Salesforce Summer Release Highlights for Admins

Salesforce Summer Release Highlights for Admins

From updates to Lightning Experience to Einstein Analytics to everything in-between, the highly-anticipated Salesforce® Summer ’19 Release increases productivity and delivers personalized customer journeys with the latest Customer Success Platform innovations.

Some features in Summer ’19 affect all users immediately. Other features require direct action by an administrator before users can benefit from the new functionality.

Ad Victoriam’s consulting team took a deep-dive through Salesforce’s extensive Summer ‘19 Release Notes document - all 545 pages of it - to highlight for admins nine of the most interesting updates you can initiate now.

The following changes all apply to Lightning Experience in Group, Essentials, Professional, Enterprise, Performance, Unlimited, and Developer editions.

Reference Custom Metadata Type Records in Process Builder

AdVic Overview: Allows for best practices to be used by less hard coding and easier deployments than Custom Settings.

Salesforce Details: Reference custom metadata type records from a Process Builder formula to automate your business processes reusing functionality that you define. To change a value, you can update it in the custom metadata type instead of in your process and any hard-coded formulas that your process uses.

Keep Users in the Know with Notification Builder

AdVic Overview: Allows admins another way to notify users.

Salesforce Details: Send customized notifications when important events occur. For example, alert an account owner if a new support case is logged while trying to close a deal. Or, send a notification for a unique workflow built entirely with custom objects. Previously, you could send only standard notifications for use cases predefined by Salesforce. Notification Builder puts you in control of who needs to know what and when.

Keep Users In The Know With Notification Builder

Set Up Mass Quick Actions in Communities

AdVic Overview: Allows community users to act on multiple records at once.

Salesforce Details: Mass quick actions are now available in Lightning communities the same as they are in Lightning Experience. Your customers can select up to 100 records in a list view and perform mass updates rather than updating records one at a time.

Take Control of the Hover State in the Tile Menu (Beta)

AdVic Overview: Good for those not using custom components.

Salesforce Details: The hover icon has been replaced in the Tile Menu component with a new display setting. You can show or hide the standard Salesforce hover icon for a menu item.

Power Up Your Related Lists with Enhanced Related Lists (Beta)

AdVic Overview: Take your related lists to the next level.

Salesforce Details: Show up to 10 columns with Enhanced Related Lists. Resize and sort your columns, perform mass actions, and wrap text.

Power Up Your Related Links With Enhanced Related Links

Merge Cases into a Single Record (Beta)

AdVic Overview: Out of the box support for duplicate cases, a common issue.

Salesforce Details: If you have duplicate cases or cases that you want to merge into a single case, you can now merge two or three cases into one master record. When you merge cases, the master record is updated with your chosen field values. Most related lists, feed items, and child records are merged into the master record. The master record keeps the Chatter feeds, your values for read-only and hidden fields (except Created Date and Created By), related items, and security.

Sort Dashboard Components by Groups and Measures

AdVic Overview: Improved sorting capability.

Salesforce Details: Overhauled sorting in dashboard components and improved how components sort data. Instead of choosing to sort by label or value, you can sort by a named group or measure. Plus, dashboard components now support two-level sorting. Now you can sort a component by stage and then by the sum of the amount, or by average age and then record count.

Sort Dashboards and Components By Groups And Measures

Resize Columns in Lightning Tables

AdVic Overview: Ability to make all Dashboard tables readable.

Salesforce Details: For those times when a Lightning table column feels a bit cramped, go ahead and open it up by resizing it. You can resize columns but not rows. Resizing lasts only for the current session. So the next time you open the dashboard, the columns use their default widths.

Evaluate Each Record in Reports with Row-Level Formulas (Beta)

AdVic Overview: Allows for improved reporting and in some cases reduces the need for custom fields to do this.

Salesforce Details: Answering business questions sometimes means making a calculation on every row in a report. With row-level formulas, you don't need to export report data to a spreadsheet or ask an admin to create a one-off custom formula field. Instead, write a row-level formula directly in the Lightning report builder.

Ad Victoriam Solutions' reputation as a top-rated Platinum Certified Salesforce Consulting Partner has spread well-beyond our headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The secret to our success? For starters, our renowned extensive experience and ability to help you with any of your Salesforce implementation or integration solutions. If you are interested in learning more about any of these new Release Notes for Summer '19 and how they can benefit your company, contact us now.

 

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Finding the Right Salesforce Implementation Partner

Finding the Right Salesforce Implementation Partner

Klaussner Furniture Industries began their Salesforce implementation process with another partner but was unhappy with their progress.

Klaussner, one of the nation’s largest makers of home furniture, then turned to Ad Victoriam Solutions. Our proven industry knowledge and project experience provided them with a long-term scalable solution for their specific business needs.

Klaussner’s Business Challenge

Since Klaussner has nationally-based representatives, their processes were disjointed and difficult for them to manage. Their representatives were tracking their opportunity pipeline using an Excel spreadsheet fed into their IBM AS/400 legacy system.

The solution Klaussner desired was one central system to manage their teams with consistency in reporting to gain insight into sales performance.

Ad Victoriam’s Salesforce Solution

After a deep dive into their business, a technical roadmap was created. To successfully meet Klaussner’s goals, the Ad Victoriam consulting team implemented Salesforce Sales Cloud in the Lightning Experience and a Mobile solution that included:

  1. Building a lead conversion process verifying all leads, approving the lead to be a customer, then creating an associated opportunity.
  2. Custom-building an opportunity pipeline to measure what business they can expect from each opportunity. Analysis of which opportunities are likely to progress and which are less likely to result in revenue was included.
  3. Enabling Salesforce Mobile for reps to utilize remotely to capture data, and connected the data with a custom object. Data captured now details particular office visit aspects to analyze which aspects are valuable and impacting sales.
  4. Integrating Klaussner’s legacy IBM AS400 system with Salesforce Sales Cloud. That allowed for connecting back-end office data with leads, opportunities, and sales data.
  5. Designing a systematic roll-out process for the reps for each individual part of the system. This included hands-on scenario-based training, combined with homework assignments.
  6. Creating reports and dashboards to provide management with insights into system adoption, customer data, pipeline management, and store visits.
  7. Enabling and modifying Salesforce Chatter to manage the Klaussner’s service needs.

Above all, you want your Salesforce implementation to be done right the first time. Ad Victoriam’s nimble team of more than 70 certified professionals across the country can accelerate your business. We’ll do that by simplifying your complex problems through cloud, integration, and data expertise. In addition, we pride ourselves on forming deep relationships with clients that go beyond the initial project.

If you would like us to design a strategic technical roadmap to streamline your operations, accelerate your sales, and provide your business with a long-term scalable solution tailored to your specific business needs, contact us here, or fill out the quick form below. We can’t wait to talk to you!

 

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Why Your Business Needs a CRM

Why Your Business Needs a CRM

From revealing sales opportunities to tracking every single customer interaction, implementing a Customer Relationship Management platform (CRM) positions your business for real growth.

Why is a CRM Important?

At its core, CRM enables your business to deepen relationships with your customers, service users, colleagues, partners, and suppliers. You can see everything in one place. There's a simple, customizable dashboard that can show you your customer’s previous history with you. You will also see the status of their orders, any outstanding customer service issues, and much more.

Think of CRM as a tool that creates a 360° view of your customers.

CRM also helps you find new customers, win their business, and keep them happy by organizing customer and prospect information in a way that helps you build stronger relationships with them and grow your business faster.

CRM is Not Just for Sales Teams

A CRM platform implementation helps the sales team to better understand their sales pipeline. Sales managers can access reliable information about the progress of individual team members. Sales reps can spend more time selling and less time inputting data. Less time, means they’re more productivity!

But other departments in your company will benefit from a CRM, too.

For instance, marketing teams use CRM to make forecasting simpler and more accurate. Sales gets a clear vision of every opportunity or lead through a mapping of the whole customer journey from inquiry through to sale, with a better understanding of the sales pipeline. Marketing can then use that information to create email, social media, and advertising campaigns targeting your company’s leads.

Another department that benefits from a CRM implementation is Customer Service. Those teams can effectively track conversations across multiple channels. Perhaps a customer might raise an issue in one channel – say, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter – then Customer Service teams can switch to email, phone or live chat to resolve the issue in private.

Remember, without a common platform for customer interactions, communications can be missed or lost in a sea of information. That leads to an unsatisfactory response to a valued customer.

Additionally - and you may never have thought of this - but your HR department can also benefit from a CRM platform. It enables the team to accelerate recruitment, track employee performance, speed the on-boarding process, analyze resourcing needs, identify skills gaps, and support the staff retention targets.

What Else Can a CRM Do?

A CRM platform can also connect to other business apps that help you to further develop customer relationships. A CRM solution can also integrate with your other business tools, such as an ERP, EHR/EMR, document signing, and accounting and billing. Now, information flows freely, giving you a true 360° view of your customer.

Lastly, today's new generation of CRM platforms goes one step further with built-in intelligence. This automates administrative tasks, like data entry and lead or service case routing, so your teams can free up time for more valuable activities.

These automatically generated insights will help you understand your customers better. They will also predict how customers will feel and act so that you can prepare the right outreach.

Ad Victoriam’s team of consultants can show you how a Salesforce CRM platform implementation can change and grow with your company’s processes. That helps with efficiencies and will have an enormous impact on your company’s bottom line. Let's talk today! Just fill out the form below, or click here.

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Rethink Your Approach to CRM Integration

Rethink Your Approach to CRM Integration

For a lot of businesses, their approach to technology comes in fits and starts. They’ll add one program but still be reliant on outdated or time-consuming processes for some essential piece of the day-to-day. Or they have a bunch of different tech pieces that have been purchased and integrated all at different times, making the whole system working together a really difficult hill to conquer. That messiness can extend not only to processes but to departments, too, where one area works with one approach but it doesn’t integrate seamlessly with another. And that can be a time waster and a frustration builder, but a customer relationship management (CRM) integration could solve all that.

It’s essential to think about integration, especially when it comes to a CRM. That forms the backbone of your business and is the place from which a lot of seamless, efficient processes take place. What does that look like? This graphic explains it.

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Rethink Your Approach to CRM Integration

Via Salesforce

 

Did you know that Ad Victoriam Solutions, a Platinum Salesforce Partner, was just named a Top CRM Consultant?

Contact Ad Victoriam to learn how our team can help your company with a custom CRM integration solution.

 

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MFA for Salesforce Users: How To

MultiFactor Authentication Salesforce

MFA (Multi-factor Authentication) is a security control that requires users to verify their identities by providing multiple pieces of evidence before gaining access to a device or application.

The difference between MFA and 2FA is that two-factor authentication always utilizes two factors to verify the user’s identity. Multi-factor authentication could involve two or more factors to verify the user’s identity. “Multi-factor” just means any number of factors greater than one.

Why is authentication important?
Authentication is important because it enables organizations to keep their networks secure by permitting only authenticated users (or processes) to access its protected resources, which may include computer systems, networks, databases, websites, and other network-based applications or services.

Why MFA or 2FA?

Sometimes MFA/2FA needs to be enabled for Salesforce® user accounts that need to be able to authenticate from multiple devices.

Luckily, it’s easy as long as you plan ahead and save the necessary information when first connecting.

These instructions are for a one-time password generator app, NOT Salesforce Authenticator. The two apps that were used for the screenshots in these instructions were Authy (on iOS, also available for Android) and Authenticator (a Chrome extension). Both are free and readily available, but lots of other options are available as well.

Read on for detailed instructions.

Step 1: Getting Your Key

The following instructions are for Salesforce specifically, but you should be able to follow the same basic process for other applications. The important part is to get the manual code (instead of using the QR code) and making sure you save it.

Once you click Connect, you may have to verify your identity via email or another method. Once that’s done, you should get a screen with a QR Code. Click the “I Can’t Scan the QR Code” link at the bottom of the page.

The next screen will give you your key. This is VERY important. This is your only chance to save this value. Copy it and paste it somewhere safe.

You must record the key when you first sign up for MFA. Once you close the window, there’s no way to get that value back. If this happens, you will have to disconnect/unauthorize the current authentication and generate a new key. Any devices authenticated with the previous key will no longer work and will need to be re-authenticated with the new key.

Go ahead and connect to the authenticator of your choice so you can complete the verification process. Otherwise, the code won’t be validated and you’ll have to start over.

Step 2: Connecting to an Authenticator

For Authy on iOS

Click “Add Account.”

Click “Enter key manually.” at the bottom of the screen so you can use the previously generated key.

Use the previously generated key. (Tip: Text or email the key to yourself, so you can copy and paste it in, instead of trying to enter it manually.)

Give the account a name, and you’re done!

You’re now connected. If you’ve previously connected to an authenticator using the same key on another device, this number should match the number on other devices.

For Authenticator Chrome Extension

Click the pencil...

… then + to add a new account.

Click “Manual Entry” so you can type in the previously generated key.

Enter a descriptive name for the Account and the key.

You’re now connected. If you’ve previously connected to an authenticator using the same key on another device, this number should match the number on other devices.

 

Does your company need help with authentication or to roll out an effective Salesforce implementation? Working with an experienced Salesforce Consulting partner – such as Ad Victoriam with a proven history of success – will help your company harness all of the power that Salesforce offers.

To learn how Ad Victoriam Salesforce Consultants can assure that your new Salesforce implementation will be a smooth success, connect with us here.

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Manufacturers are Turning to Salesforce

Manufacturers are Turning to Salesforce

Do you need to increase efficiencies so that you can out-pace your competition? Do you need more opportunities in your pipeline? Maybe it’s clear, actionable information so that you can make better business decisions? All great reasons manufacturers around the world are turning to the Salesforce® platform to deliver a fully customizable customer experience through every interaction.

What Can the Salesforce Platform Do for Your Business?

Well, how about streamlining your operations, gaining access to real-time actionable data, personalizing your customer’s experiences and driving sales?

Here’s just a snapshot of what manufacturers have experienced from a Salesforce implementation:

Extend Salesforce to Your Channel Partners
Manufacturers can easily collaborate with dealers and distributors on sales, service, and more. Quickly address service inquiries, close more deals, and open more opportunities to grow revenue.

Integration of Your CRM and ERP Systems
Sharing information and providing visibility into both frontend and backend systems increases productivity and simplifies the business process. With CRM and ERP integration, your company can focus more on driving new business based on real-time data and less on manually tracking data in spreadsheets.

Create Powerful Online Buying Experiences
Transform your online purchasing process. Tailor product mixes, pricing agreements, and contracts to customers’ specific needs. Deliver friction-free service and warranty experiences that boost confidence in your products.

Spot Trends to Accelerate Sales
Reports and dashboards give executives, sales leaders, and operations teams real-time insights on lead performance. Slice and dice lead data by customer, geography, source, and products to uncover trends that close deals faster. Identify your hottest leads and accelerate key opportunities to crush sales goals.

The Manufacturer’s Solution

Manufacturers all over the world are working to build closer relationships with their customers. The need for real-time information has never been greater because, in order to build amazing customer relationships, manufacturers need a single and up-to-date view of them. As a Salesforce Platinum Partner™, Ad Victoriam has seen pretty much everything and can make your manufacturing enterprise software run like a well-oiled machine.

Read about one of AdVic’s recent manufacturing success stories here, or watch this webinar to learn more about what the Salesforce platform can do. Then, if you want to know how Ad Victoriam can get to work for you today and help you execute a plan for better manufacturing efficiencies, fill out the brief form below, or click here.

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AdVic Named a Top Business Services Company

Cluch Awards Ad Victoriam Top Business Services

Ad Victoriam Solutions has been named a Top Business Services Company in Georgia for 2019 by Clutch. A Washington D.C.-based B2B market research firm, Clutch connects service providers with buyers through data and verified research.

The Clutch Criteria

Clutch awarded AdVic a 4.8/5.0 Top Business Services Company in Georgia rating after conducting numerous in-depth phone interviews with our clients to learn about the Salesforce® Consulting services we provide, the results we were able to achieve, and their overall experience in working with us.

And while Clutch’s rating process is centered around client reviews, AdVic was also evaluated on a holistic set of criteria, including types of clientele, our work portfolio, and our work experience.

Here’s an example of the reviews AdVic received from Clutch’s interviews:

 

 

“We’re very excited to be featured so highly across Clutch,” remarks Ad Victoriam Solutions founder, Jeff Jones. “This designation is a testament to our innovative work, continuous expansion, and dedication to our Client’s success. We look forward to connecting with new businesses in Georgia and beyond.”

Ad Victoriam is a Salesforce Platinum Partner™ and MuleSoft Partner™ who provides mission-critical consulting services, from strategy to implementation. Our nimble team of certified professionals across the country accelerates businesses by simplifying complex problems through cloud, integration, and data expertise. As a certified B Corp, we balance purpose with profits and have made a strong commitment to the community.

So, are you ready to discover how AdVic can accelerate your business through technology? We’ll respond quickly to your questions here.

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From Data to Actionable Insights

From Data to Actionable Insights

ESI of Tennessee is a solution provider in the steam, power, and energy industry. They originally approached Ad Victoriam Solutions (AdVic) to help them implement a Salesforce Sales Cloud solution. Not long after that successful implementation, ESI came back to AdVic because they desired specific enhancements for their org.

The Sales Cloud Enhancements Challenge

ESI wanted enhanced KPI’s, as well as executive-level dashboards created in their Sales Cloud platform. They also needed to gain insight into gross margins, and have the ability to review estimated and actual project hours.

Resolution Road Map

Following a thorough discovery of the enhancements ESI required, AdVic’s Salesforce consultants created a technical road map and implemented customizations that delivered actionable data.

Business Management

First, a custom Quarterly Revenue object was built. It contained roll-up summary fields, formulas, and custom fields for calculating project hours and margins. Then, connecting the Quarterly Revenue object with Opportunities provided executives with a 360-degree view to determining project viability and ROI. This connection enables them to efficiently manage the business, effectively allocate teams, and increase profits.

Data Integrity

Secondly, validation rules were developed to execute at project initiation. This ensured that data entered falls within ranges maintaining KPI integrity so business decisions are based on sound data. Custom Opportunity rollup fields were created along with Submission Stage validation rules to ensure needed data was populated prior to stage advancement.

Analytics

And lastly, executive-level custom Reports and Dashboards were developed. These provided key data insights, including project hours, opportunity viability, projected, and actual revenue and more for effective budget management.

The skilled Ad Victoriam team of Sales Cloud developers and consultants are experienced in cloud computing, CRM and Salesforce solutions, delivering proven results to small and large businesses in any industry. We offer consultation, implementation, integration, and customization all of the Salesforce clouds to help grow your business. To get started today, click here, or fill out the brief form below.

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Be More Productive on the Salesforce Platform

Be More Productive on the Salesforce Platform

Day in, day out… we do the same things hoping that it will get easier next time. What’s the reasoning behind it? Well, “we’ve always done it this way!”

Common Productivity Destroyers

Operations teams that handle tasks manually (spreadsheets, paper, etc.). Have you seen that row of filing cabinets? These departments especially would benefit from innovation and automation. Visualize a system that captures data and creates visual dashboards displaying pertinent, real-time data with one click.

Sales teams who look up prices, add discounts to proposals and then wait for a manager sign off. Hopefully, the prospect waits until the quote gains approval before signing on with a competitor. Visualize an automated quote generator that populates the right prices, discounts and alerts management that a quote is ready for their one-click approval.

Marketing teams want to tailor their messages. Unfortunately, most teams don’t have access to comprehensive data in one system. This makes personalized messaging difficult and less effective. Visualize empowering your marketing team with a 360-degree view of the data so they can target the right leads with the right messages.

Manual day-to-day tasks, siloed data, and antiquated processes slow down projects/revenue, are riddled with redundancies, and create frustration. Us innovators and improvement seekers don’t like to settle and are driven to evolve and advance.

So, how do you achieve this vision? You do this with the Salesforce CRM Platform.

The Salesforce CRM Platform

The Salesforce CRM Platform is the number one application development platform that lets you build tailored functionality. Now, every department in your company is more productive. To do that, Salesforce has a suite of tools from Sales Cloud to Service Cloud to Einstein Analytics that:

Empower Everyone with No Code
Anyone can solve business problems fast using drag-and-drop tools, without writing a line of code. Develop Apps with Pro-Code
Focus programmatic developers on the highest value initiatives like building Lightning Components, which are reusable blocks of code that admins can drag-and-drop into applications. Accelerate with Enterprise Services
Ensure governed and compliant app development that seamlessly connects disparate systems.

And remember, when you bring data into Salesforce as an app, you also get powerful built-in services that make your data and your departmental processes more secure thanks to identity, security, and access controls. You also get collaborative tools such as Chat baked right in, as well as reports, search, dashboards, and so much more. And don’t forget that everything you build on Salesforce is mobile ready.

Intelligent Insights with Einstein

Another highlight of the Salesforce Platform is Einstein Analytics (formerly known as Salesforce Wave Analytics). Einstein provides access to intelligent insights into your departmental data. Here’s what you can do:

  • Take action on insights infused into any business process in Salesforce
  • Easily build, customize, and extend analytics to meet the needs of your business
  • Make smarter decisions with AI-powered discovery, predictions, and recommendations

Therefore, it’s just a fact that people move faster, work smarter, and live happier when small innovations are introduced into their day-to-day lives… Innovations like connecting the Salesforce Platform to your business’ back-end ERP for a 360-degree view of your data.

Ad Victoriam Solutions – a Salesforce Platinum Partner – can help your company solve small or complex problems and revolutionize the way you do business. We go beyond the obvious to uncover each businesses’ true mission and develop in-depth strategic plans. Think of us as a long-term partner, because that’s how we view all of our relationships out-of-the-gate.

So, why not get in touch with us today? Let us show you how our suite of Salesforce Consulting Services can help every department in your company be more productive.

 

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Salesforce Marketing Cloud Highlights – June 2019

Marketing Cloud June 2019 Release Highlights

Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud can benefit businesses of all shapes and sizes if correctly implemented into your organization. This innovative marketing automation platform can help your business expand its customer base by providing a toolbox of creative features to assist in, including:

  • Attracting Prospective Customer
  • Nurturing
  • Building Custom Email Campaigns
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Predictive Analytics

Notable June 2019 Salesforce Marketing Cloud Releases

As amazing as Marketing Cloud already is, Salesforce has scheduled the release of a dozen new highlights for June 2019. Among the most exciting highlights are:

The Full Monte

As previously mentioned, Salesforce has a total of a dozen exciting new Marketing Cloud Release Notes for June 2019. Get the complete list below.

  • Marketing Cloud Trailhead
    Check out the Marketing Cloud Trailhead for a hands-on learning experience. Trailhead is the go-to spot for all the things you want to learn about Salesforce. There is something for everyone – whether you’re a Salesforce admin or a developer, you can discover great features, new and old.

Here at Ad Victoriam Solutions, our reputation as a top-rated Platinum Certified Salesforce Consulting Partner has spread well-beyond our headquarters in Atlanta, GA. The secret to our success? For starters, our extensive experience with the Marketing Cloud. If you are interested in learning more about any of these new Release Notes for June 2019 and how they can benefit your company, contact us now.

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