Hi! Just a note to say that it’s sunny out and we don’t know how to handle that. We’re not blogging as much right now while we cope. Maya Peterson, Thomas George and I will be presenting at Portland’s amazing Forcelandia conference in August 8 & 9. We’ll have content to post after that!
When I was just learning Salesforce and starting my career, the company I worked for at the time often tasked me with the exciting and highly sought after role of writing test scripts and performing Quality Assurance testing. It turned out I had a knack for it. First and foremost, because as I was new to Salesforce, I excelled at blundering my way through the system breaking everything imaginable as I went. Picture me as a hurricane of user errors, wreaking havoc on even the simplest of test scenarios. The second more important reason I excelled at QA, was because when I wasn’t breaking things on accident, I tried to break them on purpose.
Salesforce continues to grow and acquire new technologies and develop new features and while I pride myself on knowing the declarative side of the platform well, what I truly pride myself on is knowing the platform well enough to do the research quickly and efficiently to answer the ultimate question: Can we do this with clicks, and if so what is the best way?
So in the spirit of learning and sharing, here are a couple cool things I learned about recently…
…And building a trigger that creates a new task when an email was sent!
In 2018, I’m focusing on building my “dev cred,” as Leah McGowen-Hare put it at Forcelandia a few years ago.
Next week is the final week of my RAD Women coding course and I am thrilled with how far I have come.
I am also building more connections in the Salesforce digital communities of Trailblazer, Power of Us Hub and Twitter.
So I was checking out the unanswered questions on the Trailblazer Community to see if I could help out and I ran into this one:
Is it possible to use Process Builder or Workflow in auto creating a task after an email is sent related to a record? The email (with a specific Subject filter) will be sent from (A) within Salesforce or (B) Gmail/Outlook but will be recorded in the Activity History. I tried to create a WR but it didn’t run after I sent an email.
The answer to that is ‘No.’ The end. Continue reading Building My Dev Cred
Why use a 3rd party tool for sending mass e-mail when you can just use the built in Mass-Email?
I discuss the pros and cons, and give a demo on how to send Mass E-mail in this presentation from April 2017.
Caroline Renard kindly asked me to participate in HUB Office Hours, following up on a longer presentation I gave at the Seattle Non-Profit User Group around that time.
Also included in the conversation are Chris McCullough and Gorav Seth, moderated by Caroline Renard.
In the Spring of 2015, I had the privilege to participate in a Girlforce (now Amplify) study group. The study groups are made up of women in the non-profit sector and two volunteer coaches.
Each week a different group presented all the info thought needed on a specific topic to pass the Salesforce Administrator Certification (CRT-101).
Yes, these are very dense slides, but I didn’t want anyone to fail their exam because I forgot a critical detail! You can download the slides here.
I highly recommend The Power of Habit Why we do what we do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg to humans, particularly Salesforce administrators and architects.
As mentioned before, at Optimum Energy we have a self improvement book club and we just finished The Power of Habit. The first section of the book is about individual habit formation. The second part is building habits in an organization. Third part is how habits develop and are morally evaluated in society.
While I particularly enjoyed thinking about how to break my own personal bad habits, (Hang on. There are Top Pot Donuts in the kitchen)…. I found myself contemplating how to help users develop the habit of using Salesforce.
Is there one essential task in Salesforce that can serve as a “keystone habit”? Continue reading Keystone Habits
Campaigns are a flexible, native object that allow you to track your engagement efforts and performance in Salesforce. You can customize the Campaign Member Status values to suit your specific business needs. You can also add, update, and remove Campaign Members to track specific engagements.
This post is the third in a series of three blog posts about Salesforce Campaigns in Lightning. The second post, Customize Campaigns in Lightning, covered how to customize Campaigns in Salesforce for the Lightning admin. This post will provide detailed instructions for how to configure Campaigns Member Status values and Manage Campaign Members in Salesforce Lightning. If you’re interested in an overview of Campaigns in general, I suggest you start with the first post in this series, Salesforce Campaigns in Lightning. Continue reading if you’re ready to get hands on.
Campaigns are a flexible, native object that allow you to track your engagement efforts and performance in Salesforce. The great thing about Salesforce Campaigns is you can customize the fields and page layouts to fit your needs. Lightning has changed the ways we Interact with Campaigns, Setup, and especially page layouts.
This post is the second in a series of three blog posts about Salesforce Campaigns in Lightning. This post will provide an overview of how to customize Campaigns in Salesforce for the Lightning admin. If you’re interested in an overview of Campaigns, I suggest you start with the first post in this series, Salesforce Campaigns in Lightning. The third post, Manage Campaign Members in Lightning, walks you through how to manage Campaign Members step-by-step.