Several years ago, we had many rounds of meetings with Yahoo on ways to cooperate. It was very clear that Yahoo had lousy leadership. On the other hand, I was quite impressed by the Google leadership I met.
What did we end up doing at Zoho? We never pursued a Yahoo partnership, and we made our peace with Google. Yahoo just demonstrated, yet again, that we made a wise choice. Dumb friends are more dangerous than smart enemies.
Hong Kong importer-exporter makes one of the largest relationship management leaps we’ve ever seen. From one of the most rudimentary contact management software applications to a full blown CRM system.
Raja Selarka is the owner of Comet (HK) Ltd, a 15-year-old import-export business. Comet purchases consumer and household goods from China and exports them worldwide.
For 14 years Selarka managed his business through Outlook Express, the free email/contact manager application that comes pre-installed with every copy of the Windows operating system. He wasn’t using any CRM software. He hadn’t ever been exposed to it.
Outside of his own memory and a few scribbled notes, Selarka had nothing to remind him to call and email clients, vendors, and suppliers. When he travelled, he had no resource to look back at his history of communications.…
With a 15-month ramp up time, Louise Vincent needed Zoho CRM to manage all her relationships from designing her products, producing them, to ultimately determining who would be her buyers.
Business: Natural Hero Ltd – High performance natural recovery products for sports and fitness.
The challenge: Managing parallel developments working with plant scientists, physiotherapists, and cosmetic specialists. Plus have to think about who will the business serve.
“It’s that juggle between moving that business forward and developing as a business whilst also keeping fairly on top of the key issues of the people you’re working with,” Vincent said.
They were looking for a solution that could handle their relations with trade, with suppliers, and with the outside world. Prior to Zoho CRM Vincent wasted a lot of time with emails, documents, and spreadsheets.…
As you get to use a piece of software or application more and more, you tend to discover more and more about its capabilities. A little icon here, a shortcut key there – finding those hidden jewels results in Eureka moments that make you go, “Aha, so it’s done that way!” Sometimes, you may even find Easter eggs, cleverly placed by fun-loving programmers.
Before I digress further, let’s take the case of ‘User Filters’ in Zoho Reports. While continuing to use the drag-and-drop report designer, one day you might have noticed the third tab and asked yourselves, “How different is this ‘User Filters’ tab from the other ‘Filters’ tab?” and clicked on it. Then, as you first created your user filter, it may have dawned on you about how it works and how useful it is for the viewers of a report.…
Zoho was a platinum sponsor at this year’s CRM Evolution Conference, held in New York on August 10. The event brought together many CRM users and vendors, and although CRM was the focus of most discussions, we were looking forward to hearing about Zoho apps too.
And so, we were happy to hear from Charlie Isaacs, a Zoho Creator enthusiast. In addition to working with Alcatel-Lucent, Charlie also works as a social media strategist for Genesys Lab.
When asked about how Zoho Creator simplified his requirement, Charlie had something unique to tell us: he prototypes using Zoho Creator.
Listen to Charlie explain how he does it:
Whenever Charlie gets a new idea for a project, he prefers to use a prototype to propose his plan. He says, and we agree, that a prototype is almost always more compelling than a 20-page document. Charlie takes advantage of Zoho Creator as he builds form-based solutions.…
began our journey in 1996 as ‘Advent Network Management Inc’ and
reinvented ourselves to become ‘AdventNet Inc’ and most recently ‘Zoho
Corp‘. We started offering products in a niche market (Web NMS), built a profitable business, re-invested in engineering to enter a larger market (ManageEngine), built a successful division and then entered the Business, Productivity & Collaboration market (Zoho). All along, we built this company with no external funding. We bootstrapped ourselves into a profitable business with over 1500 employees across 3 divisions.
During these 15 years, we have seen several economic bubbles and busts, several companies come and go, many companies acquired, but we stayed true to our goal of building a long-term business.
Our Google Apps users have been thrilled with the Google Calendar and Contacts sync with Zoho CRM! This excitement has also trickled down to other Zoho CRM users, and comes to us in the form of repeated requests for extending this to all other users.
Once again, we heard you loud and clear! And today we are glad to announce that we are extending this feature to all our Professional and Enterprise plan users.
Zoho CRM for Google makes it easier for your business to collaborate, communicate and share information, all in one centralized place. If you are using Zoho CRM with your Google email address, your Calendar and Contacts are all conveniently available in the same place.
At Zoho, we want to make sure you get the most out of your user experience, so please let us know how you like this additional feature. Feel free to drop us a line if there are other enhancements you’d like to see.…