybrid Connect it was clear that the theme developer was just passing responsibility and it turned out that they had some mistakes in their java script coding.

Paul from Hybrid Connect really did me a solid on this one, it wasn’t his responsibility to fix because ultimately it was the theme developers, but I was desperate to get it fixed because the theme developers were useless.

The last support ticket I raised with the theme developers took 2 months of back and forth to get fixed which involved a lot of passing blame to everyone else they could think of because they were too lazy to fix it.

Paul from Hybrid Connect had it fixed in about 5 minutes and I was on my way.

I wish more developers gave the same support as Hybrid Connect.

What about other plugins like OptinMonster?

Update 8th January 2014: 

There is another plugin that I have been actively recommending for adding opt-in forms to your site.

That plugin is OptinMonster which I reviewed here.

There are situations where OptinMonster would be more suited and other situations when Hybrid Connect would be better.

Hybrid Connect is a very feature rich plugin, you might even go so far as to say ‘all singing, all dancing’ which means that it will fit inline with most situations.

The downfall of having such a feature rich plugin is that it’s not as light weight, so it will place additional load on your server. Probably not that much, but some.

You need to ask yourself if you really need all of these features or may need them in the future.

If you’re looking for a more lightweight option, maybe something specifically for popovers then something like OptinMonster may be more suitable.

The trade off of course is that you lose particular features like Hybrid Connect’s ability to customise almost every aspect of your opt-in forms.

I run a lot of sites and I use Hybrid Connect on most of them but I do use OptinMonster for some others.

The verdict on Hybrid Connect

Hybrid Connect is an impressive plugin with all of the features that you will need to sky rocket your mailing list.

You have over 30 well designed templates to get you started, but you have the option to change anything on whichever template you want to use, you can customise every aspect with an intuitive form builder interface.

You can hook in any auto responder that you like providing it supports HTML forms and then there’s split testing which will allow you to ensure your forms are converting extremely well.

Hybrid Connect is a must have mailing list plugin. Nothing else seems to match it in terms of features.

… I’m not the only one who thinks that because 1,000′s of other bloggers like you are already benefiting from Hybrid Connect.

Download Hybrid Connect.

Hybrid Connect is a must have plugin that makes it easy to add high converting opt-in forms to your WordPress website. I use it on most of my sites and you will love it.
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  • http://www.aliensmoney.com Qasim

    Hi Adam,
    It seems to be a very useful and flexible plugin that you can fully customized and it can support all popular Email list services. Definitely will be considering it soon as I am currently using a free plugin which is very limited.

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Hi Qasim,

      Thanks for checking out my review.

      You’re exactly right about the free plugins, there are a few area’s where free plugins are essential (security, speeding up your site, social share buttons etc) but no free plugins come close when it comes to email marketing.

      • Xenia

        Hi Adam
        Thank you for the review. It is excellent and has convinced me that this is ideal for my website. I will buy it through your affiliate link :-) Adam I just have one question. Do I have to use aWeber or mailchimp? Can it just be utilized by my website?

        Many thanks Adam
        Warm Regards
        Xenia

        • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

          Hi Xenia, My pleasure and thanks for checking this out – it’s much appreciated :)

          You can use any auto-responder service that generates HTML forms, but I haven’t tested it with a system where it runs directly from your site, I know plugins can allow you to do that, but I’ve not seen one that would be compatible.

          I’d recommend using an auto-responder service as opposed to running them through your server though.

          Just picked up your email and will get a response over to you asap.

          Thanks,
          Adam

  • http://review3.com Christopher James

    $49 a month or one-time payment only? It’s a little expensive..

    • http://bloggingwizard.com Adam Connell

      Christopher, it’s a one time payment. In comparison to other plugins on the market, the pricing is very fair. You get more features in comparison to other plugins on the market at a lower price point.

  • Leon

    Can I insert into the feature box? before the posts I use thesis 1.8.

  • http://bloggingwizard.com/ Adam Connell

    Hey Craig – thanks for stopping by. Really glad that my post was able to help you.

    You’re right – so many small businesses don’t consider building an email list when it is such a powerful lead generation tool.