Software development is a multi-billion dollar industry, so it is not surprising that new tools are often released to meet the growing demand.
When it comes to online businesses, there is no exception.
Marketing tools are essential for any company, including traditional businesses looking to go online, existing digital companies, or any individual Internet marketer who wants to build an income from home.
However, with so many choices out there, which one is the most suitable?
I already reviewed how to choose the "right" Learning Management System for your online course hosting.
Taking a closer look at the marketing software community, no shortages of options will come up in your research.
The scheme below shows the ecosystem of the software connected together to run online businesses I`m managing right now.
Today I remembered that I missed some other important ones to include there. I will update it later and make it much prettier 🙂
Anyway, there are tools for creating websites, building sales funnels, and developing shopping carts so payment can be processed online, etc.
My Digital Publishing Ecosystem Software list
Bellow you can see my software list for various digital publishing purposes. There are ~120 different solutions. I try to sort those solutions in some folders. Bellow you can see live table from my Public board.
While these are essential tools, the problem that many business owners face is that those products do not seem to be the most suitable for them.
For example, traditional business owners may find that the available products are overly complicated, especially if they do not have the technical skills to run the systems.
Then, there may also be aspiring entrepreneurs who are just starting out, and the high cost of all the available tools means that they are out of their budget.
Finally, there are just too many tools that a new business owner needs, and required to subscribe to dozens of tools on paid monthly plans while needing to understand and manage all the accounts, can quickly become overwhelming.
How much Frankenstein cost?
My current Ecosystem cost $8700+ per year and it still just for software licenses! I`m not talking about tens of hours to set it up and connect them together. It is not perfect, but it does what I need. I have around 27+ main software connected together and around 100 of others to create content for different parts (Look at my software table above).
Universal all in one solution
I was a fan of the idea of one universal software that could cover at least half of the headaches I have switching between different solutions.
Kartra looked like a good solution. But after 3 attempts of trying - I can say - they are good at marketing the product, but the product itself - do not deliver on the promises. Like one simple thing - video uploads are limited to 1GB.... the smallest file I`m using is 1.5 GB of data. Their landing page builder.... it`s like outdated software that is incomparable to my number one choice - Thrive Architect. And there are a bunch of other things I don`t like about Kartra... but if they will deliver on their promises one day... it could be a good player in the market.
Another one that I looked at as a good player - New Zenler. But their entrance price point was too high and in the beginning, they were not so prepared, but again the promise what they are building sounds legit, just they are not there yet.
Also my mentor Sam is building SanityDesk which in the beginning meant to be all in one solution for online entrepreneurs. And it`s kind is. But not there that I would say - this is even competitive deal, but they could be in the next 6 months. We will see.
And over the last few weeks, I was testing the new Solution Groove Funnels, company created by one of the marketers I`m following for more than a decade - Mike Filsaime. He was a creator of Webinar Jam and I know him from the early days of the Stompernet and Butterfly Marketing. By the way, his ex business partner Andy Jenkins is co-founder of Kartra.
So, it will be really interesting to see how they will compete on the market. For us - users it`s just amazing as they both want to create the best tool on the planet.
But why it should matter to you?
Because I think this is a real deal! Now they in the beta stage building their software and all ecosystem, but what I see, they are in the really right direction. Today they offering to join their platform for free with lifetime access to their landing page builder which for my surprise was really similar to Thrive Architect.
I would give it a try definitely. Click here and get your free account. I think in a year they will become a gold standard for digital business. Not Clickfunnels, not Kartra, not New Zenler, but Groove funnels.
Anyway, I become their lifetime paid member, so over the coming weeks and months, I will share my experience. I don`t say I will switch to their platform fully (at least yet), but I`m saying I chose to bet on this horse! I was studying the E-learning industry every day for the last 3 years and was involved in 3 digital publishing businesses over the last decade, tested and still do it for almost every popular solution on the market. If these guys will deliver on their promise (and the past experience shows that they do) this will be the industry standard from 2021 and a game-changer of the Digital Publishing industry. They already have more than 100 000 members even without official launch and this makes them the fastest-growing this kind of software tool on the planet.
What you can expect... for free?
GrooveFunnels is a suite of online business tools designed for business owners but without the complexity and the expensive price tag.
In fact, it’s quite the opposite, because GrooveFunnels is not only easy to use, it is also free.
When members sign up for a free GrooveFunnels account, they get immediate access to a website creator, funnel builder and shopping cart software, all of which allows them to have everything they need to start selling products and services online.
This is especially helpful for those with little to no technical knowledge because the entire suite of tools is so simple to use that even computer illiterate folks can copy and paste, drag and drop and click and scroll their way to creating professional-looking websites with sales funnels capable of taking online orders. OK, I won`t lie - it takes time to use to it, but they prepared really good video manuals and training.
Not only that, but the free GrooveFunnels account can also add unlimited products, create sales funnels, build branded websites with full navigation, use custom domain names, sell products in just one click, and offer upsells, downsells and order bumps to customers.
Astonishingly, GrooveFunnels also has a powerful affiliate program built-in, which means that members can easily start their own affiliate programs and have their own affiliates promote their products for them.
Such a robust software suite is typically unheard of in the digital marketing software development industry, much less one that is being made available for free.
For those who are looking for the new best way to build funnels and sell digital products, and would like their own complete digital products and services online sales system for free, now is the time to get started with GrooveFunnels.
There are also a paid plans and really awesome Lifetime deal
Bellow you can see the features and benefits what you can get with Free and paid plans of GooveFunnels.
Yet... you can`t upgrade to any of these plans today. GrooveFunnels offering the Platinum Lifetime deal.
You should be careful before buying 'Lifetime' deals as usually it means lifetime of that company - not yours.
Basically they raising capital for their company using crowdfunding methods. It`s good deal for both parties - users - as they get exclusive rights and 'lifetime' updates, because they believed in founders promises and the company - as they have enough money to really deliver on their promises. I would look at this purchase as an investment into future, because at the moment just few tools are developed from all the ecosystem package. And as with all investments it comes risk, that this could be never delivered. I need to be as clear as possible here.
But looking just from professional side - their offer is really killer, irresistible and unique. Check it here: http://bit.ly/grooveplatinumdeal
This is amazing comparison how many software solutions GrooveFunnels plans to change.
More updates for this blog post and my review of the software will be released in October (waiting for basic features to be activated). Also trying to get someone from GrooveFunnels to ask to my questions on video interview. I want to learn more about the team and share it with my readeres.
Please comment what would you like to learn, what questions I should cover in the second part of this posts?