ConvertKit vs. Kartra, which one is your favorite? This is my in-depth Kartra review including what I like and don’t like about it.
When I started blogging, just like most people, I signed up with ConvertKit for my email marketing platform but luckily within my first month, I learned about Kartra and how it’s an all-in-one business platform that allows you to do EVERYTHING you can think of! (memberships sites, email broadcasts, sales funnel software and builder, squeeze pages, and more)
So I decided to try it for just a $1.00 here for 14 days and guess what? I never went back to ConvertKit!
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There’s really no true comparison between Kartra and ConvertKit (because Kartra surpasses ConvertKit at all levels) but tons of small business owners still ask me why I switched from ConvertKit to Kartra.
So in this post, I’ll go over the 8 big reasons that made me switch and stick with Kartra, and how Kartra helped me not only save tons of money but also make seven-figures with my online business!
Watch the full Kartra review here on my YT channel to see Kartra vs ConvertKit comparison for small businesses (and subscribe please!)
Here’s an example of Juan asking me the same question in my Facebook group here –
So I made this quick impromptu video for everyone in my Facebook group that highlights all the major key points you need to know about Kartra.
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Click below to watch my quick Kartra review (at the time, it had helped me make $300,000 from my online business)-
8 Reasons Why I Switched From ConvertKit to Kartra & Saved Money: Kartra Review 2023
If you watched my video above then you already got the idea that Kartra is way more advanced than ConvertKit, and Kartra pricing is much more affordable for ALL that you can do with it.
Both ConvertKit and Kartra allow you to collect leads/subscribers from your website and send emails to them. They also have nice looking email opt-in forms that you can use to have people subscribe to your email list.
Both are great for email marketing campaigns, automation and autoresponders but Kartra takes this to the next level.
Here are my 8 big Reasons Why I Switched From ConvertKit to Kartra, and my in-depth Kartra review to help you:
1. Kartra’s Built-in e-commerce and Sales Funnels
When I started my online business, I knew I wanted to make money blogging right away but I DIDN’T want to pay for 3-4 different business platforms to accomplish that.
For example, paying for ConvertKit, then Teachable, Lead Pages, ClickFunnels, etc was becoming too costly and not to mention, inconvenient!
Plus I couldn’t imagine spending all the time to learn 3 different platforms with the million other things I had to do as an entrepreneur! (you know what I’m talking about)
I wanted a “one-stop” shop easy solution and Kartra was the only such platform that offered everything I needed at the price I could afford as a beginner blogger.
Kartra Sales Funnel Builder
I love that it has a built-in e-commerce capability where you can easily create, host, and sell multiple products right through Kartra.
I sell 20+ different products and they all are hosted and sold through Kartra.
I use their sales funnel builder for multiple products. You can easily integrate multiple payment processor options such as PayPal and Stripe (credit card) and add different price points to make it easier for you to sell through your website.
See my example below (you can even create pretty looking “sales pages” and “checkout pages” within minutes with their built-in templates) –
You can even offer upsells, downsells, and bump offers right through Kartra.
Any digital products you sell from your websites such as online courses, ebooks, or even physical products can be easily sold through Kartra from the beginning till the end without scratching your head.
You can also see how your products are selling with their cool sophisticated analytics in your Kartra dashboard when you log in.
With ConvertKit, you cannot sell anything from their platform. It’s only good for email marketing services. If you want to sell something from your website then you’d need to integrate WooCommerce or pay for additional tools like Shopify, Teachable, ClickFunnels, InfusionSoft, etc.
These are all Kartra competitors but cost more. Either way, you will have to pay for ConvertKit in addition to another platform for your e-commerce and business needs.
So if you do the math in this Kartra review – with ConvertKit vs. Kartra – you will end up paying a lot more each month in the end. I’ve done the price comparison in detail in this Kartra review below.
2. Kartra’s Well-Designed Beautiful Unlimited Landing Pages and Forms
This is by far my favorite feature about Kartra – they have built-in customizable templates for everything you can think of!
Whether you are looking to create a sales page, thank you page, checkout page, they have it all as you can see below! Plus all kinds of beautiful email opt-in forms for you to pick from as part of their form builder.
These are professionally designed templates you can start using right away to save tons of time in your business marketing. Simply plug in your information and change the text or colors as needed to customize it based on your business. No more wasting hours trying to create a sales page from scratch!
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I’m all about saving HOURS and DAYS by working with templates, and I do the same with these Pinterest templates too when I design pins for my blog posts.
Otherwise, you will waste SO much time, and as busy entrepreneurs, we don’t have the luxury of time on our hands. But Kartra allows you to speed up your progress with tons of pre-made templates for you and you can even create and save your own template for future use.
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Kartra vs. ConvertKit comes with a built-in landing page builder and personalization.
Kartra gives you a front-end page builder where you can design your pages and email forms as you go, meaning you can see everything on the front end. Just like hundreds of page-building templates, you also get pre-filled forms for anything you need!
With ConvertKit, you only get a built-in landing page creator but not a marketplace of different templates that Kartra offers!
Here’s an example of an email opt-in form I created in Kartra in 5 minutes with their built-in template:
I love that Kartra offers a built-in library of stock photos and design templates you can instantly use in your pages and forms.
There are thousands of icons you can easily incorporate into your sales pages and save each section or page for future use. Check out some of the sales pages I designed in Kartra for my legal templates here to see what I mean!
It’s also worth noting that these templates provided by Kartra are well-tested in the industry to convert the best and some of the copywriting you see as part of them are simply genius!
Again, you don’t have to waste time “thinking” what to write – a lot of times, you can simply tweak the existing copy on these templates. Anytime you tweak a sales page, landing page, or email opt-in form, it gets updated everywhere automatically.
Check out Kartra here and watch their videos to see for yourself!
3. Kartra Video Marketing and Hosting
As I mentioned above, you can host all your digital products right there in Kartra. But guess what? You also do the same for your videos! Pretty amazing, right?!
Video marketing is the best way to grow your business as you can see all the benefits of video in this post. Videos also generate more sales and collect leads.
ConvertKit vs. Kartra does not allow you to integrate or embed videos in their pages. You’d need to purchase another plugin to add videos. But with Kartra, you can easily host all your videos with a customizable player to get more shares, conversions and of course sales!
Kartra Video Sales Landing Pages
If you look at my photo above about Kartra pages, you will see that Kartra even has “video sales page” templates because they recognize how powerful and impactful videos are for business marketing these days. You can easily embed videos directly in Kartra.
Kartra also automatically tags the people who watched your video so if someone didn’t watch it the first time, you can send them a follow-up email – basically, giving you more chances to convert your leads into paying customers!
This kind of advanced automation is only available in Kartra, not ConvertKit. You can add videos everywhere – in your Kartra mail, sales pages, opt-in forms, and anywhere else! The best thing is that you can even see how many times your video was watched and for how long.
For example, check out my freelance contract template here where I easily added my YouTube video on the sales page without any third-party plugins or integration. Again, Kartra makes it pretty easy for beginner bloggers and entrepreneurs to use videos on their all in-one marketing platform.
Check out more details and read Kartra reviews here
4. Built-in Affiliate Program for Your Products and Services
Here’s another big way you save money with Kartra – they have an easy affiliate program already built-in for your products and services, so you don’t need to pay additional for it.
This is a great tool for online business owners to make money online through affiliate marketing. You can manage your affiliates right there in Kartra and it automatically tracks their affiliate commissions.
This feature alone was enough for me to stick with Kartra vs. ConvertKit because I didn’t want to pay extra for a third party plugin to host my affiliate program.
If you don’t know, affiliate marketing is essential for your business growth, especially if you sell products. You want others to promote your products easily and for that, you need a system that tracks everything like their cookie period, sales, and provides easy access to an affiliate dashboard. Kartra provides all that and more!
Not only you can see all your affiliate sales but Kartra also allows your affiliates to login into their Kartra account and see their analytics like how many people have visited their affiliate links and how many sales they have made in a month, year, etc.
ConvertKit vs. Kartra fails to offer an affiliate management feature, so you are stuck having to pay additional for this through a third-party platform.
Again, do you want to pay extra for 3 different components and platforms to run your business or have the convenience of everything in one place for you? For me, that choice was pretty easy! I’m all about convenience and Kartra makes my life easy as an entrepreneur.
If it wasn’t for Kartra, I’d not have 1000+ affiliates promoting my legal templates today and it’s growing every day! I love residual income and unlike ConvertKit, Kartra gives me and my affiliates everything we need to make money together!
So far I’ve paid THOUSANDS in affiliate commissions as you can see below – thanks to Kartra for making everything so simple for business needs!
Imagine how much money I’d have lost WITHOUT an affiliate program for my products! Kartra makes it so easy to sign up as an affiliate. You can literally sign up in 5 minutes, grab your affiliate link and begin using it everywhere on your website, blog posts, and social media platforms.
Sign up for my affiliate program here to see how it looks and also earn a generous 40% commission on my legal templates. You’ll also get to see the inside of Kartra firsthand.
By the way, it’s FREE to sign up as an affiliate for my legal templates here.
Affiliate Agreement Template
Important: If you need an affiliate terms and conditions template for your program then get it here.
5. Kartra Membership Site / Portal for Course Creators and Content Creators
ConvertKit vs. Kartra does not have any membership site capability. But if you are a course creator then this is a must for you!
With Kartra, you get a membership site to host your content and you can easily create lessons and modules for your courses. You can also embed videos and build a membership portal to sell multiple courses to a single user.
You can also assign access levels to your members so if they purchased a starter membership then they only get access to that particular content. It’s pretty cool how much you can do within Kartra. Again, it truly lives up to what it claims – ALL-IN-ONE platform.
You can also time-release (drip campaigns) your content to your users and analyze their behavior due to Kartra’s advanced analytics.
This also eliminates the need for paying $99/month for Teachable or any other platform to host your course.
Check out more details and Kartra reviews here.
6. Kartra Calendar and Help Desk Features
Because I offer blog, business, and legal coaching, having a built-in calendar in Kartra is very convenient and important for me! ConvertKit v. Kartra does not offer any such capabilities.
If you are a consultant or a coach, you are going to love how Kartra offers you an intuitive calendar tool where your customers/clients can check, schedule and self-manage their appointments on their own.
It even sends automated appointment reminders to your clients for you. Isn’t that a huge blessing? No more confusion over different time zones either.
With ConvertKit, you’d have to pay extra to use another software such as a calendar to book your coaching appointments. You don’t need third party software like Calendly either.
Free or Paid Kartra Calendar Options
You can offer free or paid appointments through your calendar and you can define your availability schedule. It even offers different kinds of calendars, which is again quite incredible! You can pick from –
- Consultant model -You define your business hours, and your users will select their preferred time window for a one-off session.
- Recurring class model -You define your business hours, and your users will select their preferred time window for a recurring session.
- Gym model– Your recurring sessions will be set at a fixed day/hour of the week, and multiple users may subscribe to them.
- Live event model – Your one-off live events will be set at a fixed date and time in the calendar, and multiple users may subscribe to them.
WOW, right? Talk about giving you tons of options to run a smooth business! Kartra doesn’t disappoint!
Click here to see the product demo video.
Kartra also offers a help desk feature, which I’ve not used yet but I love that it’s available because as my business is growing, I plan on using it soon.
Their helpdesk feature allows you to offer support to your customers and resolve their issues quickly via live chat or a built-in email reply system. It allows your customers to create a trackable ticket system instead of flooding your inbox! This way, each issue is tracked properly and resolved in a timely efficient manner.
Moreover, it’s excellent for customer support and retention because now your customers can track the status of their tickets/requests and you can also measure the amount of time it’s taking you to resolve issues.
In my opinion, these additional features of Kartra are a great way to enhance your customer service for better results.
7. Kartra Facebook Community and Kartra Academy
It truly helps that Kartra has a huge Facebook community of over 15,000 members ready to help you! I’ve used the FB community to ask questions and have gotten answers within minutes!
In addition, once you choose Kartra, you also get access to Kartra Academy where tons of training videos are available to guide you through everything even though most of it is pretty self-explanatory.
I have only accessed 1-2 trainings so far to improve my learning curve. But everything else, I learned by simply using the platform because of its ease of use!
Also, they offer “Done For You” Campaigns that I’ve not personally used much but tons of entrepreneurs I know use them. These are pre-made campaigns you can download and begin using right away to grow your business such as email automation, sales page sequence, lead generation, membership system campaign, consulting campaign, product launch, and so many more!
8. Kartra Pricing compared to ConvertKit
So now let’s see how Kartra compares to ConvertKit in pricing. ConvertKit’s basic plan starts with $29/month and Kartra’s Starter plan starts with only $99/month but look at EVERYTHING we discussed above that you can do with Kartra vs. ConvertKit.
No doubt, Kartra’s Silver plan is the best option and that’s the plan I use now but if I was still with ConvertKit then I’d be paying more than $80 ONLY for email marketing because my subscribers are above $5K! So think about how fast your entire business will grow and invest wisely. I grew to more than $5K subscribers in my first year!
That’s why you need to plan ahead and invest in the right platform that gives you the best value for your money.
ConvertKit vs. Kartra fails to offer 6 different business capabilities we discussed above. This means you will pay extra for all those unique features like hosting your affiliate program for your products, calendar, membership sites, and others.
Let’s do the math, it would cost you $300/month extra for these 3 important features to run your business:
- Membership site for your courses – $99 for Teachable for example
- Affiliate management software – $99 for a third-party plugin
- Video hosting platform – $99 a month for Wistia for example
If you were to add a calendar or a help desk feature or even a page builder like Lead pages to your business then expect to pay $200 additional every month! So before you know it, it would cost you $300-$500 more to pay for additional software and tools that you can save by simply sticking with Kartra!
Ultimately, it’s a no-brainer to use Kartra for your online business or online store. It’s super affordable considering you get tons of features under one roof, saving you time and money each month!
No matter which plan you select with Kartra, you still get ALL the features above and here.
What I Didn’t Like about Kartra
This in-depth Kartra review wouldn’t be complete if I wasn’t honest about what I don’t like about Kartra. So far, there’s only one thing that I wish they did differently, which is the ability to purchase multiple quantities of a product all in one shopping cart.
In other words, Kartra is not designed to work like WooCommerce or Shopify where you can add as many products as you like in your shopping cart all under one order.
With Kartra, you can only select one product at a time unless you use their “bump order” option, which allows two products to be added to the same shopping cart. So you have to make multiple purchases if you want to buy 2 or more things.
But keep in mind that order bumps don’t integrate with PayPal.
For someone like me who sells 20+ different legal templates and products, this is an important feature that I need to make the buying experience for my customers easy and hassle-free.
If you are selling a limited number of products then you won’t miss this feature but if you are like me selling tons of products then you will want this to make it easier for your customers to buy from you!
This is a simple feature that I’m surprised to see missing in Kartra! If they add it (which I believe their Development team) is working on then without a shadow of a doubt, Kartra would be the best tool and perfect platform for ANY online business and marketing efforts!
Their price point is great, their features are out of this world and the ease and support system are excellent as well.
Overall Kartra is a very easy-to-use platform and has inherent characteristics of usage. However, it lacks one more thing, and that is a contented blogging system. So in case you want to integrate a cool blog and use it for content marketing, it can be difficult.
Of course, there is always WordPress as an option but bear in mind that this is complicated, time-consuming, and even frustrating.
Luckily, there are other people that think Kartra is awesome for your e-commerce store and they have made it easy to integrate a blog into it. Moreover, DropInBlog is a third-party tool that allows one to integrate an awesome blog into a Kartra website very easily and quickly.
They have a great guide on how to integrate a blog to Kartra with DropInBlog, so check it out! Having a blog on your site can help you interact and target your audience to educate and engage them. This leads to an increased conversion rate and strengthens your brand image.
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Kartra Review Summary- Is Kartra Worth it vs. ConvertKit?
I understand it’s not easy to decide where to spend your money! So many tools and so many good options!
I get it, I’ve been there. But with the right tools, you will reach your business goals much faster like I did where Kartra helped me make $78,000 with my full-time job as a lawyer!
I hope this detailed Karta review vs. ConvertKit really highlighted a lot of advanced features of Kartra and the main differences between the two platforms.
It also showed you how Kartra is truly the best all in-one online marketing solution at a very affordable price that allows you to do everything you need to grow your business quickly, making it the best choice!
If you have any questions about Kartra, just comment below or email me.
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FAQ on Kartra vs. ConvertKit
Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions about Kartra vs. ConvertKit
What is Kartra good for?
As a recap, Kartra is a powerful all-in-one marketing platform designed to help entrepreneurs, small business owners and marketers create effective sales funnels, launch campaigns, build membership sites and manage their online presence.
It offers easy-to-use drag & drop tools to design custom web pages, automated email sequences and landing pages that can be used for lead generation, sales pages and subscription forms.
Kartra also provides powerful analytics to track campaigns, optimize content and measure results.
Finally, Kartra integrates with popular payment gateways like PayPal and Stripe to offer customers flexible payment options. All in all, Kartra is a great tool for entrepreneurs looking to increase their online presence and grow their businesses.
What is the difference between Kartra and Kajabi?
While both platforms have similar features, they differ in a few key areas.
Kartra is designed to offer more comprehensive marketing solutions than Kajabi. This includes sales funnels, email automation, and membership sites. With Kartra’s built-in customer relationship management (CRM) system, you can track customer data and use it to make better decisions about marketing campaigns.
Kajabi focuses more on product creation and delivery, allowing you to create digital products such as courses, memberships sites, webinars, and other digital content.
It offers a comprehensive range of features for managing customers and payments. While Kartra also provides these services, its focus remains on marketing automation.
Kartra is a great choice for businesses looking to streamline their marketing processes, while Kajabi is better suited for those who wish to create and distribute digital products.
Both platforms offer powerful integrations with other third-party software, making them both suitable solutions depending on the needs of your business.
What is the difference between ClickFunnels and ConvertKit?
ClickFunnels is a sales funnel builder that allows businesses to create automated and high-converting sales funnels. It provides users with powerful features such as split testing, analytics, A/B testing, opt-in forms, and much more.
ClickFunnels also offers integrations with other popular marketing tools like Zapier and Facebook Pixel, allowing users to optimize their funnels and maximize ROI.
On the other hand, ConvertKit is an email marketing automation platform that allows businesses to manage their leads and contacts with ease. It provides customizable, automated emails as well as powerful segmentation and automation features.
Its drag-and-drop interface makes it easy for users to create emails that are tailored to their business needs. ConvertKit also offers integrations with various other services, including Stripe and Shopify.
Both ClickFunnels and ConvertKit offer powerful marketing automation tools designed to help businesses optimize their sales funnels and increase conversion rates.
However, while they share many similarities, they each have unique features that make them ideal for different types of businesses.
ClickFunnels is great for those looking to create automated sales funnels, while ConvertKit is a great choice for businesses that need more advanced email marketing functions.
Ultimately, the right tool will depend on the needs of your business and which features you prioritize.
What is ConvertKit used for?
As a recap, ConvertKit is a powerful marketing automation tool designed to help you turn casual readers into loyal customers. ConvertKit enables you to create targeted email sequences, capture new subscribers, segment your audience based on their interests and preferences, and automate follow-up emails to keep your customers engaged.
The platform also includes features such as A/B testing, sign-up forms, automation rules, and segmentation capabilities. It also integrates with many popular online services such as Shopify, PayPal, WordPress, and Zapier. With ConvertKit you can easily create powerful email campaigns that will help you increase conversions and grow your business online.
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- AI writing tool to write blog posts 10x faster, create social media content, videos, and any kind of content to save time in business
- Tax Saving Forms
- CPA Solution Membership to get all your tax and accounting questions answered!
- This SEO tool to make sure your blog posts rank on the first page of Google
- Free SEO Masterclass to learn how to optimize your blog posts for SEO to rank on Google. You can also buy this awesome bundle of ebooks instead if you prefer ebooks over video training.
- Best accounting software to manage profit and loss and more!
- Best payroll service (super affordable too)
- Is Your Giveaway Legal?
- A great all-in-one business platform for email communications, sales pages, and more!
- This Paraphrasing tool to create original work for the client
- Beautiful theme for your website
- Millionaire blogger’s secrets here and tons of valuable resources.
- How to start your blogging business and make money online
- How to make money from affiliate marketing
So, I couldn’t wait to read this post because I have ConvertKit and all of those other services and I’m not making a lot of money yet. So, I keep debating about Kartra because the all-in-one is definitely tempting. But of course, that will mean learning a new system all over again. This post really helped me see that there are quite a few benefits to Kartra. Thank you!
Yes, Karta is great! Glad you enjoyed this post, Heather!
What a great post! I never heard about Kartra and I’ve been looking for options as I’m with Convertkit . Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome! Glad to help to decide 🙂
We also switched from Convert Kit. It was our starter. Thanks for sharing 😊.
Great, glad you liked this post!
This is great info! I’m not quite ready for Kartra, but I’m definitely keeping it in mind for the future. Thanks for the in-depth review, it is really helpful 🙂
I am glad you did this comparison so people know that they actually have choices. It is always a great learning curve going through your posts and this one was no different. Great work.
haha thanks, Nadia! So glad you loved the post.
Interesting! I really like ConvertKit, but I’m planning on venturing into ecommerce over the next few months…Maybe I’ll have to give Kartra a closer look!
Yeah try it and see how you like it 🙂
I hadn’t heard of Kartra and it certainly sounds amazing. The example opt in looks great too. I’ve been using Aweber researching different providers. Thanks for the timely information.
You are welcome! Glad to help, Angie!
The fact that it covers you for everything – email, ecommerce, etc – that’s a HUGE advantage! As bloggers and online business owners, we have enough on our plates already without having to juggle a dozen different programs to meet our needs. Thanks for sharing!
Exactly! That’s why I love Kartra – you don’t have to learn 10 different platforms lol
Great review, I’m a big fan of Kartra too.
It has some fantastic features and the only cons are minor things that don’t matter to me (or most people I think).
Thanks, Sam! I’m so glad you love Kartra too and found this review post helpful 😀
Thanks for this honest review Amira.
I am 3 months into blogging and I am still yet to make a dollar from blogging.
However, I am now going to use Karta to create a product so I can start earning
Thank you – I’m glad this post helped you! Keep me posted on your product creation and how you like Kartra!
I will surely do that and possibly learn enough about affiliate marketing so i can sell your products as an affiliate too
That sounds great! I wish you all the best with your blogging business 🙂
I personally use revue because I do not need the many bells and whistles and i find it annoying that companies charge an arm and a leg for either the amount of emails or amount of subscribers one has. Again that just my opinion not saying this article is not helpful just sharing an option
Makes perfect sense, Jimmy! I don’t like the cost of Kartra either but I do need its different features for my particular business needs though 🙂
Thank you for providing such useful information; I had no idea Kartra also served as a platform for lead generation and email marketing. I’ll look into it. Thank you for sharing.
You are welcome, Evon!