07 October 2014 Written by
Surviving the cold and flu season is all about managing contagion levels. Being able to work flexibly, using cloud-based CRM and other systems, will allow you to do just that. If you’ve called our office at any time in the last few weeks, you’ve probably overheard someone coughing (sorry!). Even…
03 October 2014 Written by
Writing a business blog post once every week can sometimes become a challenging task. Some days I come up with a concept easily, maybe our developers have come up with a new cloud CRM feature or something exciting happens in current affairs, but other times inspiration is just so hard…
02 October 2014 Written by
It's always worth encouraging your sales force to keep an eye on those lingering leads. What do you do with them? How about we talk about Opportunity Management. Through OpenCRM, you can track all your opportunities in one, concise module. With visual indicators, colour coding and graphs, the opportunity module…
30 September 2014 Written by
Even if you prefer the blooms and greenery of spring, you have to admit there is something quietly beautiful about autumn. Between the blazing colours in the trees, the bright blue sky, and the early morning mist, there is something about this time of year that just about makes up…
29 September 2014 Written by
I cycle into work every now and again so I need to be pretty alert on the roads. Not just regarding the car in front of me, but what’s happening on the pavement, roads and junctions a hundred metres ahead. Similarly, when working on my CRM implementation, I need to look…
26 September 2014 Written by
As you may have heard, here at OpenCRM, we are very excited about welcoming four new staff members to our team. The office is now a lot busier with the new characters putting their super spectacular skills to good use. Managing four new staff members can make quite a difference…

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What's on your wild s…

The business world is a jungle. It’s hard enough getting business, your internal team should be a well organised pack, hunting in harmony. When you run a business you will want to make sure you have the right tools in your arsenal to get every sale you can get. Without becoming pushy, needy or insistent, you want to portray a calm and in control demeanour. Take the giraffe for example. It is a calm pacific creature. It harnesses the power of its...

Hidden Marketing, Sec…

Last week when I was writing this post, the BBC ran an article about subliminal advertising. They talked about how it first was introduced in the 1950s and how uncomfortable we still are with the idea of our decisions being influenced without our knowledge (not terribly surprising). What was interesting, however, was the test that was carried out by the BBC to see if they could subliminally influence a group of people to choose one type of drink over other...

Breaking the Ice

Why did two penguins jump up and down on their first date? …so they could break the ice!* Making a strong first impression with your customer’s is a crucial part of any customer relationship. Within the first few minutes of a conversation, a customer can get the gist of whether you are professional, approachable, and reliable, or not! Therefore, making sure you have the right tools to make that first impression the best it can be, is essential. Here at OpenCRM, our Project...

Man Flu got you down?

In a Cloud based solution, everything is at your fingertips. Make sure to maximise that information you share between your teams. It’s the season of Man flu. People get sick, and they stay at home in the hopes to get better and not contaminate the rest of their teams. Not only are companies struggling with illness, with extreme snow and rain, sometimes it is just safer all around to stay at home to work. But, what will you do when your...

Landing with OpenCRM

Hi. I’m Gemma. I joined OpenCRM in October. My past few weeks have taught me not only that CRM means different things for different companies, OpenCRM stands for something beyond “Customer Relationship Management”. I have learnt how fantastically our teams will work not only for, but also WITH you. Giving you, our customer, the best web based CRM experience possible. Honestly, these guys and gals are amazing! As part of my training I have been using and experimenting with the different...

Hit the Ground Runnin…

It sounds so cliché but I am going to make 2015 the year of ‘can try’ and not ‘can’t’. I have always thought I was a driven person, but the more time passes by, the more I get set in my ways. I have noticed I have started putting myself into certain metaphorical boxes; which, quite frankly are an underestimated evaluation of myself and are not fair to my actual ability and talent. I have become a bit lazy I...

Do you want to be a p…

To get your CRM project up and running, often you’ll have a team. Cloud hosted solutions allow your team to be all over the place but still have one focal point: success. What makes a CRM Project like a F1 race team? They are Fast With the right hand holding and co-ordination we like to get projects off the ground swiftly and efficiently. Communication is essential for the swift progression of the project implementation. They are Reliable Once your project is up and running, you...

OpenCRM 2015 – Here I…

Don’t you just love the fresh feeling you get when you start a new year? Taking time off has a great effect on one’s psychological state, I feel refreshed and keen to get started. I am really quite excited about what 2015 has to bring. We are working on some great projects which will come to bloom this Spring, these will be followed by lots more exciting things which are in our pipeline. The one thing that has helped me to relax...

Feeling ‘Christmassy’…

I could spend this post talking about lead conversations, time management, and how much our cloud hosted CRM software could help your business improve as we approach the New Year, but instead I want to ramble on about Christmas! Yay! As you know, today is Christmas Eve. Here at OpenCRM we are all very excited for the celebrations to begin, focusing on our daily tasks is becoming a real fight of endurance. I am definitely feeling Christmassy! I have been designing Christmas marketing...

Christmas and Time Ou…

I have been counting down the days to Christmas since the 1st of December. Now, it’s less than a week until the big day and my focus is really trying to get all my Projects here at OpenCRM to a place where I can leave them until the 5th of January. Some of these Projects involve work for customers, while others are more to do with larger scale projects, things that will have an effect on our customers, but not for...

Baa Humbug

This week my colleague Ashley and I met up and had a very successful craft night. Although this kind of behaviour is not unusual for us, we did have a good excuse; we were crafting homemade jumpers for OpenCRM’s annual ‘Cheesy Christmas Jumper’ competition, in aid of the charity Papyrus. Instead of spending our money on the jumpers, we thought let’s ‘up-cycle’ old jumpers, and save all the money for the good cause. It is quite easy at this time of...

How do you keep your …

When you have a full team of eager Sales people. how do you keep them motivated? When you have a hosted solution, it means even your traveling Sales people can connect and keep everything up to date. The visuals they need to keep motivated have been integrated into OpenCRM in the form of the pipeline in the Opportunities module, and the target widget in the side bar. I love using the target. In my new role in the sales team, I am in...

The 12 Days of CRM

On the twelfth day of Christmas my CRM gave to me Twelve Leads Converting, Eleven hot Campaigns, Ten perfect Projects, Nine new Invoices, Eight Tickets closing, Seven signed Sales Orders, Six (hundred) additional Settings, ...Five golden reports... Four lovely layouts, Three email templates, Two quotes expiring and, A new ac-ti-vi-ty

A Very OpenCRM Christ…

We had our office Christmas party on Friday…it was quite the event. The evening started out with an epic battle of wits, fought on a laser-tag battleground. After several hours of the most intense laser-fuelled warfare ever waged by a CRM company, no clear winner could be seen, the Data Dragons and Server Sharks had, against all odds, fought to a draw. When the smoke had cleared from the first battle, the Data Dragons had emerged victorious. Spurred on by the...

Roll up, roll up, it’…

At this time of the year, not only do our stockings getting stuffed full of presents, our inboxes get stuffed full with lots of emails. Marketers are working around the clock to send out their email campaigns with bright, bold and beautiful designs to try and entice us in to their never-ending offers of special Christmas discounts. Trying to stand out from the crowd at this time of year is tricky. That is why I have put together a few pointers...