One of the core concepts in the digital marketing industry is the sales funnel. While odd sounding at first, this single core concept can take a business from virtually non-existent and unknown to multi-million-dollar marketing machine with mass saturation, seemingly overnight. In fact, there are skilled practitioners who have built a career around implementing this single concept in business.  
The first major difference between your normal website and your landing pages is that your landing pages shouldn’t have your usual site navigation. Instead, the only clickable links should be your call to action, and possibly a link to more information for those who are undecided. Linking your logo to your regular home page can also be a good idea.

“Moving on, the lack of proof. There is only 1 split-test. The rest is where they’ve been featured in, a way too quick explanation of their experience, and 2 testimonials. Long story short, they need more significant results-related proof, which includes split-tests/case studies, but also how “real” number of people saving time, being more productive…etc.
In fact, by the time a potential customer actually reaches out to a person in your organization, 70% of the decision-making process will already have taken place. Puts into perspective why you need to have online and website-based tools to act as proxies! (See Why ZMOT is Relevant for B2B Marketing: 4 Data-Based Reasons and Inbound Marketing and ZMOT: Perfect Together?)
LeadPages is *not* the same thing as your email marketing software, such as Mailchimp, ConvertKit, or Infusionsoft. LeadPages helps you get more subscribers, but does not allow you to send regular emails to your list. So, LeadPages can be used to grow your email list and then you can use another service to communicate with that list. Make sense? In that case, why would someone want to use LeadPages? Because they offer tons of templates to help you make high-converting landing pages and allow you to easily send content upgrades.

“Moving on, the lack of proof. There is only 1 split-test. The rest is where they’ve been featured in, a way too quick explanation of their experience, and 2 testimonials. Long story short, they need more significant results-related proof, which includes split-tests/case studies, but also how “real” number of people saving time, being more productive…etc.

Thank you for this well-researched and very informative review. With the price point being so high, it’s very helpful to have an unbiased opinion of it before making a purchase. Just curious, how long did it take you two break even after your purchase of the program ? It seems like you could make your money back, and more, pretty quickly if you follow it.
LeadPages offers their Annual and 2 Year Billing (most recently added) upfront to all their customers while ClickFunnels (naturally) uses their funnel through a direct up-sell. I really would like to dissect both of their checkout forms at a later date as if you dive deep into what they have done, why they have designed parts of the pages the way they have, you’ll stand back in awe at the ingenious conversion masters that they are.

Like many of the other landing pages in this post, Shopify's trial landing page keeps it simple. The user-oriented headline is just a few words, for example, and the page relies on simple bullets, not paragraphs, to communicate the trial's details and benefits. There are only a few fields you need to fill out before you get started. All of this makes it easier for you to get to the point: selling online with their tool.
Creating effective landing pages isn’t a one-size-fits-all project. What works for one site might not work so well for another. Finding the most effective page design is a matter of trial and error in a lot of cases. It’s important to test the different versions of your landing page to find the one that works the best for your particular situation. Without doing so, you might be leaving a lot of potential conversions on the table.
For instance, you may be in a local business or you might be trying to do SEO or something like that. I have a local lead generation business where I build local websites for limo services and plastic surgeons and moving companies, garage door repair, you name it, and they act as great websites for those folks as well. So, I can give you a head start, but I wanted to show you kind of an opt-in funnel that I've been building for one of my author clients. She's an author. She's super smart, super successful, but she's always had the majority of her business offline and she's wanted to move her sales funnel online and specifically she wanted to use ClickFunnels. So, she signed up for ClickFunnels under my account, but then she also said, "Hey Josh, I need you to go ahead and help me build this, since this is kind of a must first crack at online distribution and sales."

If you’re already a ClickFunnels member, you’re going to view a page such as the one shown above in the screenshot. Your credit card is already on file. Therefore the page will probably ask you if you want to use the card associated with your account. You either agree or disagree, and then you click on the ‘Upgrade My Account’ button. What’s going to happen is your Clickfunnels account will probably be upgraded to the Enterprise level.


So, friends, there you have it! I hope this introduction to LeadPages was helpful for you. I really do use it in a LOT of different ways — I can’t imagine my business without it! If you’re trying to put more of a focus on growing your email list (hint: you should), then LeadPages will absolutely help you do that. I’m working on more LeadPages tutorials, because it really is a powerful tool, so let me know if there’s anything you’d love to know more about.
Generally speaking, the more competitive your industry, the more effective and customized your landing page needs to be. You have to set yourself apart from the competition and a template usually won’t cut it. If you know you need a focused, conversion-optimized page to make your online marketing profitable, Instapage probably isn’t your best option.

Sales teams are almost always urged to qualify leads before fully pursuing them. Qualifying leads accurately in this stage establishes an effective sales process. Reps use the BANT technique to determine if leads have the budget, need, authority and timeline to purchase. Only leads that meet the qualification criteria become potential opportunities and trickle down. Pushing leads without proper qualification into the sales funnel will clog your sales cycle, and won’t necessarily lead to revenue.


Cons: Despite the promised functionality, Backpack and Actionetics are highly limited. In 2-3 years, the functionality may be unparalleled, but at the moment the little bugs make it an extremely frustrating process. I can't find a good reason to pay the additional money when there are alternatives like Mailchimp for a far better CRM and other decent affiliate solutions out there.

When it comes to Backpack, you are not short of useful marketing features either! Backpack is a native application that you can use it for managing affiliate marketing processes. The backpack allows you to seamlessly integrate affiliate programs into sales funnels, giving you enhanced power and information. With Backpack, you can effectively view your affiliate progress, see your affiliate profile, assess your due payments, set up commission plans and tiers, and manage your affiliate funnels.

Not long ago I made the decision to move from regular work to freelancing. I knew from experience that success depends on my ability to generate a consistent flow of leads. But, I cannot afford to waste a lot of money in the process. I have no problem investing but getting a return on that investment is critical. When money is tight we have to spend time. This means making trade-offs between spending time and spending money.
To better understand the concept of a sales funnel and just how you can implement it in your own business, let's look at the following image from Shutterstock. On the left side of the image, you see a magnet. That magnet is attracting customers, which happens a number of ways. From blogging to social media to paid ads and everything in between, how the visitors arrive to your website has some impact on the success of your funnel. 

As you can see, the pros definitely outweigh the cons. Some of the cons are pretty nitpicky, including the URLs being messy, but that’s more of a personal preference than anything. I know there are lots of other landing page builders that people will use, including Thrive Architect by Thrive Themes. For me, I’ve found the funnel step integration to be some of the easiest funnel software to design though.
As aforementioned, the Funnel Hacks system is very cost-effective, costing only $997, which saves you a lot of money compared to buying Etison suite via normal methods – money you could invest back into your business! The good thing about the Funnel Hacks system is that you’re getting access to the Etison Suite in its entirety as well as several training courses which show you how to use it, so it really is a no-brainer!
A well-designed landing page can greatly increase conversions for your PPC or email marketing campaigns. Rather than directing visitors from those sources to your general website (where they may have a hard time finding what they’re looking for), you can direct them to a specially-designed landing page that steers them in exactly the direction you want them to take.
If you're having trouble keeping up with all your new leads, this integration can help. Once active, Zapier will automatically detect when you receive a form submission on a Leadpages landing page and will add each new lead after that to your SendinBlue account. Now you can grow your business by focusing less on manually loading leads into subscriber lists and more on your email marketing campaigns.
ClickFunnels offers two pricing plans and a 14-days FREE trial to kick start your sales funnel building process to rapidly generate leads and grow your business. The first ClickFunnels pricing plan goes for $97 per month which is called the Startup plan and the second ClickFunnels plan goes for $297 per month which is called the Etison Full Suite plan.
Significant improvements can be seen through testing different copy text, form layouts, landing page images and background colours. However, not all elements produce the same improvements in conversions, and by looking at the results from different tests, it is possible to identify the elements that consistently tend to produce the greatest increase in conversions.[citation needed]
Contain engaging copy. Kiss Metrics suggests using specific “hypnotic” words to entrance visitors. Using the word “you” makes your copy feel personal to visitors and allows for intimate conversation. The word “imagine” encourages readers to visualize using your product and increases desire. Including the word “because” explains to visitors why they should take a specific action. Try these mind-bending words on your landing page.

Click Funnels has a basic email auto-responder in place. So, let’s say someone signed up for a webinar, it can do email sequences and some cool smart triggering so that if someone leaves early, they’ll get a different email sequence and things like that. If you want to do broadcasts and things like that, however, you will need an auto-responder. Russell recommends AWeber or GetResponse. That’s the only tool you should need on top of Click Funnels.
Cons: Certain functions don't always seem to be where they should be. Also, you can make a change to the path of a funnel and it won't take. You don't receive any sort of message to tell you why, it just doesn't work. After putting in a ticket, I learned that you can't have the same path name for two funnels, even if they are under different URLs. Not sure why this is the case.

The idea of using a funnel as a metaphor for Sales & Marketing processes in business really stems from the classic Marketing concept, AIDA. Attention, Interest, Desire, Action. These 4 elements generally describe how you build customer relationships, but they can also describe lots of other things too (like how to structure a really good sales letter or sales pitch).

It’s easily integrated with a custom domain, so you can set up your landing pages, membership site and/or sales funnels on your own website, or a custom domain. It has a plugin that allows you to integrate it with WordPress as well, although you can’t take payments on your own WordPress site if you charge your customers for services, as they have their own set of SSL requirements when taking payments. You can also start your funnel on your website, and host the next steps of the funnel where payments are taken on the default platform for ClickFunnels.
Cons: The biggest issue for me is that all the work that is done on the Clickfunnels platform is at risk if they ever change their terms of service. I'm not saying that they ever would, but if company is ever sold, I could see a new owner possibly changing the fee structure or something like that. I've been stung before, so I believe this is a con compared to having your funnels in Wordpress. The other main con is the pricing. It's not cheap compared to similar functionality on Wordpress using a good quality theme.

Actionetics is ClickFunnels’ e-mail automation application which is native to ClickFunnels. Producing e-mails and messages are facilitated with the e-mail builder which has a nearly similar characteristic to the funnel builder. Another cool aspect of Actionetics is its Action Funnels function. Action Funnels let you hyper-segment contacts to set off specific actions whether it is internal or external. Internal actions consist of being eliminated to an email list, added to email list, etc. External actions include being able to get email series.


The first helps direct attention to the goal of the page -- for you to fill out the form -- in a way that's unobtrusive and feels less like a chore. The second gives this page an SEO boost (search engines will have more content to crawl) and assuages any worry from folks who need to know more about a piece of content before handing over their information, all while not distracting people from the chat window.
The image on the left is one that I created in Photoshop — it’s a graphic button. When clicked, the image on the right pops up and visitors can subscribe in order to receive my free content upgrade. Not only does it look pretty neat and professional, but it means that you can easily collect subscribers without needing to insert clunky subscription forms into your posts.
To learn more about funnel hack system, you can register for Funnel Hacks webinar totally free of charge, and find out what a funnel that’s currently generating $17,947 per day for Russell Brunson looks like? And, what if you could Fairly (And ethically) knock-off this SAME funnel, within just 10 minutes (Making use of web-based tools)? Now, this funnel is in supplement niche, but you can use the framework to develop million dollar funnels selling info products, coaching program, local products and services and more…
Being a few years beyond the Millennial generation, I was in need of a conversation with a Clickfunnels representative to answer my questions. A rep immediately emailed back some link that were in no way helpful. I emailed back to again request a conversation. A rep called Nicholas replied that they are not allowed to talk on the phone. Pathetic. Cutomer service is a zero.
However, many businesses prefer not to add dozens or hundreds of additional marketing pages to their website—especially if they don’t plan on running a particular marketing campaign forever. In addition, creating a landing page on most websites can be a real headache, so unless you have solid design and coding skills, building your landing pages on your own website might be overwhelming.
“The danger here is, that navigation links present the visitor with the opportunity to exit the landing page without them converting. Studies from ConversionXL suggest that removing navigation links from the middle of the funnel landing pages seeing 16% and 28% lift in conversions, while top of the funnel landing pages are seeing an insignificant 0-4% increase in conversion rates.
For instance, you may be in a local business or you might be trying to do SEO or something like that. I have a local lead generation business where I build local websites for limo services and plastic surgeons and moving companies, garage door repair, you name it, and they act as great websites for those folks as well. So, I can give you a head start, but I wanted to show you kind of an opt-in funnel that I've been building for one of my author clients. She's an author. She's super smart, super successful, but she's always had the majority of her business offline and she's wanted to move her sales funnel online and specifically she wanted to use ClickFunnels. So, she signed up for ClickFunnels under my account, but then she also said, "Hey Josh, I need you to go ahead and help me build this, since this is kind of a must first crack at online distribution and sales."
Pinterest’s approach is different in that they don’t spend much time explaining what Pinterest is, since they can assume most people have already heard of them. Instead, a different example of Pinterest’s value is shown with each visit to the site, with a broader explanation of Pinterest (find and save all the things that inspire you) that sits below the main headline. What is Pinterest doing right here?

ClickFunnels alone massively reduces the amount of effort and money it normally takes to build a sales funnel from scratch, so with the complete Funnel Hacks bundle, you’ll save time and money, and you won’t have to worry about outsourcing the work to designers, writers or other marketers. With the information and resources provided in Funnel Hacks you’ll be able to build your own pages, create your own sales scripts, and before long you’ll be converting more visitors than ever before.
ClickFunnels has earned a reputation in recent years as an excellent marketing tool, and its popularity only continues to grow. The advantage of ClickFunnels is that it comes equipped with everything a marketing expert could ever require, while new features and integrations are continually being released, making the system even stronger over time. It’s essentially a one-stop shop for marketers!

Not long ago I made the decision to move from regular work to freelancing. I knew from experience that success depends on my ability to generate a consistent flow of leads. But, I cannot afford to waste a lot of money in the process. I have no problem investing but getting a return on that investment is critical. When money is tight we have to spend time. This means making trade-offs between spending time and spending money.


Hi Andrey, it is definitely not for beginners who have no idea how to even make money online at all. If you have a business already, funnel hacks is definitely something that you should invest in. I would say that there are definitely better and more affordable options for beginners too. Paid traffic is a tricky thing, but Funnel Hacks actually break it down easily on how to do it quickly.

Cons: My dislikes are more nit picky than complaints; setup of URLs can involve 2 separate screens, which makes it a little confusing at first. It is template driven and some of these are very Internet Marketing centric, so the look and style may not be a fit, but of course you can adapt and make these your own. A broader selection of templates will help, but they do have a community of developers adding to it daily, so this is likely a short term problem.


Let’s say at the top of the funnel you included a place to sign up for a newsletter (and that included a free guide or audio from you when the register) but now weeks have passed and you haven’t sent a single newsletter. Well, friends, you’re dropping the ball. The middle of the funnel is where your customers latch on and get comfortable with you—so don’t let them go! This is where they should understand who you are and why they should invest their time in you.
The Actionetics email builder also comes with an Action Funnels feature which allows you to hyper-segment your contracts in order to trigger external and internal actions at the appropriate time. Internal actions may include, for example, being removed/added from an email list, which external actions may include things such as being able to receive email sequences.
Russell Brunson, the founder of Clickfunnels & DotcomSecrets, is the creator of Funnel Hacks System. The Funnel Hacks is a video training program, under which you'll learn that how to run a successful business online using ClickFunnels. It’s a step-by-step training from Russell Brunson that how he reverse-engineered, his competitor's sales funnel, and become successful online.
Great article Matt! I have a product-based business (skincare to be precise) and I’ve been doing a lot of research on sales funnels over the past few days but only ever come across examples for service-based businesses and struggle to apply those to my business. I do offer a free skincare guide at opt in but can’t think of anything else for the follow up emails to create trust as well as a limited time offer. Would you have any suggestions?
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