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Are you using every email feature you’re paying for?

ConvertKit’s visual automation builder is great for businesses that require complex sales funnels, but the majority of creators need an email tool that makes it easy to design beautiful messages, send newsletters, and create impactful automated campaigns.

ConvertKit vs. Podia Email

Some people want an intricate web of automations, and some people want beautiful emails and straightforward automations in the same place as everything else. Which is right for your business?


Free plan with 100 subscribers
Send unlimited emails on all plans
Segments and tags
Email templates
Automated email campaigns on the free plan
Sell digital products and subscriptions
Sell online courses and webinars
Create an online community on the free plan
Full website
Friendly support on all plans


Free plan with 1,000 subscribers
Send unlimited emails on all plans
Segments and tags
Email templates
x No automated emails on the free plan
Sell digital products and subscriptions
x No online courses or webinars
x No online community feature
x No website
Email and chat support only on paid plans

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Comparing Podia vs. ConvertKit



Free plan

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

Free plan subscriber limits

Podia is100

ConvertKit is1,000

Unlimited email sends

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

Email templates

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

Visual email designer

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

Tags and segments

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

A/B testing

Podia is no

ConvertKit is yes

Lead magnets

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes


Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no


Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no

Digital products

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

Online courses

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no


Podia is yes

ConvertKit is yes

Community memberships

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no


Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no

Product upsells

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no

Affiliate marketing management

Podia is yes

ConvertKit is no


Podia is1,900+

ConvertKit is70+


Podia isEmail support on all plans, email and chat support on paid plans

ConvertKit isEmail and chat support only available on paid plans

Need help moving your products and customers to Podia?

Need help moving your products and customers to Podia?

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Podia email in action

Wondering if Podia is the best email marketing software for you? Go behind the scenes in this video walkthrough, where Ben will show you the ins and outs of Podia’s email features.

"Using Podia Email has supported me in streamlining the way I connect with and stay in touch with my clients, students and community. Having the email service in-house, so to speak, with my courses and products creates ease and cohesiveness in my business.

The visual editor is intuitive and easy to use - I am very happy with what I have been able to create thus far. I am thrilled to notice that not only have my open rates improved using Podia Email but my click rates have also improved!!"

Moira Hutchison, Wellness With Moira

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Podia email automatically connects with your website, digital products, and online courses.

Sell unlimited downloads, courses, community memberships, coaching sessions, and live or pre-recorded webinars. With Podia, you can manage all your email subscribers, customers, products, and affiliates under one roof.

Build a full website with unlimited pages.

No need to pay extra for third-party landing page builders. Podia gives you a beginner-friendly website builder with unlimited pages for free so you can customize your online home however you like. Plus, you can seamlessly add eye-catching email opt-in forms with a click.

A support team that's here for you on all plans, including the free plan.

The number one reason people cite for loving Podia? Our customer service. We’re always here to help, with real people offering email support on all plans, and email + chat support on all paid plans.

Why creators choose Podia over ConvertKit

Here are some reasons entrepreneurs, creators, and small business owners choose Podia to power their businesses.

Create automated email campaigns on all plans, including the free plan

Save time and connect with your audience by automating emails in your business. Whether you’re building welcome sequences, nurture campaigns, or sales funnels, Podia includes automated emails on all plans.

Don’t let confusing tech slow you down

Podia’s intuitive email builder makes it easy for anyone to design stunning emails, create effective campaigns and build automations. Your emails, subscribers, customers, tags, and products are all together in one place, so you can feel confident that everything is set up correctly behind the scenes.

Flexible and affordable pricing

With Podia, you get 100 email subscribers for free on every plan. After that, you can add on more as you grow. That’s it. No need to pay for enterprise-level features before you’re ready.

Track which emails generate the most sales

Podia’s email dashboard will show you how many products you sold from a specific email and your total earnings for each of your email marketing campaigns so you can see what resonates with your audience.

What could your emails look like? Here are some of the free email templates available with Podia

Get your free Podia account

Join the 150,000+ creators who use Podia to create websites, sell digital products, and build online communities.

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Podia vs. ConvertKit: Which one is right for me?

Podia and ConvertKit are both tools for managing and automating your email marketing.

While ConvertKit focuses primarily on email, Podia gives you a wide range of features for running your entire business. You’ll have everything you need to run your email marketing, including automated campaigns, newsletters, and audience segments, at one of the most competitive price points in the industry.

Every creator business is unique, so to help you make the best choice for you, let’s take a look at how Podia vs. ConvertKit stack up.

What are the plan and pricing options?

With Podia, you can choose the Free, Starter, Mover, or Shaker plan and add on email subscribers as needed.

  • Free (10% transaction fee): Includes a website, community, one digital download, one coaching product, and customer messaging
  • Starter: $9/month or $4/month when paid annually (8% transaction fee), includes everything on the Free plan plus a custom domain, integration with Google Analytics, and live chat support
  • Mover: $39/month or $33/month when paid annually (5% transaction fee), includes everything on the Starter plan plus unlimited digital products, unlimited courses, and our simple online course builder
  • Shaker: $89/month or $75/month when paid annually, includes everything on the Mover plan plus affiliates and embeddable checkout

Podia’s free plan includes up to 100 subscribers and unlimited email sends. As your business grows, you can choose a paid Podia plan for more features, or upgrade your Podia email add-on for more subscribers.

Podia email add-on pricing:

  • Up to 500 subscribers: $9/month
  • Up to 1,500 subscribers: $17/month
  • Up to 2,500 subscribers: $25/month
  • Up to 5,000 subscribers: $42/month
  • Up to 10,000 subscribers: $63/month
  • See the full pricing scale here

Podia Email builder

ConvertKit has three plans that increase in price as you add more subscribers.

  • Free plan: Up to 1,000 subscribers
  • Creator plan: Starting at $15/month for 300 subscribers, $29/month for 1,000 subscribers, $79/month for 5,000 subscribers, etc.
  • Creator Pro plan: Starting at $29/month for 300 subscribers, $59/month for 1,000 subscribers, $111/month for 5,000 subscribers, etc.

Let’s say you have an email list with 5,000 subscribers.

With Podia, you could use the free plan and add on the email subscribers you needed, bringing your total cost to $42/month.

If you wanted more features like unlimited online courses, you could choose the Mover plan for $39/month plus the email add-on for $42/month and you’d pay a total of $81/month.

With ConvertKit, you would not be eligible for the free plan so you would have to choose between the Creator plan for $79/month for 5,000 subscribers or the Creator Pro plan for $111/month for 5,000 subscribers.

However, ConvertKit doesn’t include online courses, customer messaging, or community functionality. If you want to use these features, you might need to integrate with third-party platforms and use a connecting tool like Zapier, all of which may come at an extra cost.

Automation keeps things running smoothly behind the scenes

The ability to run automated email campaigns can be an important piece of your email marketing strategy. Both Podia and ConvertKit allow you to create marketing automations and sales funnels to get more customers on autopilot and engage your fans even when you’re not online.

With Podia, you can build automations and campaigns with entrance and exit conditions. Set up email automations to go out whenever someone purchases a product, enrolls in your community, joins your email list, or downloads a free lead magnet.

On Podia’s free plan, you can create automations with up to three emails per campaign, allowing you to experiment before investing in the paid version.

Podia Email filtering, segments, and tags

ConvertKit has complex automation tools, but they’re only available on paid plans. On the free plan, you can send one-off email broadcasts, but you can’t set up automated email sequences.

On the paid plans, however, you can use the visual automation builder to design intricate email automation systems. These features are most helpful for creators who need complicated email campaigns.

Monetize your passions through digital products

Podia and ConvertKit both allow you to sell digital products, even on the free plan.

Here’s what you can sell with Podia:

  • Digital downloads and files
  • Online courses
  • Live or pre-recorded webinars
  • Coaching sessions
  • Community memberships
  • Subscriptions
  • Upsells
  • Product bundles

Here’s what you can sell with ConvertKit:

  • Digital downloads and files
  • Subscriptions
  • Coaching sessions
  • Newsletters

A differentiator is that Podia includes an online course builder with the ability to sell unlimited live cohort, self-paced, drip, and access-limited courses on all paid plans. Podia also includes a community feature where you can create free and paid pricing tiers or build an interactive membership site.

Podia charges a 10% transaction fee on the free plan and diminishing transaction fees on the paid plans. ConvertKit charges a 3.5% + $0.30 transaction fee on all plans, even the highest-tier paid plan.

Podia users can connect with Stripe or PayPal for payment processing. ConvertKit uses Stripe for payment processing.

Stay connected with customer messaging

Ever wish you had an easy way to chat with people who visit your website? Customer messaging makes it possible, and it’s totally free on all Podia plans.

On your Podia website, you can enable customer messaging and a chat box will appear in the bottom corner. Get to know your customers when they’re visiting your website or logged into your products to provide that extra special touch.


ConvertKit does not have customer messaging built in, so to get this feature, you would need to integrate with another tool that might have an additional cost.

What happens if I need support?

As anyone who’s ever gone down a tech rabbit hole knows it’s important to have access to quality support when you need it. The last thing you want is to hit a wall in your business because you can’t find the answers to your questions.

All Podia creators get access to friendly email support, Podia’s lively Creator Community, training courses, guides, and our knowledge base. Paid users also get access to chat support.

ConvertKit only offers email and chat support on paid plans. Free plan users can get help in the ConvertKit community or knowledge base.

To wrap up, ConvertKit is an email marketing tool that specializes in complex automation and sales funnels. It’s also possible to sell digital products, but plans can get pricey as your list size grows.

Podia is an all-in-one online business platform with full-featured email, digital products, online courses, and a website builder. It’s easy to use for beginners and powerful enough to expand with you as your business evolves.

Give Podia a try today for free. We can’t wait to see what you create.


Quick answers

Don’t see your answer? Reach out to us, we’d love to help!

  • Podia is an all-in-one creator platform with a full website builder, digital products, online course creation, webinars, coaching, community, affiliate marketing, email marketing, embeds, integrations, analytics, and customer messaging.

    See Podia’s full feature list here.

  • Yep! Podia Email is completely free for up to 100 subscribers, so you can start building your email list today. Once you reach 100 subscribers, you will have the option to upgrade to a paid plan.

  • Podia Email is completely free for up to 100 subscribers. If you have more than 100 subscribers, Podia Email plans start at $9 per month ($7 per month annually). See the exact price for your number of subscribers on the pricing page.

  • Podia Email is a full-featured email platform with everything you need to run your online business. See how Podia Email stacks up against other email service providers in our detailed comparison articles:

  • Sure thing! We can migrate your subscribers when you sign up for an annual Podia Email plan. The free migration includes your subscribers’ names, email addresses, tags, and existing automations. Learn more about Podia Email migrations.

  • Absolutely! Podia Email has an easy to use visual email designer, so you can create beautiful looking emails in no time. You can use one of the pre-designed templates to get started, or create your own. Customize your colors, fonts, images, sections, backgrounds, buttons, and more. Plus all emails sent from Podia Email are fully mobile responsive so they will look great on any device.

  • Absolutely! You can check out our Podia demo site, which we’ve built to show you what the Podia experience will look like for both you and your customers.

    There are also dozens of creator example sites on our Examples page, so you can see what other creators just like you have built using Podia.

  • We’d love to. Podia’s customer support is here for you, seven days a week. Just reach out to us on chat and a real, friendly person will be delighted to help you out.

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