SharpSpring Review.

SharpSpring Review.

Migration to SharpSpring.

During the Last Week, we have just Helped a Customer with Migration to SharpSpring from their Old CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) Software.  SharpSpring is a CRM that has Strong Marketing Automation. Consequently this allows businesses to Convert Leads to Sales and the software easy Integrates with Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

SharpSpring Review

The Latest SharpSpring Review states that Many Customers say that SharpSpring has the Ability of Much More Expensive Marketing Automation Software but at a Fraction of the Price.  Prices Start at around £180 per Month.  Whilst this is not Cheap, it does Facilitate the More Modern Marketing Techniques as I’ll explain here.

Marketing is Changing.

In the past, Marketing was all about Chasing after Customers.  Cold Calling Campaigns, Direct Mail, Magazine Adverts and Networking were all ways you could Chase Customers. This is also sometimes called ‘Outbound Marketing’.  With the Unstoppable Rise of the Internet, Marketing has been turned Upside Down.  Smart, Successful Businesses are increasingly using what is called ‘Inbound Marketing’.  With Inbound Marketing you Attract Customers who are already Interested in your Product, rather than Chasing People who have no Interest in your Products or Services.

Marketing Automation.

The term ‘Marketing Automation’ refers to the Ability to Create Landing Pages with Lead Capture Forms. The CRM then Automatically Nurtures these Leads through AutoResponders.  We have all Seen this on the Latest Websites.  For Example if you visit some Websites for a  Second Time, it Recognises the Fact you have Visited Twice and can display a Pop-Up Message with words to Entice you towards their Call For Action.

Help with Migrating to SharpSpring.

We’ve read a Number of SharpSpring Reviews stating they have had an Issue with Migrating their Data from their Old CRM through to SharpSpring.  We have now Created a Library of Download Tools for Data Migration. So if you are Considering a Migration to SharpSpring then make CloudPerfect your First Port of Call.

Help with Choice of CRM.

If you are considering Migrating to SharpSpring and moving Data from your Old CRM then we can help you with a smooth Transition.  If you’d like to know any more Details or Wish to Discover the Benefits of any other CRM’s on the Market before your Make Your Choice then Call Me on 01865 920018.

Ed Wray
Company Director
CloudPerfect

 

Sharing Information on your Company Intranet

Sharing Information on your Company Intranet

As an instructor, I know that saying something once is seldom enough. Knowledge does not stick unless it has context; it only gets context when people hear the next bit, but by then the moment has gone. If you are paying attention your mind will join the dots, but no-one can pay attention all of the time. So there are many times and instances to repeat information, but that can be a waste of time on both sides.

The solution is to write it down somewhere that is easy to find, easy to keep up to date. We all know the power of the internet, but we don’t want to put all our internal information on the net. What we need is an intranet site. Intra means inside or within. Intranet is the term used for internet-like servers which are only accessible by your employees and partners.

The good news is that your internal viewers don’t expect a good looking, SEO optimised multimedia experience, they just want to find the internal information they need. So there is no need to build a full internal website, or get web developer in. With Intranet sites the key priorities are to be able to search and to easily update company information. With the right tools, making information available within your organisation is as easy as typing an email and finding it as easy as searching on Google.

Company Intranet Software

We have selection of company intranet software tools. During the CloudPerfect Audit, we will recommend the most appropriate for your organisation. The options include:

  • Mediawiki – the software that runs Wikipedia;
  • a simple wiki where bullet points are entered as * at the start of a line and web address are automatically converted into clickable links.

Your staff need a platform to share their knowledge in one place where everyone can find it. The great news about the wiki tools above are that they have beautiful change control. Everyone can at the touch of a button see exactly how a document changes over time and by whom.

Want to know more? Use Google or Wikipaedia. Now imagine your organisation where business questions have an answer by all your staff simply looking at your internal wiki pages.

For more information simply call CloudPerfect on 01865 920018.

Benefits of using the Cloud

Benefits of using the Cloud

Using cloud computing for company activities is effectively using computing that is solely based on the internet. In the old days, people would run programs downloaded from discs on to an office computer in their building. Cloud computing effectively allows people to access all their programs and data through the internet.

For example, when you update your Facebook status, you are using cloud computing. Do you check you balance or pay your bills using your phone? If you do, once again you are in the cloud.

Within five years, we believe that virtually all companies will be 100% cloud-based.

Why are so many companies moving to the cloud? It’s because cloud computing for company business increases efficiency, helps improve cash flow and also offers many more benefits. Here’s ten of the main benefits:

1. Pay-As-You-Go Subscription

Cloud computing cuts out the high up-front cost of purchasing software. You simply pay-as-you-go and enjoy a subscription-based model that is easier on the cash flow. In fact it’s never been easier to take the first step to cloud adoption.

2. Automatic Software Updates

One of the main problems of the old way of purchasing software and downloading it to your computer is that regular software updates are required. These take time to download to your computer and after the registration period also cost money. With cloud-based software, you always connect to the latest version of software as you are connecting through the internet.

3. Work from Anywhere

With cloud computing, if you have an internet connection you can be at work. Most serious cloud services offer mobile apps meaning you are not restricted by which device you have to hand. This key benefit improves the ability of your workforce to WFH – Work From Home!

4. Security

Lost laptops are a billion pound business problem. Even potentially greater than the loss of an expensive piece of kit is the loss of the sensitive data inside it. By using cloud computing for company business, this gives you greater security when this happens.

5. Document Control

Cloud computing produces the natural environment for water-tight document control. Prior to the cloud, workers had to send files back and forth as email attachments to be worked on by only one user at a time. Sooner or later – usually sooner – you would end up with a mess of conflicting file content, formats and titles.

6.  Flexibility

Cloud-based services are ideal for businesses with growing or fluctuating demands. If your needs increase, it’s easy to scale up your cloud capacity. Likewise, if you need to scale down again, the flexibility is all part of the service.

7. Data Recovery

Cloud computing providers enable automatic data backup on cloud systems. The recovery of data when a hard drives crashes on your office computer is slow and costly.

8. Competitiveness

Wish there was a simple step you could take to become more competitive? Moving to the cloud allows smaller companies to act faster then big, established competitors. Pay-as-you-go services mean small outfits can run with the big boys and disrupt the market.

9. Anywhere, Anytime Collaboration

Cloud tools can make it easier to collaborate with colleagues outside the organisation. Similarly, people within the same organisation benefit from team collaboration tools like shared calendars, video conferencing and file sharing.

10. Less Environmental Impact

With fewer data centres worldwide and more efficient operations, we are collectively having less of an impact of the environment. Furthermore, companies who use shared resources improve their “green” credentials. Added to which it improves the chances of moving to an entirely paper-free office!

While any three of the above benefits would be enough to convince many businesses to move their business into the cloud. But when you add up all ten? It’s approaching no-brainer territory.

Fantastic Testimonial from Leaflet Delivery Company

Fantastic Testimonial from Leaflet Delivery Company

Cloud Based Hosting

The Leaflet Delivery Company is a friendly, expert specialist business that dedicates itself to leaflet delivery and leaflet distribution. They have a growing number of franchise operations throughout the UK.

CloudPerfect carried out an audit with the Leaflet Delivery Company. The audit helped create a system which gives them complete control to manage their team of leaflet delivery agents.

Please read the testimonial below to see the fantastic comments from our customer.

Testimonial:

“As a leaflet delivery company with multiple branches throughout the UK, we handle a lot of paper, a lot of maps and have to organise deliveries to thousands of properties every day.

At that time, we were working from a Microsoft Access database, which was ok – but it had it’s limitations. We wanted a more robust system, one that gave us the ability to manage the nationwide rollout of the company. We also wanted to improve functionality to make sure that we were more efficient.

After a thorough fact finding meeting with CloudPerfect, we mapped out the full workflow. CloudPerfect suggested loads of ideas that would improve our workflow and streamline the operation.

We now have a computer system that exactly meets our needs. We’ve added bolt ons such as a customer portal and we’re now expanding it to include a CRM system. As a result, in my opinion, it is the best computer system that any leaflet delivery company could have bar none.

CloudPerfect’s ability to understand your business and not only come up with ideas to improve productivity, but to actually put those into a system, is nothing short of genius.

If you are looking to systemise your business with a move to the cloud, then I would fully recommend speaking with CloudPerfect.”

Trevor Nicholls

Many thanks to Trevor for this brilliant testimonial. While this was quite a unique challenge, we believe our cloud based hosting solution which was created with Trevor gives the Leaflet Distribution Company a significant competitive advantage.

Creating a Solution without knowing what the Problem is

Creating a Solution without knowing what the Problem is

Cloud Services

The majority of traditional IT companies offer a range of “off-the-shelf” generic cloud services for you to choose for your business. These “pre-built” solutions take little account of the opportunities that present themselves with your move into the cloud. Whilst you will gain from the increased safety and security with your move to the cloud, it will become a move for the sake of moving to the cloud. You will miss out on reaping the benefits of a tailored cloud services solution for your company.

The CloudPerfect Audit takes an in-depth look at your business and we generate a Business Model Canvas so that we fully understand who your customer base is, what value you deliver to the customer, how you reach your customers and the cost structure showing all costs incurred to operate your business model.

From this Business Model Canvas, we map out exactly where the cloud will create opportunities for you and your company. This helps us to identify any potential problems before creating a tailored cloud services solution for your business.

So essentially we like to know what the problem is before creating a solution!

Our approach comes from running our own businesses over the last ten years. This gives a realisation that one size does not suit all.

In particular, our director Ed Wray graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme at UCL last year. This programme is targeted at Managing Directors who aim to take their business to the next level.

From this aspect, CloudPerfect are very keen to help your company also reach the next level. Contact us to create a fully-tailored cloud solution that will help increase and improve your business and your profitability.

CloudPerfect Audit

To arrange a CloudPerfect Audit or to receive a referral for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Programme, simply fill out your details in the contact section of our website.