There are a lot of reasons that building funnels can feel overwhelming.
The amount of tech options, tools, and integrations out there is incredible – but it’s also the #1 thing that gets in most people’s way when starting to build funnels. They simply don’t know which ones to choose or where to start, and so they simply don’t start at all.
Lucky for you, building funnels and integrating tech is my love language 🥰️ Over the past 5 years of growing our digital marketing business, we’ve tried a loooooot of these marketing tools out. Some we loved, some we didn’t. Some we trudged our way through, and some have made our life insanely easier.
Today, I want to help you choose the BEST marketing tools for your funnels so that growing your business and launching your programs or services will feel easy-peasy (because with the right systems, it totally can).
Like I mentioned, there are a LOT of options out there. By no means is this a comprehensive list. If you have specific questions about a tool not mentioned, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a DM at @jordanjones.co – I would love to help you figure out if it’s the right fit for your biz!
Also, my recommendations are not the only ones that work – they’re simply my favorites and go-to’s. They’re the ones we personally believe in and use in our business to launch and scale our own programs, education, and services.
And finally, this post will contain affiliate links – which simply means I may make a small commission if you decide to use one of the tools I recommend (at no additional cost to you). Actually, most of the time my link will help you save money (wooo!). BUT fear not, friend: I only recommend what I truly love and use myself – so you’re in great hands.
Now, onto the fun stuff – it’s time to talk tech 🤓
Here are my favorite tools for building funnels, in no particular order:
So before you ever start building out the pieces of your funnel on the respective platforms and integrating all of the tech, my biggest advice is to MAP IT OUT.
Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be – you could honestly use a whiteboard or a good ole’ pen and paper to do this.
If you want to be a little more tech-friendly, I highly recommend using Draw.io to map out all of your workflows, process, and funnels!
Here’s why I love Draw.io & use it to map out all of the marketing funnels for myself and my clients:
If you’re not familiar with process mapping, it may take a tiny bit to get used to, but honestly, it’s super simple to use. I recommend choosing certain shapes to represent different pieces of your funnel (ex: rectangles are actions and diamonds are decisions) and creating a “key” so you can easily read and share your funnel plans.
With any funnel, you’re going to need to build some sort of landing page. Whether it’s an opt-in page for a freebie, a webinar registration page, a thank you page, or a sales page – you’ll likely need at least ONE (more likely, many) landing pages to build your funnel.
Over the years, we’ve tried a lot of different options when building our landing pages. We kept it simple with website builders like WordPress, Squarespace, Showit. And we’ve used software specific to building landing pages such as ClickFunnels, Instapage, and Leadpages.
At the end of the day, my favorite and top recommendation is always Leadpages.
Honestly, I could go on and on about why I love using Leadpages but as you can probably tell by my list of favorite features, it’s pretty darn rad.
You can see what my love is all about by grabbing a free trial of Leadpages here!
No matter which tools you need, you’ll likely need a way to make them all work together.
While many of the apps these days do integrate innately, we’ve never built a funnel that didn’t require us to use a third-party integration tool to make it all work exactly as we wanted.
And our go-to integration tool (and perhaps our favorite tool altogether) is Zapier.
Here’s why we love and recommend Zapier for building your funnels:
Honestly, there are a lot of tools I’d get rid of before I stop paying for Zapier. At just $20/month it makes our lives insanely easier because it makes so many pieces of our puzzle fit together seamlessly and automatically.
These days, if you’re in the online marketing world, you’ll probably be hosting a webinar or free training at some point.
I know, I know – you may be one of those folks who hate webinars or think they’re dead. I’d urge you to reconsider. Our evergreen webinar is what allowed me to earn $30k+ and take a 3-month maternity leave as an entrepreneur, all while serving even more students better.
I won’t go into the intricacies of webinars or why they’re so powerful (if you do them the right way), but if you ARE going to be using a webinar in your funnel, then I highly recommend WebinarJam and EverWebinar.
I know this may sound like mumbo jumbo if you’re not familiar with webinars or evergreen funnels. So if you have questions, be sure to pop them in the comments section below!
Note: while they’re technically owned by the same company (Kartra), you pay for these two tools separately. WebinarJam is for hosting live webinars and EverWebinar is for running evergreen webinars. If you’re going to run a live webinar and turn it into an evergreen funnel (this is what we do), then you’re going to need BOTH tools.
I know it may seem like a pricey option, but in my opinion, webinars are still extremely high-converting if done the right way. In our most recent live webinar launch, we earned over $9k in 5 days. Paying for these systems more than made up for itself right away.
Long story short, Drip is our #1 email marketing service at the moment. We’ve tried tons of options (like ConvertKit and ActiveCampaign), and while we are starting to transition our new business growth over to Flodesk, the majority of our funnels run on our Drip account.
A comparison of email service providers is another post for another day, but for now, I’ll share why we love and still use Drip for a majority of our marketing funnels.
If you have a shop or sales page for your funnel (which I’m going to assume you do), then I recommend including a chatbox as a way to help answer questions and overcome objections.
Chat boxes may seem super difficult to add in your funnel at first, but the Drift app makes it easy.
For years, our #1 selling course was $497 – so nothing too expensive but a high-enough price point that people had a few hesitations before buying. Adding a chat box option to our sales pages had an enormous effect on people getting off the fence and actually buying.
Drift is our go-to chat box tool because it’s free, easy to set up, and super easy to use!
If you’re going to add any kind of deadline into your funnel (ex: a discount that expires), then you need a deadline software. There’s no point in saying there is a deadline if there actually isn’t anything holding them to that deadline.
This is where Deadline Funnel comes in.
If you haven’t considered using a deadline in your funnel, now’s the time to add one in. Especially in evergreen funnels, deadlines create a sense of urgency and incentivize your audience to take action.
Here’s just a snippet of how one week of an evergreen funnel with a deadline has grown our business:
Once you map out your funnel in Draw.io (see tip above), you’re going to need a plan to put it all into action. To run your business in general, but especially when it comes to building marketing funnels, I highly recommend using a Project management tool.
My go-to project management tool is Asana.
How to build your funnel on Asana could be an entire blog post in itself, but for now, those are just a few of my top reasons why we use it in our business. It’s helped me stay organized as an entrepreneur, especially when it comes to laying out all of the little steps that it takes when building a funnel.
Please note, this is an ongoing list that I will continue to update and edit! I’m constantly building and optimizing funnels for our clients and our own business, so I’ll be sure to share my list of favorite tools as they grow and evolve.
In the meantime, I’d love to learn what your favorite tools are! Did I miss any that are your go-to’s? Do you have any questions on the ones I shared? Let me know in the comments below!
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