Webinar: Get Launched with Zoho Mail!

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Looking for ways to move your business to a professional email service?  (Did we mention Zoho Mail is free for up to 25 users?) Join us at our webinar and we’ll help you get started!

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What will you learn?

  • How to get your own domain or use one you already have
  • Adding email aliases
  • Enabling two factor authentication & app specific passwords
  • Configuring POP/IMAP & Active Sync on your devices
  • Setting up email forwarding/ time zones/ language 
  • Working with the native Zoho Mail Android/ iOS apps
  • And more….

If you can’t make it at this time, don’t worry. This will be recorded and shared with you to review at your own leisure.

Register now.

See you there!

Update: Thanks to the overwhelming response we’ve received for the webinar, we have added a new time slot at 9am PST. To register for the 9am slot, click here.

Your on-the-go Zoho apps are now FREE!

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No matter what kind of business you run, most of the work is done from your mobile devices. Accessing customer information, creating follow-up tasks, accessing custom apps and submitting reports, all while on the go, has become critical to stay connected with your business.

No, we’re not exaggerating.

Recently, we hit 1,000,000 downloads for our Zoho apps (iOS and Android), and we’re glad to see that the number is rapidly increasing. With so many people embracing mobile apps for their businesses, we’ve decided to make the Zoho CRM and Zoho Creator mobile apps free for all customers, on any edition. Which means, you now have complete functionality (read and write access) to the mobile apps, irrespective of the edition. So, go ahead and start CRMing. Run your entire business with full access to custom apps from your smart phones.

free mobile app downloads for all users

That’s not all, some of our other products such as Zoho Vault, Zoho Mail and Zoho Campaigns have their mobile apps free as well.

Listen to what some of our customers have to say…

Wow great app and so easy to install – fab!! Four stars because would mean you got the business for me and I sat at home getting fat and rich – Nick Bird, Zoho CRM

Works great. Intuitive. Staying connected to our ZOHO CRM while we’re away from the office has really supercharged our sales process.  – Andy Coats, Zoho CRM

Excellent Online Database app!!! – Justin Chang, Zoho Creator

Of course, we have a long way to go. We’re listening to your feedback and constantly improving our mobile apps to make ​them better so that you can run your entire business on ​them.

So, what are you waiting for? Go to your mobile app store and install Zoho apps now!

Zoho Pulse iOS App on App StoreZoho Pulse Android app on GPlay

 

Customer Spotlight: Zoho Wins the CRM Battle and Helps Company Scale Up

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“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

Domain Names. Big Deal.

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A domain name is to a website, what SSN is to you; no two websites can have the same domain name. It is to uniquely identify you in the online space. It is essential that you do it right the very first time, because it is the only best time to do it. So, what factors should influence you in choosing a good custom domain?

1. Subdomains Vs. Custom Domains

www.yourbusiness.someotherbusiness.com is a subdomain. www.yourbusiness.com is a custom domain. Where you host your business website is the last thing your client is bothered about. He needs credibility (She needs even more). Which of the two domains look credible? Which of the two websites above would your visitor feel comfortable in sharing credit card information with?

2. Keyword-laden domains Vs. Brandable domains

Every domain name translates to an IP address that machines understand better. But domain names are for us; humans.

Domains that are easily remembered are the ones that are easy to remember. Straightforward? Short and Brandable domains create an excitement; domains like apple.com. Keyword-laden domains have their advantage as well. If you are a multi-product company, then you might want your domain to be generic, so that all your products can be marketed with the same brand value. But for single-product organizations, having a relevant keyword or an industry-jargon, in combination with a brandable name could be a great bet.

But the best part is, that there are exceptions. And plenty of room for creativity. What would you call a domain name that is an entire sentence, and is about 30 characters long? A bad domain? Before you answer, check this out!

When it comes to SEO, Google says it will treat both kinds of domains equally. So algorithmically, it really doesn’t make a big difference. Watch this Google Video. It is a year old, but should be relevant.

3. Extension

The importance of extensions is immense in Google searches. The results vary depending on you being signed in to Google or not, your region settings on your browser, and lately, the +1’s of your friends and contacts on Google. It is all a measure to display the most relevant results to a searcher.

yourbusiness.com isn’t the same as yourbusiness.org. Each extension has it’s meaning. .com is widely used; .org is for non-profit organizations; .gov the government; and there’s more. If your business is serving a global audience, it is best to pick a .com domain name.

4. Brand Establishment

As and when you choose a custom domain name for your business website, you also need to ensure that the same name is available on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other viral social media platforms. It would hurt your brand if one of them does not belong to your organization, and is posting stuff that is not just appropriate.

5. Business email hosting

When you have your own domain name, you can host your business email too, so that it reads, you@yourbusiness.com, and not you@gmail.com or you@zoho.com. The former promotes your domain name and helps in establishing an identity.

These are why picking a domain name is one of the first things you should do when setting up a business. Like falling in love, all the worse when you do it late. The one in your mind might be taken already. Hope this helps you in picking a great domain name for your business website. And business email, because business website building and email hosting always go hand-in-hand.

Maximize Your Productivity With Zoho Mail For Business

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As Business-Owners or Professionals, we’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our work productivity by accomplishing more in lesser time. A recent article at GigaOm, titled ‘15 Tips For Accomplishing More In Less Time‘ gives some advice on how this can be achieved. Many of the tips mentioned in the article talk about how email can affect your productivity. With the right features, of course, email can be transformed into a powerful Business tool that helps you maximize work productivity. This was also the main objective with which we recently launched Zoho Mail for Business, a powerful hosted email solution that includes several inbuilt productivity-oriented features.

Today, we’d like to highlight Zoho Mail’s Business features that go hand in hand with GigaOm’s productivity tips:

  1. To start with, Zoho Mail can help you stay focused on the important work with its integrated Tasks app. ​The Tasks app lets you add or assign tasks with options to include start/end times, not just dates and set reminders by pop-up or email. Task-tracking is made highly effective with features such as color-coding, status-tagging and a compact graphical report of the overall status of tasks. Here’s what one of our users, Angela had to say about the Tasks app..”I have been searching for a task management software and found some really expensive ones that are not nearly as effective a tool as the Zoho email task app. I love this system!

  2. Using Keyboard shortcuts for 35 commonly-used actions in Zoho Mail can save you quite a lot of time from not having to maneuver your mouse around, enabling you to check, read and respond to messages faster. You can even customize these shortcuts with your own keystroke definitions in the Mail Settings section.

  3. Unlike many other webmail interfaces, Zoho Mail supports multi-level folders and its Filters feature includes additional options such as ‘Begins with’, ‘Is not’, ‘Ends with’, etc. By being able to filter incoming messages and automatically organizing them into specific folders or sub-folders, you can spend more time focusing on critical stuff.

  4. More often than not, as you tend to respond to messages one at a time, the most important messages get lost in the Inbox pile, which builds up to an unmanageable scale. With Zoho Mail, you can take immediate action on every email by assigning flags and labels, moving them to archives or other folders with a simple drag & drop. By effectively utilizing the three types of flags, that is Info, Important and Follow-up, you can greatly simplify categorization of your messages.

  5. The Integrated Calendar app with shareable calendars helps to keep people together and up to date with important events, within teams or with customers. The app includes features such as the ability to check when people are free / busy while scheduling events, a smart add that automatically fills in available slots in your calendar with a single line input as well as email reminders for events. Together, these features help ensure that you can be in control of your calendar and stay organized while handling events.
  6. Ever been overwhelmed with situations where you had to interact with individuals from different teams or projects within a particular company? With Zoho Mail, you can now work in chunks and focus better by creating a main folder with the company name and sub-folders within this folder with the team names. Then, you can filter and organize incoming messages to these sub-folders and manage them more efficiently, one team at a time. Additionally, you can create email templates for different situations, common questions and insert relevant template chunks at compose time.

  7. When it comes to keeping it simple, Zoho Mail is equipped with features that simplify many otherwise complex tasks down to a click of a button. The best example of this is the ‘optional’ conversation view that unveils the history of a thread in a neat tree format, saving you the burden of manually searching for related messages. Also, the ‘Edit as new’ feature, that makes it easy to pick up and edit a previous email. Zoho Mail includes many such easy-to-use but powerful shortcuts for important actions.

So, those are 7 tips / features that make Zoho Mail an ideal choice for your Business communication needs. We hope you found these tips and features handy. If you haven’t already looked at Zoho Mail for your Business, now would be a good time to give it a try! To receive more updates and productivity tips, connect with Zoho Mail on Facebook and Twitter.

Label Enhancements & Contextual Options in Zoho Mail

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Our Zoho Mail team recently added a couple of new features
to the Mail app. Improvements to labels and contextual options for
your folders. Let’s take a look.


Labels Specific to Email Accounts

You
may know that Zoho Mail supports multiple email accounts. This means,
apart from your zoho.com email account, you can use Zoho Mail to fetch your emails from external POP accounts. By default, Zoho Mail lets you
maintain a different folder structure for each of your mail accounts
providing you a better way to manage your mail accounts. 



Along with Folders, Zoho Mail also supports Labels, for those who
prefer organizing their mail boxes using labels. But previously, Labels
were common across all mail accounts. This is no longer the case. With
the recent update, you can create Labels specific to your mail account.





To create/modify/delete labels for a specific mail account, select the mail account, go to Settings > Personalize > Labels.



Contextual Right Click Options



Do you know that you can right click on mail folders in Zoho Mail? We have a contextual menu offering folder-specific actions. If you
right-click on a folder, you’ll typically see options to create sub-folders, Mark Folder as Read, Rename, Delete, Archive etc. Apart from these standard options, you’ll also notice an additional contextual option.



When you right click on ‘Outbox’ for example, you’ll see the ‘Send Immediately’ option to send mails immediately
without holding them in the Outbox temporarily. Similarly,
right-clicking on Draft, Spam or Trash folders offers an ‘Empty Folder’ option.



Apart from the features mentioned here, we did add a few other features.
We will let you discover these new goodies. If you do, drop us a comment.