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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!]

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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      10 Best Monitors for Your PC Under $100

      10 Best Monitors for Your PC Under $100

      Are you looking for the best monitor under $100?

      Whether you want it for your home office, editing photography, or gaming, you don’t need to spend big bucks on a display screen because a low budget one will certainly do the trick.[1]

      We can almost hear you having second thoughts about the picture quality, but you don’t have to worry at all.[2]

      Our list of the best monitors under $100 will be more than enough to cover you. Just go through it now, and you’ll find yourself a bargain.

      Why You Should Trust Us

      Our list incorporates some of the best low-budget monitors available in the market. Their efficiency and distinctive traits enable them to stand out from others.[3] The hand-picked ones below are incredibly slick and have a high refresh rate, fast response time, high resolution, and built-in speakers.

      1. Acer Ultra Thin Frame Monitor

        Our first affordable computer screen is Acer’s 21.5-inch ultra-thin frame monitor. It has a refresh rate of 75Hz using an HDMI port and offers a full HD widescreen display.

        Its brightness can be maxed out at 250 nits. It has a slight tilt angle ranging from -5 to 15, as well as Radeon free sync technology.

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        Buy this computer monitor.

        2. Sceptre Ultra-Thin Display

          Sceptre is another company that provides excellent displays for your CPU. The screen size is a little smaller at 20 inches, but it’s made up for the slightly lower price than Acer. It also comes with two HDMI ports and built-in speakers and is wall mount ready.

          Buy this computer monitor.

          3. ViewSonic LED Monitor

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            If you want the best monitor to set up in your office or around the house, ViewSonic’s LED screen is another good option to buy. The resolution is full HD and has a broader tilt ranging from -5 to 23 degrees.

            On top of that, the product comes with a 3-year warranty. Included in the bundle are a VGA cable, monitor, power cable, and audio cable.

            Buy this computer monitor.

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            4. ViewSonic Gaming Screen

              While we just covered a ViewSonic monitor, this one is specifically built for gaming in mind.

              Overall, this computer screen provides the same specs as the previously mentioned item. The key differences are that this one is slightly longer, comes with pre-set customizable visual modes, and offers a maxed out contrast, delivering a dynamic contrast ratio for sharp and crisp images. It also comes with a DVI cable.

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              5. Asus Back Lit Monitor

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                If you don’t mind spending a little more money, you can get an Asus Back Lit Monitor for your PC. A lot of the focus is on image quality, particularly having a strong contrast ratio and smart video technology for straight viewing. That feature also helps in reducing blue light since you’ll have more flexibility with the colors and brightness.

                Buy this computer monitor.

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                  Another alternative to the previous Asus monitor is this one. It has a smaller contrast ratio, though it still delivers a smooth video display. You also have aspect controls, so you can adjust its display.

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                  7. Dell Ultrasharp Panel Monitor

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                    If you’re looking for the basic features, look no further than Dell. There’s nothing particularly fancy about this panel screen, but it does the job well for any computer.

                    Its response time is 8ms, which is typical for a monitor. It can come in either silver or black.

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                    8. ViewSonic Frameless Monitor

                      If you liked ViewSonic’s LED monitor but wanted a little more features, we suggest looking at their frameless display. While it boasts similar specs as the brand’s other monitors, it offers color correction and dual built-in speakers, making it ideal for office and home use. It’s also 22 inches long.

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                      9. Dell Mountable LED-Lit Monitor

                        For a dependable display with a good frame rate, Dell has a mountable, LED-lit monitor in the market. It measures 18.5 inches, has an adjustable arm, and has been through rigorous testing for long-lasting reliability. You can’t go wrong with this best monitor either.

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                        10. Sceptre Monitor

                          The final screen to cover comes from Sceptre. Compared to the ultra-thin version mentioned above, this one is available in 22 inches. Beyond that, it’s your standard display that provides decent tilting at -5 to 15 degrees, wall-mounted capabilities, 5ms response time, and built-in speakers.

                          Buy this computer monitor.

                          Final Thoughts

                          Finding one of the best monitors around can be tricky. If you’re looking for an affordable one that can last for years, consider picking a computer screen from this list.

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