Sage Mobile Sales Retirement Announcement and xkzero Promotion

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Often in life just as one door closes, another one opens.

With the announcement of the retirement of Sage Mobile Sales  xkzero is happy to offer a special promotion exclusively for Sage 100 businesses.

There is no mobile sales app on the market today that is as easy to install and use that will meet the exact needs of your distribution or manufacturing sales team, than iSales 100.  In fact, we believe that iSales is the most powerful, flexible – useful – mobile sales app for mid-sized and growing small businesses.

Selling from a Trade Show, the showroom floor, or a customer location?  You’ll love how quickly and easily iSales will produce powerful results and have you standing out from the competition.

For those of you who purchased Sage Mobile Sales, we have special savings for you: switch to iSales 100 – Advanced Mobile Sales for Sage 100  between now and January 31, 2016 and receive these additional incentives:

        • 10% off the initial purchase price of iSales 100
        • Plus, a 30 day full money back guarantee!

Here are some of the feature benefits of iSales (feature set varies depending on Edition purchased):

Transaction Processing – Create the Ideal User Experience

  • Process new sales orders, quotes, invoices and credit memos
  • Transaction restrictions by user
  • Add new customers and contacts on the fly
  • Signature capture
  • Receipt printing and emailing
  • Create Sales Order Memos
  • Edit ‘Bill to’, ‘Ship to’, ‘Ship Via’ during transaction entry
  • Reprint open orders and invoices
  • Select multiple items at once for rapid data entry
  • Lot / serial number support
  • Barcode scanning (also supports Alias item numbers)
  • LTL freight calculation
  • Sales tax calculation
  • And more!

Pocket Intelligence:

  • View open sales orders
  • View open invoices
  • View customer memos
  • Item Quantity On Hand, On Sales Order, On Purchase Order, Available
  • Hide / display price – cost – quantity options
  • Customer last purchase history by item
  • Select one or several or all warehouse codes for access

Smart Device Productivity:

  • Spanish language enabled
  • View inventory images from Sage 100 item masterfile
  • Hot lists (favorites)
  • Alert badges for new customers, contacts and items
  • Refined, easy to use data management
  • Phone, email, map, calendar integration

Technology:

  • Native iOS (Apple mobile devices – iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
  • Exclusive / native integration to Sage 100
  • Offline synchronization via xkzero Web Services
  • iOS 7 and up
  • Sage 100 version 4.5 and up (2016 coming soon!)

Licensing:

  • Unlimited Device License pricing model
  • Unlimited Users – Unlimited Companies
  • Pricing based on choice of three versions – Inquiry Edition – Business Edition – Enterprise Edition
  • Private label option – enhanced modern B2B sales app

Try before you buy:

We might not be able to solve every mobile sales need with iSales 100, but we’ve built it in a way that let’s us satisfy most.  Care to try it before you buy it?  Just visit our website from your iPhone or iPad at www.xkzero.com/mobility and click on Download.

You’ll be redirected to the Apple App store where you can download the app, log in using the User: demo and Password: password.

Synchronize the data and give it a whirl.

Then if you have questions, contact us at info@xkzero.com or call 847-416-2009 and we’ll answer all of your questions and provide you a demo of the back end.

More iSales 100 resources here.

iSales for Sage 100: Try it before you buy it!

iSales for Sage 100: Try it before you buy it!

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The Power of Surveys for Mobile Business

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You don’t know your customer nearly as well as you think you do. This fact that is costing you money.

A previous version of this article appears in
Bellwether, a magazine produced by Blytheco, in the Fall 2015 edition called “Who is Your CMO?”
http://issuu.com/bellwethermagazine/docs/bellwether-fall-2015

The great news is that if you empower your sales people with a bit of mobile technology, you’ll not only be able to create customer greater loyalty, but you’ll be able to generate more marketshare, too.

The answer to building these relationships can be found with the use of surveys combined with the unique capabilities of smart phones such as push notifications, alerts, photo enablement, and GPS.

We all know that the key to effective B2B marketing is creating relevant and informative content for your target customer. Think, though, do you really know what is pertinent to your customer? Sure, back when their business was a lead, you may have courted them with a lot of attention. Now that they have moved through the pipeline and became a customer, though, how much time and effort do you and your sales team dedicate to really learning about the company and understanding the customer’s ongoing behavior?

Winning new customers—especially in the B2B world—requires a significant investment. And losing hard won customer relationships is doubly expensive. It not only requires replacing lost customer revenue, but the loss means dealing with the potential fallout of your reputation, especially when a competitor takes your customers.

So where does that leave you? Many companies have data rich enterprise resource planning (ERP) or customer relationship management (CRM) systems brimming with information. By leveraging a modern survey application, tied into your back-end systems, your sales team can become the conduit to your company’s unbelievably high level of understanding of your customers and their behaviors. This allows you to stand out from the competitors in all new ways.

To maximize the impact of survey apps for mobile devices, here are some things to consider:

Create a profile of your ideal customer.

Your company’s sales reps should know how to identify the ideal customer. Does the customer participate in your promotions? Do they meet your branding standards? Are they cross selling and up selling your products? How does their behavior and performance compare to customers of a similar profile? (For instance, customers that are big box stores should only be compared to like businesses, and not to small distributors.)

Make sure sales reps understand desired behavior changes.

Once you’ve created a profile of the ideal customer, your sales reps should focus on specific target behaviors to try to modify to move each customer toward those goals. For example—Does the customer include your brand or offerings on their website and/or store window display?

Use a smart phone.

The smart phone is the ultimate business tool because it can do everything (including make phone calls) and at a low cost. Surveys as web apps can be effective too, but they lack the comprehensive capability of a mobile device. With a properly flexible survey app you can push customer-based surveys to your smart phones and unleash the power of characteristics like GPS, camera, alerts and so on.

A picture tells a thousand words.

A challenge in wholesale distribution is that even with a distributed or remote salesforce, executives have a limited ability to physically see or inspect customers, especially on a regular basis. A good survey app will allow for photo enablement—giving you eyes and ears on the street to ensure the environment your products are being sold into—and from—meet your quality standards. If the customer keeps your products stocked on the highest shelves, out of reach of the retail customer or the warehouse personnel responsible for picking orders, you could get overlooked.

You can remedy this neglect, though. Have your sales rep tour the store or warehouse, and attach a photo to a survey question about the physical accessibility of your goods.

Make surveys part of your culture.

To know your customer is to love your customer. We believe this wholeheartedly. Get buy-in from your sales reps about the kinds of questions you should ask. Then, make surveys a required part of the sales process. To be clear, this isn’t to say that all questions need to be asked of every customer on each encounter, but the right survey app will allow you to learn their requirements. If you make surveys part of your DNA. you can have the most informed sales team in your industry.

Provide your customer with the survey app, too.

It’s one thing to have your sales reps answer questions based on their own observations, but a great survey app with mobile and push notifications can provide a great means to gently coax information from your customers—and engender uncommon loyalty.

Surveys should be integrated with your ERP or CRM system.

Great surveys can be designed to capture any information you want—including non-financial or non-transactional data. With survey that’s integrated with back office systems, you’ll be able to generate meaningful reports that will show you the correlation between desired behaviors and sales results.

xkzero believes that the most successful sales people are confident, informed and equipped with the best technology.

Consider the power of surveys as you create your next marketing plan. What you learn might surprise you, and the increased profits and marketshare will have you making surveys new part of your business DNA.