Tricks, Treats and Halloween: A time to let go of fear!

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Gearing up your business for Halloween? Most business-owners use this time to carve out pumpkins, stock up on holiday goodies and treats, create Halloween deals and offers to lure customers – all in the ‘spirit’ of the season.

But Halloween can be more than just that.

It can be about learning to overcome fears – especially those that keep us from building a better business. If you’re living with such fears: Halloween is a good time to treat yourself, by tricking the worst fears out of your mind.

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Networking and connecting with people. Businesses are about people doing business with other people. If you’re afraid to go out and meet new people or to talk to existing customers and get to know them better, you might be losing out on opportunities to build and nurture business relationships.

We now live in a connected age where in-person meetings are only one of the ways to connect with people. There’s also email, chat, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and… well, you get the drift. Communicating online can be much less intimidating, so don’t be afraid to connect and interact with everyone who matters for your business. Unless of course, you happen to be afraid of such communication tools. In which case, my next point is for you.

1.2Trying new tools and technology. Because we fear drastic changes that may come with new tools, some of us continue to stick to archaic methods that may have long outlived their utility. However, if you’re already a Zoho customer, then you probably don’t live with such a fear or may have overcome it already. Congratulations, and you may skip the next two paragraphs!

It’s time to break out of that safety net and try some new business tools. You really have nothing to lose. Except maybe, the inefficiencies that come from resisting new tech. So, Once you get used to these tools and their benefits, you’ll wonder how you managed without them in the first place.

And hey, shameless plug: If you’re wondering where to begin, check out some of our apps: business emailCRM, online invoicingemail marketing and an online office suite are the basics to start with!

1.3Managing business finances. Managing the accounting process for your business can give you a lot of control over your finances and help you in making informed business decisions. If lack of accounting knowledge or fear of dealing with numbers sends shivers down your spine, try overcoming this fear by using an online accounting tool that simplifies the process and lets you learn as you go along. (shameless plug #2: Zoho Books!)

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Competition. Some of us live in perpetual fear of the competition, constantly worrying about what their next move might be. We end up spending so much time worrying that we forget to focus on the one thing that can help us stay ahead of them – building a better product or service for customers. The best way to get this fear out of your head is by channelizing your energies back to areas that can help improve your product or service offering.

Now, If you’re still reading this post, it’s likely that you can identify with at least one of the fears I listed. Remember, it’s up to you to choose not to be haunted by them any more. All you have to do is understand your fears better and then you can fight them.

Oh and Happy trick-or-treating!

Introducing Advanced Analytics for Zoho Projects

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Till now, project managers using Zoho Projects had access to limited reporting options – Gantt and resource utilization charts. Not anymore. Today, we are glad to announce the Zoho Projects Advanced Analytics Add-on, powered by Zoho Reports. Project managers can use this analytics add-on to know & track their key project metrics, and get lots of insights from their projects data.

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Join us next week in Florida!

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Hello, Florida!

The Zoho Team has been traversing the country on our first tour of Meet Ups, and we’re finally making our way to the Sunshine State. We had a great time in Boston, MA earlier this month – connecting with customers and welcoming aboard a few new users – and we’re excited to keep the momentum going with not one but two events next week in Florida.

We’re pairing up with our Zoho Alliance Partner, Cloud Mobile Forms, to bring you two special networking events (breakfast is on us!) in Miami on Nov. 5 and Fort Lauderdale on Nov. 6.floridaemail

You’ll get the chance to meet and network with fellow Zoho users, hear about up-and-coming Zoho news and tips and tricks of the trade. We’ll have one of our customers

presenting how they best use our CRM and a demo station set up to answer all of your technical questions. There is no fee to attend, and you may even walk away with a special raffle prize!

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What’s In: Zoho Pulse Integrates With Google Apps

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The most successful people or businesses are the most connected ones. Zoho Pulse is the social intranet for enterprises where employees can stay connected, exchange ideas or information and work together real time. An application on cloud that expands communication and collaboration potential to increase productivity.

We at Zoho, believe in integrating our applications with third party applications for easier adoption of Zoho products. Zoho Pulse is no exception.

We’re excited to announce that Zoho Pulse is now integrated with Google Apps. As a Google App user, you can now have a powerful social intranet for your organization.

Universal Navigation: SSO (Single Sign On)

Zoho Pulse is now just a click away from your Google Apps account. Once Zoho Pulse is installed in your Google Apps domain, its accessible from the universal navigation bar. Just so you know, you don’t need to sign- in separately.

Invite Users from Google Apps Account

You can now invite all your Google Apps account users to your Zoho Pulse network just with a single click.

Upload from Google Drive:

Easy access to Google’s documents archive. Google Apps users can now upload documents into Zoho Pulse network from their Google Drive.

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How Wearable Technology Has Changed the Halloween Costume Game

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roberWhen it comes to holidays, it’s all about tradition. We eat certain foods, go to certain parties and practice certain rituals because that is how it’s always been.

Halloween is a perfect example. As kids, we dressed up in costumes and went door to door in search of candy without raising an eyebrow. We bought pumpkins, cleaned out the insides and carved scary faces on them. And for what? Because that is how we were taught to celebrate Halloween. It was tradition.

I say all of this to reiterate the point that for most people, Halloween in it’s very essence is a holiday to practice traditions and rituals, not a field for innovation. The game is set. There are witches, ghosts, monsters, zombies and vampires, but no room for entrepreneurial ideas.

Wrong. Enter Mark Rober, a former mechanical engineer at NASA turned wearable tech Halloween T-shirt and costume designer. For nine years Rober worked at NASA — seven of those years spent working on the Curiosity Rover — when he had an idea on revamping how realistic and modern Halloween costumes could be by simply using smart phones and tablets.

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Customer Spotlight: Wendy Baldwin of ER 4 LOVE

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Wendy Baldwin of ER 4 LOVE at the Zoho Houston Meet Up

One of the greatest parts about working at Zoho is the opportunity to meet and talk with small business owners from across the country. Hearing stories about people chasing their dreams and passions is always inspiring, and we are constantly energized and encouraged to learn how they have used Zoho to help them get there.

Recently, the Zoho team has been hosting Meet Ups for Zoho users and anyone else interested in learning about Zoho products in cities across the country. We have had successful Meet Ups in Austin, Houston and Boston, and are traveling to Miami next month.

At the Zoho Houston Meet Up I had the privilege to meet Wendy Baldwin, VP Operations, and Jeanine Holloway, Sales and Seminar Coordinator, from ER 4 LOVE, a company dedicated to helping married couples succeed at the “game of love.” From learning to deal with conflict to becoming a better listener, the marriage mediators at ER 4 LOVE stand by the promise of saving your marriage in two days.

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Present Your Slides Right From A Mobile Phone : Meet ShowMote

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The ability to give zealous presentations is indeed a vital leadership trait. I’m sure you would have been inspired by great presentations like Steve Jobs’ keynotes. Many other top CEOs are also fantastic presenters. Their effectiveness can be attributed to their focus on the audience and being aware of the pulse of the crowd.

We, at Zoho, have a new Mobile Presentation App which makes it easy for you to do exactly that; an App that lets you take total control of your presentation without ever having to turn away from the people listening to you.

Meet ShowMote, your remote control friend for giving slick presentations from your Mobile Phone. This Presentation App is available for both iOS and Android. 

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