Instapage started as ‘just’ a landing page builder, but now it calls itself a ‘post-click automation platform’. Now, I realize that’s a little jargony, but it does highlight that Instapage is more focused on creating dynamic, personalized landing pages that match your ads, rather than just creating one-off static experiences for all visitors. There’s a lot to like about Instapage’s functionality, but it’s also the most expensive tool on this list.
ClickFunnels works differently than other software in this review. It’s a bit more complex. It’s basically a website and marketing flow in a box. While Instapage, Unbounce and Leadpages allow users to create single landing pages, ClickFunnels lets you build different types of marketing funnels — ones containing lead capture forms, email campaigns, etc.
Follow directions for DNS and CNAME record setup to the letter to direct your landing pages to a subdomain on your domain. This is the most technical option of the three, but if you’re planning on setting up a lot of landing pages or landing pages for a lot of sites, you’ll want to learn how to do this so you don’t have to go bug the Dev team every time you need a new page.
You can also use ClickFunnels as a way to upsell other books that you may have in your catalog. ClickFunnels provides a dedicated upsell page that you can use to integrate special product offers and book deals that may not be available anywhere else. The best part about it all is that all of this is achieved through using your initial landing page.
If you have a service to market, a product to sell or an event or webinar to host, then Clickfunnels will be a great host that will make email marketing and landing page creation incredibly simple for you. However, if you are a PPC marketer, interests lie in building landing pages primarily and already have an email marketing platform, you will get more clicks for your ads through Instapage.