April, 2014

April 18, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: The Importance of a Social Media Audit

Managing and maintaining a social media presence is a full time job especially when you have multiple profiles to manage and brand, competition and industry keywords to listen to. Then, there is the content strategy and real-time engagement—and don’t forget about strategic plans and social integration. With all of this to do, what’s left? Social media audits are often something that gets pushed under the rug. With so much content and creative moving around, companies should make an effort to take a look at their brand properties, including social, every one or two years to make sure they are relevant and consistent in writing style, brand and imagery.

April 18, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Marketing Cloud Central

The “Marketing Cloud” is taking the industry by storm and other companies are beginning to figure it out.  As Gartner predicted, CMOs would outspend CIOs on IT by the year 2017 and companies are on track to provide a solution these leaders want.

April 13, 2014 | Terry Luschen: A Simple Email Integration Between Gravity Forms on WordPress and Salesforce

Do you already have a Gravity Forms form on your WordPress site?  Do you want to get that data to Salesforce?  It can be done!

April 06, 2014 | Terry Luschen: A Salesforce Task Creator By Email

Have you ever wished you could send a simple email to Salesforce that would create a task for you?  It is possible!  Read on to find out how.

March 31, 2014 | Shawn Tennyson: Mobile Technology for the Consumer: iBeacon and NFC explained

Since Apple’s announcement last year of iBeacon, Near Field Communications (NFC), has been cast aside by the tech media as antiquated technology. But upon closer scrutiny, there is a place for both when engaging the consumer via their mobile device.

March 31, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: Customers Don’t Trust Marketers, But You Can Do Something About It

A new report is out from SDL that studies how much consumers trust marketers with their personal data. They found that, unfortunately, consumers don’t have much trust for marketers at all. 65% of people in the US worry about their information being used in marketing.

March 31, 2014 | Susanna Oliver: How frequent should promotional emails be?

“I signed up for their promotional emails so I would hear about their next big sale, but they started sending me so many emails, I unsubscribed.”

March 31, 2014 | Rob Burke: Upcoming community for Filmmakers

There are many filmmaker communities on the internet, most of them great and informative. This new site though offers a new way to find local and national talent to help you in your next production.

March 30, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: The Importance of Mobile In A Developing World

What do you think of when you picture technology in a developing country, perhaps one in Africa? Do you picture clunky desktops, the likes of which we haven’t seen in the United States in twenty years? Maybe a rotary phone?

March 30, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Salesforce - Recipe for Web-to-Contact Process

Salesforce does not have a built-in ‘Web-to-Contact’ process, but by putting the right components together we can do it!

March 28, 2014 | Dean Froslie: What SEO Trends Mean for Content Professionals

The pace of change in search engine optimization (SEO) continues to accelerate. It’s quickly evolving beyond the usual tried-and-true tactics to a more sophisticated and audience-centric discipline. Consider a few posts from recent weeks.

March 28, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Android Wear SDK

In case you missed it, last week Google announced their preview SDK for Android Wearables.  I am sure you are wondering, what does this mean?  It means that Google has recognized the trend of wearables and sees them as being the future for mobile.

March 28, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Mobile March TC 2014

Mobile March TC
If you missed it, last week was time again for Mobile March.  Mobile March is a one day event dedicated to exploring the latest in mobile technology and trends which is held every year in the twin cities of MN. 

March 27, 2014 | Craig Isakson: iOS:  Programmatically Posting to HTTP and WebView

When working with mobile apps there may come a time when you need to hook your native app up to a webview.  All-in-all this is a fairly simple process but as with anything there is always a gotcha lurking around the corner.

March 27, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Android:  Programmatically Posting to HTTP and WebView

When working with mobile apps there may come a time when you need to hook your native app up to a webview.  All-in-all this is a fairly simple process but as with anything there is always a gotcha lurking around the corner.

March 27, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: Twitter And The Power Of Public Opinion

Before you go to eat at a new restaurant, or to see a new movie, do you check reviews first? Quite a few people do, and businesses know it. A few years ago, if you got “two thumbs up” from Ebert and Roeper or a glowing review in the New York Times, it was the pinnacle of review success, and could mean sold out showings or full tables every night.

March 25, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Wanted! - Salesforce Frameworks and Code Libraries

When will the Frameworks and Code Libraries for coding in Apex for Salesforce come on the market?

March 25, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Salesforce - Fixing the Dreaded Non-Selective Query Error

It is not Freddy from Friday the 13th or some other horror character that scares a Salesforce developer.  It is the dreaded ‘Non-Selective Query’ error.  I have some ideas to keep the evil at bay!

March 25, 2014 | Susanna Oliver: Promotional Emails: Are You Listening To Your Unsubscribers?

I received an unsolicited marketing email from a retailer a few days back. Since I hadn’t signed up for it and wasn’t interested in their offerings, I unsubscribed. What I found interesting was that they gave me the option to list my reason for unsubscribing.

March 25, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: Crisis Control or Advertising For Your Enemy?

Crisis control used to be so much easier. Sure, newspapers and television programs might share bad stories about you, but the conversation was much easier to get a handle on. Now, social media has given everyone a very big, very public forum to share what they think, and convince others of the same.

March 11, 2014 | Terry Luschen: A Recipe For Column Sorting - Salesforce Visualforce Page

Do you want to know how to build column headers that can help sort your table?  Then read on….  :)

March 04, 2014 | Lon Keller: Stop Using Digital - Use Film!

I recently found myself looking back at some old TV advertising. Here’s a (now) humorous spot promoting Vivitar film cameras. Perfect for people afraid of all those computers and wires and stuff!

February 28, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: Olympic Advertising Wins With Women

During the Olympics, an average of 21.4 million people tuned in per night. While down from recent games, that is still a lot of viewers. Numbers also spiked during popular events, such as hockey games and figure skating.

February 28, 2014 | Rob Burke: Finding Creative Inspiration - 5 sites to inspire you

We all hit that slump in our creativity from time to time. When you feel you have nothing new to try and wonder if you are still good at what you do. Well for those times the best remedy is to look back at some of your best work and to look closely at what some of the best are creating now.

February 28, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: Why Did Olympic Advertising Leave Dads In The Dust?

The way media portrays dads has long been a point of concern. Making dads out to be bumbling, stumbling fools who can’t figure out how to get their kids dressed, much less instill values in them, is an out-of-date stereotype that doesn’t fit with modern parenthood anymore. If there is one redeeming quality in the portrayal of fathers, it involves sports. Dads play catch in the front yard, cheer the loudest at soccer games, and coach little league.

February 28, 2014 | Shawn Tennyson: Award-Winning Digital Signage

It’s awards season, so why not celebrate some truly creative digital signage executions from 2013?

February 27, 2014 | Dean Froslie: What’s Your Content Rallying Cry?

If you’re a content creator within your organization, you may struggle to look beyond the day-to-day, week-to-week tactics and priorities. A rallying cry can help you think a little bigger, bring more strategic thinking to your work, and sharpen your efforts.

February 26, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: MATTHEW M.

This guy knows how to impress when it comes to his fellow Sundoggers. You may know him as the fella who brought in dozens of donuts on his first day, but he’s also an avid sports lover and one heck of a dad. (Not to mention, he’s an overachiever when it comes to answering questions for this edition of the Sundog Spotlight.) Meet Matthew McGarry.

February 25, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: Beautiful Branding Versus Messy Missteps

During the 2013 Super Bowl, after the power unexpectedly went out, Oreo tweeted this:

February 25, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Integrating Salesforce and LinkedIn

Salesforce and LinkedIn already have some built-in integrations, but maybe you are looking to do something more advanced.  This blog post will give you the building blocks to get started with you integration project.

February 24, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: How Airbnb took advantage of social during the olympics

As journalists, media and athletes arrived at the Olympics this past February, some were greeted with less than what they expected upon arriving at their hotels. Tweets and photos started to pour in online.

February 24, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Why I believe Facebook will still be around in five years

Has the social network reached its peak? Will Facebook be around in five years? This is a burning question in the social world and I’ve read many articles on both sides of the conversation.

February 19, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: AMBER

We may have taken a week off, but the introductions don’t stop there, folks. Another ‘Dogger has been added to the team, and this week it’s my pleasure to introduce you to our super sweet, cheeseburger-loving runner: Amber Vogel.

February 18, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Calling One Salesforce Batch Job From Another Batch Job

Eat an elephant one bite at a time?  Small, small catch monkey?  Sometimes it is best to break up complex logic into simpler parts.

February 13, 2014 | Rob Burke: Giving your talents to those in need

I am as guilty of this as the next. You build your career around what you are good at. You have paid dearly to be taught. You have worked hard to make a profit off of your talent; to finally start earning something back for all of your hard work. The last thing we want to do is to give away what we’ve worked so hard at achieving.

February 12, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Tips and tricks to finding relevant conversations in Radian6

The first step in Radian6 is to setup the keyword configuration as detailed as possible into multiple Topic Profiles. This allows for multiple comparisons of categories when analyzing Keyword Groups. If you only have one Topic Profile and hundreds of keywords in a few Keyword Groups, it can be difficult to analyze multiple conversations. Make sure to categorize each Keyword Group as a Brand, Competitor or Industry. This helps break items down into the three main groups when conducting research.

February 12, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Providing Value to Your Communities

I recently read two articles from different industries about sharing information, tips and secrets online. This made me think about how content sharing is becoming a big part of the social world and is key to capturing your audience. For instance, why would Lowe’s want to share tips on how to make a milk jug into a watering can when they SELL watering cans? Or, why would a talented photographer want to write about the tricks she uses during photo sessions in a blog? It’s because they understand providing great content can build relationships in the right space.

February 11, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Salesforce Integrations and Mass Updates with Workflow Rules, Outbound Messages and Field Updates

When working with workflow rules, outbound messages and field updates in Salesforce there are some features to keep in mind when dealing with mass updates.

February 11, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Using Informatica to FTP/SFTP Files Using the File Processor Connector (Source)

I recently had the chance to use Informatica’s File Processor Connector (Source) to help download files from a SFTP site.  This blog post shares the steps we took to use it.

February 06, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: ZACH

In this edition of the Sundog Spotlight we look behind the screens at another new Sundogger, who has already participated in marketing strategy meetings at each of our locations in his few short weeks on board. Let me introduce this Iowa native who was surprised to learn that the Red River actually flows north: Zach Johnson.

February 05, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: How Did Super Bowl Ads Do With Women?

The stereotypical view of football has never had much to do with women, unless they made an appearance to force their husbands to turn off the TV and go grocery shopping. Recently, however, it’s become obvious that women watch football too (which shouldn’t really be so shocking), and that not acknowledging this is a pretty big marketing fail.

February 04, 2014 | Craig Isakson: JSON Generator for Apex in Salesforce

JSON is great for passing data from here to there and there to here.  For the most part there are a lot of different tools and libraries that exist for dealing with JSON for different platforms like Android/Java and iOS/Objective-C.

January 31, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Sales and LinkedIn

In preparation for this blog, I interviewed a few people inside sales positions to see how they are currently using LinkedIn as a professional tool. Let’s take another look at how social tools can be used in a professional setting to drive connections, map relationships and find new opportunities.

January 31, 2014 | Susanna Oliver: HTML Email: 2013 In Review

The year 2013 could be summarized as “Year of the Mobile” since mobile devices surpassed desktop email opens to capture 50% of the emails opened according to Litmus. Mobile started out in January of 2013 with 42% and finished in December with 51%. While most emails were opened on iPhone or other iOS devices, Android’s popularity soared by 57% in 2013.

January 31, 2014 | Greg Ewing Lee: Create an owner AND criteria-based sharing rule

When setting up a sharing rule in Salesforce, one must decide whether their sharing rule is going to be “Owner-based” or “Criteria-based”. However, what about a scenario in which the company wishes to share records based on BOTH the owner and some other data element?  Fortunately, there is a fairly easy way to accommodate this requirement with the help of custom fields and workflow rules.

January 31, 2014 | Renee Cook: Super Social Sunday

The Super Bowl is fast approaching and whether you tune in for the game itself or just for the commercials, people everywhere will be taking to social media to share their thoughts and opinions.

January 30, 2014 | Shawn Tennyson: iBeacon = Bluetooth Bliss

iBeacon is a new technology that extends Location Services in iOS. Your iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc. can alert apps when you approach or leave a location with an iBeacon.

January 30, 2014 | Dean Froslie: Expand Your Content Knowledge in 2014

Content strategy and content marketing are becoming much more prominent topics on the conference circuit. And if regional or national gatherings aren’t feasible, you’ll likely find content-related learning opportunities closer to home.

January 29, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: BRIANNE

The introductions don’t stop here! After a look at a couple new faces around the office these past weeks, it’s time to put a veteran under the spotlight. Let me introduce you to a ‘dogger may not be able to whistle while she works, but she is probably the sweetest thing since ice cream: Brianne Carlsrud.

January 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: How To: Visualforce Javascript Remoting

If you have done some Salesforce development, you have probably seen or heard of Visualforce Javascript Remoting.  If you haven’t heard of it, it is basically a way within Salesforce to call methods in a class via javascript.

You might be thinking to yourself “Hey, that sounds cool but why would I want to do that?”.  Well, there are a number of reasons.

January 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Android 4.4 KitKat Screen Recording

If you are like me, you have probably at one time wished that you could record your screen on Android.  Other platforms have this feature, why can’t Android?  The wait is over.  Android can now do screen recording in Android 4.4 KitKat and above.

January 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: New Google Drive Android API

If you are like me, you use Google Drive all the time.  Not just in the context of a user either but in the context of integrating it with your Android applications.  If you find yourself in this category you will be happy to see that the new Google Drive Android API is part of Google Play Services.

January 29, 2014 | Craig Isakson: Google to Add Fitness API?

There are new connected devices being announced every day.  Among these devices, fitness devices are becoming very popular.  These devices are being led by devices from Fitbit, Garmin, Nike, and everything in-between.  With all the new devices popping up, it is no surprise to learn that Google may be working on their own fitness API for your Google account.

January 28, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: The Olympic Journey through Social Media

The winter Olympics are coming up this February in Sochi, Russia, social media accounts are live and engaging with their communities to create excitement for the big event. The Olympic Games are teaming up with NBC to work together to create an engaging online experience.

January 27, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: The Power Of Letting Women Share Their Healthcare Journey

In recent weeks, controversy erupted over two articles that appeared in the Guardian and New York Times about Lisa Adams, a blogger and popular figure on social media who also has breast cancer. The pieces critiqued the idea of documenting and sharing the process of having cancer. Both articles had many problems that have been thoroughly discussed elsewhere, but as people came to the defense of Ms. Adams it became increasingly apparent how social media and the ability to share have shaped the healthcare journey for many patients, particularly women.

January 24, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Using Informatica’s REST API Version 2 - Job Method

This post will be about how to use the Job method in Informatica’s REST API Version 2.  This Job method allows you to start a Data Synchronization Task or Task Flow in Informatica from Salesforce.

January 24, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Using Informatica’s REST API Version 2 - Login

This post will be about how to login to use Informatica’s REST API Version 2.  My next blog post will be about how to start a ‘Data Synchronization Task’ through the Version 2 API.

January 23, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: When Is It Okay To Hit Delete?

One of the most common struggles businesses face when they start getting serious about social media is knowing when to delete comments that appear on their pages. As you might guess, deleting anything that even hints at negativity can turn into a serious disaster, really fast. No one likes to be silenced, especially when they have a valid concern.

January 21, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Community Manager Resolution Check-In

With February quickly approaching, it’s time to do a first round check-in on your community management goals. Here are some questions you should be asking yourself:

January 21, 2014 | Alyssa Greve: Social Advertising Basics

In 2014, Social Advertising is considered one of the top items your marketing team should consider investing in. Organic growth will bring some engagement, but paid media can really leverage your content to maximize a brand’s potential. We believe social advertising is worth investing in to boost community sizes, increase engagement and build customer lists.

January 21, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: PAUL

Last week we met John for our first Sundog Spotlight of 2014. Next on this long list of downright talented Sundoggers is one of our favorite mobile gurus and recent returnee: Paul Bourdeaux.

January 20, 2014 | Lon Keller: The Power of Video and Storytelling

On various blogs and podcasts at, we’ve talked ad nauseam about the power of telling a good story. We’ve done so for one simple reason: Stories work. They have been one of the most fundamental communication methods for thousands of years. Telling and listening to stories is hard-wired into our DNA.

We’ve also talked about the effectiveness of using video to tell a great story. Video allows you to guide the viewer as they become emotionally involved in the story. Video can make a story more compelling, memorable and actionable.

This is one of my favorite short videos that does both. It’s message is about the power of storytelling and it uses the capabilities of video to accomplish it.

January 17, 2014 | Lynlee Espeseth: You Don’t Have To Like Social Media, But You Had Better Get Used To It

In a new book titled Cybersecurity And Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know, author P.W. Singer takes a look at the concerning, all too prevalent world of cyber threats. This includes recent data breaches at Target, Twitter hacking, and information leaks in the U.S. Government. Undoubtedly, all of these issues are troubling simply because they are happening, but Singer discusses something that concerns him even more, which is the attitudes of the leaders who could enact real change regarding cybersecurity issues.

January 14, 2014 | James Deboe: DECLARATIVE VISUALFORCE – PART 2

At Sundog we always try to use standard functionality, but as all experienced SFDC Developers know that’s not always possible. This series of posts explores how SFDC developers can empower SFDC Administrators to maintain Visualforce forms declaratively.

January 14, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Change Sets - Show Many Extra Items per Page

Change Sets are great for providing a consistent audit trail, but selecting items can be slow at times.  I have some wish list items plus a nice find from a fellow Sundogger.

January 14, 2014 | Terry Luschen: Looking Forward to Salesforce Spring 2014 Release

There is always something to look forward to with a Salesforce release and Spring 2014 is no different.  I would like to share four features that caught my eye with you.

January 13, 2014 | Dani Krolak: SUNDOG SPOTLIGHT: JOHN

The Sundog Spotlight is back! This weekly tradition, started by none other than my name twin, Danielle Naboulsi, puts our latest brilliant additions, as well as veteran Sundoggers, into the spotlight to give you a behind-the-screens look at how they’re making big things happen at Sundog.

Let’s kick this round of The Sundog Spotlight off with our lone male Minneapolis office resident and all around suave family man: John Tousignant. (And, you better believe he’s ready to set the record straight on how to say Tousignant!)

January 02, 2014 | James Deboe: Declarative Visualforce

One of the most attractive facets of Salesforce standard functionality is its declarative nature. Empowering administrators to declaratively configure functional elements of pages and other processes is core to maintainability, declarative extensibility and the overall value proposition of the SFDC platform on an administrative cost basis.

December 31, 2013 | Lynlee Espeseth: Marketing To Women in 2014: Predictions

2014 is almost here, and women will remain as important to marketers as they ever were. What will resonate and be successful with women in the New Year? Here are some predictions:

December 31, 2013 | Susanna Oliver: Why Amazon’s Marketing Emails Work: A Personal Experience

Customers often have a love-hate relationship with retailer emails. It’s a tricky balance for the retailer to decide what is a proper number of emails to send to their customers; send too many and the customer might feel spammed and unsubscribe (oops!), or send too few and the customer might not get the email that will be the clincher for a purchase (bummer!).

December 31, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Tips for a Successful Mobile App

It seems like these days every company wants a mobile app.  There is no getting around it.  Apps are everywhere.  It seems like everyone has one but there are a couple of things you should think about before diving head first into building an app for your company.  This is by no means an all inclusive list but just a couple of the more important things you should think about.

December 31, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Google’s Portable Native Client

If you have been dealing with the world of high performance web, you have probably heard of Google’s Native Client.  If you have not, Native Client is essentially a way of compiling low level code to run in a web browser.

December 31, 2013 | Rob Burke: Content for your business - how we can prepare for the coming year

Content comes in many forms and shapes. From blog posts and white papers, to videos and vines content and strategy should be your company’s growth point for 2014

December 30, 2013 | Shawn Tennyson: Creating Compelling Content for Digital Screen Media

Each of the three areas of digital screen media have unique characteristics and consumer engagement factors, so the content will need to vary accordingly. With that in mind, your brand messaging will be consistent and effective wherever it is viewed.

December 30, 2013 | Lynlee Espeseth: Women Trust Women-  The Case For The Female Spokesperson

One of the hallmarks of selling to women is the understanding that women like to share with each other. When they have a great (or awful) experience, they talk about it. They talk about it online and in person, and the women they talk to trust what they are saying. When it comes to the business of buying stuff, women trust other women.

December 30, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Mobile Web Development with Chrome Dev Tools

Being as that mobile web traffic is on the rise, it is ever more important to have the tools you need to develop for these specific platforms.  That is why it is so good to see companies come out with new features that make mobile web development easier.

December 30, 2013 | Craig Isakson: System.LimitException: Apex heap size too large

If you are like me you have probably seen this error before while doing some heavy lifting in Apex.  If you are wondering how you got this error and how to remedy it, fear not, I will be outlining a number of simple changes that can help aid in fixing this error.

December 23, 2013 | Alyssa Greve: #MyKindofHoliday

With the overall social integration, inspirational focus and sharable content, this tops my list of my favorite holiday campaigns. . Target launched the campaign with a series of videos over the holiday season with 25 holiday videos on their YouTube channel playlist. Their top video included 95,000 views, 2nd video bringing in 85,000 views and their third video bringing over 25,000 views.

December 23, 2013 | Alyssa Greve: Holiday Campaigns 2013

This is my favorite blog post to write each year sharing my favorite holiday campaigns in social media.  This year, I am seeing social integrated more than ever and companies using their most sharable videos as commercials, featured on their website homepage and more. The most sharable items this year are videos among social users and live in multiple places. Here are my favorite Christmas campaigns for 2013:

December 22, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Connecting to Google API using OAuth2 - Part 5 - Create a Google Calendar Event

In the first three parts of this series I have looked into how to connect to the Google API to retrieve the access token.  Now that we have the access token we will be able to do the actual work that we want to do.  Yeah!  In the Part 4 post I showed how to update a value in a Google spreadsheet.  In this blog post, Part 5, I will look into creating a Google Calendar Event.

December 22, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Connecting to Google API using OAuth2 - Part 4 - Updating a Google Spreadsheet

In the first three parts of this series I have looked into how to connect to the Google API to retrieve the access token.  Now that we have the access token we will be able to do the actual work that we want to do.  Yeah!  In this blog post, Part 4, I will look into updating a cell value in a Google spreadsheet.

December 19, 2013 | Dean Froslie: Google Offers Duplicate Content Guidance

Matt Cutts of Google has provided some clarity – and some relief – about duplicate content on the web.

December 17, 2013 | Alyssa Greve: Common Gaps in Social Media

Although social media has claimed its spot in many companies, I continue to see companies fail to execute social channels to their fullest potential. There can be multiple reasons these gaps occur. Some can be from lack of resources, social may have fallen off the priority sheet, lack of training, skill or strategic knowledge.

December 15, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Connecting to Google API using OAuth2 - Part 3 - Retrieving the Access Token

In the first two blog posts we looked at setting up the Google Registered App and receiving the authorization code.  Now it is time to trade the authorization code for the access token.

December 13, 2013 | Lynlee Espeseth: Why What You Sell To Moms (And Dads) Matters

New moms and dads face a lot: sleepless nights, runny noses, and a sudden onslaught of advertisers desperate to sell their goods to those getting ready to spend around $240,000 over the next 18 years.

December 08, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Connecting to Google API using OAuth2 - Part 2 - Logging into Google

Now that the registered app is setup from our first blog post we can how login to Google to retrieve an authorization code.

December 04, 2013 | Lynlee Espeseth: Women And Black Friday: Not Always A Perfect Combination

As much as decorating trees and leftover turkey, Black Friday shopping has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition. But has the lure of all those big deals worn off, to the point where stores are making enemies by participating? And are those most vocally against Black Friday also the biggest spenders: women?

November 30, 2013 | Rob Burke: Bluetooth 4.0 is quickly becoming your new master key

Keys have been largely unchanged in the past centuries until the last decade with key fobs, NFC chips, and now Bluetooth 4.0 changing the way we unlock our possessions.

November 29, 2013 | Craig Isakson: #DF13 and the IoT (Internet of Things)

From the keynote to breakout sessions to a corner of Moscone West devoted to a connected devices lab, Dreamforce 2013’s obvious theme seemed to be connected devices and the Internet of Things.

November 29, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Integrate Salesforce with Google Glass Using the Mirror API

While at Dreamforce this year, one of my favorite sessions I had the opportunity to attend was “Integrate Salesforce with Google Glass Using the Mirror API” by Mauricio Ardila of Velocify.

November 29, 2013 | Susanna Oliver: Ink: Framework for Responsive Email Design

With responsive design for email coming to the forefront, it’s inevitable that frameworks follow. One such framework that recently came to my attention is Ink, created by Zurb, the same folks that built Foundation.

November 29, 2013 | Alyssa Greve: Pinterest vs. Keep

This past month, I stumbled across a website called Keep. Keep is the place to go to discover and buy the latest trends in fashion, decor, accessories, and design. The look and feel is similar to Pinterest, so let’s take a deeper dive to compare the two sites. Below are some of my comparisons about each site:

Let’s first take a look at the design as you enter the homepage of each site. The designs are very similar with the top navigation bar and square-like photos to see the content.  From prices notifications, secret boards and style boards, each site has their own features. See the screenshots below for a side-by-side comparison.

November 28, 2013 | Shawn Tennyson: Ziosk Revolutionizes the Dining Experience

Tablet technology is changing the dining experience with interactive promotions and pay-at-the-table service.

November 27, 2013 | Craig Isakson: Create a Hybrid Mobile App With the Salesforce Mobile SDK

Dreamforce is over but you don’t have to stop learning!!  Salesforce has posted all of the sessions from Dreamforce.  If you are interested in learning about how to create a hybrid mobile app on the Salesforce platform check out my session below.

November 27, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Connecting to Google API using OAuth2 - Part 1 - Setting up the Registered App

This will be first in a series of blog posts dealing with how to connect to some of the Google APIs from Salesforce.  The first step is to create a Google App within a Google Project.  Read on to find out how.

November 27, 2013 | Lynlee Espeseth: Make Your Holiday Marketing A Little More Delightful

Once Halloween hits, it’s pretty safe to assume that until Valentines Day (or maybe even Easter) there is an unending supply of holidays, holiday marketing, and food.

November 26, 2013 | Dean Froslie: Managing Your Content and Your People

Earlier this month, I led a breakout session at the Marketing Mixer, a new event sponsored by our local chamber of commerce. It was striking to hear the common content conundrums across my three sessions.

November 24, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Defaulting Campaign Member Status Values

Trying to default Campaign Member status values in Salesforce can be difficult because they must be setup new with each and every Campaign.  Read on for two ways to help default these values without having to do it manually.

November 24, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Football and Scrum - They Follow the Same Principles

The Scrum process and the process a football team follows to get ready for a game share a lot of similarities.  This football example shows why Scrum can apply to many processes in life.

November 24, 2013 | Terry Luschen: Disabling Triggers in Production Dynamically

There are times when triggers need to be disabled because of certain types of data loads.  With a little planning up front this can be very easy.