The Activity timeline is a really powerful feature within FreeAgent CRM. It allows you to visualize any current or past activities for all the records in your different apps, meaning your contacts, organizations, opportunities, or any custom ones you have created.
Here you can see any sent or received emails, phone calls placed to any contact, notes, or mentions to your team members as well as attachments.
Edition Qualifier: The filter feature is available in all FreeAgent Editions.
User Permissions: This feature is available for all users in FreeAgent CRM.
In this tutorial we will review everything that you need to know about the Activity Timeline, including some of its most powerful features:
When enabled, the Activity Roll-Up automatically shares activities between the 3 out-of-the-box Apps in FreeAgent CRM: Contacts, Accounts, and, Deals. There are 3 main rules for shared activities:
- From Contacts to Deals
- From Contacts to Accounts
- From Accounts to Deals
This means that if you added a note for a Contact, it will be also visible from the corresponding Account and if the contact has a Deal associated the note will be available in the Deal as well. There will be a legend at the bottom of all shared activities.
Your team administrator can deactivate them all, as there is a manual process to share activities between apps described below. To learn more about Activity Roll-Up, please visit the following tutorial:
Note: Changing the settings will only impact the activities created from that point forward.
You can upload any file of the admitted formats mentioned above to your Apps. To do so, click on the desired app and select the entry for which you want to upload a file. On the Activity timeline, click the 'Action' button to display the available options and then click 'Add attachment'.
The admitted formats for files include pdf, csv, zip, Microsoft Office suite, Apple iWork. For Images, the supported formats are jpg, png, gif. The file size can be up to 10MB.
Click on it. This will open your computer's file manager. Browse your files and select the one you want to upload and click 'Open'. Wait a few seconds for the upload process to conclude. As soon as it is done, a Success message will appear on the top right corner and the attachment will be visible in the activity section.
With FreeAgent CRM you can manage your information as it best suits you. This, of course, includes the option to delete activities from your Activity Timeline. Whether it is a note that was meant to be added for a different contact or if you received an email with confidential information, you have full control over it and can decide to delete it.
IMPORTANT: This process cannot be undone. Verify before deleting the Activity, as it will be removed for everyone.
The option to delete activities is available for all apps that include the 'Activity Timeline'. To delete an activity, go to the desired app and in the 'Activity' section, hover over any of the 'Activities' with your mouse, you will notice a 'trash can' icon right next to the share activities arrow.
Confirmation is required. Once you do, the selected activity will be deleted from the Activity timeline and will no longer be available for anyone in your team.
Have you ever added a note or received an email for one of your contacts or in any other element within your existing apps, but you also needed to see it somewhere else? If this is the case, then we have the solution! This is made possible thanks to the function that allows you to share activities between your apps in FreeAgent CRM.
Activity sharing is available for all apps that include the Activity Timeline. To start sharing activities, go to the desired app and hover over any of the activities with your mouse, you will notice an arrow right next to the 'trash can' icon used to delete content.
Click on the arrow and the sharing options will appear. Here you can select between all your existing Apps to share your activity. Then you need to either select one of the suggested entries or you can start typing to find the specific element to share the activity.
The 'Share On' shows the detail of the places where the activity has been shared already. Once you click the 'Share' button, your activity will be shared and added to this list.
At the same time, the activity will be available on the target element. Right below the user's name, there will be a legend that indicates that the activity was shared and will include its origin, which you can click on to go to it.
It is possible to apply filters in your Activity Timeline, to view only those entries that you are interested in. You can select just one or more types of activities in your filters, by clicking the filter icon available on the right-hand side of the Activity section right next to the search icon.
You will now if one or more activity types were added to the filter thanks to the small badge that will show the total selected.
Filters in the Activity Timeline allow you to easily visualize the different types of activities in each of your records.
Now you can 'star' the activities in the Activity Timeline so that it is easier for you to find them whenever you need them. 'Staring' activities is really simple, all you need to do is hover over with your mouse cursor over an activity to display the options. There you will notice a little star right next to the Share icon.
If you open the filters and select the 'Starred' you can display all your currently starred activities. Your Starred activities will be highlighted in light-yellow so that they are easily recognizable. They will also display the star icon along with the legend "starred item".
In case you want to remove an activity from the Starred ones, just hover over the activity to display the options and click the Star icon again.