I took a look at Highrise HQ following a recommendation by Winston Damarillo. It’s a web-based contact relationship manager (CRM) by 37signals, so it’s all pretty and Web 2.0-y.
Looking further, I’m surprised at how much my hand-hacked Emacs-based CRM can do:
- Review a colleagueÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™s notes before calling her contact at the printer
- I do this with BBDB. Not only that, but my system automatically inserts notes into any e-mail I compose to that person.
- See all the follow-ups scheduled for this week
- Got that with Planner
- Set a reminder to write your client a thank-you note next Friday
- Ditto with Planner
- Keep all important emails from a customer together on one page
- I suppose I could do that with mail search. There must be a better way, though…
- Schedule a follow-up sales call with a lead in 30 days
- Review all communications with your investors
- I haven’t figured out how to do this one yet. Mail folders help. Maybe I can hook up BBDB with my mail search engine…
- Build a list of all the designers your company has hired in the past
- Can do this with tags. In fact, I can build a list of people who are tagged with A but not B and whom I’ve talked to in the last year… =)
- Enter notes from a call with a potential client
- Enter contact info for people you met at the conference this week
- Generate a list of contractors you worked with last year
- See all the people your company knows at The New York Times
- Regexp search, easy enough.
Highrise: you can share your notes with other people. I don’t need that yet, and I don’t think I’ll need it any time soon.
Emacs: I can use it offline. That totally rocks. Also, I can do lots
of complicated batch operations, such as composing form letters that
include conditional text, randomized text, and personalized
signatures. I can add arbitrary data fields and write code to do all
sorts of things. I don’t need Firefox or a mouse.
You know, if I just figured out how to translate my setup to the Web,
I’d make a killing. ;)
I’m going to steal the idea of a pretty view, and I’m going to make it
easier to see all the tasks associated with a person instead of
relying on my daily view. I also need to make it easier to mark
something as for-followup. Hmmm… But yeah, not too bad, not too
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