Thursday, July 13, 2017

Iron-clad Zoho Creator Dashboards

In todays data driven world it has never been easier to collect, to aggregate and to present terabytes of information in a well structured chart or table. However, its not the amount of data you can process what will drive your business forward, but all the actionable steps that can be drawn from the dashboard metrics.

We spent some time on the www looking for the best dashboards out there and we found a plethora of graphics and software applications eager to feed your aggregated data cravings, but few stand out and are worth considering. 

For example.-  How to build your dashboard metrics by Ash Maurya. You can check his Youtube video below or buy his Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works (Lean (O'Reilly)) book.
You should also consider reading the post What makes a good lead generation dashboard?by Jonathan Taylor and 6 Golden Rules to Successful Dashboard Design by Nick Smith these are golden gems worth your time. Once you inform yourself with the endless suggestions google has to offer. You will probably come to the conclusion that less is more and a simple yet useful dashboard is always the way forward.

Zoho Creator allows you to be creative and code your own dashboard metrics or if you prefer you can also embed some of the automatically created dashboards Zoho Reports has to offer. Below you can review a few options you can implement on your Zoho Creator application.

Simple Header


Simple header with room for up to 6 metrics to track. The source code for this particular dashboard is available in our Zoho Library

Chart Type


More robust dashboard with room for several layers of charts or tables stack one below the other. The source code to implement this dashboard is also available in our Zoho Library

Note: If you purchase access to our Deluge Script Library we will assist you with the script setup in your application. Send us an email with subject line: less=more

Sunday, July 9, 2017

20 Epic Ways to Automate Documentation with Zapier

As consumer demands become more unique and varied, in order to keep up with big businesses, small businesses must change their back-end operations. With the accessibility and affordability of automated software solutions, this demand is not only possible, but it also saves time and money for small business owners.
Where do you start? That’s easy! Zapier and WebMerge.
Zapier provides businesses with the ability to sync any application they want. Based on the uniqueness of your operations, you could use Zapier to share new Tweets on Slack, send RSS feeds to Buffer, and more. With Zapier and WebMerge’s powers combined, you can automate your documentation process and eventually… rule the world!
Here are 20 ways you can use Zapier and WebMerge to automate your business:
  1. Create and Sign Real Estate Contracts with CudaSign
    Real Estate agents are always on the go.  From meeting with new clients, running around town showing homes, to closings, real estate agents are rarely in the office. Here’s how you can create quick contracts and save some energy.
  2. Create Contracts and Agreements from Nutshell CRM
    Managing your contacts, leads, and opportunities can be a daunting task, but with choosing the right CRM can be a life saver.  Nutshell is a great CRM and in combination with WebMerge you can save your sales team countless hours.  In this example we’re going to show you how you can create a contract from a lead in Nutshell and automatically send it to your customer.
  3. Generate Contracts from Opportunities in TrackVia
    Managing your workflow can be a daunting task, but with tools like TrackVia, you can keep track of everything from start to finish – all within a single platform.  From managing a projects to collecting data in the field, TrackVia is a great solution.
  4. Send a Letter of Engagement from Clio
    Document generation in the legal world is a must-have.  By auto-populating letters, contracts, and other types of legal documents, attorneys and paralegals can save countless hours.  Another way lawyers can save time (and their sanity) is by using a practice management system like Clio.
  5. Populate a PDF Receipt from a Formidable Order Form
    Formidable is a popular Wordpress form plugin for creating contact forms, order forms, registration forms and many more types of web forms.  But what if you want to take that information collected on the form and populate a Word document or PDF?  Your options are very limited.  Unless you haveWebMerge, of course!
  6. Send an Order Invoice from Smartsheet
    Smartsheet is a pretty cool tool that allows you to easily collect data from customers and team members, plus offering an easy platform to manage that information.  It’s like Excel, but on steroids.  In this example, we’re going to show you how to send an invoice created with WebMerge directly from Smartsheet as a new order is entered into our sheet.
  7. Create and Send an NDA from Zoho CRM
    Keeping track of all your customer information can be difficult, but getting data out of your CRM can be an even bigger hassle.  Most often you end up re-typing information into other systems, documents, etc.  With Zoho CRM you can easily capture your leads, plus manage your customers, partners, and opportunities.
  8. Send Customized Invoices for Magento Orders
    Let’s face it – e-commerce is here to stay and is an important part of any business.  Today there are many services out there that can help you build and maintain an online store front without the need of expensive coding or customization.  One of the most popular services is called Magento and they offer a product that can fit your every need.
  9. Send Welcome Letters to Hubspot Form Leads
    You’ve jumped into the world of HubSpot marketing and sales tools, collecting all of this data on your website visitors, leads, and customers.  But, you don’t have an easy way to populate documents (letters, contracts, offers, etc) from that customer data.  Until now!  With the help of WebMerge (via Zapier) you can take your HubSpot data and populate documents on the fly.
  10. Create PDFs and Reports from Knack
    If you’re looking for an easy way to build an online database application without the need for programming, you need to check out Knack.  With Knack you can get rid of those clunky spreadsheets and build easy to use web applications such as a custom CRM, proposal tracker, order management, and more.  Knack allows you to build some pretty powerful apps and we’re going to show you how you can easily generate documents directly from Knack using WebMerge.
  11. Create Service Contracts from Batchbook
    If you’re looking for a great CRM to help you with organization and productivity, then we suggest you take a close look at Batchbook.  With Batchbook you can track your contacts, manage your deals, maintain your communication with customers, and more.  Let's take it one step further and generate documents from Batchbook using WebMerge.
  12. Create and Send Contracts from Solve CRM
    In today’s competitive landscape for the CRM space, it’s tough for services to stick out from the rest.  You have to fit the needs of specific verticals or use-cases and do that really well.  In the case of Solve CRM, they have wisely picked a deep integration with Google for Work and all the apps that come along with it.  From Calendar syncing, to Gmail integration, to managing Google Drive files, Solve integrates seamlessly.
  13. Create and Manage HR Documents from ZOHO Creator
    Managing your HR processes can be a daunting task.  From collecting new employee information, tracking time off, and handling payroll, there is a lot to keep track of and a lot of documentation to go along with it.  No sweat!  There’s a great tool called ZOHO Creator and you can build a customized HR app that allows you to manage all of your HR data across your entire business.  Then, combined with WebMerge you can generate employee contracts, insurance applications, state forms, and more.
  14. Create Custom Invoices and Letters from Harvest
    Managing projects, finances, timesheets, and deliverables can be a job in itself, but with Harvest you can make life a whole lot easier.  Harvest can track all your expenses throughout a project and make it easy to bill your customers when the project is complete.  Sounds great, right?  Well, we agree, but what if you want to customize the invoices or send letters to your new customers?  Your options are limited.
  15. Create and Send a Custom Payment Receipt from Freshbooks
    Freshbooks is one of the leading accounting solutions on the market and they do a great job of helping your manage your invoices, time, and expenses.  You can keep track of all of your customers and send invoices in minutes.  But what if you want to create a customized invoice or send a receipt to your customer when you receive payment?  Your options are very limited.
  16. Send Customized Payment Receipts from PayPal
    PayPal is a great way to get paid for things online without the hassle of gateway fees, setup charges, or merchant accounts.  You can easily integrate PayPal into your shopping cart, website, or registration processes.  However, your options are limited if you want to customize the receipt that a customer receives when they pay your through PayPal.
  17. Create Customized Invoices from Xero
    Managing your small business has never been easier than with Xero accounting software.  From your billing to payroll to contact management, Xero has got you covered and will save you hours upon hours every month.  Xero has a built in feature to send invoices to your customers and it will show you when they have viewed the invoice, but customization is limited.
  18. Create Customer Receipts from Stripe Charges
    Let’s face it, Stripe is awesome at making payments easy.  You can integrate with their API in a matter of minutes and collecting money instantly.  The best part is that you don’t have any monthly fees to worry about.  You only pay when you get paid.  The only downside to Stripe is that it is hard to send customized notifications to your customer about their payment.  Unless you’re the developer behind the Stripe integration, your options are limited.
  19. Email Personalized Receipts for Braintree Payments
    Accepting payments online is a great way to streamline your business and offer your customers an easy way to pay you. With Braintree you can easily integrate your payment process into your website, app, or shopping carts.  With just a few lines of code you can start accepting payments.  Unfortunately, sending customized receipts is not quite that easy.  Your hands are pretty tied if you want to customize the receipt.
  20. Upload a TypeForm Medical Patient Intake Form to Box
    Have you ever thought filling out forms is a pain in the neck? TypeForm makes the experience of filling out forms fluid and fun. At the doctor’s office, filling out an intake form is often the first experience the patient has upon arriving for his or her appointment. If you have a medical practice, then you might be interested in improving your intake process. With TypeForm, in conjunction with WebMerge, you can merge the form submissions with a template document and automatically file them in your digital document storage system and/or as easily print them out as hard copies.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Automatically Populate PDF and Word Documents from Zoho Forms

Using online forms on your website can be a great way to collect information form new leads and customers.  With a tool like Zoho Forms you can easily build mobile-friendly forms that can be embedded directly in your website.

Add WebMerge to the mix and you can automatically take the information being collected through Zoho Forms and populate templates that you have setup in WebMerge.  You can easily generate PDF & Word documents like invoices, proposals, contracts, letters, and more.

In this example, we’re going to show you how to automatically generate a sales proposal with data collected through the Zoho Form on our website.

To get started, we’re going to setup the template for our proposal using a Word document.  In our Word document, we’re going to add our repeated information like our logo, address, and company details.  For the spots that we want to insert our lead’s details, we’re going to use merge fields that look like {$FirstName}, {$LastName}, {$Address}, etc.

Here’s what our proposal template looks like:


Once we have our template finished, we need to upload it to WebMerge.  From the Documents page in WebMerge, click the New Document button and enter a name.  On the next step, pick Office Document as the document type then pick the file from your computer.


After you’ve uploaded your template to WebMerge, you’ll be taken to the Settings tab where you can modify various options like the type of file that is generated and the name of the file.  For this example, we’re going to generate a PDF and include the name of our lead in the file name.


Next, we’re going to setup the delivery of our document so that the proposal is automatically emailed to our lead.  From the Deliver tab, click the Edit button under the default email delivery.  For the To address, we’re going to choose the merge field we have in our document for the lead’s email address.

If you don’t have a merge field for the email address, choose <<Other>> from the dropdown, then enter something like {$Email} in the box.

Feel free to modify any of the other email settings.  You can add merge fields there too.


Once you have your email delivery setup and saved, you’re done with the setup process in WebMerge and we’re ready to hook up the document with our Zoho Form. 

Inside Zoho Forms, we’re going to add the WebMerge integration to our form.  Under the Settings page for your form, click on the Document Merge tab, then choose WebMerge.  After you enter your API Key, Zoho will have you pick the document you want to merge


Once you pick the document that you want to merge, Zoho will load a list of the merge fields in your template.

For each merge field, you need to pick the corresponding fields from your Zoho Form.  This tells Zoho how to send your data over to WebMerge so that it is populated in the correct spot on your template.


Once you have matched up all of your merge fields, you’re done with your integration and you need to Save.  We’re ready for a test!  Go submit a new entry on your form and Zoho will take that information, send it over to WebMerge, and your proposal will be generated.

Here’s what our proposal looked like ready for the lead:


Congrats, you’re all finished!  You can now automatically populate all kinds of documents with data from your Zoho Forms entries.  Can you think of any other ways that you can use WebMerge to simplify your paperwork process?

Other Zoho posts worth checking.

https://www.creatorscripts.com/blogs/post/Everything-you-need-to-know-about-Zoho-Creator-Subforms/

Integrate GETTY Images API to Zoho Creator

Getty Images is among the world’s leading creators and distributors of award-winning still imageryvideomusic and multimedia products, as well as other forms of premium digital content, available through its trusted house of brands, including iStock© and Thinkstock©.
With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its best-in-class photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media.
With its search image engine you can call via API any kind of images GETTY has access in its database and store them inside your Zoho Creator application to enhance the user experience.

//GETTY IMAGES
    imageURI = "";
    if (yoursearchword.length()  >  0)
    {
        //yoursearchword =
        imageURI = thisapp.API.gettyImage(yoursearchword);
    }

You can now get all the API script needed to integrate GETTY Images and Zoho Creator from our Zoho Library. If you are still not a Zoho guru we can set it up for you if you prefer.

Please, visit our Zoho Services page for more details.