Google trends says Calculators are hot stuff

Have a look at this screenshot from Google trends comparing the search terms “Website”, “Landing page”, “SEO” and “Calculator” (Yellow). As you can see the number of searches for Calculator are steadily going up while searches for website are decreasing.

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What does this mean for you

If you’re working with marketing and sales listening to your market is key to success. According to Google trends your market wants calculators – not websites.

Luckily creating calculators are now as easy as creating a spreadsheet – with LeadDoubler setting up a calculator can be done by simply uploading an Excel file. The innovative platform automatically converts it into an interactive calculator nicely designed to match modern requirements:

  • The calculators are responsively designed and will work on all smartphones, tablets and laptops
  • You can easily define look and feel using one of our free templates
  • With the integrated lead capturing build directly into the system conversion rates are extremely high
  • LeadDoubler is for Calculators what WordPress are for blogs
how to build your own cost calculator

How to build your own Cost Calculator with Excel

In this how-to article, you will learn how you can build your very own Cost Calculator. Having the ability to calculate the cost is important in educating consumers and potential customers.

Gather the Tools

What you will need to build your own Cost Calculator:

Microsoft Excel – Excel will allow you to add the input and output labels and formulas for your calculator.

LeadDoubler – LeadDoubler is a web-based software that will allow you to turn the raw .xls (Excel file) into a beautiful and fully-functional online calculator.

Ready? Let’s go!

The process:

  • Step 1: Create Excel Document
  • Step 2: Launch LeadDoubler and Choose a Template
  • Step 3: Edit Page and Publish

Step 1: Create Excel Document

Our example Cost Calculator will be “How much do you spend on coffee?”

I saw this on a USA Today Article and thought it would be a great example to use for this how-to article.

Let’s start by opening Microsoft Excel and creating a new worksheet.

First, we have the Inputs, the Labels and the Values for our Excel file. Column A will have our labels, Column B our default values, and Column C will define the range of the values (and types of input).

Cost Calculator Excel Document

Next, we add the label “calculate” to separate the inputs and outputs. Anything listed after the “calculate” cell will be considered outputs.

Cost Calculator Setup

In Column B, below “Calculate” label, we can add our formulas. In this Coffee Cost Calculator we will just do a basic multiplication of the input values.

Cost Calculator Formula

Now we are ready to upload our Excel Sheet in Step 2.

Step 2: Launch LeadDoubler and Choose a Template

  • Go to LeadDoubler.com
  • Click the green “Signup” button and Register for a free account.

Cost Calculator Registration

Now, once you are in your dashboard, click the green “New Project” button on the right.

Cost Calculator Dashboard

You are now in the template gallery, click the “simple white landing page”.

Cost Calculator Gallery

Now, you are at the template preview page, click the “choose” link on the right to get started editing your landing page and calculator.

Cost Calculator Template Preview Page

This brings us to Step 3.

Step 3: Edit Page and Publish

Now, click “Edit landing page” on the top right

Cost Calculator Landing Page

Select “Upload Spreadsheet to change form” and upload the Excel document you created earlier.

Cost Calculator Change form

Next, we can click “preview” to test and see how your calculator will work and see how it will look before its live.

Cost Calculator is uploaded

Now our Calculator is active and ready to calculate.

Live Cost Calculator Demo

Now, when you are ready to publish, click “publish” in the upper right corner of the dashboard and it will bring you to the publish page. Cost Calculator Preview

From here you can create your landing page URL or connect it to your own existing domain. The choice is yours.

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Well, Congratulations you now have your very own Cost Calculator!

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There’s no doubt that we love calculators. Particularly they are brilliant if you work within sales or marketing.  

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We’re proud to announce that we’ve released LeadDoubler academy. On our academy you can learn how to setup and launch your own online calculators in minutes. All courses are free – extremely fast to complete and gives you exactly what you need. Good luck: leaddoubleracademy.usefedora.com  

buying a car vs buying a calculator

Buying a car vs. buying a calculator

We love calculators. Not only are they great at converting visitors into leads they also allows you to stand out with more transparency and honesty than your competitors. Getting a calculator online can be done using special made tools like LeadDoubler or by programming them. With programming everything can be done – even things that might work counter intuitively for the users. When using special made tools like LeadDoubler on the other hand the calculator are a bit more restricted. Compare it with buying a car. You can (at least in theory) have a car made by hand, but would you? Now why do you even consider having a calculator build by hand when LeadDoubler is available?

Why LeadDoubler is better than implementing a calculator by hand

  • With LeadDoubler your calculator can be live in a few hours.
  • With LeadDoubler you are sure your calculator works on all major devices from day 1
  • With LeadDoubler you can apply revisions and even setup new calculators without delays
  • With the free LeadDoubler template you are sure to start from a simple design that will ensure high conversion rates
  • With LeadDoubler you never have to wait for your programmer to have time before applying changes
  • Your calculator doesn’t “die” when your programmer gets a new job
  • With LeadDoubler the leads captured are stored safely and can be retrieved later
  • With LeadDoubler you pay a small startup fee and then monthly subscription ensuring that you can always decide to choose another solution later without having to invest heavily up front. We know that having a calculator programmed from scratch allows you more freedom in design, but we always recommend to start with a LeadDoubler calculator. You can always choose to have the calculator programmed when you’ve got your LeadDoubler calculator running.