How financial advisors can seamlessly integrate email into their CRM
Think about it for a minute, how much does your business rely on email communication?
Email has become such an important method for business communication. It’s accessible, fast, cheap and private - plus, it can be easily replicated and stored.
I’ve actually had an email account since I was in the second grade. That’s the norm these days, elementary-aged kids are using email to communicate with teachers and collaborate with friends on class projects.
According to statistics more than half of the global population now uses email - 3.9 billion people have active email accounts. In comparison, there are 3.5 billion social media users worldwide.
Since building strong relationships is a core element of providing financial advice, a financial advisor Client Relationship Management (CRM) system should support email functionality.
It’s no wonder that financial advisors are thrilled with Junxure®’s latest integration with Office 365.
Junxure’s Office 365 integration
I had the chance to catch up with our Product Manager in charge of this integration, Arden Birdwell, and she described why this integration is so important, “Using the new email management piece, advisors can manage all aspects of their email within Junxure - no need to toggle between Junxure and Microsoft Outlook.”
Birdwell continued, “With this integration, you can automatically capture your email in both Junxure and Outlook - this includes all received, sent, reply, reply all and forwarded emails.” Here are just some of the features:
- Seamlessly sync contacts between Office 365 and Junxure
- Sync calendar events between Office 365 Calendar and Junxure
- Manage Emails within Junxure in the new Email Management Workspace and from one record or action to another
- Capture or route emails from email addresses that are not on a record
- Remove captured email from an action or a record
- Click the action ID or record ID from a recorded email to directly open to the corresponding action or record
Feedback from early integration users
Before rolling out this integration, we were able to test the market. I am pleased to say that we received a lot of positive feedback from our early users.
Diane Gaines, from Petersen Hastings Investment Management reported that this integration delivered, “increased efficiency, fewer clicks, more visibility, quicker turn-around.” Who wouldn’t want increased efficiency?
“Things seem more seamless.” Michael Sicuranza of Affinity Wealth Management LLC said. That was the goal for this project, to make things for financial advisory firms more seamless and efficient.
The ability to two-way sync your contacts, calendar and email provides those key data points necessary for success.
Tips before enabling integration
Birdwell also provided some important tips to successfully launch the integration, “Any user that previously used the Junxure Outlook add-in should uninstall the add-in through the operating system prior to enabling the Office 365 integration.”
To ensure your data is kept clean and consistent, Birdwell recommends that you set a unique tag such as “ContactSync” to your records imported from Outlook. This makes it easy to find them and ensure all necessary data points are filled in accurately. And to eliminate duplicate data when initially setting up your contact sync, begin from a separate, empty folder.
We’re not done working. In phase two of this integration, launching summer of 2020, you will see added abilities to create and edit email templates within Office 365 with access to the Junxure mail merge fields.
Here’s how to add this Office 365 integration to your technology stack, if you are an existing Junxure Cloud user, click here:
If you are not yet a Junxure Cloud user, click here to learn more:
This latest integration with Office 365 is just another example of how AdvisorEngine and Junxure deliver technology platforms designed with every wealth management moment in mind.
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About Kathy Crowley
With over 10 years of experience in software sales and FinTech, Kathy spends her days sharing the incredible value of Junxure with advisory firms. You may have seen her at conferences at the Junxure booth or recognize her voice from webinars. Having past experience as a CRM administrator, Kathy knows the important decision that your firm is making when choosing a CRM and is driven to ensure you have all the information you need. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to helping firms recognize the need for a CRM and how our solution can be the best choice for them.