“I was bored out of my mind. I didn’t know what to do.”
It was 2010 and Peter Bowen had just retired from owning and operating an advertising agency in Toronto. However, retirement did not prove to be all he had hoped for.
“I thought I was going to retire but I got bored and I didn’t know what to do with myself. So I thought that this would be a great opportunity to do something I enjoy doing, have some fun, and keep myself occupied.”
Peter decided to start his company, First One On, and knew from prior experience that he needed a CRM to keep his sales pipeline organized. Having recently used Sugar CRM at his previous company, he thought this would suffice, however he was soon disappointed and left searching for a new CRM solution – until he found Zoho.
“When I was willfully staying overtime to work on work-projects, I knew that I must truly love what I’m doing! To me, web-design and SEO was a fun hobby that I just happened to do for work, so I knew that I could be successful on my own.”
Quick to Impress founder Jeff Garibay had this realization after working as a corporate web-designer for several years. He was ready to leave his corporate job to start his own venture, and immediately knew he had a very important need to fulfill in order to make his entrepreneurial venture successful.
“I needed a tool that allows me to demonstrate for clients how to use their content management system. I wanted to dial-in remotely, see what they are seeing, and be able to walk through the whole process of any updates or support that they need.
I had experience using Five9 at my previous company, but that wasn’t really robust enough for my needs. When I looked at other options, they didn’t look too promising…until I found Zoho Assist.”
“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.