What's the best direct sales CRM for non-salespeople?

I'm looking to do a lot of direct sales emails for my new product (UserCompass.com) and I'm looking for a CRM that's setup to work well with direct sales (cold emailing). Preferably I'd like something that's aimed at someone like me, a developer/designer that doesn't consider himself a salesman, but does sales. Are there any good Direct Sales CRM's that are aimed at non-salesman (devs/designers)? Sounds a bit specific I know, but there's so many CRM's out there I'd thought there'd be one for me.
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    Salesflare CRM

    Simple yet powerful CRM for small businesses selling B2B

    Sampath S
    Sampath SI blog at http://sampathspeaks.com · Written
    Works smooth as Silk, despite loaded with a lot of features & very reasonably priced
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    • I've used so many CRMs in the past, and have also looked at lots of others too. I was first attracted to Salesflare by the clean design and ease of use, but then was very impressed with just how powerful it is. It integrates so well with Gmail, that it just became a natural extension of how I work. Also the developers have been offering great support too. I highly recommend Salesflare.

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    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt Pliszkaresearching SaaS software @ pickSaaS.com

      Love the way Salesflare automates your daily work with the CRM, it's really comfortable and saves a lot of time, at the same time providing all the most important CRM functionalities.

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    Streak

    CRM in your inbox - for Gmail

    James Welch
    James Welch5CEO @ innovationcompany.co.uk · Written
    Yep, works brilliantly inside gmail. Great pipeline vizualisations
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    Derek Shanahan
    Derek ShanahanThree Hex, Cloud Unicorn · Written
    May be a good fit. Lightweight, in-email, good funnel building.
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    • Jonathan Knegtel
      Jonathan KnegtelBuilding blockdata.tech

      I've used Streak for + 3 years and has always been my go to. I've set it up for clients for sales, project management and my personal inbox.

      Support is always willing to help and once you think you have mastered it, there is another hidden feature. (formulas in a CRM anyone?)

      Make sure to hold an onboarding session for your team and commit, it will pay off.

    • Robert Stojnic
      Robert StojnicCTO, Factmata

      Indispensable for managing hires and pipelines, been using it every day for months. However, it frequently takes a couple of seconds to load, and can take longer to retrieve old emails assigned to a box.

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    Close.io

    A CRM with built-in calling, SMS, and email

    Kenton Ward
    Kenton WardCEO, Bookitbee · Written
    Pricey but easy to use effectively - use with drip email for cold emailing
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    • Ryan Robinson
      Ryan RobinsonContent Marketing Extraordinaire

      I've been using Close.io in my agency/freelance business for over a year and it's focus on completing activities—making the next call, sending a follow up email, checking off the next task, delivering a contract—has been great for helping focus. A little more premium priced than other options on the market, but the ROI and positive side effects way more than make up for the price.

  4. You've got to try Bitrix24. Even though it's free, it has more direct marketing tools than most commercial CRM options. See https://www.bitrix24.com/feature...
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    Freshsales CRM

    A full-fledged CRM for high-velocity sales teams.

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    I think Freshsales could make a great case for itself here. It is feature-packed and built from ground-up for high-velocity sales. The extremely intuitive UI makes it easy for traditionally non-salespeople to get started with the CRM in a jiffy. The best part - a free 30-day trial and a lifetime free plan for upto 10 agents.
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    • Steven Hambleton
      Steven HambletonFounder, Emailancer

      I used Pipedrive for a while but Freshsales is so much faster and the user interface, automations and built in email tracking meant I could retire a few other products.