You can subscribe to your Highrise iCalendar Task feed to see your tasks on your Backpack Calendar, Apple iCal, Mozilla Calendar or any other program that supports the iCalendar format.
To add the iCalendar of Tasks to Google:
This is where you will paste the URL of your Highrise iCalendar feed. To get that URL from Highrise, click the "Subscribe to your tasks in iCalendar format" link at the bottom of the Tasks tab in Highrise (see right). Then copy the link that begins with “webcal://…” — this is the URL you’ll then paste into Google calendars.
John Gannon (below) is an Associate at L Capital Partners and he recently offered up "4 tactics that worked for me in my recent job search." One tip: Track your activities and follow up tasks in a systematic way. Gannon recommends using Highrise to get that done.
I’m a firm believer that the job hunt is very much like a sales process, where you’re prospecting (finding potential opportunities), conducting a needs assessment (interviewing), following up, and closing (negotiating your compensation package and signing on the dotted line). Any professional salesperson is using a CRM of some sort (even if it’s just a spreadsheet!) to track and plan their activities, and a professional job seeker should be doing the same.
For my most recent job search, I used Highrise from 37signals to track relevant contacts as well as specific tasks related to job opportunities. Their system helped me stay disciplined about following up and staying on top of specific job opportunities. (BTW, has anyone used the Highrise APIs to develop a job seeker focused app? I think this would be really cool and useful.)
If you’d prefer to simplify your billing, you can pay for 37signals products in one lump sum. We’ll then pull from that credit instead of charging your card every month. We’ll email you when your balance runs low so you can recharge it.
To set up lump sum payment, click the “Account” link at the top of any screen. Then click the link for lump sum payments.
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"Reduce 'Getting it All Done' Content Marketing Anxiety: Create Your Own System" [Content Marketing Institute] is a guide to help marketers design their own workflow system. Highrise is one of the recommended tools mentioned.
Instead of running to yet another time management book or tool, I began to look at how I work, what was causing problems, and finding ways to reduce or eliminate them. Here’s the process I used that any marketer can use, too, whether you’re a consultant, freelancer or corporate marketer...
Highrise is marketed as a CRM app, but it has this really cool functionality that lets you manage tasks by client (or “contact”) and by due date. I customized it to how I work and now I know when I need to make follow-up phone calls or emails and when a task is due. I now see my task list by day and by week, which helps me stay focused.
"A Small Business Made to Seem Bigger" is a NY Times article that discusses people who run a business alone but want it to appear bigger than it really is — as if it has teams of employees and lots of resources. One of the article's subjects, Peter Sorgenfrei (below), uses Highrise to keep track of his email.
Peter Sorgenfrei, founder of a product development consulting firm, Sorgenfrei L.L.C in New York, uses a Web application called Highrise to keep track of his e-mail, so he knows when he last communicated with a client and what was said. Whenever Mr. Sorgenfrei sends an e-mail, a blind copy of the message is sent to his Highrise account, where it is archived. “I come across as completely buttoned-up and in-control,” he said, “because I have all the information, files and discussions in one place and can access them before talking to the client.” Recently, when an automotive manufacturer he works with couldn’t find some legal documents it had sent him, Mr. Sorgenfrei located them in his Highrise archive. It took him just minutes to send the documents back to the client.
Sorgenfrei's use of Highrise and ShoeBoxed
Sorgenfrei also discussed Highrise at his blog, in the post "Tools of the trade: How to be a successful solopreneur."
Highrise: A customer relationship management platform from 37signals in Chicago. In addition to functioning as an address book, Highrise allows me to list tasks, assign tasks to project colleagues, and track deals and ‘cases’ for things I am working on. But the real genius of Highrise lies in the tracking of conversations. I have an email address from the system that I bcc every time I email a client or a potential client. If the addressee is not already in Highrise’s address book, the system creates an entry. The genius part is that it then saves the content of the email, including attached files, so that I can always check on past conversations before emailing again or before making a phone call or entering a meeting. That way, clients see that I am completely on top of their business, even when I’m handling 10 projects at any given time.
And he talks about using ShoeBoxed to get contact info from business cards into Highrise.
ShoeBoxed: Instead of having to enter receipts and business card information manually in FreshBooks and Highrise (see both above), I send an envelope with all my collected receipts and business cards to ShoeBoxed. The crew at ShoeBoxed then scans and verifies the information and provides me with an online record that my accounting program and contact manager can import. ShoeBoxed keeps me organized for tax season and ensures that I always have phone numbers and addresses with me when I’m running to meet a potential client.
Sorgenfrei L.L.C home page.
Matthew Kimberley offers marketing solutions to small businesses. He created this video ("An entirely idiot-proof and failsafe way to stay in touch") to show how he uses Highrise.
ARGH! You’re losing touch of who you contacted! When to follow up? Argh! Yellow post-it notes compete for space on your desk with lists of telephone numbers and business cards of people you’ve forgotten...Here’s how you use Highrise to show you who to contact when.
SaveYourCall.com is a call recording service that works with any touch-tone phone (no hardware required) and integrates with Highrise. Below, Eric Anderson of SYC answers a couple of questions about the service:
How does Save Your Call integrate with Highrise?
A user records a call with our service. If Highrise integration is enabled and if the contact they are calling is already in their Highrise account we attach that recording as a note to the contact with some call meta data (call time, duration, called from, etc.).
What problem is this trying to solve?
Although Highrise is great for keeping notes and emails, if you want to track what was said during a telephone conversation you are forced to make text notes while trying to carry on an intelligent conversation.
Our integration solves this problem by recording the entire conversation for you as an audio file. You can go back and listen at any time and no details are missed. You can fully engage in a conversation since you do not have to worry about writing down the details.
Since the recording is automatically copied to Highrise after the phone call is done it is easy to find at a later time and requires no effort for the user. It is also easy for other people in your organization to access if they need to hear the details (i.e. now the developers will be able to know exactly what the sales guy promised!).
"Data: Your Water Wings for the Next Ocean" [The Web and Print] is an article that advises becoming a data centric organization. "The data is the fuel that drives personalization." The article's suggested solution: Highrise.
Look at the data you have about your current customers, see what data is missing, and figure out how to structure the next job or next customer to collect more complete data. I’m a huge fan of MIS systems but they are collecting data about your business, I’m talking about collecting data about your customer (CRM systems), don’t be scared off by the expensive sounding acronym – try Highrise by 37signals, its easy to use and the price is right. Customers aren’t going to trust you with their personalized campaigns if you have shown no abilities in promoting your company by utilizing the tools. The best advertisement of personalization and new cross media products and services is to use the tools to promote your business.