I’m starting a new series called “Let’s Learn Together” and it’s basically me hopping into a new app or plugin, and learning how it works by actually implementing it into a live site.
This is a whole new format that I’m trying out so I’d love to get some feedback on it. Here’s the first video:
In this video, I’m installing Thrive Leads and getting ready to build my opt-in, or really copy the curent opt-in that’s on my site. I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy is was. Hope you like it!
If you want to see more videos like this, just let me know, thanks!
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By Jonathan Perez — 3 years ago
I’ve been developing my processes and business for a little over a year now and I finally have a pretty tight grasp on the tools that I use. This comes after constant trials of different plugins and services that just wouldn’t work the way I needed them to. I think I got it all sorted out though. So alas, here are the X tools I use to run my business smoothly, and efficiently.
Holy Crap. So I found this earlier this year and I tried a DOZEN different emailing software. I have a few sites and the problem was always the following:
c. Ease of use.
Hatchbuck solved all of these issues, and they did it pretty affordably too. With Hatchbuck I can create my optin forms, label each one (great for reporting), and see how they perform. It keeps track of my entire email list and contacts, and I can add tags, tasks, etc. etc.
Other tools I’ve tried:
InfusionSoft – Very powerful and Very expensive
Mailchimp – Couldn’t segment my lists correctly, tags was definitely the way to go for multiple lists.
ActiveCampaign – I loved it, but the reporting was a pain, I never knew who was signing up with which form, when they signed up, etc. (I’m sure there were ways to figure that out, but the issue was I was always trying to figure it out.)
You can’t outright buy Hatchbuck, you have to go through a demo process, but if it’s something you know you want, just let me know and I’ll get you a purchase link to bypass the demo.
It took me a while to find this one because there’s really nothing else like it. What Contactually does is sync up with your Google Apps mail, and keep track of who you contact on a daily basis. Whenever someone emails you, you put them on what Contactually calls, a “Bucket”. The buckets you create can be anything from new lead, partners, customers, etc. Once their in the bucket, you set up a rule to follow up.
For example, if I get a new lead, I put the lead in the “new lead” bucket and that will remind me to follow up in 7 days if I don’t hear from the person.
On top of that, Contactually includes awesome email templates that you can use and even create your own. It’s the Holy Grail of customer retention and follow-ups!
If you haven’t spoke to someone in a while, Contactually will remind you, and it’ll keep track of what you last talked about. It’s pretty amazing, and I can’t run my biz without it.
Other Tools I Tried:
There’s really nothing like it, so none.
I found Zaxaa from hearing Kim Doyal mention it. I tried it out, found out they had a membership plugin, and I had to jump in!
Zaxaa is a tool for selling products on your website. You can sell memberships, digital goods, upsell, create affiliates, and so much more. I haven’t completely dived into the full capabilities of it, but if you’ve purchased a course on my site recently, you’ll see the different.
The Zaxaa membership plugin works really well, and it keeps everything completely separate from WordPress but still integrates beautifully with it.
I can put purchase buttons anywhere I like which means I can create my own landing pages. It’s a little scary to start out with because there’s a lot of fields to fill out for each product, but it’s pretty self explanatory and you don’t have to fill in every single one. When you start getting into upsells, and dime sales, affiliates and everything else, then you’ll notice that all the original scary fields, are there for a reason and are VERY useful.
Other Tools I Tried:
Easy Digital Downloads – I love EDD, but for the cost and sake of only 1 plugin, I decided to use Zaxaa. But EDD will always be an option on sites because it’s also incredibly easy to use and works very well.
You can pay $60/mo and they take 3% (which is a little high)Actually, there’s monthly cost for the basic plan but there would be a 3% transaction fee OR $67/mo and no extra fees, OR pay for the year at $399 (which is what I did). Not sure how often they have specials, but I did manage to catch one when I signed up and got it for $319/year! So worth it!Post Views: 241
By Jonathan Perez — 3 years ago
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By Jonathan Perez — 1 year ago
I have been contemplating on using Thrive Themes for a while. Specifically Thrive Leads. Over the past few days I’ve done a bunch of research to try to find a specific feature tieing in subscribers and non-subscribers, and to my surprise, I could barely find anything!
As a matter of fact, only 2 companies offer such a feature, and that’s Thrive Leads and ConvertFlow. It’s simple, I don’t want my email opt-in box to show to people who are already on my list.
ConvertFlow does a great job because they tie right into the API of email responders, and can read the tags so when someone is on my site that’s on my list, I can offer them a completely different offer.
Thrive leads has this thing called Smart Links. Similar, but rather than tieing directly into the API, anyone who clicks on the link will then be marked as a user. Then I can show them whatever I want based on the link they clicked.
Super cool, yes, but WHY THE HELL ARE THERE ONLY 2 Platforms that clearly do this, and do it well. I’ve tried to find a few other but could find nothing.
So why I’m going to Thrive over ConvertFlow, put simply, price. I’m in the process of growth, and to grow, right now I need to bootstrap my expenses. ConvertFlow is awesome, but I’m paying $99/mo for that feature (of course a few more, but that’s really all I use out of it).
For only $19 a month, I can get the smart links, but I can also get the full suite of everything Thrive has to offer!
LET ME MAKE THIS SUPER CLEAR
I am by no means the poster boy for Thrive anything. In fact, I kind of have this love-hate relationship with Thrive. Here’s why…
Pretty broad I guess so I’ll break it down. The usability of Thrive is terrible. I like things to be super simple. I hopped on the
I hopped on the Beaver Builder Bandwagon because it made my life so easy. The application itself was super intuitive and incredibly easy to use. In fact, when I first started using Thrive, I emailed them and the first thing I mentioned was “You guys need to add more padding, I’m trying to add something and all the lines are so close together and it’s super hard to see and use.” That was well over a year ago, and its still the same, why would they change for little ol’ me :).
I HATE the Thrive Builder. I just hate it. It makes no sense, it’s super bulky, and simple things just take way to long.
I forget the exact situation but I was trying to add a new heading somewhere and couldn’t get the spacing right spent like 15 minutes trying to find where the padding/margin was. I’m pretty sure that was it, don’t quote me, but there were quite a few things that I tried to hop and on just do, that ended up taking way to long to figure out.
It was things like that that just drove me crazy.
Then when I installed it, all of a sudden I had Thrive Boxes, Thrive 2 step, and another Thrive menu in. WTF? I had to create the light-box in one area, then go to a different area to make it functional, then the third area was settings. It drove me nuts. I hate clutter, and this was just cluttering up my menu! (Here’s a cool plugin to de-clutter your admin menu btw).
Last was the order of things. If you want the lightbox to show in a campaign, it has to be on top, and anything below is secondary or something like that.
Bottom line, it’s going to be a big learning curve for me to get used to how the application works. That was an incredibly HUGE turn off from the start.
HOWEVER… Thrive is amazing!
Confused? Nah, don’t be. I did mention a love-hate thing right?
Thrive is incredible at what they do, and that’s conversion. Their ideas are on point and they have a ton going for them.
Here are a few things that stand out for me, and some links to accompany them :).
Landing Page Themes – I don’t always want to create something from scratch. It’s too much. Sometimes having a solid base for something helps expedite the process while providing amazing results (kind of like my company’s services, wink wink).
Smart Links – I already mentioned above but holy crap, this feature is amazing.
Signup Segue – What the hell? Yeah, Signup Segue talks to your email list, and lets people sign up or download something with one click, not having to re-opt-in all over again. Brilliant!
All The Features – Popups, Exit Intent, the whole nine. It has everything that all the other companies already have and some!
Price! – This was the kicker for me, $19 mother fudging dollars a month! THAT’S IT!! That price alone is worth the headache that will happen once I start trying to build everything lol.
YOU GET EVERYTHING!! – Yes, that’s not just Thrive Leads, for that cost you get Leads, Ovation, Smart Widgets, Themes, etc.
Honestly, I’m will most likely ONLY be using Leads, Ovation (which I have installed already), and Smart Widgets, but c’mon, that’s one hell of a deal!
So I’m going to be dropping my $99/mo plan, and I’m switching to this, for $19/mo. The masters of conversion have convinced me to make the jump, and I’m going all in.
What’s more concerning aka The Bigger Picture
Why aren’t there other services that do this? Or at least more affordable ones? I don’t mind paying $99/mo for something, but the value of something is related to the benefit I get. ConvertFlow does a lot of amazing things, but it’s a lot of things that I just don’t use except for the fact that it talks to my email list.
Is that alone worth $1,200/year? Why aren’t other companies like OptinMonster, or Icegram (2 of my other favorites) implementing something similar? The fact that someone who opts-in to your website has to continuously see your opt-in offer, just doesn’t make sense, it never has. So I’m always left wondering, why isn’t this feature much more common?
Would love to hear your thoughts!Post Views: 1,120