17 Reasons You Need InfusionSoft For Your Small Business

17 Reasons You Need InfusionSoftThis is a post about email marketing. More importantly, it's a post about why email marketing will make or break your business in the next 3 years. I thought about a different title. Maybe something like, "17 Reasons You Need Smarter Email Marketing." But the reality is, I've yet to find a tool that does everything InfusionSoft does consistently, reliably, elegantly, and effectively. So this is really a post about all of the reasons you need InfusionSoft to pull off the kind of email marketing your really need for your business to grow.

Of course, InfusionSoft does a lot more than just email marketing (see reason #13), but everything it does is geared towards improving your email marketing (and all of your other marketing).

In case you're wondering, we definitely use InfusionSoft here at Convert With Content. Also, just for the record, I don't work for InfusionSoft, but I am a certified "Infusionsoft Sales & Marketing Expert" and a referral partner.

If you're not yet an InfusionSoft customer, this post will give you an idea of what's possible. If you are already an InfusionSoft customer, this post will motivate you to continue exploring and pushing the boundaries of how you're currently using the software.

1. Your current email marketing provider is one-dimensional.
Are you still stuck in the stone age with Aweber, Constant Contact, or the like? It's time to saddle up and get ready for the big leagues. There's still a lot you can pull off with these simpler tools, but they're just not as robust enough for you to scale your business.

2. Your customers are smarter.
Look, you need better data for one simple reason - your customers expect better marketing. They expect more personalized marketing. And if that's not what you're delivering, you can count on losing their interest very fast.

3. You need a tool that can multiply your efforts.
As a small business, you have to wear a lot of hats. InfusionSoft operates the same way - it wears a lot of hats and is capable of performing a lot of complex tasks so you don't have to. Time is money.

4. You need to accurately track your lead sources.
Lead Source tracking is one of my all-time favorite InfusionSoft features. At the end of every quarter and every year, you should be able to look back and quickly calculate the new leads, new customers, and
new revenue that came from specific Lead Sources. Maybe Twitter is bringing you loads of new prospects who actually spend a lot of money? This is vital information.

5. You absolutely must know your Lifetime Customer Value.
Also during your annual analysis periods, you should be determining what a customer is worth to you. InfusionSoft makes this process a snap.

6. You need email marketing campaigns (not autoresponders).
Again, those old school email marketing tools are mostly based around simple auto responders that send out scheduled emails at planned intervals. But those emails get delivered to EVERYBODY on your list. This is not targeted marketing. It's old school, and it's quickly fading away.

7. You need marketing that targets behaviors.
If a customer logs into your website, that's something you should ACT on. If your customer hasn't logged into your website, that's also something you should ACT on. Same thing for email opens, email clicks, and purchasing behavior. The future is in behavioral-based marketing. And the future is already here.

8. You need a trusted email provider.
Most people don't think about this one, but it's very important. InfusionSoft invests a lot of manpower and resources into ensuring that they can send your emails and be trusted by ISPs and email providers. For this reason, InfusionSoft has a very low tolerance for spamming practices by its customers. This is good news for those of us using the software since it keeps our email deliverability rate healthy.

9. You need a company that actually cares about small business.
If you ever get a chance, I highly recommend taking a trip to InfusionSoft's office megaplex in Chandler, Arizona. The whole place is like a shrine to small business. They may not be small themselves now, but you can definitely see how important small business is to them.

10. You need easy integration with WordPress.
Chances are good you're using WordPress to run either your entire website or at least your business blog. InfusionSoft plugs right into WordPress and even has some nifty enhancement features you can potentially program/add in to boot!

11. You need an easy way to capture lots of data about each customer.
This is key. Your customers are your greatest asset. You need a tool that can quickly and easily capture data about every single customer you have, so you can then use that data intelligently to grow your business.

12. You need an email marketing provider invested in the future.
InfusionSoft is backed by some very large investment capital firms. They are definitely here for the long-haul and will continue improving their software for years and decades to come.

13. You need an all-in-one solution.
Unless you can afford an entire tech team of programmers and developers, you really need a system that can do it all for you. From processing credit cards to generating CRM sales reports, this is your ace in the hole.

14. You need up selling, cross-selling, down-selling, and side-selling.
All of it is possible, and more.

15. You need tags.
InfusionSoft allows you to tag your contacts based on their specific behavior. This alone is reason enough to pick up the phone and call them right now. 🙂

16. You need an open API for growing and scaling down the road.
Yes, your business will need to grow. But even if you need custom add-ons, InfusionSoft's API allows for this kind of flexibility.

17. You need a system you can count on every day.
Phone support, email support, live chat, and a teams of people all devoted to helping you grow your business.

Jason Clegg

Jason Clegg is the CEO & Founder of Convert With Content. He's on a MISSION to help small businesses convert tire-kickers into lifetime customers & raving fans with #ConvertWithContent marketing systems that work! His secret weapon is Infusionsoft.

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Jason Clegg - November 21, 2013 Reply

Are you an Infusionsoft user? What would you add to this list?

Matthew - May 29, 2014 Reply

Hello Jason–I’ve been working with Stephanie on a Social Media Plan and also just purchased your webinar series. Yesterday, Stephanie talked to me about Infusionsoft and mentioned that you were the operations guru. I’m trying to figure out the best solution on my end–try and work with existing software or move to something new.

Your 17 Reasons is very helpful. From this, I’m trying to create a checklist of key attributes my marketing automation/CRM system should have. Please let me know if I am missing anything per your experience.

1. CRM functionality. Right now I’m using Contactually
2. Lead Integration from your web form to your CRM–not sure I can do this with current tools.
3. Word Press Integration (perhaps a subset of #2)
4. Behavior Based Email Marketing–I may be able to do this via Sales Fusion (a program my company already uses)

Thank you!

    Jason Clegg - May 29, 2014 Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    Sure thing, happy to help. Here are my comments on your notes:

    1. CRM Functionality
    -This is a definite must-have. Since you’re already using Contactually, you’re clearly already aware of how much intelligence a CRM can add to your business. The reason I like Infusionsoft so much is it’s a small business CRM at its core. Everything gets tied to every prospect’s “Contact Record” which opens the door to a lot of possibilities marketing-wise.

    2. Lead Integration
    -Yes, every single web form, contact form, opt-in form, etc, should be connected to your CRM. You can manually handle this, but it does get pretty clunky moving data around all the time. The bonus with Infusionsoft is you get reporting and tracking on all your web forms. This is called “Lead Source” tracking (which I describe in #4 on my list above).

    3. WordPress Integration
    Most tools will integrate with wordpress pretty easily. Infusionsoft does have a few plugins that make the process easier, but even without those plugins it’s simply a matter of copy-and-paste with web form code and tracking code.

    4. Behavioral Marketing
    This is where everything comes together. If you’re using Sales Fusion for this, I’m assuming it plugs right into your Contactually data? Is that right? The most important thing with behavioral-response marketing is that you’re system is setup to *respond* to your contacts’ behavior as it happens. So if I’m on your list and I complete actions X, Y, and Z, you can trigger marketing sequence A, B, and C.

    It sounds like you have quite a lot in place already. The biggest advantage with Infusionsoft is everything is integrated under “one roof” so-to-speak. That would be the one reason you should investigate their software further — to simplify and improve your system.

    Hope that helps!
    -Jason

Pat - June 1, 2014 Reply

HI there Jason

Thanks for this. It’s awesome. I think I’m staring down the inevitable barrel of IS purchase but I’m a numbers man and like planning things in ahead of time in my busy schedule.

To get a couple of campaigns up and running, to import all my contacts to IS and be semi-offait with the workings of it, how many hours would I personally have to invest into it. Ball park figure will do (please don’t say, “it depends…”!)

Thanks so much for your time and for the awesome blog post.

Standing by thankfully

Pat

    Jason Clegg - June 3, 2014 Reply

    Hi Pat,

    Great question! And I will do my very best to avoid the “it depends” response as much as possible. 🙂

    Basically here’s what I think the typical NEW user should expect:

    Option A (5-10 Total Hours — About 1-2 Weeks)
    You need to spend about 5-10 hours generally familiarizing yourself with how Infusionsoft works. This can be accomplished by most people in the 4 or so coaching sessions you get from the Infusionsoft team when you purchase the software. This option is the bare minimum that EVERYONE needs to invest regardless of your budget and your use of the software. Even if you have a large budget to invest in an Infusionsoft Consultant and/or Implementation Expert, you should still invest this much time to get to know how it works.

    Option B (10-20 Hours — About 3-4 Weeks)
    This second level will also be required for MOST users. This is for the folks who plan to do pretty much all of it themselves. Within about 10-20 hours you should have a strong grasp on creating campaigns, setting up your web forms, organizing your contacts, etc.

    Option C (40-80 Hours — About 2-3 Months)
    This next level will be for the folks who really want to go to that ADVANCED level with their Infusionsoft implementation. This would include watching lots of the Infusionsoft training videos and maybe even investing in the Infusionsoft University program and/or a home study course.

    Keep in mind, these are rough estimates. A lot of this hinges around your learning speed and your online experience. If you already have a strong background with Aweber, MailChimp, Constant Contact, or a similar “basic email marketing” platform, then you should have a leg-up on everyone else.

    I’m definitely a big fan of Infusionsoft, but I’m also a realist. The reality is you’re going to need to invest a fair amount of time (or MONEY) to make this work for you.

    Hope this is helpful!

Sarah - August 6, 2014 Reply

Hi there,
I have infusionsoft and a sales funnel implemented in there. I would like to see if you have a service that can help look through my funnel, make improvements, increase conversions and look at my copywriting in my system. Is this something you can do?

Thanks

sarah

Madeleine - June 2, 2017 Reply

I have several websites/blogs, targeting different people. But I don’t make much. Certainly not enough to pay for Infusion Soft. I can’t pay yet more money on yet more advice that generally doesn’t work. It’s tough out there! Dipping a toe in but am very mindful….

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