10-04-2010 07:20 PM
Does anyone know if you can use an existing email template with all the field substitutions as one of the steps in a smart task? I know one of the steps can "send" and email. The question is can an existing email template be what is sent?
10-04-2010 10:19 PM
This is not possible with Smarttasks as you can create a semi template and add an attachment but the template style is what is presented and one reason why I will continue to recommend the NOrthwoods suite for the forseeable future to my clients www.crmaddons.com
09-21-2011 05:24 PM
It's ridiculous, but true. The "Smart" Tasks need to go back to school and learn to use the software's mail merge templates. I definitely second Paul's recommendation of Sales Automation Manager. It's like Smart Tasks on steroids.
11-21-2011 02:10 AM
I've had Act 2010 for a while and only just opened Smark Tasks.
My verdict? A load of rubbish. I cannot believe Email Templates cannot be used.
This product just isn't moving forward.
06-21-2012 12:47 AM
I agree!! It's ridiculous that you cannot use your own email templates. It's another sales plot for SAGE to force us to use SWIFTPAGE. Another cost
08-05-2012 08:55 PM
Hi Paul, thanks for the reply to a post (2 months ago) Paul under your recommendation, I trialled the Northwoods Suite, and "YES" it will do what I want it to do.
So, I decided to purchase the product and their online purchasing option wouldn't work.
I have emailed them three times and till this date no response. Makes me wonder if I need support what kind of response i would get then?
Paul, would you know of another add-in that can automate similar to the northwoods suite?
01-05-2013 09:35 AM
I have just had a look at this in 2013 and it looks like you cannot add fields. I hope Northwoods still works!
In the last few version little if anything has been added that makes any real difference. The accounts integration forces you to work with companies. Sage seems to be adding features to get you to pay for more of their services. I need to have a further look, but I think it is time to stop upgrading.
Sage tells me that they listen to customers, but the first thing I want to do is add a field to a smart task template and you can't do it. They must have customers who have very different requirements to me.
01-07-2013 02:50 AM
I agree with the statements above. Act is on a downward spiral.
I also have had terrible support from Northwoods. They entered a support conversation with me but just stopped responding. I had a query several months later re: unininstalling which they did respond to but when I asked about my original question again, they just ignored me. There's no way I'm going to be spend circa $500 on a product and not get any support.
01-07-2013 03:11 AM
It is indeed a real shame about ACT.
I have to say that Jake at Northwoods has always replied to me (and I hope to hear from him today). Northwoods have a real opportunity I would think. One thing I would like to see is being able to synchronise ACT with our website database.
Sage have confirmed that you cannot customise the Smart Task template unless of course you subscribe to the SwiftPage email service. These ACT updates are used to drive additional revenue for Sage.