The Week that Was #32 – Through the Eyes of Improved Apps

A round up of things that the Improved Apps folk chat about over a cuppa coffee!

By Sophie Wyard – Marketing Manager @ Improved Apps

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We’re a diverse bunch at Improved Apps and we enjoy sharing a story or two… our news… and views… over a cup of coffee or around the water cooler (and an occasional beer!)

So, we thought why not share a few of our newly discovered noteworthy news stories, fascinating facts, helpful hints, as well as the things that have made us smile or simply laugh out loud.

As our apps support the entire gamut of Salesforce users from sys admins to sales reps; from marketing managers to business analysts and from trainers to support staff, (and bearing in mind we’re all human), we hope that there is something of interest to everyone.

Happy reading!

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The Week that Was #31 – Through the Eyes of Improved Apps

A round up of things that the Improved Apps folk chat about over a cuppa coffee!

By Sophie Wyard – Marketing Manager @ Improved Apps

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We’re a diverse bunch at Improved Apps and we enjoy sharing a story or two… our news… and views… over a cup of coffee or around the water cooler (and an occasional beer!)

So, we thought why not share a few of our newly discovered noteworthy news stories, fascinating facts, helpful hints, as well as the things that have made us smile or simply laugh out loud.

As our apps support the entire gamut of Salesforce users from sys admins to sales reps; from marketing managers to business analysts and from trainers to support staff, (and bearing in mind we’re all human), we hope that there is something of interest to everyone.

Happy reading!

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Improved Apps Guide ‘How to Get the most out of Dreamforce’

By Sophie Wyard – Marketing Manager @ Improved Apps

Dreamforce is just around the corner…it’s time to get prepared and get planning to ensure you get the most out of your visit to San Francisco and the biggest Salesforce event of the year.

Take a look at our short video – the Improved Apps Guide ‘How to Get the Most Out of Dreamforce’ – it provides food for thought…and some useful hints and tips…

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Improved Apps Makes It To Top 20!

CIOReview Top 20 Most Promising Salesforce Solutions 2016 - Improved Apps

According to Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview:

“The companies selected for our 20 Most Promising SalesForce Solutions Providers 2016 list are an elite group of companies whose products and solutions are changing their respective industries. We are proud to feature Improved Apps in this edition for its range of revolutionary solutions that is setting a new benchmark in the SalesForce arena.”

It’s great to get some recognition isn’t it!

In the last few months, CIOReview magazine’s editorial research team analysed over 400 companies focused on providing SalesForce solutions and shortlisted the companies that are at the forefront of tackling customer challenges.

Not only were we on that list- we made the final 20!!

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The Week that Was #30 – Through the Eyes of Improved Apps

A round up of things that the Improved Apps folk chat about over a cuppa coffee!

By Sophie Wyard – Marketing Manager @ Improved Apps

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We’re a diverse bunch at Improved Apps and we enjoy sharing a story or two… our news… and views… over a cup of coffee or around the water cooler (and an occasional beer!)

So, we thought why not share a few of our newly discovered noteworthy news stories, fascinating facts, helpful hints, as well as the things that have made us smile or simply laugh out loud.

As our apps support the entire gamut of Salesforce users from sys admins to sales reps; from marketing managers to business analysts and from trainers to support staff, (and bearing in mind we’re all human), we hope that there is something of interest to everyone.

Happy reading!

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Ensure compliance is a dream and not a nightmare!

By Paul Field – CEO @ Improved Apps

 

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Make sure you fill in your expenses carefully when you get back from Dreamforce, you wouldn’t want to fall foul of any of your organisation’s policies or guidelines! It’s bad news for you if you step on the wrong side of your corporate governance, but it is disastrous news for your enterprise if you ignore the compliance rules and regulations that affect your industry…

There is considerable focus in both the US and the UK on compliance to ensure advice provided by agents and advisors relating to retirement investments meets the interests of the client rather than those of whoever is providing the advice. As a result, legislation has been introduced in both countries to impose codes of conduct on the industry along with significant penalties for non-compliance. These new laws relate to the ways in which advice is provided and the disclosure of commission and other pertinent information that should encourage advisors to provide the best impartial suggestions and for clients to make the best informed decisions.

Financial services businesses deal with product just as much as a manufacturer: Furthermore, the process of New Product Introduction is one that is highly regulated and is subject to a high rate of change. New offerings must be understood and incorporated into the portfolio being made available to investors.

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Improving Sales Using Salesforce and Social

By Paul Field – CEO @ Improved Apps

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As you wander around Dreamforce you will no doubt occasionally be diverted by Facebook and Linked-in. In fact it is also highly likely that you will want to share with your colleagues some of the ideas that come to you as you attend the different sessions and visit some of the stands. In effect you are already using social technologies to promote different ways of thinking or approaching the issues that confront your enterprises. But why stop there? What if your collective ideas could be used to create and set strategy or to better drive the behaviour of colleagues?

I was recently reading an article by McKinsey about “The Evolution of Social Technologies”; it highlighted the increasing trend for organisations to employ social as a means to create, define and refine strategies. The result being that social is now enabling the “democratisation of strategy”.

This is something that is way beyond the suggestion boxes that used to collect dust and the occasional productive idea, and even further that the improvement groups created to support quality initiatives such as TQM, Kaizen and 6-Sigma. It is not about simply giving everybody a vote but about seeking out the ideas, suggestions, skills, knowledge, intellect and perception of employees; there is no word that sums up all of these things so I will call it ‘applied experience’.

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How marketing can make the most of Dreamforce

By Sophie Wyard – Marketing Manager @ Improved Apps

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A few suggestions you may wish to consider when you’re attending Dreamforce ’16

1. Too much information!

Use the Dreamforce ’16 Agenda Builder to reap the rewards of Dreamforce and gain access to all that’s on offer. There are over 1,600 sessions and 75 Circles of Success for example…You can’t do everything so this guide will help you choose between the best content.

2. ‘What’s on’ for Marketing

Check out the marketing sessions…there’s something for every marketer and lots of training courses too.

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How to survive Dreamforce!

By Simon Thompson – SVP Customer Success @ Improved Apps

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Preparation…Preparation…Preparation

  • Preparation is key to getting the most out of Dreamforce and the meetings you may have there. Make sure you connect on LinkedIn with everyone you plan to meet so you recognise them on sight…it makes for a smooth and friendly start to any meet and greet.
  • Whatever you do don’t over stretch yourself. Dreamforce is massive so familiarise yourself with the layout and make sure you don’t book back-to-back meetings in locations that are far and wide – you could literally find yourself running late!
  • Think seriously about what you want to get out of the event.  It can be exhausting as well as exhilarating so prioritise what is truly important.  Focus on your goals, whether it’s setting up key meetings, scheduling time for face-to-face presentations or attending workshops.
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Improved Apps wins 2016 Technology Innovator Award

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We are delighted to announce that we have been selected for another award, this time acknowledging the translation of thought leadership into real, usable solutions, that has become the trademark of Improved Apps.Corporate Vision Magazine has released the winners of the 2016 Technology Innovator Awards, and Improved Apps has been named:

‘Best in Enterprise Success Planning 2016’

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