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Annoyed by ERP? You’re Not Alone.
Buzzwords are annoying. High-pressure sales pitches are annoying. Your competitors are sort of annoying.And ERP? Really annoying.That’s the perspective

37signals blog  manager and Highrise by 37Signals. TEC: What has been your biggest business challenge to date? Tyler : Our business model is kind of a paradox. We want our sales to happen online (we're certainly not cut out to be salesmen), but our target audience doesn't even know what a CRM is so why would they come to our site in the first place? The key will be inbound marketing (blogs, social media, SEO, etc), but most of our target customers don't spend much time reading blogs or browsing social networking sites,

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