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A First Look at Stride: A Simple Sales Tracking System [Invite Code!]

A First Look at Stride: A Simple Sales Tracking System [Invite Code!]
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We love to showcase new and shiny apps that help our readers become and stay more productive. With our recent discussion of not going minimal and instead using technology to stay focused on what matters, there come some simple technological tools that can help you do complicated things.

For any start-up or entrepreneur, tracking potential sales and winning over customers can be a real pain. Instead of making the process even more difficult, the new app Stride tries to help you make sales as simple as possible. It really is the ultimate simple sales tracking system.

Let’s take a quick look at Stride.

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Easy to use and understand interface

    One of my favorite things about Stride is the super simple and clean interface it offers. At first, I thought, “This is it? Really?”. I couldn’t figure out how I would enter due dates and time spent on a deal, be able to enter detailed data about the customer, or have the app annoy me with countless notifications to remind me that I suck at sales.

    Stride is the opposite of that kind of app. It gives the user a “hub-like” view of all of their potential projects making it very fast to visualize where you are at with customers. You can add new deals, change the status of the deals between Lead, Pitch, Negotiation, Closing, and Won, pause the project, give the deal a name or star rating.

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    That’s about it. But that is why it is awesome.

    The interface really does just work and if you are trying to manage a bunch of potential deals, Stride may be just the thing you need to give all of your projects some breathing room and not to get caught in the weeds.

    Metrics that aren’t just for the sake of metrics

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      Some sales systems use countless types of graphs and charts to show you all kinds of ratios you probably don’t need. Once again, Stride simplifies your metrics giving you only the important stuff like:

      • Won deals vs. lost deals
      • The value of each step based on the project’s potential cost
      • And the time that has been spent on each step of the process

      These are awesome metrics to use to improve sales negotiations going forward because seeing the data can help a team or individual find the weaknesses in the sales process and get rid of them.

      Beautiful

      Stride is pretty. If you are a design-y type of person you will appreciate the aesthetic.

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      Price

      The price for using Stride is definitely right. For smaller businesses (especially individuals) you probably won’t need anything more than the free version that gives you 25 total deals. If you are in need of more, you can pay the small price of $7 a month to get unlimited deals.

      Hey, we have something for you!

      The folks over at Stride have really outdone themselves by making the sales process easier and not suck. And because of that, they want to give the first 100 Lifehack readers beta access to Stride if they use the code betahack. So, if you want to get your Stride on (they can run with that), then head on over to the sign up page and use the code betahack to get your access.

      Let us know what you think of the app in the comments below.

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