I sometimes use forums and one of the forums I use is at LeavingWorkBehind.com, run by Tom Ewer.
A few days ago, I went to forums at LeavingWorkBehind and noticed a top bar in the browser. It asked me to put in an e-mail address and click the subscribe button. I liked this kind of notify bar.
Previously I used a MailChimp subscription form just below the navigation bar, but even after many days hardly anyone had subscribed.
It’s also because of the boring white MailChimp forms. Now, this top bar from Many Contacts is much better and pops up from the top of the blog or website and we can customize it using some colors.
I’ve also tried more than just a few free top bars or so-called notice bars WordPress plugins, but some of them just refused to work, some were outdated. The ones which worked, didn’t have all the features I wanted. Hardly any of them had a subscription form option like Many Contacts
This is my first review of Many Contacts. I’ll do another review after a few weeks’ use.
Here are the features of Many Contacts:
1. Free to use top bar.
2. Can have on more than one website/blog (I have on 5) even with the free version.
3. Can add a link to a download file, which is displayed immediately after someone submits their e-mail address.
4. Shows you who subscribed via e-mail. Also has a contact manager.
7. Can add a contact form and customize it.
8. Optional High Visibility Mode (enabled by default).
9. Data collected through your bar can be automatically synchronized with your favorite third-party app like MailChimp, Aweber, GetResponse, Madmimi, Constant Contact, and more.
1. Can’t customize colors to any color we want to use. Have to use from a list of 8 predefined colors. For example, the red color available for the top bar is not really red and doesn’t match the red I use on my blog. Same thing with the green and blue. To use custom colors of choice, we need to upgrade which costs $99 per year.
2. Another little disadvantage is, clicks from own IP address (for example, viewing or workin on our blog) adds to the number of views too. There should be an option not to add views from our own IP.
Anyway, it seems this is going to help me get new subscribers. The high visibility popup which darkens the background and shows an arrow toward the topbar, is a nice feature in my opinion.
Last week when I installed Many Contacts, there was no paid version, but they released it a day or two ago. The paid version costs $99 per year. Not sure at this time if I’ll pay for, since the features of the free version are nice.
What about you? Do you use a top bar / notice bar etc on your blog? Which one? Have you tried Many Contacts yet? Let me know about in the comments below.