What’s the Best Funnel Builder?

What’s the Best Funnel Builder?

This question recently came through on Instagram:

Funnel question

It’s a great question. And if one person has it, there are bound to be others who are wondering.

Here’s what I see as being the best funnel builder.

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My Favorite Funnel Builder is 10XPro

You may not have heard of it. But my favorite funnel builder is 10XPro. And throughout this review, I will cover why that is.

10XPro

10XPro is somewhat of a newcomer to the space. But it’s clearly been developed by people who understand the needs of authors, course creators, membership site builders, and anyone who wants to set up funnels, webinars, launches, or otherwise.

If you’ve used other funnel builders (like ClickFunnels), then you understand their strengths and weaknesses well. I have experience with Builderall, Leadpages, ClickFunnels, and CartFlows (I compared some of these in an earlier post). I’ve even built funnels with a hodgepodge of tools (generally not recommended).

If you jumped right into using 10XPro, you would probably take some of the functionality for granted. But if you were to compare it against what else is out there, you would notice some clear differences.

Basically, what I’m saying is that it’s hard to appreciate what’s amazing about 10XPro without knowing some of the stumbling blocks inherent within other platforms.

Still, I will share what I like most about 10XPro. Let’s get into it.

What I Like Most About 10XPro

If I were to talk about everything you get with 10XPro, we’d be here all day. So, in this section, I’m just going to highlight what I like most about 10XPro and how it’s different from other funnel builders.

It’s Well-Documented

Going back many years, I used both Movable Type and WordPress for blogging.

One of the main differences between the two platforms was that WordPress had far more documentation available. Meaning if you ran into any issues with the platform, it was easier to find help with WordPress compared to Movable Type.

10XPro may be relatively new, but they’ve clearly thought this through. The platform is well-documented. They also offer great support.

10XPro documentation

Some of the terminology may take some time to get acquainted with. But that’s par for the course with any funnel builder.

It’s Easy to Use

Deploying a funnel (or campaign) within 10XPro is basically three clicks away from anywhere on the dashboard.

10XPro campaign

And they’ve got all the common funnel types covered – List Builder, Live Launch, Live Webinar, Book Funnel (one of my favorites), Evergreen Webinar, or otherwise.

Designing pages works much the same way it does with Elegant Theme’s Divi Theme (which is one of my favorites for WordPress). So does ClickFunnels, but it just doesn’t work as well. You’ll struggle far less with 10XPro, and you won’t even have to fuss over some of the technical details that get people tripped up in ClickFunnels.

It’s Simple, Minimal & Beautiful

Although I’m being blunt, this is the best way I can put it:

ClickFunnels is great for the user – not so great for the customer. The customer experience leaves something to be desired, mainly in product delivery. I’m not saying ClickFunnels doesn’t do this. I’m just saying it doesn’t do member’s areas all that well.

10XPro is great for the user and the customer. The default templates and designs are highly usable, and easily customizable. You can get everything on your site up and running without endlessly mucking about with templates.

Here’s what one of my courses looks like (minimal customization involved):

10XPro course

It’s Versatile

ClickFunnels is designed to help you build your funnels. And there’s no denying it does that one thing incredibly well! That’s why you won’t outright hear me saying it’s no good.

But it leaves something to be desired in terms of setting up a membership site or even a course platform.

You can do just about anything you want with 10XPro. You can:

  • Build a website with a blog
  • Create funnels (campaigns) with just a few clicks
  • Load up all your courses or member’s content with a killer member’s area
  • Create a fan club or membership site
  • Build a community forum
  • And a great deal more

With 10XPro, everything is built into one, simple, elegant solution. So, if at any point you’re looking to expand, or you want to build out your business, you’ll be grateful you went with 10XPro.

Downsides to 10XPro?

The only downside I can see is that some are going to consider its cost exorbitant.

10XPro price

I get it. There certainly are more affordable options out there. The question is – do you want to buy a Ferrari and have everything you need in one place, ready to go, or do you want to buy a Toyota, realize it doesn’t have everything you need, and get frustrated with all the workarounds you’ll be forced to employ?

Because that analogy seems to apply in full effect here.

Not to get too philosophical, but if we were to focus on the solution (what we want) rather than the problem (what we don’t want), then covering the cost of the software is simply a matter of getting to breakeven as soon as possible.

And you aren’t going to need many customers to get to breakeven every month. Depending on the product, you would only need one monthly customer (e.g. courses that cost $197 are relatively commonplace).

I know that it takes time to build traffic to anything. Trust me. My journey to 800 visits per month on Music Entrepreneur HQ was a struggle, and it’s well-documented besides.

But you’ve got people like me willing to answer all your questions. Which means, let’s face it, the deck is stacked in your favor.

Can I Use Another Funnel Builder?

Yes. Everything shared here is just one man’s opinion. You don’t need to listen to me.

For me, an elegant solution isn’t just one that’s powerful. It’s also one that’s easy to use. That’s why I like 10XPro.

If you’re happy with your funnel builder, there’s no need to switch.

If you want to explore other alternatives, you’re more than welcome to.

You can build effective funnels without using the same funnel builder I use. Different strokes for different folks.

Funnel Builder, Final Thoughts

When it comes to building funnels, the software you use will make a difference.

Some builders are harder to use than others. That makes delays inevitable, and frustrations a strong possibility.

Some builders aren’t overly customizable. Which can leave you feeling uncertain about your message and whether it will come across.

Some builders are missing functionality. And that can slow down your business’ growth and can even result in greater expenses (because of the need for additional software).

So, choose well. Choose something that allows you to get up and running fast so you can start focusing on the most important part – marketing and sales!

10XPro has got a 30-day trial, which is quite generous, so if in doubt, just take it for a test spin.

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Do Musicians Still Need a WordPress Site?

Do Musicians Still Need a WordPress Site?

So, do musicians still need a WordPress site?

Having interacted with you rock gods for a while, I know some of you are going to give a knee-jerk response to this question before reading anything I etch into my blog.

But if there’s anything I could say to convince you to read even a little further, it would be this:

This is a more nuanced question than you might be inclined to believe. And understanding the ins and outs will better set you up for success. I wouldn’t recommend leaving your mind in a fishbowl.

So, if you’re ready, give me a chance to explain what I’m starting to see (and I’m not presenting this in “I’m your master” kind of way – I’m merely documenting my journey and my latest findings).

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First Things First – Your Central Repository

I had graphic designer Ross Barber on episode three of The New Music Industry Podcast.

I think he said it incredibly well:

You always need to be trying to send people back to where they can find everything, which is your website.

This would be the main reason to ensure you knock it out of the park with your central repository.

Yes, people are going to get lost and get stuck on your website, unable to find what they’re looking for. No matter how much time and effort you put into organizing, simplifying, and optimizing your website.

Some visitors are going to bounce off. Others are going to miss the super obvious call to action in your sidebar. Still others are going to nitpick the badly worded disclaimer in your footer.

Oh well… Who cares?

Your website is for your hardcore, “I’ve got to have it all” fans, and once they’ve stumbled upon it, they’ll have found their personal version of heaven.

Your website is for your hardcore, “I’ve got to have it all” fans, and once they’ve stumbled upon it, they’ll have found their personal version of heaven. Click To Tweet

They’ll read your extensive catalog of blog posts, listen to your podcasts, watch all your videos, and ultimately end up on your merch page buying your latest thing… because it’s shiny.

That’s who you’re building your website for. Don’t worry about the others – we’ll find a solution for them (more on this in a moment).

Even Russell Brunson, creator of ClickFunnels (the “website killer”) has a central repository for his content at Marketing Secrets. Gee, I wonder why?

Further, without naming names, noted music coaches and educators (who everyone goes gaga over), who relied heavily on ads for traffic are starting to publish more frequently. Yeah, they’re getting into content too.

Does it Have to be a WordPress Site?

No.

I’ve talked to the good folks at Bandzoogle. I had director of artist and industry outreach Dave Cool on my old podcast (DAWCast: Music Entrepreneurship), and even met him in person last year at DIY Musician Conference in Austin, TX.

Bandzoogle is great. It’s so simple to use.

I once set up a client website on Bandzoogle. Once she realized just how simple it was, she couldn’t have been more thrilled!

(It still took her a while to feel comfortable with it though).

If I were to offer any kind of support to anyone (not saying I will – certainly not for free), I could offer support for WordPress and Bandzoogle. I wouldn’t offer it for another platform.

I still feel a stronger sense of control with WordPress myself, but that doesn’t make Bandzoogle bad. Not at all.

What do You Recommend for Building a WordPress Site?

So, over the years, I’ve promoted different web hosting services and some of the ones I previously used got bought out and suddenly turned from solid to godawful.

I have a couple of recommendations, but for 80% of people, I would say SiteGround (affiliate link – hey, don’t look at me like that, I’m trying to be helpful) is the right option.

It’s fast, easy to use, and you can get WordPress up and running with the click of a mouse.

Yes, buying and setting up a domain as well as hosting can be kind of technical, but once it’s done, it’s done.

I don’t have space to cover the process in detail here, but I’m happy to put together a video tutorial if you’d like (let me know in the comments below!).

Is That All?

No.

So, earlier I mentioned that you should have a central repository for everything you.

But it’s unmistakable that websites are changing.

Like I said, your central space is for people who are warm to you. People who like you and want to check out everything you’ve got.

Many others are cold to you, and are basically going to get stuck, get lost, and bounce off your website. Sad but true.

But there is a way to capture them too.

WordPress is great. But the main issue is, to unlock its full potential, you’ve got to install plugins. And plugins don’t always play nicely with each other. They can even cost a pretty penny and be hard to use.

So, if you’re interested in setting up a fan club, membership, or sales funnel (and I would argue these are good things to set up in these weird times), you’re basically going to end up having to become a technical expert in the process.

You can use your central space to direct people to your offers (and you should), but your offers should perhaps live somewhere other than WordPress. Somewhere distraction free, where people get to learn about your story, your product, and not be presented with links to a million other options.

So, I’ll share a few solutions with you as well as their pros and cons.

10XPro

10XPro

So, right off the bat, I’ve got to tell you 10XPro (affiliate link) is my favorite option.

It’s got all the tools you’d possibly need to set up your membership site, course platform, fan club or otherwise.

It’s incredibly easy to use.

If you wanted to, you could even use 10XPro as your all-in-one platform. Yes, you can even use it for publishing. Most other solutions make that difficult or just don’t have the option.

And here’s a biggie:

It doesn’t just have a shiny coat of paint on the front end. You can create a great customer experience on the back end (or on the inside) too. That’s the biggest factor, so far as I’m concerned.

The catch? 10XPro is likely the costliest of solutions available. Considering what it offers, the cost is more than fair, though.

The key for most artists considering 10XPro will be getting to breakeven as quickly as possible, at which point it becomes self-sustaining.

ClickFunnels

ClickFunnels

ClickFunnels is great. It truly is. I got to see it all up and close earlier this summer when I took the One Funnel Away Challenge (affiliate link – this training is super intensive and highly recommended, especially at the price point).

The best thing about ClickFunnels is you can use it to build any type of funnel you want (although you can do that with 10XPro as well), and the templates they’ve got are all attractive and customizable.

What I don’t like is this:

The front end experience is awesome. It’s designed to sell. But the back end experience, for me, leaves something to be desired. Almost like it’s good for the seller, but not great for the customer, which is a red flag for me.

I may end up using ClickFunnels for some of my funnels, especially joint ventures. So, in no way am I saying don’t use it. But you should be aware of its strengths and weaknesses.

ClickFunnels is more affordable than some of the alternatives, which is an aspect that goes in its plus column.

Leadpages

Leadpages

Finally, we come to Leadpages (affiliate link).

I love Leadpages. It’s my secret weapon for building an email list!

In no way is it cheap, but the Standard and Pro plans are still more affordable than 10XPro or ClickFunnels.

Still, I think Leadpages works better as a plug-and-play list grower than it does as a website or selling platform.

Don’t get me wrong – you can use Leadpages to build your sales funnels, and it would even work quite well. As with 10XPro and ClickFunnels, you’d just need to connect Stripe, and you could start taking payments.

Customizability is where you’d probably struggle bit. Leadpages has lots of proven, high-converting templates already, so not like you’d need to go in and change everything.

But in my attempts to build my dream funnel and present everything the way I wanted it to look, I just couldn’t see Leadpages being my go-to solution.

I would suggest using Leadpages to grow your list, especially if you’re building WordPress to build your site.

You don’t need Leadpages if you’re building entirely on 10XPro or ClickFunnels though. They have list building features built-in, and they are awesome.

Others

They suck. I’m sorry, they just do.

I’ve looked at what else is out there, and there are cheaper solutions, but I just can’t recommend them.

The above tools all look and function similarly, with some differences. I find the ClickFunnels building platform to be the buggiest of all, but that’s just my experience.

Anyway, the moment you start paying less for your solution, you end up sacrificing your experience as a user, and your customer’s experience of your product as well. That reflects badly on you.

I’m an entrepreneur, so I like the idea of ownership and control. WordPress gives me that. 10XPro gives me that. To an extent, ClickFunnels gives me that. To a much lesser extent, Leadpages gives me that (but if they went away, there would be other tools I could replace it with).

Worst

Building your website on Blogger, Facebook, YouTube, Bandcamp, SoundCloud, or otherwise.

Your following on these platforms is owned by the platform, not you.

So, begin creating your ownership strategy now. Get people on your email list at all costs.

I also talked about this in episode 203 of my podcast:

Final Thoughts, Building a WordPress Site

No, you don’t still need a WordPress site, though I argue there’s value in building your central repository on the web. In most cases, this should be a WordPress site, but Bandzoogle is great too.

Solutions like 10XPro and ClickFunnels can be used as your all-in-one platforms. But all things being equal, I think 10XPro is the better all-in-one solution.

Leadpages is awesome, and it can even be used to build sales funnels. But its chief strength is in helping you build a list, not in building a website or funnel.

Is there anything I missed? Anything else I should have covered? Let me know in the comments below.

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