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Tip #1502 – Searching for dynaMACS Tips on dynaMACS.com

The dynaMACS website, www.dynaMACS.com, has a library of “tips” which will help you with many process, setup, and reporting routines.  We have recently added a search feature which will help you get to the appropriate information quickly.

Using the Tip Search Feature on www.dynaMACS.com

  1. From the main web page select the Previous Support Tips link on the right hand side of the web page.DM Web Site Main Page
  2. From the dynaMACS Support Tips screen, enter the subject to search on and then select the Search button.  In the following example we will use Transfer History as our search subject.DM Web Site Tips Page
  3. The Search Results screen will display any tips related to the search subject as seen below.
  4. Select the Continue reading link to display the complete Tip document.DM Web Site Search Results PageNote

Case Study: Mega Western

 “With dynaMACS, we are able to create reports
faster and easier than any other method we’ve tried.”

Dawn Farabee, Office Manager
Mega Western

Mega_Western_LogoClient Challenge

Mega Western’s previous agency software was no longer being supported or updated. When Mega Western had questions or needed help, they were left to their own devices. As time went by, the agency quickly knew it was time for new sales agency software.

Mega_Western_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

With dynaMACS, Mega Western has software that is updated regularly and the agency can call when they have questions and need support.

With Sales IQ, the dynaMACS analysis tool, the agency can view information such as sales, commission and performance data. Mega Western sees data such as:

  • Recent sales activity by customers
  • Sales or commissions by factory
  • Manufacturers, sequenced by year-to-date sales
  • Five-year sales history for any combination of manufacturer, customer or sales rep
  • Sales rep performance

Administrative assistant Leanne Waestman says the ability to see which customers are performing well and which are down is very helpful for Mega Western.

dynaMACS also provides the ability to drill down to more detailed data. If a sales rep asks for a particular type of information, the agency is able to provide a detailed – or high-level report.

Office Manager Dawn Farabee says dynaMACS is easier than getting reports any other way– far faster than aggregating data manually. “Creating reports manually would take a lot longer.”

Case Study: Pacesetter Sales & Associates

 “The savings in overhead costs is astronomical. eSi reduced  data entry time from hours to minutes, and saved us from having to hire another administrative resource.”

Craig Lindsay, CPMR, President
Pacesetter Sales & Associates

PacesetterSalesAssociates_LogoClient Challenge

As Pacesetter Sales & Associates watched business continue to grow, it also saw overhead costs rise, as thousands of sales invoices poured in from factories each month and data entry consumed a significant amount of time. It got to the point where the agency was going to have to hire another administrative person just to keep up. “We don’t have room for high overhead costs,” said Craig Lindsay, CPMR and President of Pacesetter Sales & Associates.

Pacesetter_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

Pacesetter turned to dynaMACS and its eSi module, which provides the ability to import sales and commission data electronically from factories, thus eliminating much of the agency’s data entry – and the need for that second resource. “Simply put, it’s been a huge time- and cost-saver,” says Office Administrator Debbie Lindsay.

“When we bring on a new manufacturer, we make it a requirement that they send data electronically. We feel it’s that important,” adds Craig. The discussion impresses principals and positions Pacesetter as a technically competent and progressive firm. More than half of Pacesetter’s factories now send sales information electronically.

For field sales reps, the sales analysis reports are invaluable, helping them stay on top of activity in their territory and making them more proactive salespeople. In particular, Debbie says they rely heavily on a report sorted by manufacturer sales for each salesman.

As it turns out, it’s not only the sales agency who is benefiting from the comprehensive reports – manufacturers and customers are as well. They get better service and the agency shares detailed sales data with them. “Many principals don’t have a good reporting mechanism, so they ask me for information. They love the 5-year sales history. It’s the same with customers, who ask me how they’re doing, because they’re not sure. I can quickly email them some very helpful reports. It proves we are a true business partner,” Craig says.

Tip #1501 – dynaMACS HELP Options

The dynaMACS Help menu provides several resource options for information and quick access to assistance within the dynaMACS program.  The following tip will explain the options available.

  1. You can access the Help menu from the menu bar.HelpMenu_Image
  2. Selecting the What’s New… option will open a PDF document that contains information about new functionality in your version of dynaMACS.What's New
  3. Selecting the Previous Release Notes option will open a sub-menu listing available previous release notes in PDF format which details the fixes and enhancements for each release.Help Menu 3
  4. Selecting the Getting Started option will open a PDF document that discusses the pertinent “getting started” subjects when first using the dynaMACS application.Getting Started
  5. Selecting the dynaHELP option will open a PDF document that contains help on functionality of all features of dynaMACS.dynaHELP
  6. Selecting the Remote Support option will open Team Viewer which is a remote access program.  This feature should only be used when talking with a member of the dynaMACS support team.  This will allow dynaMACS support to connect directly with a dynaMACS user during a support call.Remote Support
  7. Selecting the FAQs on the web option will launch your web browser and go directly to the Frequently Asked Questions page on dynaMACS.com.FAQ's
  8. Selecting the Live Demos on our website option will launch your web browser and go directly to the demos page on dynaMACS.com.LiveDemoImage
  9. Selecting the Show Tips option will open the dynaMACS web site displaying all of the dynaMACS Support Tips.  Here you can enter a key word search in the Search Tips field or simply click on a tip from the list.Show Tips
  10. Selecting the Register dynaMACS option will open the Register dynaMACS screen to email your registration to dynaMACS.  This is typically done only when a dynaMACS Support Team representative advises that this be done.Register DM
  11. Selecting the Check for Software Update… option will close your dynaMACS program and open an update program.   It is advised that you check for software updates on a monthly basis.CheckforSoftwareUpdate
  12. Selecting the About dynaMACS option provides information about dynaMACS software.About DM

Tip #1412 – dynaMACS End of Year Checklist

The end of year is an ideal time to review your dynaMACS database.  The following checklist will help guide you to areas that may benefit from a review.

Manufacturer:

Mfr_Status

Commission_Rates

X-Ref_Override

Sales Reps:

SalesRepsSplits

 

Customer:

Cust_Rep_Assignments

Cust_Classifications

 

Customer_Status

Customer_Transfer

Goal Tracking**:

Goals
Goals_Seasonality

Disclaimer

Case Study: FactoryLink

 “dynaMACS helps us grow our business.  It is far superior to other software we’ve used.”

Mark Hauberg
Owner, FactoryLink

Client Challenge

FactoryLink has used its share of sales agency software: Two brand name products and a custom program. But none delivered the reporting, ease of use and detailed data that FactoryLink required.

“Reporting required sorting through reams of paper. We couldn’t dissect data in meaningful ways,” says Owner Mark Hauberg. Our custom software worked when the agency was smaller, but as we grew, it didn’t meet our needs. We were frustrated with the products and knew there had to be better software available.”

FactoryLink_StatisticsdynaMACS Solution

As Hauberg began the search, he saw a demonstration of dynaMACS at a trade show and was impressed. “dynaMACS is far superior to what we’d used in the past. It fit the bill,” Hauberg says. FactoryLink found the sales and commission software that matched how the busy agency operates.

With the ability to “cut and dice” information and look at various aspects of sales and commissions, he says, “Information is power, and dynaMACS delivers. It helps us grow our business.”

With Sales IQ, dynaMACS’ powerful performance analysis tool, Hauberg can instantly view data in hundreds of combinations such as:

Sales by territory

Customer and sales rep performance

    • 5-year sales history for any manufacturer
    • All manufacturers, sequenced by year-to-date sales
    • Monthly data for the entire agency, by any combination of manufacturer, customer or sales rep
    • Commissions paid
    • Low-performing areas with opportunities for growth

 

Hauberg also appreciates that reps get information as soon as it is in the agency’s system. “It helps me manage my sales force. It’s the best choice and has been a wonderful change for the business.”