SOURCE: Sage North America

Sage North America

September 01, 2010 09:03 ET

Sage ACT! 2011 Contact & Customer Manager Makes New Smart Tasks and List Building Services Available to Small and Midsized Business Users

Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, Powered by Hoover's™, Debuts as Latest Sage Connected Service

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 1, 2010) - Sage North America today announced the new Sage ACT! 2011 contact and customer manager featuring new smart task automation for frequent activities such as sales opportunity and contact follow up. Sage ACT! 2011 includes numerous ease of use improvements and full synchronization with Microsoft® Outlook® contacts and calendar items. Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, a list-building subscription service powered by Hoover's, also debuts as the latest Sage Connected Services offering for small and midsized businesses. Visit http://pitch.pe/84947 for a social media version of this announcement with video.

"Sage ACT! 2011 builds on the momentum created with last year's edition," explains Brent Leary, small business technology analyst and principal of CRM Essentials. "Sage Business Info Services for ACT! is a great connected services addition to Sage E-marketing for ACT!. Importing prospect lists from Hoover's database of 85 million contacts directly into Sage ACT! streamlines the lead gathering process and works nicely with new smart task capabilities so users can further automate common sales and marketing tasks." 

New Sage ACT! 2011 features and enhancements include:

  • Smart Tasks to automate common marketing, sales and support activities with standard and customizable templates. Smart tasks integrate with the Sage E-marketing for ACT! subscription service so users can add prospects to automated drip marketing email campaigns, track open and click through rates and send welcome messages to new customers, among other capabilities.

  • Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, a list-building subscription service, to import targeted prospect lists from Hoover's into Sage ACT! and help users identify new selling opportunities. Sage ACT! users in the U.S. and Canada can access 65 million companies and 85 million contacts to build lists based on location, company size, title and industry among other criteria. 

  • Microsoft Outlook synchronization to sync Sage ACT! contacts and calendar items with those in Outlook. Data is updated in both locations regardless of where contacts were created or edited. Users control what data is synced back and forth.

  • Additional enhancements include direct import from Excel®, a re-designed welcome page with instructional videos and compatibility with Microsoft® Office 2010 and Firefox®.

Sage Connected Services:

Sage is delivering web-based connected services that enhance the productivity of customers' on-premise software experience. In addition to Sage Business Info Services for ACT!, other subscription-based Sage Connected Services available for use with Sage ACT! include Sage E-marketing for ACT! to help design, automate and track email campaigns, and ACT! Mobile Live for wirelessly synchronizing contact and calendar data with BlackBerry® and Windows Mobile® devices. iPhone® compatibility is planned for later this year.

Sage ACT! is the #1 selling contact and customer manager designed for small businesses and sales teams, and is used by over 2.8 million individuals and 56,000 companies worldwide. Sage ACT! is easy to use, priced for the cost-conscious and personalizable so users can organize all the details of their business relationships in one place including recent emails, meeting notes, task reminders and social networking profiles.

Sage ACT! helps users improve marketing effectiveness, attract new customers, and create more value from existing relationships. Complete sales pipeline visibility helps users identify and take action on the most qualified sales opportunities. Sage ACT! integrates with existing business solutions including Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and Lotus Notes®.

Pricing & Availability

Sage ACT! Pro 2011 is available for $229.99 MSRP (upgrade $169.95 MSRP). Sage ACT! Premium 2011 with Windows® and web client access options, additional security and administration features for teams sharing a central database is $459.99 MSRP (upgrade $299.95 MSRP).

Subscription-based Sage Connected Services include: Sage Business Info Services for ACT! with access levels ranging from free to $54.95 per user, per month; Sage E-marketing for ACT! beginning at $14.95 per user, per month; and ACT! Mobile Live for $10 per user, per month.

There are 70 ACT! Add-on solutions that further extend Sage ACT! 2011 with shipping, project planning, Voice-over-IP and other capabilities available at http://estore.act.com.

Sage ACT! products and services are also available from Sage ACT! Certified Consultants listed at www.act.com/certifiedconsultants. For more information call 866-903-0006 or visit www.act.com, www.act.com/facebook, www.act.com/twitter, www.act.com/youtube or http://community.act.com.

About Sage North America
Sage North America is part of The Sage Group plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services. Sage North America employs 4,000 people and supports 3.1 million small and midsized business customers. The Sage Group plc, formed in 1981, was floated on the London Stock Exchange in 1989 and now employs 13,100 people and supports 6.2 million customers worldwide. For more information, please visit the website at www.sagenorthamerica.com.

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Certified Consultants are third-party vendors. Sage and its affiliates are in no way liable or responsible for claims made related to the services provided by third-party vendors.

Important Note: Import functions for Sage Business Info Services for ACT! must be performed on the web server when using Sage ACT! Premium (access via web).

Important Note: Sage E-marketing for ACT! is powered by Swiftpage™.

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