Is Fullstaq Marketer Legit? What happened to AWOL Academy? Keala Kanae has officially rebooted AWOL Academy and created Fullstaq Marketer. Can he possibly back up his ultra bold statement that you will earn $15k in your first 90 days with this program?
Spoiler alert: there are a ton of red flags to unpack here.
Is Fullstaq Marketer Legit? What Happened to AWOL Academy?
Keala Kanae’s Fullstaq Marketer is a reboot of his now defunct AWOL Academy. AWOL Academy fizzled in 2019 after customer complaints. Fullstaq Marketer follows AWOL’s same pattern of low buy-in with massive upsells and high pressure sales tactics.
Company: Fullstaq Marketer
Price: $99 – $15,000
Years in Business: Founded in 2018
Community: Private Facebook Group
Support: Private Facebook Group
TrustPilot score: 4.9/5
Free Trial: None
Main Complaint: Unrealistic promises of revenue, massive upsells
Keala Kanae makes the bold promise that you will earn $15k in your first 90 days with Fullstaq Marketer. This is your very first red flag: unrealistic promises of revenue. Let’s take a look and see if Fullstaq Marketer is worth it and if it lives up to Keala Kanae’s promise.
Is Fullstaq Academy Worth It? And Why Did AWOL Academy Need a Reboot?
Fullstaq Marketer is the brainchild of founder Keala Kanae. A seasoned, digital marketeing “guru”, you’re likely to see him popping up on YouTube, social media, and basically anywhere else there’s an audience.
If you listen to his story, you’ll learn he was tired of working dead end jobs at coffeeshops, etc., and set off on a mission to build his own empire. Like him or hate him, in 2015 he did just that with AWOL Academy.
He and partner Kameron George created AWOL Academy. AWOL Academy was a VERY high-ticket digital marketing training platform that promised to take you from zero to hero FAST. The problem with AWOL Academy were the huge upsells and high pressure sales tactics.
With expensive a la carte style training modules you needed to continue to buy to succeed, the unsuspecting customer would buy into AWOL Academy with the first training module at the low price of $99 not realizing the full training would end up costing $15k-$20k.
The reported success rate of AWOL Academy was only 3%. It could be up to debate on what is “success”, but it was easy to see the mountain of complaints from users who were upset with the inflated pricing. The writing was on the wall, and AWOL Academy fizzled out
Keala was determined to make his high ticket training model succeed. He decided to reboot AWOL Academy into Fullstaq Marketer. Unfortunately, he’s kept so many of the red flags and patterns he used with AWOL that the same complaints are starting to stack up against Fullstaq.
It’s important to point out that there’s nothing illegal about Fullstaq Marketer. But that doesn’t stop users from feeling they’re being scammed out of their money.
Sticking with his patterns that work, Keala uses multiple ad campaigns to market Fullstaq Marketer. You may have seen his Digital Freelancer ads across social media along with this Freelance Affiliate Guide review free e-book. He uses both of these as lead-ins to buy his high ticket training courses.
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Fullstaq Marketer’s High Pressure Sales Tactics
Unfortunately, it seems like the high pressure sales tactics that ultimately did in AWOL Academy are still going on with Keala’s current projects. Remember, you’re always in control and no pressured sales call can force you into anything, but these are professionals who prey on the fact that for some it can be hard to say no to someone who is being incredibly insistent.
In any of Keala’s courses if you see a step that’s called “coaching call” or anything like that, make no mistake about it, it’s a high pressure sales call.
I’ve had multiple users describe sales calls where they were asked “how badly do you want this?” before offering to set them up with a LOAN SERVICE so they could take out the large sum of money necessary to proceed.
Fullstaq Marketer’s Training Modules
Fullstaq Marketer is made up of 4 a la carte training modules:
- Fullstaq Accelerator
- Traffic Labs
- Conversion Labs
- and Masters Labs.
Each covers a variety of elements for digital marketing entrepreneurs looking to be successful in this very lucrative field. At the time of this posting, pricing isn’t available on the website.
However, by examining some deep parallels between the Fullstaq Marketer site and the old Awol Academy site, we can gain huge insight into both what the training will consist of and the all important price points we can expect.
You should never have to pay thousands per module for affiliate marketing training. There are much, much better options out there.
(For detailed insight on how these training modules are carbon copies of AWOL Academy’s failed training, watch the video at the top of this article.)
Fullstaq Accelerator $997
The first training module is called Fullstaq Accelerator, and it’s actually 4 modules in 1.
- Fullstaq 101
- Fullstaq Onboarding
- Fullstaq Edge
- Funnel Labs
This is your introductory module that covers the foundational elements of your business.
“Fullstaq 101 provides the core elements needed to create a rock solid foundation for your future career in freelance digital marketing. The starting point of your journey is just as important as the destination and Fullstaq 101 assists in providing you with a clear path from point A to point B.”
This module is all about connecting you with support and a large like-minded community.
“Within Fullstaq Onboarding, you’re able to quickly set yourself up with a massive community of fellow aspiring and veteran online entrepreneurs who support your vision of greatness.”
This module focuses on creating a successful mindset.
“Inside of Fullstaq Edge, you’ll be taken on a “mind bending” ride as Keala unveils the cutting edge mindset shifts that all elite level leaders possess and apply in order to succeed.”
This module gets you set up your website, tracking system, lead capture pages, and more.
If you’re familiar with Awol Academy, you might recognize that the description for Funnel Labs exactly matches the description for Awol’s Pro Academy.
This means that we can expect Fullstaq Marketer’s “Funnel Labs” to be an updated version of the training that was available in AWOL Academy’s “Pro Academy”. This pattern continues with the rest of the modules. Fullstaq Marketer is an exact reboot of the failed AWOL Academy.
Traffic Labs (Coming Soon)
The description for Fullstaq Marketer’s “Traffic Labs” is identical to the description of the defunct AWOL Academy’s “Traffic Academy.” We can expect it to cover how to generate a flood of website visitors that convert.
Conversion Labs (Coming Soon)
Fullstaq Marketer’s “Conversion Labs” is the rebooted version of Awol Academy’s “Conversion Academy”. This module promises to deliver an understanding of how “hypnotic” language, story telling, persuasive copy, and more will create an “irresistible” desire for your audience to take action and convert.
Masters Labs (Coming Soon)
Fullstaq Marketer’s “Masters Labs” is the reboot of Awol Academy’s “Masters Academy”. This will cover handling the finances of your business from money management to tax planning, investing, and more.
Here’s an important question to ask yourself. Do you want to be paying tens of thousands for training that still closely follows the same patterns that caused it to fail before?
My research shows the final module within Fullstaq Marketer will be Fullstaq Elite. Even though this module isn’t mentioned within the Fullstaq Marketer website, it follows the exact same pattern as Awol Elite from Awol Academy and is predictably priced at, you guessed it, almost $15k!
This has been confirmed by users who went through the on-boarding process. Fullstaq Elite started at $9800 and has now ballooned to $14,800.
The pattern of low buy-in followed by a massive upsell sometimes upwards of tens of thousands of dollars to complete the training is a huge red flag for any training platform. The Fullstaq Elite package will include all the training modules PLUS personal, private access to the founder Keala Kanae for private teaching and mentorship.
Fullstaq Marketer’s Affiliate Program
If you choose to, you can decide to promote Fullstaq Marketer and earn up to 50% commissions on all sales you make. 50% commission on such a high ticket item would be substantial. This is a huge reason so many people wave off the red flags in search of a giant pay day.
Fullstaq Marketer Pros and Cons
- Money back guarantee, but not enough time to use it effectively
- Decent early training if you don’t succumb to upsells
- Lucrative affiliate program because of high ticket pricing
- Unrealistic promises of revenue: Guarantee of earning $15k in 90 days is a huge red flag
- Too many promises of “Done for You” systems
- Too many “guru” cliches throughout marketing
- Extreme upsells to complete training
- Extreme high ticket pricing (up to $15k)
- Additional monthly costs for ad campaigns
- Based on now defunct training platform
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Fullstaq Marketer follows the same exact pattern as its predecessor Awol Academy: Extremely high-ticket a la carte training filled with upsells costing tens of thousands to complete. I would be very cautious with how I spent my money with this program. There is no free version, so tread carefully.
Have you had an experience before with Keala Kanae’s training platforms? Are you here because you had a gut feeling that something just wasn’t right about Fullstaq Marketer?
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