Zoholics 2014: Four Events, More Interaction

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With the success of Zoholics events in 2013, we are expanding the number of Zoholics events in 2014. Last year, our Zoholics event was CRM centric. We will host similar event this year and is going to be called ‘Zoholics: Sales & Marketing‘. Apart from that, we are adding three additional events with Productivity & Collaboration, Finance & Developers specific agenda. It will be four Zoholics events in 2014 – one very quarter – focusing on a different set of Zoho applications.

Zoholics: Developers

Zoholics: Sales & Marketing

Zoholics: Productivity & Collaboration

Zoholics: Finance

At Zoho, we like hosting events that enable personal interactions. Interactions that help you learn how to get more out of our products, and we get to understand how you use our products in your business. As the size of the events grow, these personal interactions are lost. To avoid this, we want to keep these events to a manageable size. So the number of available seats for these events are going to be limited. We recommend you block your seat early. Early registrations also will get a chance to pick up one-on-one slots with some of our employees.

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Scheduled Maintenance

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As previously announced, we started upgrading our data center infrastructure. Additional details about this upgrade including the services affected are available here.

If you are a Zoho Mail user, you can find the affected services here. Accessing mail.zoho.com will redirect you to your Mail alone. For Calendar, please go to calendar.zoho.com. Other features like Tasks, Notes, Search etc will be available after the upgrade.

We will keep you updated on the progress. Thank you for your support.

UPDATE as on 2:40 am PDT: The infrastructure upgrade has been completed successfully. However, a few minor features within some services might be affected, we are working to restore these.

UPDATE as on 6:10 am PDT, on 2nd September 2013: All services and features are now fully operational. Order has been restored in the Zoho universe. Thanks for bearing with us through the maintenance period :)

Goodbye Badge Scanner, Hello Leads

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Remember the last time you were on booth duty at a trade show, scanning attendees’ badges with the badge scanner provided by the event organizer? If your experience was anything like ours, it looked like this: With just one scanner in the booth, a line often formed as everybody waited to use the same device. To supplement the basic information provided by their badges, you frequently wrote notes on the backs of attendees’ business cards. At the end of the show, you handed the badge scanner back to the event organizer. And waited.

A week later, the event organizer sent you an Excel file with the attendees’ badge information. You took that Excel file and imported the leads into your CRM system. Finally, after seven days or more, you sent out your follow-up emails saying, “Thanks for visiting our booth.” By that time, of course, the attendees have likely forgotten who you are and what you do. And you’ve likely lost all the business card notes because, let’s face it, nobody wants to key in information collected from the hundreds of people and coordinate it with the records in their CRM system.

What if you could replace that dedicated badge scanner with a smart, mobile application that connects directly to your CRM application?

We are excited to announce Leads.

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With a badge scanning app running on your smartphone, you can scan badges at any time, from anywhere on the event floor and beyond. In fact, everyone in your company who has a smartphone can run this mobile app, which means everybody can scan badges. Once the badge is scanned, the app automatically extracts all of the information and presents it to you on the mobile device screen. That means you can take notes, add tasks and assign a lead owner — on the spot, while the customer is there with you.

You can also connect the mobile app to backend workflow systems set up in your Zoho CRM system. For instance, whenever you scan a badge at a trade show or event, that information is entered as a new lead in the CRM system and a “thank you” email is sent out immediately, not seven days later.

This is exactly what we’re delivering with Leads. This mobile app complements Zoho CRM to give you immediate access to, and let you take immediate action on, the leads you gather at a trade show or event.

Leads supports QR code scanning, but it’s smart enough to recognize when it can’t scan a QR code. At that point, Leads automatically switches to OCR and scans the readable badge information like first name, last name and company name.

Leads also has a built-in card scanner, so you can take a photo of a business card and automatically populate the related Zoho CRM fields with the card information. Leads will also save an image of the business card itself to Zoho CRM. If the business card includes the person’s Twitter handle, Leads will automatically collect the associated Twitter profile picture and add it to the lead record created in Zoho CRM. You can also enter the Twitter handle manually.

We launched Leads at Zoholics this past week, and all exhibitors at this year’s show used the Leads app to scan the badges of Zoholics attendees. If you’re ready to make the move to a smart, mobile badge scanning app, try Leads. It’s available immediately on iPhone for a one-time fee of $4.99. Android version is in the works.

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Countdown to Zoholics

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We are just a few days away from Zoholics and we are looking forward to inviting you to the event. We have around 50 sessions lined up for you along with keynotes from Sridhar Vembu, Ray Wang and Chris Silva.

If you haven’t installed the Zoholics mobile app, I recommend doing so. It is available on iPhoneiPad and Android. Presentations for the sessions will be available through our iPhone and iPad apps.

For those of you attending the CRM Training Track, we will be providing CRM training material to complement the sessions. I recommend bringing in your laptops to follow along the speakers.

We will have good number of Zoho employees at the event eager to talk to you and help you. Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet the people behind the products. Also, please do join us at the reception at the end of Day 2.

We also have great set of announcements at the event. We can’t wait to show you. See you in San Francisco next week.

Introducing Business Card Scanner App for Zoho CRM

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Card Scanner App IconEntering data manually into any CRM app is not fun. Any solution that helps automate data entry is a win for CRM users. That is the idea behind our new mobile app for Zoho CRM – Card Scanner.

Card Scanner is an iPhone app that extracts contact information from business cards and saves it into Zoho CRM as Contacts or Leads. Take a photo of a business card and the app extracts information from it and automatically populates the information into the appropriate fields. You can save the extracted information as a CRM Contact or Lead if you are logged into your Zoho CRM account within the app. Read more

Zoholics 2013: Agenda Published, Early Bird Pricing Ends Mar 31

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In Jan, we announced Zoholics 2013, Zoho’s annual user conference to be held in San Francisco in May (29th-31st). We now published the agenda for the event at the Zoholics Website.

This two and a half day event is packed with over 55 sessions and a great lineup of Speakers including Ray Wang, Brent Leary, Doug Sleeter, Sridhar Vembu and more. The event features three parallel tracks including a dedicated track for Zoho CRM training with around 20 sessions.

The Early Bird pricing, which offers a 33% discount on our Standard ticket, ends Mar 31st. You may want to take advantage of this offer if you are planning to attend the event.

We also rolled out an iPhone app for the Zoholics event. If you are attending the event, we highly recommend you to install this app.

At Zoholics, you will learn how to get more out of your Zoho apps, meet the people behind the products, get to know the future direction of the apps and of course, network with other Zoho users.

We hope to see you in San Francisco in May. Register Now.

 

Announcing Zoholics 2013, Zoho’s Annual User Conference

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Zoholics is back. The Zoho user conference we started last year received great response, so we are making it an annual event.

This year, Zoholics will be held at Hyatt Regency, San Francisco Airport. Based on popular demand and feedback from last year, we are expanding the event from one day to two and a half days. This will give us plenty of time to cover a plethora of topics and have enough time to interact with you through various sessions.

So, what can you expect from this year’s event?

You will have an opportunity to learn a lot about our apps through our
training sessions, interact with the Zoho team through various
workshops, learn about the trends in the industry and interact with
fellow Zoholics. We have listed some of the topics we will be covering
at www.zoholics.com. The event will feature three parallel tracks – one general session track and two training tracks.

If you are planning to attend the event, you may want to take advantage of
the limited number of Early-Bird tickets available at a discounted
rate.

For more details about the event, please visit www.zoholics.com.
The website will be updated as we finalize topics and add speakers to
the event. If you are traveling, you may want to book your hotel rooms
early with the discounted rate, before we are sold out.

As we continue to finalize sessions at the event, please do let us know what you would like to see at this year’s event.