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Midwest Dreamin is a Community Inspired Conference

midwest dreaminI've just returned from Midwest Dreamin' 2016 and I'm already planning to go back next year with more KELL staff in tow. Midwest Dreamin' is a community-led, community-run, community-inspired event that is organized by Midwest Salesforce user group leaders. You might call it a "super-user group meeting" or a mini Dreamforce conference. The event brought marquee quality speakers and AppExchange vendors to the Midwest and was a tremendous opportunity for Salesforce platform learning and networking.

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Our Top Session Picks for Dreamforce 2015

Dreamforce 2015

It’s our favorite time of year here at KELL: Dreamforce. And, like the past 7+ years, we’re stuffing our suitcases and barely containing the urge to tell you to wear comfortable shoes and pack a light jacket. So beyond some tips on how to organize your schedule and pace your 4-day marathon, we’ll spare you the basics. What we will say is that there’s so much to soak in at Dreamforce, it can feel like drinking from a fire hydrant—but after this long we’ve learned a thing or two about sniffing out some of the most helpful sessions for our clients. So here goes, our top picks for Dreamforce 2015:

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Salesforce Lightning and Wave – What They Mean for Nonprofits

Salesforce Lightning and Wave – What They Mean for Nonprofits

With Dreamforce 2014 behind us, we at KELL are taking a moment to reflect on the new product announcements and what they can do for nonprofits. The two big announcements will bring significant additional functionality to the Salesforce platform.

Wave, the first offering on the new Analytics Cloud, is Salesforce’s debut product in the data analytics and visualization market. The what and the what?!? Ok, let me explain.

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Dreamforce Recap: The Newbie’s Perspective

Dreamforce Recap: The Newbie’s Perspective

We can’t believe another Dreamforce has come and gone. As usual, several exciting product announcements were made that we’ll share with you later today and tell you about what they mean for nonprofits.

Several of the KELL team members attended Dreamforce this year to network, learn and even present at sessions. Some are Dreamforce vets and some were attending for the first time ever. We asked one of our newbies, Samantha Higdon, a few questions to see what her first experience at Dreamforce was like.

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Dreamforce Recap: Learn the 4 A's to Salesforce Admin Success

Dreamforce Recap: Learn the 4 As to Salesforce Admin Success

My favorite Dreamforce session on Monday was presented by Adam Torman (Director, Project Management at Salesforce.com) and Mike Gerholdt (Salesforce.com Admin Evangelist and blogger of ButtonClick Admin fame). They walked us through the 4 A's of Administrator Success and they had some great tips, so we wanted to share them with you.

Here are some highlights, but be sure to check out the Dreamforce 2014 YouTube channel for more details after Dreamforce. Also be sure to follow us on Twitter and on Facebook for updates.

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Do NOT go to Dreamforce 2014! if any of the following apply…

We’re a few weeks away from Dreamforce [aka the biggest Salesforce event of the year] and it’s all the rage. If you haven’t made the plans to attend, you may want to rethink that plan if any of the following apply to you:

 

1. You don't like fun people.

If you prefer the company of ferrets and frogs to fun humans, don’t go to Dreamforce! You won’t get any value from all the networking opportunities and collaborative learning you’ll be exposed to.

Do NOT go to Dreamforce 2014! if any of the following apply

 

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3 Reasons Why Nonprofits Should Attend Dreamforce ‘14

Dreamforce? It’s April. Why are we talking about Dreamforce already? Because if you wait until registration opens it may be too late to work it in to your organization’s travel budget and planning. This year, Dreamforce is scheduled for October 13-16 and as always, it’s in San Francisco. Every year, Salesforce offers deeply discounted registration to nonprofit organizations.

Here are three of the great reasons a nonprofit should plan to attend:

  1. Learn what your CRM can do right now. You might think you’re pretty comfortable in Salesforce. You get around day-to-day, run reports and update dashboards and it doesn’t seem nearly as overwhelming as it used to. Truth is, I’ve been using Salesforce since 2006 and hold 3 certifications and I still learn something new almost every time I click the Help & Training link. You may not think you need to know anything about lead scoring, customizable forecasting or opportunity products because you’re a nonprofit – but what about moves management, budget planning and managing earned income?

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The Exciting Promise of a Future on Salesforce1

Salesforce1 for Nonprofits

If you followed news from Dreamforce this year and came away thinking that Salesforce1 is just a new mobile app with little immediate benefit for nonprofits, then you missed what was one of the biggest shifts in the cloud.

At my first Dreamforce in 2008, I carried my laptop computer around with me all over Moscone Center. I had just gotten my first iPhone. I used it to keep in touch with my co-workers, keep up with email messages and text my family. When I had to get real work done, including logging in to Salesforce, I had to use my laptop. Last year, I brought my laptop but I only had to take it out a handful of times and otherwise spent the week on my iPad.

This year, my laptop sat untouched in my room. While running around all over downtown San Francisco, I used my iPad a few times but for the most part, I lived on my iPhone. I still volunteer my time as an administrator of a nonprofit’s Salesforce org, so I used SalesforceA to quickly reset a password. I took notes in Evernote. Had we been using Evernote for Business I could have connected those notes directly back to Salesforce.

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