Hi Matt, a really great article which pulls out many strengths. I’m a wedding photographer and I’m researching new ways to funnel visitors by their current; challenges, position in planning their wedding and then addressing short term buyers vs longer cycle buyers who are researching etc. Do you have any advice or examples which could be useful even if a different industry? Thanks Pete


Or, are you a leader, an adventurer or an evangelist? How you position yourself is entirely up to you, but your message must be consistent throughout your entire "pitch" and it needs to be steeped in the truth. Your backstory, and just how you convey that through parables, character flaws and polarity, has much to do with just how well you can "hook" in your prospects to create a mass movement.
When I first wrote this article in 2011, I mentioned how the marketing copy for Crazy Egg’s heat-mapping feature could have been stronger by better explaining how the tool helps customers to increase conversions. While this information is clearer now thanks to the detailed visuals and simple copy layout that allows the reader to skim and scan — it could be better by explaining a bit more.

More Information - sometimes people are quick to be skeptical about something simply because they don't have all the facts they need.  What questions do you have about ClickFunnels Pricing and is Click Funnels legit that need to be answered?  I can assure you there are likely very clear answers to your questions.   Make a list of questions that you need to have answered to have confidence.  Then, get answers and move forward (or don't if its not right for your goals and budget!).

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. 
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?
What Is "Backpack"? - within this feature you can actually manage an entire affiliate program for your business!  That's right, you can manage important affiliate tasks such as affiliate contacts, commission plans, one-click setups for affiliates, payments, subscriptions, affiliate payments, affiliate membership areas, branded affiliate sign ups, affiliate "sorting" (to see who the top affiliates are!) and much much more.  To see the entire backpack capabilities, scroll up to the blue colored comparison chart higher up on this page.  Experience Backpack for FREE During Your ClickFunnels Free 14 Day Trial.  CLICK HERE and Select the Etison Suite During Your Trial Set Up.  Enjoy :)

Believe it or not, this works and everyday I see new subscribers sharing my opt-in form. Imagine if 10 people subscribed and you didn’t have a page like this. Well…then 10 people would have subscribed and that would be the end of that. BUT…if you have a viral sharing page, like the one above, then those 10 people could very well share it with all of their followers, resulting in more and more subscribers to your list. It’s pretty rad, y’all.
Believe it or not, this works and everyday I see new subscribers sharing my opt-in form. Imagine if 10 people subscribed and you didn’t have a page like this. Well…then 10 people would have subscribed and that would be the end of that. BUT…if you have a viral sharing page, like the one above, then those 10 people could very well share it with all of their followers, resulting in more and more subscribers to your list. It’s pretty rad, y’all.
Of course, regardless of how they enter into your funnel, your goal as a marketer is to move them through the multiple stages that will take them from prospect to buyer. And once they're aware of you, you need to build their interest. To do this, you need to establish a relationship with the customer. You might have enticed them with a great offer (lead magnet) to grab their email address, but actually moving them through the funnel is a far greater challenge. 
Landing pages are often linked to social media, e-mail campaigns or search engine marketing campaigns in order to enhance the effectiveness of the advertisements. The general goal of a landing page is to convert site visitors into sales or leads. If the goal is to obtain a lead, the landing page will include some method for the visitor to get into contact with the company, usually a phone number, or an inquiry form. If a sale is required, the landing page will usually have a link for the visitor to click, which will then send them to a shopping cart or a checkout area. By analyzing activity generated by the linked URL, marketers can use click-through rates and conversion rate to determine the success of an advertisement.[3]
Transacted: A sale has transpired when a contract is signed by both parties. From a salesperson’s perspective, the fulfillment of the contract is the responsibility of other parts of the organization, and the salesperson can now focus on the next opportunity. In the case of early-stage start-ups, however, frequently the person that sells is also involved in fulfilling the contract. A signed contract can be booked as revenue from an accounting perspective.

How Many Individual Pages Can I Have Within My Funnels? - This is a great question.  Remember, you get 20 funnels for the $97 ClickFunnels Cost.  So a good follow up question is how many individual pages can you have within those 20 funnels?  The answer is 100!   Similar to my comments about it being very unlikely you need more than 20 funnels for a while, it is also unlikely you would use more than 100 pages.  For example, the page you are viewing right now is only "one page"...you would have another 99 before you ran out! Click Here to Start the Process on a FREE 14 Day ClickFunnels Trial


What About Cool Marketing Stuff?  What's Included? - One of the best parts about the Standard Click Funnels cost is that you get usage of some incredible marketing tools.  For example, you can run A/B split tests on the standard plan.  You also get email integrations, optin funnels, advanced funnels, sales funnels, membership funnels, upsell pages, downsell pages, share funnels, webinar funnels, and more!  (NOTE: if some of those sound foreign to you...that's OK.  ClickFunnels will provide you with amazing tutorials and support on their standard plan.  There are plenty of marketing tools and assets available on the Standard Plan.  The primary limitations with the standard pricing plan are more about the number of funnels, pages, and visitors.   Give ClickFunnels a Whirl for FREE for 14 Days and See For Yourself.  CLICK HERE NOW!
How Many Visitors Can I Have To My Funnels On the $97 Standard ClickFunnels Pricing Plan? - 20,000.  You're going to find a common theme here.  If you are a solopreneur, newbie to ClickFunnels, starting a business, it is unlikely you will need more than 20 funnels, 20,000 visitors, or 100 pages (see below).  Remember: if your business grows and you find yourself needing more than 20 funnels, 100 pages, or 20,000 visitors...just upgrade your plan at a higher cost.  You can upgrade at ANY time.  Remember there are NO CONTRACTS with ClickFunnels.  It is month to month and you can pause your billing at any time.  If you are an established business owner or have a large following or existing list, you may indeed need the ClickFunnels Etison Suite when you start.  Everyone else, basic $97 Standard plan is just fine.  2 Week ClickFunnels Trial Available Now By Clicking Here!
In a recent conversation I had with Perry Belcher, co-founder of Native Commerce Media, he told me that you also need to train your prospects to click on links. For example, you could have them click on a link of what interests them or link them to a blog post or eventually to a product or service that you're selling, but you need to train them to build a habit of clicking on those links from the very beginning.
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.
The Funnel Hacks webinar is for the serious marketer who wants to use the Click Funnels software and take their business to the highest level with state of the art training. There are several hours of training included in this system, including some of the upsell training (as mentioned above,) and a full 6 month free membership to the Click Funnels Etison software included with this package deal.
Thanks Matt, the client attraction stage is the big thing. With relatively low client numbers I’m able nurture and provide relevant & specific information. I look arrange phone or in person meetings. So attracting clients who can identify with a specific or range of personal (to them) challenges which I’m able to demonstrate I can solve is perhaps the primary focus for me at the prospect acquisition point. I hope that makes sense:)
Testing can be conducted sequentially or in parallel. In sequential testing, often the easiest to implement, the various versions of the webpages are made available online for a specified time period. In parallel (split) testing, both versions are made available, and the traffic is divided between the two. The results of sequential split testing can be skewed by differing time periods and traffic patterns in which the different tests are run.
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?
Thanks Matt, the client attraction stage is the big thing. With relatively low client numbers I’m able nurture and provide relevant & specific information. I look arrange phone or in person meetings. So attracting clients who can identify with a specific or range of personal (to them) challenges which I’m able to demonstrate I can solve is perhaps the primary focus for me at the prospect acquisition point. I hope that makes sense:) 

Of course, if you're going the paid ad route, you could also use Facebook and Google re-targeting to keep that awareness and interest level high. For example, if you've ever noticed after leaving a particular website, that you begin to see their ad everywhere, there's a particular reason for that. Especially if they've already entered your sales funnel, this is a very powerful way to get them to act.
As a software engineer myself, I can tell you that building funnels from an application standpoint takes massive amounts of work. There's a great deal of coding and integration that's required here. From email systems to landing page implementations to credit card processing APIs, and everything in between, so many platforms need to "talk," that it takes the bar too high for the average marketer. 
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.  

In a recent conversation I had with Perry Belcher, co-founder of Native Commerce Media, he told me that you also need to train your prospects to click on links. For example, you could have them click on a link of what interests them or link them to a blog post or eventually to a product or service that you're selling, but you need to train them to build a habit of clicking on those links from the very beginning. 

What About Membership Funnels? - This is really amazing!  There are lots of people who are interested in membership funnels.  One of the best parts about the Click Funnels Standard Pricing Plan is that you are able to create Membership funnels and have an UNLIMITED number of Members.  Boom!   How cool is that?   If you've been wanting to build a recurring revenue membership funnel site for your business, this is possible on the Standard Plan and you can have as many members as you want!   Yep, Your 14 Day Trial is Totally Free.  Click Here to Get It Rolling.
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.
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.
How Many Funnels Do I Receive On The $97 Standard Plan?  - You will be able to create up to 20 separate funnels on this pricing plan!  In my experience, if you are new to ClickFunnels, it is very unlikely you will need more than 20 funnels for quite some time.   If you ever need to, you can "Archive" funnels you have to create room for new ones.  I never used the 20 funnels in my first year!  Enjoy a Free 14 Day Trial Now By Clicking Here
Transacted: A sale has transpired when a contract is signed by both parties. From a salesperson’s perspective, the fulfillment of the contract is the responsibility of other parts of the organization, and the salesperson can now focus on the next opportunity. In the case of early-stage start-ups, however, frequently the person that sells is also involved in fulfilling the contract. A signed contract can be booked as revenue from an accounting perspective.
However, the best part about this, and the most powerful route that entrepreneurs take to scale their businesses, is that if you know that sending 100 people to your site costs you $200, for example, but you get two people to convert at $300 each, then you have a $600 return on $200 invested (300 percent). When you know that, that's when the entire game changes and you can infinitely scale your offers.
LeadPages is an online tool that you can use to collect email subscribers. That is the main function of LeadPages, and they provide tons of purdy templates that you can use for lead magnets, webinars, and landing pages in order to grow your email list. LeadPages also has templates for things like sales pages — it’s a very robust tool! I literally use it everyday.
Of course, implementing this isn't easy. You need to first develop your stories, then decide on how you're going to convey those stories and at what drip-rate. For example, your first email or two might go out on the day they first signup, then one email per day might go out afterwards. How much of that will be story-based and how much will be pitches?
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