Sales Funnel Explained – Sales Funnel Tutorial For Beginners (Step By Step)

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– Hey everybody, this
is Russell Brunson,
and today we’re talking
about sales funnels tutorials
for beginners, and to do
that I want to show you guys
my very first sales funnel
I built as a beginner.
In fact, this is a picture
of me here on the slide.
This is me with my shaved
head making a potato gun.
This is the very first, one of
the very first landing pages
and there’s a doodle
of me shooting potato guns
’cause I am a potato gun expert,
but we’re gonna talk about
just the basic concepts
behind a sales funnel because
I think at first people get
all complicated, like oh, it’s
gonna be really difficult,
it’s gonna be hard, but
I want you to understand
this is really, really simple.
So here is an actual potato gun.
I don’t know if you can see
it on the camera or not,
but we’re gonna walk
you guys through this.
When I first created this
with my buddy Nate Plohn,
I was going to college at the
time, I was trying to figure
out like how do I make
money on the Internet,
and someone said you should
sell information products.
I was like, that’s awesome,
but I don’t know anything
about anything, and then that
weekend was spring break,
and Nate and I went
and we made potato guns
and had a great weekend,
and then fast forward
to like the next Monday,
I’m back in school,
sitting there kind of like
doing the bored school thing,
and all of a sudden I
was like wait a minute,
I know how to make
a potato gun now.
That’s information, can I
create a product about that?
And so I was freaking
out, I went online.
At the time, there’s a
website you could search
to see how many people were
searching for different keywords
and there were 18,000
people a month searching
for the phrase how to make a
potato gun or potato gun plans
or spud gun plans, and
nobody had a product,
and I was like light bulb,
I’m gonna make a
product teaching that.
So I got Nate, we went
down to Home Depot,
we got a video camera out,
we filmed this whole thing,
and we made our very
first, very first product,
and I put it online and I
didn’t know how to sell anything
so I just had like
a basic website.
The website was like hey,
come and buy my thing,
and then I went to this
thing called Google.
You guys may have heard of it
before, and on Google they had
these things right here,
and on the side there were
these ads, and so I would
pay for the Google ad,
someone would click on the
ad, they’d come over here,
they would see this thing,
and they’d be like oh my gosh,
I must buy this DVD so I can
learn how to make a potato gun,
and some of them would give
me money, and initially
when we first started selling
this, we were selling it
for $37 a piece, and so
people would buy that,
and that was my business, and
I remember putting the ads up
and I was spending
about $10 a day.
Let me do the math over here,
so I was spending $10 a day
in ads over here, and
from that I was averaging
about one sale a day, okay?
Now, as a college kid, I’m
looking at this and I said okay,
I give Mr. Google $10 and
then he gives me back 37.
That means I got $27
to put in my pocket.
Next day I gave Mr. Google
$10, he gave me back 37,
I put 27 in my pocket,
and I kept doing this,
and I was like I am
the smartest man alive,
and then something
evil happened.
The guys over at Google
decided they wanted
to make more money, and so
they changed their algorithms.
I’m not gonna get into
that, but they changed
their algorithm, and
so no longer was it
like I spend $10 and I make 37.
Instead, I started spending $10.
Excuse me, like my ad cost
went up so I started spending
$50 a day to make
one sale, okay?
Now I’m not the sharpest
tool in the toolbox,
but I gave Google $50
and they gave me back 37,
and I was like wait, I lost
money, and then I gave them 50
and I lost 37.
That’s three or four days,
I’m like wait a minute.
This game sucks, I’m losing,
and so I turned my ads off.
I’m like I can’t play this
game, and I remember being
frustrated, and one day I
got a call from my friend,
and my friend had a
similar business to me.
He said, hey Russell, I
think I figured it out.
I said, figured what out?
He’s like, I stopped, and he
didn’t call it the funnel,
he’s like I created this
thing called an upsell.
He called it an
OTO, one time offer.
He said, what I did is
that every single person
who bought my product, I then
upsold them something else,
and I was like, well
why would I do that?
He’s like, well, have you ever
been to McDonald’s before?
I’m like yeah, and he’s like,
well you know how you go
to McDonald’s and you go
through the drive-through
and you’re like, hey, I
want to order a Big Mac,
and the dude’s like cool, do
you want to super size it?
Do you want fries
and a coke with that?
And he starts
offering you upsells.
I’m like yeah, and he’s like
if you look at the math,
he’s like, McDonald’s actually
loses money selling a Big Mac
but they make all their profit
when someone buys the fries
or the Coke.
I was like, okay.
He’s like, right now,
you’re losing money
selling your potato gun DVD.
You just gotta sell these
guys fries and a coke
and then you’ll be
profitable, and I was like,
I still don’t quite get it.
He’s like, if someone buys this,
like what’s the next
thing you can do?
If you were trying
to serve this person,
what’s the next thing you
could serve them with?
And I said well, when someone
buys the DVD the most annoying
thing is now they have
to go to Home Depot
and they have to buy the pipes,
and they have to cut them,
and like all this stuff
to make this amazing gun,
and he said, well what if
instead of you telling them
to go buy the stuff, what
if you upsold them a kit
that did this whole thing?
I have no idea if this is gonna
show up on the camera or not
but I thought it looked kind
of cool, and so he said,
make an upsell where
you sell them the kit.
So here is,
here is the kit, so I did some
math and I started calling
around and I found these
guys in northern Idaho
who actually made potato
gun kits, and I would spend,
I would start selling
these for $197,
and now this became my
very first funnel ever.
Again, I didn’t know it was
called a funnel at the time,
but someone come,
they click on the ad,
they would see my DVD,
they would buy my DVD.
On the next page, our upsell
says hey, the DVD’s coming,
do you want me to ship
the pipes with you too
so it’ll save you some time?
Just $197, people are like
that would be fantastic,
and they’d click the button
and they would buy it, okay?
Now, what happened, if you look
at the math, was interesting
is that Google didn’t
change their ad costs.
They still were charging
me $50 a day, right?
So that didn’t change, but
I came here and I spent $37,
so I lost some money, but then
what happened is that one out
of three people who bought
the DVD would buy this, right?
So let’s say I got a bunch
of clicks over here, boom,
and say there’s three people
right here that bought the DVD.
One of these people then
would go and buy this.
For every DVD I sold, so I
made $37, 1/3 of those people
bought this, so I take
$197, I divide it by three.
If I do the math on
that, that’s $65.
So if I take $65 plus $37,
seven plus five equals 12,
nine, 10, 102.
So now I was making $102
for every single person
that bought the DVD,
does that make sense?
‘Cause one out of three
bought the kit as well, okay?
So now I was on Google, I
was paying $50 a day in ads,
but I was making, on
average, $102 a day.
I put $50 in, I got $102 back,
okay, and all of a sudden,
I started looking, I was
like I am the smartest
man alive again.
I spent $50, I get back $102,
and so I was back in business,
potato gun sales were cranking,
I was having a good time,
and then I realized wait a
minute, potato guns are good,
but the market’s
like this little.
Like what other markets
could I do this with?
And I started
thinking, I said well,
what if I did this
in speed reading?
I met a guy who was the world’s
fastest reader, Howard Berg,
and so we set up a funnel for
speed reading and it worked,
and we said, what if we did
this in the dating market?
And I found someone who
was a dating expert,
we plugged it in.
What if we did this
with supplements?
What if we did?
And we started doing this, and
the funnels obviously tweak
every single time, but
the concepts are the same,
and I became obsessed, and over
the next five or six years,
I launched over 100
different funnels
in 100 different markets
and became obsessed with it
and it became so much fun,
but this concept of a funnel
works in any business, and
so what I want you guys
to understand is this is
how simple it really is.
It’s not some complicated thing.
Sometimes we get
all complicated.
It’s very simple, so like we
buy an ad to sell something.
Somebody buys that thing,
then what’s the next logical
thing they need?
Well, if they bought a potato
gun, the next thing they need
is they need a potato gun kit,
and that becomes my funnel,
and that’s kind of what
we take people through.
All right, hope you loved that
tutorial about how I turned
one of my hobbies into a
sales funnel and turned it
into money and how
you can do it as well.
If you don’t have a
ClickFunnels account yet,
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on top of that I want you
to stay tuned ’cause the
next video is coming up here
in about five seconds.
I’m gonna walk you guys through
seven different sales funnel
secrets that’ll help
increase the conversions
and how much money you make
on every one of your funnels.
With that said, let’s watch
the next video, let’s go.

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