Why Creating a Great User Experience Matters Most

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Take a guess at the #1 criteria for having a great mobile sales app for your business? If you guessed creating a great experience for the user then you are correct.

The reason is simple. It’s because most (if not all) of your business goals for mobile are linked to user adaptation.

When you invest in a mobile sales app, naturally, you expect certain measurable results, such as these:

  1. Larger orders
  2. New revenue streams
  3. Higher close rates
  4. Reduced admin costs
  5. Better equipped and informed sales reps
  6. New intelligence

When you invest in a mobile app—whether you build one customized for your company’s needs, or choose an out-of-the-box option directly from an app storeit should improve the experience of doing business with you. This should be true all up and down the supply chain, but especially for the user of the app.

What, then, does it mean to create a great user experience?

Your new mobile sales app should be intuitive. If it seems like there may be a lot of training involved, keep shopping. It should be dependable. The app can’t be crashing on you every other time you use it.

Your mobile app needs to introduce something new—something memorable. Your app should reward the user and keep them coming back to the app again and again. Think maps to customer locations. Think item images, spec sheets or even instructional videos to improve the understanding of your products. Think geo-awareness, signature capture and other measures that improve accountability. Think alerts and push notifications. Think photos. Think new intelligence gathering and a means to understand customer behavior in ways you never imagined.

Creating a Great User Experience Matters.

Focus on creating a great user experience for everyone involved, and your mobile sales app initiative will be on a sure track to success.

Taking photos at the customer location, whether it be a display case - or even a proof of delivery, enhances your understanding of your customer and helps to create a great user experience

Taking photos at the customer location, whether it be a display case – or even a proof of delivery, enhances your understanding of your customer and helps to create a great user experience

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How to Download a Free Trial of iSales 100

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Ready to kick the printed catalog / order form / fax machine habit?  xkzero is here to help - you can download a free trial of iSales 100 directly from your iPhone or iPad and try it for yourself.

It’s true. And in less than 3 minutes you can download iSales 100 to evaluate the features and benefits of one of the most flexible and adaptable mobile sales apps you’ll find for B2B wholesale distribution.

Here’s a less than 2-minute video showing you the steps to download your free trial of iSales 100 for Sage 100.  

 

How to Download a Free Trial of iSales 100:

Step 1: Search for iSales 100 on the Apple App store and launch the app

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Step 2 – Login (User ID – xkzero Password – easy)

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Step 3: Synchronize the data (tap on the circular button on the bottom and choose ‘Sync All’)

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Step 5: Start Using the Free Demo of iSales 100!

The best way to learn how iSales 100 can benefit your business is to contact us for a personalized demonstration, including a demonstration of how iSales 100 can be personalized to meet your needs.

Contact us at info@xkzero.com or call 847-416-2009.

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Apollo Oil Selects xkzero for New Direct Store Delivery Mobile Software

Apollo Oil

xkzero is pleased to announce that major automotive lubricant distributor, Apollo Oil, has selected xkzero Mobile Commerce software to automate its distribution processes for Direct Store Delivery and Route Sales.

Click here for full press release

Apollo Oil, headquartered in Henderson, Kentucky, sells and distributes major brands such as Valvoline, Shell and Castorl throughout the Ohio Valley to car dealerships, quick lubes and automotive service centers.  From their fleet of over 30 trucks, and from multiple warehouses, they also sell and service municipalities, trucking facilities and farming operations, as well as to industrial manufacturers.

In tandem with this project, Apollo is also implementing Sage X3, purchased from leading Sage North American business partner, WAC Consulting.

“Together with Apollo we began evaluating xkzero at Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans, as an initiative to replace the existing custom built mobile solution”, said Steve Schaefer, Partner of WAC. “XMC will be relied upon to satisfy mission critical processes such as truck loading for both bulk and packaged orders, route selling and direct store delivery automation. Apollo also expects to create improved workflow and accounting for inventory control, route planning and payment handling.”

“Apollo was searching for a system to allow anytime, anywhere processing to better serve our customers with each and every interaction”, said Ed Dotson, Chief Financial Officer of Apollo Oil. “We discovered xkzero at Sage Summit 2015 in New Orleans and their combination of modern mobile technology along with their expertise as Sage X3 developers gives us a very high level of confidence for this project.”

For more information about xkzero Mobile Commerce and direct store delivery and route sales automation, please visit our website or contact us at info@xkzero.com or 847-416-2009.

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Mobile Technology—Intimidating or Enticing?

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Mobile technology - is it right for your sales organization?

Mobile Technology: Is it right for your sales organization?

Mobile Technology.

How do those two words make you feel? A little intimidated? That’s okay. For most of us, when it comes to business and ERP systems, mobile technology is a new concept. Even if you don’t feel like an expert today, there is a great opportunity for you as a Sage partner to benefit from the mobile revolution.

As you may know, Sage is taking a new direction with Mobile Sales. However, this doesn’t mean that there is not demand and opportunity for mobile automation. To the contrary! Demand is high, and opportunities are great. Mobile automation is significant—and growing. This is especially relevant to manufacturers and distributors looking for new revenue streams, a new competitive advantage, or ways to reduce administrative costs.

So how do you benefit as a Sage partner?

I recommend you start by taking a look at your clients and prospects to identify the best opportunities for success. Because while you may feel a little hesitant about mobile, many manufacturers and distributors find the idea very enticing and they’re going to talk with someone about it. Why not you?

The key is tapping into the companies that would most likely benefit from mobile sales automation.

Any manufacturer or distributor can be a candidate, but here are some things to look for that will help you find the businesses that will benefit the most from mobile sales automation:

  1. Do they already value and understand technology and the role it can play in their organization?
  2. Do they have a remote or outside sales force?
  3. Do sales people currently phone in or fax orders?
  4. Does the company still rely on printed product catalogs or price sheets?
  5. Do they make sales onsite at tradeshows or other special events?
  6. Do they have counter sales or a customer showroom?
  7. Do customers value their ability to promise product
    availability based on actual warehouse inventory?
  8. Do they sell B2B online, and if so, would they be interested in having a B2B app allowing customers to place orders anytime, anywhere?
  9. Are they in “traditional” mobile sales industries like food or beverage?
  10. Do they deliver their own products and capture signatures or require other kinds of proof of delivery?

See—there’s nothing scary or intimidating about these questions, right? And by making these inquiries to your clients, you’ve taken perhaps the most important step of all to being perceived as a mobile influencer—you’ve shown that you care about their company’s growth. This fact alone will be enough for some people to see you as an expert.

What if they answer “yes” to any of these questions?

Congratulations, you may have found yourself a mobile prospect. No need to be intimidated. When you work with xkzero, we always have your back.

We’re here to help you evaluate each and every opportunity, and coach you at every step of the way. If you’d like, we’re happy to participate on qualifying phone calls along with you—or even conduct those calls on your behalf.

If we’re fortunate enough to work with you and your clients you can earn great commissions, knowing that we’ll take care of 100% of the implementation and technical support. We’ve worked with dozens of Sage partners on mobile sales and delivery automation projects, some requiring only a few thousand dollars investment, with others making six figure investments.  So whether you think the idea of mobile technology for business is enticing – or find it a little intimidating, know this:  the opportunities with mobile are great and we’d love to work with you, too!

Would you like to learn more today? Email us at info@xkzero.com, visit our website or call us at 847-416-2009.

p.s. With the announcement of the discontinuance of Sage Mobile Sales, some of your clients will be looking for a new solution, and xkzero is here to help. You can learn more details here:
http://erpappsblog.com/sage-mobile-sales-retirement-announcement-promotion/

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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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Advanced Mobile Sales Automation for Sage 100

“My needs are pretty much like everyone else’s—simple.”

No, actually, they’re not. That’s why you bought Sage 100 in the first place—because it can be configured to handle just about any unique rule you have in the management of your business. If your needs were simple, you’d still be using Quickbooks.

Now there is a mobile sales app just as capable as Sage 100 and ready to create the best experience for your sales reps—and your customers. iSales 100 by xkzero is built to meet a flexible range of needs, whether sales are being automated at the customer site, tradeshow, or show room floor or—any place away from the office. With iSales 100, advanced mobile sales automation for Sage 100 can now be yours.

RECORDING OF NOVEMBER 20, 2015 WEBINAR IS HERE:

 

During this webinar you’ll hear how companies are using the power and flexibility of iSales 100 to tackle everything from basic to complex selling needs from a smart phone or tablet—and with incredible ease.

Join us on Friday, November 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST to find out how iSales 100 can empower your sales team, boost revenue and reduce operational costs.

Advanced Mobile Sales Automation for Sage 100 webinar will cover:

* How to manage customers, inventory, warehouses, pricing, units of measure and much, much more
* Examples across industries how iSales 100 is meeting unique sales needs, driving revenue and reducing costs
* Ways ANYONE in your company can benefit
* Bonus—How to use iSales 100 as a B2B sales app instead of managing an expensive website

And more. iSales 100 is all about creating a great customer and user experience!

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Users, prospects and business partners of Sage 100—any distribution company looking to modernize their sales force and grow revenue while reducing selling costs with mobile technology.

Register now for the Advanced Mobile Sales Automation for Sage 100 webinar with xkzero on Friday, Nov 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. CST.
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1126116880870472705

Ready to learn more about iSales 100 now?  Email us at info@xkzero.com, call us at 847-416-2009 or download your free no-obligation trial of iSales 100 now at http://www.xkzero.com/mobility/.