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ACT! by Sage Platinum Care Subscription Aids Small and Midsized Business Development in Tough Economy


Sage Software

2008-07-15 08:00:00

ACT! by Sage Platinum Care Subscription Aids Small and Midsized Business Development in Tough Economy

New Annual Subscription Includes ACT! Product Upgrades, New Online Business Development Forums, Sandler Sales Training Content, and Exclusive Offers for Voice-Over-IP Telephony and Email Marketing Services; Subscription Support Options Available

SCOTTSDALE, AZ–(EMWNews – July 15, 2008) – Sage Software today announced the ACT! by

Sage Platinum Care subscription service. Renewable annually, the service

provides ACT! upgrades and relevant resources for sustained business

success including Sandler sales training content, and access to a new

online business development portal with moderated discussion forums.

Additional benefits include exclusive offers for email marketing and

Voice-over-IP telephony ACT! add-on services. Add-on offers will vary

during subscription periods. ACT! Platinum Care is available now for the

introductory price of $49 per year per ACT! user, and $69 per year per ACT!

Premium user. Introductory pricing is available until September 30, 2008.

“In today’s economy it is vitally important for businesses to protect their

most valuable resource — customer relationships,” said David van Toor,

senior vice president and general manager for Sage CRM Solutions, North

America. “ACT! Platinum Care helps businesses accelerate growth in

resource-constrained conditions. It is a direct response to customers who

told us they are consumed with ‘running’ their businesses, and have no time

for their primary concern of growing them. This service is a fundamentally

new way of helping achieve that, it’s game-changing within the business

applications marketplace, and we believe customers will immediately take

advantage of it.”

ACT! and ACT! Premium users can include one year of customer support with

an ACT! Platinum Care Advantage subscription, starting at $219 per year per


“This offering is a big deal, and it changes the definition of what an

on-demand service can be,” said Denis Pombriant, principal, Beagle

Research. “Conventional on-demand solutions deliver software, upgrades and


— everything you need to use the product. Today, Sage is providing all of

that, plus the elements that sales users need in this rather tight business

economy to be effective in their jobs, and that can make a big difference.”

Exclusive value-added services

The new ACT! business development resource portal is available exclusively

to ACT! Platinum Care subscribers at The portal

features moderated discussion groups for topics including leadership

development, business strategy, customer strategy, sales processes,

marketing, and effective sales presentations.

“We have assembled internal and external topic specialists relevant for

individual business people and large teams,” added van Toor. “While using

these professional resources, our customers are also assured of always

having the latest version of ACT! while subscribed.”

Sandler Training, a world leader in innovative sales and sales management

training for more than 40 years, provides approximately $1,500 of content

and services to ACT! Platinum Care subscribers. Subscribers receive a full

year of access to the Sandler Broadcast Center, which includes weekly

members-only podcasts, a DISC® individual strengths assessment, Sandler

email newsletter, and one complimentary sales consultation at a Sandler

training center.

ACT! Platinum Care subscribers can also get twelve months of VoIP for ACT!

and Swiftpage Marketing for ACT! add-on services for the price of nine,

with twelve month contract commitments. VoIP for ACT! from C3IP

Communications, Inc. lets users place phone calls from within ACT! and can

track inbound and outbound call statistics among its features. Swiftpage

lets users create email campaigns that can enable conditional actions based

on email open or unopened status among its features.

ACT! Platinum Care is available now by phoning 866-903-0006, on the ACT!

eStore at, or from ACT! Certified Consultants at

ACT! from Sage Software established the Contact Management software

category in 1987 and today is the number-one selling contact and customer

management solution and preferred choice of over 2.8 million registered

users and over 43,000 additional corporate customers to organize, access

and manage their customer information. ACT! delivers powerful capabilities

that support a full range of desktop, laptop, Web browser and handheld

device access methods that work seamlessly with a centralized database to

help individuals, selling teams and corporate workgroups improve

productivity and increase sales. For more information visit or

call 866-903-0006.

About Sage Software

Sage Software supports the needs, challenges and dreams of nearly 2.9

million small and medium-sized business customers in North America through

easy-to-use, scalable and customizable software and services. Our products

support accounting, operations, customer relationship management, human

resources, time tracking, merchant services and the specialized needs of

the construction, distribution, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit and

real estate industries. Sage Software is a subsidiary of The Sage Group

plc, a leading global supplier of business management software and services

to small and medium-sized businesses. Formed in 1981, Sage was floated on

the London Stock Exchange in 1989. Sage Group now has 5.7 million customers

and employs over 14,800 people worldwide. For more information, please

visit the web site at or call (866) 308-2378.

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Sage Software
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