Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Chrome Business Apps for Startups

It's National Small Business Week, and while small businesses may only be highlighted during one week each year, many vendors have created applications for startups and small businesses that provide value every day of the year.  Common characteristics of these applications are: they are cloud-based, easy to use, require little training, and many are already integrated with each other.  In this vein, Google announced its Chrome for Business initiative which offers a curated list of applications from the Chrome Web Store designed to help small businesses become more efficient, more connected and more organized.  The applications are grouped by function:  Connect with People, Create Content, Get Things Done, Manage Finance.  Check it out -- you just might find that application that will change your life. 

Also, in honor of Small Business Week, Yahoo! is holding an hour long Twitter chat - Turning Browsers into Buyers.  You'll hear tips and insights to help small business owners drive sales in the online world.  The chat is tomorrow June 20, and starts at 12pm PT (3pm ET).  Follow the handle @YSmallBusiness and use the hashtag #GoSMB.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Insightly App for Outlook 2013 & Office 365!

We're pleased to announce our new Insightly app for Microsoft Outlook 2013 and Microsoft Office 365 - available right now for free in the Microsoft Office Store. Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular email and calendaring clients on the planet, and we're very excited to be able to extend our famous email integration to both Outlook users, and to the users of Microsoft's new online Office 365 productivity suite.

So what does this mean specifically? Now, as an Outlook user you can manage all your Insightly customer interactions directly from within Outlook 2013/Office 365 -- easily connect with your customers, improve productivity and most importantly, grow your businesses. No need to switch between apps. Once you've installed the Insightly Outlook App from the Microsoft Office Store you'll see an Insightly link at the top of each email and you can:
  • Save Outlook emails into Insightly with one click (linking contacts with saved emails) 
  • Create new Insightly tasks, opportunities, projects and events from within Outlook 
  • Edit CRM contact information from within Outlook emails 
  • Link emails to Insightly projects and opportunities 
  • View the complete Insightly activity history for a contact from within an Outlook email 

For a guided tour on how to install the Insightly Outlook App and how to use it, check out our new Insightly University video on the subject.

Note:  As per the Microsoft Office Store, you need to have admin rights to install an App.  In addition, Outlook 2013 cannot run on a server running Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or an earlier version of Exchange.