Many calendars come with a list of national (or international) holidays and important dates. Since LACRM has customers all over the world, we don’t include a default calendar of events. However, you can import national holidays and other important events into your LACRM calendar via our Google Calendar integration! This post will explain how to find, import, and sync national or international holidays to your Less Annoying CRM calendar.
Note: You will need a Google account for this tutorial. If you don’t have one yet, you can create one for free here.
There are many free calendars on the internet that include national or international holidays that you can import into Google Calendar. Google Calendar accepts calendars in .csv or .ics (from Apple Calendar/iCal) format. Here are some basic event calendars that can be imported into Google:
If you’re looking for a different calendar, you can always search the internet. You can use search terms like “US national holidays 2020 free calendar download” to find what you’re looking for.
Make sure to download the calendar, and double check that it is in .ics or .csv format.
Here’s a nifty trick: if you aren’t sure what file format a download is in, you can hover your mouse over the download button. In the lower left hand corner of your browser, you’ll see a preview of the link for the file you’re about to download. If it ends in .ics or .csv, you have the correct file format!
You have two main options for how to import your events into Google. In Google, you can have multiple calendars within one account. For example, you might have a color-coded calendar with personal events in purple and work events in green. Before we sync your holidays with the CRM, you need to decide which Google Calendar you want to import your events into. You can:
Once you’ve decided how you want to configure your events in Google, you can follow these instructions from Google for importing your events. You can start at step 2, since we’ve already exported your events!
Once your events have imported into Google, spot check to make sure that your events are on the correct dates and the correct calendar.
Note: if you originally imported your holiday events into a Google Calendar that was already syncing with Less Annoying CRM, you can skip this step — your events should already be in the CRM!
You have two main options for how to sync your events over to Less Annoying CRM’s calendar. Like Google, Less Annoying CRM has subcalendars so that you can color-code and separate different event types. When you sync your events from Google, you’ll need to decide which subcalendar in the CRM syncs with each calendar in Google. You can:
Once you’ve decided how you want to sync over your events from Google, you can set up the sync in Less Annoying CRM from the Google Integration page under Settings. You can follow this written tutorial or this video to sync Less Annoying CRM and Google Calendar.
Note: if you decided to create a new subcalendar in Less Annoying CRM, during the step where you match your Google Calendars with the LACRM subcalendars you want them to sync with, be sure to select “Create new calendar”. Then, you can create the holiday subcalendar you need in Less Annoying CRM!
Questions? Don’t hesitate to contact us!