If you haven’t signed up for Globiflow yet, then I’ve got some bad news for you…the price of entry just increased 12x!! That is because Podio has entered into agreement with Globi Corp, to be the exclusive reseller of Globiflow. My first reaction was one of excitement until I read what exactly this meant.
Podio wasn’t going to sell Globiflow subscriptions, but rather make it a part of their Podio Premium (& Business) 5+ user plans. There would be no other way to get Globiflow unless you purchased those Podio plans. If you take a look at the pricing sheet, it says Podio Premium is $24/mo per employee. This means you’ll have to shell out for 5 employees at $24/mo…or….$120/mo.
Here is the complete Podio blog post announcing this agreement with GlobiFlow…
What about current GlobiFlow Users?
If there is any good news out of this announcement this is it. All current users of GlobiFlow will be able to continue to use GlobiFlow as a separate service from Podio. You’ll be able to continue with the pricing plans that are currently available to you.
From what I’ve heard, there are no plans to force people to switch over to the new pricing model, which is good. However I can’t guarantee that they won’t do this at some point.
This is a big relief for me and all other current GF users. Our businesses are hugely dependent on GF Automations.
Future GlobiFlow Users
Gone are the cheap $9, $14 and $24Like I said in the introduction, if you haven’t signed up for a GlobiFlow account already, you simply can’t. Gone are the cheap $9, $14 and $24 per month plans that made GlobiFlow such an INCREDIBLE DEAL. You will now have to pay a minimum of $120/mo through Podio to get GlobiFlow.
Even if you are a single person business who doesn’t have 5 employees you will have to purchase the premium 5+ employee package. Podio’s response when asked about this is that the price it costs them to purchase the reseller rights doesn’t allow them to offer it for any fewer employees.
Is there a Silver Lining?
If you are already using one of the higher tiered GlobiFlow Plans, this is actually good news for you. I believe you will save money. In addition Podio is taking off the Action Limits, so you’ll never have to worry about hitting your hourly, daily or monthly Actions.
After reading this news, one of my first thoughts was…Is there an alternative to GlobiFlow? Unfortunately the answer is no
Unfortunately the answer is…No.Fusion Mint – The closest thing that I could find was a product called Fusion Mint.
I haven’t used their product and every place I’ve seen it compared to GlobiFlow, the response was that it didn’t come close. BUT perhaps Fusion Mint can do what you need so it might work for you. Take a look at it.
Podio API – GlobiFlow uses the Podio API along with Webhooks to do everything that it does. In reality we can leverage the API and Webhooks to create all the flows we need…for FREE.
However this is not realistic because 99% of you aren’t developers and would need to higher an expensive developer to do this for you.
My Own Solution – Over the past couple of months I’ve actually began development on a product that uses the Podio API and Webhooks to create a Podio CRM that has automations built right in.
I have to say that I LOVE the possibilities! I can do things that GlobiFlow could not like Zillow Integration.
Take a look at a preview of what I’ve done so far…
If you read the post up till this point, then you won’t be surprised to hear that I’m PISSED OFF about this news. It completely wipes out the solo real estate investor from using Podio/GlobiFlow. In my mind it is the solo businesses who need the GF Automations the most!
If you asked me is $120 worth the price to get Podio and GlobiFlow? I would still have to say YES!! MeThere is a possibility that Podio will work out an agreement with Globi to resale the lower level plans at some point, but I’m not sure if that will ever happen.
With all that I have said…If you asked me is $120 worth the price to get Podio and GlobiFlow? I would still have to say YES!!
It hurts me to say that but it goes to show you how valuable I think GlobiFlow is. It was just a STEAL before. At the end of the day you have to treat your business as a business and spending $120/mo is not really that much.
It just hurts because I used to only have to pay $9.