Overview

Salesforce is the most advanced CRM on the market. It comes with a long list of innovative features for sales, marketing, and service teams. It also offers business modules, or "clouds," for industries such as healthcare, media, and the public sector. This makes for a complex, enterprise-grade CRM system that can serve businesses of every stripe.
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

Once you master its handling, Salesforce opens up in all of its glory. But learning the ropes will take time and training; this is not a small, out-of-the-box CRM solution. Salesforce's commitment to innovation also means the CRM continuously adds more features, so there's always something new to learn. The interface itself is intuitive and well-designed, but some users trip over the mountain of features.
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

Salesforce offers three plans for customer service. The free support is limited to tech support and online resources. For tech support, simply submit an online support ticket. Free online resources are extensive and include demos, Trailblazer Community, and self-help portal, among others. The paid plan is 30% of your net subscription and offers 24/7 support, expert coaching, and developer support. You can also get a customized signature support plan. The price depends on the complexity of your support needs.
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?

Salesforce's mission is to bring companies and their customers together. In theory, every customer-centric business can benefit from the Salesforce platform. However, the size and complexity of this CRM may be overwhelming for smaller organizations. You can do a free trial of the software and see for yourself.
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

4
4.3

Support

3.9
4.5

API Access

yes
yes

Free Trial

yes
yes

Free Version

no
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

Already made a decision about the best CRM for your business?

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

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