Key Definitions

For more terms see Glossary.

  • Accounts are the names of the companies and organisations that you deal with. These include your customers, prospects, partners and, if you want to, your suppliers, press publications and analyst organisations. An example account would be a company like BHP Minerals.
  • Contacts are the people who work in your accounts. For instance, you might have a contact called John Brown who works in BHP Minerals.
  • Opportunities are potential sales that you have identified in an account. For example, you might have an opportunity to sell 5,000 widgets to your Account BHP Minerals.
  • Tasks are things you need to do, for example, call John Brown back on 15th August.
  • Activities are records of things that you have done, for example the summary of a telephone conversation with BHP Minerals.

2. Your Dashboard

When you first login to your new CRM system you’ll be taken to a welcome page and your CRM Dashboard.

If you are a new user you’ll be invited to take a walkthrough of the CRM dashboard. This will show you how to access the key elements of the page. If you wish, you can come back to this later by clicking the link on the Help Drawer, see below.

CRM Getting Started - Really Simple Systems CRM

To Do List

Under the To Do list you’ll find links to our video tutorials, live webinars and other useful pages to help you get your system set up. We recommend that you take a look at these to familiarise yourself with the CRM.

Help Drawers

Your CRM includes a pull-out Help Drawer on each page that will explain how to use that particular page or feature. To open the Help Drawer click on the blue “?” tab in the top right-hand corner of your screen. Where appropriate, the Help Drawer includes video tutorials and links to this Customer Support Hub for further information.

If you wish to replay the dashboard Introduction, open the Help Drawer and click on Replay Sales Introduction.

Getting Started with your CRM - Help Drawers

Custom Dashboard

Create your own custom dashboard by adding and deleting the widgets to suit your business needs. Click on the Dashboard Options button in the top right-hand corner of the screen and select Add/Remove Widgets. Move your mouse over the widgets and click to Remove or Add each widget, then OK to save.

Once you are familiar with your dashboard you can close-down the welcome screen and video by clicking on the Dashboard Options and un-checking “Show Welcome”.

CRM Getting Started - Add/Remove Widgets on your Custom Dashboard

Search Functions

At the very top of the page, in the blue/grey section, there is a Global search bar that will search across all the data in your CRM. The search will commence as you start to type your search term.

There is also a search box at the top of each of the data tables/grids, e.g. Accounts, Contacts, Opportunities. Using the predictive search feature you can search for any detail within the account by typing a key word in the search box. The predictive search will return a list of any accounts that match your search as you type and these will be filtered the more on the word you type.

Click the “x” to delete the search and display all records.

CRM Getting Started - Search bar

3. Adding Company Accounts

Watch our tutorial video “How to Add an Account”.

One of the first things you will need to do is to add some Accounts, or company records, to your CRM. Accounts are the organisations you deal with. You can then add your Contacts, the individuals you deal with at a company, to the Account.

From the Dashboard

If you have a new CRM, on the dashboard you can click on the “To do” Create an Account. This will open a new account page. Complete the details for the new account and Save. The only mandatory fields are the Account Name and Account Owner. The Account Owner is the person in your organisation responsible for managing that account. The CRM will automatically create a dropdown list of your CRM Users in the Account Owner field for you to select from.

CRM Getting Started - Create an Account

From the Main Menu

On the left hand Main Menu, click on Accounts to view your Accounts – at first the grid will be empty.

If you are just starting out and have just a few Accounts to load you can add them one at a time using the ‘+ Add’ button on the right hand side of your screen. As above, complete the details for the new account and Save.

Add Company Accounts - CRM getting started

Bulk Data Import

If you already have data stored in another format (e.g. spreadsheets, Outlook, another CRM system) you can import the data in bulk to your CRM. Do refer to our Data Import page and watch the video to help you.

You will need to prepare your data as a .CSV file. If you use any specific terminology to describe your data fields you may also want to read up on Custom Settings for your CRM (see Step 5).

When you are ready to start importing your data, in Settings, at the top of your screen, go to Data Management then Import Data. Find out more about Importing Data.

Once you have imported some data your Accounts page will look something like this:

Company Accounts - CRM getting started

Navigating the Accounts Page

If you have more than one user you can sort your Accounts by My Accounts, My Group’s Accounts and All Accounts, using the dropdown menu located next to the Search bar.

You can sort your Accounts data by clicking on the column titles (e.g. Account Name, Source), or you can search for the information you want using the Search bar. Using the predictive search feature you can search for any detail within the account by typing a key word in the search box. The predictive search will return a list of any accounts that match your search as you type and these will be filtered the more of the word you type.

You can personalise the tables/grids in your CRM to suit your business needs, see Custom Data Tables.

Search Accounts - CRM getting started

More information on Navigating the CRM.

Intelligent Data Import

The Intelligent Data Import will look to match your data with the pre-set fields of your CRM. You can also create Custom Fields to fit your business needs and set-up custom dropdown lists, using Custom Dropdown Lists within each field.

Need Help?

If you get stuck, just send your spreadsheet with the data in it to our customer support team.

4. Editing Company Accounts

From the Accounts home page, click on the Account Name to open the account. You can add new Accounts by clicking the ‘+ Add’ icon.

Opening a Company Account - CRM getting started

Click Edit to amend the Account details, and Save. An asterisk denotes a mandatory field. To can customise the dropdown fields using Custom Dropdown Lists.

Create a new Account - CRM getting started

In the open account, scroll down to view the various sections, or grids within the account, e.g. Contacts, Tasks, Activities, Opportunities. To edit these sections, click the ‘+ Add’ icons, and Save.

View each customer account in full on one page

5. Custom Settings

Custom Data Tables/Grids

Watch the tutorial video “How to create custom grids/tables”

You can select which columns display in your data tables, e.g Accounts, Contacts etc, by clicking the Columns button and selecting/de-selecting the column titles from the dropdown menu. You can also add in any Custom Fields you have created. Please see Custom Data Tables for more information.

Select Columns and customise grids

You can change the order of the columns of the data tables by simply “dragging and dropping” from the column title bar. Depending upon the size of screen you are viewing on, you may need to de-select some columns to display the columns before you can drag and drop. Clicking the ‘+’ icon for each account, on the far right of the grid, will open the data held in the columns not visible on your screen.

Custom Fields

Watch our tutorial video “How to create a CRM Custom Field”

You can create Custom Fields in the forms in your Accounts, Contacts, Opportunities, Tasks etc. to meet your business needs. An example of a field in the Account screen would be Type, Owner, Source etc.

Custom Settings: Create custom fields in your CRM forms

To create a custom field, in Settings, go to  System Settings then Custom Fields. In Custom Fields select the name of the section form/table you wish to configure, e.g. Accounts.

You can switch the various fields on and off  by checking the ‘Live’ box on the left hand side of the screen. You can change the fields text and add new fields by typing in any box marked Custom Field. Go to Custom Fields for full details on creating custom fields.

Click Save Changes to save your custom field.

Create Custom Field in your CRM

Dropdown Lists

Watch our tutorial video “How to create Custom Dropdown Lists”

You can create Custom Dropdown Lists, previously known as Look-up Tables, within the Custom Fields facility, to create lists that fit with your company’s operation.

Create custom dropdown lists

In Settings, go to System Settings then Custom Dropdown Lists. Click on the name of the list you wish to edit, or click ‘+ Add’ to create a new list.

Edit a Dropdown List or Create a new one

Give your list a name and click the Continue button.

Create a new dropdown list

Enter the name of your list item and click ‘Add new item’. Reorder your items by “dragging and dropping” the row from the arrow icon in the left-hand column. Remove items by clicking the trash icon. Then click to save.

Create Custom Dropdown Lists in your CRM

Back in your Custom Field, in the Look-up Table field search for your new Dropdown List.

6. Managing Contacts

Adding Contacts

Watch our tutorial video “How to Add a Contact”.

Once you have some Company Accounts loaded you can then add Contacts to the Accounts. You may have already imported your Contacts with your Accounts but if not you can add them individually to your Accounts. N.B. You cannot add a Contact before you have created an Account. Go to Adding Contacts for full details.

You can add a new Contact by clicking the ‘ Add’ button on the summary Contacts grid and searching for the relevant account or you can open the Account and click the ‘+ Add’ icon above the Contacts table. Simply add the contact’s details to the form and Save. You can also type your contact’s details directly into the grid fields and clicking the save icon.

Add Contacts to your Company Accounts

Editing Contacts

To edit an existing Contact simply click on the contact name and this will open the contact form. Edit the form and click save. The form allows you to record who is the decision maker on the account and if they have a different address from the company account. If you are using the integrated Marketing module, you can set the contact to “hold” so they do not receive your marketing emails. The contact will automatically be set to “hold” if they have unsubscribed from your emails.

7. Adding Tasks, Activities & Opportunities

Watch our tutorial video “How to Add Tasks and Activities”

As you manage your customers you will want to record the various activities and interactions you make with your customer. For example, meetings, telephone calls, emails, sales activity etc. You can record these within the Company Account pages.

On the Accounts page you will find separate grids/tables for Tasks, Activities and Opportunities. To add a new Task, Activity or Opportunity simply click on the ‘+ Add’ icon and a new box will open.

Add Tasks & Activities within each Company Account

Tasks and Activities work in much the same way, providing dropdown lists for each field and a date picker to set up your Task or record your Activity. You can change the dropdown lists to meet your business needs by using custom dropdowns lists – go back to Step 4 – Custom Settings for more details.

Getting Started with your CRM: Create Tasks

Adding an Opportunity works similarly but with a few more options. The data you add here will be fed into your Sales dashboard and Sales Funnel and will determine your sales forecasting.

Watch the tutorial video “How to add an Opportunity”

CRM Getting Started: Adding Opportunities

Again you can customise the Form Fields and Dropdown Lists to suit your business. The asterisks indicates a mandatory field and you can also add Marketing Campaign to record your lead source details. The main difference is the Opportunity Lines table, i.e. product lines. Here you simply add the product or service you are selling from the dropdown list, the quantity and unit price, and save. you can add more Opportunity Lines once saved.