The thin line that separates tags from multi-select picklist values is the purpose that both of these solves.
While tags are meant to help you categorize and prioritize records, multi-select picklist fields are part of the record information. For example, multiple tags for a lead can be "New lead", "Tradeshow lead" and "Australia leads". All these can be attached to a single record. Notice the range of tags - one talks about the type of lead, another about lead source while the last one denotes a territory/area.
However, a multi-select picklist field for the same lead might be something like "Products Interested In" which would be something like "A, B and C". This is part of the record information and not a label. You cannot have a range of values as seen in tags, as that is not the purpose. To solve this using fields, you might have to create three custom fields. Instead of that, you can create tags and save custom fields for a real need.
Apart from the difference in purpose, note that users need to be administrators to add multi-picklist values. It’s not possible to automate the addition, removal or replacement of options within a multi-select field. However, with Tagging, you can select a Tag from the cloud or create a new Tag and associate it to records. You can also append/overwrite tags on mass update of records.
You can search for records on Global Search as well as Advanced Filters based on the tags.
In Advanced Filters, simply select criteria as "Tag is _____" and enter the tag name. You will be able to fetch relevant records. You can also create custom views in a module based on tags.
Currently this is not possible via search. However, you can achieve the same using custom views for a module. When you create a custom view for a module, you can add criteria using the AND logical operator and save the view.
Currently, this is not possible. Watch this space for updates.
8. Where are all the tags for a module maintained?
Tags for a module are maintained under the Manage Tags section. Go to the required module, click on the More icon in its list view and click Manage Tags.
Yes, you can carry over lead tags on conversion, to a contact, account and deal.
Yes, you can share tags with other users as long as they have the permissions to access your records.
You can overwrite tags in bulk automatically via workflow rules as well as automated actions in Blueprint. Note that ALL tags associated to the record will be replaced with the new tag and not a specific one alone.
Yes. You can merge similar tags. Simply go to the Manage Tags section of a module and Edit a tag. When you update the tag name to an existing tag, CRM will throw an alert, "Tag already exists. Do you want to merge this Tag?"
Click Yes, Merge. The two tags will be merged and reflected across associated records in the module.
When you delete a tag, it will be dissociated from all the records on which it has been applied. Please note that if a tag is associated as part of criteria in workflow rules, reports, custom views etc (wherever criteria are applicable in CRM), you will be prompted to first remove the association in the relevant sections before deleting the tag. You must have Administrator privileges to delete a tag.
No, currently you cannot add tags via the CRM mobile app.
Currently there is no "Import Tags" option in CRM. However you can assign tags to a bunch of records upon import.
Currently, tags do not sync with Advanced CRM Analytics. This is on our roadmap. However, you can generate built-in reports in Zoho CRM (Reports module), with tags as part of the report criteria.
Yes, you can overwrite tags. This can be either using the Add Tags option from the [Module] List View or via workflow rules/Blueprint.
By default, you can add tags to records you own. You can also add tags to records for which you have the Add/Edit permission.
No. Currently, you do not have an option to export tags separately. However, when you export records from a module, the corresponding tags are exported as a column in the spreadsheet.