January 25, 2013
“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
This post actually has nothing to do with beginnings. Or endings for that matter. What it really has to do with is the rabbit hole that is the internet, and how I don’t think that such a bad thing.
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August 24, 2012
In honor of the AppExchange relaunch (should be in the next few hours), I thought now would be the perfect time for my second in the “If I Had a Hammer…” series.
“So what’s a talking hammer?”, you might asked. Not really sure, we should ask Walt Disney. What I’m referring to are my favorite marketing apps. (Follow my train of thought there?) There are hundreds of options out there, and for now I don’t want to focus on the marketing automation apps (messaging hammers?), but some other apps that help marketers give value within a Salesforce org. Here we go…
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May 11, 2012
With it’s very own version of an app store (the AppExchange), there are thousands of tools out there to augment your admin skills & add to your tool box. There is absolutely no way I could cover them all in one post, but this will be my first in “If I had a Hammer” series.
I’m going to kick things off with everyone’s favorite kind of apps – free ones! Not just free in terms of cost, but these are all Aloha apps, meaning they will not count toward your tab limits – awesome news for folks not on Unlimited Edition (that’s most of you). Ok, let’s go!
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March 9, 2012
I’m so fortunate to be a co-leader of the Boston User group – the biggest and (in my opinion) best one out there. And I know I’ve blogged about user groups in the past. So maybe you feel as though you should go, but maybe you aren’t sure why. So here are my reasons for attending meetings as long as I have been.
- Networking – The number one reason to go to you local user groups – the people! I’ve found the Salesforce community to be the most helpful one I’ve ever encountered. By attending a meeting, you might find someone who can help you fix a troublesome validation rule, or give unbiased opinion on a partner product you are considering. Or maybe you can pay to forward & help another user with an issue they are having. It’s like the Salesforce Answers site, but live!
- Product Information – With three releases a year, and release notes that frequently are 100+ pages, it can be hard to stay on top of all the Salesforce platform can do. At the user group meetings, you will often have someone (maybe even a Salesforce employee) presenting on the most recent release or newest features (or if you’re lucky, a preview of an upcoming release).
- Answers – Some what of a combination of the previous two points, but at a user group meeting, you’ll have the chance to ask a live person any questions you may have and (hopefully) get an answer. And sometimes, hearing the questions that other users have can help you to rethink about how your company is using Salesforce.
- Free Goodies – And if all those reasons don’t convince you, you can often get some free Salesforce or partner swag at the user group meetings. At the Boston User Group, we even raffle off a Dreamforce pass or two every year.
These were my reasons for attending long before I became a co-leader, and are the reasons that I’m so thrilled to help run a group myself. What do you get out of the User Group meetings that you attend?