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How To Build A Sales Funnel On WordPress Without Losing Your Mind

What are some things you can do to drive more revenue for your business or your clients’ businesses?

There is a lot of buzz around “sales funnels” right now. But, if you have tried to implement a funnel in WordPress, you probably found that it got really complicated really fast. This is a problem because the best way to engage with your prospects is to tell them the story behind who you are, what you do, and how they will benefit from what you’re offering. Get that dialed in and you solve the “they will come” problem of the “build it and they will come” concept.

So, in the next 30 minutes you’re about to discover exactly how to set up a very powerful yet easy to implement sales funnel that will allow you to tell the story behind your products without getting swamped in the technical details. Rather than mashing up gobs of plugins, we’re going to do it all with just three things: WordPress, Cart66, and a very simple and affordable email marketing platform.

Video: How To Create New Revenue Streams For Your Clients

If you want to find clients who are willing to pay higher rates for your work, the best thing you can do is help them generate new streams of revenue.

If you have any clients who tend to sell one-off services like massages, lawn care, HVAC repairs, hair cuts, etc. here is a great way to help them streamline their business by generating recurring revenue.

Generating Recurring Revenue For A Barbershop

We’re going to take a look at the example of a barbershop because they tend to sell one-off haircuts most of the time and also tend to struggle to figure out how to get clients to keep coming back regularly. Even if you look at large franchises like Sports Clips, they tend to have a hard time keeping a consistent flow of revenue. They have online appointment scheduling, coupons, and mobile apps, but this concept we’re about to go over will do more to even out their cash flow and develop a loyal customer base than all of those other things. This is also something that you can easily make available to anyone – especially the smaller, family-owned businesses like local barbershops.

What We’re Covering

In the context of barbershops, you’re about to learn how to…

  • Set up a monthly subscription for haircuts
  • How to make sure the barber still gets tips even with an automated monthly payment system
  • Three different ways to keep track of how many haircuts of been redeemed

Again, this same exact concept can be applied to a wide range of businesses. So, let’s dive in and get this set up!

 Click here and download the spreadsheet I used in this video to track visits.


New Pending Orders

We will soon be releasing an update to the Orders Screen in your Cart66 Cloud dashboard. The main change is the addition of a Pending Orders tab. We will also be renaming and reorganizing the order of the tabs as follows:

Paid Orders

Previously named Live Orders, this tab will hold orders that have been paid online with a credit card or PayPal. In other words, these are the orders you have received payment for.

Pending Orders

If you are using the Cart66 Offline Payments payment gateway to allow your customers to Pay Later after placing the order you will have unpaid orders. That means the order is real. It was placed by a real customer on your live website, but you still need to collect payment for the order. You might collect payment over the phone, with a mailed in check, you might send an invoice, etc. These unpaid orders will be listed in a new tab called Pending Orders. Once you receive payment, you can mark the order as paid and the Pending Order will now be a Paid Order and will be listed on the Paid Orders screen.


Failed Orders

If a customer tries to place an order but their payment is denied – for example the credit card number was entered wrong – this will be logged on the Failed Orders tab. This update will not change the behavior of this screen.

Awaiting Shipment

This screen lists Paid Orders that are ready to get shipped to your customers.

Test Orders

While you’re building your website, you can submit test orders using the Cart66 Test Gateway. All orders submitted through the Cart66 Test Gateway are listed on the Test Orders screen. The Cart66 Test Gateway does not process real credit card transactions and allows you to make sure your store is working the way you want before you start accepting live payments.

5 Star Customer Reviews

One of the best ways to build trust and confidence with your customers is to let other customers leave a review on your website. Now, 5-Star Customer Reviews are built in to Cart66. One of the cool things about how this works is that you can put customer reviews anywhere on your website, not just your product pages.

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Cart66 E-commerce and Sending Email

Collecting email addresses and sending newsletters is probably already a part of your online business, but there are other aspects of email that may not come to mind when setting up your e-commerce site. For example, what about the email receipts that get sent to your customer after placing an order or follow up emails based on the products your customers order? What do you need to do to make sure your e-commerce plugin reliably delivers your email receipts?
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Visual Product Builder

Welcome to the new Cart66 Product Builder! This is something we’ve been working on for a long time and I’m so excited to introduce you to it. Now it’s really fast and easy to visual build simple or complex order forms.

Super Fast Product Creation

If you are selling a simple product that doesn’t have any product variations, you can create the product in about 10 seconds (or less if you type fast). All you need to do is provide the Name, SKU, and Price.

Create product with Cart66 visual product builder

Now you’re finished. At this point you have a fully functioning product with and Add To Cart button to sell your headphones.

Cart66 product page selling headphones

Adding Product Variations

The new visual product builder makes it faster and easier to add as many product fields to your product order form as you need. If you want to add color options to you product, you do it like this.

Adding new drop down list to product

Immediately after saving the drop down list, you can see the results in the Product Form Preview.

Cart66 product form preview

Building Complex Payment Forms

You can also create payment forms that are more complex and collect more information like a Camp Registration form. You can add any type of HTML form field and the product fields can change the price as well.

Building a camp registration form

Here you can see we changed the Price Label to read “Registration Fee” and we changed the text on the button to “Register.” When you view the registration form on your WordPress site it looks like this.

Camp registration page showing the registration payment form

Give It A Try

The new visual form builder in Cart66 makes it fast and easy to see the changes you make to your products in real-time as you build them. You can make simple products in less than 10 seconds. Or, add as many product fields to your form as you like to collect as much information as you need. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

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Free Images No Copyright

If you blog, post to Twitter or Facebook, or pretty much do any writing online you probably spend a lot of time looking for images to include in your content. It may be tempting to do a Google image search to find the photos you need, but that’s a great way to get yourself in trouble with copyright license infringement. The right way to get images for your blog is to find stock photos and images that are copyright free. Well, I have some very exciting news that will save you a lot of time and money. In this article, I’ll show you how to install a free WordPress plugin that will connect you to a gigantic library of free images with no copyright that you can quickly and easily add to your blog posts. Here we go…

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