ClickFunnels Review (2017 The dirty truth)
In this Clickfunnels review we’ll be covering the pros and cons of using Clickfunnels as well as comparing it to some of its competitors.
Now I’ll just say…ClickFunnels is somewhat of the new kid on the block because it was founded in 2014.
At first glance Clickfunnels is a landing page software. However, for those who take marketing seriously and want to take their business to the next level, it is so much more.
Let’s get to the nitty gritty, shall we?
First off, Clickfunnels was founded by Russell Brunson. Now, why does that matter?
Well, Russell himself is a marketer. He’s in the trenches on a daily basis this is super important because you always want companies you use to use their own product! I mean would you hire a chef who doesn’t eat his own food?
Clickfunnels Review – Capabilities
This section alone is by FAR one of the most unique things about Clickfunnels. It is truly what sets the software apart. On the surface Clickfunnels seems like just another landing page editor but here are somethings outside being a landing page editorx that Clickfunnels does that made me fall in love with it…
- One click upsells(The ability to pitch a customer after the purchase without them having to re-enter their credit card information) Powerful!
- Orderform bumps (Ability to add an additional product or quanitity with the click of a button)
- Membership sites (The ability to create a free or paid content site where every member gets their own login) Check out my free Clickfunnels membership site here ==>JRrivas.com/Academy<===
- Collecting payment (Payment processor integrations so you can accept payments)
- Webinar capabilities(The ability to replace expensive webinar software and have it all in one place)
- Auto Webinar (Ability to have a completely automated webinar funnel)
- Affiliate program capabilities (Clickfunnels allows you to run your own affiliate program within their software)
Clickfunnels Review – Getting Started in Clickfunnels
Once impressive thing about Clickfunnels is the on boarding process. They offer the opportunity to get a free T- Shirt just for completing the training that will ultimately help you a long your journey.
It’s short and to the point and essentially it teaches you all the basics about Clickfunnels. This was insanely helpful to me because as a funnel newbie at the time I had no Idea how to any of this stuff worked!
Clickfunnels Review- Page Designs & Templates
ClickFunnels has tons of designs for their landing pages. They also constantly update these designs. Right now Russell Brunson is in the process of recruiting the best funnel builders on the planet to come up with a ton of highly appealing new template designs.
ClickFunnels pages are highly customizable. If you like fiddling with the pages, you will love the customization options on ClickFunnels.
Personally, I’ve had a lot of experience with the Clickfunnels editor so I don’t use templates. Usually I delete the entire template and start from scratch but for the sake of this Clickfunnels Review we’ll talk more about design.
Wading through these designs could be a headache. Unless you have an idea on what you want, you won’t be able to find a “good” page template.
Another cool thing about the page designs is when you’re actually in the editor Clickfunnels gives you suggestions on the colors that convert the best.
Regarding testing, Clickfunnels allows you to split test designs relatively easily. Even allowing you to split the traffic between the pages however you please!
Instead of being forced to split it 50-50 you can split it 70/30 or 90/10. This is helpful when you’re on a budget because you don’t have to risk precious traffic on something that may not convert right away.
Clickfunnels Review – Editor
Creating your first funnel is simple. Click the Add Funnels button on the homepage and you are taken to a screen showing all the funnel types available.
Choose the funnel option that is right for your situation.
Click the Funnel you want and pick the Create Funnel button. You will be asked to give your funnel a name.
ClickFunnels will then generate a set of pages for you based on the funnel you’ve chosen.
Pages can be removed from the funnel by hovering and clicking the giant ‘X’ next to the page.
The basic building block of a ClickFunnels page is a section. A typical funnel might have a header section, an above the fold content section and a footer section.
A long form sales page might also have a section for highlighting specific features or a section for testimonials.
ClickFunnels is flexible enough to support all types of designs.
Sections are then further divided into column rows. You can pick from a single column to up to 6 columns and any number in between.
Finally, inside each column is where you insert various ClickFunnels elements.
Basic widgets include Headline, Image, Text, Button, Input forms and Video elements.
But you can also include more advanced elements like:
- Custom HTML
- SMS Signup
- Pricing Table
- Video Unlocker
- Countdown Timers
- Date Countdowns
- Featured image testimonials
- Facebook Comments
- FAQ Blocks
In essence you hover over different elements and can edit them in real time. This includes headlines, text, images, videos, forms, buttons, timers, etc.
Clickfunnels Review – Pricing
ClickFunnels offers two plans, $97 per month and the $297 per month known as the Etison Suite.
The difference is in the number of funnels, pages, number of unique visitors, and domains. Priority support is not included in the $97 plan. There is also a 14 day trial for either plan which can be upgraded or cancelled at anytime.
The Etison suite also includes Actionetics which is an email auto responder and Backpack which allows users to run an affiliate program!
Cosmetically, ClickFunnels uses flat icons showing its later design inspiration. The dashboard is very clean, easy to manage and navigate. Clickfunnels has recently made an update to their dashboard.
Now, upon logging in users can easily see recent purchases or opt ins on the right hand side.
The top of the Clickfunnels Dashboard now displays sales over the past week, month, quarter or all time.
This helps you get a quick sense of how your business is doing.
Clickfunnels Review – Customer Support
ClickFunnels has priority support and priority template requests for the Enterprise plan. Other accounts have regular email support. I’ve found that support is usually on top of things, responding within 4 hours the majority of the time.
Check out this Clickfunnels Review on support!
Clickfunnels Review – Community & 2 Comma Club
One of the coolest things about Clickfunnels is the community aspect of it. Currently there are over 80,000 members in the Clickfunnels Facebook group also known as “funnel hackers”.
This is beneficial because the group is more than willing to help beginners not only make money but solve tech issues quickly.
Another plus about the community is the ability to ask strategy related questions and have people who are knowledgable in the same software you are using who can give you a quick response.
A lot of the times these people are millionaires and part of Russell Brunsons “2 comma club”. You can build some pretty solid connections pretty quickly!
The 2 comma club award is an award that individuals who have made over 1 million dollars with Clickfunnels receive!
The community doesn’t stop there!
Clickfunnels also hosts an annual event called “Funnel Hacking live”. This event has been going strong since the year after Clickfunnels launched(2015).
This year the Clickfunnels event was in Dallas, TX. In 2018 Funnel Hacking Live will be in Orlando!
Clickfunnels Review – Email Autoresponder (Actionetics)
Actionetics is what clickfunnels calls their auto responder. For awhile it was just another autoresponder. It got the job done with very few kinks.
Recently they’ve upgraded their interface to include some very key metrics such as earnings per email and earnings per click within email. This allows you to track how profitable your email process is. This is also invaluable when it comes to buying traffic.
A big plus is that Clickfunnels runs their email through an SMTP integration. In other words you can send emails through Clickfunnels but you need an inexpensive 3rd party service such as Sendgrid.
The reason it is set up this way is because with any other autoresponder, the company has the right to shut you down at anytime for something as small as promoting an affiliate offer.
If you’d like to know more about how to set up an SMTP integration check out this simple video walk through below.
Clickfunnels Review – Backpack (Affiliate Program Management)
Backpack is Clickfunnels affiliate program management software.It allows users to create an affiliate program, track commissions and payouts. It also allows for the creation of digital assets to be premade and stored for affiliates to use!
Russell himself actually uses backpack for the Clickfunnels affiliate program!
Clickfunnels Review – Affiliate Programs / 100 day bootcamp
If you are a ClickFunnels member, you are automatically a part of the affiliate program. Even if you are not a member, you can still sign up for the affiliate program. They have a 40% lifetime recurring commission.
A cool thing about this program and the reason so many people promote it is because of what’s known as “sticky cookies”.
Clickfunnels also places an optional affiliate badge on your funnels, if someone clicks it and signs up, you get paid!
Share funnels are also a big deal, Clickfunnels has a feature where users can share a funnel or sequence from their account with someone else with the click of a button!
Check out the bonuses section of this post for some free share funnels of your own!
This means if someone uses your Clickfunnels affiliate link to purchase a low end offer like Russell Brunsons Dotcom secrets book then 6 months later gets Clickfunnels you will get the commission!
Russell and his affiliate manager Kevin Tija are constantly working to have new and exciting contests and promotions for affiliates.
Once affiliates reach 100 active users they receive $500 toward the purchase or lease of a car
Once they reach 200 active users they receive $1000 toward a purchase or lease!
Clickfunnels has a program to teach people exactly how to get Clickfunnels users. Check out their affiliate bootcamp here!
Clickfunnels Review – Third-Party Integration
ClickFunnels offers integration with a ton of third-party solutions. Besides email marketing and HTML form integration, they also offer payment integrations. With ClickFunnels, you can integrate an ecommerce site to your landing page.
Full list of integrations includes…
- GoToWebinar Form
- Office AutoPilot Tagging
- Constant Contact API
- HTML Form Integration
ClickFunnels VS LeadPages Review
You may be wondering how Clickfunnels stacks up against the less expensive options such as LeadPages. Overall, it’s apples and oranges.
Leadpages is a very basic lead capture and lead magnet delivery software. If that is all you need than it is a great option.
However, if we are comparing the two the it is worth mentioning that LeadPages has been around a lot longer regardless of Clickfunnels having just passed LeadPages in customers.
My gripe with LeadPages is that the templates are very recognizable and also extremely limited. An experienced marketer can spot a LeadPages template from a mile away!
Clickfunnels automatically includes (SSL certificates) site locks which increase conversions statistically. These are not included in leadpages.
Overall if a simple landing page builder is all you need, LeadPages will get the job done quickly and efficiently.
ClickFunnels vs SamCart Review
Another question I get a lot is how does Clickfunnels compare to SamCart.
SamCart is more for getting your product checkout process up and running fast.
In terms of flexibility, Clickfunnels simply outshines Samcart.
However because of the simplicity with Samcart it is a lot easier to get up and running with it due to the small learning curve.
One strength to Samcart is that it also has upsells and downsells which help you make more money at the end of the day. These are awesome and important features because they are lacking on most softwares.
Samcart also has a great affiliate program software if that is something that interests you. I would venture to say it is more user friendly than Clickfunnels
Sam Cart also has no plan restrictions which is kind of nice.
With SamCart, there are no such limits. You can sell unlimited products in your account and send as much traffic to your checkout pages as you want.
ClickFunnels Review – Pros
- Very beginner friendly but also has capabilities for more experienced users
- A lot of customization options
- Integrates with pretty much everything
- An array of templates
- Dedicated and knowledgable support
- 14 day trial
- Affiliate sales with no marketing
- Large community
ClickFunnels Review – Cons
- Comparatively expensive, especially the Etison plan
- Limits on the number of funnels, pages and visitors with the standard plan
- Lots of things to learn
- Split testing is very basic
Clickfunnels Review Summary
The concept of funnel is a hardcore marketing topic. You think not only of your funnel, but also of your backlog and frontlog. You are forced to think in terms of a numbers game, and how to optimize your page to have the most number of conversions or sales at the end of the process.
Clickfunnels forces you to become a better marketer.
ClickFunnels looks at the whole process from end-to-end. It also allows you to get rid of a lot of other services you are currently paying for.
Like I said Russell Brunson is a marketer, he runs his 300 million dollar empire with Clickfunnels.
The fact that we have a leader in the trenches is a huge selling point for me! Hopefully this review will help you make an informed and educated decision.
I am a Clickfunnels affiliate and I do benefit (at no additional cost to you) if you get a Clickfunnels account through my affiliate link.
However, this review has been my complete and honest opinion.
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