On SamCart's basic option ($99/mo with no affiliate module) you end up paying over $590 more in the first year and then about $1200 more each additional year compared to Thrive.
It is worth repeating.
If you have a high volume business that generates hundreds of sales per month, your ability to split test checkout pages on Sam Cart will likely allow you to make 5x to 10x more than the cost back each year.
This has proven true for me which is why I'm still on Sam Cart for my one-off product offerings and Facebook PPC funnels.
When Is Thrive Cart Better Than ClickFunnels & SamCart?
This is the ultimate question: When is ThriveCart the best option for your online business?
The simple answer is: Membership sites!
This is not to say that Thrive cart doesn't work well with physical products, for Shopify stores, one-off digital products, coaching, free plus shipping, etc.
I'll get to that…
But Thrive cart is one of the easiest shopping carts to build out a successful membership program on.
And membership programs are the holy grail of recurring income!
Ok, that said, lets move on to some of the tech behind Thrive…
For a long time Thrive cart was actually the number one leader in integrations out of any shopping cart solution.
Their direct tag based integrations work amazingly well with marketing automation solutions like ActiveCampaign, Ontraport, Infusionsoft, etc.
In the last year, SamCart has actually mirrored this integration model and they both work the same, now…
ClickFunnels is not even a contender in this area!
To go deeper… We need to break up the Thrive cart integrations into multiple sections…
Payment processors, autoresponders, membership platforms, webinar platforms & more.
Thrivecart Payment Gateways
The most important connection that your shopping cart will make is with the payment gateway… These are the people who actually run the transactions and charger clients.
For me, I have Stripe, PayPal and Apple pay all tied in and they work flawlessly.
With more and more traffic coming from mobile and more mobile users getting comfortable making payments through their cell phones, Apple pay has created a significant boost in my conversion rates and profits.
Again, Thrive cart was a leader in the shopping cart world by adding on the Apple pay functionality very early.
Additional payment gateways for Thrive that I'm not using are: Authorize.net, Android pay.
As I mentioned above, this is one of the areas Thrive cart excels.
Personally I am using active campaign that directly receives tags from Thrive cart upon specific actions (new customer, failed payment, refund, cancel, etc.) And these tags run specific automations inside of activecampaign.
All of the customers information, passwords, and access are controlled through active campaign.
I then use ActiveMember360, a WordPress plug-in, to receive the member access information from active campaign and give members access to the appropriate content based on their purchase.
My active campaign automation drips new content access each month that a member stays on. When they cancel, miss a payment, or refund…
They are eliminated and their account access is revoked.
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Miles is a full time internet marketer who sells information products and a niche membership program with his wife, Melanie. Together they have created a lifestyle business that allows them true location independence and this blog where you get to see behind the scenes and see how they have built their online business from scratch.