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Salesforce.com Review

10
Salesforce.com [is] placed in the heart of the sales business [as a] daily main forecasting tool. Embedded reports and top management …

Salesforce-Review

9
Used it for major ticket logging systems by end-users. There are so many small features that make your life so easy. The UI is really …
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Great reports!

9
We use Salesforce as a CRM for service cases, to track wholesale accounts, and to manage D2C leads. We also rely heavily on reporting to …
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Powerful software with a lot of potential

9
We are using Salesforce.com as a customer relationship management software. We moved our email marketing over to Salesforce, and are in …
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great CRM tool!

9
we use Salesforce.com as our CRM database to manage customer relationships/engagements and keep track of their activities with our …
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Salesforce.com is not so user friendly

3
It's being used to track customers, appointments, customer data, so the bankers enter the notes about opportunities, track the status of …
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May the Salesforce be with you.

8
Salesforce is being used by our entire company. We use it for Accounting, Sales, Account Management, Production, and Support. We use it in …
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Diamond Necklace, Sparkly and Sophisticated

8
We have thousands of clients over various industry and need to analyze the sales funnel to assess ROI as well as to maintain control over …
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Salesforce.com Review

10
Our team uses Salesforce every day. This is where we get all the data that we need for our reports. We create a report in Salesforce to …
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Welcome to my Nightmare!

1
We use Salesforce as our main CRM. Almost all aspects of our business are dependent on Salesforce and use it every day. Our Service team …

Popular Features

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Customizable reports (178)

8.5
85%

Customer data management / contact management (183)

8.4
84%

Opportunity management (179)

8.4
84%

Workflow management (174)

8.0
80%

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Pricing

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Essentials

$25.00

Cloud
Per User/Per Month

Professional

$75.00

Cloud
Per User/Per Month

Enterprise

$150.00

Cloud
Per User/Per Month

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $25 per month

Features Scorecard

Sales Force Automation

8.0
80%

Customer Service & Support

8.5
85%

Marketing Automation

8.0
80%

CRM Project Management

7.6
76%

CRM Reporting & Analytics

8.4
84%

Customization

8.2
82%

Security

8.6
86%

Social CRM

7.9
79%

Integrations with 3rd-party Software

7.8
78%

Platform

7.9
79%

Product Details

What is Salesforce?

Salesforce is a web-based CRM application that enables users to forecast revenues and track leads. It is a leading sales, service, and marketing app. Salesforce.com's Sales (CRM), Service, Platform and Marketing applications are designed to help companies connect with customers, partners, and employees in entirely new ways. According to the vendor, on average, reps using Salesforce see: a +29% increase in sales from greater visibility, +34% increase in sales productivity, and +42% increase in forecast accuracy.

Salesforce Features

Sales Force Automation Features

  • Supported: Customer data management / contact management
  • Supported: Workflow management
  • Supported: Territory management
  • Supported: Opportunity management
  • Supported: Integration with email client (e.g., Outlook or Gmail)
  • Supported: Contract management
  • Supported: Quote & order management
  • Supported: Interaction tracking
  • Supported: Channel / partner relationship management

Marketing Automation Features

  • Supported: Lead management
  • Supported: Email marketing

CRM Project Management Features

  • Supported: Task management
  • Supported: Reporting

CRM Reporting & Analytics Features

  • Supported: Forecasting
  • Supported: Pipeline visualization
  • Supported: Customizable reports

Customization Features

  • Supported: Custom fields
  • Supported: Custom objects
  • Supported: Scripting environment
  • Supported: API for custom integration

Security Features

  • Supported: Role-based user permissions
  • Supported: Single sign-on capability

Social CRM Features

  • Supported: Social data
  • Supported: Social engagement

Integrations with 3rd-party Software Features

  • Supported: Marketing automation
  • Supported: Compensation management

Platform Features

  • Supported: Mobile access

Salesforce Screenshots

Salesforce CRM - More than just a contacts database, Salesforce CRM is your centralized repository of customer information in the cloud.Salesforce Dashboards - Advanced reporting for Sales Executives, Sales Managers, or Service Managers allows you to keep a pulse on customer acquisition and satisfaction.Force.com Platform - More than a CRM or Service Application, Salesforce is a full cloud-based development environment supported by a rich ecosystem of integrated third-party application providers.

Salesforce Video

SalesForce is a popular CRM tool, and one of it's most notable features is report creation. New users may have a hard time creating these reports, though, so we walk you through the process step by step.

Salesforce Integrations

Salesforce Competitors

Salesforce Technical Details

Deployment TypesSaaS
Operating SystemsUnspecified
Mobile ApplicationNo

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Salesforce cost?

Salesforce starts at $25.

What is Salesforce's best feature?

Reviewers rate Case management highest, with a score of 9.

Who uses Salesforce?

The most common users of Salesforce are from Mid-size Companies and the Computer Software industry.

Reviews

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Stephanie Gaughen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Make sure you have the system requirements well defined. Make sure executives understand the importance of this to the success of Salesforce or any CRM. If you don't understand the requirements, you won't make the best decision for your needs. That can cost you a lot of money and wasted time.
January 15, 2013

Dominant CRM leader.

Rob Gottschalk | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Executive involvement is critical. Make sure you have a good handle on the metrics you would like to ultimately manage. Work as a team to document your business requirements. Whiteboard often. Understand Salesforce's best practice capabilities. Have a central person identified to handle all report and analysis requests (ie - don't allow multiple people to create reports; have one person create reports and distribute them to decision makers via the Salesforce dashboard or whatever form). Make sure you understand critical dates and develop the project plan accordingly.
Score 9 out of 10
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Just from an organizational standpoint - we standardized our data prior to moving to Salesforce. But we essentially standardized it wrong. That's created a big disgusting mess for us know that I'll have to deal with as the Admin. Be sure you think through use cases prior to doing something like that - seek outside opinions on how the data will work best, especially depending on what else you're going to integrate with Salesforce.
Score 10 out of 10
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I can speak about the experiences I had with the previous company. The company and the professional services firm rushed into implementation, and as a result there were tons and tons of duplicates in the system. Data migration was a mess. We had to refrain from using some of the core functionality of Salesforce until we got the data cleaned up. Without clean data, any system is useless.
Score 9 out of 10
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Check your Consultants out before they start an implementation project. Be sure they have actually done at least several successful implementations in the areas you are asking them to implement. Check references for their strengths and weaknesses. Clearly define the scope of the project and hold regular weekly meetings to make sure both sides are adhering to that scope.
Score 8 out of 10
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I implemented the system myself. Frankly, I would have liked more help. I expressed dissatisfaction with the process and with the fact that I was not getting any real help from Salesforce, and eventually they assigned me a quality consultant who was excellent at advising on best-practices / features that we might not have considered using etc.

However, I was only assigned this resource because I complained loudly enough. It's not a standard part of their offering.
Score 10 out of 10
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We tried implementing ourselvesand my satisfaction with that was a “4”. That increased to an 8 when we got outside help. You should plan on having continuing need for Salesforce administrative help as, even after initial implementation, what you need and want from the product will grow, expand and change with the business Spend some time at the beginning of the implementation to really understand what you want to report on after its implemented. Spend significant time understanding your work flows within departments and between departments. Resist the temptation, and sometimes the pressure, from upper management, to build a system that captures every bit of information imaginable. Remember that much of that data will be input by high paid sales people and it takes a lot of time. So only plan on capturing data that 1) is truly important to the business rather than a curiously 2) that is reportable and actionable and 3) someone in the organization is on the hook for looking at the reports and taking action. In other words, focus on capturing and reporting on KPIs for the functional heads. Technical implementation is one thing but adoption is critical so have a good plan there. It’s important for each user to understand why time spent inputting data helps THEM as well as the “business”. Lastly, for most businesses its important to start capturing data earlier than you think is required as eventually you are going to want to look at trend data that you simply won’t have if you don’t capture it.
Score 10 out of 10
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If I were to do it again, I would hire an outside team to analyze my business needs and determine the right path – otherwise you end up doing it piece meal. I have not found someone I really trust yet. There are lots of shops that are good at Salesforce, but most are not good at integrating with mobile devices.
Score 9 out of 10
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If you do need customization, finding good Salesforce developers is extremely difficult - both people to come work for you and professional services firms. You can find firms, but finding good ones is hard. Try and stay as vanilla as you can, configure before you code. Get at least one person in your organization well trained on administration using Salesforce training. Treat configuration like code. Always test in sandbox. Practice good change control i.e. what configuration changes were made at what time, and limit who can make configuration changes.
Score 9 out of 10
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It was a mixed experience (with Blue Wolf). In the initial phase of project, the project manager and Business Analysts they brought in were not up to snuff. We had a lot of churn on their team initially. We also worked with a firm called Catapult on integration. I would rate them an 8/10.
Score 9 out of 10
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Avoid the leads object if you can as: - Conversion to account contact exclusively is a pain - Cannot group leads very easily if data entry errors - Difficult to run reporting. - Becomes a messy object – no robust transitions. Start with your process first, then translate into your system, find ways to capture data, and run reporting to see if you have made an impact.
October 25, 2012

Love the AppExchange.

Score 9 out of 10
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It took a little longer than planned, but I blame us. Get the portal no matter what. Don’t get the free stuff – it’s a dissatisfier. Let them (Salesforce.com) do the implementation. I am not that impressed with the partners.
October 25, 2012

Almost perfect!

Score 10 out of 10
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You really need internally trained people. A new implementation needs business analysts, consultants and a lot of involvement from the business owners. There’s so much that you can use, you need someone to hold you back too and think about how smart it is to do it. This should be the role that a business analyst or consultant plays. This was a problem for us with our services implementation. We just built stuff and didn’t think hard enough about what was required. For a new, smaller company, you need a Salesforce.com expert but they can be a really good administrator in the business function versus a business analyst in IT. It is probably smart to have a business analyst if you can afford that role.
Score 10 out of 10
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It is important to ensure that your business processes are well defined. You also need to define who owns the data who owns certain objects – this is so critical. Data quality in Salesforce.com is so hard. Identifying the owners i.e. person or department is important. It is hard as data ownership transfers during the life of customer. If everybody owns the data, then nobody owns it. Accounts and contacts is a key area. I have seen people using Gamification for managing data (e.g, Bunchball, Hoopla).
Score 10 out of 10
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There’s some things you just have to learn as you go along Plan your organizational use before you start building, and minimum requirements as well. The admin should pre-load in an account set, and the less you can put on individual reps to populate the database, the better.
Score 8 out of 10
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Building in incentives to have people use Salesforce.com it very important to help with adoption. New hires follow veterans so it is important that veterans use the system. We have to sell value the value of the system to the sales team i.e. why it matters to them. It is important to attack that right away. I have seen a little bit of what vendors like Bunchball are doing to gamify the adoption of Salesforce.com and I would like to try out one of those programs. We are running a lot of internal training. It is also important to have a single point of contact or a small team of experts that people can go to. I get little Salesforce.com questions all the time, but answering them helps people move forward. This is especially important for smaller companies.