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**Webinar Recording** Product Jam – 15-Minute Membership Site
The Webinar is done, recorded, and “in the can”…
I could tell whether Marty & Gary hit the mission goals, but what would be the fun in that?
Some frequently asked questions along with their answers, during The Webinar Jam Session, has been listed below:
Q: Does this member ship software have a timed release of content so I can keep my members in my program longer? For example, can I time the content so each week the members get to view 1 new video?
Ans: Yes, it does exactly what you’re talking about and more since you can have a timed release (drip feed) set for each membership level. So Gold members may receive the content faster than Silver members or you can set them to all drip out at the same rate.
Q: This looks easy. Lets me focus on the content instead of wasting all my time building a website. I hope this is truly point and click simple like you claim.
Ans: Yes it is. The most difficult part of building the Membership Site is selecting what graphics to use in your design and, of course, content creation.
Q: I don’t like systems where I don’t have access to the source code so I can add my own code and customize things with my own hand written script. You didn’t talk about custom coding so I assume this system is not compatible with custom code. If I’m wrong, tell me how I do it and what language I need to use.
Ans: We did not cover the advanced CSS sections because most people want to “keep it simple”, create their branding, and then focus on the content and sales.The system has been optimized for “courseware” and if you’re using it for this purpose, you’ll love it but using it for other purposes can create a “square peg” versus a “round hole” scenario.
Q: Is this WordPress compatible?
Ans: Yes, it’s compatible with any website system.
Q: I can’t figure out how to build separate pages from this video? How do I present multiple categories of my videos?
Ans: You do not “build pages”, all you do is create “categories” and “sub-categories” using the built-in top slider and left side menu.
Q: I don’t get where the html box comes into the system. What are you talking about. It makes no sense to me. How does this up sell people into more sales?
Ans: The HTML area will appear directly under the “content”. For example, if you’re teaching people how to cook with a video and you’re using a specific type of paring knife in the video, you could easily have an affiliate link or product link to the product so the viewer can buy the product you’re using in the video. This is one simple example but the possibilities are truly endless. Education is a GREAT way to sell to people and it’s why this technique is so effective.
Q: How old is this membership system?
Ans: The system has been “live” since 2009 and we’ve been building and improving it ever since. All the main features i.e. Drip Feed, etc were there from the beginning but we’ve refined and improved and added to the system each year. For Premium Web Cart / CloudNet360 improvement is a non-stop mission from our team of long term programmers.
Q: Is it Wishlist Alternative?
Ans: CloudNet360 system is a good Wishlist Member alternative when you are a “courseware” based membership site. Courseware is really the most popular type of membership business which is why we focused specifically on this niche.
Check out the recording for yourself and leave a comment below.
Complete business integration wasn’t always thought of as the ultimate small business solution. There was, and still is, a cadre of people that and business coaches that like to push the “best of breed” concept for small business integration.
And when this business model is referred to as the “best of breed” it sounds like a great concept but when it’s referred to as the “frankenstein model”, it sounds a little more ominous. But where does the truth lie? Is it really the beautiful “best of breed” or the ugly monster posing online with a fake profile trying to lure you in close enough to strike?
To answer this question, I like to step outside the realm of software and look at older industries to analyze their trajectory and maturation process.
For example, in the automative industry, it was common for performance enthusiasts to buy a muscle car like a Mustang or Camaro and then go through an extensive process of removing and replacing the stock parts with “best of breed” performance parts.
The stock carburetor would get replaced with a Holly carburetor to increase fuel delivery rates which would then necessitate the removal of the stock air filter to replace it with a K&N air filter to increase the air flow in balance with the increased fuel.
Naturally, this increased air/fuel mixture meant that the valve timing would need to be modified to take advantage of all this extra fuel, then the pistons replaced with Wiseco performance pistons to manage the heat, and the crank shaft enhanced or replaced to manage the extra load from all this new horsepower.
Ahhh… but then the transmission and drive line were next in line to handle the stress with a new rear differential and alternate gearing were needed to get all this power to both tires instead of just one. Oh, and speaking of tires, wider rims and tires were needed to transmit all this power into forward motion which then meant the suspension needed to be upgraded to handle the additional torque… whew, and we haven’t even touched the inside yet.
After all, no car enthusiast is going to be caught dead with an impressive ride like this one and a stock stereo with “tinny” speakers; those just have to go!
There are multiple problems with this “best of breed” performance car:
- Cost – Buying and installing all of these aftermarket parts always cost a small fortune, often exceeding the original cost of the entire new car.
- Compatibility – Even though the K&N filter fit right onto the Holly carb, it still took extensive “tweaking” to finally get that fuel / air mixture just right.
- Integration – The parts may have fit together but since they were never truly designed to be exclusive to one another, the “whole of the system” was actually less than the “sum of the parts”
Today’s performance car is nothing like the performance cars of old. The auto companies discovered that people really want to buy a performance car that they can get in and drive “as is”, with the integration and performance built in from day one.
When you look at a Mustang or Camaro today, almost nobody replaces anything because the “whole of the system” is far greater than the “sum of the parts”. The system reliability is far better so now performance enthusiasts spend more time driving and no time “wrenching” on their cars… as it should be.
So it is with complete small business integration.
Bolting together multiple pieces of “best in breed” software is always going to be more expensive, higher maintenance, and the “whole of the system” is always going to be lower than the “sum of the parts”.
This trend is now self evident as all of our competitors i.e. Infusionsoft, Ontraport, Greenrope, Kajabi, etc. are all trying to emulate the model that CloudNet360 started. If imitation is the purest forma of flattery, then Cloudnet360 is surely the most praised small business integration solution on the market today.
If you want the original, if you want the leader in small business integration, then CloudNet360 is the obvious choice for your small business. It’s not just an “all in one” business solution, it’s the only “everything you need… all in one” small business solution!
What makes the “best small business CRM” is a question that’s constantly asked by the small business owners I meet day in and day out.
And the simple answer is, “the best small business CRM is the CRM that let’s you work the way you want to work and makes it easier and faster to do what you’re already doing today”! Now this might seem like common sense but it’s really the reason so many many businesses, large and small, fail to find the success from their CRM, that they had hoped for, when they chose their CRM software.
There is a distinct difference between what a small business CRM does and what a watered down “big business CRM” will do for your business. While there are always differences from one software product to the next, there’s an overriding theme and flow that a small business CRM will have versus a CRM designed for the big business client. Let’s take a quick look at the major differences between the two:
Large Business CRM – These are really built for senior management with a heavy emphasis on the “dashboard” reports and information gathering. Large business CRM systems are really just another tool that needs to be fed data by the “underlings” so senior management can better monitor the state of the business and manage the employees.
Because this adds zero value to the first line employee, and only adds additional workload, it’s really no wonder the large business CRM is universally despised by the people forced to use the CRM, and feed the CRM its steady data sustenance. In this case, the CRM is not a productivity tool, it’s a monster that needs to be fed and actually subtracts from the productivity of the average worker for the pure benefit of senior management.
Is it any wonder why the three letter CRM acronym has become the workers four letter word?
Small Business CRM – In contrast, the small business CRM is really the best CRM because a good small business CRM will actually reduce the workload of the user and make their day easier and more productive at the same time.
Instead of constantly “feeding the beast” data, the user of a small business CRM gets to offload some of their workload into the CRM and allow the sales, marketing and business automation to take over and do the work on auto-pilot. Customer follow up – done. Drip feed nurturing campaigns – done. Post sales follow up – done.
A good small business CRM will do some of these things while the best small business CRM will do them all… plus more.
Need to send a survey and automatically segment your customers and prospects based upon how they answer? This is covered. How about upselling specific products and services based upon a person’s preferences to increase your conversion rates? Check. Or simply making sure that prospects are communicated to one way until they buy from you and then automatically treated as a “customer” instead of a “prospect”.
All this is done, and more, when you’re using a small business CRM built for small business and focused on small business. If your CRM feels more like your boss instead of your employee (without benefits of course), then you’re likely using the wrong CRM.
To sell more and work less, the CloudNet360 small business CRM is the online, cloud based solution for you!
Ontraport CRM versus the CloudNet360 CRM makes for an interesting comparison and an interesting contrast in style and philosophy regarding how a product should work and how it needs to work in order to provide the greatest sales and marketing automation for small businesses applications.
Fortune 500 businesses are allowed to focus exclusively on performance because they have the deep pocketed budgets to afford extensive customization of the CRM software to match their specific business needs. Large businesses also have entire IT departments dedicated to supporting software systems and for training the people that need to use the sales and marketing CRM software.
But small businesses have neither the budget nor the IT department so their CRM software requirements need to take ease of use into account and performance needs to be evaluated on how “accessible” the features are to the user with average computer skills. Advanced sales automation is great only if the user has the ability to easily set up and manage the automation on their own and on their own schedule.
If the technical requirements are too high of a hurdle, then the “real world” CRM performance drops to zero regardless of the “potential” benefits of the features provided by the CRM.
In this light, the comparison between the Ontraport CRM versus the CloudNet360 CRM becomes very clear and easy to understand. This short video will demonstrate exactly why you should evaluate long and hard before taking the plunge into the Ontraport CRM.
Try a better CRM alternative and discover why CloudNet360 users are able to Sell More… Faster!
Ontraport pricing should be a topic that’s straight forward and easy to cover. In fact, it should be so simple that all one needs is a simple spreadsheet or comparison chart to quickly glean the pertinent information and make an informed decision.
Pricing is simple, but the Ontraport pricing throws an unusual curve into the mix. Normally, I would say this type of curve was intentionally used to create confusion and obfuscate the competitive landscape but this pricing scheme used by Ontraport is so unusual that one must truly struggle to understand why Ontraport priced their system in such a way because it defies all logic for any reasonable small business looking for a sales and marketing automation system with a CRM.
As experts in the field of small business software automation, we’ve also struggled to understand the Ontraport pricing scheme but this video will certainly help you in the decision making process for your business.
Of course, if you really want a great system to start, launch and grow your business, then I would highly recommend you take CloudNet360 for a 30-day test drive and discover for yourself why so many others have come to the same conclusion and made the same choice.
Easy email marketing software starts the minute you log into your account so the tireless development team at CloudNet360 did what they do best – listed to your feedback.
And there’s something else you may not know; we use the exact same CRM to run our business as we provide for you to run your business. Should this be any other way?
Using the CRM for email marketing, surveys, lead scoring, generating new leads and strategic segmenting is something every business needs to do but there’s a huge side benefit to the folks at CloudNet360 using their own software… it makes it so much better!
Instead of creating features in a “lab” somewhere, our software is created from the perspective of the end user, used by the same people, then continuously tweaked to keep improving upon the original ideas until there isn’t a drop of productivity to be squeezed from the screen.
Which is exactly why the old CRM dashboard needed to be gutted and replaced with the information that we, and you, need to access repeatedly throughout the day in order to most effectively run our businesses.
Check out the new improvements and let us know what you think.
If you’re not a user of CloudNet360 today, but want to Sell More… Faster, then take a 30-Day Trial today and discover how easy it can be to automate your sales, marketing and entire business from 1 login.
Is CloudNet360 the best Ontraport alternative?
Obviously, we believe, along with many others, that CloudNet360 is the 1st choice among smart online marketers, and progressive “offline” small businesses as well, rather than an “alternative to Ontraport“. It’s probably better stated that “Ontraport is a bad alternative to CloudNet360!”
But there’s always going to be people already using Ontraport and looking for a new Ontraport alternative to increase the integration and expand on the functionality that Ontraport currently provides. When that’s the case, then CloudNet360 is going to be the ultimate Ontraport alternative because it simply does more, is integrated more, covers more of your business, and provides more opportunities for you to create new customers and then turn more of your existing customers into repeat buyers.
So if you’ve outgrown Ontraport, or simply need a true all-in-one system that covers “all you need”, then the choice is obvious – CloudNet360 will help you be a smarter marketer and Sell More… Faster!
And do it all from 1 login with 1 low monthly investment.