Zoho Docs Presentation 2013 – Looking back at a year that was!

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2013 is a year that’ll be fondly remembered. For those who’ve been using Zoho Docs Presentation, you’ll know why. This year, we have crossed some remarkable milestones in the journey of making presentation design and delivery; simple and easy for you – presenters. That said, we’re really glad to take a trip back in time and present the highlights of some of the coolest feature additions that followed up this year in Zoho Docs Presentation tool.

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Signing off the year with new Twitter Feeds 

You have a fascinating story to tell. Built a slide deck that is visually captivating. Practiced your speech for hours. You’re almost there.. But the game isn’t won yet. One thing that would get you closer to success is your ability to make the session more interactive and engaging for your audience. To help you achieve that, we are bringing in Twitter Feeds for your presentations. Starting today, you can fetch live and as well as customized twitter feeds into your presentations.

Embedding twitter feeds is pretty straight forward and just a click away. Next time when you create your presentation, don’t forget to try this feature. And we’ve got a lot more features coming up next year, stay tuned!

A journey made possible by you

There couldn’t be a better time than this to thank all you wonderful customers for your patronage. Without you, this journey wouldn’t have been possible this far. Before I end, just wanna remind you that we are here, working hard with loads of passion to help you design and deliver memorable presentations, at ease. While we are at it, if you’d like to see something specific in the coming year, drop us a line in the comments. We’re listening.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and an awesome 2014!

Introducing : Import tasks and chrome extension for Zoho Projects

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Are you still stuck with spreadsheets to manage your work? Let’s look at a real-time scenario

Imagine your company suddenly receives a significant request, which is a deal breaker for your product. It’s due in 4 days. And your boss just puts you in charge of pulling it all together. You’ve just got a tiny window of time to discuss with Product Expert Tricia whether it’s possible to meet the deadline, to work with UI Designer Eddie for a last-minute interface and get the developers to start coding on this request.

Above all you’re trying to do all this through your company’s default medium – spreadsheets. Yikes!

The real struggles with spreadsheets

  • Unfit for agile business: Managing work with spreadsheets makes sense for personal projects but they break when you try to collaborate with a group to get work done faster.
  • Lack of visibility: It’s hard to track what part of work is been done and what’s still pending in a project.
  • Poor coordination: Teams which are geographically separated can’t work in unison to accomplish a common goal using spreadsheets

We already know the answer. No spreadsheets anymore.

At Zoho, we’ve developed a nice little feature to Import your Tasks from various formats like xls, json and csv files and quickly start collaborating from anywhere, anytime.

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How Zoho Projects helps you

  • Assign tasks to team members and easily track who’s done what.
  • Communicate effectively with your team using feeds, forums, wiki and chat rooms
  • Tag files to easily find them later. This means you can quickly locate that Design from three months ago the next time a similar one hits your desk.

But that’s not all a couple of more exciting features are rolled as part of this update

1. From now on start shooting tasks into Zoho Projects with start and end dates, severity via email. Furthermore, if you wish to make an announcement use [announcement] tag and post a forum topic. Learn more about them in detail at Email Collaboration

2. If you are a power user of Chrome browser then this is for you. We’ve built a cool extension for chrome that allows you to see latest updates, create tasks, file bugs, post comments and do more right from within your browser.

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Give it a try and let us know what you think as comments here.

Include YouTube and Vimeo videos in your Email Marketing Campaigns

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It’s always the same with every email campaign. If you’re an email marketer, you’ll know this feeling very well.

When working on the content for an email campaign, there’s a constant thought: ‘How do I get maximum engagement from this campaign, without overwhelming my recipients with too much of content?’
It’s an on-going quest to look for the best ways to frame the message in our emails that encourage recipients to take the right action.

One popular concept at present is to use videos in emails. Whether it’s a product demonstration video, a tutorial, a customer testimonial or even a promotion – you know that videos can really grab the attention of your recipients. Read more

More possibilities with New Features in Zoho Survey

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Zoho Survey is updated with new features to make sharing surveys easy. You can now share entire surveys and export or print individual responses. Also, easily recover previously created surveys from Trash.

Save time and leave aside the worry of losing surveys or data.

Share Surveys
If you periodically publish a number of surveys and need inputs from experts, the share survey feature simplifies the long-winded process of inviting reviewers to peruse and give inputs on the survey and sharing reports with them.
share-surveysThe Share Survey feature enables you to add users who become co-owners of your survey. Co-owners can edit the survey and publish them on your behalf and, they can also access the survey report. As the survey author, you decide whether to allow or deny access to the survey by adding persons or removing them from the Share list. And, only you can delete the survey.

Restore Surveys from Trash
Everyone makes mistakes. Some surveys  are deleted unintentionally (yes, even when there’s a double prompt before deletion) so, we have now made it simpler to archive your surveys by just moving them to Trash. Zoho Survey has now replaced Delete Survey with the Trash Survey option so that, surveys can be trashed and later restored or deleted within a single click. If there’s a survey you create a couple of months ago and want to create a similar one, visit the list of trashed surveys and restore it from there. Now, there’s no worry about losing your surveys or the data with this feature. You not only save time but you can also organize your surveys. Trash the ones you do not need, restore them if needed later and delete surveys if you find no use for them. Do note that if deleted, surveys cannot be recovered.

Share and export individual reports
As the survey author you can view individual reports for each respondent.  Zoho Survey has an update for individual responses; they can be shared and exported to PDF. You can view the full answer set of each individual response in PDF which includes data like survey completion time, IP address and if you use Zoho Campaigns to distribute your surveys, you also have the option to view each individual respondent’s email address in a quick click.

Do these features help you save time? Let us know.

Your go-to invoicing app just crossed 100,000 downloads!

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Deciding to run a small business all by yourself is a tough and bold move. At Zoho, we build apps that help you focus on your work.

Recently, our Zoho Invoice android app crossed its 100,000th download. Ever since the app was launched in the Google Play, our only aim has been to make invoicing a little better for you every single day! With the high download rate of our app, it’s hard to ignore the obvious fact that mobile invoicing is on the rise. Creating an invoice on your phone and emailing it to your customer is probably as easy as sending a text message. Business owners enjoy the speed, flexibility and the freedom that the mobile app offers when it comes to running their business efficiently on the move.

In fact, we’ve had a lot of customers tell us how the app has made it so easy for them to manage their business from practically anywhere. Some have even invoiced from the train!

 Here’s what a few of our customers have to say about the nifty android app.

Invoice App Review

If you haven’t tried invoicing on the go, start by downloading the Zoho Invoice app :)

 

 

Zoho Projects Advanced Analytics: Projected Revenue Report

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We announced Advanced Analytics for Zoho Projects around a month back, and it has been well received. Project managers now tap into their projects data and get good insights of what’s happening in their projects.

The Advanced Analytics package came with a wide range of ready made reports and dashboards. One such report is the Projected Revenue report. We will see how this useful report is derived. Read more

Tips for Interviewing Different Types of Candidates

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Photo courtesy of theCampusCareerCoach.com

Photo courtesy of theCampusCareerCoach.com

Back in August, we discussed different candidate types one might encounter during both the recruitment and interview process. Like I said then, there is no ideal candidate personality perfect for every position across the board. Each job requires someone different and each company should look for personality diversity in its employees.

A common misconception many small businesses or companies have is the desire to hire like-minded employees who act and perform similarly to the owner or other employees. However, CEO and founder of Steven Step Recruiting, Beth Gilfeather, warns against this saying, “while it might seem like a good thing…it can hamper growth.”

With that in mind, a recruiter and potential interviewer not only needs to be aware of different candidate types, but also techniques and strategies to use for these different types of people during the interview process.

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