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CONTACTfile or ContactMaker

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(Note that whilst CONTACTfile is mentioned throughout these videos, the subject matter applies just as well ContactMaker.)

Getting Started

I’ve downloaded CONTACTfile, where do I start

Video: Starting up, setting up, and closing down (3 minutes)
What details can I record about my contacts? Video: Entering new contacts (2 minutes)
Video: Customising (3 minutes)
I’ve been using Excel spreadsheets to store my
information. How do I get it to CONTACTfile?
Video: Importing from Excel
(3 minutes)
How do I keep my information safe? Video: One way of backing up your data (1 minute)

Sorting and searching

I have types of customers or members.  How can I record this? How can I manage them all?

Video: Using contact manager (5 minutes)
(2.5 minutes)
How can focus groups help organise my business and maximimise profit? Video: Using focus groups (3 minutes)
I know how to use the search box in CONTACTfile’s Contact Manager – now I want to do a more complex search. How do I do this? Video: The advanced data extractor / advanced reporting (5 minutes)

Using CONTACTfile data elsewhere

How can I automatically embed my data into Microsoft Word documents, so I don’t have to type it all out again? Video: Using mergeable Word templates (3 minutes)
But how do I create the Word template in the first place? Video: Making Word templates (4 minutes)

For the technically-minded

  1. Where's my data? (2 minutes)
  2. Using an Office PC and a laptop - one person, two computers - by utilising Dropbox (4 minutes)

Projects and the Project manager

What's this all about? Can I have an overall picture?

Video: Understanding projects (3 minutes)






What is the process for dealing with lead generation opportunities?

Video: Keeping on top of your lead generation opportunities
(5 minutes)
I have a spreadsheet in Microsoft Excel which
shows what I charge for each product or service.  How can I get that information into CONTACTfile without typing it out again?
Video: Importing the item list from Excel (2 minutes)

Videos were created by Heather Godfrey and are © BarnData Ltd.
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