Five Cloud Picks for Your Business

Posted in Small & Medium Businesses | by Yi Ting Kwa on 28 September 2016

Last updated on 2 November 2018

If you have already started your journey to attaining a lean, cloud-based business, you might have realized the plethora of cloud software options available. To help you out, we have shortlisted five of our top cloud picks. We’ll also share the reasons why we love them.

 

 

1. Salesforce – Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

 

What is Salesforce for?

Salesforce is a CRM tool that helps you keep track of all customer and prospect information and interactions. No matter which industry you are in, having a good CRM tool will help you gain a better understanding of your customers and prospects. You will be then able to target them better and in turn, boost sales.

 

 

Why do you need Salesforce?

CRM has moved beyond the Sales team. Beyond sales, Marketing and Customer Service also require crucial customer information. With Cloud CRM, anyone from any department can view a single version of customer information. This allows you to build a history of customer data that enables consistent and targeted positioning of your business proposition.

 

Being on the cloud also allows your team to stay in touch while on the go, allowing instant information sharing between teams. Furthermore, Salesforce enables increased visibility on your sales team’s activities, current opportunities being worked on, the potential value and current stages of deals. This allows you to hold your salespeople accountable and check on their progress in achieving sales targets.

 

 

Why do we love Salesforce?

Insightful analytics and all-round integration with third party applications like Zendesk and MailChimp.

 

2. MailChimp – Email Marketing

 

What is MailChimp for?

MailChimp is an email service provider used for more than just marketing. Other than sending marketing messages to your mailing list, it can send customized newsletters and updates to your customers, and even automated response messages for your websites.

 

 

Why do you need MailChimp?

Get detailed insights on how your email campaigns are performing. At a glance, see your campaign’s open rate, click rate, links clicked the most, number of unsubscribers, and so much more! You’ll easily know what works and what doesn’t, so you can improve on your next campaign.

 

You also enjoy the benefit of MailChimp’s huge database of email data, which tracks the industry average for open and click rates, so that you can benchmark your performance. By suggesting the best times for you to send out your campaigns, MailChimp optimizes your campaigns automatically.

 

MailChimp integrates with third-party cloud apps like Salesforce, enabling automatic syncing of mailing list groups with your Salesforce contacts.

 

 

Why do we love MailChimp?

The Automation feature is awesome. Certain actions can automatically trigger emails to be sent out to your mailing list, so you’ll always look responsive to your customers and prospects.

 

 

3. Eventbrite – Event Planning and Management

 

What is Eventbrite for?

Eventbrite is an event management platform allowing organizers to plan, promote and sell event tickets while sharing on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

Why do you need Eventbrite?

Event management can’t get any easier. A dedicated landing page for your event can be set up with a few clicks. Attendee information can be collected easily with customized forms and reminder emails can be sent out automatically. With Eventbrite, you don’t have to worry about the guest list. Instead you can now focus all your efforts in creating the best event experience.

 

 

Why do we love Eventbrite?

Eventbrite is FREE for free events!

 

 

4. QuickBooks Online – Cloud Accounting

 

What is QuickBooks Online for?

QuickBooks Online is a cloud-based accounting software. It can help your business accept payments, create customized invoices, and manage expenses.

 

 

Why do you need QuickBooks Online?

QuickBooks Online helps you create quotes and invoices instantly. You can also capture receipts and expenses from any mobile device at any location. Quickbooks Online scales quickly with the growth of your business and customer base by eliminating time-consuming, manually edited excel invoices.

 

Integration with third-party applications also makes your life easier. Justlogin is one of the Payroll partners of QuickBooks Online, allowing you to run your payroll on Justlogin and send it into your accounts in QuickBooks in an instant.

 

 

Why do we love QuickBooks Online?

We don’t usually judge a book by its cover, but we’ve got to say, Quickbooks Online has a beautiful user interface. That’s something you don’t see every day in accounting software.

 

 

5. JustLogin – Cloud HR

 

What is JustLogin for?

JustLogin is a suite of HR cloud applications that helps you manage payroll, leave, attendance and claims. Every business deals with HR administration that could be made more complicated by regulations such as mandatory itemized payslips or childcare leave. JustLogin makes HR easier.

 

 

Why do you need JustLogin?

Governmental regulations are automatically taken care of by JustLogin. CPF is automatically calculated and IRAS forms can be prepared with one click. Because the system is on the cloud, any statutory changes are updated immediately by JustLogin, ensuring consistent compliance.

 

JustLogin also has a mobile application that your employees can use to check payslips, apply for leave and take their attendance anywhere they are. When you make it so easy for your employees, you save yourself time from having to do it for them. Computed data leaves no room for disputes regarding leave counts or amount of overtime hours clocked.

 

When you have real-time, updated data, you can respond to urgent HR issues immediately.

 

 

Why do we love JustLogin?

I can’t imagine not being able to check my payslips and apply for leave on my phone anymore. Taking our attendance with a selfie is a fun touch too.

 

Still on the fence? Sign up for a free 14-day trial to try it out for yourself. We’re sure you’ll love it!

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