How to enable and use the Zoho CRM integration

Like other integrations, you need to be an admin in order to enable the Zoho integration.

This integration allows you to view, update, and create Zoho leads, accounts, contacts, and deals directly in Front for Zoho CRM accounts on zoho.com and zoho.eu.


Step 1

Go into your Settings and select Integrations. Choose Zoho from the list.

Step 2 

Click Enable Integration, then turn the toggle to enable Zoho. Click Save.

Step 3

From any message, open the fourth pane on the right. Choose Zoho from the integrations dropdown menu.

Step 4

Enter the email address of your Zoho CRM account.

If you do not have two factor authentication enabled on your Zoho CRM account, enter your Zoho CRM account password and click Sign in, and skip to Step 12.

Step 5

If you have two factor authentication enabled on your Zoho CRM account, you’ll need to create an application specific password for the Front integration before signing in. You won’t be able to use your usual Zoho CRM account password to sign in to the integration.

Follow Steps 6 through 11 to create an application specific password for the Front integration.

Step 6

Open Zoho CRM in another window. Click on the tools icon in the upper right corner, and click on My Account.

Step 7

Select the tile for Two Factor Authentication in your account settings page.

Step 8

Click Manage  Application Specific Passwords.

Step 9

In the popup window, name your application specific password that you'll use to authenticate the Front integration. We suggest something like "Front integration" so it's easily recognizable.

Type in your usual Zoho CRM account password and click Generate.

Step 10

Copy the generated password and keep it somewhere safe. You'll need to use this to sign into the Zoho CRM integration in Front.

You can revoke this password at any time and repeat Steps 6 through 10 to change your application specific password for the Front integration.

Step 11

In the plugin window in Front, enter your Zoho CRM account email and the application specific password that you just created. Click Sign in.

Step 12

You can now display information about your Zoho CRM leads, contacts, deals, and accounts directly in Front. If the email address for your message does not match an existing Zoho CRM record, you’ll have the option to Create Lead or Create Contact.

Step 13

For any Front message, if there are any matching leads, accounts, or contacts in Zoho CRM, you will see contact information, status, and other data displayed for those records. You can edit most fields by clicking on them. 

Step 15

Customize which fields are displayed and editable in Front by clicking on the Settings button in the upper right corner of the integration panel. Choose your desired object from the dropdown, and check the fields you want to be displayed in Front.

NOTE

When logging in with either authentication method, you will see an Authentication failed error in Front if you have too many Active Authtokens on your Zoho account.

Zoho imposes a limit of 10 Active Authtokens for an account at any given time. If you have 10 active already, you'll need to remove some before you'll be able to grant one to Front and successfully sign in to the integration.

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