Paykickstart vs ClickFunnels
Let me start off by saying…I love ClickFunnels!
I have used ClickFunnels since its beginning days and it is an amazing software tool. It allows for any type of business to generate leads, create membership sites, sell products and on and on.
But, like any software tool, it does have weaknesses in a few areas. I mean…no piece of software can do everything great – all of the time.
I have found that one of the weakness of ClickFunnels is its shopping cart feature. Granted, it offers a basic shopping cart that can be set up and connected to patement gateways like Stripe to allow you to collect money from those purchasing your products or services. But, it is limited.
In its current version, the shopping cart feature within ClickFunnels is somewhat clunky and has limitations.
So, for those who need a little more power (or a lot more power) with a shopping cart, I’d like you to take a look at Paykickstart.
Paykickstart does not replace Clickfunnels – it works with it!
Paykickstart is an incredible shopping platform, built with an amazing amount of great fetures that just keeps growing.
Let’s hear how Paykickstart can be used with Clickfunnels. A great person to hear it from is Mark Thompson, co-founder of Paykickstart.
Let me ask you a question. Are you using ClickFunnels to build out your sales funnels and pages? If you said “yes,” then you’re in the right place. Hey, it’s Mark Thompson from PayKickstart. And as a fellow online entrepreneur, I fully understand the value of having software, systems, and automation built into your business to help it run like a well-oiled machine. This is actually one of the reasons why we use ClickFunnels for several of our pages. However, while ClickFunnels is, in my opinion, the best solution currently available for building all different types of landing pages and funnels without the need for a designer or a developer, they still lack in other important areas. It’s one of the main reasons why so many ClickFunnels users combine PayKickstart to create the ultimate selling machine.
Unfortunately, when it comes to the actual checkout experience and affiliate management functionality, it is somewhat of an afterthought in ClickFunnels. It’s not a knock on ClickFunnels. Knowing first-hand, we realize that it’s hard to be the very best at everything when it comes to building software. And that’s why, at PayKickstart, we have put our focus of being the very best shopping cart and affiliate management solution. So you’re probably asking yourself, “What added value does PayKickstart bring that ClickFunnels can’t already do? Or how can PayKickstart complement ClickFunnels to help deliver more sales and revenue into my business?” Well, let me show you.
Managing your products. First off, everything inside ClickFunnels is powered by funnels, which makes it hard to manage products, having to add and clone the same product that may be used in multiple funnels. Instead, PayKickstart allows you to create campaigns, adding products into those campaigns, then easily selecting the products you want to add inside of an easy visual funnel builder. This approach allows for more flexibility and customizations. Check out templates. While ClickFunnels offers a bunch of great landing page templates, they lack a large library of checkout templates. PayKickstart provides a massive library of professionally designed one-step and multi-step checkout page templates that are easily customizable to fit your branding and customer experience.
As well as checkout page templates, PayKickstart also offers additional checkout options, like checkout pop-up widgets that can display on any link, graphic, or Buy button, as well as checkout form embeds, which allow you to create a custom checkout page with literally any page builder like ClickFunnels or HTML, then insert a checkout form directly onto the page. One-click upsells. While both platforms offer one-click upsells for credit card, a major feature that separates PayKickstart is the ability to offer one-click upsells for PayPal as well. We have partnered with PayPal to be the very first shopping cart to integrate their brand-new API that supports one-click upsells, instant commission payouts to affiliates, seamless subscription management, and much more.
Creating subscriptions. Since ClickFunnels doesn’t truly manage the subscription themselves, creating a subscription requires you to go to the payment gateway, create the subscription, then map the subscription in ClickFunnels. Outside of adding extra steps and time, there’s a bunch of setbacks here. First, you don’t have the flexibility to adjust a subscription if needed. For things like pushing off the next payment due date, seamlessly upgrading or downgrading a customer to a different plan or level, cancelling or restarting a subscription, changing the payment method from PayPal to credit card or even from credit card to PayPal, even switching payment processors altogether for future rebills and sales, PayKickstart gives you the flexibility to do all of these things straight out of the box.
Also, did you realize that around 30% of rebills fail? Unfortunately, ClickFunnels doesn’t have a dunning email sequence to help customers update their billing details and keep the subscription active. PayKickstart provides our Subscription Saver sequence that is proven to regain around 50% to 60% of those failed rebills. Address auto-complete. ClickFunnels also lacks things like address auto-complete. So instead of making a customer manually enter their billing details, with PayKickstart, they can start typing their address and it will auto-complete the rest of the fields.
Translation. If you cater to multiple languages and locations, it can be a tedious task in ClickFunnels having to manually translate the text on each checkout page. With PayKickstart, you simply select which language you want, and it will automatically translate it for you on both the checkout page and the email notifications that are sent to your customers. Real-time currency conversion. With PayKickstart, not only can you charge customers in up to 32 different currencies, you can also enable our currency conversion feature which allows the customer at checkout to see how much they’re gonna be charged in their local currency.
Sales and VAT tax. Many businesses are required to charge a sales or VAT tax. Unfortunately, ClickFunnels doesn’t offer this ability. With PayKickstart, you can create and apply a tax profile to any order. Tax rates are updated on a regular basis, or you can create a custom tax rate of your own. Dispute and chargeback management. As a vendor, it’s a foregone conclusion that you’ll receive chargebacks and disputes. It’s just a part of running an online business. However, ClickFunnels does not have a way to update each transaction or affiliate commission. So this can lead to paying affiliate commissions on disputed transactions and throw off your accounting, tracking a dispute, or chargeback as revenue. PayKickstart speaks directly with each of your payment gateways to keep each transaction up to date throughout the dispute process, only unlocking the transaction once it’s completed.
Affiliate management. Now that we’ve covered the differences from a checkout view, let’s dive into some of the differences when it comes to affiliate management. First off, the biggest difference is that your monthly bill from ClickFunnels will increase a few hundred dollars each month just to be able to have affiliate management functionality. With PayKickstart, affiliate management is included with our professional plan and our premium plans. Also, Backpack, ClickFunnels’ affiliate system, is extremely basic, handling only basic tracking and payouts. Here are a bunch of advanced affiliate management features that you won’t find with ClickFunnels.
Instant and delayed commissions. Have the ability to pay out your affiliates instantly at the point of sale. Control whether an affiliate should be put on instant or delayed commissions. Once on delayed, you will have an advanced payout wizard that allows you to pay out commissions via PayPal Mass Pay, bank wire, Payoneer, or check. Lead and sale tracking. PayKickstart has the ability to issue commissions for both verified leads and sales that an affiliate refers. This is great for CPA offers, lead contests, or pre-launches. JV contracts. Let’s say you’ve partnered with someone to launch a product. Instead of manually having to do accounting every month to see who is owed what, you can create a JV contract, set the revenue sharing for each product, and PayKickstart will automatically calculate your partner or partners’ revenue share, even taking payment gateway fees into consideration.
Built-in marketing. Vendors can add email swipe copy, banners, and even create real-time leaderboards of which affiliates can access directly from inside their PayKickstart account to easily promote your products. W9 and W8 tax management. PayKickstart requires a W9 or W8 tax form to be filled out by each affiliate. This is great at the end of the year when you need to send affiliates the appropriate tax form. Mobile app. The PayKickstart mobile app is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse, getting real-time notifications on sales and commissions you make.
Hopefully, by now, you see the massive difference between PayKickstart and ClickFunnels, and why so many ClickFunnels users leverage the power of both platforms to power their online businesses. To be honest, this is only scratching the surface of the added functionality and flexibility PayKickstart can bring. So go ahead and give PayKickstart a test drive, and start bringing in additional sales and revenue while streamlining your entire business online.
-Mark Thompson, co-founder Paykickstart
Get your free trial of Paykickstart and decide for yourself how you like it. I believe you’ll find that it is the perfect match with Clickfunnels.