What’s New with Salesforce?
Salesforce Spring Release ‘23 – Here’s what’s new!
Salesforce published its annual spring release and with it announced the launch of a bevy of exciting and helpful new features and integrations! Headlining the list is the new Account Discovery Dashboard, which will use Salesforce’s Einstein AI to help teams quickly assess the health of their accounts. Users will be able to identify which of their accounts are at risk, and which have untapped upside.
In other highly exciting news, Salesforce and Meta’s WhatsApp have announced a strategic partnership. Now SFDC users will be able to communicate with their customers directly through the messaging platform enabling them to have faster and deeper communications and 24/7 support. WhatsApp boasts a staggering 2.2 billion user base, over 70% of whom use the app on a daily basis.
This integration will increase engagement, and customer satisfaction and convenience, making it a total win win for businesses and consumers alike.
Other highlights include: the integration of Einstein AI with Salesforce Contact Center to provide better insights and make scheduling easier, as well as some sector-specific AI-driven goodies for the Automotive and Financial Services sectors to help them automate their processes and track their KPIs.
You can find the full release notes here!
It’s clear in 2023, AI implementation is changing the game with the potential to both facilitate business and improve the customer experience. Just be sure to alert us if you get any chat box messages asking for the whereabouts of John Conner!
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User Adoption Research: Details from my PhD Research
Diffusion of Innovations Theory
Qualitative research: it sounds scary, right? With quantitative research, you use assessments, you get responses, you find numbers, you draw conclusions, wipe, wipe, CLAP.
After I conducted all of my interviews about CRM user adoption, the responses had to be coded for evaluation. One of the most interesting tables was on “Suggestions for Improvement,” which, let’s be honest, we all want to have in order to make Salesforce better!
The Selective Code of “Suggestions for Improvement” had Axial Codes of:
- Make CRM more user friendly
- Connectivity with other systems
- Capacity building
and then within those Axial Codes, they had Open Codes. For example, the “Make CRM more user friendly” Axial Code had Open Codes of:
- Easy to navigate
- Problems in batch entries
- Reducing number of steps
- Understandable titles
Do I suggest you need to go this deep with your Salesforce users…? Not necessarily. But understanding WHY they’re not adopting Salesforce, or what would make them adopt it prior to implementing an entire new system, feature, or process, will certainly aid in overall user adoption.
If you want even more info on this critical CRM user adoption research, I have a journey built that you can follow if you click here. Or, shoot me a message to have us help you develop your adoption strategy. – Shannon
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Advice from an Expert
Send your Qs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: How can I lower overhead costs through Salesforce adoption?
A: So, no one is immune to the world economy. While certain verticals are built to weather an economic slowdown, not everyone is so lucky. Clearly, the name of the game in a downturn is automation. Eliminating overhead costs through automation is the key to improving a company’s ROI without having to improperly scale!
Salesforce is the perfect way to do this. By customizing an existing Salesforce org to be more automated, teams save time and expenses which dramatically can impact a bottom line. We even see this in our own org! Automation has allowed us to significantly cut down the time needed for Sales’ processes to increase our output. So when economic doubt strikes, turn to automation to save the day!
If you have specific questions about Salesforce, let us know – we’re happy to lend a hand. Hit “reply” to this email and we’ll jump on a Zoom! – Shannon
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