Overview

If you're looking for a customizable CRM system with advanced (and affordable) marketing tools, Act! is a good choice. For more than 30 years, Act! has been finetuning its product and implementing new features based on the clients' needs. In some ways, the platform shows its age, such as the dated UI. But it doesn't lack for new and innovative marketing tools.
Client Tether helps you reach your customers in a personalized way at scale. It comes with plenty of tools for automated sales engagement, such as customer retention, lead management, and other automated communications. Client Tether also has a suite of franchise management features.

Ease of use

Act! does not rate highly for user-friendliness. Virtually no aspect of the tool is intuitive, including setting up your homepage and dashboards. You will require training or at least a video session just to get up and running. Act! has a gray, dated look and feel and clunky navigation. The interface also feels crowded, and it's hard to find what you need. The CRM features powerful marketing tools, but none of them are easy to use--even once you've learned how to operate them. Competitors like HubSpot and Keap offer similar tools that are simple to use. However, Act! is much more economical. This CRM presents a clear line in the sand--do you prefer usability or affordability? Almost no other CRM provides the extensive marketing features for this price tag.
Client Tether is very feature-rich, so you'll need some training to learn the ropes. However, the company's customer support team gets rave reviews. The CRM is built for franchises, and customer care is there to ensure all of your locations implement and understand the software. The company is also responsive to user suggestions and makes continuous strides to improve the platform.

Support

Several support channels are available via email, chat, and phone. In addition, Act! has a Quick Start Guide with the steps for the initial setting-up of the system. It gives you information on how to create new contacts, groups, and opportunities and how to import your data and set up marketing automation. There is also an extensive video library of tutorials. The Act! a blog is another helpful tool with tips on developing your business and building up a successful strategy.
Client Tether comes with features for franchises such as royalty management, international databases, centralized knowledge centers, and a call center suite.

Who is it for?

Act! is best for small to medium-sized businesses that want advanced marketing tools at a fraction of the cost. Act! CRM will help you apply the right marketing strategy and multiply the number of your clients. API-supported software gives you the chance to integrate any app even if the system does not manually support it. However, users should allow for a significant learning curve and training time. You can try it free for 14 days to see if the system's benefits outweigh the outdated UI.
ClientTether was designed by a franchisor for franchises and service-oriented businesses, i.e. Home service franchises, HVAC, Pet Care, Elderly Care, Carpet Cleaning, Restoration, Painting, Flooring

Ease of Use

3.7

Support

3.5

API Access

yes

Free Trial

yes

Free Version

no

Contact Management

yes

Molile Access

yes

Task Management

yes

Social Integration

yes

Email Marketing

yes

Analytics & Dashboard

yes

Lead Management

yes

Marketing Automation

yes

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