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What Is Salesforce Starter?

Free up your teams with automation and productivity features, keep track of service KPIs with intuitive reports and dashboards, and craft the perfect experience for your customers! Salesforce Essentials is designed for SMBs and offers in-product learning and guided setup flows, so you can get up and running within just a few hours. With Essentials you can offer support over Email, Phone, Social, and Web as well as deploy and customize branded self service support sites with just a few clicks.

Who Uses Salesforce Starter?

Salesforce Starter helps supports small and medium sized business with a simple CRM for marketing, sales, and service.

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Reviews of Salesforce Starter

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.0
Customer Service
4.0
Features
4.2
Value for Money
3.9

Reviews by company size (employees)

  • <50
  • 51-200
  • 201-1,000
  • >1,001
Kenneth
Kenneth
Ops Manager in UK
Verified LinkedIn User
Oil & Energy, 501–1,000 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Alternatives Considered:

Using Salesforce is incredibly easy for my team

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: This was an awesome experience and an essential for an organization hoping to more readily attract and hold clients on the web

Pros:

I truly like how Salesforce is the most incredible in its industry and offers extraordinary CRM programming. It is ideally suited for connecting with potential clients in view of their past interest in the organization as well as what they would require to remain drawn in and retained. I love the manner in which you can modify it and it mechanizes each thing so extraordinary from messages to calls its incredible.

Cons:

When first starting to use Salesforce, it can seem overwhelming. The pages feel extremely crowded when you don't know where to look for something because there is an abundance of information. Salesforce becomes easier to use with more experience, yet for new clients there may be a learning curve.

Katelynn
Grant Manager in US
Fund-Raising, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

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Easy to Use

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Overall this is a great product. As a grant manager I use this to record all of my interactions with funders and potential funders and it has been the easiest to use product that I have used over my decade of experience.

Pros:

I like that it works as a CRM even though it was created for a slightly different purpose. As a grant writer I can record every interaction with a funder and I can include the proposal and any other documentation we have received. It is easy to find the entire history with that organization and it really helps me track everything in one place.

Cons:

I do wish the task tracking was set up a little differently, or at least customizable if it isnt already and I'm just not aware of it. I use task tracking to record every interaction I have with a funder but it doesn't perfectly fit for that. For instance I want to record that I emailed them and I have to select a "due date" but there isn't a due date for that. I just put today's date but I wish I could customize it so that it just said date. It would also be nice if I could record comments on the same page as I record a task but I have to save the task then reopen it and then I can write the comments detailing it.

Clayton
Database Manager in US
Financial Services, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source
Source: SoftwareAdvice

Great product, hard to tailor to companies specifically due to the complex algorithms.

3.0 3 years ago

Comments: I have over 5 years of experience with Salesforce, we used it when I was a production designer for a print and graphics firm. We loved it, but yet we experienced some of these same hardships in this company I am with now, the transition and tailoring to what we do specifically is just not there. It is up to us as employees to make the software work the most productive for us, and that should not be expected from us when we have sales and other projects to handle ourselves.

Pros:

There are endless possibilities on what you can do, and what you can achieve with this product. The AI software is a great tool if you are able to use it.

Cons:

Too complex on tailoring the software, I feel like a simple request would take months to get accomplished. I noticed for someone with Salesforce experience myself, our transition from BNTouch to Salesforce was seamless, but many of my co-workers were left in the dark and felt like they had a lack of training provided from your team when we launched this new software.

Kaitlyn
Partner and Sales Manager in US
Apparel & Fashion, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

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Just right for small business

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Being a small business we need a CRM that won't break the bank. We need to keep every customer we have, so the customer experience is paramount. We need to get as much information out of every sale and customer interaction as we can, and we need to accelerate sales. Salesforce essentials has done all of this for us.
There are things that I would improve.

Pros:

Salesforce Essentials is more affordable than standard Salesforce and still has what I need in a CRM. I get work done faster, sell faster, and make our customer experience amazing. I set up a customized self service portal and set particular concerns or questions to be sent to a specific person. This means that if for example a customer asks if a garmet can be altered, they're directed to our seamstress instead of directed to me and then transfered to our seamstress. Salesforce essentials records and tracks my calls and emails meaning I no longer have to. I have gained more information about leads, where they come from and why they choose us.

Cons:

Sometimes it can be hard to find the data I'm looking for. It's not easy to find or get invoices. Customer care wasn't very helpful although I did try to make contact during a very busy time of day. I was still disappointed.. This is the essentials version of Salesforce so obviously the features aren't as robust.

Patrick
Financial Planner in US
Financial Services, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 2+ years
Reviewer Source

Salesforce as a Database

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: As it is a massive and comprehensive product, I don't need such an overwhelming software. Overall, it didn't meet my company's needs, but if a company has tech department, this could be a fantastic product.

Pros:

I like that the product has the ability to be completely customized to one's needs.

Cons:

As it can be an expensive and time consuming set-up, it was not necessary for me to have such a customizable software. There was very little customer service and it was overseas. It took too much of my time and the only way to get customer service is to hire a third party vendor to help with all aspects of the software.