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ClickFunnels Review – The Beginner’s Guide to ClickFunnels

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This article is a ClickFunnels Review – one that will address a lot of common questions you might have about how it works, and if it can work for your business.

To be upfront and honest here, I am a user of ClickFunnels and have affiliate links to the product itself within this article. However I do not believe ClickFunnels is appropriate for every business. Read the full article to make up your own decisions on the service and if it is for you, you can use my link and I’ll get a little bit of money as thanks. If you don’t choose to use it, no harsh feelings. It isn’t for everyone.

What is ClickFunnels?

ClickFunnels is an online sales funnel builder in its simplest form. It helps business owners like yourself market, sell and deliver your products online. This tool really simplifies the entire process of creating sales funnels and makes it quite easy. In fact, the majority of the time you will just be using templates that ClickFunnels gives you. These templates can be downloaded into your account and you can begin using them in around 15-20 seconds.

Many funnels are basically like a “business in a box” where once you download the funnel, you simply have to log in and just edit the content that is on the page. They make it very simple with a lot of “drag and drop” functionality and it’s really easy for you to click on something and edit.

Traditional sales funnels used to take months to build up. You would need to buy domain names, set up website hosting, create the landing pages from scratch, incorporate auto-responders and hope and pray that you didn’t mess anything up. Each of those used to be another additional monthly cost for your business.

(Most of the time I messed stuff up)

With ClickFunnels, it’s all under one roof. So it keeps it super simple to manage it all from only one section. I’ll get into the different price points later on as well.

 

Overview of ClickFunnels and ClickFunnels Benefits

The reason that ClickFunnels has been so successful is that they really have focused on the essentials. Instead of requiring the users to master crazy tech stuff, they made everything templated out. For me personally, I love that fact because I’m TERRIBLE with tech stuff. I actually have a tech guy on my team who handles all the stuff that’s not within the ClickFunnels realm.

(I found my tech guy on 123Employee.com)

ClickFunnels has sales funnels for all types of things. Funnels for webinars, sales, lead generation, membership sites and everything in between. You can actually see if your business has a funnel already pre-built for it by clicking here.

They keep coming out with new funnels and the community that has been built up around ClickFunnels is incredibly impressive.

With ClickFunnels, you really just need to choose which type of funnel fits your business best. For example, if you are selling a subscription your sales funnel will look different than if you are selling just an eCommerce product. Each of those is unique and the good news is that ClickFunnels has funnels for both of these types of businesses.

Let’s say you are running a business that you want to be able to have an automated webinar selling your product, and a back-end subscription product. The first thing you will do is select the type of funnel you’re going to be building. If you don’t know what type of funnel you should be using, I recommend reading the book, The Funnel Hacker’s Cookbook.


Once you have selected the type of funnel you are going to be building, you need to select a template. Lucky for us, ClickFunnels has a variety of sample templates we can use, templates that have been tested to convert. When you have these templates (and the A/B split testing setting inside ClickFunnels) you really have an advantage over someone who is running traffic to only one page.

If you’ve ever seen an option on a site that you like, you can most likely do it on ClickFunnels. Things like adding an animation, adding a countdown clock, adding videos or images, all of this is relatively easy to add. There’s tutorials for almost everything as well, so when you have questions there are simple to follow videos that make learning easy.

 

ClickFunnels Features

  • Custom Domains
  • A/B Split Tests
  • Email Integrations
  • Optin Funnels
  • ClickPops
  • ClickOptin
  • All Advanced Funnels
  • Sales Funnels
  • Membership Funnels
  • Auto Webinar Funnels
  • Webinar Funnels
  • Hangout Funnels
  • Order Pages
  • Upsell Pages
  • Downsale Pages
  • Share Your Funnels
  • Priority Support
  • Priority Template Requests

How Much Does ClickFunnels Cost?

ClickFunnels Pricing Plans:

ClickFunnels offers two enterprise pricing packages and a free two-week trial.

Startup – $97/month

  • 20 Funnels
  • 100 Pages
  • 20,000 Visitors
  • Unlimited Contact Leads
  • 3 Custom Domains
  • A/B Split Tests
  • Email Integrations
  • Optin Funnels
  • ClickPops
  • ClickOptin
  • All Advanced Funnels
  • Sales Funnels
  • Membership Funnels
  • Unlimited Members
  • Auto Webinar Funnels
  • Webinar Funnels
  • Hangout Funnels
  • Order Pages
  • Upsell Pages
  • Downsale Pages
  • Share Your Funnels

Enterprise – $297/month

  • 70 Funnels
  • 300 Pages
  • 100,000 Visitors
  • Unlimited Contact Leads
  • 20 Custom Domains
  • All Startup features, plus:
  • Priority Support
  • Priority Template Requests

ClickFunnels Pros

The good news is that ClickFunnels does what it’s supposed to. It simplifies the process of getting a sales funnel up and running, thus making you sales.

The biggest benefit of ClickFunnels is that you don’t need to spend years learning how to code in order to get your sales funnel live. You will be pleasantly surprised by how simple they made everything, and how it’s all in one place. I personally have the Enterprise version of ClickFunnels ($297/mo) because it opens up a lot of extra stuff as you have seen in the pricing sheet above.

ClickFunnels really simplifies everything with building a business online. Instead of having to log in to a bunch of different services in order for something to work, it’s all done behind one login. That alone saves hours of time with trying to remember passwords and pay for other monthly services. It follows the KISS idea (Keep It Stupid Simple) and I like that.

ClickFunnels makes you money. Wait, what? Yeah! They make it easy for you to know the numbers so that you can profitably use paid traffic. I’ll show you an example…

Let’s review this quick just to show you how this works. The first thing you’ll notice is that up at the top of the picture it shows “Earnings Per Click $1.14” and “Gross is $253.75” and “Average Cart Value is $50.75”

Let’s review this for those of you who aren’t familiar with these terms.

Earnings per click are simply how much money is made everytime someone “clicks” on the link to enter this funnel. You can look at a click as just a human user who is interested in your product/service and they come upon your sales funnel.

One simple formula to know whether or not your business will be profitable is to know this number, Earnings Per Click (or EPC) and know your Cost Per Click (or CPC).

Then it’s simple math. If you are paying $1 CPC and you are making $1.14 EPC you can see that everytime someone clicks your link, you’ll profit $0.14

$1.14 EPC – $1 CPC = $0.40 profit

I know that doesn’t seem like a lot right now, but think about what happens when you improve these numbers. The first thing you can change is your CPC. So if you are only paying $0.50 CPC look at the numbers. $1.14 EPC – $0.50 CPC = $0.64 Profit

What would that look like if you were to spend $1,000 on buying clicks?

$1,000 x $0.50 CPC = 500 clicks

if you are making $0.64 profit every time someone clicks, that’s $320 profit. Here’s how that’s done: $0.64 profit per click x 500 clicks = $320

So right there, you are spending $1,000 and getting a PROFIT of $320 on that money you spend. 32% ROI. That’s pretty impressive, right? The good news is that with ClickFunnels, you can know these numbers and then its simply buying qualified traffic (clicks) for less than you make from your EPC.

You can also do things like add upsells, down-sells, cross-sells and your email auto-responder can make sales for you down the road. I’m not going to get into all of that right now. If you want to talk about that you’ll need to hire me for consulting at the Hire Chris Hughes page on my blog here. Hint: it’s up at the top of the page.

The next thing shared is the “Gross” which is simply how many sales were made, so gross revenue.

After that is the Average Cart Value, which for this funnel was $50.75. This simply shows you what an average customer was worth in this particular sales funnel.

The drag-and-drop functionality is really nice.

Instead of having to learn all the tech that comes with editing a website, you simply can drag-and-drop different elements to make the page look like you want it to. That’s a huge time saver. It’s also really easy to save a page and use it again. That means if you created a particular landing page or offer page or something, you can simply save the template and re-use it in a different.

A/B Testing is very simple to do with ClickFunnels. You simply create a duplicate page and make changes to it and then drag a little bar to determine how much traffic to send to each of the pages. Super simple. If you aren’t split testing, you need to be split testing EVERYTHING. You could change your business dramatically if you simply take your opt-in page from 10% to 30% opt-in rate.

 

ClickFunnels Cons

Even though ClickFunnels is a product I use, pretty much daily, they still have cons. As with everything, it is whether or not the pros outweight the cons in your particular business.

Some people think it is overpriced. You get either the $97 a month option or the $297 a month option. If you are new in business, that is a fairly pricely number to have hanging over your head every month. While I personally don’t view $100 or $300 a month as being overpriced for what the service is, other people do.

My viewpoint on that is to simply use the tool to create an extra $100 or $300 a month recurring revenue in your business. That way the tool pays for itself.

Customer service isn’t the best. I’ve had a lot of great responses from the ClickFunnels support lately, but in the past it was a weak point. This is understandable from my viewpoint though because of how quickly the company has been growing. I understand that with some tech stuff, it takes a while to get back to me with solutions. Some other people simply get super angry really quickly and when something isnt’ resolved immediately they go on to bash everything.

If you’re okay with someone not immediately getting back to you on something, this is fine. The support usually gets back to me within 2-3 hours now. If you’re someone who needs immediate gratification on everything in your life, you’re delusional in my eyes and I don’t think ClickFunnels is for you and I also know for a fact that you and I shouldn’t personally work together.

ClickFunnels is heavily reliant on Russell Brunson still. It appears that the team he is building is coming together nicely in order for him to properly make an exit from the company if and when he decides to. In the beginning, it was 100% reliant on him delivering all the content, but lately, they have some other people (successful students) stepping in and teaching. I think that’s a wise move on the companies part.

The ClickFunnels community is very “cult-like” which is what they have created. They want people who absolutely LOVE their content, their service and everything about it. I think that is wonderful because it keeps people coming back for more. I look at it as the same type of “cult” that Apple has created. The ultimate fan-boys and fan-girls.

The Facebook group for ClickFunnels has over 100,000 people in it right now and there’s people constantly posting in there. The good news is that a lot of people are sharing valuable tips and tricks to help you grow your business. The bad news is that a lot of people post in there for the intention of bragging about their success and then trying to sell you into their course.

Just be aware, that everyone wants you to buy something. Hell, you’re reading this right now and I’m going to recommend ClickFunnels to you but I at least want to offer you enough info to make your own mind up about it. It might not be right for your business, and if that’s the case no worries. You shouldn’t buy something or use something because everyone else is doing it.

There is a TON of different products for sale through ClickFunnels. I’ve invested in a majority of them and they do help make my business easier. The 2 free books, DotComSecrets and Expert Secrets are both incredible. They really did a great job explaining how funnels work and how you can leverage them to build your business. Even if you don’t use the tool, those books are valuable and worth the money. They do free + shipping options for both books, and the book costs $7.95 to ship to ya.

There will be outages with the software. 

This is inevitable with any and every business. My personal website isn’t online 100% of the time either, I have been testing and tweaking things for years and it still goes down from time to time.

Well, actually I have my tech guy do that stuff. I’d break my website.

But with ClickFunnels, it’s going to be down at times. That’s simply how to world is and I don’t think there’s anything that can be done about it.

 

So should you get ClickFunnels?

Honestly, that’s up to you. If you need to re-read this article then please do. Review other options if you feel it necessary and make up your own mind. This is your life, your business and your money.

Haha, that might not be what you were expecting after reading this. A lot of articles just try to sell you on the service. Just to be transparent, I will make a commission if you choose to sign up for ClickFunnels with my link, but either way, at least you now have a better understanding of the service.

If you do use my link to sign up for ClickFunnels I can add you to my Facebook group and do a quick call (15 mins) with you to help you get started. You know, like basic stuff to see just how you can use it. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to promise this either because who knows what could happen.

If you have any other questions let me know in the comments down below and I can add some more stuff into the article here.

Thanks for reading,
Chris Hughes

 

PS – here’s the link again to sign up for the 14 day trial of ClickFunnels if you want it >> Click Here

 

 

How To Grow Your Instagram Following (By Choosing The Right Hashtags)

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How to Get More Instagram Followers

Getting more followers on your Instagram account starts with a combination of choosing the right content and the right hashtags to target.

Finding the right hashtags can be a make or break situation for your account. For example, if you’re looking to build up an account in the “Entrepreneur” space, it’s going to be crazy competitive.

If you choose to target keywords such as #Entrepreneuer right off the bat you are going to be competing with over 33 MILLION results for that particular keyword. What that basically means is that you’ll need to have a few thousand likes and comments in order to show up on the top 9 posts for that keyword.

That’s extremely difficult for a beginning account with less than 10,000 followers.

So what can you do instead?

Well, this is the hard part. you’re going to need to play around with a lot of different keywords and hashtags to find the hashtags that have less competition.

For instance, the keyword #entrepreneurquote only has 60,000 results with the average top 9 posts getting around 200 likes and 50 comments.

That’s much easier to get on the top 9 posts for than a hashtag that has thousands of likes and comments.

Does that make sense?

If so, the tool Social Info is terrific for helping you with identifying top keywords/hashtags to target in your campaigns.

Get the tool here: http://WhosChrisHughes.com/SocialInfo

Rode Videomic Go Unboxing and Review on Nikon D5100

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Rode Videomic Go Unboxing

Hey what’s up, Chris Hughes here and in this video I am going to review the Rode Video Mic Go.

And it’s a lightweight on-camera microphone and I actually go it for the Nikon D5100 camera, so you’ll see that is here. And I’m going to do a quick comparison of sound quality. Right now I’m shooting this video on a Canon G7X Mark II I think is the full name of it, but I just wanted to do an unboxing. And then a sound test just so you can hear the quality difference.

I’m actually going to go over to the Nikon to have just like a two to three second clip of sound and then I will have it with on it. So the unboxing, pretty boring, took me a while to open as you saw.

Very simple, you’ve got two pieces. So I’m not going to read any instruction because, it’s probably just like plug it in.

Okay. So the install, as you can see here, pretty easy. These little buttons are nice. Seems sturdy, not going to fall off if I tip it side to side. So what I’m going to do now is, turn this on, oops, let me see if I can get the video, okay, so focus. So this is the test of the default sound from the Nikon D5100 without the Rode microphone plugged in. And now, I’m going to see if I can plug it in. It’s a really easy set up. Oops, look at that all blurry. So it just plugs in the side, plugs in the back, mounts nicely.

Okay, now this is with the Rode microphone actually plugged in. And, it’s pointing directly at me, just directly ahead which I hope is the appropriate way to do this, I guess we’ll find out. But, you’re probably recognizing the sound difference, the quality of the sound is a lot clearer than it was without any of the external, like the external mic plugged in makes it so much clearer and easier to hear. So if you actually want to pick up one of the Rode, whatever mics, there’s going to be a link down below to pick it up on Amazon.

It was like $80, so less than $100 and you get the, this improvement in sound quality for your Nikon D5100 or any other camera that allows an external plug to go into it.

So thank you so much for watching. If you are on YouTube, please subscribe to my channel. I’m sharing a lot of entrepreneurial advice and tips and tricks I’ve learned in growing my business. And, just subscribe so that you can actually get more of these videos. Thank you so much for your time. I’ll see you in the next video.

Equipment used:

Rode Videomic Go https://amzn.to/2MOvmHk

Nikon D5100 https://amzn.to/2JX3G5D

Canon G7X Mark II https://amzn.to/2K88C3m

Here’s Why Most People Never Achieve Their Goals

Hey what’s up, Chris Hughes here and in this video I wanna actually talk about the reason why most people aren’t where they want to be in their life, and the biggest reason that most people aren’t where they wanna be in their life is that they’ve never actually thought about it.

They haven’t gotten specific about what they want in their life so they can actually start creating the action plan towards attainment and it’s, it makes absolute sense that people don’t know what they want in life because they haven’t typically taken the time to think about it, especially during high school and college, you kind of, we go into the, just, habit of just following the directions.

Like, going to class, listening to what the teachers say and then the traditional route is to get a job, like, go to school, get a job, and just live that way, you know, get, well, what is it actually?

It’s go to school, get good grades, get a job, and then everything else is gonna take care of itself and in reality, that’s never how it works.

My viewpoint is that you have to create something yourself if you ever wanna get out of what’s commonly known as the rat race, and if you wanna see right now where I’m at, I’m actually sitting in my backyard.

I’m actually sitting in my backyard right now in Venice, Florida, and the reason for this is because I’ve gotten out of the, like, quote on quote, rat race. I’ve created a business that has allowed me to travel the world and to ultimately just live on my terms and that’s all, the whole thing about creating a business is.

It’s focusing on creating something that allows you to live the life that you’ve always dreamed about and for the most part, it’s actually a lot cheaper than you think, like, it’s a lot cheaper than you realize to live this type of lifestyle. It’s just, you need to figure out what that lifestyle looks like for you, and then start to create, create the things, the products or services that allow you to get paid enough to live that type of lifestyle.

Most people think that living on a beach, you have to be a millionaire or you have to be pulling in like, hundreds of thousands of dollars a month and that’s not the truth, especially, like, in the States it’s a lot more expensive than it is living, you know, outside of the States for getting, like, oceanfront condos or oceanfront villas and stuff like that, but it’s still a lot cheaper than you would ever imagine.

It’s only a couple grand to live on a beach in America, at least in Florida right now. You can even do it for like, less than $2000 a month which is insane to think about with waking up and seeing the ocean, it’s just awesome. It’s one of my favorite things. But you need to figure out what your personal dream looks like, and then figure out the amount of income that it takes to create that lifestyle and then basically just finding a way to automate that so that you can, you know, just free up your time to do stuff that you actually love.

Related: What Would You Do With $10 Million?

Like right now, it’s sunset so I came down to the beach just to watch sunset, just to enjoy it and I wanted to shoot this message just to share this with you because it’s incredible what’s possible. So if you actually wanna learn how you can do this, I’m gonna share a PDF and a video that I’ve put together that teaches you how you can build up audiences that will allow you to basically figure out what your dream lifestyle looks like and figure out how to create the income from it but I’m gonna go watch the rest of the sunset, I’ll see you in the next video.

Click the picture below to get the ‘Perfect Day PDF’

If you’re on YouTube, be sure to subscribe for more and if you’re on Facebook, like my page.

 

Why Your Facebook Page Sucks and What To Do About It

Facebook Page Reach Got You Down? You’re not alone…

Facebook fan pages are still one of the best places to build a brand in 2018, you just need to know how to use them.

It’s no longer a free for all where you immediately reach 20% of your fans every post. It’s closer to 1% or less, which means you need to focus on creating better quality content for your fans.

You can’t just post something for the sake of posting it anymore. You need to be deliberate. You need to focus on creating posts that get your fans thinking and saying “oh man, that’s totally me!” or “that’s so true”

or even get them to think “oh yeah, I know someone like that” and to reach out to their friend.

Facebook wants to keep people on Facebook, that way they can make more revenue. Every time you try to take someone off of their platform, it may seem like you’re being punished. Well, you basically are.

However, you can use the platform to build up your audience. You will need to create custom audiences of people who engaged with your page, and then retarget these visitors with targeted ad campaigns to get people onto your email list, or over to your website.

It’s honestly for the better this way, because if you can convince someone to leave their safe place of Facebook and come spend time on your platform, with you… you’re that much closer to creating a crazy fan and customer for life.

You just need to focus on the fan. Focus on the content that they can’t help but love, and share. Spend your time creating that kind of content… and then retarget the people who consumed that content, and bring them to your other platforms.

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