Your Online Business Platform: Kajabi Or ClickFunnels? [Updated for 2019 with video]
Have you ever been Tech-Stuck?
If you’ve ever considered moving your offline in-person business online or launching something totally new for the first time, our guess is you have.
Maybe you’re even going through it right now!
Trying to find the right online platform can not only be tedious and time-consuming but at times a little overwhelming.
This one has email marketing, that one doesn’t…
But that one has affiliate tracking, and this other one doesn’t…
And round and round you go.
Today our goal is to help you figure out what the difference is between Kajabi and Clickfunnels!
By the end of this article, you should have a much clearer idea as to which one best fits your own goals and business.
Why It’s Not Apples To Apples
While both platforms aim to help online entrepreneurs turn their ideas into incredible businesses, and both share feature similarities, it’s important to note that they’re also for very different audiences.
Here’s what we mean...Kajabi specializes in being an all-in-one online course platform, empowering people to turn their knowledge into digital products, online courses, and membership sites.
Giving you everything you need to create, market, and monetize right out of the gates.
Kajabi focuses on being an unmatched digital product delivery system and tailors their products to ‘infopreneurs’ (information entrepreneurs) who not only care about sales but also branding, design and having 24/7 customer service.ClickFunnels focuses on sales funnels first and foremost.
You can use Clickfunnels to sell digital products being, but a large portion of their users sell physical products like supplements, drop shipped items, etc.
The 3 Big Differences
While Kajabi and ClickFunnels share a handful of features and uses, there is some fairly large difference which will impact your decision in which to go with.
As we’ve stated earlier, the users of each of these platforms typically differ greatly.
Kajabi is 100% designed for digital entrepreneurs.
Inside our community, you find influencers like Brendon Burchard, Amy Porterfield, Billy Gene, and Chalene Johnson.
There are people who sell online courses, monthly membership sites, coaching, and all kinds of digital products.
ClickFunnels has decided to cast a wider net, providing funnels for physical products as well.
And while they do also offer the ability to build online courses and membership sites, many choose to use them as a front end page builder and hook up something like Kajabi on the backend as the digital product delivery system.
Simply put: Kajabi is suited for the online educator type business, while the Clickfunnels functions extremely well with physical products.
Inside ClickFunnels everything is based around creating a robust funnel. There’s no templates, training, or additional resources for creating any kind of digital product.
Kajabi is completely different. As a content delivery system, helping entrepreneurs create digital products is one of the things it does incredibly well.
From full-blown online courses and membership sites to easier and more bite-sized products like eBooks or mini-courses, each product comes with a pre-built template allowing you to fill in the blank or use it simply as a guide.
This library of product templates empowers you to build out a “perfect” product faster than ever before.
Along with product blueprints, Kajabi is also designed to help the end user learn more effectively while taking your online course or training.
Through offering in-lesson assessments and homework, your customer is empowered to be more of an active and not just passive learner.
Kajabi gives you everything you need to create, market, and monetize whatever digital product you choose to create.
For a Knowledge Commerce entrepreneur, this all-in-one feature set definitely makes life easier.
A look inside ClickFunnels:A look inside Kajabi:Purpose
Without question, both platforms are equally equipped to help you succeed online.
Which one is right for you could come down to the purpose for which you are choosing an online course platform.
It’s clear that Kajabi’s purpose was to be simple yet powerful.
It was built for those who want to deal with as little tech-headaches as possible. The user interface within the platform is easy to use, understand, and navigate.
You can see this kind of attention to simple detail throughout its entire site.
It seeks to provide an easy, all-in-one solution for online educators, influencers, and infopreneurs.
ClickFunnels takes a clear-cut more sales approach.
Which has been tremendously effective for them.
Since they deal with the physical product as well, inside their platform there’s more opportunity for custom coding and the option to be more tech-heavy.
While it may not be as simplified as Kajabi, their purpose is to provide a robust sales building tool for a variety of uses and they do that extremely well.
Similar Features For Similar Purposes
Kajabi and ClickFunnels are similar in the following areas:
- Email Marketing
Both platforms offer pre-built funnels available to you with just a single click. Whether you’re looking to create an opt-in page, host a webinar, or sell your product, both can make that happen with relative ease.
Both also have a “blank” template available allowing you to build from scratch if that’s more your thing.
Kajabi’s funnel feature is called “Pipelines”. The most notable difference in this area is that all of Kajabi’s pipelines come with pre-written email sequences.
Each email contains professional copy already written for you at every step of the funnel.
You can either rewrite it entirely, or slightly tweak it and use it as-is.
With ClickFunnels you need to build all that out yourself.
A look at Kajabi Pipelines:
Whether you’re wanting to send one off broadcast emails, or you’d prefer to build out entire automated email campaigns, both Kajabi and ClickFunnels offer fairly robust email marketing solutions.
Note: While email comes standard with Kajabi’s lowest tier offering, it does not with ClickFunnels and will require upgrading to the $297 monthly option in order to use it.
Want to create a referral program allowing your customers to promote your products for a share of the profits?
This important feature is available with both platforms and includes an array of tracking tools and performance indicators. It’s a win-win here for both options.
How do Kajabi and Clickfunnels Match up Head to Head?
How does Kajabi compare to ClickFunnels feature for feature?
Website Building: Both Kajabi and ClickFunnels offer easy to use website builders with plenty of templates. The ClickFunnels themes and templates are older and less modern. This is because Russell Brunson the owner of ClickFunnels believes that you don’t even need a website to make sales online so he often promotes how “ugly” Clickfunnels templates are. Kajabi’s themes are modern, professional and mobile friendly for any type of business from sales to healthcare.
Email Marketing: Both Clickfunnels and Kajabi have high-quality email marketing systems. The only difference is that ClickFunnels is a little more complicated to use and requires both a custom domain and SMTP authentication. With Kajabi as soon as you sign up and upload your list you can begin sending emails.
Course Creation: Creating courses on ClickFunnels is tricky. The ClickFunnels course creator tool is a little bit older and harder to use especially for those with no previous web design experience. Kajabi’s course creation tool is simple to use, intuitive and fast! Many Kajabi clients get their courses uploaded and ready to sell just a few hours after signing up!
Integration: Because ClickFunnels is not solely focused on the course creation business it has an exhaustive list of integrations including shipstation, Salesforce, and Hubspot. Kajabi has 10 built-in integrations with services like Zapier and Facebook.
Support: While Kajabi offers 24/7 technical and customer support, ClickFunnels uses a ticket system with a time window that can stretch up to 48 hours. Both ClickFunnels and Kajabi provide industry best educational trainings.
While ClickFunnels offers excellent funnel building and marketing capabilities, their course creation and webpage builder still leave a lot to be desired.
Russell Brunson provides high-quality marketing training for ClickFunnels users and there is a strong affiliate program. But it is clear that ClickFunnels is still focused on sales first and online courses second.
If you use ClickFunnels and want modern, professional, and mobile-friendly web pages, you’re going to need to pay for an additional service like Thrive Themes ($49 a month). You would also need to pay for additional software to create your own community.
As you can see from our head-to-head comparisons, Kajabi is clearly the best, easiest to use all-in-one platform for creating, marketing, and selling online courses!
If you’re sick and tired of trying to stitch together multiple systems (and making multiple payments every month) it’s time to move your online course business to Kajabi!
Price: What To Expect
As a digital entrepreneur, managing the money you spend on software and third-party tools seems like a never-ending battle. Before you know it, you’re paying for software you forgot you had and only using 10% of the ones you remember.
ClickFunnels: $97/mo Starter Account - 20 Funnels
Note: With this plan, you do not get email marketing, affiliate software, product creation, etc.
Kajabi: $149/mo Basic Plan - 3 Pipelines, 3 Products, 1 Website, 10,000 Email contacts
With Kajabi’s basic plan, along with 3 pipelines (funnels), you also get email marketing, free website hosting, a production creation platform, and more.
It’s promoted as an all-in-one platform and those features are available immediately through the Basic Plan.
When switching to Kajabi, some existing online business is even able to save well over $4,700 as they’re able to eliminate all the expensive third-party integrations and instead keep everything under one roof.
How To Know Which Is Right For You
Does your business sell physical products like supplements, e-commerce items, or drop shipped goods?
Are you comfortable with some level of custom coding and integrating additional plug-ins or third-party services?
If yes, then ClickFunnels is an excellent option for you!
Are you a Knowledge Commerce entrepreneur who sells online courses, coaching, and other digital products?
Is providing an immersive learning experience to those who choose your course or training highly important to your business goals?
And does the thought of tech-headaches keep you up at night and you’d prefer to not have to worry about it?
If yes, then Kajabi is definitely worth trying out!
Last thing: At Kajabi we are known for our over the top customer service.
Whether during business hours or through 24/7/365 live chat, there’s always someone anxious to help you no matter where you’re at. No more getting stuck and losing momentum.
In our day and age, the consumer (you) has the power.
With no shortage of platforms, software, or even expensive programmers to build your own solutions...there’s plenty of places you can go if you’re not satisfied with your experience.
At Kajabi we understand this deeply.
You see it with their 24-hour, around the clock customer service, but also the way in which our entire team dives in to help you almost instantly.
We believe in using service as a way to win in business.
And it appears to be working.
Unfortunately for ClickFunnels, it’s no secret that their customer service leaves much to be desired.
From frustrated former faithful users to new online entrepreneurs who need more help than others, the lack of hands-on help is causing a noticeable stir.
And some users have even left because of it...
Unsure Of What The Next Best Action Is?
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Use Kajabi to Turn Your Knowledge And Content Into Products You Can Sell
We know that you have something to teach the world. We also know there are people out there who want to learn what you know.
That’s why we created Kajabi. It’s a full-featured platform that allows professionals like you to create their own businesses from home.
Create online courses, establish membership sites, and sell other digital products. We offer tons of marketing tools to help you spread the word about your products and earn more revenue.
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