A Less Complicated CRM Program: Highrise

Posted by David Chism | Mon, Feb 15, 2010

 A Less Complicated CRM Program: Highrise
I’ve been using a prod­uct from a com­pa­ny called 37 Sig­nals for quite some time now called Base­camp. Base­camp is a web-based, project man­age­ment pro­gram that allows for good col­lab­o­ra­tion with­in a com­pa­ny on projects. It offers a mes­sage sen­ter, upload­ing of files, to-do list, mile­stones, a white­board and the abil­i­ty to com­ment on any­thing post­ed. My favorite fea­ture is the email­ing of reports, when some­one post a com­ment and reminders of when assign­ments are due. I’ve tried out a num­ber of oth­er project man­age­ment pro­grams and Base­camp is at the top of my list. 37 Sig­nals also cre­at­ed a num­ber of oth­er help­ful pro­grams that help small, medi­um and large busi­ness­es to be more orga­nized and pro­duc­tive. The one I’m rec­om­mend­ing is called High­rise. High­riseis a less com­pli­cat­ed CRM, con­tact man­ag­er pro­gram. Most CRMs (Cus­tomer Rela­tion­ship Man­age­ment) have a lot of gad­gets and func­tion­al­i­ty. I’ve dis­cov­ered that in the small busi­ness world, most folks end up only using a small por­tion of the func­tions: emails, to-dos, cal­en­dar, and oppor­tu­ni­ties. High­rise devel­op­ers cut some of the fat from large CRMs and sim­pli­fied the func­tions of their web-based High­rise to offer a more user friend­ly pro­gram and pro­duc­tive soft­ware. High­rise is quite sim­ple to use and afford­able. While most CRM pro­grams (like Sales­force, Sug­ar­CRM and count­less oth­ers) charge a month­ly fee per user, High­rise is avail­able for a small month­ly fee and allows for a bun­dle of users. For exam­ple, for $25 a month, a com­pa­ny can have up to 6 users have full access to High­rise with lim­it­ed deals or oppor­tu­ni­ties. The best rate is $50 a month for 10 users and unlim­it­ed oppor­tu­ni­ties. For a small busi­ness guy like me, I can uti­lize the free version…and absolute­ly love it! If you think $50 a month is high, ask me why I think it is afford­able and very rea­son­able! If you want the full capa­bil­i­ties, say from Sales­force (mobile includ­ed) you will like­ly spend $65 per month per user. One of my favorite things I like about High­rise is the to-do list/​task func­tion. I always have a pile full of small projects going on. High­rise makes it sim­ple for me to write down the action items and be sent an email when those items are due: even down to the minute! So try High­rise for free today. Sign Up Online (note: I do like Sales­force CRM and endorse it. I also real­ized a lot of small busi­ness users (my audience/​clients) can­not afford or will use all the func­tions Sales­force has to offer. If you have the mon­ey and want a lot of functions…oh and will use them…go with Salesforce!)

About David Chism

David Chism started his business out of a passion for helping small contracting businesses grow, be more profitable and become better known to their target clients. One lifelong hobby of David is using techie gadgets. So this blog is a place where he writes about technology, marketing ideas, just for fun (humor), personal thoughts on small business and more.


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