If you are new to the Zoho Suite of applications, then you will understand what I mean when I say there are a LOT of options - so many that it can be overwhelming at times. What's more challenging is that you can find similar features and functions available in different Zoho apps, and they are used in slightly different ways.
Over the years of learning as much as I can about this suite of software tools, I have often enjoyed the variety of challenges. Other times, I just want a straight answer. Among the apps that the Beckmann Collaborative team has learned (and will continue to learn about) is Zoho Analytics. What a powerful tool for a business!
This is a business intelligence (BI) data analytics platform. It lets you create beautiful charts and reports to easily analyze your business data. Who doesn't love data visualizations?
I can get what I need from Google Analytics and my individual marketing channel analytics. So why would I...
GUEST POST by Heather Redding
We all spend the majority of our waking hours at work these days. Our careers make up a considerable portion of what we do each day and how we operate. It’s no wonder, then, that many of the most talented people in the current landscape are keen to work for companies that put their needs and satisfaction first.
The term “company culture” isn’t just a buzzword for recruitment. Your culture describes how people feel when they’re working in your office, and how connected your team is to each other and your goals. According to Deloitte, 88% of employees and 94% of team executives believe that good workplace culture is essential to any business's success.
So, how do you create a positive culture for your business?
When you’re building a successful sales and marketing strategy, where do you go first? The answer is usually you look at your CRM. Your customer relationship management tools will give...
Welcome to the third and final installment of our CRM Best Practices series. These articles walk you through how to evaluate, setup, and properly use your CRM software. If you missed the first article, then you can get started with your CRM evaluation. The second article includes valuable tips on CRM user best practices.
This article covers important tips for your CRM workflows through both initial setup and recurring maintenance of your database. These tips can help the growth of your business and improve decision making.
A workflow is simply a routine or recurring process used to get the best results in the most efficient amount of time. It can be illustrated as a series of steps in a diagram or a checklist showing what needs to be completed and the sequence.
Read more about marketing workflows in this previous article: Creating a Marketing Workflow.
A key piece of your CRM workflows is starting with a detailed CRM...
We've put together a series of articles that will walk you through how to evaluate and setup your CRM. This is the second article in the series. If you missed the first article, then you can get started with your CRM evaluation. This second article includes valuable tips on CRM user best practices. The third article will cover recurring maintenance for the growth and scalability of your CRM.
Small businesses usually deal with less bureaucracy than conglomerates, and this is often a good thing for process and productivity. However, it also means that the team can end up overwhelmed by trying to keep track of things that would normally be spread across several employees. The overwhelm can lead to lost sales and missed opportunities as the important clients get lost in the shuffle.
If you are the leader in your organization, then it is up...
Since so many of us have been bummed about Zoholics being canceled, I decided to host a virtual Zoho CRM user group. As luck would have it, a fellow partner (Josh Wagner, Stratosphere Sales) enthusiastically agreed to join me and offer his Zoho insights too. My only expectation was for a few people who already know me to show up. The response was great, and the user group itself was even better.
About 13 of us showed up in a virtual meeting last week. We got to know each other, shared experiences about CRM best practices, and I think we all learned a few useful things.
Some of our big takeaways:
When you first begin using a CRM platform (such as Zoho, Keap, Hubspot, or Salesforce), the ideas seems simple enough - get all of this information from my spreadsheet of contacts into one place. Then you begin learning about all of the cool features such as email templates, workflows, and integrations with other software you use. Shiny object syndrome may hit you. We've all been victims to it before, so you're not alone.
Over time, that shiny CRM platform becomes... well, a mess. And using it slowly shifts into the category of "tools I should use, but generally avoid." When you hit this point, it's time to evaluate. Either have someone else in the company take on this task or hire a third-party marketing consulting. As the primary user, it can be difficult to honestly evaluate your CRM.
We've put together a series of articles that will walk you through how to evaluate your CRM. This is the first article in the series where we will...
A marketing audit is a comprehensive, systematic,and periodic examination of a company's marketing. It is used to evaluate your marketing assets and activities, and using the resulting analysis to aid your business in planning. An audit should cover both an analysis of the external situation facing the business and a thorough review of internal marketing goals, strategies, capabilities, processes, and systems. The results are actionable recommendations for the company.
There is a LOT to say about marketing audits, so we've gathered some resources you may want to read through.
An article from The Balance SMB offers 5 Reasons to Conduct a Marketing Audit in Your Small Business.
99 Designs wrote about When and Why you should do a marketing audit. "The best kind of audits usually begin at a holistic level, dive into deeper detail and end with a...
Those who work in PR (Public Relations) are often thought of as "spinners" for their ability to spin the narrative of a bad situation in a company. How do you handle things when the world seems to be in chaos and your business is impacted? This is the situation with the Corona Virus, Swine Flu, Ebola, and sometimes the "old fashioned" Flu. All of these have impacted businesses around the world at some point. In the past, I've seen nearly an entire office spread the Flu to each other. It was like a wave - one department after another getting sick, being out for a couple of weeks, and then returning. How the management team handled it made a big difference in the company's success and longevity.
As I've watched, listened, and read to various businesses respond to this worldwide situation, some patterns begin to emerge. There are successful ways of responding that people engage with and rally...
There is a lack of trust in brands today. Why? Manipulative marketing and sales tactics. These "old school" tactics have caused the average consumer to think twice before opting in or laying down any cash. It's understandable. So how do modern marketers battle the past and build trust with their target customers?
The word "authentic" seems to often be abused and misused these days. What does it really mean to be authentic as a business or brand? The definition of authentic is, “representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself and therefore worthy of belief.” This means your brand is trustworthy and that your entire team believes in and understands the purpose of your business.
When it comes to communicating your authenticity, look to your "why." A business's brand values are guided by your why. Why have you built this business? What is the heart and...
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