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Tip #1408 – The Sales IQ Top Row Button Operation has Changed in Version 2013

We have redesigned and rearranged the buttons on the dynaMACS Sales IQ screen to make navigation easier and more intuitive.  There are two new buttons on the Sales IQ Home screen, the Back button and the Home button.  You will also notice that some of the buttons have a different cosmetic look.

Old Screen . . .

Old Screen Buttons

New Screen . . .

New Screen Buttons

New Back Button

The new Back button is active on any “Drill-Down” screen.  Drill-Down screens are accessed by right clicking on a record and selecting Show Manufacturers, Show Customers, Show Sales Reps or Show Details from the Manufacturers, Customers or Sales Reps tabs in Sales IQ (Sales IQ Drill-Down).  The Back button will take you back to the previous Sales IQ screen.

  1. Notice that the Back button is disabled in the Sales IQ Home screen in the example below.  We selected the manufacturer Lee Jacob Mfg, right clicked and selected Show Customers.
  2. In the Sales IQ Drill Down screen you will see that the Back button is now activated.  By selecting this button you will be returned to the previous screen (Sales IQ Home).SIQ Screen 1

New Home Button

The new Home button will close all of the Drill-Down screens and bring you back to the Sales IQ Home screen Overview tab.

  1. In the following example we have selected the Home button from the 3rd Sales IQ Drill Down screen.SIQ Screen 2
  2. After selecting the Home button you will be returned to the Sales IQ Home screen.SIQ Screen 3

Saving Sales IQ Filters

The Sales IQ Filters are now saved after exiting Sales IQ.  You can access the saved filters by toggling between Filtered data and Normal data.

SIQ Screen 4

Case Study: Conveying & Power Transmission Solutions (CPTS)

 “Having real-time data available wherever and whenever we need it has greatly improved the way we operate.”

Vicki Cockerham, General Manager
Conveying & Power Transmission Solutions

Client Challenge

Conveying & Power Transmission Solutions (CPTS) had some major issues with their prior sales and commission software. It was difficult to use, manual data entry took over a week and reports couldn’t be exported. “We needed software that helped us operate more efficiently, while also providing sales reps a way to access data while on the road,” says General Manager Vicki Cockerham. “It was time to find a solution that better fit our needs.”

CPTS_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

When CPTS was introduced to dynaMACS, they saw that the software had extensive reporting capabilities, yet was surprisingly easy to use. As an added bonus, dynaMACS saved the agency days of manual data entry time and ensured everyone could access information from anywhere, anytime.

Three powerful features work together to deliver the complete solution that CPTS was looking for:

dynaMACS Mobile: Sales reps have mobile access to data anywhere they go: On the road, at a client office or home – anytime they need it. Information is always there.

Cloud: Not only can reps access the information, but because CPTS processes on the cloud, reps can see real-time information data from most smart devices. As the agency enters data, the data is uploaded to the cloud and reps can see the very latest sales information.

Reporting: The reporting process has done a complete 180°. From reports that couldn’t be exported and were difficult to generate, to present day, in which reports are generated in seconds. dynaMACS converts raw data into useful information.  The agency can choose from pre-defined reports or custom reporting options. Saving even more time, the reps can run reports themselves, rather than having to call the office.

Access to real-time data, anytime and anywhere has forever changed the way the agency runs its business.

Tip #1407 – Evaluating True Agency Performance

Often times an agency picks up new lines and also loses lines.  When looking at sales numbers in Sales IQ, these numbers can often be distorted when you display both new manufacturers and lost manufacturers along with your active manufacturers.  The following examples will help you to identify your true sales numbers by excluding these manufacturers.  Also, modifying the manufacturers name with a symbol provides a quick visual when displaying all manufacturers in a list.

Classifying a Manufacturer Status

When adding a manufacturer the status is set to “New” by default.  Once a “New” manufacturer has met the agency’s requirements for categorizing the manufacturer as “Active”, the status should be updated.   Many agencies make this change after 1 year.  The following example shows how to change a manufacturer’s status.

  1. From the Manufacturer Maintenance screen, select Active from the drop down list in the Status field.
  2. Select the Save button and then the Exit button.Manufacturer Maint Screen

Adding a Symbol to the Manufacturer Name for an Easy Visual of New or Lost Lines

For a quick visual of “New” or “Lost” lines in your Sales IQ display list, you can modify the manufacturer name with a symbol that is easily identifiable such as “<-“ for a lost manufacturer or “<+” for a new manufacturer.   Once you change the status from “New” to “Active”, then you can remove the symbol from the manufacturer.

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In the following example you can see the new manufacturer Simplex Manufacturing which has the “<+” in front of the name and you’ll see that there are sales in the column Jan-Oct14 but no sales in previous years.  You will also see the inactive manufacturer S P & P Inc. which has the “<-“ in front of the name and no sales in Oct 14 or this YTD Jan-Oct 14  but sales in previous years indicating a lost manufacturer.

Sales IQ Screen 1

Excluding New and Inactive (lost) Manufacturers from the Sales IQ Display

You can remove “New” and “Inactive” manufacturers from the Sales IQ display by using the Filters button in Sales IQ.  This method will remove these sales numbers from the display showing you only the agency sales for “Active” manufacturers eliminating the new and lost lines.

  1. Select the Filter button from the Sales IQ screen.Filters Screen 1
  2. From the Filters screen select Active from the Status drop down list under Manufacturer.
  3. Select the Apply button.Filters Screen 2
  4. After filtering you can see that only ”Active” manufacturers are displayed in the Sales IQ screen.Sales IQ Screen 2

Tip #1404 – Using Sales IQ Filters in Versions 2013 and Above

The Sales IQ Filters screen has been redesigned to include or exclude “ranges” of selection criteria.  For example, instead of selecting one State/Region code you can now enter a range of State/Region codes to filter on and then include them or exclude them from the list.  The new features include:

  • Selection Criteria field with options Starts With, Contains, or Does Not Contain
  • Value fields to be used in conjunction with the Selection Criteria fields
  • Include or Exclude This Range field

Example:

In the following example we will filter all customers in the State/Region range of OH439 thru OH440.

  1. In the Customer section of the Filters screen select Starts With from the drop down box in the State/Region field.
  2. Enter OH439 in the lookup field directly to the right of Starts With.
  3. Enter OH440 in the lookup field directly to the left of Include/Exclude This Range.
  4. SelectInclude this Range from the range drop down box.
  5. Select the Apply Button.Filters Screen
  6. After selecting Apply, you will be returned to the Sales IQ screen and only customers in State/Region code range OH439 thru OH440 appear in the Customer list.
  7. To clear the filter select Normal Data from the Filter drop down list.SIQ Screen

Case Study : The Ranger Group

“I would recommend dynaMACS to anyone.”

Bob Flint, Partner
The Ranger Group

TheRangerGroup_LogoClient Challenge

After being in business a little over a year, and with sales growing, it quickly became clear that The Ranger Group needed software for tracking commissions, analyzing sales and paying reps. “We were trying to use Excel spreadsheets, but it wasn’t providing the depth of information, or the flexibility we needed. Sales analysis was merely a by-product of accounting,” says Partner Bob Flint. In addition, sales reps did not have timely, reliable and in-depth data on customers and manufacturers, which was inhibiting sales and account management.

TheRangerGroup_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

Flint was introduced to dynaMACS at a trade show, where he saw a demo of the software and decided it was just what the agency needed.

Since purchasing dynaMACS, top sales reps at The Ranger Group are now equipped with dynaMACS Mobile, so they always have the most recent sales and commission data on the road with them. Rather than preparing individual reports for reps, dynaMACS mobile eliminates the work and automates the process.

In fact, dynaMACS Mobile is so beneficial, The Ranger Group purchased dynaMACS Mobile for three more of its sales reps. “It’s a big help to have up-to-date information before walking into a meeting with a customer,” Flint says.

Manual tracking processes and cumbersome spreadsheets are a thing of the past. The Ranger Group has easy access to higher levels of data intelligence, which enables them to serve manufacturers better.

“Rather than being rows in a spreadsheet, our sales and commission data is transformed into meaningful information. I would recommend dynaMACS to anyone. dynaMACS lets us communicate better with our manufacturers and customers, improving our value to both,” Flint says.

Tip #1212 – Using Dropbox simplifies the process of sending and receiving dynaMACS Mobile update files

Dropbox helps you store files and access them any time wherever you are. Using Dropbox with dynaMACS will eliminate the need for sending and receiving your dynaMACS files via email. Dropbox creates a special folder on all your devices. Any time you need to save a file, drag it into the folder and at a blink of an eye it will appear in the same folder on all the other devices, be it laptops, PCs, mobile phones or tablets. For more information on obtaining a Dropbox account visit their website at www.dropbox.com.

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Setting up the dynaMACS Mobile Configuration for Dropbox Access

To save dynaMACS Mobile files to Dropbox you must set up each dynaMACS Mobile user configuration to save these files to a Dropbox folder.

  1. From the main dynaMACS screen select Other Functions>Administration>dynaMACS Mobile Configuration to open the dynaMACS Mobile Configuration screen.dynaMACS Main Screen
  2. With the configuration selected for the mobile user, select Copy Exported file To This Folder from the drop down box in Send/Copy Options
  3. Enter the path on your computer for the Dropbox Bin
  4. Select the Save button then the Exitbutton.Mobile Config

Accessing Agency Files from Dropbox

Since your agency file is sitting in a Dropbox folder, there is no longer a need to receive it via email and copy it to a folder on your computer before importing. You can go directly to the Dropbox folder during the Import Agency File process.

  1. From the Import Agency File screen select the Binoculars button to locate the agency (.DMF) file in the Dropbox folder and proceed with the import.Import Agency File