My Review of ClickFunnels™ – it’s MORE than Sales Funnel Software
The reason I have been talking so much about ClickFunnels™ lately is because I really believe in how easy the software platform is to use, how easy it is to build an entire website or membership site with it, and how you really don’t need any other digital marketing software to sell your products or services online since it’s an all-inclusive platform.
To see a demo, click here. You’ll understand why, no matter what industry you’re in, you NEED A SALES FUNNEL! If you’re an author, a dentist, a financial planner, a local bricks and mortar business, an optometrist, a network marketer, a realtor, or anyone else who wants to reach their target market online, you NEED A SALES FUNNEL.
So, what exactly IS a sales funnel? Here’s a great video that explains the concept by the founder, himself.
You can create a sales funnel within 10 minutes using ClickFunnels™! It’s THAT easy.
- Squeeze Page Funnels…
- Automated Webinar Funnels…
- Product Launch Funnels…
- Product and Service Sales Funnels (and intergrates w/ your favorite shopping carts!)…
- Membership sites…
- And a WHOLE LOT MORE!
Here are some of the other reasons I am absolutely hooked on ClickFunnels™ (and why you should be, too!):
The Founder is Russell Brunson
The founder of the company that developed ClickFunnels™ is Russell Brunson, and he’s one of the few digital marketers (internet marketers) I consider to be a true “guru” in the field of growing your business online. He has studied this field for over a decade and has made, yes has REALLY made, millions of dollars with his system and this software. He walks the talk.
If you want to find out how he makes about 80% of his income online, check out his free webinar here.
I also love listening to Russell because his enthusiasm is contagious. He doesn’t just tell you about his successes, he gets into the weeds and tells you what fails and how he fixes those failures. In fact, he has a great podcast called “Marketing in your Car” where he tells you everyday what’s going on in his own marketing/sales funnels and overall business. I added a link (yes, it’s an affiliate link!) to the podcast text because he gives away an MP3 player with over 250 of his podcasts recorded for you at this link.
Russell is also very honest about the fact that, although the software is easy to use, the concept of growing your business online takes hard work, dedication, and focus. This is, by no means, a “get rich quick” scheme. Which leads me to the next reason I love ClickFunnels™ so much…
Russell Created and Gives Away a $997 Course to Teach You How to Make Money with ClickFunnels™ as a “Super Affiliate”
There are hundreds, maybe even hundreds of thousands, of online courses teaching you how to make money online. I have personally taken about 50 or so over the past decade to hone my skills as a digital marketer. There are only 2-3 that I strongly recommend for my readers and clients who want to do it themselves. Most of them ask me how they can make money online to either quit their day jobs or make just a little extra money on the side to take care of a few expenses, like their mortgage or car payments. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no “get-rich quick” scheme here. You have to do some work up front, but if you’re willing to spend even just 30 minutes a day learning the material and applying it, you will learn how to grow your business online.
The good news is that the best of these courses is FREE.
It’s a program that teaches you how to sell the very products that have made ClickFunnels™ millions (even billions) of dollars. Yes, this is a course on Affiliate Marketing, but it’s also so much more…
If you want to grow your business or even start a new one, whether it’s online or an offline bricks and mortar business, you will learn more than how to sell affiliate marketing – you’ll learn how to sell your own products or services by driving more traffic to your landing pages and converting more leads into sales. He teaches you the following:
- the psychology of selling,
- how to understand, find, and sell to your ideal customer,
- how to use the right funnel for the right product or service (he even gives you for FREE some of his own funnel templates to get you started),
- how to use Facebook Ads to drive traffic to these funnels,
- how to set up follow up emails to build trust with your audience (and, yes, he even gives you the email scripts),
- why his funnels have made him thousands of dollars per day,
- how to ethically steal your competitors sales funnels,
- and SO MUCH MORE!
If you watch the info video by clicking here, you’ll see that Russell lays out a step-by-step plan of how giving away 1 free trial per day for 100 days can lead you to a solid monthly income, which may allow you to finally quit your day job!
You’ll get handouts, bonus videos, a step-by-step procedure for setting up your lead-generating sales funnels (including templates that have proven to work) and how to drive traffic to them, and an affiliate program that includes something I’ve never seen before called “sticky cookies” where, even if someone signs up through one of your affiliate links a year or more down the road, you’ll still receive your affiliate income. Imagine, even if you don’t have your own products or services to sell for now, you have access of selling affiliate products right away using solid products that have made millions and even billions of dollars online. This is one of the fastest growing software companies and is used by some of the greatest companies and personalities in the world, like Tony Robbins.
You are literally getting years of information in this one course since Russell has spent most of his adult life learning, testing, failing, and succeeding at how to attract paying customers using sales funnels.
By the way, you become an automatic affiliate when you DO sign up for ClickFunnels™, even during the 14 day trial period.
Finally, you don’t have to look much further than Facebook to find other raving fans of the software and the course. At the time of this writing, there are almost 52,000 enthusiastic members of the private ClickFunnels™ Facebook study Group. It’s a group of like-minded, ClickFunnels™ users (from newbies to experts) helping each other out with how to create sales funnels that will convert visitors to paying customers.
Russell Uses the Same Software to Build His OWN Funnels and Company Website
Now this may sound ridiculously obvious, but you may be as surprised as I was to found out that many of the top, lead generation software companies do NOT EVEN USE THEIR OWN SOFTWARE to promote their products! Wait… What?! Yes, it’s true. I recently discovered this and was truly amazed. How can your entire business model be based on a platform you SHOULD be using, yourself, to serve your customers best and NOT be using it? As my millennial daughter often says, “it just doesn’t make any sense!”
This is not the case with Russell Brunson. He uses his own software, so if it ever goes down, HIS sales funnels go down! If there are ever any glitches, HE sees and is affected by the glitches and wants to fix it immediately. After all, he’s making 10’s of thousands of dollars per day using it.
And, in case you’re wondering, yes my site IS built on WordPress and yes, my lead generation IS built on ClickFunnels™. In addition, I am building a membership site through ClickFunnels™ and absolutely LOVE how easy it is to use. I’ll also build some of my quicker digital marketing courses through it as well.
You’ll Get FREE Funnels and Other Fantastic Bonuses When You Sign Up TODAY!
This is, by far, the best deal I’ve seen for anyone wanting to sell and market their products or services online. Yes, I know, this sounds like an infomercial! But, I’ve done a lot of the research and the work for you. I’ve bought lots of software products, taken tons of courses, “hacked” tons of product and service sales funnels (meaning, I’ve seen what others give away with their products), and I have never found anyone who gives away more value than Russell.
You’ll get the following funnels already created for you (and, even if your industry is not listed, you can adapt 1 or more to suit your company and particular online offerings). I’ve included the descriptions of each listed on the 14 day FREE trial page:
- Best Seller Book Funnel
Are you an author and want to sell more copies of your books AND make more money from each book you sell?
- Product Launch Funnel
Do you have a new product or service you’d like to launch? If so, then plug it into their PROVEN product launch funnels!
- Perfect Webinar
Having a webinar is great, but if no one shows up to that webinar, it’s more like online journaling. This funnel will help you to profitably get people to register AND show up to your live events!
- The “Real Stuff” Funnel
Do you sell physical products or supplements on Amazon or Shopify (or anywhere else, for that matter)? If so, then you’ll LOVE our “Real Stuff.” They were created for people like you who are selling and shipping physical products!
- Fishbowl Funnel
Do you run an offline company? If so, then you’ll probably benefit from the “Fishbowl Funnel.” It was created to help ‘bricks and mortar’ companies to generate leads in their local area.
- Network Marketing Bridge Funnel
Are you a network marketer who is tired of talking to their friends and families about their products? If so, then you’ll benefit from the Network Marketing Bridge Funnel that will generate leads and close them on your opportunity while you sleep!
There’s No Comparison Between ClickFunnels™ and the Competition
ClickFunnels™ is absolutely killing the competition with it’s all-in-one platform. The amount of services the full suite encompasses surpasses anything I’ve seen online and is an incredibly user-friendly platform. They have also just updated their “Actionetics” service which, as far as I can tell, is the most advanced service to customize the way you interact with your customers and potential customers. You’ll hear a lot more about Actionetics in future posts.
Here’s a comparison of the benefits of the leading companies:
I won’t kid you, I’m kind of a geek when it comes to charts like this one above! But, in order to not overwhelm you, here’s a breakdown of what I think are some of the most important comparisons from the chart above:
- Monthly Cost: You can immediately appreciate that the cost of the service, for the amount of value and features/benefits they provide, is the best in the industry. You may see a couple that seem lower, but when you compare what you get included in that price, there’s no question that ClickFunnels™ beats the competition hands down!
- Overall Ease of Use: As a web designer and digital marketing strategist who works with small businesses, this is one of my biggest pet peeves. I continue to be amazed at how many software products neglect the end user when it comes to user experience. Do they ever ask people who don’t normally work with these types of products if they can figure it out on their own? I cannot believe how many of these products prove to be difficult to navigate, even for someone as seasoned as me. Imagine if I have to continually figure out a platform, how difficult it must be for a business owner who doesn’t have the time or patience to figure them out on their own.
- All-in-One Platform: I believe this is one of the most important features. Except for maybe one or two items, there’s no need to spend more money on integrating anything into the program. You can build entire funnels – I LOVE the way they have templates you can use and how they have the funnel steps built into the program – and integrate email directly from within the platform. It not only makes it easy for you to do this, it also sparks ideas on how you can sell your products or services.
- Includes Membership Site Capabilities: I am thrilled about this feature. Not only can you sell products and services through the platform, but you can also create membership sites that allow you to “drip” content over time. This allows you to entice your members to stay with your site month after month as well as not overwhelm them.
- Text Messaging: OK, this is just AWESOME! In this information age overload, if you feel as though your email campaigns may not be getting paid attention to, why not implement a texting campaign? I don’t see much of the competition getting on board with this! I think this is a HUGE integration. Just think, if you are a local bricks and mortar company (such as a restaurant), how powerful keeping in touch with your customers by providing daily discounts would be.
- eMail Limit/month: With their premium account, there is NO email limit per month. YES! You heard me! No email limit!
- Affiliate Account: You can create your own affiliate product with the full Etison Suite of products. Again, this is a HUGE benefit that most don’t provide. PLUS, the other affiliate account features far surpass those of the competition.
- So much more! Just take a look at the chart. You’ll be amazed at how much more this software platform provides their subscribers. (You can tell I get very excited about this company!)
You Might Wonder, “What’s the Downside to Buying ClickFunnels™?”
You can certainly feel the excitement I have for this product. But, I don’t want to seem completely biased! 😉
There are some drawbacks to it. Here’s a list of what I don’t love about ClickFunnels™:
- Their membership site leaves a lot to be desired. I’m not as disappointed as many reviewers since my own membership funnels/sites are basic and don’t need fancy features. I tend to be a minimalist, so this actually works just fine for me. However, there are better products available, such as WordPress and other teaching platforms. If ClickFunnels™ could add some sort of forum functionality, that would be enough for me to improve my thoughts about their membership capabilities.
- Their monthly cost may be too high for some. Depending on whichClickFunnels™ plan you opt into, the price tag may be a little steep for those that currently rely on their free WordPress website, low-cost hosting and email campaign manager, and perhaps a plugin that acts as their sales funnel. The monthly fee for something like that may be as low as $25 to $30/month.
- Automated Webinars/Webinar Integration. I’m really hoping they improve on this feature. Russell has done a great job showing online business owners/entrepreneurs how to produce and promote the perfect webinar, so why not have better integration and functionality?
- Ease of Use. For some, this software is going to be a no-brainer. It’s probably one of the easiest, DIY online platforms I have ever used. For others, it’s going to be a bit more challenging. This includes those who have no experience with drag and drop type of software and those who don’t understand sales funnels. Without having a fundamental knowledge of sales funnel structure, this will seem a bit overwhelming at first. Luckily, Russell includes an extensive marketing training program for all those that purchase the software and there are plenty of technical trainings within and without the ClickFunnels’™ support.