HelloBar Review: Is It Worth The Hype? (Testing & Results)

In a few seconds, you’re going to see a popup appear on the bottom right of your screen.

“I hate pop-ups” you may be thinking.

The truth is; you probably don’t.

Even though many web-visitors would say they prefer never seeing another popup in their life;

The data shows that pop-ups DO work and people DO engage with them

(Has the pop up shown up yet?)

That is my HelloBar pop-up and today, I want to share with you my HelloBar review to share with you my experiences with it and whether it’s worth its price, or not.

In this guide/review I will be sharing with you:

  • What Hellobar really is,
  • How it works (with different popup types),
  • How to set it up on your website,
  • How much does the HelloBar tool cost,
  • How to set up your HelloBar on your website and;
  • a whole lot more…

This will be a lengthy review so get comfortable.

NB: One thing I’d like to add here is that this is review is not influenced by any affiliation I may have to HelloBar. At the time of writing, HelloBar does not have an affiliate program so what you’re seeing here is my own personal, non-biased (& honest) HelloBar review.
Is The HelloBar Plugin Worth It? $0 to $99 p/month
  • Price
  • Features
  • Setting Up
  • Value For Money
4.5

HelloBar Review: TLDR Summary

  • Quick and simple set up ✔️
  • Very easy to use ✔️
  • Works amazingly well ✔️
  • Slightly expensive ✖️
  • Needs better targeting options ✖️

What Is The HelloBar Tool?

HelloBar review

HelloBar is a tool that will help you display a variety of “pop up” banners on your website, with ease.

Funded and created by IM legend Neil Patel, this tool is – in my humble opinion – one of the best pop up management tools you can use on your website (and I’m about to tell you why soon).

I have been using this tool on and off for a few years now but have since shifted all my pop up campaigns over to HelloBar because it’s what I find to work the best for me (and what I’m trying to do).

Before I tell you what I like (and don’t like) about HelloBar;

Let’s first take a closer look at HelloBar from the inside and the different types of popups you can create.

The Types of HelloBar Popups You Can Create

At the time if writing this, there are 5 main types of popups you can create with HelloBar and I will explain what they do (and how to best use them below).

To find these popup types, you simply have to:

01: Click the ‘Create New PopUp” In The Dashboard:

the create new popup button

There will be a “new popup button” on the left-hand side of your screen once you’ve created your (free) HelloBar account.

02: Pick A Goal:

how to pick a goal in hellobar

Before you pick the type of popup you like, you also have to first choose the goal you want to optimize for and track.

The different goal types are:

  • Collect emails
  • Get phone calls
  • Point visitors to your social media
  • Divert readers to a specific URL
  • Display an Announcement

03: Choose The Type:

how to create a popup in hellobar

Finally, you get to your “HelloBar type” settings, and I will explain all the different types below.

A HelloBar Bar:

the bar

This allows you to display a slim-ish bar either on the top (or bottom) of your page.

I know many bloggers who have had success with this and while I have not yet tried it myself, I am sure it can work incredibly well for whatever it is you want to use it for.

A Modal Pop Up:

the modal

The Modal popup allows you to display a signup form/message smackdown in the middle of your screen.

This is what you usually see all over the internet and they are very popular (and highly effective) at signing up people to your email list.

A Slider Popup:

the slider

A slider pop up is what I like to use in my campaigns and they work incredibly well (the pop up you saw show up on this page is a slider popup).

A Page Takeover Popup:

the page takeover

This popup takes over the entire page when it’s triggered and I don’t like to use it for that same reason.

I’m pretty sure it converts well for those who try it, but as I guess you’ve realized;

I’ve got a great thing going with the slider popup and I don’t want to change!

An Alert Popup:

the alert

Last but not least, we also have the “alert popup” which works just like the slider popup but once closed, it can be reopened with a click of a button.

How To Use HelloBar (For Best Results)

The best way to get started with HelloBar, in my opinion, is by first testing out the Slider pop up.

I know I may be a bit biased here, and I have no proof to back this up, but starting out with the Slider popup will probably be the best way to test out this tool.

With a premium plan (which we will discuss shortly), you can also A/B test different popup types against each other and see what works best for you.

This is a simple A/B test I’m running on my Slider popup and as you can see (even though the popups are very similar) one of them converts nearly twice as much as the other:

ab testing hellobar review

That means double the subscribers I get, which is not something to disregard.

I highly recommend you test different pop-up types and different wording/images and CTAs when you are trying to build an email list as even just a “minor” change can make a world of difference.

Why I Enjoy Using HelloBar On My Websites (Pros)

Now that I told you what you can look forward to and what to expect, let me share with you a few pros (and cons) about Hellobar which I think you should know about.

✔️ Perfect Mobile Optimisation

I have used other similar popups tools in my business and they were a nightmare to get them to “look right” on a mobile phone.

With Hellobar, this issue is now long gone.

Not only because you can easily preview your popups on desktop, tablet and smartphone whilst you’re creating them, but they also appear as they should when they’re actually live.

✔️ It’s Quick & Easy To Set Up

HelloBar is very easy to set up.

All it takes is a (free) account and you only need to install the HelloBar plugin on your WordPress website and it’s ready.

(I will show you how to set up the plugin down below).

✔️ The A/B Testing Is Remarkable.

When you have a paid plan, you can easily start creating multiple variations of your popups to test them out.

As mentioned above, you should always be testing something out with your popups.

You want to make sure you are getting the most out of Hellobar and the most out of your traffic.

✔️ Syncs With Other Email Marketing Services

Personally, I use Aweber to manage my email lists and with HelloBar, I can easily sync all my email subscribers onto Aweber without me needing to do any “extra” work to transfer them onto my “official list”.

You can see what else connects to HelloBar on this page here.

hellobar integrations

How The HelloBar Can Be Better (Cons)

While I do enjoy using HelloBar and at this point (& it’s irreplaceable for my business);

It’s not all rosy either.

Here are a few annoyances you will encounter using the HelloBar plugin.

✖️ It’s Not Cheap

HelloBar is not cheap, at all.

In fact, it’s one of the most expensive marketing tools I use in my business.

However, it’s an expense I’m quite happy to spare seeing how most of my conversions and email subscribers come from Hellobar.

✖️ It’s Not Easy To Cancel

This is probably the biggest issue I have with HelloBar.

To cancel your premium membership, you have to get in touch with Support and tell them why.

Of course, they would not refuse you, but I would much rather prefer to be able to cancel whenever I want (not that I plan on canceling anytime soon).

✖️ Pop-Up Targeting Is Lacking

There are plenty of unique targeting options you can use in Hellobar.

You will find these in the “targeting” setting and only IF you have a premium Growth membership plan.

However, there is one simple thing that I would like to see that is missing;

Targetting by post-category!

I would really like to be able to target popups to different categories on my website, but unfortunately, this is not an option at the time of writing.

How Much Does HelloBar Cost?

Right, let’s talk about pricing now.

How much does all of this cost?

There are 3 membership plans you can choose from. These are:

  • The free starter plan – $0
  • The Growth plan – $29 p/month
  • The Elite plan – $99 p/month

For the difference between the three, you can see this image here:

hellobar pricing

Personally, I am either on the free plan or on the growth plan as I don’t see to go on the Elite plan just yet.

If you are going to try Hellobar on the free plan (which is what I suggest you do), one great tip I can share with you is to

Set up your popups to show at 15 seconds+.

This means which means fewer viewers will see it, but you can at least stay within the 5000 pageviews per month plan and;

You also get the added benefit that whoever sees the popup is a “high quality” reader.

If you’re on the free plan, and you’re fast-approaching the 5000 cut-off limit, you will also get an email to ask you to upgrade:

hellobar email notice

NB: You get 2 months for free if you choose to pay for a year upfront. It might be something to consider.

The Best (Easiest) Way To Set Up HelloBar On Your Website

Last but not least, I also want to share with you how to get started with HelloBar and how to set it up on your website.

Step 01: Visit The Hellobar Website

Simple and straightforward.

You can visit the website using this link here.

Step 02: Instal The Hellobar Plugin (If You Are Using WordPress)

hellobar wp plugin

There are other ways to set it up, but the easiest way to do so is to use the WordPress plugin.

You can get the plugin from here and upload it/install it on your website.

Step 03: Insert Your Hellobar Code In The Plugin Settings

If you go with the Hellobar plugin method, once you have created your HelloBar account, you will be given a “key”.

All you need to do is to copy/paste the key from HelloBar and onto the HelloBar plugin.

Step 04: Create Your PopUp

Once the plugin has been set up, your next step is to go create a popup using any of the above-mentioned types.

Pick a goal that you want, create the popup (you also get a few templates to work with) and make sure you have set it upright.

  • If you want to collect emails, make sure you connect it with your email service provider.
  • If you want to divert traffic to another page, make sure the URL is working.

Once you’re happy with the finished product, simply click the Publish plugin and move on to step #5.

Step 05: Visit Your Website

That’s it.

You should see your popup show on your website in just a few seconds.

You’re all done and your popup is now visible to your target audience.

Last but not least…

Any HelloBar Alternatives Worth Mentioning?

One other similar tool to HelloBar I’ve used is the Thrive Leads plugin, which admittedly;

I wasn’t too impressed with it.

In fact, when I first got Thrive Leads set up and running, I’ve canceled my HelloBar membership but quickly went back to it after realizing how great it actually is.

So while I would still suggest you look for some HelloBar alternatives if the price is off-putting to you;

I would highly suggest you at least (first) try the free Hellobar membership to see how it works and how you can put it to good use.

I’m willing to bet you won’t be disappointed.

Final Words

Overall, I give the HelloBar a thumbs up and a solid 4.5/5 rating.

  • It works great,
  • it’s very easy to set up on your website and
  • I have managed to build quite the thriving email list with it so I’m currently very happy with it.

If you’d like to see it in action, you can see the HelloBar tool in action on the HelloBar website.

I’ll leave you to it.

NB: Want to see how I make money online? Here’s my latest guide showing you everything I do to earn money with simple, easy-to-build websites.

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