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Sway- Driving Business with creativity!

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Recently I was working on a project and I needed to deliver a presentation to a client. But for this particular presentation, the standard old PowerPoint wasn't going to cut it. We needed a more interactive experience, mobile friendly, a way to incorporate video and images along with my topical content.  After reviewing the available options, I decided to investigate Microsoft Sway. Recently out of preview, Sway is now a free part of the Office 356 service portfolio (or can be used separately outside of 365). I was able to map my ideas in the tool canvas quickly and efficiently and within a short time I knew I had found the right tool.

Let's take a look at what it can do for you!

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How You Make SharePoint Announcements Grab Attention Easily Using CSR

How You Make SharePoint Announcements Grab Attention Easily Using CSR

SharePoint has had “Announcements” for a very long time now.  The idea is good, you want to let people know what’s going in your department, division, location, site, project, whatever the case might be.  You put the Announcements on the homepage of your site, but they don’t exactly blow you away.  Today I’m going to show you an easy way to use Announcements for Critical News that will with style that get a lot more visibility.

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Getting the Most Value From Your Data - Integration

Data Integration is a must have in today’s business environment.  Competition has never been higher and it is imperative to gain new customers as well as hold on to existing customers.  Costs continue to rise, shrinking margins of profit, making management of COGS more important than ever.  Data integration between your silos of systems, whether they are best of breed business systems or home grown data collection systems, is an ever increasing requirement in order to squeeze every dollar out of your margins.  But what is data integration?

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Sales Rep CRM Quick Tip: Weekly Planning

Using CRM for tracking your pipeline, accounts and contacts?  Great! But if you’re not using it as a tool to plan your day, week, month – or more – then you’re missing out.  You’re leaving valuable referral sources in the cold.  You’re letting opportunities slip through the cracks.  And you’re letting your competitors snap up your best customers.
These 4 proven quick tips will help you to make your CRM solution into a strategic planning tool.

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SharePoint Hosted Add-In: Error- Not Found

SharePoint Add-Ins, though very interesting, are very tricky. Let me get directly to the point. If you are developing a SharePoint Hosted add-in, that needs to make a call outside the app web, be it host web or any other API call, there are certain things that need to be completed. Otherwise, you will have everything in place but will keep producing the Error-Not Found message when you run your SharePoint hosted add-in.

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Easily Apply Custom Branding with Focus on Content in SharePoint 2013

imageFocus on Content was a feature that emerged with the release of SharePoint 2013 and is also in SharePoint Online.   What this little button does is hides some structural parts of the rendered page to allow more room for the library, list or page content.  With custom branding, you might have issues. 

I’ll show you a quick and easy way to overcome this and get your users more screen real estate!

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SharePoint Hosted Add-Ins : Beginners' Steps

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By definition, Add-Ins are self-contained extensions, which means the code written for the Add-ins will not reside on the SharePoint server. This article will cover a recommended approach to developing an Add-In. So if you are a beginner and wondering how and where to start, then you are at right place.

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Productive Business Meetings, Engaged Participants. It's not a myth, it's LUCK!

Tired of the same old meetings? If no agenda, barely engaged attendees who are spending more time multi-tasking than paying attention, no decisions made, and no take-a-ways reviewed other than the date and time of the next meeting sound all too familiar, we might have some good news for you. Meetings can actually be productive, dare we say exciting and meaningful, read on to learn how, using the tried and true LUCK Principle™ paired with dynamic LUCKSTORMING™ sessions.

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How to Better Understand BI Capabilities in SharePoint

imageWith the imminent release of SharePoint 2016 in the coming months, now is an excellent time to reflect on the current landscape of BI. 

Does this sound familiar? “I need a cool dashboard for manager and other executives.  Can SharePoint do that?”
This post will outline options and give guidance when you have SharePoint and are looking to enhance with graphs and charts to build dashboards.

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How to Understand Using Microsoft Social Engagement

Social Media marketingMicrosoft Social Engagement is at the forefront of social media monitoring tools to help marketers of today work smarter, not harder. Today, we are talking about what it means to Understand customers, clients, prospects, and competitors using Social Engagement and why social-media-conscious marketers should give this tool a second look!

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7 Must Have Technologies for Every Digital Marketer

Most CMOs feel like they’re running their own IT department.  When you look at the amount of technology that it takes to run an effective marketing department, it’s overwhelming. Read on for an overview of every marketing-related acronym we could think to compile - MAPs, CRM, CMS, SMM, SPICE, and then some!

Digital marketing technology solutions list MAP marketing automation CRM customer relationship management content management social marketing enterprise social business intelligence integration

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3 Huge New Customer Service Features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016

Factoid: The average US worker spends 19% of their time searching for the knowledge that they need to get their jobs done (Harvard Business Review, “Social Media’s Productivity Payoff,” August 2012).  In a 1,000 person organization with an average salary of $50,000, that’s $10 million spent on searching for stuff! So how can we put this information easily into the hands of customer service? In the most recent release of Dynamics CRM, Microsoft has put a ton of attention into the features used by call centers and customer care teams. 

 

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How Do You Measure Collaboration Success?

What is collaboration? No, don’t Google it. I don’t want Webster’s definition; I want your definition. Hard question, isn’t it? Now imagine trying to actually measure whether or not you are actually doing a good job of collaborating. How do you measure something you can’t clearly define? Impossible, pointless, meaningless? Trust me, I get it – it might seem that way – but we think measuring collaboration is possible, but it’ll take some work. In fact, this isn’t the first time we’ve touched on this subject, but it’s still something we hear often, and I believe is critical if an organization is going to maximize their investment in collaborative technologies.

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Content Marketing Using Microsoft Dynamics CRM

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Content Marketing is so much more than just writing blogs. Marketing leaders must consider customer journey, personas, social, curated content, premium content, SEO, and editorial calendars (to name a few). Did you know that Microsoft Dynamics CRM has a built-in tool for content creation and management? Read on for information, suggestions, and capabilities.

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Customer Care and Dynamics CRM: Updates in CRM 4.0, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016


clip_image001One of the top drivers of CRM success is integrating it across Sales, Marketing and Customer Care teams. Prior to CRM 2013, few companies chose Microsoft CRM as their customer care solution. Since Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, however, Microsoft has steadily added new functionality to boost the customer service portions of the application. And now, with the rollout of CRM 2016, it is time for organizations to reconsider using the same platform for Customer Care that they also use for Sales and Marketing.

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“You Do Not Have Permission to Access These Records” - CRM for Outlook Fix

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Many marketers rely on CRM for Outlook to track their interaction with leads and prospects in CRM. If you've been getting this permission error, read on for the simple security permission fix so you can get back to tracking leads and keeping tabs on prospects!

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Has Your Governance Gone Too Far?

No, that doesn't say Government gone too far (though that would certainly make for a very debated article). In our daily work, we see a lot of governance plans, and oftentimes an organization will come to us to help them “untangle” their governance plan, or with a challenge such as user adoption, that ultimately leads back to a governance issue. What I want to discuss in the article is something I have been seeing for the past few years, and talk about often. Governance that goes too far.

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The Digital Marketing Evolution

Even the top performers in today's business world have some looming questions about Marketing Automation Platforms. How can you best approach technology as a marketer to stay focused on lead and revenue generation without getting bogged down? Read on for a primer in digital marketing. 

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How to Listen Using Microsoft Social Engagement

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Have you given Microsoft Social Engagement a chance yet? This quickly-improving tool has some efficient, easy-to-use tools that could save you time and energy in monitoring your social media presence. In this post, we’ll take a look at how the concept of Listening can be applied to Microsoft Social Engagement.

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Quick Tip: CRM Theme Color Codes

Want to change the colors in Microsoft Dynamics CRM, but frustrated trying to find just the right color?

Read on for a quick tip on how to update the colors of Your Dynamics CRM layout!

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10 Tips For a More Successful Digital Workplace

Eat an elephant. Put down the hammer. Be lazy for a day. Yes, we're seriously writing about these topics, and how they can help your organization achieve a successful digital transformation. Read on for 10 impactful tips that you can start using today.

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6 Fixes for Lead Qualification in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Qualify Lead Microsoft CRM 2016 A lot of sales teams are frustrated with how lead conversion works in Microsoft Dynamics CRM.  Starting with CRM 2013, whenever a user clicks the “Qualify” button, an Opportunity is always created.  We were hoping to see a fix in CRM 2016 but, sadly, the process still works the same.

How can an organization reconfigure Microsoft Dynamics CRM to allow sales to qualify a lead without creating an opportunity?  This article offers 6 options.

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Why Digital Transformation Is The Next Great Struggle

The Digital Transformation is coming - is your organization ready? According to recent studies, there are 5 key areas to prioritize for a successful digital workplace. But - spoiler alert - digital is not all about technology. Read on to learn about how better understanding people - and failure - will truly lead to digital success.

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What’s Missing in Microsoft Social Engagement?

 

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Despite the many great features and functionalities of Social Engagement, there are still several areas where this up-and-coming tool falls short.  So, instead of talking about the great things Social Engagement has to offer, like we typically discuss, today we are going to spend time on the less popular topic of what Microsoft Social Engagement doesn’t have. 

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What's New in CRM 2016?

There are some exciting changes available for new CRM users in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 - and these will be rolling out to existing customers in the coming months. Here are a few web pages, blogs, webinars and other resources to give you some insight into what you can expect.

CRM 2016 Interactive Service Hub

 

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CPR for CRM Study

The complementary paper includes over 12 years of research, recent survey results, and CRM turnaround success stories.

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SharePoint Readiness Assessment

This 60-second assessment is designed to evaluate your organization's collaboration readiness.

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CRM Self Assessment

Learn how you rank compared to organizations typically in years 1 to 5 of implementation - and which areas to focus on to improve.

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SharePoint Feedback Solution

This is a sandbox solution which can be activated per site collection to allow you to easily collect feedback from users into a custom Feedback list.

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SharePoint Upgrade Checklist

Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.