Becoming a Zoho Affiliate is easy:
1. Setup your account at zoho.com/affiliate . You will need to use a PayPal account as part of the sign-up process (that’s how we’ll pay you).
2. Use our promotional tools & banners to tell your site visitors about the benefits of the Zoho Services.
3. Collect your money
It is really that straightforward.
Behind the scenes, what happens is that whenever one of your website visitors clicks on the links, they are tracked as they sign-up for a Zoho service. If they pay and subscribe to one of our services, you get money credited to your account. If they sign-up for the free version and later upgrade, you get money credited to your account too. Not only that, but because Zoho works on a subscription model, affiliates earn money on the initial payment and also on subsequent monthly renewals (up to 1 year). How much? We think we are being quite generous, you can check the different rates for subscription and recurring commissions.
Today we are launching the Affiliate program with Zoho Invoice and Zoho Projects. We are working on adding more services to this mix. And yes, as an affiliate, you can promote as little or as many services as make sense for the content in your site and your audience.
Many users ask us how we determine the roadmap of our products. While our customer requests play an important role in deciding what goes into the product, a good percentage of our roadmap is defined by our own needs.
We are a medium sized business. With over 1100 Employees, working from 5 countries (US, India, Japan, China & UK) and multiple locations (we have offices in California & Austin along with a few remote offices), we need a system that makes it easy to collaborate across multiple locations, timezones, languages, departments etc.
If there is one application that connects all Zoho employees, it is Zoho Business. It is the central place where the entire organization comes together. Zoho Business is where we define access permissions for all users across locations. We manage hundreds of domains, access permissions, groups, applications and lot more, all from a unified portal.
Zoho Mail hosts email for all our employees and of course Zoho Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes are all complementary to our usage. Zoho Chat usage has spiked internally after its integration with Zoho Business and is now one of the primary ways we communicate within the company. This integration of Chat inside Zoho Business cut down a lot of calls. Zoho Docs is used quite a bit to create and share documents. I am trying to remember the last time I used Microsoft Office…
Zoho Discussions plays an extremely important role for communications within the organization. When you have multiple people from multiple locations and timezones and have need to communicate and discuss on common ideas/topics/issues, we turn to Zoho Discussions. While we use the app externally to communicate with our customers, we have a very vibrant discussion forum internally where the participation comes from multiple offices and languages.
Lot of our product teams rely on Zoho Projects and in fact our recent Bug Tracking module is an output of our internal requirements from product teams. We use this app for managing projects with some of our larger and strategic partners as well.
We of course use Zoho CRM to manage all our customers across all our divisions. Our HR runs on Zoho People and we use Zoho Recruit to manage our requirements. I personally have been using Zoho Search for obtaining employee contact information. Our customer support teams rely on Zoho Assist for support and our sales engineering teams rely on Zoho Meeting for remote meetings. In the process, we ditched WebEx and saved a ton of $$$$$.
Apart from our main applications, we have a need for lots of smaller applications (like leave application or a cab booking app – we talked about more about such apps here). For such situational app
lications, we rely on Zoho Creator.
As there is lot of activity across Zoho, we rely on Zoho Reports to provide us good summary (related to stats like registrations, logins etc) of what’s going. Stats like daily/weekly/monthly signup trends, sessions, partner usages, sales analysis etc come from Zoho Reports.
As you can see, there is lots of ‘Zoho’ in there. Our idea is simple. If we are able to run a 1100+ people company on Zoho, and be productive, effective and can save a bunch of $$$$ while we do this, we believe there will be many similar companies that can benefit from what we offer.
How do you use Zoho in your business?
At The Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog, Jeremy Caplan has some good questions for Sridhar. Excerpts from the interview ‘Q&A: Upstart Takes on Google, Microsoft in the Cloud‘:
Both Google and Microsoft have committed significant resources to building Web-based software. How can you compete?
The primary advantage Google and Microsoft have is their size and reach, which is a formidable advantage. Google’s product suite is limited to Mail & Office suite, while Zoho has a much broader product suite
targeted at small and mid-sized businesses. We integrate well with everyone, including with Google Apps.
Microsoft has formidable technology resources, but faces the economic challenge of transitioning their business model to the cloud, without sacrificing revenue in the process. In the small and mid-sized market,
there is room for multiple players, as companies like Intuit and Adobe have demonstrated even as they have faced repeated challenges from Microsoft.
How will cloud software differ three years from now?
Over the next three years, you will see cloud offerings really mature in terms of features and functions, and become feature rich, overtaking desktop offerings in many areas. As feature parity is reached, market adoption will explode. Just as mobile phones overtook wired phones in terms of features, functions and of course usage over the past 10 years, cloud software will overtake installed software over the next 10. The reason in both cases is the sheer speed of technology evolution.
Thanks to Jeremy and The WSJ.
SMBs who look out for quality wiki software had to settle between free wiki sites that didn’t have enterprise level security or choose expensive alternatives in the market. Zoho Wiki would be the ideal bet in such a scenario. If you want to use an easily affordable enterprise wiki for your company, look no further.Fine grained Access Controls with Zoho Wiki
Wiki has a three tiered architecture: Wiki -> Workspaces ->
Pages. Within your wiki, you can categorize your content into
independent and fully customizable Workspaces. So, in a business
organization, it is easy to create independent workspaces for each team
and more importantly, each team has its own security controls.
Zoho Wiki enables you to
have certain confidential project plans as private, share few product design pages alone with a
particular team (Group Sharing)
or publish common company documents to everyone in the organization (organization wide sharing). Being
online, Zoho Wiki removes the firewall constraints and makes it easier
to share and collaborate securely with third parties like clients,
partners and vendors. You can easily build a secure Company Extranet.
see how we can go about making a wiki secure in just a few steps
A. Adding Users to a Wiki:
adding users, you have the option to categorize them as
individual users, group users, organization users, domain users (wiki
content will be shared by users of a particular domain) or Zoho
Registered users (instead of allowing
anonymous guest viewers, this will facilitate valid users to access
the pages) .
B. Setting Granular
The users can then be assigned separate
permissions for viewing, editing, commenting, deleting and creating
pages. This gives more control to the administrator to decide on who can
who can view pages, who can post comments etc.
C. Secure Access
By enabling ‘only HTTPS‘ option,
secure access can be guaranteed.
D. Permission Inheritance
- You can allow default
permission inheritance, i.e the pages and workspaces
can inherit the wiki permission itself or
- you have the
flexibility to define permissions for wiki, workspaces and the pages
separately. For example, the wiki by itself can be shared with the
entire company but finance workspace alone can be private.
ahead and try & see how helpful Zoho Wiki can be for your business
Being a SAAS BI offering, Zoho Reports provides many advantages when it comes to collaboration. Instead of emailing spreadsheets around, data and reports can be shared online and can be accessed from anywhere, anytime from a browser.
Zoho Reports provides many fine-grained options too, of what a shared user can/cannot do with the data/reports
shared – like read only access, exporting of data, viewing the underlying data etc. Not just that, you can also provide permissions for your colleagues to upload/add data and to analyze & develop the reports shared, thus enabling true collaborative analysis. Below, we explain how to go about with the different collaboration options available in Zoho Reports.
The first slide show explains the various ‘Sharing’ options available in Zoho Reports.
And the second slide show explains the ‘Publishing’ options.
Hope you liked the powerful collaboration options available in Zoho Reports. Try them out and do mail your feedback to email@example.com.