When you need to create and send a bespoke sales proposal PDF from your CRM, you can either shell out for software that will do it for you, do it completely manually or let Zapier do it for you. Automating this task is really simple and will save time, money, and eliminate human error – it’s a no-brainer!
Although we use Pipedrive in the steps below, this can be accomplished using any CRM to achieve a cost-effective way of executing this process.
This nifty automation means you don’t need a separate piece of software to send out your sales proposals, as you can just knit together applications that you already use.
Our video demonstrates how to create and send a bespoke sales proposal PDF from your CRM
If you want to see exactly how to create and send a bespoke sales proposal PDF from your CRM then our video takes you through each step using Zapier. In our example, we are using Pipedrive as our CRM and Google Docs to format the document. We also use the inbuilt Formatter By Zapier functionality to rearrange the date and separate out the customer’s name.
Zapier steps to create a sales proposal PDF
Our video takes you through each step and explains how to configure Zapier to automate the creation of a PDF using Pipedrive and Google Docs.
The steps are:
- Create a trigger event for when there is a new “Proposal” activity in Pipedrive which matches a specific filter.
- Find the deal in Pipedrive to get the data you need.
- Format today’s date using Formatter By Zapier.
- Create a document from a template in Google Docs.
- Format the name to be used using Formatter By Zapier.
- Send the proposal as an attachment using a customised Gmail email.
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Other ways to use this zap
Using Zapier to trigger a mail merge using data from a separate application is such a powerful integration, yet surprisingly easy to do.
One of the most common business tasks is to send documents to clients, so it’s worth thinking about how the automation can be adapted to other areas of your business. Even if you are super-organised, it’s a fairly dull admin process to create and send bespoke documents, and if you do it manually there’s the chance that you could mistype something. Even worse, you could send it to the wrong customer’s email which would be embarrassing and potentially damage your reputation.
Although our example is triggered in Pipedrive, you can use other CRMs and email platforms to perform the same function.
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Our other resources
We also have plenty of free resources:
- Our free e-book is the perfect introduction to business automation.
- Our Zapier functions cheat sheet delves into the powerful inbuilt helper apps which can supercharge your automations.
- A free checklist to help you justify an automation budget.
- Use this link for a 30-day free trial instead of 14 days with Pipedrive.
And finally, our founder / chief problem solver / chief automator Kelly Goss’ new book, Automate It with Zapier, is out now and is the most comprehensive Zapier guide on the market. It will get you up and running and to the stage where you can build and debug advanced automations. Buy your own copy today directly from publisher Packt using this link. Or here are links to Amazon (.co.uk) and Amazon (.com) if you prefer.
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Solvaa is a process and automation consultancy specialising in improving sales, operations and financial administration workflows. We help you to simplify and streamline existing processes, integrate your business tools to make data transfer more efficient and automate manual tasks to increase productivity. We are Zapier Certified Experts, Pipedrive Certified Experts and Xero Certified Advisors.
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