If you’re a small business, we’re sure you understand how important technology is in the business world, which is why we’ve created a list of seven must-have apps. We are sure these apps will help you take your business to the next level and get a higher return on investment. Check them out below.
#1 CRM Software
If you are still running your sales and marketing activities on spreadsheets, an email inbox and Post-it notes, it’s time for you to upgrade – you need to set up CRM software for your business as soon as possible. CRM software is a must-have for every small business, and will help your business run smoother, more professionally, and will give you the ability to scale up your activities. Here are a few CRM software vendors to check out:
- Salesforce CRM
- Zoho CRM
- Microsoft Dynamics 365
#2 ERP Software
In addition to CRM software, as a small business, you should also consider investing in ERP software. With an ERP solution, you can eliminate repetitive processes and reduce the need to enter information manually and allocate more company time to sales and business development instead of administrative tasks. Below is a list of ERP software vendors we suggest:
Check out a complete list of recommended ERP vendors on our SYNC data integration page.
#3 Commercient SYNC
If you’re going to invest in CRM and ERP software, you should also consider investing in Commercient SYNC. It’s an out-of-the box and easy-to-use cloud-based application designed to integrate both your ERP and CRM data, and create one master system for easy data access. Commercient SYNC helps to keep everybody on the same page and allows you to see inventory in real time, search customer records, and complete orders for a simpler, more efficient sales process, and much more. And since it’s cloud-based, it makes it easier for you to grant your employees varying levels of controlled access to the data that you sync into your CRM system.
Another must-have app that can help you your run your business more efficiently is Slack. It’s a team collaboration and messaging tool that reduces emailing back-and-forth, and offers public, private and direct messaging, file-sharing, phone calls, and message search. Slack can also be integrated with many other apps including MailChimp, Twitter, and Google Drive. It’s especially helpful when everyone’s not in one place.
MailChimp is another must-have app for small businesses. The basic plan is free and it’s easy to use. MailChimp gives you access to dozens of attractive and easily customizable templates that you can send newsletters to a maximum of 2,000 subscribers and 12,000 emails (the free plan). It also allows you to capture leads from subscription forms, and send out automated emails. Additionally, MailChimp can be easily integrated with your CRM, ERP, website, and social media pages, and can also scale with you as your business grows.
If you have remote employees, you’ll love Basecamp. It’s a web-based project management tool that helps you to organize, document and manage your company’s communication in one place that everyone can access and keep updated. It allows you to follow the progress of the work of each individual and find out exactly where everyone is up to in terms of their own virtual project management efforts. With Basecamp, you can you to stay in touch with your virtual employees daily.
#7 IoT Pulse
Another must-have app for your small business is Commercient’s IoT Pulse. It allows you connect your ERP to the Internet, and provides connectivity with more than 815 Apps for your ERP. With IoT Pulse you can automate tasks, like sending out emails instantly when customers input a new order or generate a new invoice. In addition, IoT Pulse provides integration with MailChimp so you can send new product information to all your customers.
Interested in learning more about Commercient SYNC or IoT Pulse? Our sales reps would love to speak more with you.