Lightning

The Blind Study (Salesforce Lightning Chronicles)

By Guest Author: Rachel Rogers

Let’s say you’ve just committed to conducting a global Blind Study, but you aren’t exactly sure what it is going to entail. I mean there is really no industry standard for a “Blind Study”, right? Well the cool part is you get to make it up!

So I started with the first step of figuring out who should participate in the study. Followed quickly with handing that off to the really smart Sales Operations group to go find people that matched the criteria. We decided that we needed a mixture of Sales Representatives and Sales Managers.The criteria for either group was either excelled at Sales or good Salesforce User. I know you are saying, aren’t those the same? Well while we would all hope they were, it doesn’t always equate that way. I wasn’t interested in who fit which criteria, just that they were all represented.

So easy peasy right? Well, turns out you should add one more criteria: “agreeing to what the appropriate sample size”. When you don’t add that criteria, you end up with 26 people you need to conduct one hour sessions with. Then you throw in the fact that you committed to having them done within a week, make that the week after Dreamforce, ummm yeah…..

Well all of that madness aside, the other thing that needed planning was how the sessions were going to be conducted. Some groups like to take the approach of recording each session and then playing them back to get feedback, but let’s go collaborative. I decided to pull most of my team and my trusty Sales Operations counterparts into these meetings. They were going to be called “Observers”. Partly because I loved the Sci-Fi show Fringe, but mainly because this was going to be their job. They were not to interact with the users, simply observe and take copious notes on what they saw. They were split into three teams with specific functions:

  • Process

Goal: Look for ways that things could be streamlined for the particular process the user is trying to accomplish.

Example: In the previous UI there were hoover links that took people directly to related lists, but in the new UI those are gone. Is there a simpler way to accomplish tasks by page layouts changes or is there process optimization to prevent them from needing to access particular related lists?

  • Concepts

Goal: Identify which areas appear to be ‘natural/self-learned’ versus items that cause the users a harder time to identify.

Example: In the previous version tasks/activities were listed in a “to do” list area and now are listed in the “assistant”. Is this easy for people to understand or do they struggle to find where items are listed?

  • Technical

Goal: Identify any elements that are not working in the application that users hit technical roadblocks. Anything in this section will be an immediate fix for development.

Example: The custom Javascript button on the Opportunity page is not displaying so the user is unable to complete the requested activity.

The next thing was to write a script so that we could take away the variables in what we asked the users to do. We wanted to control as many variables as we could so that the results would not be swayed. The important thing to writing the script was to determine what functions we thought a user should be able to accomplish in the given time window while still allowing them time to ask questions. To do this, I went back to the Sales Process and thought about the most common functions this group would be requested to do on a daily/weekly basis. I also wanted to make sure that the script never instructed a user ‘how to’ do something. It was important that we gauge natural learning/transition patterns versus influenced instruction patterns. Think of this more as watching

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Lightning

The (Salesforce) Lightning Chronicles

Can I have a show of hands – Ok who loves Salesforce Lightning? It’s pretty cool what you can do in Lightning isn’t it!!

Now keep you hand up if you have considered the migration from Salesforce Classic to Lightning? How many of you have actually made the move? It was pretty easy wasn’t it? Well the reality is for most organisations and customers it isn’t easy and there is a lot that you need to consider before making the move.

During Dreamforce I was chatting with some fellow Salesforce MVP’s about the migration and how you need to plan and manage the migration. During that conversation, and one in particular with Rachel Rogers, we were saying wouldn’t it be great if we had some guidance to ensure the migration was a success. That’s when Rachel said – “Hang on! We’re doing that right now. Why don’t we publish a blog series about the journey and how you can manage it”.

Welcome to The (Salesforce) Lightning Chronicles!! This series will provide you with insights into how to manage your migration to Lightning. As we proceed through the journey the blog will become more technical but it starts with planning and the change management elements that are often missed in most projects.

But first let me introduce Rachel.

Rachel Rogers says she doesn’t just think outside the box; she lost the box entirely 10 years ago when she started working with Salesforce.

Rachel is a Certified Salesforce Administrator, Houston Salesforce User Group Leader, Creator of the HUG Gives Back Program, Dreamforce Speaker, and three-year Salesforce MVP. Rachel enjoys thinking about ‘what ifs’ and turning them into tangible solutions. Her passion is helping organisations leverage technology and training to enhance their business processes.

In addition to all the above Rachel is also the Sr. IT Manager at BMC Software overseeing their Global Salesforce Roadmap, Salesforce Governance and Release Schedules.

Rachel Rogers

We hope you find the series useful and it helps you as you migrate and start using Lightning. We will be publishing a new post every two weeks to share our Lightning journey.

You can find the first blog in the series here – The Uber Early Steps

 

Bunch of Cool Cats

Salesforce for Cats

I know you may be wondering why I am starting a blog with the title “Salesforce for Cats”. No it’s not a new Trailhead module (we already have the Catter badge module) and it’s not some weird experiment that will allow Cats to use Salesforce. Although we do know that one day they will take over the world!

Salesforce is Serious Business

This is a blog about how we implemented Salesforce for Cat Protection Society of NSW Inc. and transformed their organisation.

When most people think of Salesforce the initial thought is about CRM and the truth is that CRM, or how I prefer to think of it as customer centric interactions, are at the very heart of Salesforce. Using the Salesforce platform and extending this out to all Cat Protection Society to manage their Fundraising and Memberships was one part of the brief. Part two was to see if Salesforce could deliver:

  • A best-practice capability in managing cattery data
  • A comprehensive data capture of each animal’s journey from surrender to adoption
  • Provide an analytical framework to reveal trends, inform decision-making, and create impact

Ok – so there are some good buzz words there but the reality is that Cat Protection Society were drowning in paper and not able to use any of their data in their decision making.

Imagine this.. each month you need to provide a report to the Board about the management of the Cattery. This ranges from tracking the number of calls, the number of surrenders, the number of adoptions and the impact a supporter is having with the organisation. Collating this information took days… now it’s there in seconds as all of this appears on a Dashboard in Salesforce.

But wait.. there’s more. What if you no longer needed to manually record on paper or spreadsheets all the activities of the Cattery, ranging from feeding schedule, visits to the Vet, administering medicine.. etc etc etc. What if you could use Salesforce1 to capture this as it happens. What if you could then easily give the adopter all of their relevant “paperwork” electronically at the time of adoption. Cat Protection Society now can!

But – the journey doesn’t finish there. We are about to launch the next phase and implement modules by streamlining the entire Desexing process, Foster Care program and Volunteer Management.

I think I am going to cry, this system is amazing! In the 10 years I have been here it has always been our dream – Cat Protection Society Employee.

At Morphate we make dreams come true and as corny as that sounds it is something that is embedded in the DNA of every single team member. There is nothing more exciting then seeing the excitement of a customer when their roadblocks are removed whilst using Technology for Good.

Bunch of Cool Cats

 

 

 

Driving Donations

5 simple ideas to increase your donations

Recently I was discussing donation pages with one of our customers and we touched on what helps make one Donation Page better than others.

Based on our discussions and research did you know:

  • 8 out of 10 donation pages are not mobile friendly – that equates to 84% of charities across Australia
  • It takes someone 6 seconds to make a decision
  • In 2013, 50% of PayPal donations came from Australia. I in 4 were mobile donations

That is some interesting statistics. How many times has someone been to your donation page and left within 6 seconds because it is too hard? I know I have personally done that.

Donations

So what can you do to change this? Here are 5 simple ideas that can make a big difference:

  1. Less is more – keep to one page and giving too many options on your donation page can backfire
  2. Make it easy – think from the donors perspective, make sure it is mobile responsive (76% people open emails on phone)
  3. Chunk the content – use a wizard format to ensure you get the detail you need but keep it simple at the same time
  4. Be safe – ensure you can demonstrate that you are PCI compliant and have measures in place for spam/phishing attacks
  5. Be grateful – don’t start your thank you page with “Thank You”. Acknowledge your donors and what can be achieved because of their donations and support.

Lastly, don’t forget we live in a connected and engaged world. Ensure your supporters can share on Social Media and you stay connected with them on whichever channel they choose.

The above may seem like simple ideas but they will ensure you are engaged with your supporters and delivering the best experience that will encourage donations and engaged supporters.

Going to the FIA conference in Melbourne? Drop by the Salesforce.Org Zone Stand (28) at the FIA conference and let’s have a chat about how we can help optimise your donations page and process or say hello via email or phone 02 8090 1478.

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MemberNation – A whole new world for Associations

Our lives never stay the same so why should the technology we use? Surely it should always be evolving and provide a better experience. The good news is that apps built on the Salesforce Platform are constantly being upgraded with new features and enhancements being provided in each release. But what if it is time for a bigger change?

MemberNation, a membership app built entirely on the Salesforce platform, is one of those apps that is releasing the new version that has so many new features it is hard to list.

So what is the next best thing? How about watching the recording of our recent Webinar showcasing the new update to MemberNation.

 

In case you want a breakdown of what MemberNation provides here are the highlights:

  • Full Membership Lifecycle including renewals
  • Events Management for simple and complex, multi day/session/location, Events
  • Communities Portals for Members to self service and manage their account and renewals
  • Access “out of the box” to over 80 payment gateways globally
  • eStore functionality allowing organisations to sell any goods via their own online store.
  • Forums via the Community portal
  • Create, Managing and track Committees all within the app
  • Realtime Donation processing
  • Streamlined workflows using the power of the Salesforce platform
  • Reporting and Dashboards providing insights for your orgainsation
  • And the main thing – Providing one view of all interactions with your members in one place

How does your existing Membership Management tool stack up?

Reach out and drop us a note or give us a call (61 2 8090 1478) if you want to know more about MemberNation and how Morphate can help you.

If you are attending the Associations ForumNational Conference in Adelaide then drop by the Salesforce Foundation Booth (7) and have a chat with Andrew Hill and the team about how you can leverage Salesforce and apps like MemberNation in your Association.

Embrace Change

Driving change and success with Salesforce and Causeview

Embrace Change

Making a decision to move your core Supporter Systems is not something any organisation does lightly, especially if you have an important Fundraising event on the horizon. For Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation (SCHF) the question wasn’t should we do it, it was why can’t we do it. The challenge was… can we do this within 3 months?

In December 2014 SCHF met with us to discuss their options of moving onto the Salesforce platform. SCHF were drowning in manual processes, spreadsheets and a system that wasn’t providing any value to their organisation. They wanted and needed technology that allowed them to capture donations from various sources (Website, Community, during Events etc) in a timely basis. There were a few choices of products on the Salesforce platform and SCHF turned to Morphate to provide our recommendation. We dived into the Morphate Toolkit and Causeview was recommended as the best fit for the current and future requirements.

As we have previously blogged, Causeview has a lot of functionality that allows organisations to manage their supporters, events, volunteers, community fundraising, online donations etc etc etc.  In February the implementation element of the project kicked off and SCHF were on the way to the new world with Causeview and Salesforce.

We, SCHF and Morphate, had our work cut out for us. Our challenge was to ensure the solution was live and could support the live televised, Gold Telethon on 8th June. This meant we had three months to be live.. a tough ask but we, both Morphate and SCHF, knew we could do it.

You may ask “why were you so confident?” simply because the groundwork had been set months before we kicked off the project.

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”
Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

Projects, no matter what size, are successful when you have a Change Management strategy embedded from the start. For SCHF this was before Morphate was engaged. As Jo Price, IT Systems Manager at SCHF, said

The basis of our change management strategy was to keep the whole team involved throughout the whole project from recording current business process and listening and acting on their ideas for improvements, scoping to testing to training and going live.  

So, when it came to the Telethon, SCHF were on top of their game and had the right tools to support them on the day. What impact did this have? Jo Price said,

The biggest successes we have had by implementing Salesforce with Causeview has been the time savings, data accuracy and better reporting tools to enable us to better manage our supporters.

Apart from peer to peer fundraising, our donations all feed directly into our Salesforce and Causeview in real time. We no longer download and then upload donations, and we can get real time updates on fundraising dollars.  This was extremely successful for our annual Telethon, we were able to pull reports showing donations every 10minutes to update the live broadcast dollars raised.

We have also seen huge time savings with our Recurring donors – this whole process is now automated.  We can now focus on proactively calling these supporters and managing our relationship with them.

I, like many, watched the Telethon as Causeview and Salesforce was stress tested throughout the day with all donations being processed in real time and over $5.2million in monies raised. It was great knowing SCHF knew exactly what their donations were at any point in time during the day.

 

Telethon Call

It is important to note that the solution wasn’t implemented solely for the Telethon, this is the core Supporter solution for SCHF and Salesforce and Causeview is embedded across the entire organisation. Every interaction with a supporter is captured and allows the team to have meaningful conversations with their supporters with each interaction.

SCHF Leanne Warner

Change and Technology solutions go hand in hand. We’ve all seen those projects which “implement” a solution without a supported Change Management Strategy and result in low adoption, no improvement in process or supporter engagement.

Leanne Warner, CEO of Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation, said

Working with Morphate to implement Salesforce has renewed my faith in the possibility of adding great new technology without it destroying your business at the same time.

It is important that the NFP select an outstanding IT Systems project manager to guide the vendor and carefully change manage expectations internally, but you have to be happy if your vendor turns out to be a really great business partner who cares about great outcomes.

Sure we encountered hurdles and frustrations, but Morphate took responsibility to ensure that we were successful with our roll out and I have confidence that they will continue to help to support us on an ongoing basis.

As a team we are all proud of what we have accomplished over the past 5 months and we have learnt a lot along the way that will help others to be successful. We all know that Salesforce is the best CRM product available in the Sector today, and if you want the system to add the most value it can, I would recommend that you speak to Morphate and start scoping!

The team at Morphate are here to help you with your project regardless of how small or big it is. Reach out and drop us a note or give us a call (61 2 8090 1478).] and let’s talk about transforming your organisation with Technology for Good.

Driving transformation in Fundraising Relationships

Why Salesforce and Supporter Management is a Win/Win/Win

We’ve been busy at Morphate for the past few months working with some great organisations such as AIME, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and McGrath Foundation, and it shows as it’s been a while since we published a blog. Well we are addressing that and will be returning to regular blogs from today.

For this blog I want to ask what you are using to manage your relationships. No I’m not asking if you are using Tinder I mean your Supporter relationships. Are you using a CRM? Email? Outlook? A combination of all the above?

Recently I was provided with some interesting stats about companies that are considering CRM’s. Jay Ivey, a market research associate at CRM software consultancy Software Advice, has undertaken a study that shows that 55% of small businesses are currently using manual methods such as spreadsheets and paper to manage their relationships. This is 9% higher than the US. Now you may say “that is small business and as a Not For Profit it doesn’t relate” but I will disagree. We’ve all seen how spreadsheets can creep into an organisation and become the “Core” system. It’s time to step back and think about doing things in a different way!

The main thing to consider is that using spreadsheets or standalone applications means you cannot see and action the full lifecycle of your supporters. For this reason many Australian buyers (34 percent) are also beginning to request an integrated suite that combines tools such as Salesforce with marketing automation and other tools. They want to better aligns marketing and sales and again this is reflected with Not For Profits through aligning Marketing and Supporter Management.

During the last week we were at the Salesforce WorldTour in Melbourne and we had the pleasure of spending the day helping the Salesforce Foundation on their stand. We fielded many questions that related to how organisations can use Salesforce in their organisation. The key is not think of Salesforce as a Sales tool, at the heart it is a CRM but with the Salesforce ecosystem, or AppExchange, this allows you to extend the CRM functionality and use the power of the Salesforce1 Platform for Fundraising, Events Management, Volunteer Management and many other applications.

So, if you agree that it’s time for a change then best thing you can do is consider how Salesforce and those associated apps can be used in your organisation. Below is a comparison of the leading Not For Profit applications available on the Salesforce1 platform. If you would like to know more about these solutions please sign up for our, free, webinar series.

Driving transformation in Fundraising Relationships

Help! I want Salesforce for Fundraising but what now?

Earlier in October the Salesforce conference “Dreamforce” was held in San Francisco. This was a small affair with only 145,000 people registered which turned San Francisco into a sea of blue lanyards and Salesforce/Dreamforce backpacks and featured the Beach Boys in the main keynote. Yes that’s right the Beach Boys…

 

DF14 Crowd

This was the fourth Dreamforce that I attended and it always surprises me after each Dreamforce how I walk away with a different experience each time. This time we heard and saw some fantastic new products from Salesforce such as Lightning. I blogged on the Salesforce ANZ Blog about the launch of Salesforce1 Lightning, an exciting way to rapidly develop apps on the Salesforce1 platform which effectively makes all of us developers.

The other exciting opportunity for me this time was walking the Expo floor and talking to a lot of product companies and the varied solutions they have available for Salesforce customers. These ranged from solutions such as Drawloop, a document generation tool that allows Salesforce users to create rich documents and merge fields from Salesforce and all delivered natively inside Salesforce, to solutions like Birst, a BI and Analytics tool that can take multiple sources of data and provide rich analytics all within your Salesforce instance.

Driving transformation in Fundraising Relationships

But again this year was different because, with the recent announcement of the release of the Salesforce Foundation NGO Connect product for the US market, it was timely to find out more about the solutions that are available for our Not for Profit customers and I spent most of my time talking to product companies in the Salesforce Foundation Zone. There are some fantastic solutions available that handle everything for Fundraising/Donor Management organisation, such as Causeview and roundCause, others for Association Management, such as MemberNation from Fonteva, and Peer to Peer fundraising solutions such as Classy.

You may be not aware of some of these solutions and what they can do or you may be currently considering what you should do with your Salesforce instance and want to know more. The good news is that our next series of webinars will detail the  functionality of the various Fundraising and Association Management products that are available. We will be holding further webinars in the coming weeks on other solutions that we believe can help transform your Not For Profit organisation.

If you are interested in attending our webinars then sign up here or if you have any questions then drop us a note and we will see how we can help you.