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    Hi all, I'm trying to get an email newsletter going and I am having problems trying to find a simple database to put all my past clients and realtors in. It doesn't need to be fancy. I am not very proficient at Excel and want something simpler. Any recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rees View Post
    Hi all, I'm trying to get an email newsletter going and I am having problems trying to find a simple database to put all my past clients and realtors in. It doesn't need to be fancy. I am not very proficient at Excel and want something simpler. Any recommendations?
    Simpler than Excel, maybe Word.
    Sorry, it does not get much simpler than a spreadsheet.

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    Spreadsheets are not the same as databases, but Excel can do a fine job of managing a simple list.

    If you're doing email campaigns, they make a variety of CRM software and tools for emailing your customers.

    Google's Gmail has add-ons for CRM and email management.

    Or try:
    Email List Management - Constant Contact


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rees View Post
    Hi all, I'm trying to get an email newsletter going and I am having problems trying to find a simple database to put all my past clients and realtors in. It doesn't need to be fancy. I am not very proficient at Excel and want something simpler. Any recommendations?
    Many use Constant Contact with great results. My wife's company uses it to send newsletters and specials to their clients.

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    Get an old copy of WORKS for windows. Has a great database, searchable in a thousand ways and my old windows 98 version still runs on windows 7.


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    EssentialPIM - Probably the Best Personal Information Manager
    I use the paid version and the notes function is the best method I have ever found for storage in addition to search as you type it uses a tree structure.

    The calendar syncs

    Holds client info as well as contacts.


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    Excel is geared more for working with numbers ( a spreadsheet).
    For tracking names, addresses, etc. use Microsoft Access. It's a database and is as simple or as complicated as you will need.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Frederickson View Post
    Excel is geared more for working with numbers ( a spreadsheet).
    For tracking names, addresses, etc. use Microsoft Access. It's a database and is as simple or as complicated as you will need.
    Steve ...sce..w excel I use a better free alternative,try it out.
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    Open Office works great and is a free download.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Rees View Post
    Hi all, I'm trying to get an email newsletter going and I am having problems trying to find a simple database to put all my past clients and realtors in. It doesn't need to be fancy. I am not very proficient at Excel and want something simpler. Any recommendations?
    All the various versions of MS Word have a "mail merge" function that uses the built-in Access database. Works pretty well. If you have Excel, you likely also have Word, Power Point, Access and possibly Publisher installed as well even if you don't use them.

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