Most small businesses today do not have the huge budget for promoting their businesses. They cannot afford a dedicated team for marketing or branding when they have to be focused on supporting their current business. That’s when a firm like Alpom Designs comes to the rescue.
Marjorie Yarrow is the CEO and founder of Alpom Designs, a marketing and graphics designs firm dedicated to helping small businesses get noticed. Alpom Designs helps small businesses with their branding, marketing, graphics design and web development.
Throughout her professional career, Marjorie has always preferred having a unique identity for her work. She believes that working with small businesses provides invaluable experience and makes a difference in the clients’ growth.
When she started Alpom Designs, Marjorie needed a complete accounting software for her business. As a freelancer, Marjorie had used Zoho Invoice to invoice her clients. When she started Alpom Designs, it was only natural for her to switch to Zoho’s online accounting software, Zoho Books, to manage her business finance.
“Zoho Invoice is a wonderful software application and it was so easy for me to switch to
Zoho Books which had the same interface. A few of my friends were like – Choose QuickBooks, Try QuickBooks, but I felt like I needed more options and I really didn’t want to follow the herd. So that’s when I decided to go with Zoho Books.” she exclaimed.
While Alpom Designs helps businesses with marketing and branding, Zoho Books helps manage Alpom Design’s business finance.
Read more about Marjorie’s story for useful lessons for budding entrepreneurs.
“We had evolved our CRM from spreadsheets, to Goldmine CRM and finally to ACT CRM, but we knew we needed to move to a native cloud-based CRM”
Three years ago Tonari Inc. knew it was due for a CRM upgrade having used a few different systems including Goldmine and ACT for several years. However, having grown beyond the feature offering of those CRMs, Tonari was left operating without one all together.
“Goldmine and ACT never really were good enough. They had flaws in terms of reliability and of course there was the problem of not having access to our CRM everywhere. About three or four years ago we were in a little bit of a slump and it was time for us to redefine ourselves – we changed a lot of things internally and none of the other CRMs were cutting it so we were left without one. I knew that it was time to implement a CRM that was truly effective for us.”
“We had been through the ringer!”
Those were the words that Secita Solutions founder Mike Moore used when describing his search for an adequate CRM to use.
“I tried ACT, Sugar, Maximizer, and Vtiger and was tired of looking for CRMs…until I found Zoho. As soon as I did, I started planning big things down the road for Secita because I immediately knew Zoho was going to take us to the next level…and beyond!”
“It came down to Zoho or Salesforce, and ultimately I know I made the right decision”
Four years ago, John Hood’s company, The Farm, was looking into finding a permanent CRM solution because the internal database they were using was “simply not cutting it and was ultimately hampering some of our sales efforts.”
Hood explored a myriad of CRM solutions including Sugar, Goldmine, Salesforce, and Zoho.
After a thorough exploration into CRM solutions, Hood made a decision on a CRM to go with, and hasn’t looked back since… Read more
Despite being a very niche business, “Deborah Main Designs” a one-of-a-kind pillow-making company, has a wide and varied clientele. At the suggestion of a an employee who formerly used Zoho CRM to manage contacts and donors for a political campaign, Deborah Main, owner and CEO, decided to give Z-CRM a try for her contact management.
Today, Z-CRM is an invaluable tool for her business and have proven indispensable for her on-the-go necessities. Check out her story below!
“CRM can apply to ANY business, and Zoho CRM is so flexible that we’ve molded it to fit like a glove with our gym.”
That’s what CG Arena manager Joey Kelly told us when we visited his amazing Gym in Austin ,Texas to get a first-hand look at how they use Zoho CRM. Check out how CG Arena integrates Zoho CRM into their business below.
“The cost is just too high.”
These were the words that echoed a year ago when EcoMark began growing and adding users to its CRM system. At the time, they were using Salesforce, but as is frequently the case, the return-on-cost of the system made Salesforce increasingly impractical as EcoMark began adding more users.
Having been in business for two years and now experiencing rapid growth, EcoMark was at a technology crossroads of sorts. It was time to determine which CRM to use for the foreseeable future – bite the cost bullet and hope Salesforce eventually pays off, or try another solution. Read more