A few months ago Constant Contact announced the acquisition of social CRM product Bantam Live. As part of the technology transfer, the Bantam Live service will be unavailable to its customers for an extended period of time. Here at BatchBlue we started to hear from a number of those customers who were looking for a new home for their contacts.
Though deep in the middle of our Batchbook rewrite, we could not leave fellow small businesses (especially when they were asking so nicely) without a good option for managing their contacts. So we turned to trusted friends and Batchbook Experts Xioup.com to write a script that would import the XML files available as an export from Bantam Live directly into Batchbook.
Kurt Milam from Xioup wrote up a very nice description of how the import works and how to go about setting it up. This quick excerpt explains what data is available for transfer:
We’re happy to report that our importer brings in all contacts (companies and people, including all address information, tags, special dates, social networking profiles and rss feeds). It also brings in 100% of Bantam deal and project information, notes, tweets and internal messages (including creation date, author and recipients). Bantam statuses are brought in, as well, albeit without creation dates, since they’re not included in Bantam’s export archives.
For your convenience, the importer adds a link to each imported contact, deal and project record, pointing to the original record in Bantam. This makes it easy for you to compare records in the two systems and make any manual adjustments in BatchBook that may be necessary.
You can read Xioup’s full description on their blog post, Import Your Bantam Live Archive into BatchBook.
If you have any questions on setting up your Batchbook account or the custom import script, feel free to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org