Product Details

Automatically convert blog articles into a beautiful ebook as part of a lead generation campaign. In less than 5 minutes you will be able to create a professional ebook without hiring a designer. Just choose which articles you want to include, add extra pages and customise the design with the click of a button. Use your ebook to generate new leads by instantly sharing via social media, embedding on your website or downloading a pdf.

Contact Details

Beacon

http://www.beacon.by

Located in United Kingdom

Easy to edit
Easy to edit
Easy to edit
Beautiful by default
Optimised for mobile

Starting Price

  • $49.00/month

Platform

  • Installed - Mac
  • Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Installed - Windows
  • Mobile - iOS Native
  • Mobile - Android Native

Training

  • In Person
  • Live Online
  • Webinars
  • Documentation

Support

  • Business Hours
  • Online

Beacon Features

Beacon Reviews

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4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4/5

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Verified Reviewer
Professional Training & Coaching, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 24, 2018

“Amazing Tool to Create and Distribute Lead Magnets and Ebooks”

OverallEven if you have existing content, converting that content into shareable documents *should* be easy, but it's not. Beacon takes away much of the frustration out of creating a shareable ebook and gives you some great tools to make the end result attractive, and easy to share.
ProsGreatly simplifies the process of creating documents that are (easily) shareable, attractively laid out, and prompt action. It has many templates and layouts which can be further customized to reflect your brand colors and logo. The sharing is done through a link to the document which is hosted on Beacon's server. It allows the creator to (optionally) allow the document to also be downloaded as a PDF. The created documents are mobile responsive but has some quirks.
ConsA bit hard to use and get used to but much, much, much easier than other competing products out there. The product has some quirks and potentially some bugs that make the document creation process a bit tedious. Having your own private domain is offered only as an upgrade. Mobile responsiveness is pretty good but has some ways to go. (For example, the social sharing icons interfere with the readability.)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 24, 2018
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 23, 2019

“Beacon Lights the Way Home”

OverallA product like Beacon works best with a custom domain-a branded website you own that offers a professional polish rather than a goofy and convoluted URL. I was delighted to find their custom domain option works very well-and seems to resolve much more quickly than some other software solutions that also utilize custom domains.
ProsMy first experience with Beacon came as they were primarily describing the product as a quick and easy way to produce a "lead magnet"-those free books, reports, infographics and the like that websites offer their visitors in exchange for their email addresses. Beacon has since expanded to offer basic leadpage design as well as the inline ads that offer those "magnetic freebies." When designing, say, an ebook, the software can pull in your various blog posts and offer a way to repurpose that content reasonably painlessly using a growing collection of templates.
ConsBeacon's initial emphasis on production of lead magnets seemed to make it a bit of a "one-hit wonder," and the initial offering of templates was limited, but as they've expanded I am happy to report they have added features-including leadpages-and made good on their promise to keep adding valuable templates.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 23, 2019
David L.
Founder
E-Learning, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 25, 2018

“Create Your Lead Magnet With Ease”

OverallWhile the software has solved one of my headache by helping me creating ebooks with ease. I do really hope that the developer can move a bit faster with their development. The development from end 2016 to end 2017 is at snail pace or non-improvement at all. But luckily, there is quite a lot of improvements from the end of 2017 to end 2018. Hopefully they can continue the momentum like that.
Pros- ready-made templates - easy to use with drag & drop builder, - easily turn your blog post into ebook - custom domain - password lock & lead capture feature
Cons- to provide more flexibility when customizing your content on the page will be great. - development pace is a bit too slow.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 25, 2018
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Alejandro G.
Director de Marketing
Insurance, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 31, 2018

“From blog to ebook with ease and style”

OverallIf you don't like Beacon, you have many other traditional alternatives: editing your ebook yourself with Word or InDesign but it won't be quick and, if you are not a designer, it might not look professional. Don't make things the hard way. Use Beacon
ProsBeacon would design your ebook for you. Just install it, import your content and tweak the automathic ebook Beacon just created for you. Once you like it, use it for your promotion, to get leads, etc
ConsI'm a Beacon user who is happy with the features... so it is kind of hard for me to come up with any critique or suggestion.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 31, 2018
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Ron Elius S.
Freelance B2B Copywriter for the Food & Beverage Companies
Marketing and Advertising, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 13, 2019

“Grab your Leads with your awesome Lead Magnet made by Beacon”

OverallEasy and Reliable Lead Magnet Creator
ProsFor a quick idea of a Lead Magnet creation, Beacon has your back. It has ready-made templates, all you need to do is to use the template on your liking. Drag-and-drop, it's really easy to navigate and customize your Lead Magnet.
ConsBecause I mentioned that the Pros of Beacon is for a quick idea lead magnet creation, the con for Beacon is you still need a great Designer or Illustrator or both if you want the most highly-valuable Content on your disposal. The limited templates for Beacon is simple and plain because it's intended to be like that so that you don't think very hard to design your Lead Magnet.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 13, 2019
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Nate R.
Director Of Operations
Graphic Design, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
5/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 17, 2018

“Slow to start, but they're ramping it up”

OverallWhile it may not be 100% competitive with some of the competing services out there, it's getting closer.
ProsThe features they offer, from better design functionality to hosting your e books on their site with built in interaction metrics makes this platform pretty nice. They have a few templates available to help improve design and their feature of transposing old blog posts into ebooks can save you a little time during the design phase.
ConsDespite some of these great features listed in the pros section, it's not quite put together. Our company has been with them for a while and we can see that they have made huge improvements, which is why we stick with them. from a design perspective, things still feel "box-ey" but that is getting better. Within the next year or so, I would expect them to have a very smooth interface that solves a lot of the problems we have experienced in the past.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 17, 2018
Mike A.
President
Health, Wellness and Fitness, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 14, 2018

“Great for creating a free booklet”

OverallOverall my experience was good and I will continue to use it.
ProsIt is ve®y easy to navigate through it many tools. I've used it for creating free booklets online. Very easily you can upload images, edit and arrange material.
ConsSome aspects are generic. While there are mostly a lot of pros, to creat larger books, I found the quality wasn't there.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
October 14, 2018
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lily s.
secretary
Accounting, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 19, 2019

“Creating eBook from Existing Web Content”

ProsBeacon helps users to create professional-looking ebook quickly and easily. There are many beautiful templates to choose from. Users can even create ebook from existing website content as easy as pasting the link.
ConsIf you use existing website content, it will be imported into one section and needed further editing. It would be nice if Beacon can automatically separate content into sections based on Headings (H1-H2-H3-etc.)
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 19, 2019
Ale R.
Editor
Newspapers, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 31, 2019

“From Post to Book”

OverallWe use for create checklist, small book or convert post to pdf
ProsBeacon is a really nice tool for convert wordpress post or any content into a PDF You cannot make great designs, but is a simple and fast solution for make checklist and leadmagnets fast What i like is - Integration with wordpress - Smart PDF - Lead Magnet - Super fast to create a simple checklist - Easy to use - Nice support Amazing if you dont have a clue in design or need to save time.
ConsIs easy to use, but some easy task can be a really pain... Cons - Few options to edit the templates - Need more templates - Cannot add footers or other info - Sometimes get really, really buggy - No undo - You can lost all your work randomly
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 31, 2019
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Dan A.
Online Consultant
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
1/5
Ease of Use
2/5
Customer Service
1/5
Features
2/5
Value for Money
1/5
Likelihood to Recommend
0/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 2, 2018

“Terrible - Wiped Out Hours Of My Work”

OverallWhen it worked, I got good quality lead magnets. Unfortunately it no longer works.
ProsGenerally easy to use, nice drag and drop functionality. End product looks good - IF you can get that far.
Cons2 days running Beacon wiped all of my work on one of my projects. I was saving every few minutes and when I went into my ebook the next day none of the previous days updates were there. I spent over 6 hours on a Saturday (when I should really have been playing with my kids) making updates and completed the ebook. I was literally saving my project every minute. I then went back into the ebook and none of that day's updates had saved. A whole days work gone. I contacted Beacon and they could not help, other than give me a refund for my most recent payment.I replied to this and 2 days later they still haven't even bothered to read my message. It's now impossible for me to use Beacon, as even if I save my work regularly there is a strong chance that it will wipe out my work. I will have to use Designrr, which is not as user friendly but at least doesn't delete everything for no reason.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 2, 2018
Shelle P.
Principal
1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Source: Capterra
December 8, 2016

“Great value for lifetime membership”

OverallThis is a great tool for quickly making eye catching e-books and PDF's of content you have on hand. As someone with a designer background, it is not overly powerful, but it is a very quick and easy way to get content into an ebook for lead magnets or sharing how to's or any other digital downloads you'd like to provide.
Pros-Quick -Easy -A number of nice templates to choose from -Update to be able to create your own templates
Cons-Must stay within the pre-defined layouts for the most part -If you are used to designing in In Design or elsewhere, you may be frustrated by not being able to tweak the designs further
Source: Capterra
December 8, 2016
Myra B.
Digital marketing specialist
Events Services, 11-50 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 21, 2019

“A neat tool, but needs some work”

ProsI love the hubspot integration to be able to pull blogs into an ebook format.
ConsThe image and text formatting is frustrating to have it look the way you want. I've also had a couple times where it didn't save my changes...so as much as it can save time, it can also seriously waste time too.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 21, 2019
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Leah P.
Founder
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 7, 2018

“Beacon has been pretty helpful in helping me to create Beacon has been pretty helpful”

ProsI like that it is pretty simple to create a lead magnet. I'm looking forward to trying out the new features as I think that was one of the weak points.
ConsThe templates available are very plain and that is a bit of a turn-off. It's hard to be creative with the current platform so I'm excited to see the changes.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 7, 2018
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Craige Hardel -.
Owner
Marketing and Advertising, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 20, 2018

“Absolute time saver”

OverallReally nice application which makes the ebook creation for lead magnets and other parts of a marketing campaign for multiple brands much quicker and easier
ProsReally makes the ebook creation process easy unlike other solutions. You don't have to be a professional designer to use this They have templates for most ebook types and allow you to create your own You can also create and use your brand colors which is really nice and speeds up the design process
ConsIts a wonderful and useful solution but pricing could be out of reach for those who may really need it and cannot afford to have a designer on their team
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 20, 2018
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Mayo L.
Teacher
Education Management, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 31, 2019

“Create Stunning eBook for and from your Website ”

ProsThe premise of Beacon is to create lead generation ebook from the content of your website. But it can be used to create any ebook.
ConsThe templates are good but it would be better to have more templates as alternatives.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
July 31, 2019
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Retno W.
English Teacher
Architecture & Planning, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 10, 2019

“Might be the easiest incentive maker out there”

ProsIf you need incentives to get your web visitors to join your mailing list, you can use Beacon to create beautiful ebooks from your existing web content.
ConsThe incentive should not be limited to ebooks only.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 10, 2019
Verified Reviewer
11-50 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 26, 2017

“Awesome idea for content repurposing without needing design resources”

ProsIt's super easy to simply pull up your URL and it automatically brings in all images and text right into the content piece you want to create.
ConsManaging and editing the content within is not easy. It clumps everything into one page but then splitting them up and styling is time consuming. There's also not a lot of templates available.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 26, 2017
Verified Reviewer
Publishing, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 10, 2018

“Super Time Saver”

ProsI love that you can make a custom branded template. It makes developing a series of lead magnets. There was an issue with the template development and I reached out to customer service. I got incredible support from the team.
ConsThere aren't any cons I can find so far. I have had no issues that weren't easily resolved, and create quality products in a fraction of the time... and save money on graphic design and formatting at the same time.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 10, 2018
Stacey W.
Consultant
Public Relations and Communications, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2019

“Easy to create guides and eBooks”

ProsI work with clients who create all kinds of content. Beacon has made it super easy for me to create eBooks/guides to use for marketing and lead generation purposes. I don't have to spend lots of time packaging content for each client.
ConsThe final product design isn't great so I don't use it for every project, just those with simple content.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 17, 2019
Myra B.
Digital marketing specialist
Unspecified
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
2/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 8, 2017

“Got this as a lifetime membership deal and it's okay...”

ProsIt integrates with hubspot, which is great because you can select from your published blogs to generate an ebook. There are a couple of great templates but it doesn't take long to exhaust their usage.
ConsI got this in hopes that it would be a timesaver for repurposing blog content into instant ebooks. Since I have a graphic design background and am accustomed to the powerful design capabilities of Adobe products, I find this tool to be crippling. The auto generated formatting is often wonky and it can very very time consuming to fix!
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
November 8, 2017
Saransh D.
CEO
Marketing and Advertising, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 4, 2019

“Appreciative”

Pros This software is really useful if you are looking to make an ebook. Easy to use.
ConsStarting its kinda confusing but once you learn it, then it becomes easy.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 4, 2019
Marco I.
Founder
Unspecified
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 7, 2018

“Easy and fast creation of ebook freebies ”

ProsIt's super fast to create a simple checklist or ebook. Beacon offers various templates and the option to convert blog posts to ebooks but I use it most often to create freebies from the ground up.
ConsThere are little options to edit the templates. For example its hard to add a copyright footer or different sections to the pages.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 7, 2018
Brooke E.
Marketing Content Writer
Insurance, 51-200 employees
Used the software for: Less than 6 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Source: Capterra
November 11, 2016

“Amazing, easy-to-use and fantastic customer service”

OverallWe're a dental and vision insurance company with a relatively small marketing team. We began using Beacon a few months ago for lead magnets, like ebooks and checklists, and have been so impressed. Not only is it easy and fast, it is an INSANELY awesome value. When I have a customer service question, the CEO himself has chatted me back. I recommend this to anyone.
ProsEasy to use, high quality end result. Constantly adding more features.
Source: Capterra
November 11, 2016