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As a salesperson, are you as productive as you would like to be? If we’re all honest with ourselves we could all make slight improvements to better our productivity. You are well aware that the majority of your time is taken up by menial admin, where you would rather be doing what you’re passionate about, sales. Close deals faster and drive more revenue with these tips and tricks.

Implement a CRM System (Customer Relationship Management)

If you’re not making use of a CRM, you are already falling behind your competition. CRM provides solutions to issues that are potentially holding you back as a salesperson. Maximize the time you spend selling with productivity and collaboration tools.

We are all familiar with the ancient proverb “Time Is Money;” therefore it’s about time you optimize your schedule. Most CRMs will allow you to add tasks with a deadline or due date attached to it.

A key benefit of CRM is it allows you to store important documentation. This includes a resource library and templates for sales representatives, making it easier for you to find what you need when you need it. The proper leverage of a CRM will allow you to automate where possible, avoiding time spent on tedious manual data entry.

Some CRMs allow you to send emails from the software itself, preventing you from having to copy and paste what was said from your inbox into the CRM. This allows everyone to see what was said, and how the lead is progressing. Customer data and lead progression is no longer siloed in the inbox of the individual but is visible for the whole sales team where everything is tracked.

Making use of a CRM allows your company’s sales and marketing teams to collaborate. A high-performing sales team requires high-quality leads. Putting your customers at the center of everything with a comprehensive, customizable view of your clients across sales, service, and marketing creates a strong sense of customer service. We don’t need to tell you how customer service can make or break a company.

Find more sales opportunities with a complete CRM solution. Combine strong marketing automation with sales pipeline intelligence to win more sales. Allow sales reps to sell faster than ever, from anywhere with the use of a CRM. Data at your fingertips whether you’re at the office, on the road, or with a customer.

Popular CRMs include Salesforce, Zoho CRM, SugarCRM, Microsoft Dynamics 365, HubSpot CRM, and others. These systems can fit any budget, and can scale up as your business grows.

Your operations are managed by your ERP system (enterprise resource planning), and data between it and your CRM remain siloed. Increase your productivity with an ERP and CRM integration with Commercient SYNC, the #1 data integration platform for sales.

You’ll be able to access important ERP data within CRM, such as customer information, sales history, invoicing, A/R, serial numbers invoiced, inventory, etc. New sales, accounts, opportunities, etc., created in CRM are integrated to ERP, giving you a full view of sales. Take a look at our supported ERPs and CRMs here.

More Productivity Tips

It’s common sense to make an appointment for your important tasks such as meetings or demos, but it is also important to pencil in your “less important” activities. One example is checking and cleaning up your inbox.

For example, it’s easy to get lost and overwhelmed when you see hundreds of new messages awaiting your attention. Even if the majority of them are less important messages or junk that you haven’t gotten around to deleting. Make time to delete pesky spam and follow-up on quality messages. Unroll.me can assist by organizing your subscription emails, so you don’t have to spend time sifting through the clutter.

Finish the most dreaded task first, whatever that may be for you. Once you have that out of the way, you’ll be able to focus on what you like doing. Saving the worst for last may lead to procrastination in that regard. Organize your call list: Who do you have to call that’s most important? Who do you not want to call? And who would you be calling that may have you come off as annoying instead of you being attentive? Streamtime is a productivity software that may help you in this regard, helping you to easily assemble your daily to-do list.

Take time for yourself and schedule it. In our modern society, we value hard work. While it may make you viewed in a favorable light with your superiors to burn the midnight oil and work through lunch. Being highly productive may result in burnout. This will end up costing you in the long run. In some cultures, taking a nap at your desk is smiled upon, as it shows how hard you have worked.

Schedule that time for yourself. Take your lunch break, stand up from your desk and do some stretches. Make your workspace a place you want to be, where you feel energized and productive. Plan is a time management tool that places more of an emphasis on work-life balance than the other apps. You can keep track of whether you’re maintaining a healthy lifestyle or not.

Invest in some time tracking software. While we encourage you to prioritize personal health by taking time for yourself, it’s easy to get sucked into reading just one more post on social media. Or perhaps finishing just one more level on a mobile game. Schedule personal time, and stick to it.

Time tracking software will allow you to see what you spend most of your time doing. Scale back low-value activities, and focus on quality leads. Create time for all your ongoing projects so that one isn’t left behind. RescueTime, StayFocused and Toggl are all examples of time-tracking mechanisms.

If you’d like to learn how Commercient SYNC ERP and CRM data integration can improve your sales team’s productivity, please contact us today.

We are living in a fast-paced world where everyone, including businesses, are looking for ways to manage their time effectively, be more productive, and do more in less time. Fortunately, advanced technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) can be leveraged through a great number of productivity apps that are available to businesses of all sizes.

Productivity apps can provide an array of benefits to your business. They can help your employees manage their time effectively, stay organized, collaborate efficiently with team members, and become more productive.

To help you pick the right productivity apps for your business, we’ve listed 5 of our top picks to level up your performance, increase your productivity, save time, keep you on track, and help you achieve more!

Commercient’s IoT Pulse

When apps work together, your business runs better. Commercient’s IoT Pulse seamlessly connects your ERP to the Internet and to more than 1,100 apps, including CRM’s like HubSpot, Daylite, Zoho, Salesforce, and others. It can also integrate marketing and productivity apps like Mailchimp, Infusionsoft, Gmail, WordPress, social media apps, and many more. Increase productivity and automate your daily tasks with the power of IoT Pulse and make your business processes part of the Internet of Things.

G Suite

G Suite is the most comprehensive cloud-based productivity toolkit with online storage space ranging from 30GB all the way up to unlimited on the Enterprise Edition. G Suite is made up of a variety of Google apps including Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and more. With G Suite, you can create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, and collaborate in real-time. You can also secure your data by using the sharing control feature on shared documents. G Suite is great for team work, as multiple users can add comments and edit shared documents simultaneously in real-time.


Zoom is a reliable, easy-to-use video conferencing app that can be used to improve collaboration and eliminate communication barriers among teams and remote employees. Zoom is great for large teams, and can be used to conduct meetings with up to 100 interactive participants, and up to 1,000 view-only participants. It features built-in recording, screen sharing, text chat and also allows you to share files, photos, and videos.


Gain a better sense of how your time is being used with Toggl, a time-tracking app that tracks and monitors time spent on tasks. This app has an easy-to-use interface, and also gives you details about the time you log. Toggl monitors idle time, and features a Pomodoro timer that reminds you when to take a break, so you don’t burn out. Even though Toggl is cloud-based, it also works offline.


Organize your inbox and avoid distractions with SaneBox. It enhances your existing email account by filtering unimportant emails so you can focus on important business matters. This email app can distinguish between important and unimportant emails, and moves distracting emails to your SaneBox folder for later. SaneBox will also notify you when someone hasn’t replied to your email and has Snooze and Do Not Disturb features, which can help you avoid distractions.


Asana can help you avoid missing deadlines. This project management app helps you plan and structure important tasks all in one place. Asana integrates with apps such as Slack, Google Drive, Gmail, and more. You can create projects, assign tasks, share information, and set goals and deadlines. Asana uses timelines and Gantt Charts to help you keep track of activities and manage ongoing work.

Productivity Apps Can Help Your Business

Successful businesses understand the importance of productivity. When employees are highly productive, the business achieves its goals and becomes more successful. Productivity can also increase motivation and boost the morale of your employees, which in turn translates into better customer service. Use one or more of these apps to manage your time, maximize your efficiency and stay focused on your goals.

For more information on Commercient’s IoT Pulse and connecting your productivity apps to your ERP, please contact us today!

About the Author

Anna Kinnear is a Sage Financials Consultant at Edgeware, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. She has always had a passion for reading and writing.

IoT Pulse connect ERP to the Internet