From Blog to Email automatically – With RSS Feed Campaigns

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It has been a while since Google shut down Google Reader. Many bloggers looked for alternatives to readers so that they could distribute their content to their audience. One of the ways that has remained most effective is the email newsletter. Emails reach the users right where they are: their inboxes. Email also gets checked at least 3-4 times a day across all devices. But then, creating and sending an email every time there’s a blog update can be time consuming.

Take this case: You’re a small business owner and you use your product blog to communicate about the latest updates and industry trends. You make sure that you write at least 2 articles every week. Once the posts are published, you monitor them for reactions from your audience. There’s one more step that you take to maximize reach; you email a copy of the blog post as a newsletter to your customers. Read more

Manage Email Campaigns on-the-go. Introducing Zoho Campaigns for iPhone!

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You would have just scheduled a much awaited email campaign, and before the results come in, you have to step out for the day. You are not at your desk to look at the results, but you’re eager to take a peek at how the campaign is performing. This is where you’d wish you could quickly look it up on your mobile phone.

And that’s exactly what this latest update from Zoho Campaigns gives you! Read more

Kicked out of your high-rise? Move to Zoho.

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Earlier today, 37Signals, the company behind Basecamp and Highrise made two announcements. The first one is that they’re renaming the company, 37Signals, to Basecamp. So far so good.

It’s the second part of the news that is most troubling for customers: they are shedding all of their products – except for well, Basecamp. Along the products that they are no longer “focusing on” (read: they’ll most likely get killed soon) is Highrise, a contact management and lead tracking app.

Following 37Signals’ announcement that they are no longer investing in Highrise, you might be wondering about the future of the app and what it means for you as a customer. Zoho is here to help

Zoho is offering all Highrise customers a free and easy migration to Zoho ContactManager so you can keep all of your data safe and your business doesn’t skip a beat. On top of that, we’re offering a three-month free subscription to those customers who migrate. Our migration tool will be ready within the next few days. Meanwhile, sign-up and give it a try. We’re here to help with with any questions and make the transition for you as smooth as possible.

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If you’re not familiar with Zoho ContactManager yet, well just like with Highrise, you have all your contacts in one place, and you have a single place for everything that happens around a contact – so your team is always on the same page. You can track business deals and create tasks. That’s what a basic contact management app does. But, Zoho ContactManager goes well beyond that: Read more

New York… Here We Come!

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We are extremely pleased to announce that Zoho Recruit is coming to New York. We’re hosting a Training and Meet-Up session on Thursday, February 20, 2014.

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The Training - will focus on how to make best use of Zoho Recruit to run a recruitment process. You will be given useful insights on product features, tutorials on advanced features and also the opportunity to put across your queries and have them answered by product experts. You can also socialize and share your experiences with other recruitment professionals and draw valuable understanding from theirs.

The Meet-Up - will shed light on how recruitment processes can be simplified and streamlined for efficiency. We will be sharing some handpicked information that would benefit you with your recruitment process. You will have the liberty to put across your queries during the question and answer session. Also, don’t miss the chance to network with industry professionals.

So grab the opportunity, join us at the Training and stay updated on the latest, greatest and how-tos of Zoho Recruit. Or engage with us at the Meet-Up to discover how your recruitment process can be simplified. We look forward to having the pleasure of helping you explore the world of possibilities, in making your recruitment process effortless and sophisticated. See you soon!

 

Interesting Public Dashboard Examples

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Time and again, we come across Zoho Reports being used to analyze varied data sets. Below is a sampling of some of the recent public databases that we found interesting.

1. ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station)
I never knew that ISS was this connected with Hams, before I came across this ARISS database! Some interesting stats there, about events and contacts made by various schools with ISS, across countries.

2. Austin Real Estate
ABoR (Austin Board of Realtors) has a dashboard each for Travis County and Williamson County detailing avg list prices, foreclosure list price per zip code and types of financial transaction that were carried out.

3. IT Help Desk Stats
This is probably done by a system administrator for her IT team – a dashboard for data upload/download and computers being synced, and another dashboard that analyzes the number of support tickets raised.

4. Small Business Centre, North West Metro
Dashboard that reports the results of a survey done over small businesses in Western Australia.

5. Ministry of Transport & Communication, Mexico
From what little I could decipher using Google Translate, each of the dashboards in this database give out the number of landslides, free passageways and damaged bridges, state-wise.

6. Traffic Accidents
This dashboard analyzes accident numbers – how many injured vs dead, males vs female motorcyclists involved in accidents, number of accidents in different age groups etc.

7. Australian Football Clubs
dashboard made over Aussie football clubs data, and analysis of their profits.

Now, how are you using Zoho Reports? Let us know in the comments.

Zoho Sponsoring “On the Road Europe 2014” with ZAPP* Partners

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Following our successful On the Road Europe 2013, trip, we are very excited to be co-hosting two more events this year: one in Porto, Portugal on February 20, and a second event in Barcelona on February 26.

Continuing last year’s trend, Raju and I will be presenting some of the latest product updates and the company’s vision.
This year’s morning and afternoon sessions will include:
•    Zoho Vision & Company Roadmap
•    Running your business on Zoho (30+ applications)
•    Zoho CRM Latest Developments
•    Why choose Zoho CRM?
•    Customer presentations and case studies
•    Improving your Sales Process
•    Using Z Campaigns to Run Your e-mail Campaigns
•    Zoho open Q&A

Zoho is rapidly evolving and growing – now with 30+ business applications, a worldwide loyal customer and partner base and a growing team; these events provide a perfect opportunity to keep our Zoho friends up to date.  The “On the Road” series has been very successful in bringing together small audiences who want to learn more about the Zoho applications they are currently using or plan to use in the near future. It is also a great occasion for us to receive valuable feedback and to join some of of our partners in discussions on specific customer topics or concerns.

Thanks to our partners Globaz in Portugal and Apps Implantadores in Spain who have organized the events in their respective cities. Both partners have years of experience implementing solutions on Zoho’s suite of business applications, particularly Zoho CRM.

“We are very proud to co-host and collaborate on this event with Zoho (in Barcelona). We think it is really useful to establish new connections between our customers and Zoho and to experience first hand the Zoho ecosystem.” Raul Bellmunt Tabero – Apps Implantadores

If you are interested in attending any of the seminars, please sign up to the event pages here

*ZAPP = Zoho Alliance Partner Program – Zoho’s consulting partners and global reseller network

Lessons from a Coffee Mill for All Small Business Owners

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Processed with VSCOcam with g3 presetCoffee touches everyone differently. For some, coffee is essential to functioning the way motor oil is essential to a combustion engine or oxygen to fire.

Some drink coffee because it’s become part of their daily routine alongside showering and getting dressed. It’s a habit.

Others — my roommate for example — drink coffee through their nostrils and are perfectly content with never letting it touch their lips. It is an aroma of comfort. An aroma of home.

Coffee has a sense of nostalgia and urgency. Of past memories and of days ahead. John Steinbeck may have said it best when he wrote, “coffee has a special taste of a frosty morning, and the third cup is as good as the first.”

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