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What is the best CRM for startups, and why?

Which CRM are you using? What are the 5 key features in that CRM? What do you pay for it?
10 recommended
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    Salesflare CRM

    Simple yet powerful CRM for small businesses selling B2B

    Salesflare is an automated CRM that helps you reduce manual data entry by more than 70%. Five key features: 1. Automatic logging of contact data (from your email, phone, social channels, etc.) - all with zero manual entry on your end 2. Automated timelines of your customers so you know exactly what you talked about over time, as well as automated to-do lists so you never miss a follow-up 3. Visual and easy-to-use pipeline management 4. Mobile app and email sidebar available, which offer 100% of the functions you find on the desktop site, so no need to worry about not being able to carry out certain tasks or functions when you're on the go 5. Integrations with 1,000+ apps via Zapier, so you can continue to use the tools currently in your toolkit. Salesflare is $30/user/month with an annual plan.
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    The project management tool that grows with you

    Jessi LuChange the future. · Written
    We use our own product Zenkit. Either you use a Kanban Board or the list view to organize anything but I would recommend building your own database in Zenkit. With references, you are able to link e.g. one customer to his purchase. We also offer a Template so it´s easier to start with CRM in Zenkit ( By the way, it´s free for up to 5 team members.
  3. 5

    A CRM for growing businesses

    Alex HalesCRM Consultant · Written
    I recommend Funnel CRM 👍 All growing businesses run into the same fundamental problems. Losing track of your leads, buried under email, forgetting to follow up that is where Funnel CRM shines. - Designed Specifically for Small Teams - Task & Team Management - Attach your website contact form to get leads automatically - Send Proposals and quotations directly from the CRM - Organize your customer data (filter and tag them) - See when your customers open your emails - Send and Receive emails DIRECTLY from CRM - no more email mess They are offering a 2-week trial to try out (
    I love Funnel CRM. It really helps me to organize leads at a single place.
  4. 5
    Salesmate CRM
    Mehul ShahDigital Marketing Expert · Written
    The most simple and user-friendly CRM software available in the market designed specifically keeping in mind the requirements of startups and small businesses. It provides some amazing features that you can only get in premium plans of major CRM's at a really affordable price. 1. Team (Shared) Inbox 2. Built-in Calling and Text 3. Product/Service Management 4. Call Recording etc. Also, there are many other features that can help streamline your sales process and increase revenue. The support is also pretty amazing. Signup for 15 days free trial through this link:
    I think Salesmate is a great option for Sales teams because they have ample features specifically designed to empower sales. I have been using the product for a year now. The system is really easy to use and packed with the right sales features. Plus, the pricing is really affordable for a small business like ours, especially startups.
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    Freshsales CRM

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

    Tejas KingerPMM @ Plum | Prev. @ Freshworks Hiver · Written
    I'd go with Freshsales. My answers to your questions are in-line. What are the 5 key features in that CRM? - Built-in phone and email with two-way Gmail Sync. - Visual sales pipeline to get a high-level overview of your sales process. - Workflow automation. - Tasks, notes, and reminders. - Lead scoring, auto-profile enrichment, and reports. What do you pay for it? - There's a no strings attached free plan that is free for unlimited users. Paid plans start at 12 USD/user/month when billed annually.
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    A CRM with built-in calling, SMS, and email

    Thomas DIDIERHead of Marketing · Written
    Easy to map and manage your sales workflows, email templates work great and all reporting data are nicely showcase to follow team performance and customers health.
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    PipeDrive CRM

    Effortless pipeline management.

    Diego TraperoFounder, · Written
    Easy but powerful, kanban style deal pipelines. Can be automated with workflows.
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    Agile CRM
    Saketh RasakatlaSr. Digital Marketer · Written
    Hi Kwadwo, Agile CRM is the only comprehensive, end-to-end CRM that delivers sales, marketing and support automation to help small and medium businesses manage all parts of the customer journey, from a single platform, in order to drive sustainable, scalable growth. 5 key features: - All-in-One CRM for sales, marketing and service. Rated as the best CRM by G2Crowd, Getapp, Capterra in their latest 2018 rankings. - Sales automation - Contact management, Telephony, Project Management. - Marketing automation - Email marketing, Landing pages, web engagement popups, web forms, Social media marketing. - Service automation - Helpdesk, Knowledgebase, Live Chat. - Sales enablement - Gamification, Lead scoring, eDocs & Proposals etc We use its enterprise package - 48$ (Pricing plan - Here is why it is the best for startups - As a startup, if you manage your customer interactions using spreadsheets, emails or a no. of different applications, you would end up not having a central database to store all your customer data. This also means, your data is scattered and can't be accessed by your teams and its members. Thus, your teams (like sales, marketing and service) would collaborate less and work in silos. This is quite detrimental for a startup which constantly looks out for growth opportunities. Thus, a CRM like Agile CRM ( would bridge that gap between your internal teams and more importantly, brings your customers closer to you. A CRM is the bridge between you and your customers. It is an approach that manages your customer interaction end-to-end. There are various types of CRM systems based on the business need (operational, analytical, collaborative), business size (small, medium, large) and business type (Digital Marketing agency, IT, Manufacturing, Real-Estate etc). A CRM is basically a data management system but is much more than a mere database. **All-in-One CRM** - Very few are “All-in-One” CRM systems. All-in-One CRM as in, it provides all the necessary features a startup requires to achieve sustainable growth (to become a mid-level business and so on) on a single platform. Agile CRM is one such All-in-One CRM which is best for SMB. It provides all the necessary (50+) features that automate a business’ sales, marketing and service activities. **Startups & their Budget constraints** - Due to budget constraints, it is tough for startups to buy different applications to manage what Agile CRM provides on a single platform. Also, its pricing model ( is quite comfortable for startups to adopt. Hope I helped! :) Hope I helped! :)