Interactive Flipbooks are showing a trend towards becoming a popular digital tool to communicate with readers and customers. As a result of that, you can find an increasing number of solutions on the market. Having to choose from a bigger pool of potential solutions might result in a time-consuming, cumbersome process. Therefore, the purpose of this blog post is to give you an easy to understand information flow by providing insights into specifics we think are super important when it comes to flipbook creation.
Whether you are looking for something specific or simply trying to learn about the broad array of companies that offer flipbooks in general, you’ll be able to extend your base of knowledge about flipbooks. By reading this blog post, you’ll get an overview of the 6 best interactive flipbook solutions, or at least the ones we think are the best here at Dot.vu. Stay tuned and enjoy reading!
6 Best Interactive Flipbook Solutions
In this blog post, we will highlight 6 different companies who are using interactive flipbooks. Also, we will focus on four different elements as points of differentiation for marketers when deciding which company offers the most for their budget. These four elements include interactivity, data collection, integrations, and pricing.
Also, if you feel the need to learn more about the concept, check out our blog post on it here. We are all set now, so let’s jump into it and go through some of the best platforms you can find on the market.
Interactive flipbook solutions here at Dot.vu are more than just a simple online solution that enables you to flip pages and engage with the content by alternative interactive elements such as images, videos, links, and clickable buttons. We strive to innovate and present solutions that can help change the way we think about interactivity and raise that to a whole new level. With this concept, we can ensure the satisfaction of your wildest expectations. To help you envision it, simply go on our website to see it with your own eyes, or click on the image below that’ll lead you to one of our experiences. Don’t hesitate! Go and check it out!
Also, just to let you know, we have made our Interactive Flipbook in a flipbook. Sounds interesting, right? The goal was to create educational content where we showcase all the exceptional benefits while you experiencing them. This way, your learning experience will become more intense and effective. Check it out!
The way we vision interactivity is just on a whole other level. It’s not all about having clickable buttons, hotspots, images, embedded videos, and links, but it’s much more than that. Instead, we also focus on creating different highly immerse interactive experiences that you can choose to add to any flipbook by simply dragging and dropping elements in our editor.
We strive to make sure that any idea you have can be achieved without any limitations. At the moment, we can serve you with 24 different interactive experiences such as marketing games, guided selling, or interactive videos to ensure the success of your flipbook. People are much more likely to engage with your content if they can take part and actively participate. The more interactivity you offer in your flipbook, the easier it’ll be to get their attention and ensure to keep it until the end of your presentations. Simultaneously, the more your customers can interact with your content, the more data you can collect. You can then use that for personalization purposes. It is as simple as that!
Basically, you can set up any custom KPIs for data collection purposes. We endeavor to offer you the most data possible to ensure the learning process of your customers. Hence, collecting Zero-Party data is one of the best advantages you can have by choosing us. You’ll be able to learn any preferences of your customers, therefore better personalize the content or products you are representing in your flipbook. If you want to learn more about Zero-Party data, you can do it here.
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Here at Dot.vu, a Starter Package starts at €385/month, and it can vary up to €1285/month if you go with a Pro Package. This depends on your company’s needs. We also have a plan for enterprises where a custom price is applied depending on the needs and agreed conditions.
But do you know what? – If you are only thinking about a one-time project, you can also go with that, and with the help of our interactive calculator, you can get an estimate of your price. To find out more about our pricing options and the unique features they include, visit our website here.
There is no doubt that iPaper is one of the best solutions on the market with great success. They offer Shoppable Flipbooks as an opportunity for you to transfer your product catalogs into a more advanced content type that fits right into your demand tactics. To spark interest, increase sales and traffic, it is indispensable to transform product catalogs and other printed media that better engages with customers into interactive flipbook solutions.
When it comes to interactivity, iPaper is one of the platforms that offers a fair amount of interactivity to help clients achieve better engagement and lead conversions. However, they are limited to clickable buttons, images, embedded videos, product catalog integration, and direct in-catalog checkout.
Based on the information provided, you can collect data such as pages with the longest viewing time, which links are clicked the most and how your readers interact with specific parts of your content.
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It is important to consider the pricing for iPaper as well, as a Commerce Light package starts from €295/month and can go up to €13.595 with the Empire package. To find out more about the differences in the list of features these packages include, check out the pricing page.
The next one on our list is Simplebooklet. They have a marketing platform with several features, such as multiple transitions, branded links, and video narration. Simplebooklet has different plans you can purchase as well, and each plan will unlock valuable features depending on your needs.
Interactive flipbooks include features such as videos, images, and captions that you can’t do in print. Also, link hotspots such as email, weblink, or other click-to-action to drive engagement of the readers of your content. Besides, you’ll find the option to add interactive buttons as well that you can use to add contact information and engagement buttons to drive inbound sales.
You can add gated content to your interactive flipbook solution to collect customer information before providing access to your unique content. Additionally, you’ll also get per page stats about the number of views and clicks over your own set timeline. This latter one is only available if you have a Business plan with them.
Simplebooklet’s pricing plans are moderate compared to any of the above presented solutions. The Pro plan starts at $14.99/month, and a Business plan costs $39.99/month. It is important to note that the Pro plan only includes 3 flipbooks, so if you want to have more than that, you’ll need to pay additional fees or simply choose the Business plan where you can have up to 200 flipbooks created. If you want to know more about it, click here.
It is a browser-based service for creating lead-generating interactive flipbook solutions hosted with FlippingBook. You can freely customize your flipbook, share it as a direct link when it is ready, and track its performance. Besides, they also offer a FlippingBook Publisher that is a desktop software for Windows. It has a one-time fee, and if you decide to go with that, you’ll have unlimited space to host your whitelabel flipbooks on your own server. Now that you know a little bit about them, let’s take a look at the level of interactivity you can implement in your flipbook by choosing them.
Depending on your need, you can add unlimited videos to your flipbooks. You can also enhance your content with inline and pop-up images. Besides, you have the option to add GIFs and clickable links such as page links, weblinks, and contact links to the relevant parts of your digital solution.
Depending on the plan you decide to go with, you can collect data about recipients by sharing multiple links with clients one by one that enables you to collect data individually. Data included are views, total time spent for each trackable link you share. Also, tracking unique clicks and page views with Advanced, Team, and Enterprise plans. Besides, you can choose to receive notifications whether a link was opened over a given period or not.
What’s more, you can collect data about the entire flipbook in general, such as views, clicks, and average time spent in it. But again, you’ll get access to those features based on the plan you decide to have with them.
FlippingBook offers different pricing plans depending on users, either individuals or teams. A Starter plan is €49/month, while an Advanced plan would cost you €199/month. If you are thinking about purchasing a plan for a team, your price will get higher. The Team plan starts at €299/ with 3 users by default. While an Enterprise option would be €439/month with 3 domains by default and 3 users. Additional users and domains will add up some extra costs to your bill.
Plus, if you are thinking about buying their FlippingBook Publisher Software, you’ll need to dig deeper in your pocket. If you want to find out more about what they can offer, check out their pricing page here.
5. 3D Issue
They are a platform where they provide two solutions with the same subscription. A Flipbooks Desktop version lets you host publications on your own existing hosting on both Mac/Windows. While Flipbooks Online runs in the cloud, and all publications created are hosted in the 3D Issue cloud hosting. Either way, both versions will cost you the same and allow you to create stunning flipbooks with multiple output types, namely HTML5, offline editions, epub, and mobi, to reach as many readers as possible.
The selection of interactive elements is limited to embedded videos, images and slideshows, and link types such as web, email, and phone numbers. Besides, you have the option to add background audio to your flipbook as well as buttons and hotspots to launch items, including info panels, videos, and much more. In addition to all of this, you can have ad spots, social plugins, meaning that you can include social media feeds in your publications and lead forms to make sure you are effectively collecting leads.
Unfortunately, they do not provide any information on what types of data can be collected even though they mention custom data collection on their website. However, they are integrated with Google Analytics so data like time of visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page of the web pages can be easily tracked.
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The pricing model 3D Issue offers is somewhere in the median prices compared to others presented in this blog post. A Professional account starts at $75/month and can vary up to $599/month if you end up choosing the most expensive Partner plan. Check out their website to learn more about their pricing here.
Flipsnack is a 2in1 tool. First, they provide you with an interactive flipbook solutions maker, a simple way of uploading your PDFs and convert them into stylish flip page catalogs. Second, they offer an integrated design tool to make it easy for you to create a catalog design from scratch or from templates. When you’re ready to publish, publish your flipbook solution online or download it as a print-ready PDF.
Unfortunately, the selection of interactivity is limited at Flipsnack too. You can choose videos from URL, audio, tag caption, and lead forms on different pages. These features are accessible with a Professional or Business account. Note down that inserting embed codes, and product tags can only be taken advantage of if you sign up for a Business plan.
With this supplier, you can explore your data in great detail. You’ll be able to track views and engagement, so every impression, view, share, download, and the average reading duration. Also, analyzing data history with line charts is an excellent opportunity to spot trends in recent history. Next, you’ll get a snapshot of what devices and sources were used to find and access your catalog, as well as a locations report to help you find out from which countries people access your content.
You can get access to page analytics to have a comprehensive understanding of how people interact with your catalogs. From this report, you’ll find out the exact amount of clicks you got on each page and on each page element, as well as the number of views on each page. It is pretty smart, isn’t it? As soon as your flipbook is published, data tracking will get going automatically. To get access to all data collection features, you’ll need to have a Professional account at least.
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Surprisingly, they offer a free plan to potential clients to discover how Flipsnack works without initial commitments. Paid plans start from $32/month and go up to $99USD/month. Besides, you can choose the enterprise package depending on your needs and the size of your campaign that starts from $250USD/month. Check out more about their pricing here.
Are you ready to make your choice?
As you can see, there is a broad array of interactive flipbook solutions on the market in recognition of the growing importance of interactive digital tools such as interactive flipbooks. Now! If you ask me which one of these I would recommend, I think you know my answer. However, to be fair, all of these solutions have fitting values that have the potential to help your business move forward. The question is, what are your expectations when it comes to flipbooks, and what is the level you want to succeed with using one. Is interactivity essential for you, or would you rather have a modest solution? It all comes down to your specific needs and knowing what your customers want to see and experience.
One thing is for sure. If you want to have an outstanding and compelling interactive flipbook solution, Dot.vu is your best choice. Working with us, from interactivity to data and personalization, you’ll get the best treatment. When it comes down to interactivity and data collection to achieve better personalization and providing a seamless customer experience, we don’t know any limits, but that’s about it.