Capturing leads from your website is a Zap

Last night I did not feel like doing much. I laid down with my phone and was doing some late night surfing, on my social media channels. I came across a company called Drift

I watched a video and I was interested enough that I downloaded the app. Now remember it was late, so when I opened the app and did not see much for me to do, I went on to other things.

Drift however did not go on to other things and at 8:40pm I got an email.

At 8:45pm another email thanking me for signing up with Drift and letting me know that they would be happy to show me some secrets behind using Drift, if I was interested all I needed to do was reply to the email.  I replied and this morning an account executive emailed me before 8am with a more personal message.

What I was really interested in was a Solution Partner relationship with Drift. However, I’m understanding that doesn’t currently exist. I spent some time on Drift’s youtube channel (which needs to be branded :)) checking them out.

It did not take long for me to see what they are up to and that I liked the tool enough to try it out. I opened a free account with Drift with my email address.

I found the Javascript, copied and pasted to edit my website. Presto! A chat window.

There are various other options like HubSpot, Shopify, Segment, and WordPress. Here’s a great video to see how easy it can be.

The Drift app let’s me control my availability to chat, manage my notifications and has all my conversations. I can also monitor and reply to those conversations, right from my smartphone. When I’m not available to chat – someone visiting my website can send me a message for me to respond to later.

I thought it would be great if I could have all the chat contacts added to my CRM and create a task for follow up and with in a few minutes I created it.

Here is what you need to do the same.

  • A CRM  – SystemsGirl uses Nimble and we are a Solution Partner, if you are looking for a CRM and/or database implementation services. Free Trial available
  • A free basic Drift.com account
  • A free basic  Zapier.com account
  • API codes for Nimble and Drift – these are specific to your accounts.

If you are not familiar with API codes, API is short for Application Programming Interface. Basically, the API code lets the software systems communicate with each other.

A post on social from earlier today “Added @Drift to a website created a #zap via @zapier linking contact info from the chat. This created a new contact in @Nimble CRM & added a task to activities – ensuring followup. #integrations #api #tools #marketing #conversations #leadgeneration What to Learn more?”

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So Close

So Close

Has this ever happened to you?

Your child wishes for a particular gift for Christmas. Santa searches every corner of the north pole and finds and brings the coveted gift. Child decides within days that they no longer want the gift. All that energy – so exhausting.

It happens that the gift my child no longer wanted was a Rubik’s Cube. Why didn’t she want it any more? It was to hard to solve.

Ever have a challenge/problem that was hard to solve? Silly question right?! This is adult life. I gave the child a pass on this one, no sense having her grow up to fast. Adulthood will come soon enough.

So the dilemma occurred when we were going through items in our home, deciding which items fit and could stay and those that needed to go. These items we either regift or donate as yard sale season is done for the year. We really like to see things find new homes with people that will enjoy them. But how do you give away a Rubik’s Cube that is unsolved. Who wants that?

I very casually took on a challenge by saying that I would solve the Rubik’s Cube and then we would find it a new home for it. For a week or more I played with the cube for a bit before bed. I had come close to solving it many times but always got stuck on the last 5-10%. I could not get the yellow or the corners in the right places. URG!

Thursday night a light bulb went off. Does it matter if I can not solve the cube by myself? No! I said I would solve it, so how can I do that? I googled “solve rubik’s cube“. Who new there were so many videos to solve the cube. I watched one and fell asleep. LOL.

 

Friday night before bed there was that cube again on my night stand. My thoughts “Okay, let’s see if I can follow the video I found.” In missing steps, I had messed the cube up so many times and had to start again scratch. I’m not even sure how many times I stopped the video or hit rewind.  Then my iPhone battery needed to be recharged and so did I. I went to sleep with 3 middle pieces still not solved on one row of the the cube.

 

The next morning, Saturday there was that “So Close” to being solved cube. I took a picture and sent it to my child. She was going to be so excited that I had gotten so close. But I was not going to leave it that way. I had gotten this far. Although I was not great at following directions, gratefully, the directions were clear enough that I could go back and do a step again or if necessary start from the very beginning.

All to often we give up when we are so close. We all have a Rubik’s Cube type of a situation. Maybe it’s building your business. If we know that the steps we have been given solve the problem or get us past the challenge, why don’t we keep at it?

 

It’s amazing how gratifying it has been to actually solve this Rubik’s Cube. Seriously a small endeavour on the world scale but what it showed me is that I can follow instructions, even if I have to go backward to go forward. It showed me that it’s okay if I have to start over. It also hit home that I did not have to do it all by myself. I am coachable. So what if I used a tutorial video to get it done, I got it done. The success is still mine, I just did not have to do it all by myself. I found the resources I needed and got it done.

That Feels Amazing!

So what is your Rubix Cube?

Planning Day – Vision

Planning Tuesday

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This morning was dedicated to planning. So website updates it was.

In making changes to this site future vision has been created.

Old material on the site was changed from published to draft.

Pages were revised on the menu. Pages, Posts and Links were added.

Simplicity is the focus for everything on this site.

Some of the questions asked for which changes were based on:

 Is Everything Easy to Find?

Is it Friendly and Inviting?

Is there Planned Growth?

There are more questions that can be asked but for today this was a start.

SystemsGirl is big on Community we’ve participated in helping event organizers with charity events. Roles have varied depending on the event. With some it was a full Social Media Marketing Strategy, with Administrative and Volunteer support. For others it was sharing a charity event to build awareness. Always looking for an opportunity to share, how with a system it might be simpler and less time consuming.

The Blog here is where we will share what is going on. Such as this post.

Adventures – are a must. I can see this page of the site being a lot of fun going forward. Currently there are 3 major Adventures underway…

1. SMBizStudent – Learn Something and Share it

Focus is on Social Media Sharing, Strategy and Amplifying Voice, Creating Attention Online, Sharing a Message and knowing Your Audience.

2. SmallBizStudent -Business is Forever being a Student

 In business there is so much to know. Learning, growing and implementing something new regularly, is the focus. Taking Small  Businesses Back to School.

3. Partnerships – the residual income portion of SystemsGirl.

Because every Business could have residual income. This section is where we have Partnered, or have referral or affiliate relationships built with other companies. These companies are Positively Impacting in the world with their tools and resources and we recommend you have a better look at them.

Future Vision and Planning

Memberships and Affiliates are 2 sections where planning really showed up. The plans are to develop these pieces in the near future – thus the COMING SOON

There will always be learning and sharing here.

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VendHQ – Web Based Point-of-Sale

VendHQ – Web Based Point-of-Sale
Vend Point of Sale

Web-based point-of-sale

All you need is a web browser. Vend works with equipment you already own, including barcode scanners, cash drawers and receipt printers.

Vend continues to work even if your internet connection doesn’t. Your data will automatically synchronize the next time you connect.

We automatically back up your data several times a day, on secure servers. So it’s protected, and can only be accessed by you.

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Take the stress out of owning a POS system. Enjoy the latest features without the hassle of maintenance and upgrades, for a small monthly subscription.

Are you connecting?

Are you everywhere online?
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, PinterestLinkedIn, SnapChat and Google+

Does it Look like this?

SystemsGirl | Promote Your Page Too

Are you signing in to each one daily to tweet, post and reply?

Oh Yes then there is email.

Trying to keep up with everything is exhausting.

You may have even tried Hootsuite or TweetDeck to track the conversations.

Used Hootsuite or Buffer to schedule tweets and share your links on all the other sites.

Now if you have a business and you are marketing your solutions – well, likely you are not.

You are trying to but spending so much time on social media means you are left with very little time to “Do What You Love.”

Your Business is your Passion. Let’s get back to it- shall we?

The Ultimate Social Listening Tool is going to be your new best friend.

Why?  Because you can now listen and engage on a whole new level.

Those of you with Teams and Business Partnerships – will LOVE IT!

Watch Videos about the product and it’s founder.

Welcome to Online Connection Simplified.

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