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A comprehensive CRM comparison

Nutshell vs. Method:CRM

Choosing the right CRM can make a huge impact on your sales and marketing success. Explore why Nutshell is the best alternative to Method:CRM. Nutshell stands out for:

  • All-in-one CRM and email marketing functionality
  • Easy customization for your team—no need to pay for customization services!
  • Working where you do – whether that’s in QuickBooks or anywhere else
  • High visibility into your leads and their place in your sales funnel
  • Advanced reports so you can drill down into your data with ease

What is Method:CRM?

Method:CRM is a customer relationship management platform that claims to be 100% customizable. Method is designed to be used with QuickBooks accounting software, so the CRM offers a robust native integration that allows you to invoice customers, track payments, and more.

Method’s customers report a few issues, including frustrations with their customization services and support and the software’s learning curve. While Method claims to be totally customizable, it can still be difficult for customers to create custom web forms and import contacts. And Method’s reporting features are severely limited, which hinders your team from making the most informed data-driven decisions.

What is Nutshell?

Nutshell is an award-winning CRM platform that helps B2B sales and marketing teams work together to close more deals. Powerful enough to support any element of your business and simple enough to implement without a paid admin or IT department, Nutshell is favored among small to medium-sized companies who know better than to overpay for software they’ll never use. Furthermore, Nutshell’s features often outshine the competitors in terms of both usability and comprehensiveness, according to customer reviews.

Nutshell is dedicated to helping businesses grow their revenue and solving the most critical challenge of sales and marketing software: motivating teams to use it. We’re passionate about our customers’ success, and we love finding new ways to take the frustrations out of selling.

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Nutshell vs. Method:CRM comparison

If you’re looking for a CRM, you may have come across Method:CRM. But is it the best option for your team? Nutshell offers easier customization, all-in-one CRM and email marketing functionality, and more advanced reporting — plus a native QuickBooks integration, making Nutshell a strong competitor.

Take a look at our Nutshell vs. Method:CRM comparison to see how the two software options stack up.


Method:CRM claims to be 100% customizable, but customization is one of the biggest complaints from current customers. Some users even report that you need to understand coding to get the most out of Method.

While Method offers customization services, they start at $145 an hour for tasks like creating custom reports, importing contacts, and designing custom workflows for your business — which are essential tasks that should be easy to complete in your CRM.

And what’s more, you have to pay additional charges for support when issues arise with the customizations you’ve added to your CRM.

Customizing Nutshell is so simple that there’s no need to pay a “customization expert” to do it for you. For example, creating a custom report is as easy as filtering your data by the criteria you want to see, and we provide free white glove data imports during onboarding so you can get all your data in your CRM at no cost.

Email marketing

While Method:CRM includes an email campaigns feature, its full capabilities are reserved for customers on Method’s highest tier. And those capabilities are still limited compared to Nutshell’s native email marketing tool. For example, Method users can’t automate email campaigns, use A/B testing in their campaigns, or send multi-email drip sequences.

Nutshell customers can do all of those things with Nutshell Campaigns, our email marketing tool that works perfectly with your CRM data. You can easily set up email sequences to send automatically when your leads enter certain stages of your pipeline and use A/B testing to determine which messaging resonates with your audience best.

And if you want to try out Nutshell Campaigns before adding it to your plan, you can send 150 emails per month absolutely free!

QuickBooks integration

Method:CRM prides itself on being made for QuickBooks users. But one of Method’s biggest pitfalls is that you have to be a QuickBooks user to use the CRM. If your team doesn’t work in QuickBooks, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Nutshell is designed to work where you do. We offer a powerful native QuickBooks integration, as well as dozens of other native integrations and thousands more available through Zapier. That includes integrations with Xero, Freshbooks, and other accounting software.

Nutshell: A great Method:CRM alternative

Nutshell is built differently. With customization options that are actually easy (and free) to implement, powerful email marketing, and integrations that work where you do, Nutshell is the best Method:CRM alternative.

Here are a few more reasons why Nutshell is a great option:

  • All-in-one CRM and email marketing power: Nutshell works hand-in-glove with Nutshell Campaigns, our email marketing platform that delivers advanced email marketing features like automating multi-email drip sequences, powerful filtering tools, A/B testing, and more.
  • Automated personal email sequences: All Nutshell Pro customers can create and send automated personal email sequences, which allow you to automatically send emails to your contacts. Whether you want to follow up on a proposal or let current customers know about an upcoming sale, easily create a template, set how long to wait before sending the next email, and let Nutshell handle the sending!
  • Easy lead tracking: Nutshell Pro offers up to 5 fully customizable sales pipelines, so your team has high visibility into all of your prospects and knows exactly what to do next to advance them toward a sale. Nutshell also offers multiple pipeline views so you can see at a glance where your leads are in your funnel. And with our Hot leads feature, you can easily prioritize the leads that are most valuable to you.
  • Ease of use: Customers regularly praise Nutshell for its intuitive design and easy customization. We’ve designed our CRM to be simple enough for any user and sophisticated enough for any business, with customization options that let you create your own reports, design beautiful web forms and landing pages, add custom fields, and so much more.
  • Intuitive automation: We know your time is valuable, which is why Nutshell lets you automate as many processes as possible so you can focus on growing your business.
  • Committed customer support: We offer free email and live chat support to all our customers from onboarding and beyond, and our knowledgeable support team is here to help you implement changes quickly and get the most out of Nutshell.

Constructing a Better Nutshell Experience

We listen to and anticipate the needs of our customers to provide a user-friendly and affordable CRM filled with valuable features.

We regularly add new features and update our software to provide superior service including:

  • AppConnect to connect your CRM data with the apps you already use
  • Scheduler to simplify meeting planning and appointments
  • PeopleIQ to automatically tracks visitors to your website and their company data
  • And many more

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Nutshell vs. Method:CRM, head-to-head

PER USER COST Comparisons based on similarly priced packages (Nutshell Pro and Method:CRM Pro)

SALES REPORTS AND ANALYTICS Instantly view how you’re tracking against quota and previous periods, and segment by product, rep, lead source, and more to identify what’s really driving your sales.

INTEGRATES WITH THIRD-PARTY BUSINESS SOFTWARE Nutshell offers dozens of native integrations, including a native QuickBooks integration, along with thousands more accessible through Zapier.

IN-APP PHONE DIALING AND RECORDING Integrate with your phone system or preferred communication platform and call from within Nutshell.

PIPELINE MANAGEMENT FEATURES Flexibility for teams who have multiple processes or to use for other objectives such as Customer Retention or Customer Success.

EMAIL TEMPLATES Use Nutshell’s pre-built email templates.

NATIVE EMAIL INTEGRATIONS Sync your email with Nutshell to send and receive messages from inside your CRM.

UNLIMITED EMAIL SENDING Create and send an unlimited number of personal emails right from Nutshell, so you can stay in touch with all your leads and customers.

PERSONAL EMAIL SEQUENCES Create and schedule one-on-one sales drips that are more likely to capture attention. Nutshell triggers a sales sequence at the pipeline stage of your choice, remembers the follow-up for you so that valuable prospects don’t float away, and stops the sequence as soon as they reply.

MARKETING EMAILS AND AUTOMATED DRIP SEQUENCES Nutshell Campaigns is an add-on that starts for as little as $5/mo and is based on the number of contacts. Even without adding Nutshell Campaigns, you are able to send up to a certain number of emails with Nutshell Campaigns based on your CRM plan.

CUSTOMIZABLE, EMBEDDABLE WEB FORMS Use our drag-and-drop editor to design simple web forms that capture customer information and automatically create new contacts and leads.

EASY TO CUSTOMIZE YOURSELF Most CRMs offer some degree of customization. The question is, what do you really need to change to suit your team’s needs—and how easy is it to accomplish without coding?

EASE OF USE Having an easy-to-use CRM increases adoption among your team and makes it easier to accomplish all your mission-critical tasks.

FREE WHITE GLOVE DATA IMPORTS Importing your data accurately into your CRM is critical for getting up and running. And if you’re running into difficulties, it’s great to have free expert help.


LIVE CUSTOMER SUPPORT Available on Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 10:30pm Eastern time (excluding holidays).

FREE IPHONE/ANDROID APPS Included mobile app from the App Store or Google Play to access the power of Nutshell anywhere.

MOBILE BUSINESS CARD SCANNER Nutshell’s business card scanner is lightweight and built into the Nutshell mobile app.

$44 per month billed annually,
$49 per month billed monthly

Limited—Method:CRM customers only have access to leads, sales, losses, and activity reports

Only four native integrations


Only one view


Just Gmail and Outlook

No—customers are only allowed to send to 5,000 email recipients per month for free

No—Method:CRM won’t let you automate personal email sending

Not automated drip sequences

Fields in Method:CRM forms are complicated to customize

No—Method:CRM is customizable, but not easily

Steep learning curve



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Available Add-ons


  • Campaigns – Email Marketing in your CRM
  • PeopleIQ – Identify Organizations & People on your website
  • Revenue Booster – Online scheduling software & more
  • CompetitorIQ – Online Competitor Tracking Software
  • AppConnect – Tech & Application integration assistance
  • Landing Pages — Create and host branded landing pages on your website

Easy to Use. Easy to Sell. That’s Nutshell.

Experience our Method:CRM alternative

When you’re ready to increase your sales and build more fruitful, lasting relationships with your customers, see how Nutshell can make a difference. Start with our 14-day free trial, and we’ll help you evolve from there!

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Awesome service. The White Glove Important service convinced me to roll this out to my entire company.

Steve K. Speedwagon Properties

A perfect system that meets all our requirements; Flexible and easy to customize.


Nutshell—somehow—made me *want* to use a CRM again. Might be a first.

Lisa L. Generations Now LLC

Nutshell gives us insights into our business through their reporting, and the CRM is easy fr our sales and onboarding teams to use. I highly recommend them for a growing Saas.

Brian S. Testimonial Tree

Your customer service is hands-down the best I’ve seen in a long time. It is greatly appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Ryan M. Reichel Insulation

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