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The right lead generation and email marketing tools can streamline the process of reaching your preferred audience and sending targeted campaigns in their language. Here are some WPML-compatible plugins and tools to help you grow your global marketing efforts.

What is Lead Generation?

Lead generation identifies website visitors who are interested in your products or services. You can turn them into followers or potential customers through engaging calls-to-action (CTA) or incentives. They can opt in to your list through newsletter sign-up forms, pop ups, landing pages, or chatbots.

This allows you to build a database for future marketing, sales, and communication efforts.

What is Email Marketing?

Email marketing is contacting your list of leads with relevant and important information for them. Once you start generating your list of subscribers, you can contact them via email to:

  • Let your audience know about upcoming events, sales or product launches
  • Encourage purchases with special offers or sneak previews
  • Welcome and onboard new clients
  • Remarket to customers who haven’t purchased or engaged with you in a while
  • Send surveys to clients or potential customers to help improve your products and services

Lead Generation and Email Marketing for an International Audience

Expanding globally with a multilingual site can do great things for your business, such as:

  • Increase sales outside of your local demographic
  • Expand your audience and viewership
  • Grow your business’s international reputation

You can use lead generation and email marketing strategies on an international scale. However, there are a few more things you need to consider.

For example, you need to make sure that any CTAs, pop ups and forms are available in your visitors’ native language.

Once they have submitted their details, you need to add them to a mailing list appropriate for their language preference. This will allow you to target them in campaigns for their specific language or demographic.

Communicating with your leads in their preferred language gives you a better chance to convert them into engaged clients. This builds also trust with your international audiences and encourages them to keep returning to your site.

You can combine the multilingual features of WPML with a reliable lead generation and email marketing tool to achieve these outcomes.

Email Marketing and Lead Generation Tools We Recommend for Multilingual WordPress Sites

To improve your global marketing strategy, choose tools and platforms that work well in a multilingual context. The options below have been tested on WordPress sites that use WPML. Any of them can streamline your marketing efforts while keeping your audiences’ preferred languages in mind.

See a side-by-side comparison of all the options listed below.

HubSpot is considered to be one of the most complete Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tools on the market. It can help you manage your business’s marketing, sales, operations and customer data from one centralized platform.

It can help you collect leads, store contacts and send targeted email campaigns. This makes it a powerful option for businesses who want to analyze how people interact with their website. Then, they can use this data to improve inbound marketing strategies.

With their free WordPress plugin, you can:

  • Add forms and live chats to your site to sync directly with your HubSpot CRM database
  • Collect information about a lead’s language preferences
  • Send newsletters to contacts based on language preferences and track their performance
  • Automate your emails and conduct A/B testing
  • Track how your contacts are engaging with your WordPress site

Pricing

HubSpot’s Marketing Hub offers different pricing tiers depending on what you need from their platform. The free tier includes basic lead generation and email marketing features. You can always upgrade as your needs change.

Plus: Are you running a multilingual WooCommerce store and want to synchronize your customer’s data to your HubSpot CRM account?

HubSpot for WooCommerce is a free plugin from the team at MakeWebBetter that allows you to: 

  • Create detailed customer profiles in your HubSpot CRM account 
  • Track abandoned carts and currency preferences
  • Segment contacts based upon various attributes and send targeted campaigns to maximize conversions

This plugin is fully compatible with WPML’s multilingual and multi-currency features.

Bloom is an opt-in plugin designed specifically for WordPress. It lets you create eye-catching popups and opt-in forms that help capture leads. With Bloom, you can:

  • Choose from dozens of pre-built templates
  • Set display triggers based on website visitors’ activity
  • Target specific pages on your site where you want your forms and popups to appear
  • Track performance of your forms and lead conversions

This plugin connects with popular email marketing and CRM platforms such as Mailchimp, HubSpot, ConvertKit, and more. For multilingual sites, you can create popups and forms in other languages. Then, you can add new leads to your mailing lists, and segment those lists accordingly.

Bloom is a simple and effective solution by the developers of Divi. It’s great if you already use an email marketing platform and are looking to make your CTAs and forms more engaging.

Pricing

Bloom is a premium plugin and comes in a package with other Elegant Theme products. Bloom needs to be connected to an email marketing tool, so be sure to include that when calculating your costs.

OptinMonster’s Popup Builder plugin allows you to create a variety of eye-catching CTAs. It uses an intuitive drag-and-drop builder and allows you to chose from over 400 pre-made templates. It also includes 12 popup styles, including but not limited to:

  • Lightbox Popups
  • Floating Bar Popups
  • Slide-in Popups
  • Fullscreen Welcome Mats
  • Inline Signup Forms
  • Sidebar Subscribe Forms

You can also choose when and where your pop ups appear on your site and set up A/B testing to optimize your sign ups.

Similar to Bloom, OptinMonster is perfect if you’re looking to improve your lead conversions and already have an email marketing platform you know and love. When integrated with one of its supported email marketing platforms, you can create segmented mailing lists from the leads you have generated from your OptinMonster pop ups.

Pricing

Although the WordPress plugin is free, you will need a premium OptinMonster account. OptinMonster requires you to connect to an email marketing platform to create lists directly from your opt-in forms.

Creating multilingual newsletters and forms with the Newsletter plugin
Newsletter is an email marketing plugin for WordPress users to build subscriber lists and send and track emails. It offers a simpler lead generation feature than other options on this list. However, it’s able to send emails directly from the WordPress admin.

There is no additional email marketing tool required. This makes it great for those looking for a solid email marketing tool that also offers simple opt-in forms.

With the Newsletter plugin, you can:

  • Add multilingual signup forms using a shortcode or widget on your site
  • Segment users into the correct newsletter list based on the site language
  • Create newsletters using a convenient block-based builder
  • Send unlimited newsletters to unlimited subscribers

Pricing

Newsletter is a free plugin with the option to add more features using premium addons.

Mailchimp is one of the most popular email marketing tools on the market. If you already use Mailchimp, you can connect your WordPress site to your Mailchimp account using the MC4WP: Mailchimp for WordPress plugin. This allows you to sign up new subscribers and add them directly from your WordPress site to your Mailchimp lists.

The MC4WP plugin allows you to:

  • Add customizable CTAs such as widgets that can be displayed in posts, headers and footers.
  • Include your newsletter opt-in forms in other parts of your site, such as store checkout, contact forms, and more
  • Translate your signup forms using WPML’s Mailchimp Multilingual glue plugin.

Pricing

Mailchimp uses tiered pricing based on the number of contacts you add. The MC4WP plugin is free with premium addons for extra features. WPML’s Mailchimp Multilingual glue plugin is included with any WPML account.

Did We Miss One?

Is there a lead generation tool or email marketing platform we didn’t cover here? Let them know you’d like their product to work on multilingual sites by joining our Go-Global program. Hopefully we will hear from them soon!

Let us know in the comments how you have been generating leads and running email marketing campaigns from your multilingual site!

13 Responses to “Best Email Marketing & Lead Generation Tools for Multilingual WordPress Sites”

  1. This post is missing MailOptin (https://mailoptin.io), a WordPress popup and email optin form plugin. You can create lightbox forms, slide-ins, notification bar, and sidebar forms.

    It goes a step further to automatically notify your list subscribers whenever you publish new blog content because MailOptin can send blog posts as email newsletters.

    And there is a free version available in the plugin repository https://wordpress.org/plugins/mailoptin

    Consider adding MailOptin to this post. And I am a paid WPML customer.

  2. MailPoet better than MailChimp.

    Squirrly SEO should be on your roadmap, the compatability for WPML and Sqirrly are very important to me.

    Why feature 2 pop-up builders? I don’t like popups much.

    • Thanks for the suggestion Craig!

      We will look into MailPoet and also see if we can reach the plugin developer for collaboration. If you would like to see this move forward positively, you may also ask the plugin author to connect with us via our Go Global program: https://wpml.org/documentation/support/go-global-program/

      Regarding Squirrly SEO: They have confirmed that they already worked on WPML compatibility. We do not have them listed in our plugin directory yet as the author ceased to respond to our follow-up emails. You should not have any issues with using their plugin with ours, however, if you do experience any issues, I would recommend asking them to reach us again via our Go Global application form.

      Finally, since the topic of the post relates to Lead Generation, it is important that we feature some pop-up builders as this is one of the fundamental methods for capturing leads.

  3. Thank you for those information on compatible plugins. You talk about Mailchimp but What about compatibility with Mailpoet ? I use this newsletter tool and can’t translate confirmations for example. Thank you Florence Richomme

    • Hi Florence. Thanks for the suggestion. As per Craig’s comment, we we will look into MailPoet and also see if we can reach the plugin developer for collaboration. If you would like to see this move forward positively, you may also ask the plugin author to connect with us via our Go Global program: https://wpml.org/documentation/support/go-global-program/

      Regarding Newsletter, this should be fully compatible with WPML as confirmed by their developers. I would encourage you to open a ticket in our Support Forum to report the issue you are facing so that we can look into it in some more detail: https://wpml.org/forums/forum/english-support/

  4. Hi Allison, having all the data at the own server is a great advantage from The Newsletter plugin if you have to care about GDPR compliance. It’s great for clients which are just starting with a newsletter cause the free plugin works for small amount of recipients (<1000). If the clients subscriber pool grows you can connect it to sendinblue*, which also can be applied by GDPR compilance. Double Opt-In and single click sign off are also supported in the free version.

    If you are using Toolset or any other sort of custom post types there is a basic list function by “Extended Composer Blocks” which comes with the payed version.

    *actually i never did the integration with sendinblue, probably you’ll have to force your users to resign the newsletter, and inform them that you’re using an external newsletter service according to GDPR compilance.

      • Hi Torsten

        Thank you for adding those additional points about Newsletter! We are glad you enjoy using this plugin and that it works for your GDPR needs too.

        Since you mentioned Sendinblue, it is worth noting that we have also been working with their team to confirm compatibility with WPML, however they are yet to provide us with any updates. We hope that this can be pushed forward soon 🙂

        • Hi, did you happen to mention woocommerce transactional emails with Sendinblue?

          I saw that they have everything I’m looking for: chat, conversations (whatsapp, facebook, instagram), transactional emails, automations. and more. But what works with wpml?

          It’s a mad dash to find a platform that has human prices(Advanced Hubspot is only for the rich) and is compatible with wmpl. The alternative is to install dozens of plugins that do not interact with each other.

          Give me good news so I’m back in a good mood!

          • Hi Luigi – We’re working to ensure SendInBlue is compatible with WPML. If you’d like to push it along faster, please reach out to their team and let them know WPML compatibility is important to you.

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