About Radhika Bhangolai

Radhika is the Product Marketer for Zoho CRM. You can reach her at @RadhikaBhangola

3 Steps to fall (and stay!) in love with your CRM

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Finding the Mr. or Ms. Right is hard. What’s even harder is taking the relationship to a happily-ever-after ending.

Your journey with a CRM solution is no different. You need to find that right solution, deal with the initial hiccups and complications, and even distractions from other vendors. But once you successfully cross these initial barriers, it’s a smooth sail to a new beginning.

So, how do you lay the foundation for a long-term relationship?Find the CRM you'll Love

Find ‘The One’

With many vendors out there, here are some tips to keep in mind to find the right one.

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Win More Deals with Document Analytics In Zoho CRM

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This is a guest blog post by Adam Metz, the author of Amazon #1 internet-marketing best-seller ‘The Social Customer’, and the VP of Business Development at PandaDoc.

Zoho CRM users have been able to send documents to their contacts for five years. The company even added a real-time editor into their Document Library 3 months ago.

But they’ve never had integrated Document Signature or Document Analytics. Until now.

PandaDoc and Zoho CRM IntegrationLet’s say you want to send Emily, one of your leads, a Google Slides presentation or a Microsoft OneDrive document to read or sign. PandaDoc and ZohoCRM IntegrationSure, you could share the document with Emily via email. But once the doc leaves Zoho, it’s tough to tell whether she read every page of it, signed it, or even looked at it.

Most sales professionals want deep visibility into what their customers are thinking. It’s difficult to sell in a competitive situation without this kind of “deal intelligence.”

“Deal Intelligence” on Documents to Leads

Currently, Zoho CRM customers can upload their documents from many different formats. Now you can also send those documents to your Zoho CRM contacts faster and find out:

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Meet us @ CeBIT 2014, Sydney

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CeBITAustraliaHere’s  some exciting news for the SMBs in and around Sydney! We’re taking part in CeBIT Australia, the business technology fair of 2014 being held in Sydney Olympic Park, Australia.

Visit us at Stand J-61, where we will be showcasing how you can manage your business with our products, particularly Zoho CRM, Zoho Campaigns and Zoho Creator.

If you’re already using these apps, we’d love to hear about your experiences with Zoho.

We look forward to meeting you there!

Collaboration just got easier with the New Real-time Editor in Document Library

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Last year, we released Document Library, which made it easy to manage all your sales collateral, marketing material, proposals and more, right within Zoho CRM. Now, we’ve gone a step further and improved our editor in Zoho Docs to support chat collaboration and real-time editing.

Take this case of the Sales Team at Zillum Corp. Patricia, one of the sales reps, is excited! She has just closed a big deal, which she had been working on for a few months. She starts working on the Service Level Agreement, and notices some sections that require help from her manager and the legal team.

She shares the document with Charles from the legal team, and instantly he is notified about the document via email. When Charles views the document, Patricia gets an alert, and she can even chat with him then and there! That’s not all, she can also see what Charles is revising, and in turn, Charles can also see the changes Jasmine is making. And the whole document is finalized in a matter of minutes and sent to the customer.

Document-LibraryNow, that’s a lot easier to communicate with your team and get the reviews done instantly, right?

The new editor is available in Zoho Sheet, Zoho Writer and Zoho Show. Do try this feature and let us know what you think.

Just In: New DIY Web Forms, Round Robin Lead Assignment and Integration with Zoho Calendar

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Last month, we released features such as Territory Management, Custom Modules, Custom Functions, Social tab and Integration with Zoho Campaigns. Now, we’ve added the new Do-It-Yourself (DIY) web forms, Round Robin style assignment rule and the long awaited integration with Zoho Calendar to our new features list.

Here’s a summary of the features:

Create web forms without writing a single line of code

Web forms are a great way to get prospects into Zoho CRM. But, you don’t have to be an expert in programming to create web forms for your website.  With the new What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get (WYSIWYG) editor, you can create web forms in a minute! Just drag and drop the required fields in the form, set field alignment, mark fields as mandatory and much more. You also have options to upload fields and captcha to make your form spam-proof. Wrap it up by assigning lead ownership, enable notifications and approvals to ensure your Zoho CRM is clutter-free.

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It’s even easy to host the forms live using the ready-to-use code formats. You can also deploy these forms in sites you’ve built using Zoho Sites, WordPress, Facebook, Google Sites and Joomla. Now that’s so much easier than before, right?

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3 Tips to Make Sales Reps love (and use!) Your CRM

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Let’s face it. Most of your salespeople don’t like using a CRM system. They don’t like the manual data entry that’s involved to update it. They don’t like to spend endless hours doing reports. And most frequently, they complain about their CRM system not being user friendly. But as much as you can blame your CRM software, you can also blame the way it’s been setup, the way it’s been implemented and managed. So how can you make your CRM system friendlier and get your salespeople to embrace it?

Here are 3 tips that can help sales reps get things done better and faster:

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3 Ways to be a Kick-Ass Sales Rep at your Workplace

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Sales SuperheroAt some point in our lives we all dreamed of possessing superpowers to do extraordinary things, just like our favorite superhero.  We’d love to fly over the traffic to our workplace, multitask in a jiffy and close deals in a snap – in short, we’d love to be that kick-ass sales rep at our workplace! But wait…you don’t have to be born in Krypton or be bitten by a radioactive spider, or possess hi-tech gadgets to do all that. Like Mjollnir is for Thor, your reliable tool is a good CRM system that’s flexible and does most of the sales automation, leaving you to just focus on customer interaction and closing deals.

And with Zoho CRM, here’s how you can become the kick-ass sales rep at your workplace:

Be notified about important customer emails

You’re at work on a fine Monday morning, running through your emails and replying to the ones that are most important. By noon, you find out that you had missed reading an important email from a hot prospect. The reason: your Inbox is cluttered with business emails, personal emails and pesky emails!

The rule of thumb to be a smart sales rep is to attend to your prospects ASAP and to get there, you need a filtered view of your prospects’ emails alone. With MailMagnet, you’d not only receive emails within Zoho CRM but also get a filtered view of your prospects’ emails. The best part of this integration is that you don’t have to keep a check on your emails all the time, because each time you receive an email from a prospect, you’d be notified by a batch right on the Zoho CRM home page.

Mundane tasks keeping you busy? Just Automate.

You love your job. But you also dread the ‘manual data entry’ that comes along with it. All day long you’d type thank you emails, welcome emails, reminder emails and introduction emails, leaving you very little time to do what you are hired for…selling!

Email Template in Zoho CRM helps you get rid of this mundane task. Just personalize emails for each activity, and send emails to individual prospects or mass emails to a list of leads. Say, you’ve imported leads from a trade show and you want to send them a thank you email. All you need to do is select the leads list and blast a mass email.

Go Mobile. Carry Zoho CRM in your pocket

To all those field sales reps, this one is for you. We know you work almost round the clock, attending customer meetings, conferences and events. But at the same time, you can’t carry bulky laptops with you, to update and keep your team in sync with the latest happenings. You need a CRM system you can carry in your pocket. And Zoho CRM for Mobile provides just that. From adding leads to creating tasks, and from receiving email notifications to finding nearby customers, Zoho CRM Mobile App provides it all.

These are 3 quick ways you could become a kick-ass sales rep at your workplace. What are your tips and tricks? Do share them in the comments below.

- Radhika