Abandon Your Website Now For Your Business To Survive!
Yes, Kiss Your Website, Shopping Cart and Autoresponder Goodbye!
These are not my words, but the HOOK on Russell Brunson’s sales page for Clickfunnels 2.0, which is basically the same as the original version with the addition of TWO new components; a built-in email autoresponder and an Affiliate Program, called “Backpack”.
Russell is well known in the industry to churn out products that do make a lot of money (DotcomSecrets & DotcomSecrets X), but mostly for himself and his JV Partners, which include Matt Callen, Mike Filsaime and Andy Jenkins.
The DotcomSecrets products received a lot of negative reviews, and some people called it an outright scam. Is Clickfunnels different? You will find out with my Clickfunnels Review.
What Is Clickfunnels?
Clickfunnels is a software that lets you create different sales funnels from opt-in page to sales page, up sell & down sell pages, to thank you page, all in one package.
There are SIX pre-designed funnels you can choose from:
1. Seller Book Funnel
Use this funnel to launch your new book and become a best seller!
2. The Product Launch Funnel
This proven funnel will help you to launch your new product!
3. The Perfect Webinar Funnel
This funnel will get people to register and show up to your webinars! Live Webinars & Pre-recorded
4. The “Real Stuff” Funnel
Selling physical products or things on Amazon? Then use the “real stuff” funnel!
5. The Fishbowl Funnel
Are you a more traditional offline company? Then you need the “fishbowl” funnel to help you generate new leads online!
6. The Network Marketing Bridge Funnel
Get people to join your opportunity without talking to friends or family!
…you may have guessed it: You also can use a Custom Funnel and start from scratch.
How Does Clickfunnels Work?
The software is actually well designed and easy to use. Setting up a campaign the traditional way involves a lot of work and is time consuming. All necessary steps, templates for opt-in pages, sales pages & email sequences are integrated in this easy drag and click system.
You start by setting the goal of your campaign and choose the appropriate funnel. All templates are fully editable, and you decide on the different steps of your campaign. It’s a simple drag and drop system, so if you decide to add an upsell or downsell, just create a new one and move it in the position you want.
Adding and resizing images and videos is a piece of cake; simply click on the object and drag the corners to resize.
Split testing is integrated as well as tracking Impressions, clicks and conversions.
Who Is Clickfunnels For?
Russell Brunson says “For Everyone”, but I disagree. In my humble opinion this program is helpful ONLY for folks who already understand the concept of Internet marketing in general and what sales funnel really are in particular.
If you are already experienced in Internet marketing and have built an email list, know about copywriting landing pages, etc., Clickfunnels can be a great timesaver to create and manage your campaigns. More about this in just a little bit.
How Much Does Clickfunnels Cost?
Well, nothing comes cheap with Russell Brunson, which is no surprise. What’s surprising though is…there are NO EXPENSIVE UPSELLS! Just a “9 Secret Funnel Training” for $47, which comes as an eBook.
There are 3 Membership levels. Every level has a 14-Day FREE Trial
Personal – Just Opt-In Lead Funnels: $37/month
Only 5 funnels with a maximum of 20 total pages. No order forms or implemented upsells
Startup – Every Funnel & Page type: $97/month
Full access to templates and custom option funnels. You can create up to 20 funnels. Note: If you want to split test, this counts as 2 funnels
Enterprise – More Funnels: $297/month
Up to 70 funnels and an autoresponder that doesn’t just send emails, but allows you to track which channels your visitors are coming from, segment them based on actions they take and who they are
Create custom follow up sequences (email, text messages and more) for each visitor and FINALLY see the TRUE Lifetime Value of each of your customers!
What Training Can You Expect For Your Money?
There are actually 2 training sections; one is outside the member’s area, and another one is on the inside. You will find in depth articles with step-by-step instructions on how to create the different funnels, and also an abundance of training videos and recorded &A sessions.
As I mentioned before, the system is drag-and-drop and very easy to use. People with coding experience still can use HTML without limitations. And those that are not familiar with writing code can easily create functioning and good looking pages.
How About Help & Support?
Help & Support comes in form of a member forum and a knowledge database that provides videos and tutorials. For additional support you can open a ticket for email support
If you ‘went all in’ and are an Enterprise member ($297/month), you can enjoy immediate assistance with an experienced member via phone support.
The PROS & CONS of Clickfunnels!
Powerful Page Editor:
No coding required! What a beauty this editor really is becomes obvious if you created opt-in or sales pages before in LeadPages, GetResponse, etc. The Clickfunnels editor has a ton, and I mean a ton of options that help you create exceptional good looking pages. It is easy to use and it is actually fun working with it.
Change Funnel Flow With Drag & Drop:
So, you finished a funnel and realize that you forgot to add an up sell. No problem. Just create a new segment and drag it to the position you want it to appear. Very simple to do.
Clone A Funnel – And Make Changes:
Clickfunnels lets you duplicate a funnel you already built and clone the whole process. This is a powerful tool if you just want to test a different ‘lead hook‘, but keep all the other pages as is. Done in less than 15 minutes.
Visualize The Entire Funnel How It Links Together:
Other funnel builders focus on ONE page at a time, which makes it very difficult finding all the pages you need to edit that relate to each other if you need to make changes.
Clickfunnels, on the other hand, focuses on the whole funnel and you easily add or change pages within the funnel.
Conversion Metrics Across The Funnel and Each Funnel Stage:
Your funnel is not converting? Clickfunnel will show you where the problems are. You will see the conversation for the overall funnel as well as for each page in the funnel. This makes finding bad offers or poor converting pages really easy.
Integration With 3rd Party Autoresponder or Shopping Cart:
Although autoresponder and payment processor is integrated in Clickfunnels, Russell Brunson understands that some people like to stick with what they already have. Hence, if you want to stick with Aweber, Getresponse etc., or any other payment processor, integration is an option and easy.
Variety Of Templates & Design:
This is a big disappointment; comparing Clickfunnel’s templates with LeadPages or Getresponse, the choices are very slim and the designs are NOT top notch. However, this is a fairly new and young product (just under 1 year since original launch) and efforts are being made to catch up and provide more and better designed templates.
Pricing & Restrictions:
The $37/month plan is absolutely useless, compared to the competition. The Startup package for $97 gives you full access to the software and 20 funnels, which is sufficient for most users. However, the restriction to 70,000 unique page views is, in my opinion, a typical Brunson ‘money grab‘.
Imagine the following scenario: You already have built your email list of over 20,000 subscribers and start using Clickfunnels. You are running 3 campaigns every month and reach the magic number of 70,000 page views within 5 or 6 months. What happens now? You only have two choices; take your stuff and go some place else, or upgrade and spend $200 more per month. That’s no chump change, don’t you agree?
Let’s compare Clickfunnels and LeadPages (monthly plans):
Going all in with LeadPages will cost you $67/month – $804/year and NO LIMIT
Clickfunnels Startup Plan at $97/month – $1,164/year – LIMIT of 70,000 page views
What Are The Clickfunnels Complaints?
I am surprised, to say the least, for two reasons. First off, I didn’t find many write-ups, positive or negative. All together, my team and I could only find a total of 49 comments on different forums or websites. Secondly, I expected to locate way more, and guess that the product didn’t sell as many as Russell was hoping for. That may be the reason for the recent re-marketing campaign.
However, there was ONLY ONE negative posting, kind of.
Take a look for yourself:
You see, this complaint was written 1 year ago, shortly after the launch date. Clickfunnels is a complex software program and it’s only normal that there are a few bugs (like with all new software releases – just look at the Win 10 upgrade…LOL). Having said that, the issues this user encountered have been fixed and everything is just working fine now.
My Final Opinion About Clickfunnels!
Before I give you my verdict, let me answer the question many people are asking:
Is Clickfunnels a Scam?
I assure you that Clickfunnels is a legitimate product and not a scam. There are a couple of things which could, and should be done in a different manner, but this is true for a lot of other products.
Clickfunnels is definitely NOT for total beginners. For experienced marketers however, Clickfunnels provides a great value and delivers exactly what is advertised. It will help you creating your funnels in significantly shorter time, and enables you to control every aspect in one place.
If you already have experience in Internet marketing, building your list, running campaigns and email broadcasts, I recommend you give Clickfunnels a try. Go for the $97 plan which has its own 14-day trial period, build a funnel or two, then decide if Clickfunnels is the right solution for you.
What About Beginners?
This brings me to the headline at the top of my Clickfunnels review. I have to disagree with Russell Brunson when he says “Abandon your website now for your business to survive“.
You have to learn the fundamentals first and build your business. Like a baby crawls first before it learns to walk, and later learns how to run.
As a beginner you have to build a solid foundation and learn different ways to drive traffic to your business. And that’s exactly what I did.
Now I am in the good position to use tools like Clickfunnels for my business. It saves me a ton of time when creating funnels for the different campaigns I am running.
That’s it for today, folks. Like always, thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear your opinion about my Clickfunnels review. So, please chime in on your way out and leave me a comment in the box below.