Average Ratings

16 Reviews

  • 4 / 5
    Overall

  • 4 / 5
    Ease of Use

  • 4 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $49.00/month
  • Free Version
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
  • Training
    Webinars
    Live Online
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Beacon
  • www.beacon.by
  • United Kingdom

About Beacon

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.


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Amazing Tool to Create and Distribute Lead Magnets and Ebooks

Oct 24, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Greatly 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.

Cons: A 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.)

Overall: Even 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.

Beacon Lights the Way Home

Jan 23, 2019
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: My 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.

Cons: Beacon'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.

Overall: A 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.

Create Your Lead Magnet With Ease

Dec 25, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
Likelihood to Recommend: 7.0/10 Not
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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.

Overall: While 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.

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From blog to ebook with ease and style

Oct 31, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: Beacon 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

Cons: I'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.

Overall: If 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

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Slow to start, but they're ramping it up

Sep 17, 2018
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

2 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: The 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.

Cons: Despite 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.

Overall: While it may not be 100% competitive with some of the competing services out there, it's getting closer.

Great for creating a free booklet

Oct 14, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality
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Pros: It 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.

Cons: Some aspects are generic. While there are mostly a lot of pros, to creat larger books, I found the quality wasn't there.

Overall: Overall my experience was good and I will continue to use it.

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Terrible - Wiped Out Hours Of My Work

Aug 02, 2018
1/5
Overall

2 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

1 / 5
Customer Support

1 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: Generally easy to use, nice drag and drop functionality. End product looks good - IF you can get that far.

Cons: 2 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.

Overall: When it worked, I got good quality lead magnets. Unfortunately it no longer works.

Great value for lifetime membership

Dec 08, 2016
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Value for Money
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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

Overall: This 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.

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

Mar 07, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I 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.

Cons: The 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.

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Absolute time saver

Nov 20, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Really 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

Cons: Its 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

Overall: Really nice application which makes the ebook creation for lead magnets and other parts of a marketing campaign for multiple brands much quicker and easier

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Might be the easiest incentive maker out there

Jan 10, 2019
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

4 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: If 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.

Cons: The incentive should not be limited to ebooks only.

Awesome idea for content repurposing without needing design resources

Dec 26, 2017
4/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

4 / 5
Features & Functionality

4 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It'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.

Cons: Managing 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.

Super Time Saver

May 10, 2018
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Customer Support

5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: I 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.

Cons: There 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.

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

Nov 08, 2017
3/5
Overall

3 / 5
Ease of Use

2 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money
Likelihood to Recommend: 6.0/10 Not
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Pros: It 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.

Cons: I 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!

Easy and fast creation of ebook freebies

Mar 07, 2018
4/5
Overall

4 / 5
Ease of Use

3 / 5
Features & Functionality

3 / 5
Customer Support

3 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It'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.

Cons: There are little options to edit the templates. For example its hard to add a copyright footer or different sections to the pages.

Amazing, easy-to-use and fantastic customer service

Nov 11, 2016
5/5
Overall

5 / 5
Ease of Use

5 / 5
Features & Functionality

5 / 5
Value for Money
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Pros: Easy to use, high quality end result. Constantly adding more features.

Overall: We'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.