SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ClearSlide, the Sales Engagement Platform leader, today announced a major update to ClearSlide for Outlook. Available to all ClearSlide users as a free, easy-to-install download, ClearSlide for Outlook immediately increases the productivity of sales, marketing, and customer success teams – while also improving the quality and impact of CRM data.
ClearSlide for Outlook puts the key functionality of ClearSlide's award-winning service within the familiar Outlook user interface, so salespeople can engage with customers and prospects directly from their inbox, and still auto-log detailed activity and engagement analytics to virtually any CRM system. According to research from CSO Insights, each seller spends on average 1,300 hours of their time per year on administrative tasks – from manually logging activity to searching for collateral – time that could be better spent interacting and engaging with customers.
"Millions of salespeople around the world use Outlook every day to interact with clients," said Raj Gossain, vice president of product at ClearSlide. "We hear from customers all the time some of their biggest pain points are switching between different tools and the lost time of having sales reps manually enter activity into CRM – or never tracking the activity at all. ClearSlide for Outlook is a game changer for any company that wants to improve salesperson productivity and also drive broader CRM adoption."
New to this version of ClearSlide for Outlook are support for Outlook 2016 and improved template capabilities, as well as advanced options that make templates even easier to find and use. Marketing can also create and promote mini-templates that include standard customer responses – and sellers can insert multiple templates into a single response or email thread so they don't waste time searching for the right messaging.
With ClearSlide for Outlook, sellers have access to contacts and opportunities from Salesforce and Dynamics, and have access to customer-ready content and campaigns at their fingertips. Sellers receive instant notifications when emails are opened and content is engaged with, providing powerful insights into which clients are responding and where they are showing interest. This unique customer engagement data allows sellers to prioritize their time and focus on the most engaged opportunities – helping shorten sales cycles. Marketing can set approved email templates tailored by industry, by buyer persona, or by product, enabling sellers to deliver targeted sales campaigns at the right time in a buyer's journey.
Sellers can also launch instant online meetings from within Outlook to follow up with prospects and customers – meetings start with one click. Presenters have access to their entire content library, as well as screen sharing capabilities and rich media within meetings. Participants join meetings simply by visiting a customized link – each ClearSlide user gets his or her own personal meeting URL – without the need to download software or require complicated logins.
ClearSlide for Outlook is a free download available to all ClearSlide customers. To download the latest version, visit www.clearslide.com/product/emailplugins.
ClearSlide is the Sales Engagement Platform leader that powers valuable, genuine business conversations and enables sales, marketing, and customer success teams to achieve better business outcomes. ClearSlide improves customer communications (phone, email, face-to-face) by providing real-time visibility and analytics for sales and marketing leaders. As a result, customers achieve higher seller productivity, increased sales management effectiveness, and stronger customer-facing messaging. Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Francisco, ClearSlide serves thousands of customers, including Comcast, LinkedIn, Medtronic, Rackspace, SurveyMonkey, The Economist, Thomson Reuters and more.
The ClearSlide platform gives sales and marketing leaders ability to engage with insight by seeing the real-time activity of their teams and deep analytics about the types of content that ultimately is most impactful with customers. For sales professionals, ClearSlide allows for easy communication with customers and prospects, whether online or in-person, using ClearSlide's web-based and mobile applications. Visit www.clearslide.com for more information or follow the company on Twitter @ClearSlide.