Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New from IFTTT: Instagram Video Triggers

Yesterday, I posted my hack for saving an Instagram video.

Today, IFTTT announced that you can add Instagram videos to your triggers.


That's a much better solution - efficient, automated, easy!

Check it out here.

Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking. Have a suggestion for a post or a question? Feel free to get in touch.
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

High Five! App for Salesfore from Red Argyle - You Need These Fields and Reports

In today's AppExchange Digest email from Salesforce, I spotted an app that looked interesting.

It's High Five! from Red Argyle.

This free app installs 5 fields that help analyze Account activity through Opportunities, along with 4 reports such as 'Repeat Customers' and 'Neglected Accounts'.

Take a look on their app page on the AppExchange to learn more!

I wish I would have known about it when we first started using Salesforce. So, I decided to share for any new admins that might find it interesting.

Disclosure: I wrote this post without any prompting from Red Argyle. I happen to know a few of the awesome guys that work there and felt like sharing something that they have created to benefit the Salesforce community.

Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking. Have a suggestion for a post or a question? Feel free to get in touch.
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How to Save an Instagram Video to Your Computer

[UPDATE 6/26/13 10:45am] IFTTT just announced support for Instagram video triggers. I recommend that option instead of my post below. You can learn more here.

Before I get started with the main focus of this post, here is a little backstory:

I love Instagram for sharing photos of my life with my close friends and family, but soon after I started using it, I realized that accessing those images from my computer was rather tricky.

I could export my photos with Instaport.me but I wanted to automate the process.

I later discovered IFTTT, one of my favorite online tools. Using it, I created a trigger (known as a 'recipe') that saves a copy to Dropbox of any photo that I (or my husband) post to Instagram. Then, I can easily access all of our photos for printing, sharing or creating an annual yearbook of our life together, which I'm pretty sure will become a tradition.

And now, back to the reason for my post...

Instagram released video sharing functionality recently. After waiting a bit for the Android version to roll out, I was finally able to test it out today.

As soon as I was able to test out the video functionality, I wondered how it would interact with my IFTTT recipe. It seems that IFTTT doesn't support Instagram videos yet. Neither my video nor the still I chose to represent the video have been passed to Dropbox.

But, I found a manual workaround. I'm using Chrome, but I'm sure something similar could be accomplished with any other modern browser although a few steps might be different.

How to Save a Local Copy of an Instagram Video using Chrome:


1. Log into Instagram on your computer.

2. Locate the video.



3. Right click and choose 'Inspect Element.'


4. Locate the .mp4 file in the code that appears. It should be hyperlinked. Click on it.


5. Right click on the video that opens in a new tab.



6. Choose 'Save Video As'.

7. Choose a location to save the video on your computer.


And that's it! 

Do you have any thoughts about the new video sharing functionality in Instagram? Feel free to share them by leaving a comment.


Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking. Have a suggestion for a post or a question? Feel free to get in touch.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Organize Your Tasks for the Day with the 1-3-5 Method

I've been using the 1-3-5 method of day planning off and on for the past few months. It involves making a list of what you want to accomplish for the day: 1 'big' thing, 3 'medium' things and 5 'little' things.

I first read about the concept on Lifehacker and liked it immediately for its simplicity.

I started off by jotting down my outline in a paper notebook. Then, I tried creating a template in Evernote, but it wasn't quite what I was looking for.

After a bit of googling, I stumbled upon this minimalistic website. Drafting my plan for the day now takes just a few minutes.



I pin the tab in Chrome and use it in conjunction with several other task management tools that I plan to blog about soon.

How do you organize what you want to accomplish during your work day? Please share your tips in the comments.


Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking. Have a suggestion for a post or a question? Feel free to get in touch.
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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Tracking Clicks/Opens in Gmail with ContactMonkey

I met with Alex from ContactMonkey earlier this week to learn more about their neat extension for Gmail/Outlook and Salesforce. After our conversation, I activated their free 14-day trial to test it out.

The extension works in Gmail for Chrome or within Outlook. I use Gmail, so I'm focusing on that portion.

There are two main parts: 1) click/open tracking and 2) Salesforce integration.

Here are my comments based on my experience so far:

At the moment, I'm using the first component and not yet the Salesforce integration as I'm waiting for some additional features coming in the next few weeks to be released (specifically - Salesforce email template integration and link tracking).

Enabling the ContactMonkey extension was simple. You can find it on the Chrome Web Store here.

After it was enabled, I noticed the collapsible sidebar added to Gmail. I tested sending a few messages and observed that I could see when the messages were opened along with the location.



I found this rather interesting when it came to an email that I sent with some feedback to ContactMonkey. I noticed that it was opened by the main recipient and then must have been forwarded as I could see other locations where it was opened.




Another nice thing is that it doesn't interfere terribly with Cirrus Insight, another collapsible sidebar I have installed. ContactMonkey does stay on top of whatever Gmail window I have open when it is expanded (which at this time seems to also include the new compose window), but I'm fine with collapsing it when I'm not referring to it.


I think that it would be especially helpful for inside sales teams. To be able to see when someone opened the email, as well as if it was opened on a mobile device and then later opened on a computer, could be quite useful.

Have you tried ContactMonkey yet? If so, please share your experience in the comments.

Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post and ContactMonkey did not request that I write it. I just wanted to share my thoughts so far on this nifty extension.

Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking. Have a suggestion for a post or a question? Feel free to get in touch.
Email: rathergeeky@gmail.com
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