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On September 22nd, 2019, ClickFunnels had its 5th year anniversary and announced some pretty big changes for the direction of the company along with the introduction of ClickFunnels Platinum.
During the live broadcast of their 5th birthday party celebrations, they firstly announced the new direction that ClickFunnels will be taking.
Before the event, there had been a lot of talk and speculation in the community that Russell may be retiring or they may be selling the company and so forth.
Fortunately for us, none of these rumors was true. However, they are changing the direction they would like to move in.
A few years ago, the company made the decision to compete in other IM niches and announced that they will be introducing their own autoresponder service, Actionetics MD. They also had plans to introduce chatbots, a CRM, and so forth.
Unfortunately, Actionetics MD wasn’t as successful as they expected.
Instead, they found that the introduction of these extra services only stretched their resources too thin and it has been difficult to move forward with the development of these products and even harder to provide the support needed.
On the live broadcast, Russell held his hands up to this being a mistake and that they need to change their strategy.
As a result, they are now focusing their efforts entirely on the things they are the best at, which is sales funnels.
So, all this means that…
Actionetics and Actionetics MD will phased out.
If you’re currently using Actionetics or Actionetics MD don’t worry, you will still be able to use them, but there will be no more updates to them and new ClickFunnels users will not have access to them.
If you are currently using them then bear in mind that although you can still use them, any new bugs that occur will not be fixed so you may want to start thinking of switching to an external autoresponder.
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So, with that being said, all the development and support will be entirely centered on ClickFunnels to make it even better. Personally, I think this is a really good move on their part and great for us!
Now that’s out of the way, I want to get to the main reveal, with is the release of ClickFunnels Premium.
If you’re in a hurry and you just want to get a ClickFunnels Platinum free trial then you can get one here. Otherwise, please keep reading.
The New ClickFunnels Platinum Plan
By now, you’re probably wondering what ClickFunnels Platinum is all about. Here, I’ll break it down and tell you about the new features of this upgraded package.
What Is ClickFunnels Premium?
The new Platinum package is to replace the Etison suite package, which had a price tag of $297 per month.
Although the price plan for ClickFunnels Platinum has stayed the same at $297, there are now more features, and overall much improved.
If you currently have an Etison Suite subscription then you will the put onto the Platinum plan automatically. You will still have your unlimited number of visitors, funnels, and pages in your account as before.
As I mentioned earlier, you will still be able to use Backpack and Actionetics. However, Actionetics is now called “Followup Funnels”.
The really exciting part about ClickFunnels Platinum is that includes 3 additional features:
- Daily Virtual Hackathons
- Funnel Flix
- The Funnel Hacker Forum
Here are the deets below…
Daily Virtual Hackathons
If you’ve been around for a while then you may have heard of the Virtual Hackathons before. It’s something that Russell had in his high ticket 2Comma Club X Training course.
Basically, it’s live training that will teach you exactly how to build the 11 different funnel types. The focus is on you getting your funnel set up, designed, optimized, and launched.
As there are 11 primary funnels, each virtual hackathon session will cover one of the core funnels. However, you will be able to fully customize them as you need to.
Russell mentioned they’ll be covering Webinar funnels, Summit funnels, High Ticket funnels, Lead funnels, Survey funnels, Challenge funnels, and more.
How this would work is, you’d know ahead of time which funnels the virtual hackathon coach will be working on, and if that’s a funnel you’d like to build out then you can jump on that day and work with the coach to build out your funnel with their help exactly how you want it.
This is a pretty amazing feature if you think about it. It can literally save you a ton of time struggling to build your funnel and get it live.
You’ll also have an expert funnel build telling you exactly what will work and what will not work with your type of funnel, which will also save you a lot of money on testing once your funnel is launched.
The planned start date for the virtual hackathons is 12th October 2019.
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Russell came up with the idea of the Funnel Flix feature from Netflix, but rather than having a library of movies and TV shows to choose from, you’ll have access to some of the best business training courses available online.
Regardless if you’re a standard Platinum ClickFunnels user, you can access Funnel Flix from inside your dashboard. However, you can also find it directly at this domain http://members.funnelflix.com.
When you’re inside Funnel Flix you’ll see the 4 tabs:
The first tab is for ClickFunnels standard members. Yes, there are training courses in there even for standard members, which is awesome!
The second tab is for platinum members. In here you have access to most of the training courses. Russell explains that they can’t give platinum members access to all of the training due to licensing, but you have access to nearly all of them.
The third tab is ClickFunnels Collective, which Russell did not mention during the birthday celebrations on 22nd September. However, it’s going to be a third-level account above the Platinum level and will not be available until Funnel Hacking Live on January 29 – February 1, 2020, in Nashville, Tennessee.
During the lead to FHL, I will be tracking all the info on this so you can see my updates on [ClickFunnels Collective here].
What I can tell you about this 3rd plan now though is that not only does it unlock all of the training courses, you will also get your own support representative, regular live group training sessions, and the opportunity to attend live events held every quarter.
Back to Funnel Flix…
When you log in you’ll notice that you have access to tons of training on the Platinum account and also a few great training courses are also available for standard members, which surprised me.
Standard Plan Courses
- 30 Days Summit
- Affiliate Bootcamp
- eCommerce Training (coming soon)
- Brick & Morter Training (coming soon)
- The 10X Documentary
- Operation Toussaint
- Funnel Hacking Live
- Funnel Builder Secrets
- Product Secrets
- Money Mindset – by John Reese
- The Private Collection – by Tony Robbins
Platinum Plan Courses
- One Funnel Away Challenge
- Funnel University
- Funnel Agency Secrets
- Funnel Hackathon
- 10X Secrets
- High Ticket Secrets (coming soon)
- Traffic Secrets
- YouTube Traffic Secrets (coming soon)
- Outsource Force – by John Reese
- Course Secrets (coming soon)
- OfferMind – by Steven Larsen (coming soon)
- The Anthology – by Jay Abraham (coming soon)
- The Warrior’s Way Doctrine – by Garrett J.White
The Collective Courses
- Agora Financial Copywriting
- Agora Financial Media Buying
See also: Ways to be successful with ClickFunnels
The Funnel Hacker Forum
Setting up a private ClickFunnels forum is a great move in my opinion and something I think they should have done a long time ago.
The Official ClickFunnels FB group is now very crowded with over 200,000 members, even though there are currently only around 95,000 people who pay for a ClickFunnels account.
I don’t know about you but personally, I find it super distracting to have to log in to Facebook while I’m working.
It’s also kinda confusing how Facebook organizes the info posted in groups as posts are often not in chronological order and it can sometimes take ages to find a post that you want to go back to.
So, finally, we now have a private community that is only for paying members.
The forum is much easier to navigate, clearer, and no way near as distracting as Facebook.
You’ll find the forum inside Funnel Flix, which is kinda a strange place to have it. I think it makes more sense to have access to it from the main ClickFunnels dashboard, but that’s not really a big deal.
It’s still early days so it’s not clear yet how popular the forum will be, but I’d imagine a lot of the members will start posting in there more over time, especially when it comes to more specific info on funnel building.
ClickFunnels Platinum: My Final Thoughts
I think the new changes ClickFunnels have made are a good thing for the company and their users. It’s great to see that there will be more focus on the core product, which will make the funnel and landing page software even better for everyone.
ClickFunnels Platinum is also an excellent idea in my opinion. It’s well known that Russell’s training courses are among some of the best in the IM space. Since some of them can be pretty expensive, ClickFunnels Premium makes it more affordable and will increase everyone’s chances of having success online.
I personally don’t mind about the phasing out of Actionetics and Backpack as I don’t use them. At the moment I currently have the $97 per month plan and I’m already benefiting from the training available in Funnel Flix and the Funnel Hacker forum.
However, once I’m done with those training I will probably upgrade to Platinum as the extra training looks awesome!