Luxury Business enjoys the “Luxury” of Z-CRM

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John Paul

15 months ago, John Paul, the largest concierge service provider in France, decided to expand into the U.K. With this expansion, Jean Paul brought in George Evans to serve as managing director of John Paul U.K.

Prior to joining John Paul, Evans had worked for a large $20M dollar company and had extensive experience with Salesforce CRM. When he came aboard John Paul, the first thing he noticed was that they had no CRM solution in place.

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Salesforce’s Do.Com Customers Can No Longer Do Much – Unless They Migrate To Zoho Projects

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banner.pngSalesforce.com recently announced that their Do.com project management service is shutting down early next year. Salesforce acquired the Manymoon startup, for which they reportedly paid between $25 and $35 million dollars, just about two years ago and they later renamed it as Do.com. We’re sure this leaves current Do.com customers searching for a place to go. Well, worry no more: we’ve got good news for you.

We just released our Zoho Projects migration tool that lets you bring your current Do.com data and continue working without skipping a beat.

Start Doing More with Zoho Projects

Zoho Projects is a tool that allows you to manages any kind of project from thought to finish. Zoho Projects goes well beyond planning, and helps your team work better together, collaborate and stay on top of what they need to do, even while they’re on the go.

Do.com users can easily migrate in few easy steps without losing the tasks, tasks lists, notes and other items they had already created. And of course, migration is free.

Migration is just the start

Do.com users that come into Zoho projects will primarily be looking to save their important data and work. However, they will soon discover all the additional benefits that Zoho Projects brings over Do.com, like time tracking & billing, gantt charts and resource utilization, advanced analytics and much more.

In addition, Zoho Projects integrates with the Zoho Office suite, works with Google Apps and allows you to bring files from Dropbox, Box.net, Google Drive and even Microsoft SkyDrive into your project.

If you’re a current Do.com customer, we welcome you into the Zoho family. Learn how to migrate your data into Zoho Projects at:  https://projects.zoho.com/doit

When Invoicing becomes child’s play. Literally.

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At Zoho, we’re constantly trying to build and rebuild our apps to make them easy for our customers to use.

That’s why we LOVE tweets like these, that make us feel like we’re closer to our goal:

Thanks to @zoyrosa for sharing this video of her kids using Zoho Invoice. It sure made our day :)

Sign up for a preview of the New, Faster Zoho Books!

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Our customers create amazing things at work and at Zoho we build products to help them with it. Our vision when we created Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice was to help business owners manage their finances without being stressed out. Ever since we released the products, we’ve been receiving great feedback and many requests our way. We knew it was time to give them more. So, we made use of all the great feedback and completely re-imagined our product.

New Zoho BooksWe set ourselves three goals and focussed all our energies to create a snappy, lighter and a delightful experience for our customers to come back to every single day.

Get work done faster

By reinventing ourselves, we’ve been able to create a much faster, efficient and powerful app for you. Be it creating your invoices or running your reports, every screen was put under the microscope and redesigned to simplify it further. Information is now more visual and easier to understand.

Do better business with powerful features
The re-architecture has given us an opportunity to add more powerful features, like the client portal (to collaborate with customers and vendors) and also features like attaching expense receipts to track expenses way better than before. Having future-proofed our product, we’re now on a mission to get more features on board for you in the coming months.

Be part of a greater ecosystem
Everything mentioned above has been made possible with our REST APIs. We want to open them up to the world so that developers across the world can create something truly amazing, something even better. This way not only would our customers have awesome integrations but also better ways to add more value to their business.

We’re fine-tuning both the products so we can have them gift-wrapped for you before the New Year! But we couldn’t resist giving you a sneak peek early on.

Go ahead, REGISTER your email address and we’d get back to you on how you can access the new version of Zoho Books and Zoho Invoice

Stuck in a haunted house or email service? Find out how you can log out for good.

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emailswitchSwitching to a new email service can seem as unsettling as moving from the house you have been living in for a (long) while. And when it involves a business / organization switching to an alternate email service, it’s akin to moving a whole family to a new house.

Migration is tough. Why? You and your family, have gotten used to the familiarity of your current house! This attachment to familiarity gets so strong that even if your house were haunted, over time, you would be accustomed to a levitating chair, creaking doors, eerie sounds or even the spouse acting weird now and then.

And when such happenings do manage to push you to consider moving, the very thought of ‘the process of moving’ to a new unfamiliar dwelling, intimidates you from proceeding with it. What can be pleasant about sorting through accumulated house stuff, packing and loading boxes to a truck and praying nothing gets broken or lost in transport?

Besides, what’s the assurance that chairs will not float in your new place too? Unsure of how the other options will turn out, you stay in the established comfort zone – the known devil. ‘The Enduring’ continues.

That is the exact same way people get attached to a familiar email service despite its downside.

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Tricks, Treats and Halloween: A time to let go of fear!

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Gearing up your business for Halloween? Most business-owners use this time to carve out pumpkins, stock up on holiday goodies and treats, create Halloween deals and offers to lure customers – all in the ‘spirit’ of the season.

But Halloween can be more than just that.

It can be about learning to overcome fears – especially those that keep us from building a better business. If you’re living with such fears: Halloween is a good time to treat yourself, by tricking the worst fears out of your mind.

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Networking and connecting with people. Businesses are about people doing business with other people. If you’re afraid to go out and meet new people or to talk to existing customers and get to know them better, you might be losing out on opportunities to build and nurture business relationships.

We now live in a connected age where in-person meetings are only one of the ways to connect with people. There’s also email, chat, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and… well, you get the drift. Communicating online can be much less intimidating, so don’t be afraid to connect and interact with everyone who matters for your business. Unless of course, you happen to be afraid of such communication tools. In which case, my next point is for you.

1.2Trying new tools and technology. Because we fear drastic changes that may come with new tools, some of us continue to stick to archaic methods that may have long outlived their utility. However, if you’re already a Zoho customer, then you probably don’t live with such a fear or may have overcome it already. Congratulations, and you may skip the next two paragraphs!

It’s time to break out of that safety net and try some new business tools. You really have nothing to lose. Except maybe, the inefficiencies that come from resisting new tech. So, Once you get used to these tools and their benefits, you’ll wonder how you managed without them in the first place.

And hey, shameless plug: If you’re wondering where to begin, check out some of our apps: business emailCRM, online invoicingemail marketing and an online office suite are the basics to start with!

1.3Managing business finances. Managing the accounting process for your business can give you a lot of control over your finances and help you in making informed business decisions. If lack of accounting knowledge or fear of dealing with numbers sends shivers down your spine, try overcoming this fear by using an online accounting tool that simplifies the process and lets you learn as you go along. (shameless plug #2: Zoho Books!)

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Competition. Some of us live in perpetual fear of the competition, constantly worrying about what their next move might be. We end up spending so much time worrying that we forget to focus on the one thing that can help us stay ahead of them – building a better product or service for customers. The best way to get this fear out of your head is by channelizing your energies back to areas that can help improve your product or service offering.

Now, If you’re still reading this post, it’s likely that you can identify with at least one of the fears I listed. Remember, it’s up to you to choose not to be haunted by them any more. All you have to do is understand your fears better and then you can fight them.

Oh and Happy trick-or-treating!

Introducing Advanced Analytics for Zoho Projects

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Till now, project managers using Zoho Projects had access to limited reporting options – Gantt and resource utilization charts. Not anymore. Today, we are glad to announce the Zoho Projects Advanced Analytics Add-on, powered by Zoho Reports. Project managers can use this analytics add-on to know & track their key project metrics, and get lots of insights from their projects data.

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