I haven't found any cheap, or free ones being good. But then, I haven't looked for a while.
Many years ago I used to build my own from database programs. Once i'd bought the database I could use it for whatever I wanted.
One other contact manager came free on the front of a PC magazine. Remember those cds/floppy disks. It wasn't a bad program, and of course it was the prior one to the current version, but still, it was good for free.
I will look nto it. The thing is i am going to need to do all sorts of sorting though. I need to keep track of things like who bought something and when they did it. How much they paid and whether they still owed us money. And when they need to pay again. Lots of stuff like that.
I wonder if it might require something more along the lines of a database for this? If so I wonder if there are any mysql templates or something like that.
I am not sure we are "barking at the same tree" you described a whole new ball game. Are we speaking about e-comm? if so you probably have a shopping cart including scripts and DB (since you mentioned MySQL it probably is a PHP cart). You might need to create a script that will email you upon client account updates. Or/and create a script that will log all activities upon you defined parameters and send you an alarm when a report is ready.
What is your environment, are we speaking of e-comm cart or something else?
What I am trying to do is get people to sign up for a membership. So what I REALLY need is some way to keep track of their contact info, website address, and also the date I last contacted them by email or phone, and what the outcome of that contact was.
And just as importantly I need a way to remind myseld when it is time try to contact them again.
Once they pay I can keep track of when their membership is going to expire using my other software, but it eould be nice to integrate the contact manager so that it reminds me, say, a month in advance that their membership will expire and I need to contact them.
The date their memberships expire is kept in a mysql table on my web server, so I thought it would be great if the contact manager could look up the expiration date.
All of that could be done. However, you did not let us know what your "system" environment is. Are you a coder? This is important as your quest seems to call for custom made mods and scripts. If you are not a coder then you need to hire a trusted coder that will know your environment.
<edit>Scope of thread</edit> Due to this thread scope, you might need to ask the same question in a scripting forum, PHP, ASP etc.. or in E-comm.
Really, to get back to the original need, what I just really need is some way to keep track of people's names, email addresses and website URLs, and keep track of when the last time I emailed them or called them was, and when the NEXT time I should call them / email them should be.
The other stuff I might be able to work something up in php myself.