Monday, September 30, 2013

It's SkyPlanner Parachute Monday! This week's content includes effective ways to Big Data, getting the most out of Salesforce implementation, a throwback to a legend, and more!


It's SkyPlanner Parachute Monday! Find out what we at SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting company, have been reading, watching, listening to, and learning from in the past week. Click on each link to view our curated content. 

Last week one of our blog posts included our thoughts on how Big Data storage and analytics will become an even more integral part of the cloud computing industry. Mashable, a staple in SkyPlanner's  for general tech news, wrote about some novel ways that cities are using Big Data.

Choosing Salesforce as your co-pilot as you venture onto the Cloud is just the first step. Here's 8 items you should check off your list to make sure the trip goes as smoothly as possible.

Platform as a Service (PaaS) just keeps growing and growing. How can PaaS further your business? Salesforce, the leader in the cloud computing industry, lays it all out for you in an easy to read ebook.

Having a smartphones is an afterthought now. We expect them to be around. Much like those of us born after 1985 can't remember a time without cellphones, most kids born after 2000 can't remember a time when you couldn't carry a powerful computer in your pocket. And the craze all started with the Apple iPhone, which Steve Jobs introduced in 2007. Though it has already been what seems like forever since the introduction took place, it still brings chills to see, for the first time, a product that changed the world (especially when Jobs begins the introduction by reminding everyone of all the other game-changing innovations Apple has rolled-out through the years).

J.J. Abrams has created some of the most captivating, and confusing, televisions shows and movies. In this Ted Talk Abrams discusses the moment in his life where his fascination with mystery began and how it sprouted into a successful career.

At SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting company, we love to hear from ours clients and supporters so please feel free to comment with any opinions or suggestions for future content.

Monday, September 23, 2013

It's SkyPlanner Parachute Monday! This week's content includes effective ways to organize and remember data, combating analysis paralysis, and more!


It's SkyPlanner Parachute Monday! Find out what we at SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting company, have been reading, watching, listening to, and learning from in the past week. Click on each link to view our curated content. 

With the large amount of information we're subjected to these days it may be hard to remember it all. Mind maps provide an effective way to load up on information and then recalling it with ease.

SkyPlanner recently touched upon how information overload actually negates the perceived benefits of having so much knowledge at our fingertips. The same applies to companies that now have access to incredible amounts of customer and sales data thanks to innovators like Salesforce. This free webinar looks to provide individuals and companies with insight on how to maximize their CRM data and avoid over analyzing.

In the same post mentioned above, SkyPlanner also looked into how having more choices actually makes it more stressful to make purchasing decisions. The sheer amount of choices consumers have even when purchasing something as simple as a yoga mat or daily vitamin is incredible. Is your company or brand standing out and making it easy for potential customers to pick your goods or services over all the others?



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Friday, September 20, 2013

Creativity: Everyone has it and SkyPlanner knows how to unlock it.

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  • Jot down any idea you have as soon as you have it. This is important for two reasons: 1) even if you think an idea is dumb or unfeasible it could be the starting off point to something great and 2) you might think you’re going to remember remember but chances are that you’ll forgeta key part, or all, of the idea sooner rather than later.
  • Keep challenging yourself with questions everyday. Ask yourself why on numerous topics. It’ll force you to search for answers and that will spark new ideas.
  • Stay up-to-date on everything happening in your field. Not only will this give you brand-new inspiration for creativity everyday but it’ll also helps you avoid going in directions that have already been traveled.
  • Learn about everything you can even if those things are not related to your field or industry. More often than not a working knowledge of a wide variety will help you come up with stronger ideas, especially if you’re trying to come up with solutions for existing problems..
  • Take part in creative activities. Anything that keeps your mind working will help you in everything you do. Some of the world’s greatest problem-solving discoveries were the result of other pursuits. Just look at Viagra.
  • Be confident in your abilities. If you go into any creative process thinking you won’t come up with something good then, frankly, you won’t. You have plenty of strengths and skills. Use them.
  • Conversely, know yourself. Strive to be self-aware. Be aware of, and accept, your weaknesses because working to overcome those will help you find creative ways to solve other problems.
  • Learn when it’s best to abandon ideas. Sticking to something that just isn’t working does no one any good. If you think an idea or solution is worthwhile but you just can’t figure it out then store it away and come back to it later. It’s better than being stagnant.
  • Accept the contributions of others. No matter how good you are at something- be it science, art, sports strategy, etc.- there will be people who can give you new ways of looking at things. Embrace that instead of being stubborn and rejecting it.
  • Be loose. Don’t approach everything with the same process all the time. Adapt and evolve. This doesn’t mean that you should keep a schedule. It means you should be comfortable with changes.
  • Lastly, always be aware. Even the smallest things can provide a creative spark.

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While we believe that everyone has the ability to be creative we're also aware that it's not easy. One must commit his or herself to maximizing that creativity. SkyPlanner hopes that even just reading these tips has led to a few new ideas in your own mind. We know we're going to keep putting them into practice as South Florida’s premier Salesforce consulting company because we wouldn't have it any other way.



Monday, September 16, 2013

It's SkyPlanner Parachute Monday! This week's content includes tips on easier file sharing, creating unique inbound content, and more!


It's SkyPlanner Parachute Monday! Find out what we at SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting company, have been reading, watching, listening to, and learning from in the past week. Click on each link to view our curated content. 

Salesforce continues to make doing business more efficient, this time by making it even easier to transfer files between employees, between your company and its customers, and your company and other businesses. 

One of the fastest ways to get better at anything is to listen to those who have been there, done that AND been successful at it. LinkedIn's Influencer Program makes that easier than ever. 

At SkyPlanner we are great admirers of not only great talent but great teachers. This week's featured TED Talk showcases not only a great pianist who overcame physical restrictions to develop an incredible talent but also the amazing man who saw his potential and developed a unique way to help him reach it. 

Creating unique content is a great business practice for companies both large and small. Good content gets potential customers to trust your company while also getting them to voluntarily share contact information thus making them immediate leads. But the practices companies use to share their inbound content is not always optimal. This article and accompanying infographic will help companies maximize their inbound marketing practices.

Finally, at SkyPlanner we know that everyone in the business world (and the world in general) goes through some stressful times because we've been through them, too. Here is a lovely comic that reminds us that even in those toughest of moments we should remember to appreciate the little things.

At SkyPlanner, South Florida's premier Salesforce consulting company, we love to hear from ours clients and supporters so please feel free to comment with any opinions or suggestions for future content.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Lather, rinse, repeat: SkyPlanner delves into the inner-workings of consumer habits.

Habits. Everyone has them. At SkyPlanner, South Florida’s premier Salesforce consulting company, we always need our morning coffee before setting off on a day of fulfilling work for our various clients. You may eat the same thing for breakfast every morning without a second thought or follow the same route home from work without having to think of which turns to take.

Habits drive most of our daily doings. And the same thing goes for customers. Habits drive the purchases of most consumers. Take, for example, when buying a sandwich for lunch at Subway or Quiznos that chips are a necessary side item every time. The chips, for the most part, are not going to add much to the meal but they are usually purchased all the same because the pairing has become a habit in the United States.

Consumer behavior is defined as “the study of individuals, groups, or organizations and the processes they use to select, secure, and dispose of products, services, experiences, or ideas to satisfy needs and the impacts that these processes have on the consumer and society.” SkyPlanner has learned that there is a three part “loop” of consumer behavior: the cue, the routine, and the reward.

The Cue: The feeling, action, event, or that triggers the beginning of the routine.
The Routine: The actual behavior being performed.
The Reward: The reaction that’s a direct result of the routine as triggered by the cue. 

Figuring out where products or services lie in the loop can be difficult for businesses. If a company is releasing a never-before-seen product then it needs to establish a cue and that revolves around also establishing a routine and reward. If an enterprise is entering a field where cues and routine are already established, such as the toothpaste industry, then establishing the product as a reward would be the main focus.

If the desire for improved business processes for your business ever triggers the need to seek out a Salesforce partner, make it a routine to reach out to SkyPlanner. You’ll be rewarded with excellent service with a personal touch. At SkyPlanner, South Florida’s premier Salesforce consulting company, we make it a habit of working hard to provide our clients with the very best in business process optimization, CRM consulting, and Force.com customization, among other services.

Monday, September 9, 2013

If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to put your data in the air: SkyPlanner talks Dreamforce '13 in this week's SkyPlanner Parachute.

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Find out what we at SkyPlanner, Miami's premier Salesforce consulting company, have been reading, watching, listening to, and learning from in this week's SkyPlanner Parachut. Click on each link to view our curated content. 


It’s that time of the year again. Dreamforce ’13 is nearly upon us and SkyPlanner, Miami’s premier Salesforce consulting company, is extremely excited to be attending again this year.This year's DreamForce looks to be even bigger than last year's. 

Dreamforce is an excellent opportunity to learn from the very best in not just cloud computing but the technology industry and beyond. This year's speakers list includes, among others, Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook; Marissa Mayer, President & CEO of Yahoo; and Deepak Chopra, physician and founder of the Chopra Foundation. Attendees can also learn from sessions focused on any role- from administrators to small business owners- and any industry - from automotive to retail. Last but not least, Dreamforce is an excellent opportunity for attendees to learn the very latest developments with all of Salesforce's applications so they can immediately start formulating ideas of how to improve service for their clients.

But Dreamforce isn't just about letting Salesforce Partners and developers in on the latest wheelings and dealings at Salesforce.com. It's also about networking.  The Cloud Expo features over 350 cloud computing enterprises showcasing their own innovative products and services. Cloud Expo lets IT pros and entrepreneurs both young and old experience the newest technologies while seeing which new directions the industry might be going towards. And who knows, one inspired person might find a special and go home to invent a new to turn cloud computing on its head.

Salesforce.com believes so much in the benefits of attending Dreamforce that the company even facilitates convincing your bosses to let you go by offering a downloadable justification letter. Regardless of whether you attend Dreamforce for the great speakers, keen insight, newest technologies, or networking, just being there is bound to provide a boost to you and your enterprise. And SkyPlanner, Miami's premier Salesforce consulting company, will be there to absorb every last bit of knowledge so we can continue to provide the very best service for our clients.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

SkyPlanner, Miami's premier Salesforce consulting company, presents the Post-Labor Day Parachute

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It's time for your weekly SkyPlanner Parachute! Find out what we at SkyPlanner, Miami's premier Salesforce consulting company, have been reading, watching, listening to, and learning from in the past week. Click on each link to view our curated content. 

Like SkyPlanner, Ilya Pozin ia all about productivity. Pozin, CEO of Open Me and columnist for the publications such as Forbes and Inc., lets the world in on some productivity secrets he uses to get the most out of his work week.

Successfully selling your company's products or services relies heavily on what you're selling connecting with peoples' desires. This post from Copyblogger tells you just how to do that.  

SkyPlanner is always looking at ways to improve and that includes refreshing ourselves on our most basic services. In this case it's CRM consulting. Salesforce posted a very nice write-up on what a company should consider when building a CRM system(and when that company is ready SkyPlanner will be there to take its CRM to the next-level).

Speaking of refreshers, Seth's Godin's Startup School podcast is great for those of you who are either still starting out, or who are established but have become stagnant and need new insights in order to keep growing.

Are we inspired by certain people because of how they affect us biologically instead of emotionally? We leave you with this popular TED Talk in which Simon Sinek explains why he believes that is actually the case.


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