Overview

Bitrix24 is a full-featured CRM platform with a free version for unlimited users. It offers an extensive set of tools for sales, service, and marketing. As such, Bitrix24 can feel large and unwieldy to use--the interface is crowded with features. This presents a steep learning curve, and training will be necessary. However, few vendors offer such a full sweep of CRM features at such a great price.
Pipeline is a sales-focused CRM for small to midsize companies. This "spreadsheet converter" was designed to make CRM accessible to anyone. However, Pipeline offers much more than a spreadsheet. You can see the status of your deals in real-time, automate tedious admin tasks, and receive emails and alerts--all from a single system. There are also 360-degree customer profiles so you can personalize every interaction and build stronger relationships.

Ease of use

Bitrix24 specializes in team management. After creating an account, you can invite your staff to the platform, assign tasks and see each other's progress on a multifunctional dashboard. The dashboard and overall layout of the CRM can be confusing, however. One of the particular design failings is you cannot remove options--you can only add more, creating a crowded UI.
The layout will be familiar to anyone who's used a spreadsheet to track sales. From the home tab, you see your sales pipeline, which can be customized to fit your sales process. Next, you'll see three tabs: deals, people, and companies. This is where you can view and track all your contacts and leads. The agenda tab follows, which is where you'll see all of your upcoming tasks. Overdue items will automatically turn red and issue an alert. All of these tabs appear much like a spreadsheet, and you can filter according to your needs--account value, due dates, company, and more. What's more, you can integrate Pipeline with your favorite apps. This ensures all your company data "talks" to each other. For instance, integrating with Google or Outlook will automatically sync your calendar and contacts to Pipeline CRM.

Support

The Bitrix24 knowledge database is extensive, and you can answer most of your questions there. The articles are divided by topics and creation date, so it is easy to navigate. The blog also provides valuable insights on getting the most out of Bitrix24. Bitrix24 even has its own YouTube channel with tutorials on CRM use. Training courses for developers and administrators are available. And if you still can't find an answer to your questions, they offer email support.
Pipeline CRM's support team is provided by a team of US-based experts who use the platform themselves. You get access to phone support regardless of subscription tier, and they boast that someone will answer your call within a couple of rings. There are no frustrating automated systems to work through, and phone lines are open 8 am-8 pm. There is also unlimited chat and email support for all users. Online support includes guides, videos, and FAQs.

Who is it for?

Bitrix24 offers a rich feature set that can meet the needs of businesses of every size and industry. However, smaller organizations may find themselves overwhelmed by too many features. You can make use of the free version or set up a free trial of their paid plans to see if it's the right fit for you.
Pipeline CRM is best for small to medium-sized sales teams. The CRM hits the nail on the head regarding what sales reps actually need from sales software: unlimited dashboards and reports, customizable pipelines, and salesforce automation. Plus, all of this is presented in a familiar way; if you've used a spreadsheet, you can use Pipeline CRM. It's also an affordable option, with the premium subscription (US$ 49) providing access to the most advanced sales tools and automation on the market.

Ease of Use

3.7
4.3

Support

3.8
4.5

API Access

yes
yes

Free Trial

yes
yes

Free Version

yes
no

Contact Management

yes
yes

Molile Access

yes
yes

Task Management

yes
yes

Social Integration

yes
yes

Email Marketing

yes
yes

Analytics & Dashboard

yes
yes

Lead Management

yes
yes

Marketing Automation

yes
yes

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To conclude, both solutions are worth your attention for boosting the business processes and enhancing the team performance.

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