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Act Connect will make you think differently about act. It will help you connect act to apps on the web.

Act is widely used by individuals and small businesses. Rarely do these types of act users have tons of time and resources at their disposal. Time is the key point here. We don’t have marketing departments. We do not have unlimited administrators and frankly we tend to wear many hats when we run our business. Something as simple as entering contacts into act that filled a web form on your website is easily set aside for another day. Act Connect will help you solve that problem. Act Connect can take those leads from your website and bring them directly in the act.

Act! Connect

Connect with hundreds of popular apps that extend the power and reach of Act! Premium—a valuable subscriber benefit! Get started with a few simple steps, then watch as Act! Connect automatically moves info between Act! Premium and the apps of your choice. Let Act! Connect do the heavy lifting, while you enjoy the benefits of enriched customer data. (from act.com)

Act Connect was introduced with Act Premium 18.2. Act Connect is not offered with Act Pro. Previously, you could connect act to different resources on the web, but it was rather complicated and did not suit the way many people use act. Today, a simple link, or URL, provided by Act Premium and Act Connect allows you to connect to web apps rather easily. When you deal with usernames, passwords, downloads and software, it is easy to make simple mistakes that can complicate this issue. I do not mean to deter you, I just want you to be aware of the information you will need to make this work. If nothing else, this exercise will make sure you know your essential usernames and passwords.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to be talking about the tools you will need to make this work. The first app I will discuss (in a separate post) is Wufoo.

Wufoo provides free web forms that when submitted with information, that information can be pulled directly into act. That can be a huge time saver that will allow you to react instead of worrying about getting the information into act. This is but one example.  In addition to some of the apps we will talk about I want to make you aware of a middleman called Zapier. Zapier is the free tool that connects act and these apps. More on that later.

It is time to get excited again about the potential of act and what it can do for you and your business. This could be a game changer!

 

Originally posted 2017-03-29 09:56:54.