“Accidents are not accidents but precise arrivals at the wrong right time”, says, a popular writer and poet. This blog analyzes the road accidents that happened in the UK, and the contributing factors, for the years 1979 to 2013, based on the data published by the Ministry for Road Transport of the UK government.
For many, an ideal business would be one which grows steadily year after year, chasing the dream of monopolizing their market. They would love to become an irreplaceable constant for their customers in an ever-changing world. However, in the process of growing, many businesses lose what they were loved for. In the long run, this loss would become a key factor in their downfall. For businesses, it might be better to be the king of a small kingdom, rather than a large collapsing anarchy. Would you prefer a slow steady stream, or a large unreliable downpour?
The alarm shrills, the tap burps, coffee steaming, quick bites, rush hours, jammed elevators, card swipes, inbox full. With a long day ahead, Julia gets plagued with the question, ”Why am I in marketing?” Definitely not to send files back and forth for review or dabble between multiple folders to search for a file.
Fresh into the world of marketing, Julia is very enthusiastic about giving it her creative best. But some hiccups on the way has her worried, which she wishes can be handled better to make her work faster. So, let’s take a sneak peek at one of her typical days at office, and check what she does and wishes for.
As usual, she takes her daily dose of caffeine and settles down to start the day. She starts scanning her emails, checks for updates on various pending assignments and has many emails that require her immediate attention. But one thing that is really tiring for her is downloading all the attachments she has gotten over the weekend, and collating it in the respective folders.
Who says professional surveys have to be boring? With Zoho Survey’s customizable themes, you can send your personality with your surveys. Add your company logo to the background or header, or simply choose the colors that represent your brand. There is absolutely no coding involved. So, roll up your sleeves and get creative with design!
Select your background and change the font, create a border, add a shadow and align to reflect your style or create a theme that correlates with your logo colors. Pick the color, intensity, shadow, tile your background or stretch it. Play with the themes and watch your surveys become more colorful and lively. You can customize every part of a theme, right down to the submit button on your survey.
To increase brand awareness customized themes can work for you in a couple of ways:
Recognition – your brand is reaching out to people and it shows you care to communicate with your customers.
Reaction – people identify your logo and quickly respond to the survey since they know who it is from.
Professionalism – Adds personality to your survey.
To any individual or a business, presentability is important. Couple brand personality with good looking surveys and you have the power to grab attention and get better responses. Surveys help you engage with customers for feedback so let your personality shine through in your surveys to connect with the people that matter to your business.
After spending time creating your amazing design, you can save your theme to use again on future surveys. To know how to customize a theme visit the help section here.
Getting creative and designing a survey is absolutely fun. Go ahead, customize your theme and tell us what you think in the comments.
You can do so much more with Zoho Creator by connecting it to other apps or services you use and simplify the tedious tasks and workflow. Our integration with Zoho Support is another step towards our vision: make managing your business simpler.
Integration with Zoho Support, your help desk software, makes the exchange of information between the two apps seamless. It is now possible to create, update or fetch information from Zoho Support. To suit your business process, you can build custom modules for the Zoho Support application. You could even bring information into your Zoho Creator custom app to build reports and collaborate with other users.
For instance, in your Zoho Creator Order Management app. Your customers can report complaints and a ticket will instantly get created in Zoho Support. The agent can even access the order details empowering him with the relevant information.
Consider another scenario, a company uses Zoho Creator apps to manage the business processes better. For every new customer buying your equipment, a new Annual Maintenance Contract is created. With the integration with Zoho Support, you can automatically schedule the maintenance task based on the contract and assign it to a support agent.
These are just two scenarios. You could add an umpteen number of custom functions for your business needs.
We want you to focus on your business rather than managing the data. We have previously opened up powerful possibilities to extend and enhance your Zoho Creator app with Zoho products like Zoho CRM, Zoho Invoice, Zoho Calendar, Zoho Reports, Zoho Recruit. You can link your Zoho Creator apps to external cloud applications and SMS services like Twilio and Clickatell.
All these additions make it easier to connect Zoho Creator apps to different services and allow seamless flow of information.
Stay tuned, more useful integrations are coming. Meanwhile, please let us know how you use Zoho Creator integrations.
Ever since Square replaced the clunky traditional POS with its simple and sophisticated app,small businesses have been able to sell and monitor their sales, from anywhere. Square offers small businesses a flexible and straightforward medium to accept credit card payments sans the complexity of hidden fees and surprise costs.
Today, we’re happy to announce that Zoho Books now seamlessly integrates with Square. All sales in your Square Register will be automatically captured and consolidated in Zoho Books on a daily basis. With the advanced banking feature in Zoho Books, users can reconcile these transactions instantly to save even more time.
Take a look at everything the integration has to offer. Read more
People always look for better, faster and smarter ways to accomplish everyday tasks. Most times, we borrow approaches that worked for us at an an earlier instance. However, banking on this method stifles innovation.
Problem solving is no longer confined to smaller teams. The boundaries of diagnosis have expanded from immediate teams to organization and even external agents like suppliers and customers. Complexity demands better and more creative solutions, and controlled crowd sourcing is emerging as a way to solve complex business issues elegantly. The Japanese have done this for decades by bringing workers and business partners into their problem resolution processes.
Today, crowd sourcing and collaboration have become part of a company’s culture. Vivek Wadhwa — an entrepreneur, columnist and academic— who writes in the Wall Street Journal about crowd sourcing as a tool for creative problem-solving that fosters innovation and co-creation within organizations. It’s human trait to seek help externally, as we see on social media forums.
Businesses have been held back for lack of the right tools, which possess the ability to present, track, and resolve issues in collaboration. Zoho Connect is a tool that helps groups of stakeholders within an organization partake in issue identification, resolution, and execution — in a private and secure setting. It offers a searchable system of record that allows collective experiences to be shared, thereby driving rapid organizational learning. The tool can be used for problem identification, resolution, stakeholder feedback, or even as a quick and trusted way to assess product direction from early customers.
We use Zoho Connect in our organisation to drive our ideas and work, by collaborating across teams, time zones, and organizational levels. That’s exactly how we bring you better products. We genuinely believe that businesses using such tools for idea generation and problem solving will see massive comparative advantages over others stuck within traditional paradigms.
Have you thought about crowd sourcing for your business yet?