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Overview

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PayKickstart is an industry-leading billing and affiliate management platform for subscription-based businesses.

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Kartra is a cloud-based business management solution designed to help small to large businesses create, launch and manage...

  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials
  • Platforms supported
  • Web-based
  • iPhone app
  • Android app
  • Windows Phone app
  • Typical customers
  • Freelancers
  • Small businesses
  • Mid size businesses
  • Large enterprises
  • Customer support
  • Phone
  • Online
  • Knowledge base
  • Video tutorials

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Pricing

Starting from

99

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

Starting from

99

Per month

  • Free trial available
  • Credit cardless trial
  • Free account
  • Subscription based

User reviews

4.7

150

5

4

3

2

1

113

30

5

2

0

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
98%
would recommend this app

4.5

130

5

4

3

2

1

91

26

6

4

3

  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
90%
would recommend this app

Pros

Also, they have a great admin panel that lets you control the products and get daily insights of our sales. I believe this is one of the best solution for simple subscription products like ours.
What I love most is that they are continuously improving their service offering and ALWAYS provide excellent customer service. Plus, they have a built-in affiliate management system.
The metrics, the one-click upsells, the campaign options--it works perfectly for kind of business. I love the robust functionality, even though it poses something of a learning curve.

Pros

Even with my grumblings above, I am very satisfied with Kartra, especially considering its competition. I truly believe it's the best value with regard to functionality and ease of use, hands down.
My experience has simply been very good because of its ease in handling and the completeness of its elements.
Email delivery seems pretty good. Kartra keeps up with all my creative ideas for my business, it's my entrepreneurial wings.

Cons

I don't like the interface, somethime have some problem and it's very difficult use it with the mobile. The software is not easy to you for my coustomer and its expensive.
Can be confusing to navigate at times, ie: transaction vs subscription.
The Sale was NOT tracked, and I receive no commissions.

Cons

The lack of integration with other products, no quiz, the extra charge for bandwidth, the lack of customer service. It takes way too long to hear back.
It's very difficult to navigate. The UI is very poor and unintuitive.
This affects the heart of our business at a very bad time.
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review9 months ago
  • Vendor responds to reviews
  • Last review3 months ago

Key features

  • Total features58
  • AB Testing
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Abandoned Cart Saver
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Affiliate Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Banner Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bonus Management
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Scheduling
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Cancellation Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Profiles
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Surveys
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable CTAs
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Discount Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Dunning Management
  • Dynamic Content
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Form Builder
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gamification
  • Image Library
  • In-Person Payments
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Engagement
  • Lead Generation
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Notifications
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Lead Qualification
  • Lead Segmentation
  • List Management
  • Mailing List Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Mobile Payments
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multivariate Testing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • PCI Compliance
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • Prospecting Tools
  • Publishing Options
  • ROI Tracking
  • Real Time Editing
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Referral Tracking
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Responsive
  • SEO Management
  • SMS Marketing
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Segmentation
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Source Tracking
  • Spam Blocker
  • Status Tracking
  • Subscription Management
  • Subscription Plan Management
  • Tagging
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Forms
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Website Visitor Tracking
  • Widgets
  • eCommerce Management
  • Total features96
  • AB Testing
  • ACH Payment Processing
  • API
  • Abandoned Cart Saver
  • Access Controls/Permissions
  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Affiliate Management
  • Alerts/Notifications
  • Auto-Responders
  • Automated Scheduling
  • Banner Management
  • Billing & Invoicing
  • Bonus Management
  • CAN SPAM Compliance
  • CRM
  • Calendar Management
  • Campaign Analytics
  • Campaign Management
  • Campaign Scheduling
  • Campaign Segmentation
  • Cancellation Management
  • Cataloging/Categorization
  • Commission Management
  • Compliance Management
  • Contact Database
  • Contact Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Customer Profiles
  • Customer Segmentation
  • Customer Surveys
  • Customizable Branding
  • Customizable CTAs
  • Customizable Fields
  • Customizable Forms
  • Customizable Templates
  • Customization
  • Data Import/Export
  • Data Security
  • Data Visualization
  • Debit/Credit Card Processing
  • Discount Management
  • Drag & Drop
  • Drip Campaigns
  • Dunning Management
  • Dynamic Content
  • Electronic Payments
  • Email Campaign Management
  • Email Distribution
  • Email Marketing
  • Email Templates
  • Email Tracking
  • Enrollments/Onboarding
  • Event Triggered Actions
  • Form Builder
  • Forms Management
  • Fraud Detection
  • Gamification
  • Image Library
  • In-Person Payments
  • Interaction Tracking
  • Landing Pages/Web Forms
  • Lead Capture
  • Lead Engagement
  • Lead Generation
  • Lead Management
  • Lead Notifications
  • Lead Nurturing
  • Lead Qualification
  • Lead Segmentation
  • List Management
  • Mailing List Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Mobile Access
  • Mobile Optimized Emails
  • Mobile Payments
  • Multi-Campaign
  • Multi-Channel Marketing
  • Multi-Currency
  • Multivariate Testing
  • Online Payments
  • Order Management
  • Order Processing
  • PCI Compliance
  • Payment Fraud Prevention
  • Payment Processing
  • Performance Metrics
  • Personalization
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Product Catalog
  • Promotions Management
  • Prospecting Tools
  • Publishing Options
  • ROI Tracking
  • Real Time Editing
  • Recurring Invoicing
  • Recurring/Subscription Billing
  • Referral Tracking
  • Refund Management
  • Reporting/Analytics
  • Responsive
  • SEO Management
  • SMS Marketing
  • SSL Security
  • Sales Analytics
  • Sales Reports
  • Segmentation
  • Self Service Portal
  • Shipping Management
  • Shopping Cart
  • Source Tracking
  • Spam Blocker
  • Status Tracking
  • Subscription Management
  • Subscription Plan Management
  • Tagging
  • Tax Management
  • Template Management
  • Templates
  • Third Party Integrations
  • Usage Tracking/Analytics
  • User Management
  • Visual Analytics
  • WYSIWYG Editor
  • Web Forms
  • Website Analytics
  • Website Management
  • Website Visitor Tracking
  • Widgets
  • eCommerce Management

Integrations

  • Total integrations29
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier
  • Total integrations23
  • AWeber
  • ActiveCampaign
  • Adobe Commerce
  • Authorize.Net
  • BigCommerce
  • Google Analytics 360
  • HubSpot CRM
  • Instagram
  • Mailchimp
  • Meta for Business
  • PayPal
  • Salesforce Sales Cloud
  • ShipStation
  • Shopify
  • Slack
  • Stripe
  • Twitter
  • WooCommerce
  • WordPress
  • Zapier

User reviews that mention these apps

Overall Rating
  • Value for money
  • Ease of use
  • Features
  • Customer support
  • Likelihood to recommend9/10

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PayKickstart

PayKickstart is the engine of my business

Reviewed 3 years ago

I started out with Kartra (I love those guys), but they couldn't handle VAT properly. I see this a lot with American software developers. They generally don't understand how the EU works. Then switched to PayKickstart and helped them get this VAT thing right. Which they did. And fast. I love that they listen to their customers and actually implement the suggestions. I know there's always more ideas...

Pros

- GDPR compliant - Built in VAT processing (important for EU customers and vendors) - One-click upsells - Lot's of checkout templates both hosted and embeddable - Multilingual checkout and email notifications - Automated retries for failed payments - API / IPN - Excellent support - Friendly people - Actual implementation of most feature requests

Cons

It's a work in progress, so there are always things users would wish were already in the software. For me, I would like to see the VAT on the invoices (they're already working on that). I would like to see an option for duplicating funnels and campaigns. And more branding options for the affiliate signup. Now what are supposed to be 'my' affiliates become a PK affiliate and may choose to promote my offers (as well as other companies' offers). I would like to see this more brandable. But no showstoppers here.