One thing to consider is that the Etison package ($297 per month) includes Clickfunnels “Actionetics.” This is Clickfunnels CRM/email marketing tool that provides the ability to interact with leads from the dashboard. In this case, you would not need a 3rd party email provider (such as Mailchimp). So while Etison costs more, you actually wouldn’t need other 3rd party tools because they are included in the Etison pricing package.
Much of this is steeped in buyer psychology. The best marketers in the world know that there is a psychological process that must occur for prospects to whip out those credit cards and turn into buyers or even hyper-active buyers. One such person whose perfected this process is Russell Brunson, an "underground entrepreneur" who founded a company called ClickFunnels, a sales funnel SaaS business that empowers marketers from around the world to build marketing automation without all the hassle.
Price: One Time Fee of $997, Free Click Funnels Etison Account ($1782.00 value) for 6 months. It also includes a free account to Instant Traffic Hacks ($297.00 value), Inception Secrets ($197.00 value) and The Attractive Character ($97.00 value) and Click Funnels Ignite Training ($297.00). After that, you decide if you want to stay, downgrade or cancel. Total Value: $2670.00.
Their homepage has an interesting graphic. It’s the first step of the sales funnel. A branding line similar to Mint.com’s, MailChimp’s slogan Being yourself makes all the difference really has nothing to do with the tool. That might be a good thing. It’s aspirational marketing not unlike Grasshopper above. It’s about identity, freedom, and self-expression — ideas that are bigger than a product.
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.
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However, what Brunson cleverly conceived with ClickFunnels is to create a SaaS that can integrate with the world's most popular platforms and virtually anyone can quietly launch a funnel in hours as opposed to weeks of hefty coding and programming. As a fervent user of ClickFunnels myself, I can tell you that the system is impressive beyond measure.