Bing Your Contacts – with the ACT Web Info Tab

Add Functionality to the ACT Web Info Tab with Custom Links

Like you, I manage my business through my ACT database. My favorite tab in Act! is the ACT Web Info Tab for its instant ability to find a wealth of information about… anything and everything. And researching my contacts or their companies helps me develop a deeper relationship with that person or gather relevant data about the company for our joint project, transaction, agreement, and so on. The ACT Web Info Tab is a fantastic source of viewing internet data regarding contacts without leaving the Act! program, saving me time in everyday use from having to toggle between Act! and the internet browser.

While ACT! comes with many useful links, including those for Google and Yahoo, some people prefer to use Bing (powered by Microsoft) as their Search Engine site. As with most features in ACT CRM, the Web Info Tab is easy to customize and by adding a couple of custom Bing Links – you can make Bing your ‘Research Engine’.

Bing Your Contacts - to create the Bing links, select the Edit Links button on the tab and follow these simple steps:

1. Click the Add button
2. In the Site Name box, type Bing and if you are going to be searching based on an ACT! field such as Company then include a descriptive name for your link i.e. Bing – Company
3. In the URL box, type http://www.bing.com/search?q={act field name} i.e. http://www.bing.com/search?q={Company}

Repeat the steps above if you want to add another link to search a different database field. Click the OK button to close the edit box and you will now see your custom links in the User Links list. Bing On!

[Note- The list is in alpha-order and your new link may appear at the bottom of the list. Select the Edit Links button once more to resort into alpha-order.]

Bing Link ACT Web Info Tab

Now if Bing isn’t your thing, you can add your own industry-specific sites as links that you use in your business. Financial Companies can add links to financial sites, Real Estate Companies to residential/commerical listing sites, Retailers to shipping sites, etc. – the possibilities are up to you!

ACT CRM Purchased by Swiftpage – a 90 Day Review

Back in mid-February we received the exciting announcement of ‘ACT CRM Purchased by Swiftpage!’, Sage had entered into and agreement to sell ACT! and SalesLogix to Swiftpage. As the news spread, customers have asked for our thoughts on the ownership change, if this will affect them and the future of ACT!. Over the last few months we have seen many changes and the positive impact Swiftpage has had.

We are avid Swiftpage fans, having used their email marketing services for several years prior to Sage implementing the e-marketing platform into the ACT CRM products. We’ve known Swiftpage’s Founder Bob Ogdon for nearly a decade, building a successful company that offers innovative and quality products and always have been huge supporters of ACT!. So with the acquisition completed on March 20th and Swiftpage as the new owners of ACT! – the product could not be in better hands.

April and May have been a transition period with Swiftpage taking on an in-depth analysis of the ACT! operations, determining what is working well and what areas need improvement. We participated in several meetings with Swiftpage Executives, they understand that we are the eyes and ears for our customers and welcomed our input and ideas. They brings a corporate culture of excitement and energy to ACT!, a stark contrast to the large bureaucracy at Sage.

ACT CRM and Swiftpage EMarketing Logos

Starting in June we have seen the de-’Sage’ing of the ACT! brand. New Logos and rebranding efforts are coming along and we love this from Swiftpage’s websiteThree brands, one vision. It’s all coming together. Advanced marketing integrated with CRM solutions. A new level of innovation and energy. People who embody the very spirit of what an exclamation point is all about.” Powerful messaging and it shows they get the ACT! brand. We too have started the rebranding of our website at www.actplatinum.com, we are committed to the ACT! and Swiftpage products and to provide our customers the very best in ACT! and Swiftpage Certified Consulting and Training Services.

Focused on Customers and welcoming those who left to come back – There is a June promotion for current and past customers of ACT! to upgrade to ACT! 2013 at the discounted upgrade price, no matter how old the version you currently use or owned in the past. You can read more about the ACT CRM Upgrade Offer here. ACT! Customers can also try Swiftpage Email Marketing free for 60 days, click here to sign-up and integrate your marketing with ACT! and Swiftpage. Together ACT! & Swiftpage provide solutions for you to convert prospects, retain customers and grow your business.

ACT! CRM definitely has a Bright Future – Anticipated in September, the ACT! 2014 version will be released (ACT 2014 Roadshow details can be found here). Going forward, the annual release cycle will be discontinued, making way for implementing inline updates. Those with current Maintenance and Support plans will continue to receive the updates. Increased distribution channels and a SAAS model for ACT! are also on the horizon. As an ACT! and Swiftpage Business Partner – it’s great to be an ‘ACT! Fanatic’ and now a ‘Swiftie’!