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You can add a new customer from the customer page by selecting 'New Customer' here:
Alternatively, you can quickly add a new customer from the 'plus' menu option here:
When setting up a new customer, you have the ability to set up their contact information as well as some additional settings. Once created, you'll have the ability to add assets, devices, stored credit cards (with a payment integration), attachments and notes to the customer's profile. Also, once you begin to perform work for the customer, information like linked tickets, invoices, payments will all be accessible from the customer's detail page.
This is the main 'New Customer' page, let's go ahead and break down some of these settings individually.
The 'Basic Info' section will consist of all of your customer's contact information. By default, none of these fields are set to 'required', however, you can configure this in your Customer Preference settings located at:
Admin > Customers > Preferences.
Some important things to note regarding this section:
- Business names take precedent over first name / last name when viewing all of your customers from the main customer list.
- The 'Mobile' drop down expands so you can select the phone type. So, you may enter various phone numbers of different types by selecting the 'Add New Number' button.
- The 'Add Another Address' allows you to enter multiple addresses on file. You may also choose from the types 'Bill to', 'Ship to' and 'Physical'.
Note: We use customer emails as the unique identifier among customers in Syncro. So, no two customers may have the same email as the primary email.
If you'd like to use the same email among multiple customer accounts, you can do so in the Additional Notification Emails or Additional Invoice CC Emails sections covered in the next section.
Alternatively, you can use the same email across different customer accounts through customer contacts. More information about customer contacts available here.
Anywhere that Customer name shows in the Customer Tab, Tickets, Invoices or Estimates there is a hover-over icon that can be clicked providing information about that customer and allowing to perform various actions to editing the Customer Record.
The customer settings section allows you to configure some advanced settings for the customer.
Tax Rate / Tax Free: These fields will allow you to set a default tax rate for the customer or whether the customer is 'Tax Exempt' by choosing Tax Free.
SMS Service Enabled: Allows you to enable or disable SMS communication using the customer's mobile number.
Opt Out of Email Marketing: Enabling this feature will just prevent Mailer emails from being sent to this customer's email address. Email correspondence regarding invoices, tickets, etc. will still be sent to the customer's email.
No Email - Of Any Kind: Disables all email communication from being sent to this customer.
Send Portal Invitation: If enabled, will send a portal invitation for the customer to set up and create a password for. More information on using passwords with the customer portal available here.
Additional Notification / Invoice CC Emails: Allows you to add additional emails to be notified along with the primary account. Emails entered in the 'additional notification' field will receive invoice-related emails, but 'invoice CC email addresses' will not receive notifications outside of invoicing.
Default Invoice Terms: Allows you to set a default payment term for the customer. More information about invoice terms here.
Customer custom fields can be accessed by selecting the 'Custom Fields' tab in the new customer section. You may also manage your customer custom fields from this the New Customer page by choosing 'Manage Custom Fields' located at the top-right of the New Customer page. More information about customer custom fields here.
Masked credentials are a way to securely store login credentials, but also make them easy to access without requiring a long password to be entered. Credentials can be saved under a customer, contact, or a document in the documentation center. These credentials can be accessed in the customer portal or can be private/internal.
Additionally, the password field is salted and encrypted. The salt is per row. The password is only decrypted and sent to the client at the time that the field is clicked to be shown.
Head to the Credentials tab on the Customer detail page to add, edit, view, or delete customer credentials.
Name: This is there to help categorize the credential so you know what it's for.
Username: Usually an email but can be whatever Username type you want (Text Field)
Host/URL: Link to the site if applicable
Password: Click the field to enter a password. Next time the page loads, this field will be starred
Notes: Any notes for the credential
Public: Choose whether the credential is public or private/internal
After you have entered everything you should be all set. It's worth noting that once the page refreshes and moving forward the password field defaults to showing stars until clicked.
Creating a contact credential:
Head to the contacts tab for an existing contact to add, edit, or delete credentials.
Access to the credentials in the customer portal can be handled by Portal User Permission Groups:
- Add "Credentials - View All" and "Credentials - View Mine" for credentials
Restricting internal user access to credentials can be handled through Security Group settings:
- Add "Credentials - View, New, Edit, Delete"
Credentials in Documentation Center:
Masked credentials can be added to documents within the documentation center to be shared internally or publically on the customer portal. More information on adding masked credentials to the documentation center here.