Application Spotlight: Zoho Mail

Emails are so fun! They are the highlight of my day! (Said no one ever).

How do I start this email? How do I sign this off? Is this too formal? Did I use too many exclamation points? Did I put in the correct address? HOW DO I LEAVE THIS EMAIL CHAIN?

Emails get a bad reputation because they are associated with work and that’s just no fun! However, they have become a communication staple and most organizations can’t conduct business without them. 

What’s our point? Maybe it’s time to stop hating email! Since it’s pretty much inevitable, maybe it’s time to embrace the things that make email a little easier (and possibly more enjoyable)!

That’s where our lovely friends at Zoho come in with another awesome product: Zoho Mail! 

Let’s talk about a few ways Zoho Mail can make emails a little less nightmare-ish for you and your business!

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Customizable and easily controlled

If it’s not customizable, it’s more than likely not going to be Woggle-approved. Lucky for you, Zoho Mail has passed our rigorous tests and is more than capable of becoming an all-star email solution for your business!

Zoho Mail allows you to easily manipulate basic items like password policies and spam filters. Set conditions and create guidelines that are optimal for your business; You can even create groups with specific group moderators and assign roles all from one convenient control panel.

One of our favorite Zoho Mail features? Custom domains! Ever get tired of the same old domain options? Have no fear– you can create your own domain using your company name! For example, we could claim wizards@woggleconsulting.com as our very own! (Maybe we should seriously consider this…)

But in all seriousness, you can use a custom domain and create an email for different departments or individuals. You can also create multiple email aliases. As an added bonus, there’s no limit to the number of custom domain email addresses if you choose a paid plan! 

Communicate and collaborate

Streams is another great aspect of Zoho Mail that keeps things running smoothly. Communicate with the team on a shared wall, start a group chat, or even collaborate within an email. Yes, you read that right– Streams allows you to consult people about a draft before you even hit send! 

Instead of a lengthy, confusing, and time-consuming email thread, Streams allows everyone to easily tag each other and collaborate in a more “social media-esque” way.

Keep things private and secure

Data privacy and security– that’s what we like to see! With the topic of email, data is an especially important topic that no business should ignore! 

Are they selling my data? Who can access my data? Where is data security on their priority list?

Thankfully Zoho takes this very seriously and offers an abundance of features that make your email super safe. Zoho is GDPR compliant, ensures emails are encrypted, and even includes unusual activity reports among their lengthy list of features. 

You can also enjoy an ad-free mailbox (yes, ad-FREE) and rest assured that they aren’t using your data to tailor ad campaigns. 

Zoho makes sure none of their own employees can access your data/emails unless there’s a very specific reason or help request! You can even set your own password policy and have all users reset passwords as consistently and often as you please. 

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Make your life a little easier (and more organized)

Like other “suites” out there, Zoho Mail offers a handy Calendar feature along with Tasks and Notes. 

Take a peek at their website for more details, but there are five incredibly convenient ways to create tasks, including directly pulling info from within an email. You also have the option to create subtasks, along with notifications and email reminders.

Worried about transitioning to an entirely new email service? Zoho Mail has you covered with their migration tools: move over your emails from any provider with Zoho’s migration wizard! (We’ve talked a lot about wizards in this blog post…)

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Dependably Accessible

Use the mobile apps or access everything on your desktop– whatever is most convenient. Zoho Cliq is another great option that will sync all your Zoho information on all your devices!

Have multiple tasks created within Zoho Mail along with tasks from other products? You can easily see all your Zoho tasks all on one convenient screen! Access your control panel wherever, whenever and with offline mode, you can work in Zoho Mail even when Wi-Fi’s not the most dependable.

Wrapping Up

We could talk about the wonders of emails for days.. 

Okay, that’s actually not true– but we could easily talk about the wonders of Zoho Mail for days! Like any other great Zoho product, Zoho Mail has tons of great features at a great price point. (And if your business has 5 or less employees, you can actually use Zoho Mail for free!)

Reasonably priced, accessible, and tons of awesome integration options– Zoho Mail may just be the perfect email solution for your business!

Want to find out how we can help you? Let’s chat.

Why Woggle Gladly Joined the EbizCharge Fan Club

Zoho is a well-trusted CRM full of magic and wonder– no matter the issue your business is encountering, we can almost guarantee Zoho has a product or solution for you

In a recent blog post, we discussed the awesome benefits of Zoho Books, the Zoho application that covers all your accounting needs in one place. Sure, entrepreneurs often start businesses to help greater humanity, but our businesses also center around one important thing: money.

When it comes to money, businesses can’t play around. There are tons of rules and aspects for managing financials, and Zoho Books has you covered.

With a deeper look into Zoho Books and Zoho CRM, you will discover the magic of EbizCharge. EbizCharge is a payment processing platform that can take care of payments, while Zoho Books takes care of the rest. Your sales team can take payments directly from within the CRM! Did you know it’s one of the only payment processors that offers this type of integration and functionality? The integration means your smaller company may not need a system as robust as Zoho Books. Not only are we big fans of having everything conveniently in one place, but we are about to give you several more reasons we are proponents of EbizCharge!

Take the Headache Out of Payments

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Let’s think back to the last time you made an online payment: You probably ran to your laptop, jumping for joy at the thought of clicking ‘submit.’

Yeah, we are being sarcastic– payments are a pain. If you can’t set them to automatic withdrawal, you potentially face late fees, annoying notices, and other unnecessary problems. What’s more, there are added headaches and hoops to jump through for businesses relying on these payments.

This is where EbizCharge comes in and saves the day! You can directly receive customer payments through your accounting system (like Zoho Books). No more third parties getting involved or disorganized processes– get all the payments directly sent to the same place.

Businesses can send email links to customers, and customers can quickly pay with just one click! EbizCharge accepts most major credit cards, and it even allows multiple invoices to be paid at once. No more double-entries or tracking the bread crumb trail of individual payments.

EbizCharge Plays Nice with Everyone

To clarify, EbizCharge is not a Zoho product– it’s just a platform that nicely compliments the many things Zoho has to offer. Think peanut butter and jelly or cookies and Santa– EbizCharge and Zoho Books are the perfect combinations.

EbizCharge integrates with tons of other services, like Quickbooks and WooCommerce. You name the accounting or e-commerce software, and EbizCharge probably works with it. Zoho Books is an effortless and natural pairing for EbizCharge, already a well-rounded accounting platform. (And remember, with Zoho Books/Zoho One comes over 40 other Zoho products for your business.)

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Every year it becomes increasingly important to take data security seriously. Almost weekly, it seems like there are alerts in the news about recent cyber attacks and security breaches. Everywhere you insert personal data, mainly financial information needs to show they take security as seriously as you do!

EbizCharge proudly acknowledges that it takes PCI-compliant security measures. What is PCI compliance? If a company is PCI compliant, they are meeting a strict set of requirements set forth by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). By abiding by these requirements, companies responsibly handle and secure credit card information. PCI compliance means taking a few extra steps to prevent detrimental data-security mistakes.

One thing is for sure; customers will appreciate you taking extra care of their data. The security measures taken by EbizCharge and Zoho are both selling points when new customers are considering giving you their business!

Convenience and Savings

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Since we love saving time ourselves, we often emphasize how any Zoho product makes running your business so convenient. Efficient, cost-effective, and user-friendly– it’s a pretty easy choice for us!

EbizCharge is another element taken care of in the same place as everything else. Don’t worry about lugging your laptop everywhere; easily access EbizCharge on any device, including your smartphone. Customers can access it from any device as well!

Not only does it add much-appreciated convenience to your routine, EbizCharge can also save you some cash. It is designed to reduce processing costs by 15-40%! Sure, that’s a big range, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to see some savings! We’re sure there are some other places business owners would rather spend that extra dough.

 

Wrapping Up

We are not ashamed to admit being a part of the EbizCharge fan club, and we think you could be as well! Hand over aspects of your business to the experts while saving yourself some time and money. Quit worrying about all the details you could mess up as a business owner!

Take a load off, and rest assured that you can trust EbizCharge and Zoho to do the heavy lifting. After all, have your friends here at Woggle ever led you astray? Give us a shout, and we will gladly chat with you about this or any of your other business woes!

Cheers for Safety and Security

Woggle-Consulting-cyber-security-protection

Every year it becomes increasingly important to take data security seriously. Almost weekly, it seems like there are alerts in the news about recent cyber attacks and security breaches. Everywhere you insert personal data, mainly financial information needs to show they take security as seriously as you do!

EbizCharge proudly acknowledges that it takes PCI-compliant security measures. What is PCI compliance? If a company is PCI compliant, they are meeting a strict set of requirements set forth by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). By abiding by these requirements, companies responsibly handle and secure credit card information. PCI compliance means taking a few extra steps to prevent detrimental data-security mistakes.

One thing is for sure; customers will appreciate you taking extra care of their data. The security measures taken by EbizCharge and Zoho are both selling points when new customers are considering giving you their business!

Convenience and Savings

EbizCharge-accepts-most-major-credit-cards

Since we love saving time ourselves, we often emphasize how any Zoho product makes running your business so convenient. Efficient, cost-effective, and user-friendly– it’s a pretty easy choice for us!

EbizCharge is another element taken care of in the same place as everything else. Don’t worry about lugging your laptop everywhere; easily access EbizCharge on any device, including your smartphone. Customers can access it from any device as well!

Not only does it add much-appreciated convenience to your routine, EbizCharge can also save you some cash. It is designed to reduce processing costs by 15-40%! Sure, that’s a big range, but you’re pretty much guaranteed to see some savings! We’re sure there are some other places business owners would rather spend that extra dough.

 

Wrapping Up

We are not ashamed to admit being a part of the EbizCharge fan club, and we think you could be as well! Hand over aspects of your business to the experts while saving yourself some time and money. Quit worrying about all the details you could mess up as a business owner!

Take a load off, and rest assured that you can trust EbizCharge and Zoho to do the heavy lifting. After all, have your friends here at Woggle ever led you astray? Give us a shout, and we will gladly chat with you about this or any of your other business woes!

The Importance of Data BackUp

Have you ever temporarily lost your phone and feared all that was lost with it? Did you think about what could happen if the wrong person accessed your applications?  When you found your phone (phew), did you start thinking about ways to protect all the cherished photos stashed on it? Or how to increase your data security?

There are about a million examples of why losing data can be detrimental, along with many ways to lose that data. Data is everywhere- from work documents to the games you play on your phone. It is estimated that 7.5 billion people will be creating data by 2030! We often think about what’s next on the to-do list in the day-to-day grind and not about things like backing up our data. But in all honesty, data backup should be incorporated into our daily agenda, especially with the world becoming increasingly digitized. 

Ways you can lose data.

Human error:

That’s right, humans make mistakes. Just to be clear, we always make the general assumption that you simply “misplaced” your phone; we won’t talk about the other possibilities (ahem, like giving your phone a first-class ticket to the toilet bowl). 

Not only can devices like phones and laptops be lost, but they can be stolen as well. In the United States, a laptop is stolen every 53 seconds. Not only is data lost, but data security is in the hands of a thief. 

Then there’s always the scenario where the wrong thing was deleted, or someone inadvertently downloaded a virus. These kinds of things are the reasons backup plans are created!

Ransomware:

Cybercriminals are out there, and they are constantly learning new ways to make money. All too often, data is compromised, and businesses have no choice but to pay the criminal who is holding information hostage. Businesses are attacked by ransomware every 11 seconds. By 2031, that number is expected to be 2 seconds. Not sure about you, but we can’t even make a decision about what to get for lunch in 11 seconds, let alone 2 seconds. 

Not only is ransomware becoming more and more of a threat, but the cost of dealing with it is also increasing. In 2015, over $325 million went towards dealing with attacks throughout the world. By the end of 2021? $20 billion. By 2031, the cost is expected to increase 13 times the 2021 figure: $265 billion.  

Hardware failure:

Unpredictable and often inevitable problems can occur that can cost you data, time, and money. This can be anything from a power surge or hardware overheating. Hardware failure also includes things like flooding and other environmental factors that could harm your devices (especially at an office). Many random and uncontrollable factors could do more harm if you don’t have a proper backup plan. 

Why you should backup your data 

Quickly recover and restore: First, let’s talk about the difference between recovering and restoring data. Restoring allows you to retrieve a copy of the data; a recovery is a group of processes that retrieve the data and make it usable. When it comes to your business (and life), you would probably prefer to use data once again (not just have it). The quicker your business recovers the data, the faster things return to normal. A better backup system means less downtime and losing less money. 

Audits: Yeesh. Even spelling out the word audits makes us cringe. However, we all have to deal with them. If your data isn’t appropriately backed up, you’re risking losing pertinent documents and databases to show in an audit. Not passing could quickly put you out of business! It’s always better to be safe than sorry. 

Protect what’s irreplaceable: Let’s refer back to the introduction- losing your devices could mean losing a lot more than money. No one wants to risk losing precious things like family photos and videos. Backing up your data can mean you will have cherished moments for years to come. 

Let’s crunch some numbers.

In 2020, 1.7 MB of data was created every second! Currently, over 5 billion people use and store data on their devices and in the cloud. Ok, we can throw statistics at you all day, but here’s arguably the most important: Globally, there will be around 200 zettabytes of data stored by 2025! In other words, we create a lot of data. There must be somewhere we keep all this data, which means we need companies that carefully store and manage it. 

If this post leaves you wondering why you don’t back anything up besides your car when you awkwardly drive over a cement parking barrier, you’re not alone: 30 percent of people have never backed up their devices! Thankfully, solutions like Skyvia are out there to tackle our backup data fears. Skyvia not only backs up your data daily but will take care of all your CRMS. So instead of stressing about individually backing up all your cloud storage solutions, hand it over to an option like Skyvia.

Ok, we’ll quit lecturing you…

But in all seriousness, we hope this post has you asking the right questions and thinking about appropriate data solutions. If all of this seems foreign to you, you may be in a little trouble. More than likely, you just need to tweak a few things within your data management. And as always, if you find yourself completely overwhelmed, consider services like Skyvia to take a few things off your virtual plate! Good help isn’t always easy to find, but you have plenty of great options in this case.