Best contact management software of 2024

The best contact management software makes it simple and easy to manage your business relationships.

Best contact management software: quick menu

Yet managing your contacts can be a challenge, especially when you have a number of customers, suppliers, and staff. Trying to keep track of them all can become a serious challenge. This is where business contact management software comes into play.

The aim of contact management software is simple: to make it easier not to just organize your contacts, but to leverage them according to your needs and interests. At a basic level this means the software will make it far easier to organize all your contacts and communications in one place.

Additional features are also available, such as visualizations of company hierarchies, so you can see at a glance which person is responsible for which department, making it easier to send an email or make a call to the right person. Sometimes everything will be done by clicking through options, but increasingly virtual assistants and AI now play a role in organizing your information.

Additionally, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is now increasingly built into contact management software - in fact, some CRM's are directly marketed as contact management solutions.

Below we therefore list the best contact management software platforms currently available.

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Best overall

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Build business relationships with this popular choice

Reasons to buy

App integration
Available educational content

Reasons to avoid

Limited free tier

Insightly is a popular contact management program, boasting the ability to connect to over 40 different apps to aggregate data, including Slack, Box, and Evernote.

Insightly also focuses on business relationships, and can assist in discovering hierarchies at organizations, and build relationship maps which can help to increase sales via tools such as automated lead management and automatic tracked emails. For new users of the platform, there is a series of tutorials and webinars to get you up to speed quickly.  

Insightly offers free trials, with the paid plans starting with the Plus plan, which is appropriate for smaller organizations as it has a fairly basic feature set. The Plus plan cost around $30 per user per month when billed annually.

The Professional plan offers additional voice and business intelligence options, as well as developer API support and increased limits. Pricing is set at around $50 per user per month for the yearly subscription. The Enterprise plan offers the fullest range of features available, costing around $100 per user per month for the annual subscription.

Read our full Insightly review.

Best sales CRM

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A sales CRM for simplicity


Price: From $10 per user per month
Free plan: No
Trial: 14 days
Support: Email, live chat and request a call

Reasons to buy

Automation of sales processes
Email integration
24/7 support options
Choice of plans

Reasons to avoid

Three seat minimum
Custom automations and integrations limited on a monthly basis

Monday Sales is a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platform designed to assist sales and marketing executives in managing their teams. It is highly user-friendly and provides a variety of tools to help businesses manage their customer journey. Additionally, the software is highly customizable, allowing users to adjust it to their individual needs. 

Some of the key features of the platform are email synchronization, the ability to send and receive emails, the ability to take note of meetings, and the ability to view all communications on one timeline. Additionally, the core feature of the platform, managing contacts, allows for the organization of client and potential client information into one database, with the capacity to accommodate unlimited contacts. Additionally, the platform offers email support, with templates that automatically fill in personalized emails to save time. 

In addition to automation, businesses can benefit from the ability to create tailored workflows to reduce administrative burden and improve communication. However, this requires a higher-level plan than the entry-level one, which begins at $14 per seat per month. The number of activities is limited to 250 per seat per month unless a higher plan is upgraded. 

Monday CRM offers four tiers, ranging from the Basic plan, which is $10 per seat monthly, to Enterprise plan, which can be customized for a higher price. Additionally, each plan must have at least three seats, which makes it less attractive for solo businesses.  There is no free tier, however, users can try the service for two weeks free of charge. Additionally, 18% off the monthly subscription is available if paid once a year.

Read our full Monday Sales CRM review.

Best coverage

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3. Maximizer CRM

Contact management as part of a larger business program

Reasons to buy

Multi-level security
Searchable shared address book
30 day free trial

Maximizer CRM is a business software solution with a robust feature set to cover contact management duties.

Features include a shared address book that can perform searches by a case number or company affiliation and even save them, processes can be automated easily, multi-level security for hierarchical access to control who has access to what data, and integrated with a mobile friendly calendar. Data entry can also be simplified with form field validation that can specify which fields are mandatory, and check for duplicate entries.  

Maximizer is billed annually and there are two plans offered: the Base Edition for the minimum of 3 users costs around $55 per user per month, and the Sales Leader Edition for the minimum of 5 users, costing around $75 per user per month.

Best for ease of use

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4. Nutshell

A focus on ease of setup and use

Reasons to buy

Ease of implementation
Free trial
Mobile app support

Reasons to avoid

No free tier

Nutshell is a customer management solution that can organize contacts and conversations, track leads, automate sales processes, and track it all with easily understandable performance reports. Its easy to use, and the idea is that this is the tool the sales team will actually use.

Towards that end, they offer features such as on-boarding assistance to be up and running in under 24 hours, and accessible support available for no extra charge via phone, email and chat. Nutshell has both iOS and Android apps available to support use on the go.  

A 14-day free trial is offered without a credit card. The paid plans begin with the Starter tier which can support a single sales pipeline, standard sales reporting, and offers team collaboration capabilities. There is also the Pro midrange tier, and the top-level plan is Pro Plus which is suitable for more complex needs.

Best for digital assistants

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The CRM with Zia, the conversational AI

Reasons to buy

Ease of use with a conversant AI
Choice of plans

Reasons to avoid

Annual billing
Zia Voice not on lower tiers

With digital assistants gaining prominence in our lives, Zoho CRM takes this approach with its customer management software solution. No, you won’t be chatting with Cortana, Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant, but rather a new virtual buddy, named Zia Voice.

Ease of use is paramount here, and instead of having to generate performance reports as with rival products, the Zia chatbot can be queried for the desired info.

Zia is also useful when mobile as she can be accessed from an app on the smartphone, and can perform a variety of activities including updating accounts and retrieving information, avoiding the need to manually update info on a smaller device. Zia can also analyze records, and indicate which leads are more likely to close, and which are slipping away.

There is a free trial, but no free tier. Subscription plans begin at the Standard level but Zia Voice is not included unless you step up to the Enterprise plan.

Read our full Zoho CRM review.

Best cloud-based

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6. NetSuite CRM

The cloud-based solution for your company’s growth

Reasons to buy

Sales performance management
Records comms interactions

Reasons to avoid

Opaque pricing

The internet titan Oracle brings us its cloud-based business software offering, NetSuite CRM, covering the full gamut of business needs. 

NetSuite CRM endeavors to “drive the complete customer lifecycle.” This includes automation of the sales force including marketing, e-commerce, and customer support, all with the option for customization. Also included is sales performance management, order management and partner management, with integration to other products. It also provides mobile apps for both the Android and iOS platforms.

Contacts get managed through sales portals, and sales managers get provided with “a complete view of all leads and opportunities in the pipeline,” and records that include full details of all interactions.  

While NetSuite CRM is a robust offering, there is no indication of pricing on its website, or any mention of a free trial. 

Best all-in-one

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A sprawling suite of powerful business tools

Reasons to buy

Diverse range of tools
Capable CRM with detailed reports
Generous free account

Bitrix24 offers a CRM as part of it's huge and inclusive platform of services, which includes collaboration, instant messaging, telephony, project management, and scheduling, as well as document management and even HR tools. 

The CRM itself is sales-focused for working with your sales funnels and pipelines, with a range of automation features including for connecting with marketing actions. 

Although Bitrix24 offers many other tools, the excellent CRM is a capable system all on its own. Contacts and communications are logged, leads assigned to sales managers, emails sent, calls recorded, quotes and invoices issued. Detailed reports keep you up-to-date and there's convenient access via the mobile app.

Bitrix24's unusually generous free account supports unlimited users and includes 5GB storage, but if you need more, the Plus account offers more features to up to 6 users and provides 50GB online storage.

Read our full Bitrix24 CRM review.

Contact Management Software for sales

One key purpose of contact management isn't just to record and log customer interactions, but also to support sales channels to create new ones. Here we'll look at CRM's that have a particular focus on sales:

Pipedrive advertises itself as a CRM developed by sales people for sales people. It's designed as a sales management tool to help teams work with more advanced sales projects, and it's both simple to set up and easy to use. It provides a visual display of the sales process, alerting you to various actions and goals that need to be covered by the team at different stages.

Keap is the new brand names for InfusionSoft's successful CRM, which aims to simplify the sales process through a series of clear visual representations as well as a visual builder for creating automated workflows. This makes it easy to connect different campaigns in different ways from a single dashboard, as well as track appointments, quotes, invoices, and payments.

Freshworks offers a sales-based CRM from the popular Freshworks stable of apps. It uses built-in phone and email features to find the best sales leads, engage in relevant conversations, and manage the sales pipeline better. It can run as a standalone platform, but it also integrates with Freshworks other products for sales, customer management, calls, and marketing, among other things.

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Which contact management software is best for you?

When deciding which of the contact management softwar to use, first consider what actual needs you have. For example, decide if you need any additional featured on top of any existing CRM or UCaaS platform you may already be using, or even whether your existing you are using service might include what you need. Larger enterprises will probably want to look to the higher-end options for the more advanced tools that are included.

How we test

To test for the best contact management software we searched for a range of popular options as well as took recommendations from people we know who are already using contact management software. We then tried each platform to see how user-friendly each was, as well as determine what range of tools and advanced options were available. Pricing also came into account when determining our best list.

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Jonas P. DeMuro

Jonas P. DeMuro is a freelance reviewer covering wireless networking hardware.

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