There Are So Many Ways to Use Groove (Formerly GroovePages) To Grow Your Online Business, But Here Are The Top 5 Ways Groove.cm Can Help You Grow Your Business
Now, more than ever people are seeing the opportunities, benefits and security that having an online business can bring.
For most people just getting started, it's an uncharted territory that can bring fear, uncertainty and confusion.
Many people will just give up after facing these realities, but it doesn't have to be that way.
How Groove.cm can help you make the move to an online business (or grow your business if you already have one)
Groove.cm is one of the fasted growing all-in-one CRM (Customer Relationship Management) and marketing automation platform.
Simply put, it's a platform where you can:
- Build and host your websites and sales funnels (hyper-focused mini-websites)
- Send automated emails to your visitors
- Accept online payments for products or services
- Deliver your content in private membership areas
- Host your videos
- Build an Ecommerce store
- Host your blog
- Host Webinars
- And so much more.
There's a Free plan and a Platinum plan (currently $1997 one-time price for life).
The Free Plan is very robust and allows you to sign up with simply your name, email and password (no credit card needed ever).
Let's talk about 5 ways you can use Groove.cm to start and/or grow your Online Business, and I'll also cover some of the differences between the Free Plan and the Platinum Plan.
1. GroovePages - Build and Host Your Websites
The website above was built in and hosted with Groove from a design that my design team created.
You have the option to start with a blank canvas, or you can import pre-made templates and websites like this, so it's super easy to get your site launched quickly.
Just make the changes you want (logo, images, text) and publish your new website to the world.
Websites are also mobile responsive, which means they'll look good on any screen sizes.
In fact, one of the things I like most about Groove's Page Builder is that you have option to style your page for 5 different design options:
This lets you really fine-tune your page to make sure it looks its best on all devices. Your options for individual adjustments are:
- Tablet in landscape mode
- Table in portrait mode
- Mobile Phone
Free Plan vs Platinum Plan for Websites
The Groove Free Plan allows you to create and host up to 3 complete websites (each site can have unlimited pages) whereas the Platinum Plan allows for Unlimited Websites.
Very important to note, the Free Plan requires that you connect your own custom domain (https://yourdomain.com), whereas the Platinum Plan includes the option to use a free Groove subdomain (https://yoursubdomain.groovepages.com) OR your own custom domain.
The free subdomain is nice because you can instantly publish your website to view it in the browser or to quickly launch, without having to go through the extra steps to connect your custom domain.
In addition, you don't have to purchase a domain to make your website live using Groove's subdomain (but it's very inexpensive to purchase your own domain, less than $20USD per year typically).
Other limitations on the Free Plan:
- You can only share 1 Website/Funnel compared to unlimited shares on the Platinum Plan
- You can only import 5 shared funnels compared to unlimited imports on the Platinum Plan
- You can only import a total of 15 pages, compared to unlimited with the Platinum Plan
You can follow my Groove.fyi Facebook Group to learn how to work around some of these limitations.
And lastly, the Free Plan has a modest branding bar at the bottom of your website:
It's very modest and says "This site was built with GrooveFunnels" (with a link to their site) in the center, and on the right it says "If this site is spam or abuse, report here" (with a link to report).
Of course the Platinum Plan does not have this branding anywhere.
2. GrooveFunnels - Build and Host High Converting Sales Funnels
Funnels are built the same way as Web Pages, in Groove but Groove has some very powerful tools that allow you to maximize conversions, like one-click purchases.
In the example above, this page is shown to a visitor after they purchased my initial offer. During the initial offer purchase, they enter their name, email and credit card info to complete the purchase.
They're then taken to this page with a one-time offer. Clicking the "Yes! I Want to 10X My Traffic" button will instantly add the purchase to their card, so they don't have to re-enter their name, email or credit card information.
This seamless checkout process makes it much easier for the buyer, and also significantly increases conversion because the buyer has less steps to take to buy, so there's less resistance.
This is easy to setup in GrooveSell, the Groove app that is responsible for handling payments.
I should add there is a separate Funnel component to GroovePages, but currently it's more for organizational structure so I treat my funnels as standalone websites.
There will be a complete separate Funnel section soon, so that Funnels will be completely independent.
Free Plan vs. Platinum Plan for Funnels
Since Funnels operate the same way as websites, and are currently a part of GroovePages (the funnel and website app component of Groove), the differences between the Free and Platinum Plans are the same as listed above.
3. GrooveSell - Take Online Payments
GrooveSell is the Groove app that is responsible for your products and payments.
You can create your simple products in GrooveSell (for products with options like size, color etc and for a true shopping cart experience, see the next section, Ecommerce to see how you can use GrooveKart for a true Ecomm experience).
GrooveSell allows you to accept payments online from a few different payment processors. Currently it supports Stripe and Paypal, and you can also apply for GroovePay which is Groove's Payment Processing program.
Your options in GrooveSell are very powerful, including:
- Payment options
- Trial periods
- Recurring payments
- Embed the order form on your own page (see image above)
- Send people to a stand along payment page (order form)
- Create Order Bumps
- Create One-Click Purchases for add on sales (Upsells, Downsells, One-time Offers)
- Track sales
- Setup Affiliate Programs and track affiliate sales
- So much more
You have a powerful dashboard that gives you a snapshot of your sales and refunds, and you can view detailed information on your purchase, issue refunds and so much more in your GrooveSell dashboard.
Free Plan vs Platinum Plan for Websites
Believe it or not, there aren't many limitations on the GrooveSell Free Plan compared to the Platinum Plan.
With the Free Plan, you are limited to transactional emails only and can only send one abandoned cart email.
Other than that, there's no difference.
That means on the Groove Free Plan, you can have a fully functional website that accepts payments for your products or services, and you can also have a complete sales funnel with your main product/service, an order bump, upsells or downsells including a one-click purchase and more.
I'm not sure what other platform lets you do all of this for free, but you can do it on Groove's Free Plan!
4. GrooveKart - Ecommerce Stores
GrooveKart is a very powerful stand alone app from Groove for creating and hosting Ecommerce Stores.
It's very similar to Shopify or WooCommerce stores, and just like those apps GrooveKart gives you full shopping cart functionality, including:
- Unlimited Products
- Multiple product variations (like Size and Color)
- Offer discounts
- Lots of Integrations like Ali-Express (Dropshipping) and Shipstation (automated shipping labels)
- Payment Processing
- Drag 'n Drop builder
- Custom Domains
- So much more
Here's an example of a product page from Groove's very own Swag Shop:
Free Plan vs. Platinum Plan for GrooveKart
The only difference between the Groove.cm Free Plan and Groove.cm Platinum Plan for GrooveKart is the payment processing fees.
When you connect your own Payment Processors, Groove doesn't charge anything on the Platinum Plan.
On the Free Plan, Groove charges 2% of each transaction (in addition to what your Payment Processor charges).
If you're not handling that many transactions, 2% is very reasonable and allows you to get your store up and running now without paying anything until you sell something.
When you sell something, 2% is taken off the top and the rest is your profit, no monthly service fees or hosting and no startup fee!
5. GrooveMember - Courses and Memberships
GrooveMember is a full Membership Platform that allows you to host online courses or memberships and control how people access those.
In the image above, you can see one of my GrooveMember Membership areas that I use to give access to Templates and Icons that I've sold.
Once someone has purchased my Template Bundle through my Funnel (built in GroovePages with Payments via GrooveSell), they are instantly added to my membership area in GrooveMember.
An automated email is sent to them right away giving them access to the Member's area.
I also use it to host my Courses, and in the same way when someone purchases my course the are given instant access to my course Member's area.
Once these automations are setup, this process is seamless and hands-off, meaning you don't have to do anything to give your members access.
You also have the option for a Member's Portal, where members can access any memberships that they have access to.
You can also show additional Memberships on the Portal page that members don't have access to with a link to the sales page, so it's a very good opportunity to sell additional Memberships.
Free Plan vs. Platinum Plan for GrooveMember
The functionality between the Free Plan and the Platinum Plan is the same but you will have these limitations with the Free Plan:
- You can only have 1 Membership on the Free Plan, vs. unlimited on the Platinum Plan
- You can only have up to 100 Members on the Groove Free Plan, vs. unlimited members on the Groove Platinum Plan
- You can only connect 1 custom domain on the Free Plan, vs. unlimited custom domains on the Platinum Plan
This is just scratching the surface of what Groove can do for you.
There are other apps which I didn't cover in this article, like GrooveBlog which allows you to have your own blogging website.
You can tie it in with your main website domain for a seamless experience for your visitors.
GrooveWebinar has also recently been released, and allows you to host Evergreen Webinars (live Webinars and LiveStreaming are coming soon).
You can visit Groove's Website to see a full list of the ever-growing apps available with the Groove.cm Suite of Products.
Compare Groove Free Plan vs. Groove Platinum Lifetime Plan
The table below compares the Groove Free Plan with the Groove Platinum Lifetime Plan.
The Free Plan is very generous for a free plan, and allows you to have a fully functions website, accept payments online, host a membership and more.
If you're using your website to generate income online, you'll want to take a serious look at the Platinum Lifetime Plan before it ends on December 10, 2021.
If you purchase before it ends on December 10, 2021 you'll be able to take advantage of a low One-Time price and never have to pay again.
Reference the table below to see the advantages of the Platinum Lifetime Plan, and click here to view more details.
|Feature||Free Plan||Platinum Lifetime Plan|
|GroovePages||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|Share Funnels Received||5||Unlimited|
|Import How Many Pages||15||Unlimited|
|GrooveSell||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|How Many Products||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|How Many Customers||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|How Many Leads||Unlimited (can export)||Unlimited (can export)|
|Affiliates||Unlimited (can export)||Unlimited (can export)|
|Emails to Customers||Transactional Only||Unlimited|
|Emails to Abandoned Carts||Single Send||Unlimited|
|GrooveAffiliate||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|GrooveVideo||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|Encoding||None (Need Coconut.co or Encoding.com Integration)||Free|
|Email/SMS Notifications||Currently Unavailable||Unlimited|
|Bandwidth||None (need Amazon S3 integration)||100GB per Month|
|Upload Limit||5GB per Video||5GB Per Video|
|GrooveMember||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|Number of Memberships||1||Unlimited|
|How Many Members||100||Unlimited|
|GrooveMail||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|How Many Contacts||Currently Not Available to Free Plan||25,000|
|Max Emails Sent||Currently Not Available to Free Plan||Unlimited|
|Importing Contacts||Currently Not Available to Free Plan||Coming Soon to Platinum Plan|
|GrooveKart Stores||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|Number of Stores||Can Create 1 New Store per Month||Unlimited|
|Online Credit Card Rates||2.85% + $0.25 USD per Transaction||2.85% + $0.25 USD per Transaction|
|3rd Party Payment Processors||2%||0%|
|GrooveBlog||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|How Many Blogs||1||Unlimited|
|How Many Posts||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|GrooveWebinar||Free Plan||Platinum Plan|
|How Many Webinars||1||Unlimited|
|Email/SMS Notifications||Currently Not Available to Free Plan||Unlimited|