Perspectives

A visitor on your website is mesmerized by your web content and excitedly completes a lead form or phones your sales or support team. They almost certainly have the "I want it now" or "I want an answer" mindset and, from a sales perspective, are about as 'hot' as they will get. So what tools and processes exist to take advantage of this key moment in the sales cycle? As it turn ...

The decision by Salesforce to host its services in Australia has led to an upsurge of interest from government departments who can now be satisfied their data is not being stored offshore. Salesforce is appealing for many reasons including powerful workflow and reporting features all wrapped up in an intuitive web interface. It is easy to see why Salesforce is the world's leadi ...

Much has been said about creating software yet so little about retiring it. In many ways retiring software is just as complicated as buying or building new software. This is because your data is encapsulated in the current system and a large migration project is required to clean and migrate it to its replacement. This can be a very costly exercise. Typically, software is re ...

How about another approach to website personalization! Rather than using guesswork, aka sophisticated algorithms, to determine the current state and mind of your website visitors, why not just ask them? Maybe I’m being naïve, but surely, the visitors know what they want to see. Even before we click on a link to a website, we already have expectations of what we want to see. Th ...

Creating leads in Salesforce from Sitecore web forms sounds simple until you really start thinking about it! To save a lot of effort, you need clear business rules around lead creation before you start developing a solution. So, you have a simple web form, maybe with the following fields: First name text box Last name text box Email address text box Area of interest drop ...

You could easily argue that Sitecore and Salesforce are individually the best of the best in their respective fields.  Sitecore: The ultimate website technology to attract and fascinate prospects with your amazing products (or services) Salesforce: The complete set of tools to interact with and sell to prospects and retain them when they are customers But from this, it i ...

If you are small or medium sized business it is likely that some, or all, of your customer data, is stored in a spreadsheet, word document, Outlook or another system. I, for one, completely understand – a spreadsheet is probably the most productive program on your computer, you’ve already paid for it, so why not use it for everything, right? The simple answer is no; it is as im ...

In most businesses today, there are multiple systems supporting day to day operations. A very common question I hear is, “Where do we store our master data?”. There are many answers to this question but my favorite is, “In just one place”! When the conversation involves Sitecore and Salesforce, the answer is a resounding, “Salesforce”. Why? Because the sales team go to the CRM ...

It is not hard to think of new ideas but finding one that will return a financial benefit is a different story. Below are some thoughts on turning ideas into commercial software products.  Immediately after your eureka moment, consider how you or your team actioned ideas in the past. If you failed to show perseverance and enthusiasm in those projects, you should think carefull ...

What does this mean and how can it help my business, I hear you ask! Let’s look at why you might want to let the sales team control web content, then look at some example technologies that help you achieve this. Firstly, “drive” has several possibilities: Show actual web content that comes from Salesforce Personalize the website based on settings in Salesforce Control we ...