Merchant Maverick’s Awards for Best Small Business Software

Best small business software

For most small business owners, it’s a jungle out there. Danger lurks around every corner, predators seem to be silently stalking your every movement, and – in the immortal words of Jethro Tull – the rivers are full of crocodile nasties. Let’s face it, when it comes to start-ups and small businesses the statistics are grim. According to one recent study, the failure rate of retail establishments after four years is over 50%, and businesses in the service industry usually meet the same fate. Sadly, restaurants tend to do even worse, and the majority are forced to close their doors before a decade has passed.

There are many reasons why businesses eventually fail – bad locations, limited staff, a poor economic climate, etc. But experts are beginning to agree that most failed businesses (no matter what industry they belong to) have one, very important factor in common: inexperience on the part of the owners/managers. It’s all very well to follow your dreams, but man does not live on dreams alone. For most of us, a little thing called money is required if we want to eat, access our electricity, wash our clothes, keep our children shod, etc. That’s right, money. It’s what you get when you run a business that brings in more revenue than it puts out. That sounds so simple: spend less than you make. But the reality is that pulling in a profit takes knowledge, skill, and access to the proper tools. Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve opened up a cat-grooming boutique or finally launched that grilled-cheese food truck you’ve always wanted – if you don’t know what you’re doing when you set out, and/or don’t bother to learn as you go, you might as well throw your seed money down the storm drain.

Fortunately, at Merchant Maverick (MM), we understand how hard it can be to start a business – let alone to keep one going for more than a year or two. You shouldn’t have to do everything by yourself – keeping up with inventory, payment processing, invoicing, shipping, point of sale, website design and the like is nearly impossible without the right equipment (good ol’ pen and paper just doesn’t cut it anymore). The good news? Advances in software and cloud technology have resulted in some pretty impressive small business tools. Even better news? The writers and reviewers at MM have invested thousands of hours researching, testing, and rating small business services/software. In other words, we know our stuff. Running a business is a tremendous burden, but the heavy lifting has already been done – we’ve done if for you – and all you need do is benefit from our years of experience.

Each company below has undergone a rigorous evaluation by an experienced MM reviewer. We scoured websites, read help articles, and browsed through user forums. We talked to customer service and saw for ourselves how responsive they were. And most importantly, we tested the actual software or service ourselves. The following are our reviewers’ top small business software picks for merchant services/payment processing as well as for mobile payments, shopping carts, point of sale, accounting, inventory management, invoicing, booking, email marketing, CRM, project management, loyalty rewards, and website building.

So, without further ado, let the awards ceremony for the best small business software begin!

Merchant Account Providers

Winner: Dharma Merchant Services

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Dharma Merchant Services is one of our all-time favorite companies, period, here at Merchant Maverick. Defined by exceptional customer support, low-cost hardware, excellent industry connection, and reasonable negotiation-free rates and fees, Dharma is an ideal option for small businesses with in-person sales. It distinguishes itself from the competition by using only interchange-plus pricing and charging no early termination fees or monthly minimums. There are no annual fees, no application fees, and no pesky PCI compliance fees to deal with either. In addition, this company dedicates 50% of its net profits to charity. Dharma is basically a paragon of integrity, honesty, and respect, and it’s worth its weight in gold in this sometimes unscrupulous industry,

There is one small catch: businesses must process at least $10K per month to use Dharma Merchant Services. Businesses with smaller revenue streams are directed instead to Flint Mobile (see review below).

Dharma offers amazing in-house customer support during business hours (8:00am – 5:00pm Pacific Time). If you need support outside this time frame, you will be directed elsewhere, depending on the severity of your issue and what processor you’re using.

To read more about Dharma Merchant Services, see our full review here.

Runner-Up: CDGcommerce

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Boasting a great reputation and a low monthly base fee (which includes access to Quantum gateway), CDG Commerce is a budget friendly alternative to Dharma Merchant Services, especially for low-volume merchants or web-based businesses. CDG was established in 1998, and has had plenty of time to cultivate a reputation for honesty and excellence. In fact, customer complaints are nearly non-existent, which is a miracle in itself after nearly 20 years in business. Like Dharma, CDG offers interchange-plus pricing, does not charge an early termination fee, and has no gateway setup fees or PCI compliance fees.

CDG Commerce charges only $10 per month in base fees; beyond that, you can pick and choose which additional services you want to pay for. This is a great system, as it ensures that you won’t be stuck buying things you neither want, nor need.

CDG offers live chat, email, and phone support 24/7. In our experience, support staff is helpful, knowledgeable, and scrupulously honest.

Click here to read our full review of CDGcommerce.

Mobile Payments

Winner: Flint Mobile

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Flint Mobile is our overall top pick for mobile, based primarily on its speed, ease of use, reliability, and price point. To start off, it doesn’t offer a swiper – not a free one, not a paid one, just no reader whatsoever. You can either key in card numbers or simply use your phone’s camera to scan numbers instead. That in and of itself significantly reduces the cost for setting up your account. Flint therefore has the ability to offer lower rates, which is exactly what they do. And with a ridiculously low rate for processing debit alongside a very fair credit rate, they’re nearly impossible to beat.

Flint has only two rates:

  • Debit transactions: 1.95%
  • Credit transactions: 2.95%

Yep, that’s it. It doesn’t get more complicated than that at any point: there are no per transaction fees, no non-qualified fees, and no surcharges of any kind. Flint Mobile runs transactions at a much faster speed than other similar apps, and while it might take a couple tries to get your scanning settings set up the way you like, Flint makes customization an easy and intuitive process. Our one complaint is that they do not provide any means for printing a paper receipt.

One very important thing to mention about Flint Mobile is that, even with the EMV liability shift (effective October 1st, 2015), users have no need to upgrade hardware. The camera scan will continue to work as it always has, with no change to liability. Currently it’s the only mobile processor we’re aware of that will securely process chip cards with no hardware upgrade.

This app can’t replace a full-feature tablet POS, but it comes with a number of amazing features (integrated QR coupons, invoicing, customizable receipts, etc.) and executes service flawlessly. If you’re looking for a sensible, surefire way to accept payments and grow your clientele, you can’t go wrong with Flint Mobile.

If you’d like more information about Flint Mobile, check out our full review.

Runner-Up: Payline Data

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Payline Data is mostly a standard merchant account provider, but it has a good mobile solution and low-volume fee structure. Extra services are offered as-needed, so you only have to pay for what you need. There are two pricing models (to accommodate both low and high volume merchants):

Simple (Under $5,000 per month)

  • $5 monthly fee
  • Interchange + 0.50%
  • $0.10 per transaction

Pro (Over $5,000 per month)

  • $20 monthly fee
  • Interchange + 0.20%
  • $0.10 per transaction

We really appreciate the number of customer service and support outlets Payline provides, and it has an extensive knowledge base and FAQ for self-service support, which is quite nice.

Payline Data delivers on any businesses essential needs, and has managed to maintain positive reviews and a spotless reputation since 2009 – which is no small task in the credit card processing industry. In general, it’s a great pick for mobile processing for small businesses everywhere.

Find out more about Payline Data by reading our full review here.

Shopping Carts

Winner: Shopify

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Shopify is unique in that it can be used as a physical POS or an online shopping cart or both at once. This inherent flexibility gives it a clear edge over other shopping carts, and its low price point make it well within the reach for small businesses, even those with strained budgets. Shopify is the industry standard for shopping cart software, and for good reason. There are never any limits to the number of products you can sell, which is nice, though there aren’t many limits to the software in general.

All Shopify plans come with a full 14-day (no credit card required) trial. There are no setup or cancellation fees. Plans range from $14/month to $179/month with rates ranging from 2.9% + 30¢ to 2.4% + 30¢. You can pay on a month-to-month basis, but you’ll receive a 10% discount if you choose to pay for one year up front (a 20% discount is offered for those who sign a two-year contract). We’re not terribly fond of Shopify’s transaction fees, unfortunately, although they do get waived if you use Shopify as your credit card processor.

Shopify is eminently user friendly, and the cart is easy to set up and easy to manage. In our experience, the software works flawlessly from the point of view of both the customer and the merchant, and it is one of the most feature-rich carts available. It is accessible for online mavens, but it is also well within the reach of newcomers and amateurs. Shopify offers a number of apps, some of which are free and some of which may cost a small fee. You can check out Shopify’s App Store to browse offerings.

Customer support is available via phone, email, and live chat, but there are other great self-help resources as well, including a support center, Knowledge Base, a discussion forum, and a Shopify “Experts” page where you can find experienced professionals in design, marketing, development, and photography.

For more information, click here to read our full review of Shopify.

Runner-Up: Ecwid

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Ecwid, the “go anywhere, sell anything, no manual required” shopping cart, is designed for small eCommerce businesses, as well as for individual sellers and start-ups. We’re big fans of Ecwid, and there are two main reasons why. Firstly, it is extremely ubiquitous, and capable of integrating with nearly every existing website, from social media platforms to blogs. Secondly, it is so reasonably priced, compared to its competitors, that you would be foolish not to take it out for spin. Unlike most shopping carts, there is no typical “free trial period” for Ecwid. Instead, you can simply try out the Free Plan (the obvious advantage to doing this is that your services won’t be cancelled after your trial period ends).

Ecwid offers unlimited storage, unlimited bandwidth, and no transaction fees on every subscription level, even the free plan. Paid plans range from $15/month to $99/month. Personal support by email and online chat are only available at higher subscription levels.

Like Shopify, Ecwid gives you the option to use the software as a physical POS. However, this function is really best suited for online-only business owners who want the option of having a mobile or “pop up shop” operation, but aren’t trying to maintain a physical storefront at all times.

In general, Ecwid is a solid product with great, user-friendly elements. It’s not the best solution for high-volume sales, but most companies out there (especially startups and very small businesses) will be fully satisfied with its features and ease of use.

Read our full review of Ecwid to learn more.

POS Software

Winner: ShopKeep

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ShopKeep is one of the best software solutions we’ve ever encountered at Merchant Maverick. This simple, elegant, and visually-appealing cloud-based POS has carved out a solid niche catering to small-business food and beverage sellers. For a very low monthly cost, ShopKeep can help you manage your inventory, customers, employees, as well as record transactions and offer a variety of reporting options (for analyzing all this data).

ShopKeep does not require you to sign a contract. It is a pay-as-you-go, monthly subscription service. There are no extra maintenance fees, and what’s more impressive, tech support is 100% included in the monthly charge. The actual pricing system is beautifully simple as well: $49/month/register.

Other than it’s extremely reasonable price point, ShopKeep’s biggest selling point is its ease-of-use. There is very little learning curve involved, and even the most technologically deficient should have no problem learning the ins and outs of this software in a matter of days (or hours, more likely).

Customer support is fantastic, and unlimited email, live chat, or phone is included in the monthly price. The support page on the company website is also fantastic, and offers comprehensive articles and video tutorials on every aspect of the software.

Read our full review of ShopKeep if you’d like more details.

Runner-Up: SalesVu

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SalesVu is a perfect POS for the average small business, offering a robust feature set at a competitive price. eCommerce options are built right into the software, so you can design your own site from the back office without ever having to pay for (and integrate) Shopify or hire an expensive third party designer. Integrated eCommerce also ensures that communications between the web store and the brick and mortar store are smooth and seamless.

Prices range from $25/month to $150/month, depending on how many features you need (things like time tracking, accounting, etc. are a bit extra). Basically, SalesVu can be as affordable as you need it to be. Additionally, when you open an account with SalesVu you get a free credit card reader, which is a nice benefit (for some small business owners, an iPad and a credit card reader may be all you need).

Customer service is good, but the primary strengths of this software are found in its intuitive interface and broad flexibility. It is so much more than just a mobile cash register. With SalesVu, you can monitor inventory, create detailed reports, design custom discounts and promotions, maintain an active customer database, and manage employees – and you can do all these things anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Opening an account with SalesVu gets you a free credit card reader, which is a nice benefit. For some business owners, an iPad and a credit card reader may be all you need.

SalesVu integrates with SalesVu Easy Accounting, Quickbooks, Facebook, and Zapper.

You can check out our full review of SalesVu for more information.

Accounting Software

Winner: Xero

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It’s not hard to see why Xero takes the prize for best small business accounting software. It is mobile, cloud-based, easy-to-use, and extremely comprehensible for the small business owner who is handling finances on his/her own (click here for a full list of features). While it can be more expensive long-term than something like QuickBooks Pro, small business owners – especially those who aren’t accountants by nature or profession – are more likely to enjoy using a simple, intuitive program like Xero.

There are multiple pricing plans available, ranging from $9/month to $70/month (these prices include updates as they are released, usually every 3-6 weeks). Small companies with limited invoicing needs would have to look far and wide for a similarly robust accounting/payroll package that trumps Xero’s $9/month price tag. And happily, you don’t have to sign a contract with Xero; plans are paid by the month and you can basically cancel the service at any time. Xero offers a 25% discount for non-profits and a 15% discount on your total bill if you subscribe for multiple businesses. If you do feel comfortable making a commitment and signing up for a 6 month subscription, you’ll get a 30% discount.

There are only a few minor problems with Xero, one of which is slow customer support response times. Customer service is offered 24/7, year-round, but some customers have complained of long response times, cut-and-paste answers to questions, and reps who don’t seem to actually know how to use the software. This would be a much bigger deal if Xero was complex or had a steep learning, curve, but it’s not as alarming considering the software’s general simplicity and ease of use. Furthermore, many customers praise Xero’s level of customer service, and the wait times are comparable to those of other accounting software programs.

One real perk of using Xero is that it integrates with over 400 other applications which can facilitate nearly every aspect of business operation, including inventory management, CRM, and POS (some of these are only available to certain countries; in the U.S., there are about 350 Xero integrations available). 

Read our full review of Xero here.

Runner-Up: QuickBooks Pro

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Intuit’s QuickBooks Pro is a robust, feature-rich accounting solution, perfect in many ways for small business (to see a full list of features, click here). It is locally installed software, which results in lower per-year costs and more features than your typical cloud-based software, so if you’re willing to deal with a pretty steep learning curve at the beginning (especially difficult for people who have no previous accounting background), then QB Pro can be an excellent way to save money in your accounting budget. Though it lacks the convenience of a cloud based solution – you don’t get automatic, routine updates or instant access to new features – it is a very viable accounting solution for companies with complex bookkeeping needs.

QuickBooks Pro’s list price is $299.95. This might seem a bit high compared to something like Xero, but keep in mind that QB Pro requires a one-time purchase and does not use a subscription model — and it is nearly always available at a discount. While there’s no free trial available, Intuit does back QB Pro with a 60-day guarantee; if you return the program for any reason within 60 days, you can get a full refund. Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, the purchase price does not include updates, nor do you get full tech support or bank feeds. It’s also worth noting that customer service tends to be slow.

One comment we’ve noticed often on user reviews is that, while people aren’t particularly enthusiastic about QB Pro, it works and does what it’s supposed to do; many claim that it’s the best accounting program available. While that’s far from a resounding recommendation, it’s also true that despite its drawbacks, for many businesses, QB Pro is more than adequate. And whether you love it or hate it, QuickBooks Pro is often the best option for the money.

Read our full review of QB Pro here.

Inventory Management Software

Winner: Stitch Labs

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Stitch, the flagship product of Stitch Labs, is a cloud-based inventory management solution with tons of functionality, myriad useful integrations, and fantastic customer service. Designed to combine inventory, billing, accounting, shipping, and eCommerce features with your choice of 3rd party integrations, Stitch is the do-it-all, full service inventory solution. As the name would suggest, it is intended to be the thread that holds the backend of your company firmly together. Really, its only flaw is that is designed exclusively for American companies. International businesses will have to look elsewhere. 

Price plans range from $29/month to $449/month, not bad considering how many features this software brings to the table. What’s more, Stitch is easy to use, even for the uninitiated. The UI is clean, understated, and intuitive. Within a few minutes of signing up, you should feel like a pro, able to create products and customer contacts and generate sales orders with ease. It’s easy to pick up on your own just by experimentation, but if you’re queasy about finding your own way around, you can reference one of the many tutorials on each page that take you step-by-step through all the basic tasks.

In general, the customer service department is responsive and helpful. Our questions were promptly answered (never longer than 24 hours, even on the weekend), and ticket creation happened immediately, so we always had a case number to reference and never felt lost in the shuffle. Not surprisingly, the Stitch Labs support team is highly praised all over the web.

Stitch integrates with a large number of other programs and applications, including Amazon, eBay, BigCommerce, Magento, Shopify, and Square, to name just a few. And when you combine an excellent selection of integrations with powerful suite of tools,you’ve got inventory management software that is ideal for small to medium-sized businesses.

You can read more about Stitch Labs in our full review.

Runner-Up: TradeGecko

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TradeGecko, a cloud-based inventory application for small to medium sized businesses, is comparable to Stitch Labs in functionality and number of integrations, but is more geared toward international companies (it still works well for American companies, if you don’t mind a time difference with the support staff).

The design of this software emphasizes collaboration, group workflows, and activity feeds. This means that you can reference sales information, purchase orders, and stock levels at once, and they will all update in real time. TradeGecko is intuitive and easy to use, and has a clean – if spartan – UI which is perfect for a bookkeeping system.

TradeGecko offers a free 14-day trial, no credit card required. Plans range from $49/month to $399/month, though you can get a monthly discount if you commit to paying for a year up-front. The company provides a detailed knowledge base, with step-by-step instructions for performing many tasks, and it also offers 24 hour customer support. On the whole, our support experience was positive, though a few of our tickets took longer than we would have liked to resolve.

Integrations include Shopify, Salesforce, Xero, Magento, Quickbooks Online, Amazon, and WooCommerce (to name a few). All in all, TradeGecko isn’t the cheapest product on the market (which is why it’s the runner up for this category) but it is so intuitive and feature rich that small to medium-sized businesses with a budget to kick around should give it a look.

For more information about TradeGecko, read our full review here.

Invoicing Software

Winner: Freshbooks

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Officially, Freshbooks is a web-based accounting solution, though it is fair to say that it’s best utilized for its incredible invoicing features. This software is tailor made for independent contractors and small, service-based businesses; it is easy to use, has lots of interesting features (including time tracking, reporting, and expenses), and integrates with a huge variety of 3rd party applications.

Pricing, unfortunately, is a bit steep for the target market (small businesses), though there is a free plan which allows you to manage a single client. Paid plan range from $19.95/month to $39.95/month. Customer support is available Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm EST. In our experience, representatives are remarkably quick to respond to emails (usually within 20 minutes during business hours) and are courteous, helpful, and knowledgeable.

As mentioned above, FreshBooks offers more than 60 integrations and add-ons including  PayPal, Shopify, Basecamp, and Stripe. It is as comprehensive an invoicing solution as you could hope for, especially since it does offer other perks, like reporting.

You can read our full review of FreshBooks here.

Runner-Up: Invoiceable

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Invoiceable is simple, easy to use software that allows you to create professional looking invoices. It’s actually free to all, with no feature limits, though you can opt to pay a one-time fee to remove the company’s branding from your invoices: this is a perk that no other free invoicing program offers. Additionally, unlike many of the other major free invoicing programs, Invoiceable isn’t just a wimpy, scaled-back version of a paid service. You can have as many clients and send as many invoices as you like.

Of course, with a completely free service you’re going to miss certain features that come with a paid subscription. Support, for example, is unreliable and sporadic. Response times can vary between 1-12 days, and sometimes you may not get any response at all. There is also limited sales tax functionality, which means that the software really only works for businesses that charge a single, across the board tax rate, or don’t charge tax at all.

That said, if you are a freelancer or own a very small business with relatively low sales volume, this may be all you need for now. It’s leaps and bounds better than simply typing out your invoices into MS Word or Excel, and it is one of the best free options out there that both allow you to have unlimited clients and actually works in the United States! The interface is basic and intuitive, and while customer service is slow, you probably won’t need it most of the time. If this sounds like a good match for you, we suggest you try it out. You’ve got nothing to lose – after all, it’s free.

Read our full review of Invoiceable here.

CRM Software

Winner: Zoho CRM

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User-friendly, reasonably-priced, and full of useful features, Zoho CRM is our favorite customer relations management software, hands down. It’s not hard to see why we’re such big fans. The “building blocks” which make up the Zoho CRM logo are not there for design purposes alone; these blocks allude to the fact that the Zoho team has developed many other business applications, all capable of working together seamlessly (much like Google Apps). In addition, Zoho has an well-deserved reputation for integrating nicely with a number of 3rd party add-ons, including MailChimp, Unbounce, Google Apps, MS Office, and Quickbooks (see a full list of add-ons and integrations here). In short, Zoho CRM software can adjust to any size business, be whatever you need it to be, and grow with you as your business expands.

You can try Zoho CRM for free with a 15-day trial of their Professional package. After that, pricing breaks down as follows:

  • Entrepreneur: Free, up to 3 users
  • Standard: $12/user/month
  • Professional: $20/user/month
  • Enterprise: $35/user/month

24-hour Mon-Fri telephone support is available to paying customers, though those using their free edition are limited to email support. However, your email questions can be flagged according to urgency, so that important queries do not fall to the wayside.

You would be hard pressed to find a CRM that provides more functionality at a lower cost. Zoho CRM is, without a doubt, the most bang for your buck.

Read our full review of Zoho CRM here.

Runner-Up: CleverTim

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Clevertim is a cloud-based CRM system with a firm mission: to cater specifically to small businesses. With a surprisingly reasonable price point, a clean, user-friendly UI, and the ability to integrate with 3rd party developers (via an open API), Clevertim may just be as clever as its name suggests. The only chink in Clevertim’s armor is the lack of a mobile app. As it is now, the app functions smoothly on a desktop, but is only so-so on a tablet and virtually nonexistent on a phone.

Clevertim offers a 30 day free trial. After that, plans range from absolutely free to $99/month. You can upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your subscription at any time. Unlike most other CRM systems, Clevertim does not charge on a per-user basis. Instead, each plan has a user limit. There is also  customized pricing available, which allows you to upgrade the number of users allowed in your plan.

Clevertim is relatively new and does not yet have its own dedicated Technical Support team. However, queries can be sent to the company either via web tickets or through the sales email address.

Read our review of Clevertim here.

Booking Software

Winner: BookingBug

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BookingBug can do just about anything you would expect from scheduling software, but still manages to be accessible and intuitive. Many companies claim to be versatile, but this software actually is designed for a wide variety of industries, making it one of the only options out there for B&Bs or bike rental shops, and a better option than most for medium-sized spas and salons. It is a perfect tool for businesses that want to offer combination services while managing limited resources and limited staff (see a full list of features here). It is distinct from other appointment booking software other ways as well: first, it’s designed for serious scalability – which again validates its claim to be “the only real-time distributed booking and reservation system that works for all business types” –  and second, it integrates with a vast number of 3rd-party apps all over the world. This is a company that prides itself on innovation and flexibility.

Plans run from $19.95/month to $69.95/month, or you can scale up to an Enterprise plan, which are priced on an individual basis. Customer service comes free with your account. Like most companies, BookingBug relies heavily on email support, but phone support is available for some of the more expensive plans. We received helpful responses to our email inquiries within hours – always a great sign.

One terrific thing about BookingBug is that it offers your customers the option to make online payments (full or partial, including pre-payment and bulk payments); you can also issue full or partial refunds directly through the site via one of the software’s numerous payment integrations. BookingBug integrates with programs like MailChimp, WordPress, Facebook, and Dropbox as well.

There isn’t much negative feedback about the company online or in user reviews. Granted, some people have complained about issues with their mobile apps, but BookingBug’s receptivity and responsiveness to these issues speaks well about the company’s commitment to customer service.

To read our full review of BookingBug, click here.

Runner Up: Bookeo

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Bookeo is cloud-based booking software with a lot to offer. Not only does it include important booking features, but it provides a surprising variety of marketing solutions, integrates with many payment platforms and third party applications, and boasts excellent security features. This is innovative software as it is, and Bookeo continues to improve with age; significant new feature releases occur every few months, and updates are frequent. The only consistent complaint disappointed reviewers have is with its lack of phone support. (Bookeo relies on email and a store of 300 tutorials for its customer support.)

Bookeo’s pricing differs by product (in other words, by whether you want to book appointments, classes, or tours), but each version offers a 30-day free trial and a 30-day money back guarantee on the first paid month of subscription. Bookeo accounts do not require set-up or processing fees and you don’t have to sign a contract – always a good sign.

One of the best things about Bookeo is that it is user-friendly. Action items and information are intuitive and clearly distinguishable, and the software in general is organized neatly, in a very manageable way. There isn’t much setup support, unfortunately, but the self-help tutorials available are precise, and sufficient enough to help you circumvent most major problems.

Customer service centers on the Bookeo Help Portal, which consists of 300 tutorials and an email support form. There is no phone support, however, and this is the only consistent complaint from disappointed reviewers. You can receive some support via a live chat option on Bookeo’s promotional website.

Read more about Bookeo here, in our full review.

Email Marketing Software

Winner: MailChimp

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At Merchant Maverick, we’re all in agreement that MailChimp is the boss when it comes to email marketing. It’s a mature, time-tested software with reasonable pricing plans, a great selection of features, and tons of integration, and it scales well to just about any size campaign. Better yet, for users with modest needs, MailChimp offers a robust, flat-out generous free plan which lets you have up to 2,000 subscribers and allows you to send up to 12,000 emails per month. There’s only one real catch: if you do your email marketing with the free plan, there will be a small MailChimp badge at the bottom of every email you send out. 

Paid plans come in two basic varieties: send-based (pay as you go) and list-based (monthly). These plans are fairly specific and complex, so if you’d like more details about pricing you should navigate here.

MailChimp is generally very easy to use, and signing up for a MailChimp account is simple; enter a name and email address and you’re on your way. The customer support system is pretty extensive as well, though it lacks telephone support, which is slightly disappointing. However, our experience with them has been good; representatives were courteous and well-informed, and inquiries were answered in anywhere from 20 minutes to 20 hours, depending on urgency. MailChimp’s biggest selling point, however, is that it offers over 500 integrations and add-ons. (These include Google Analytics, Zendesk, SHopify, Magento, and Salesforce).

Check out our full review of MailChimp here.

Runner-Up: AWeber

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AWeber appeals to a smaller niche than MailChimp, but it’s still incredibly easy to use and quite affordable. It comes with some very nice features, especially for businesses which want to send all new subscribers the same series of messages: the autoresponder setup in particular is easy, intuitive, and well explained within the program, and users have a lot of options. 

AWeber offers a free 30-day trial for lists of up to 500 subscribers. After that first month, there is a single list-based pricing plan available. It’s reasonably priced for the most part, but so robust that very small companies may find they are paying for lots of extra features they may not even require. If you don’t need much from your email marketing tool, you might be better off with MailChimp’s generous free plan.

In general, AWeber finds a healthy balance between ease of use and high functionality. Navigation is remarkably intuitive, considering the number of features available. The WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) editor has some quite impressive characteristics, and recent updates to the software have have managed to significantly improve the email design experience. Additionally, the analytics and reporting capabilities are well above par for an email marketing tool of this type, as are AWeber’s investment in numerous 3rd-party integrations.

Our experiences with customer support have been positive overall. As a rule, we’ve found AWeber’s representatives to be friendly, helpful, and prompt in responding to queries. Response times to our inquiries varied in time between 20 minutes and 6 business hours.

Read our full review of AWeber here.

Project Management Software

Winner: Trello

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Trello is a visually-oriented, Kanban-based project management tool that works by allowing users to see and manage their tasks and projects via detailed ‘cards’ which are then pinned onto ‘boards.’ At its most basic level, Trello is an ingenious way to create and organize a set of virtual 3×5 cards without the risk of misplacing them, but it also can also work as a simple task management tool, offering features like file storage and automatic email notifications.

The standard, free version of Trello allows for unlimited boards, users, and attachments (with a 10 MB max per file upload). However, for a fee, Trello also offers two upgraded versions of the software: $3.75/user or $5/user

Trello’s simple, visually-appealing UI makes it incredibly easy to use; there is almost no learning curve involved. A mere five minutes after I signed up I was able to navigate the software quickly, creating cards and boards like a pro. It may be integrated with several 3rd party apps, including Zapier, Google Drive, Box. Dropbox, and OneDrive.

Trello provides email support (via support@trello.com) to all users during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST).

Not only is this software reasonably priced, but it is characterized by elegance, simplicity, and user-friendliness. It would be difficult to find a basic project management solution with a more intuitive, visually-appealing design. And in terms of sheer adoptability – of getting your employees to actually use a software-based task management tool – Trello scores extremely high.

You can check out our full review of Trello if you’d like more information.

Runner Up: Basecamp

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With over 9,000,000 current users, Basecamp is considered the most popular cloud-based project management software system of all time. It is, without doubt, one of the most user-friendly project management programs out there. When it comes down to brass tacks, simplicity is an enormously valuable characteristic, and Basecamp is just that – simple. This is project management software at its most basic and effortless level.

This software is celebrated for its no-frills, no-fuss pricing system. There are no hidden fees and no per-user costs. Plans range from $20/month to $150/month. Features include task tracking, a calendar, email notifications and a daily recap of activities, text documents (basically giant legal pads), and very simple reporting.

Basecamp is known for fast, reliable service. While they don’t provide the level of immediate personal support that you can get from other software companies (read: no phone or live chat support), the folks at Basecamp respond quickly to email requests and offer a large variety of ready-made aids and live training tools.

Basecamp itself is a pretty basic program, but there are a huge number of optional 3rd party applications available if you want or need to increase software’s functionality. You can see a complete list of Basecamp integrations on the official product website

If you have plain, bread-and-butter management requirements, we think you’ll find that Basecamp is a suitable, extremely affordable way to go. One of the best things about Basecamp is the fact that it is designed, updated, and supported by an established parent company. It is a sure bet, in other words.

Read more about Basecamp in our full review.

Shipping Software

Winner: ShipStation

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ShipStation is a reasonably-priced, web-based shipping solution for eCommerce retailers. Designed to streamline the fulfillment process as much as possible, this software has invested in a huge number of integrations that make it possible for you to sync up your business with the most popular sales channels, shopping carts, payment gateways, and mail carriers.

Pricing plans range from $25/month to $145/month. There’s a free 30-day trial that includes access to all features, with no credit card required. If you’re not satisfied with the product within 90 days, ShipStation offers a full refund, no questions asked.

The user interface can be a bit overwhelming at first, as there multiple options, menus, and sub-menus displayed on most pages. A bit of patience is definitely required when you start out, though you can take advantage of a number of video tutorials, a large knowledge base, and a pretty robust community forum if you run into trouble. Actually, you can have your own personal account manager if you want, and this person will help guide you through the setup phase of your account. Some of the higher paid plans can receive chat support as well. In general, customer support is slightly disappointing, and the responses we received to queries were somewhat boilerplate and indifferent.

One of ShipStation’s biggest selling points is that it integrates with an enormous number of carriers, marketplaces and shopping carts, especially when compared to the competition, including FedEx, UPS, USPS, and Fulfillment by Amazon, as well as Shopify, Etsy, Magento, Square, eBay, etc. The list goes on.

Check out our full review of ShipStation for more information.

Runner-Up: ShipWorks

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ShipWorks is probably the best shipping software available, though unfortunately it’s a PC-only app (which removes about half of the world’s users) and the learning curve is extremely high. The good news is that this software, which is designed to streamline the order fulfillment process for small to large businesses, has many amazing features you can’t find in other shipping applications. With a few clicks, ShipWorks can download shipping information from an online sales channel, calculate and print postage, generate labels, packing slips, and more. Combine this functionality with integrations for over 40 different mail carriers and eCommerce platforms, and you’ve got a shipping solution that really packs a wallop. Additionally, ShipWorks scales well, in a way that its SaaS competitors don’t.

Cost per month is determined by two different factors: shipment volume and number of licenses. Shipment volume is divided into three tiers:

  • $14.95/month for 0-99 shipments/month
  • $29.95/month for 100-999 shipments/month
  • $49.95/month for 1,000+ shipments/month

The price for shipment volume is then added to your licensing fee to determine the monthly bill. How much you pay for licensing is based on the number of online sales channels you use with ShipWorks.

Our own experiences with ShipWorks support have been positive. Turnaround times on support tickets were 24 hours or less, and we never had trouble reaching anybody on the phone. The Knowledge Base is extensive, and covers everything from setup and configuration to online marketplaces and shipping providers. What’s more, the articles are clearly written and provide plenty of screenshots.

As I mentioned above, ShipWorks integrates with a huge variety of shipping carriers and online marketplaces (including USPS, FedEx, UPS, Magento, Etsy, Shopify, Volusion), but if you happen to use a store that isn’t directly supported by ShipWorks, you can always work with a developer and use the ShipWorks Generic API to create your own integrations.

Click here to read our full review of ShipWorks.

Loyalty Rewards Software

Winner: Sweet Tooth

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Sweet Tooth is a prolific loyalty rewards software that currently works with over 3500 merchants worldwide, including Delta, Universal, and Olympus. Sweet Tooth is dedicated to increasing customer engagement, and case studies from many of the clients mentioned above have demonstrated nearly 20% increases in customer lifetime values, sales and repeat purchases. It is complex software with a high learning curve, but in general, the benefits of using a robust loyalty rewards software outweigh the inconvenience of having to learn how to use it! Sweet Tooth is an ideal solution for both eCommerce merchants and merchants who use combined methods of commerce.

Sweet Tooth works best – and is most full featured – when it’s used through Magento, though you can use a lighter, simpler version of Sweet Tooth on BigCommerce or Shopify (this is free for up to 500 customers). Sweet Tooth subscription plans are offered monthly and automatically renew unless cancelled. Plans begin at $49/month, and are broken down by loyalty point transactions and annual revenue generated on Magento. If your activity exceeds the limitations of your plan you will be required to upgrade to the next available plan. You can view the full pricing details for Shopify, BigCommerce and Magento on the Sweet Tooth website.

Customer service is available Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST. Overall, our experience with Sweet Tooth has been positive. Everyone we’ve spoken to at the company has been knowledgeable and friendly, and most reviewers on Magento cite the technical support as an essential part of their loyalty program.

Read our full review of Sweet Tooth if you’re interested in learning more.

Runner-Up: Belly

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Belly provides a more hassle-free loyalty rewards program than Sweet Tooth, and is ideal for smaller businesses with brick and mortar store fronts (such as bakeries, cafes, grocers, bars, spas, fitness clubs and boutiques). What’s really unique about Belly, though, are its customizeable rewards offerings and “all in one box” setup, which includes an iPad (with stand and combination lock), data reports, a personal support representative, social media integrations, and email marketing tools. Even more significantly, Belly customers get a mobile page for their business on the Belly app, where potential customers can look to find Belly-compatible businesses.

Monthly subscription costs range from $99 – $199, and all contracts run for 12 months. The cost of the iPad, iPad stand, application software, and unlimited rewards cards are included in the subscription costs for the highest plan, but an additional $150 installation fee is charged for lower plans.

Right now there are only a few drawbacks to Belly, most important of which is its steep price. Customer service can be a bit spotty as well, and unfortunately, not enough other businesses currently use it, which doesn’t provide much incentive to customers to get in the Belly network. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for an easy, no-worries loyalty program, you can’t go far wrong with Belly.

Read our full review of Belly for more details and information.

Website Building Software

Winner: Wix

 

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Wix is our number one choice for web building software, and it’s not difficult to understand why. With its sleek editing interface and multiple selection of apps and integrations, it is an extremely effective do-it-yourself website designer. In addition to being easy to use, Wix provides a great selection of unique and visually appealing templates (there are hundreds to choose from).

The free version of Wix is provided to anyone who signs up, though any website you create under the free plan will be branded with the Wix logo. Paid plans range from $4.08/month to $24.90/month. Wix’s store offers payment processing through a handful of vendors, including PayPal, WebMoney, Skrill, and PayU.

All in all, Wix is intuitive and user-friendly. Within a few hours, you should be able to take a template, mess around for a bit with the editing tools, and build yourself an incredibly fine looking website.

Because Wix allows developers to create and share their own add-ons, other users are given the opportunity to expand and diversify their websites as well. Some of the most popular integrations available include online shop expansions (like the Etsy app), the Wix Hotels premium booking system, live Instagram feeds, website profile systems, and a variety of other site boosting applications

There is one downside to the software: unlike most other website-building services, Wix does not offer 24/7 live-chat or provide an email response system. There is a toll-free number you can call for help with technical issues, but be aware that you could possibly be put on hold for an unspecified amount of time.

Click here to read our full review of Wix.

Runner-Up: Jimdo

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With its reasonable price points and clever, yet simplistic editor, Jimdo has made a mark on the website building industry. Managing to be both straightforward and comprehensive, Jimdo allows users to make custom, professional looking websites. Templates are provided, of course, but you’re not bound to the confines of the template you choose; you have total freedom to edit and can essentially be as hands-on about the design process as you want.

Jimdo plans range from free to $20/month, and all plans come with an HTML5 WYSIWYG web editor, usage of professional-grade templates, social media tools, a mobile device editing view, blogging tools, photo galleries, Google Maps, contact forms, direct video embedding, widget integration, optimized mobile websites, and unlimited bandwidth.

While the only online payment processor currently supported by Jimdo is PayPal, a selection of various real-world payment methods can be activated in a website’s store, including invoicing, payment-in-advance, collection-upon-delivery, local pickup, and local delivery.

This is an easy-to-use service that somehow still manages to astound with the depth of its overall functionality. Some things may be a bit too simple, and Jimdo isn’t sophisticated enough to work as a tool for a professional web designer, but it is perfectly suited – price-wise and in ease-of-use – for small businesses who would otherwise have to hire out their web design services.

Read our full review of Jimdo here.

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5 Options to Quick Capital

Digital age has expanded the achieve of other funders like Quick Capital beyond their house states. Although this provides them use of broader markets, additionally, it brings them into direct competition with the others supplying similar services. Discoverability&#8211making sure your products are available by potential consumers&#8211becomes an enormous marketing challenge.

While Quick Capital has fast funding to companies with a bad credit score, they&#8217re not even close to the only real company to do this. Listed here are five options to Quick Capital.

1. Square Capital

Should you&#8217re managing a small retail business, there&#8217s a high probability you&#8217ve encounter Square in certain capacity. The organization made its name creating charge card-studying accessories for cellular devices. They&#8217ve since expanded their brand to become a one-stop look for small companies, covering from payroll to appointment scheduling software to suggest-of-purchase. And lately they&#8217ve even moved in capital.

Square requires that borrowers do $10,000/yr in revenue, that is significantly under a lot of its competitors.

There’s a couple of catches, though. A large the first is that to be able to be eligible for a funds from Square Capital you need to be a Square user. A level bigger the first is that Square needs to extend a deal of credit for you you are able to&#8217t really make an application for it within the traditional sense. Should you don&#8217t mind this passive approach or Square&#8217s Wal-Martesque, one-stop-shopping philosophy, Square&#8217s not necessarily a bad method to borrow $1,000 to $100,000.

To learn more take a look at our full review.

2. PayPal Capital

Another payment processor switched loan provider? Brace yourself, because PayPal isn’t the last about this list.

PayPal&#8217s lending program carefully resembles Square&#8217s for the reason that it&#8217s open simply to PayPal Premier or Business Customers. You&#8217ll must have had a free account open not less than three several weeks to qualify. After that you can borrow between $1,000 and $100,000 (based on your credit rating and purchasers). Repeat customers can borrow as much as $125,000.

PayPal&#8217s short-term loans resemble merchant cash advances (MCAs) for the reason that they don&#8217t have set term lengths and therefore are paid back by holding back a portion of the daily sales. The main difference here is it&#8217s your PayPal sales instead of your charge card sales being burdened.

When they could possibly get a little punishing toward our prime finish, PayPal&#8217s rates are superior to individuals on most merchant cash loan providers available. You need to be aware, PayPal&#8217s application is opaque many applicants are rejected for unclear reasons but they are later capable of getting credit once they reapply.

To learn more take a look at our full review.

3. Credibly

Credibly is nearer to a typical alternative funder compared to companies we&#8217ve checked out to date. You won&#8217t have to be a current customer and you may borrow significantly more: between $10,000 and $250,000. To qualify, you simply need a fico score over 500 and a minimum of $10,000/mo in revenue.

But among the bigger, and rarer, advantages provided by Credibly comes by means of its medium-term Business Expansion Loans. Rather compared to daily payments needed on most short-term loans and merchant payday loans, payments on Credibly Business Expansion Loans can be created weekly. These financing options come with an additional prerequisite: your average daily business balance needs to be over $1,000.

That stated, you&#8217ll wish to be more careful with Credibly. This loan provider files a UCC-1 blanket lien on customers which could put just about all your assets in danger should you encounter problems having to pay back the borrowed funds.

To learn more take a look at our full review.

4. BlueVine

Where Credibly might help new companies with a bad credit score but good income, BlueVine might help new companies with more powerful credit but considerably less earnings. BlueVine needs a credit score of 600 along with a monthly revenue with a minimum of $5,000.

Instead of loans, BlueVine deals with short-term credit lines, as much as six several weeks.  For the unfamiliar, a credit line could be attracted upon up to and including maximum limit, much like a charge card. You have to pay interest only around the outstanding balance. BlueVine&#8217s lines of credit are limited to $30,000, making this much more of an answer for businesses searching to invest in numerous smaller sized-ticket expenses.

BlueVine also provides invoice financing for businesses that perform a large amount of business-to-transactions. This type of financing provides capital by selling your delinquent invoices towards the loan provider who’ll, consequently, immediately front you their funds value minus a portion cut.

To learn more take a look at our full review.

5. American Express Merchant Financing

As guaranteed, we go back to the payment-processor-switched-loan provider category with American Express Merchant Financing. American Express provides a financial product much like a merchant cash loan to companies which have been running a business not less than 2 yrs and do a minimum of $12,000/yr in card-based sales (you&#8217ll should also make a minimum of $50,000/yr in revenue). As you may expect, you&#8217ll need to accept American Express to qualify.

What you’ll get as a swap are extremely low factor rates when compared with other MCAs. We&#8217re speaking 1.06 to at least one.3 (much more typical is 1.2 to at least one.6). Financing comes in 1 of 2 forms: settlement advances or short-term financing. The previous provides you with a regular monthly disbursement of money, that you simply&#8217ll pay back during the period of that month. The second functions like a more typical MCA or short-term loan, with American Express collecting a regular payment or number of your everyday charge card sales before the principal is compensated back.

To learn more take a look at our full review.

Final Ideas

With regards to options to Quick Capital, we&#8217ve barely scratched the top. Keep in mind that business financing is a big industry with a lot of players. Make use of the stiff competition by finding the right deal on financing that you could. Our listing of short-term lenders and merchant cash loan funders can provide you with a concept of what&#8217s available.

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9 Reasons Why You Need To Use WordPress for the Business Website

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Which means you&#8217ve a minimum of learned about using WordPress for business websites? However, you&#8217re to not sure. You&#8217re wise, since there are tons of platforms, site-builders, and choices to construct your business website with. Most companies will undoubtedly go to whichever their designer recommends or whatever is least expensive/best supported.

But exactly like you would care what materials your homebuilder was using to construct your home &#8211 you need to take a desire for what software your site builder is applying.

Here&#8217s 9 explanations why WordPress is the greatest option for your company website.

1. Security

Are you aware that church websites lead more infections and adware and spyware to internet visitors than any other kind of website? (yes, including individuals)

Why?

Because places of worship have a tendency to build amateur websites using out-dated technology.

Hacking isn’t just an expert industry with supply chains, vendors, and consultants &#8211 it&#8217s highly automated.

Website hacking isn&#8217t made by a loner mischievous kid &#8211 it&#8217s made by huge systems of automated bots who trawl the net searching for simple security holes.

(Make a robot turning up everyday in your home to check on and find out should you locked you and switched in your alarm)

Websites built by hands or with sitebuilders don&#8217t have built-in security, or perhaps a community searching and patching holes.

One bad type of php (a typical programming language) makes it possible for a robotic (not human) to insert pretty nasty stuff &#8211 damaging your brand, business, and offending your clients.

An expert WordPress installation, with monitoring, dramatically reduces this risk when compared with sitebuilders, along with other early 2000s technology.

2. Design Versatility

WordPress runs from a database (quick, easy changes) and uses &#8220Themes&#8221 to manage website functions and appear.

Exactly what does this suggest? An expert designer can take shape any take a look at with WordPress. Any take a look at all. Or rapidly choose, implement, and personalize a pre-built Theme.

Your choices are unlimited &#8211 and simple to regulate, implement, and alter with time.

You may also &#8220preview&#8221 the way a theme will appear without getting to apply it.

3. Selection of Top-Firms For Design + Development + Support

WordPress is continuing to grow in one-of-many blogging tools to to be the most broadly used &#8220Content Management System&#8221 on the web &#8211 powering 20%+ from the best players websites on the planet &#8211 and millions upon countless others.

How come this trouble beyond pure social recognition?

WordPress is how the developers, designers, support, and professionals are in. A sizable market = deep support for the firm as well as your website.

You will find thousands of designers and developers who know WordPress and will be ready to strengthen your firm.

There&#8217s no recourse to be tied to a terrible developer simply because he&#8217s the only real guy to understand [insert random software] inside and outside.

4. Open-Source With Active Community

WordPress isn’t proprietary. It&#8217s not of any organization, also it&#8217s copyright is licensed underneath the GPL. And contains a millions-strong active community with regular scheduled, open-source updates.

What is does which means that for you personally?

It&#8217s not disappearing. You bear no recourse of the software firm going belly up and departing you with unsupported software.

The code is available to the general public, so that all the weaknesses and vulnerabilities is visible and glued by all very rapidly.

And WordPress improves constantly due to real-input by its user/developers.

WordPress is definitely in the leading edge &#8211 and never held back with a company&#8217s sources

5. Search engine optimization and Markup Friendly

Trivia &#8211 W3 is really a conference of individuals from top Internet firms who lay lower the standard standards for programming code on the web &#8211 so your computer can see it.

Individuals quality standards matter &#8211 a great deal. Search engines love correct programming &#8220markup&#8221 &#8211 since it&#8217s simpler to crawl.

Your users like it (without realizing it) since your website creates their browser.

WordPress yields near-perfect markup. Sitebuilders, website wizards, and old website software packages don’t.

Associated with pension transfer all products &#8211 it matters what’s &#8220under the hood.&#8221 WordPress causes it to be happen.

6. Functionality Versatility

Seen a neat contact page, picture slider, or awesome functionality online that you simply love?

WordPress can perform it. We have an innovative system known as Plugins &#8211 where one can download and &#8220plug-in&#8221 third-party programs to create your website look, act, and feel exactly how you want.

7. Server-Side Software

Desire a website that may be updated anywhere?

WordPress is software that endures your site&#8217s server &#8211 which means you aren&#8217t restricted to what computer you&#8217re on.

You are able to login and edit anywhere you possess an Web connection &#8211 and all sorts of your graphics and media is going to be stored there too.

8. Amounts of Users Access

WordPress includes a built-in user system. So that you can easily let any edit or make changes towards the website everywhere &#8211 without discussing username and passwords.

Want an worker to edit the copy &#8211 although not the settings? You are able to set roles and define access so you are aware just who can alter what when.

Total control of your site.

9. Integrates With Just About Anything

Since WordPress is really hugely popular &#8211 and thus flexible &#8211 a lot of your preferred web services sync up to it?

Is the next step e-mail marketing with MailChimp? It syncs up. Wish to install tracking, social networking, etc, etc&#8230 it may most likely be integrated.

It&#8217s that flexible. Despite whatever you decide and listen to mid-2000s web-site designers, using WordPress for business websites isn’t just completely achievable &#8211 but the best lengthy-term (and short-term) option to power your website.

Require a question clarified? Work done? Or would like you website transformed into WordPress? Call us or leave an email within the comments.

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The Very Best EMV Compliant POS Systems

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If you’ve been maintaining around the recent EMV liability shift, this really is most likely the 4 hundredth and 70-second article you’ve find out about it. But it’s still October and we’ve still got information to talk about, particularly if you’re believing that now might be time for you to change your POS system. Not every systems are EMV-compatible yet, which could start squandering your soon. No, it’s not time for you to panic and also you don’t absolutely need to be EMV-compliant right this second, however these nick cards aren’t disappearing. Actually, they’re already scheduled to develop more and more advanced within the next couple years. You’re have to a POS system around the innovative of the shift should you hope to maintain your business running easily. That leads me to begin this, the 4-hundredth and 70-second article you’ll discover the EMV liability shift: to talk about the very best EMV compliant POS systems available on the market.

For your benefit and titillation, below is really a break lower of 5 POS solutions that provide great functionality for various differently sized companies and industry types. The factors through which each system was selected include EMV compatibility, overall system functionality, affordability, and offline abilities (the opportunity to accept debit and credit transactions with no Wi-Fi connection).

ShopKeep                                         best emv compliant pos

ShopKeep is our number 1 pick for retail and food service POS systems, and that i really want it to be made to accommodate service industry companies too, because not just is ShopKeep an excellent system with things to look for along with a finely-tuned suit of features, but it’s also creating a surprising offer. Named the ShopKeep EMV Liability Promise, Chief executive officer and President Norm Merritt guarantees that as lengthy as you’ve purchased an EMV device from ShopKeep, the organization covers any EMV-related chargebacks until their software programs are EMV-enabled. Essentially, though ShopKeep is selling nick card readers, their POS product is not EMV-compatible. Rather of creating you have to pay with this, however, they’ve agreed to defend myself against EMV-related chargebacks until they’ve their system so as, because it’s not your fault they aren’t quite compatible yet. This really is something I’ve never witnessed completed in the POS industry before and talks to the lengths that ShopKeep would like to choose its customers.

Obviously, without impressive customer support, ShopKeep is much more than able to standing by itself with features like:

  • An intuitive and easy to use interface
  • An easy prices structure ($49/month/register)
  • Easy set-up
  • Affordable hardware
  • Multiple payment processing options
  • A complete suit of back-office functions
  • Raw component tracking
  • Offline functionality
  • Integrations with MailChimp and QuickBooks

Created for promising small to medium-sized companies, ShopKeep provides a effective cloud-based iPad POS solution in a cost that won’t carve an excessive amount of chunk from your budget. Together with various hardware bundles available on their online shop, they provide two EMV devices:

  • Ingenico iPP320, $299 – a wired, Apple Pay-enabled nick and swipe card readers
  • Ingenico iCMP, $249 – a radio nick and swipe card readers that’s also Apple Pay-enabled

As well as, ShopKeep is presently offering $500 in free hardware for individuals who register soon, however the deal is just good while supplies last. I’d encourage you to look into the complete ShopKeep review for any more in-depth look. This robust, ease to make use of system has enjoyed positive results recently and it has constantly demonstrated itself around the innovative of POS solutions, but when you’re less than convinced, we’ve had a couple more choices for you.

Clover Small  best emv compliant pos

Clover Small is yet another food service favorite, but can also be well outfitted for essentially any company within the service industry. Clover provides a unique undertake POS solutions by basically designing the unit to enhance your charge card processor. Though produced by First Data, Clover Small is offered alongside a free account by a number of banks, business suppliers, and a merchant account providers. This enables retailers to look around to find the best rates and—since each provider sell the unit in a different price—negotiate the very best deals around the actual product.

The machine itself is equally as flexible because the charge card processing options it provides. Having a modular platform created for customizability, Clover Small could be made to suit nearly any quick serve restaurant, dine-in restaurant, or service companies. Some abilities either incorporated and among the service plans or on the Clover application store include:

  • The opportunity to sell fuel in-store or in the pump
  • A pre-ordering application
  • SMS and social internet marketing abilities
  • The opportunity to produce a customer layout of the store
  • A purchase kiosk
  • The opportunity to pre-authorize cards for a specific amount on bar tabs
  • Appointment and reservation schedulers
  • A time verification feature
  • Integration with Constant Contact, MailChimp, QuickBooks, Xero, Magento, and Shopify
  • Phone order manager
  • Offline functionality

Their email list above only includes a few of the basics without mentioning the entire inventory, worker, reporting, and customer management functions offered within this effective little device. Although the interface has already been simple to learn and employ, set-up is even simpler since Clover Small has a built-in scanner, receipt printer, magstripe card swipe, nick card readers, and contactless NFC payment readers. Having a compact, 7-inch screen, Clover is fantastic for the tiniest storefronts, although it should handle mid-sized companies too. Read the entire review if you’d like more information, but it’s hard to fail having a system you are able to so carefully tailor for your business’s unique needs.

Revel Systems

best emv compliant posRevel is yet another POS solution with sufficient features and add-ons to match different types of businesses. Unlike Clover Small and ShopKeep though, Revel could be customized for everyone just about any business size in essentially any industry it’s a favorite for managing liquor stores and wineries, particularly. Revel is multi-locational, can manage as much as 500,000 SKUs, and hosts some good features like:

  • Offline capacity
  • Matrix inventory management
  • Extensive and intelligent reporting
  • Loyalty and CRM programs
  • Appointment scheduling
  • DTT security integration
  • Custom menu building
  • Cinema distribution compliance
  • Shipping compliance and delivery keeper
  • Bar tab management
  • Worker scheduling and management programs
  • PayPal, Shopify, Magento, QuickBooks, Xero, and social networking integrations
  • Catering management

Obviously, there are lots of more available functions, and Revel enables you to choose which features your company needs with industry-specific feature packages and additional add-ons. Because Revel is really feature wealthy, its beginning pricing is just a little greater than ShopKeep and Clover Small at $119 per month for that first terminal’s software license, 24/7 live support, limitless data storage, limitless software updates, as well as an integration with QuickBooks. Next, the cost only goes lower though, using the second terminal visiting $70 monthly and $40 for every additional terminal. In almost any situation, Revel’s prices continues to be comparable with lots of POS systems, even individuals with less features, less functionality, and fewer usability.

Revel integrates with a few payment processers including Mercury Payment Systems, LevelUP, and First Data (though there are other). For your EMV options, Revel Systems presently offers two devices:

  • Ingenico iPP350, $300 – EMV and PCI PTS certified, also accepts NFC payments
  • Verifone VX805, $180 – nick and magstripe card readers, also accepts NFC payments

Like a bonus, Revel offers additional hardware integration, and therefore if you’re not deeply in love with either from the certified EMV options, they are able to use you to definitely add any standard card readers for your system. Overall, Revel has got the options, customizability, featuring you have to keep almost any business running easily. Browse the complete break lower if you’d like, but when you’re searching for something a bit more specialized and industry-specific, we’ve still had a couple POS solutions which are worth exploring.

ERPLY

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ERPLY is really a system which i personally reviewed a few several weeks ago and required a specific shine to due to its specialization in retail ERP functions—hence the name ERPLY. ERP is short for for enterprise sources planning, and is a brand-encompassing expression used to explain the entire process of managing all of the different aspects of a company, in the front-finish reason for purchase to back-office functions. Essentially, ERPLY’s goal would be to provide promising small to mid-sized companies using the tools to handle every facet of their companies without getting to purchase pricey third-party ERP software. I’d argue they exceed this goal though, since the amount of features and integrations they provide helps make the system attractive to large companies plus the smaller sized ones.

A few of the features which make ERPLY stand out from other POS systems include:

  • A simple shipping management module
  • Automated reordering and tracking of purchase orders
  • Advanced worker and customer management
  • Easy sales promotions and coupon features
  • Customizable sales reports
  • Customizable dashboard feature
  • QuickBooks, PrestaShop, Magento, and Shopify integrations
  • Offline functionality
  • A warehouse web application accustomed to manage and ship products, receive inventory, and configure shipping/receive rules everywhere

ERPLY also provides its very own accounting and eCommerce platforms, that is nice if you’re searching to side-step integration problems that can occasionally include third-party providers. The selection can be you.

Another option that’s your decision is the charge card processor. ERPLY has partnered having a pretty lengthy listing of them:

  • Bank of the usa
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • Wells Fargo
  • US Bank
  • HSBC
  • Mercury Payment Systems
  • Element Payment Services
  • PayPal
  • Cayan

Apple Pay can also be not far off, however if you simply don’t visit your preferred processor out there, contact ERPLY plus they might be able to add some integration for you personally. ERPLY has additionally taken a positive method of EMV compliance with three devices to select from along with a 4th scheduled to get available early 2016.

  • Verifone MX915, $480 – NFC and EMV-enabled video display readers
  • Verifone MX925, $570 – another NFC and EMV-enabled video display readers
  • Verifone VX520, $175 – a smaller sized, more rugged EMV and NFC readers
  • Verifone VX805, $270 – scheduled to be shown Q1 2016

You standard countertop EMV readers will probably be about $200 to $400, putting the 2 Verifone MX models over the average cost you’d normally purchase a nick card readers. As these devices have video displays, though, they are a good spot to put targeted advertisements and marketing information. Ultimately, you’ll need to determine if that sort of feature could be well worth the extra $100 or $200. In almost any situation, if you’re an entrepreneur within the retail industry, I’d recommend taking ERPLY’s free trial offer for any spin or at best exploring just a little further using the full review.

Quetzal

best emv compliant pos

Quetzal, created for promising small to mid-sized shoe and apparel retailers, is among my personal favorite POS systems simply because they have several the friendliest staff I’ve ever labored with. Customer support is definitely an essential facet of any POS solution, because every software will have the periodic glitch and you will find certain to be questions throughout the first couple days of operation (otherwise longer). A great tech support team team ensures that you will get the most from neglect the and Quetzal (together with ShopKeep) takes the prize for the reason that category. Although, I shouldn’t be amazed thinking about Quetzal is really a Canadian company.

That’s not saying that you’re going to need to use Quetzal’s support everything frequently, since the interface carries the Apple aesthetic and general simplicity of use. The rear-office and front-finish functions are without effort made to minimize user error and streamline the setup and checkout processes. You can handle as much as 10 locations with Quetzal, that is a pretty reasonable cap for many mid-sized companies. When you get bigger than that, you’re gonna need to transfer to a POS system made to handle large inventories and much more locations. However, even when you’re striking the maximum with 10 locations and a pair of,000,000 SKUs, Quetzal it’s still equipped to handle your operational needs. Some highlighted features include:

  • Simple, easy to use checkout functions
  • Decently priced hardware (especially because the built-in iPad camera can be the scanner)
  • Extensive reporting functions and options
  • Simple to use color and size inventory matrix
  • Customer account management (includes Tag Cloud feature which makes for simple upselling)
  • Offline operation functionality
  • 9 fully integrated language options
  • Integration with Apple’s Figures

Such as the other POS systems, Quetzal offers several charge card processing options. Quetzal integrates with payment partners National Discount A Merchant Account, Mercury, Velocity, Moneris, CardSmith, and SumUp. These payment gateways provide use of acquirers like Bank of the usa, Chase Paymentech, First Data, Global Payments, Heartland Payment Systems, TSYS, and Vantiv. The EMV options Quetzal offers include:

  • Ingenico iPP320, $299 – a wired, NFC-enabled nick and swipe card readers
  • SumUp Pin+ – SumUP isn’t available in america yet (it’s mostly the UK—where in EMV standards will be in place for some time), but it’ll be soon and Quetzal has intends to utilize their EMV abilities

With reasonable hardware costs and competitive licensing charges (as little as $890 per place for a 1-year license), Quetzal is really a robust POS solution that won’t blow a significant hole inside your budget. It won’t even blow a medium-sized hole, but you’ll have virtually all you need to cultivate a effective business. If you’re interested, I’d encourage you to definitely have a gander in the full review.

Final Ideas

I understand, I understand. I simply put a lot of information to you, but stay. I’ve got a bit more for you personally.

Like a general tip for anybody buying a new EMV device—or really any charge card reader—don’t ever lease it. Should you can’t covering the $200 to $400 for every new terminal, place the purchase on the business charge card. The eye minute rates are far better and also the purchase is tax deductible. Read this article if you’re thinking about a rent-to-own deal for your nick and pin readers.

Another good point is if the readers you’re purchasing can also be in a position to accept near field communication (NFC) or contactless payments. Though these aren’t as prevalent as traditional card transactions yet, they’re certainly growing in recognition, and it’s most likely smarter to possess that option now rather of getting to exchange your hardware again inside a couple years.

Finally, all of this talk of EMV liability and nick card readers ultimately leads us to your a merchant account provider. If you’ve observed bad rates, hefty charges, or simply poor service, now may be time for you to consider altering processors. I’d research just how much you ought to be having to pay for charge card processing and explore a few of the options available. If you’re ending up just a little overwhelmed on the bottom, though, you can call us. We’ve got the sources to assist you.

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What’s AdWords? And 4 Ways AdWords Differs

What is AdWords?

AdWords is Google&#8217s advertising service.

That&#8217s short and sweet &#8211 but though everybody with a web connection has witnessed Pay Per Click &#8211 very few quite comprehend it the way you understand a TV ad or perhaps a billboard.

But&#8230 AdWords is very lucrative for Google, advertisers, and searchers since it&#8217s a little not the same as normal advertising. Here&#8217s why it&#8217s so good.

How AdWords and Organic Search Is Different

However, a few definitions.

Organic = Whenever you look for a term on the internet, fundamental essentials search engine results. They’re based on Google is the best results for the search. Quite simply, these can answer your question.

In case your company ranks within the organic results, and someone clicks the hyperlink &#8211 you don&#8217t need to pay. (and that’s why Search engine optimization is really valuable).

So within the example above, Google made the decision (properly) the PUMA corporate store will be the best answer for any look for PUMA footwear.

However, there are more results all around the organic results. Individuals are&#8230

AdWords = Text ads that surround looking results. They’re liberated to display but the organization pays when the searcher clicks the ad.

Why Is AdWords Different

AdWords is really a effective marketing strategy for just about any business for many reasons.

1. Relevance (ie, No Interruptions)

Consider TV commercials, radio commercials, sponsor bulletins, etc, etc.

What have they got in keeping?

They’re interruptions.

You switch the funnel, fast-forward on TiVo, turn the station, or zone out.

In either case, traditional commercials are fighting multiple uphill battles, because &#8230

First, they need to get the attention.

Second, they need to sell you something you may not be thinking about  &#8211 or curently have, or otherwise even need.

Third, they need to be memorable enough to help you recall the product/service throughout all of your show.

AdWords fixes that by enabling you to advertise when individuals happen to be searching for the product.

It&#8217s targeted and impressive &#8211 meaning savings for businesses and fewer annoyance for purchasers.

2. Pay-per-Click (ie, you pay for trackable performance)

When you purchase a commercial &#8211 or any kind of traditional advertising &#8211 you have to pay upfront for the price of the ad.

Quite simply &#8211 you, the advertiser, assumes the danger. Whether it&#8217s the incorrect location or wrong image &#8211 sorry. At a complete loss.

Not just that &#8211 however it&#8217s really difficult to track if traditional advertising really works. Sure, you are able to give incentives for purchasers to provide you with a code or &#8220I saw your ad on ____&#8221 &#8211 however, you&#8217re already fighting a constant fight.

With AdWords (when advertising searching), you pay if somebody clicks your ad and comes to your website&#8230in short &#8211 you’ve got no real risk.

You have to pay for performance.

As well as in your website &#8211 you are able to track that &#8220click&#8221 to find out if they wound up buying something &#8211 enabling you to obtain a very, very specific roi from AdWords.

3. Quality Score (ie, the greatest budget doesn&#8217t always win)

Consider the PUMA example above.

7 AdWords ads. Are you aware that it&#8217s possible (really likely) the #1 ad at the very top pays less per click compared to #3 or #4?

In AdWords, the greatest budget doesn&#8217t always win.

Probably the most relevant offer does.

For each search that you simply invest in &#8211 Google assigns an excellent Score (ie, just how of the fit are you currently for this search?) and multiplies it from your bid. Our prime score &#8220wins&#8221 the very best place.

In case your company has an excellent website having a highly relevant offer &#8211 you may still beat a properly-funded, but disparate competitor.

Because even just in advertising, Google likes you supplying relevant results.

Within the example above &#8211 you&#8217ll observe that Zappos (footwear store) &#8220won.&#8221 Afterwards within the results, soccer.com seems &#8211 they’re a soccer store. I’d reckon that Zappos were built with a more relevant offer and page for puma footwear compared to soccer site.

4. Low-risk (ie, you don&#8217t need to bet the farm)

Remember on #2 &#8211 purchase performance?

Unlike other kinds of advertising &#8211 you don&#8217t need to sign a lengthy-term contract.

You are able to literally test AdWords minute by minute to find out if it&#8217s working.

(In addition I’ve coupons for $100 in ad credit to give it a try free of charge &#8211 get in touch should you&#8217re interested).

Tell me associated with a questions within the comments &#8211 or take a look at our AdWords Management and Optimization services.

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ten best Ways to use CRM Software

uses for crm software

If you’re operating a company that interacts with customers past the initial purchase, you will want a method for managing contacts. And not simply for the customers, but in addition for your vendors, the employees, your investors, potential leads, even random people you meet during flight layovers. What’s promising? You will find loads of affordable solutions open to make managing this facet of your company a great deal simpler. But Customer Relation Management is all about greater than gathering what they are called and emails of everybody you communicate with. Listed here are best ten ways to use CRM software to exhibit precisely how versatile scalping strategies could be.

Use #1: Business Management

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Managing Contacts

The very best use for CRM software programs are its primary use: managing from email correspondence to sales activity and consolidating it into one centralized hub. This may be completed with a paper and pen, a rolodex, as well as an Stand out spreadsheet, but there are several apparent drawbacks to that particular method. You can’t search a rolodex exactly the same way you are able to an electronic system, as well as well-made spreadsheets get their limitations. Using CRM software, or CRM tools available via a loyalty program or POS, saves numerous man hrs, as well as your sanity. CRM software at its best takes all of the moving parts involving customer contact and links them together to produce a system that’s seamless, intuitive, and simple to navigate.

Inventory Management

With respect to the program you utilize and the kind of business you use, CRM software programs are also able to managing inventory and tracking item quantity levels, the interest rate where they offer, as well as which products aren’t selling. Zoho CRM offers inventory management tools that track sales, and manage product lists, cost books, vendors, and much more.

Use #2: Customer Tracking

Identifying customer spending patterns

To find out what clients are buying, just how much they’re buying, and just how frequently, you’ll require a good tracking system. This is among the primary advantages of CRM software. Digital loyalty platforms like Fivestars can gather lots of data since the software integrates directly together with your POS. This data may be used to personalize encounters for every of the customers, or utilized on a worldwide scale to trace how good certain goods are doing. Getting use of your customers’ spending patterns, habits, and preferences enables you to definitely make more skillful decisions about promotions, prices, and advertising, in addition to increasing the customer experience.

Correspondence Tracking

For individuals who require immediate access to client correspondence, whether it is email, telephone calls, or personally conversations, CRM software programs are vital. Many CRM software systems offer correspondence tracking in the first transaction towards the last. The CRM software solution Base does exactly that, storing call logs, emails, documents along with other types of correspondence for every customer.

Use #3: Targeted Marketing

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E-mail marketing

Commonplace in many loyalty programs, e-mail marketing plays a large role in generating repeat business and obtaining start up business. E-mail marketing keeps your company linked to your clients inside a non-intrusive way. Marketing campaigns serve many purposes: offering discounts, alerting your clients to new items, inviting these to occasions, or maybe even saying hello. Digital programs like Fivestars’ AutoPilot Program permit you to manage campaigns according to customer activity, delivering emails whenever a customer continues to be inactive for over a certain length of time.

Alternate Media Marketing

If you’re searching for further methods to access your clients, many loyalty and CRM providers offer mobile and social networking campaign tools. SMS texting campaigns, social networking blasts, as well as mobile application notifications, like the one provided by the loyalty platform Perka, are efficient ways to connect with your clients past the traditional email method.

Campaign and Promotion Management

Internet marketing tools can be used as greater than lengthy term relationship building. Campaign and marketing applications may be used to solve short term requirements of your company. Whenever your small business a lift, internet marketing tools provide you with immediate access for your people to encourage feet traffic for the business. The Flok loyalty program includes a “happy hour” tool that allows you to setup rewards on certain days and occasions to improve traffic. Certain mobile application programs like Perka and Flok can send promotions to customers when they’re inside a certain distance out of your location.

Use #4: Integrations

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Social Networking Integrations

Loyalty programs such as the one Belly offers may bring all of your social networking applications together and provide your clients use of individuals platforms in a single. Additionally they provide the ability for purchasers to love your social networking pages and take a look at business on Yelp. Zoho and Nimble offer social networking integrations, helping you to monitor and interact together with your customers on their own social networking feeds.

Additional Integrations

CRM software plays an important role in getting different programs together to seamlessly interact and provide an intuitive, fluid system. Additionally to several data migration and export options, many providers can integrate with Google applications (for example Gmail, Contacts, Maps, Drive yet others), MailChimp, Constant Contact, eCommerce platforms, Accounting software, Helpdesk software, and numerous others.

Use #5: Customer Comments

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Reviews

CRM and loyalty software offer great tools to create monitoring review sites as well as your social networking pages a great deal simpler. Some programs monitor review sites like Yelp to provide you with current info on where your company ranks and just what individuals are saying. The Sweet Tooth loyalty platform for eCommerce offers reward tie-ins for product critiques published on your site, stellar motivation for the people to leave reviews. In case your system allows it, in-house reviews are an easy way to provide your clients an chance to convey concerns or comments before they finish on the internet.

Chatter Feeds

Chatter feeds, such as the one provided by Salesforce, permit you to keep in touch with employees with similar speed as other social networking outlets. Chatter feeds are perfect for group collaboration.

Use #6: Data Analysis

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Trends and Insights

Most loyalty programs, and a few CRM programs, provide a pretty helpful degree of data analysis to provide you with actionable insights to your business.  The greater thorough your tracking tools, the greater in-depth case study could be. On the product level, data analysis let you know what goods are selling and which aren’t, so that you can determine if you want to make adjustments on quantity levels, or begin a promotion. Inside a sales atmosphere, analytics let you know how good each person in profits team does, so that you can get the best choice when assigning tasks. The Bottom CRM offers in-depth sales analytics to complete exactly that.

Use #7: Sales Tracking

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Purchase Pipelines

CRM software provides you with the opportunity to track happens each purchase is within across your team. You are able to prioritize sales by chance and manage every aspect of your workflow too. Sugar CRM offers real-time pipeline management to provide you with probably the most up-to-date information, in addition to management tools that will help you assign tasks for your salesforce.

Worker Sales

Along with sales tracking is worker tracking. Many CRM companies offer tools that track what workers are doing, their progress on assigned tasks, and also the stages of all of their sales.

Use #8: Mobility

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In case your business necessitates frequent travel, then getting use of your contacts, along with other facets of your company, is crucial. Some CRM providers offer mobile phone applications and remote access options so that you can connect to the important information no matter where you’re. Zoho CRM and Solve360 CRM both offer mobile phone applications additionally for their primary software. Pipedrive CRM provides an iPhone mobile solution in addition to a remote access choice for android and home windows users.

Use #9: Task Management

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Make use of your CRM to handle from personal tasks to business deals, conferences, and much more. Sync the program together with your calendar, create and assign new tasks, and link projects and tasks with specific contacts.

Use #10: Document Management

Data Management

Resource Libraries

CRM software may be used to collect, manage, and distribute documents, in addition to track which documents happen to be delivered to which client, or worker, or vendor. Zoho CRM, Clevertim CRM, and Contactually CRM all offer document libraries with different amounts of tracking.

Final Ideas around the Ways to use CRM Software

Quality CRM tools make handling the relationship between both you and your customers efficient, effective, and, hopefully, just a little simpler. There are lots of great CRM software providers and loyalty programs around that may fit the requirements of your company. I encourage you to look into the CRM software reviews along with the loyalty software reviews to understand more about all these programs.

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How You Can Import Blogger To WordPress (without losing Search engine optimization)

WP Import Blogger

For most people, Blogger may be the first blogging/website tool they ever use.

And even for good reason &#8211 it&#8217s free (with free hosting), also it&#8217s super-simple to use.

However &#8211 additionally, it provides extensive limitations, so anybody who&#8217s seriously interested in blogging and/or building a business &#8211 progresses.

And hopefully, progresses to some self-located website operated by WordPress.

Here&#8217s how you can transfer all of your Blogger blogs and groups to WordPress (and, should you&#8217ve been in internet marketing for some time, keep your Search engine optimization for Google).

Edit 5/24/2013: Be at liberty to look into the instructions below, but you might like to browse the Blogger to WordPress Redirection wordpress plugin here. It will everything, and it is very good to utilize.

Importing Your Site Posts From Blogger

Notes

1. Setup WordPress, and login for your Dashboard

2. Visit Tools &#8211&gt Import &#8211&gt Blogger &#8211&gt Install Now

3. Then, authorize WordPress, import you, approve your author changeover

4. You&#8217re done! Don&#8217t forget to visit Plugins &#8211&gt Installed Plugins &#8211&gt Deactivate, then Delete Blogger Importer

Keeping The Search engine optimization When Transferring From Blogger

Should you haven&#8217t been blogging for some time &#8211 you’ll be able to skip this task.

However, if you’ve been blogging for some time &#8211 and also have posts turning up in the search engines search engine results &#8211 this is essential.

Tools Needed: 

Filezilla (click to visit download page) &#8211 to upload your Blogger php file for your Weblog web hosting account.

Your Blogger page template (right-click the link, save regarding download it) &#8211 download, then upload with FileZilla, then create Blogger page inside your WordPress website.

Redirect template for Blogger &#8211 copy to exchange the code below for your Blogger template&#8230

 &lt!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1. Strict//EN" "http://world wide web.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd"&gt &lthtml xmlns="http://world wide web.w3.org/1999/xhtml" xml:lang="en" lang="en" dir="&lt$BlogLanguageDirection$&gt"&gt &lthead&gt &lttitle&gt&lt$BlogPageTitle$&gt&lt/title&gt &ltscript type="text/javascript"&gt &ltMainOrArchivePage&gt window.location.href='http://yourdomain.com/' &lt/MainOrArchivePage&gt &ltBlogger&gt&ltItemPage&gt window.location.href='http://yourdomain.com/blogger/?q=&lt$BlogItemPermalinkURL$&gt' &lt/ItemPage&gt&lt/Blogger&gt &lt/script&gt &ltMainPage&gt&ltlink rel="canonical" href="http://yourdomain.com/" /&gt&lt/MainPage&gt &ltBlogger&gt&ltItemPage&gt &ltlink rel="canonical" href="http://yourdomain.com/blogger/?q=&lt$BlogItemPermalinkURL$&gt" /&gt &lt/ItemPage&gt&lt/Blogger&gt &lt/mind&gt&ltbody&gt &ltdiv style="border:#ccc 1px solid background:#eee padding:20px margin:80px"&gt &ltp&gtThis page has moved to a different address.&lt/p&gt &lth1&gt &ltMainOrArchivePage&gt&lta href="http://yourdomain.com"&gt&lt$BlogTitle$&gt&lt/a&gt&lt/MainOrArchivePage&gt &ltBlogger&gt&ltItemPage&gt &lta href="http://yourdomain.com/blogger/?q=&lt$BlogItemPermalinkURL$&gt"&gt&lt$BlogItemTitle$&gt&lt/a&gt &lt/ItemPage&gt&lt/Blogger&gt &lt/h1&gt &lt/div&gt &lt/body&gt&lt/html&gt &lt!-- replace http://yourdomain.com/ together with your WordPress site URL ---&gt

Suggests Remember:

  • Don&#8217t delete your Blogger account. Your pictures continue to be offered off Blogger&#8217s servers. If you wish to upload and download the pictures to WordPress Media Library, you are able to. Otherwise, everyone will just get offered off Blogger
  • Don&#8217t forget to ensure your domain in the search engines Website owner Tools

That&#8217s how you can import Blogger to WordPress &#8211 for those who have any queries or comments &#8211 tell me below!

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Are You Currently a higher-Risk Merchant?

Some businesses need a high risk merchant account

Within the processing world, some business types and industries are thought &#8220risky.&#8221 Are you currently one of these? Have you ever recently been switched lower with a couple of charge card processors? Did they tell you just how you&#8217re considered a &#8220high-risk merchant?&#8221 Well, stop worrying.

Fortunately there are many high-risk credit card merchant account providers specializing in exactly the thing you need. I&#8217ve only reviewed a number of them on my small site, however they are available (i.e. Durango or PaylineData), plus they&#8217ll certainly have the ability to assist you.

About High-risk Charge Card Processing

The very first factor you need to seem to comprehend is that although one provider might consider you high-risk&#8230another might not. The treatment depends on their own risk department (underwriting) guidelines. When the guidelines are strict, then you definitely won&#8217t get approval. When the guidelines are relaxed, then you definitely&#8217ll have yourself a free account. It&#8217s that easy.

In addition, when the provider are applying to specializes in high-risk a merchant account, then you definitely&#8217ve already won the fight. Congratulations, they&#8217ll most likely approve you. BUT, bear in mind there are some suppliers that don&#8217t specialize in high-risk, but nonetheless have relaxed guidelines (i.e. Cayan).

What Rates Are You Able To Expect as a bad risk Merchant?

Outlook not too good. 🙁

High-risk retailers need to get by with crappier terms and greater rates. That&#8217s only a fact. Whenever you&#8217re caught from a rock along with a hard place, you don&#8217t cash room to barter.

A thing of caution&#8230

Don&#8217t skimp on reviewing the facts of the contract. For each 1 ethical and reliable high-risk processor, there are approximately 325 dishonest ones which are just waiting to benefit from you. And, as you are actually stuck between that rock which hard place, your judgement may well be a bit cloudy. Make certain you read your contract.

Make certain you look for termination charges along with other incidentals too. Will they would like you to provide them a moving reserve? If that’s the case, just how much as well as for how lengthy? Most high-risk processors want some kind of reserve to allow them to cover their very own behind in the event you close-up shop, obtain a crazy quantity of chargebacks or commit some kind of fraud. Remember that.

The Reason For Considered High-risk?

That will depend. There are a variety of explanations why a service provider would think about your business as high-risk. Maybe your industry is renowned for getting a higher demonstration of chargebacks or fraud. Perhaps you have poor credit.

Are you currently an offshore business? If that’s the case, that places you within the high-risk category with a few guys.

Does that which you&#8217re selling border around the illegal? You&#8217re most likely a danger issue.

Are the marketing and advertising tactics questionable? I wouldn&#8217t approve you.

When I pointed out above, some providers tend to be more risk averse than the others. They don&#8217t want to cope with any company that could pose a larger threat of losing them money, so that they avoid individuals business types altogether.

What you ought to do is locate a service provider that’s willing to utilize your company type, that’s willing to provide you with fair rates which doesn&#8217t ignore you once you register. To date, Durango continues to be pretty damn good for the reason that department, so you might like to try them out.Are You Currently a higher-Risk Merchant? made an appearance first on Merchant Maverick.

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Best POS Systems for Pizza Parlors

Pizza POS

Pizza may be the ultimate food I’d be perfectly content subsisting positioned on pizza, forever. Alas, my children would most likely jump on my situation big-time basically did this, and so i must content myself with eating pizza only part-time, while doing all I’m able to to higher the lives of individuals who get this to ultimate Food from the Gods — I’m speaking about you, pizza parlors!

Instead of consuming a sizable stuffed-crust pizza, alone, my pizza-related activity for today is penning this blog post on the very best cloud-based POS software systems for pizzerias. 

Pizza POS’s typically come packed with must-have features like EMV compliance, raw component tracking, and the opportunity to input complicated pizza orders effortlessly. Some cloud pizza POS systems (mmm, “cloud pizza” … that sounds good) offer some sweet extras like online ordering and delivery options.

In the following paragraphs, I’ll review the merits and shortcomings of four pizza-friendly POS’s — Shopkeep, Clover Station, Toast, and Revel — that will help you discover which one is right for your pizza business.

For those who have any ideas on my small choices, we are able to discuss individuals within the comments. Or we’re able to just talk about pizza, that might be awesome too.

ShopKeep

The fundamentals:

  • Runs solely on iOS 7 (apple ipad 2 or newer), iPhone, and iPad Small
  • Web-based with offline functionality (can continue to process payments if internet is out)
  • $49/register/month
  • Integrates with many payment processors also provides its very own integrated Shopkeep Payments processing
  • Raw component tracking
  • Onscreen tipping
  • EMV-compliant register accepts nick cards and Apple Pay
  • Optional peripheral hardware for sale
  • Excellent customer care

The additional toppings (some nifty extras this POS offers):

  • Open check functionality
  • Tip later feature along with other tipping options
  • Tableside ordering  — Waiters may take orders at tables and send them digitally towards the kitchen
  • Customer management with e-mail marketing
  • Worker management

ShopKeep, est. 2010, is really a solid all-around iPad POS for retail and restaurants. This POS is extremely affordable at $49/register/month, and it is quite advanced for any mobile POS. ShopKeep comes with an intuitive, easy-to-use interface having a short learning curve, so it’s easy to put it together and begin using.

EMV-compliant ShopKeep is among the best POS’s for medium and small companies, even though it wasn’t made particularly for pizza, it’s useful pizza features, for example raw component tracking. The machine is extremely scaleable and customizable. Pizzerias can set their system up to enable them to, for instance, add different toppings and calculate individuals in to the total cost of the pizza.

Additionally to the versatility, reliability is yet another advantage of ShopKeep. Its offline functionality helps to ensure that you’ll still have the ability to run charge card transactions even when your online connection goes lower, and in case you do have trouble, ShopKeep works difficult to repair it for you personally, because of their top-notch customer care.

An additional advantage is the fact that ShopKeep integrates with numerous payment processors, enabling you to use your chosen a merchant account provider (or use their very own in-house payment processing, that provides decent, fair rates).

While ShopKeep is really a perfectly appropriate POS for many pizza parlors, in a perfect world, ShopKeep would come with a couple of more features for pizza. For instance, you can handle inventory in the component level, however, you can’t specify the system of measure. Even though the machine could be customized for any pizzeria, it doesn’t possess a pre-built “pizza module” with features like delivery tracking an internet-based ordering.

Overall, most pizzerias will discover this to become a high-quality POS, whether you’re a takeout pizza shop or perhaps a full-fledged bar and restaurant. There is also some awesome back-office functionalities like customer tracking and e-mail marketing integration.

Learn more about ShopKeep within our ShopKeep review.

Clover Station

The fundamentals:

  • Web-based POS with offline functionality
  • Robust mobile register hardware retails for around $1,000
  • Vertically integrated payment processing — Should be offered with credit card merchant account
  • Fees depending on vendor — Charge card processing rates can vary between .30% + 5¢ to two.5% + 15¢ Monthly service charge (including 24/7 customer care) typically about $40-$50/month
  • EMV-compliant if you buy a Clover-enabled FD40 PIN Pad (together with companion application) to simply accept EMV and mobile payments
  • Raw component inventory tracking

Extra toppings:

  • Worker management — Workers can clock out and in while using system
  • Display that swivels around so customers can sign off on screen (and add tips in the room)
  • Pizza Builder application ($18.95/month) enables you to definitely add toppings to quarters, halves or even the whole pizza easily select double, triple and lightweight toppings add pickup or delivery options — Note Clover’s disclaimer, though: This application is made for Quick Service Restaurant Applications, it’s presently not suggested for fine dining or table service.
  • Option with an additional kitchen printer

Clover Station is yet another web-based “mobile” POS, though its model is exclusive. Clover doesn’t use iPads — or other kind of consumer tablet, for instance. Clover Station uses Clover’s streamlined, proprietary POS hardware. The display looks and processes much like an iPad or tablet, when you are made exclusively for POS purposes, her benefit of being impervious to OS updates that may potentially hinder business-critical functions of other mobile-based POSes.

Clover should be offered with a free account, and every bank or a merchant account provider who sells it could offer different swipe charges and hardware costs. Which means you could possibly negotiate competitive prices. With this stated, Clover Station will most likely set you back greater than ShopKeep, particularly if you use many apps (much more about the apps inside a sec).

Just like another pizza POS systems on the list, Clover Station is really a complete restaurant POS with a lot of helpful functions for convenient-serve and full-fledged restaurants, including various choices for tipping, tabs, and toppings. For instance, new products could be produced without or with variants and become offered with a fixed or variable cost, or priced per unit (oz, g, kg, lb).

The Clover POS is ultra-customizable — it comes down out-of-the-box with fundamental POS functionality, and also you use apps, typically purchased using a fee every month, from Clover’s application sell to add some specific features you’ll need. Clover’s “Pizza Builder” application offers several helpful functions for convenient-serve pizzerias (see list above).

Like ShopKeep, Clover Station comes with an intuitive design and it is super easy to setup and begin using. Clover Station is just a couple years of age, but to date people appear to love it and also the comments are generally positive. This marketing video includes a testimonial from the pizza shop who uses Clover Station may be useful if you’re thinking about this POS.

To learn more, you are able to make reference to our Clover Station POS review. You could also want to look at Clover Small, a lighter-weight, portable form of Clover Station which provides you with the choice to simply accept mobile payments and operates on 3G/4G additionally to Wireless. However, Clover Small doesn’t offer the Pizza Builder application, therefore the set of features isn’t as strong.

Toast

The fundamentals:

  • Operates on Samsung Android devices
  • Prices starts at $100/month, plus $50/mn for every additional terminal
  • Web-based with offline functionality
  • In-house payment processing (can’t make use of an outdoors credit card merchant account)
  • EMV-compliant terminals accept cash, check, gift certificates, charge cards and mobile payments
  • Includes 24/7 customer care from the US-based tech support

The additional toppings:

  • Online ordering and delivery (extra $50/mn)
  • Mobile loyalty rewards program (extra $25/mn)
  • Digital and physical gift certificates (extra $50/mn)
  • Real-time menu management
  • Robust sales reports
  • Worker management system

Toast is an additional excellent web-based POS that work well for pizza parlors of any size. Unlike another pizza POS software systems on the list, Toast was built particularly for food service. This POS and restaurant management system runs solely on Android devices, which provides Toast a a bit more versatility when compared with its iPad-based counterparts, and helps make the hardware a little more affordable, too. Toast POS uses hardwired terminals with handheld tableside ordering tablets and kitchen displays (learn more about Toast&#8217s hardware here).

Some awesome functions of the POS include the opportunity to improve your menu online, offer digital or printed receipts, and supply customized tip percentage options during customer transactions. Online ordering is yet another big perk if you would like that functionality. The machine is feature-wealthy but simple to understand, having a straightforward, intuitive interface.

Toast offers its very own in-house, integrated payment processing, and that means you can’t make use of your own a merchant account provider. Toast offers to match rates of the current a merchant account provider, but if you wish to make use of a specific outdoors payment processor, this isn&#8217t the POS for you personally. Toast is another little pricier than a few of the other available choices on the list.

What really sets this technique aside from other similar POS’s is Toast’s unbeatable, fully US-based customer care. Despite the fact that it’s a more recent system (established this year) plus they don’t have a lot of customers at this time, we’re confident recommending Toast according to their phenomenal support, additionally for their robust set of features.

Yet another upside to using Toast is you can set your charge card authorization to continually process as though it were offline, to be able to print customer receipts without awaiting official authorization. This can be a little dangerous, obviously, but time saving if you have a type of hungry customers.

Discover more about Toast by studying our Toast POS review.

Revel Systems

The fundamentals:

  • iPad-only
  • Web-based with offline functionality
  • Prices starts at $119/mn for just one register another $70/month for second register and +$40/mn for every register next
  • Integrates with multiple payment processors — Includes gateways USAePay, FreedomPay, NewTek, and Index, and payment processors Mercury Payment Systems, LevelUp, FirstData, yet others
  • Advanced component-level inventory tracking
  • Integrates with a multitude of peripheral POS hardware

The additional toppings:

  • Pizza POS module with delivery management and much more
  • On the internet and mobile ordering
  • Digital menu board
  • Kitchen display system
  • Cashiers can set orders to-go or delivery
  • Tableside ordering
  • Open API
  • Customer-facing display
  • Crm
  • Worker management

Finally we’ve Revel Systems, an extensive cloud-based POS having a truly exhaustive group of features. Revel has a lot of clever features and integrations, and can become your POS of preference if you would like options like delivery management an internet-based pizza ordering. You may also track your delivery motorists as if you would an Uber driver.

Revel has been available since 2010 and contains many satisfied customers within the food industry, because of features varying using their digital menu board for their open API. You are able to develop Revel’s functionality using its application marketplace — Revel also lately announced it might begin to build branded mobile phone applications for retailers. Highly-scaleable Revel may even work with enterprise-level food service companies and counts Popeyes Chicken and Arby’s among its customers.

Whether it were just for their tricked-out set of features, I could possibly say this really is for sure the “best POS for pizza parlors.” However, I’d be remiss as well as their negative reviews — and you will find a lot.

Lots of Revel users complain regarding their complex, extended setup process. The machine also offers a high learning curve. On the top of this, some customers have reported system downtime and slow customer care for complex issues (for example issues with hardware). Though these encounters don’t always reflect the typical consumer experience, customer reviews are certainly something to bear in mind when selecting a pizza POS.

You will discover much more about the Revel POS within our Revel Systems review.

Which Pizza POS If You Undertake?

ShopKeep, Clover Station, Toast, and Revel are terrific, scaleable, EMV-ready POS’s that really work for small companies, including pizza parlors.

Here&#8217s just a little recap which you will perform best for the pizzeria, based on your requirements:

ShopKeep &#8212 Affordable iPad POS can use your selection of payment processor

Clover Station &#8212 Ultra-customizable all-in-one POS with pizza &#8220app&#8221 for convenient-serve sold with credit card merchant account

Toast &#8212  Restaurant-specific, feature-packed Android POS with internet ordering and delivery options must use their in-house payment processing

Revel Systems &#8212 Complete iPad POS with internet ordering and delivery options selection of payment processors

Finally, if you want further assistance choosing POS software for your pizzeria, we will help you with this, too. 

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The Main Difference Between Internet Search Engine Optimization and AdWords (by example + examples)

Here&#8217s a diagram from the &#8220difference between Internet Search Engine Optimization (Search engine optimization) and AdWords&#8230

The difference between AdWords and SEO in the Google Search Results

What does the position of the two really mean for the business?

Whenever you purchase AdWords and Search engine optimization &#8211 what exactly are you really getting?

What is the real-world example that may explain it?

Yes there’s. Here&#8217s the main difference between Search engine optimization and AdWords.

Let’s Say Your Company Might Be Within the New You are able to Occasions or Wall Street Journal?

Yeah &#8211 that might be a reasonably large deal.

You&#8217d get contact with a sizable audience.

You&#8217d get plenty of additional credibility.

And, your story could be selected up by other newspapers, websites, and blogs&#8230leading to much more exposure.

But consider what it really means to stay in the brand new You are able to Occasions.

There&#8217s really a few ways to stay in it.

You could have articles discussed you, or place an advert&#8230or do both.

However, you can&#8217t simply have articles discussed you &#8211 the reporter has not only to help you find, but additionally help you find interesting enough, and relevant enough to his readers to create up a tale.

As he writes the storyline, you won&#8217t have the ability to control the storyline &#8211 or what kinds of readers react to it, but overall it might be excellent, and extremely lucrative.

You are able to, however, remove an advert. Whether it&#8217s a highly effective ad &#8211 you&#8217ll get exposure, and purchasers &#8211 you’re able to control the sale.

You simply visit the ad sales office, select a section, and pay some cash. You&#8217re within the New You are able to Occasions.

The procedure for getting articles written is a lot more roundabout. You need to craft obvious, and efficient press announcements. You need a pre-established relationship having a reporter. You need plenty of references. And you need to be doing something relevant and fascinating. Pr versus Advertising. Both are Marketing &#8211 but both work very differently.

And that’s the distinction between Search engine optimization and AdWords

Search engine optimization = &#8220Public Relations&#8221 with Google

Adwords = Buying an advertisement on the internet

The Best Way To Make Use Of The Distinction Between Search engine optimization and AdWords

Search engine optimization and Pr do fall into line as analogies. Here&#8217s a few of the jargon&#8230

On-page Optimization = Getting obvious, effective, and enticing press announcements (Google must understand that which you&#8217re about)

Backlink Building = Getting plenty of references and folks mentioning you (Search engines love links, and social mentions)

Some time and Content = Getting a great relationship having a reporter (Search engines love content to check out)

So when you’re having to pay an Search engine optimization firm, you’re having to pay on their behalf to obtain visitors and customers in the &#8220organic&#8221 search engine results in the search engines.

It&#8217s a really fluid process. Just like Pr can&#8217t 100% control reporters&#8230SEO can&#8217t guarantee anything. When they make guarantees &#8211 make certain they guaranteeing that you simply&#8217ll enter into the brand new You are able to Occasions&#8230and and not the Oglethorpe County, GA Weekly Echo.

A great metric is customer growth &#8211 not keyword rank.

Make certain their process is transparent &#8211 and guess what happens they’re doing (exactly like you wouldn&#8217t would like your PR firm doing shady stuff).

However, if the job is performed right &#8211 as being a full-spread story within the New You are able to Occasions &#8211 a properly-ranking site can generate plenty of new visitors wo result in customers.

The idea of AdWords is much more straightforward than Search engine optimization&#8230but like Advertising, to work you must do it right.

The Fir huge contrast between AdWords and newspaper advertising is the fact that with AdWords &#8211 you pay per click&#8230rather than having to pay a set amount for any quoted quantity of readers.

You pay for results. It&#8217s an excellent-effective platform, and in contrast to (or additionally to Search engine optimization) &#8211 you choose your ad placement, the way it seems, and frequently make sure optimize it.

Whereas Search engine optimization needs to stay somewhat targeted&#8230AdWords can spread the concept of keywords to make certain you gaze on everybody.

Both of them get their strengths &#8211 and could be really effective if you use them together (notice how above Progressive includes a top ad slot to enhance their top Search engine optimization place).

You’ve now learned the main difference between Search engine optimization and AdWords &#8211 and just how they are utilized to construct your company.

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