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Old 8th January 2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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Default Contact Database Software???

what programs are you using to keep track your sales leads, business contacts ect.
Do you have a certain software that you use?
I need ideas I dont htink Outlook is going to cut it.

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Old 13th January 2009, 12:58 PM   #2
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ACT! has always been popular. If you want to stick with Outlook, there are software packages that extend Outlook's functionality to a more robust CRM. A Google search for 'outlook crm' will produce some good results.

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Old 13th January 2009, 10:13 PM   #3
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ACT, but buy on old version on ebay. The last couple of years have been total memory hogs.

I'm using 2000 or so and it does all I could ask for. Had 2006 and took it back off. Been using it for probably 18 years, had their first DOS version and have never been without.

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If you want a free option check out Sugar CRM. It is a bit more limited than some of the paid ones but you get a lot of bang for your buck (no bucks?) since it is open source much like firefox and openoffice.

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ACT is a good one to keep track your sales leads. If want to continue with Outlook use extra software packages.

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Old 31st January 2009, 05:17 PM   #6
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Highrise (highrisehq.com) is good for keeping track of contacts if you don't have complicated needs. It will allow you to enter a lot of information on each and set up task reminders. It's free for a minimal account, with very reasonable rates for paid accounts that have greater capacity and extra features.

FreeCRM likewise has a free version you can start with to see if it works for you, and a paid "Pro" version that offers additional features and support.

Pipeline deals is a relatively inexpensive online sales lead tracking application. It offers a free 30-day trial so you can give it a spin and see if it will work for you.

SugarCRM (as mentioned above by Yoyoma) is also pretty good.

I'm sure there are many others...


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Old 3rd February 2009, 09:13 AM   #7

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GoldMine and ACT! are two of the most popular. Usually if someone likes GoldMine they don't like ACT! and vice-versa. I've also heard Maximizer is a pretty good one as well.

Outlook has a business contact manager (BCM) to add on to Outlook. I have never used it, but it might be worth taking a look at since you already have Outlook and it would not require too much time of learning new software.

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