Archive for ACT CRM

Reese’s Southern Wisdom

  Several years ago I had the pleasure of meeting a new client who has also become a friend. His name is Reese Griffin. He is now retired, and was lastly a SVP at Boston Mutual Life. He’s a born and bred southerner from Tennessee. Reese came to us looking for Act consulting. He is […]

Duplicate Contacts – The Never Ending Battle

We have a great tool that I had my programmer write years ago. It’s called Duplicate Remover Expert for Act. We sell a lot of this nifty product. I had a client call me recently, told me they loved the program, but were very frustrated that they always seemed to have duplicates. He also wanted […]

Windows Restart – More than you think

Every week I try to have a social media “theme” and this week it’s Tips and Tricks. Last week we helped a client who couldn’t get Act to open after Windows did an update without him asking. Nothing appeared to be wrong. I asked him if he had rebooted and he said yes, multiple times. […]

Using Actdiag – Act’s diagnostic tool

For years, there has been a diagnostics tool included with Act. It’s called Actdiag. While it’s not a tool that everyone will want to use, it’s powerful and can get your Act database out of a jam in a crisis. There are several options that Actdiag can handle. The one I am going to cover […]

Pain or Passion – Keys for Nurturing Customer Relationships

It’s hard to come up with fresh materials for social media. Every weekend when I plan out my tweets for the week, I’ve settled on having a general theme. It helps me gather material and puts a focus on things that come up spontaneously throughout the week. As I have said before, life in general […]

You can lead a horse to water…7 UI design tips for increasing user adoption

We’ve all heard the saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  Maybe you can’t MAKE him drink, but… you can ENTICE him to drink. You can provide beautiful, convenient and tasty water so that he WANTS to drink.  Let’s apply this analogy to software UI (screen layout) design. […]

Spring Cleaning for the mind

During a meeting last week we were discussing a book to review during a quarterly education event coming up. Cleaning out my desk drawers the week before, I stumbled upon a miniature edition of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  I suggested we use that as our book review. It’s timeless and still very relevant. […]

Set your CRM up for success

I’ve been working with a client recently and we’re getting ready to upgrade their Act! As part of the project, I asked my client what was their defined sales process.  And I got the answer I was actually expecting. There was none. Most of the sales reps had been selling this product line for years. […]

Getting creative with Act! Word Templates

One of the features of Act! is the ability to create Word templates that can then be auto populated with fields from the act database.  The classic details pulled into the document are company name, contact name, addresses, etc. A tip we often show is adding last contact interaction information such as the last time […]

3 easy strategies to protect your business and data

We all know that procrastination can get you into trouble. You can lose data if you don’t backup your computer/database, you can lose a customer if you don’t follow-up when you said you would, and you sure don’t want to be at a meeting at the wrong place on the wrong day or time. So […]

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