G Suite vs Google Workspace: Rebranding and Search

Rebrand on Google SearchIn September, 2016 Google rebranded Google Apps [for Work, for Education] to G Suite. In October, 2020 Google rebranded G Suite to Google Workspace.

In our opinion, Google Workspace is a much stronger brand name than G Suite. “Google” is better than “G.” “Workspace” is better than “Suite”, especially in today’s world.

What we observed in Google Trends about the first rebranding is that it took years for G Suite to leapfrog Google Apps as a search term.

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How to Use Google Sheets as a Free RSS Reader

Google Sheets RSS ReaderGoogle Sheets can be used as a free RSS (and Atom) reader.

The Sheets IMPORTFEED function allows you to create a self-updating repository of blog & news article content that you can easily share with your social media followers.

In this post, we’ll explain how this works. We will also provide you with a link to a sample Google Sheet that you can copy and adapt to the RSS feeds that most interest you, your customers and your social media followers.

We’ll show you how to create Google Sheets formulas for one-click social sharing of blog posts and articles on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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6 Audio Options for Google Meet

Updated: September 23, 2020

Google Hangouts Meet Screen
Google Meet, which is available to all users of Google Workspace and consumer Gmail users, is an easy to use online meeting application. As do all meeting apps, Meet supports camera, audio and screen sharing.

As far as audio hardware goes, there are a number of options. Some work better than others, depending on the environment the meeting host or attendee is in.

Keep in mind that just one attendee who introduces too much ambient noise can degrade the meeting experience for all attendees.

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What is Google Workspace and Should I Consider It For My Business?

What is Google Workspace?Most people are aware of consumer Gmail. If you don’t personally use Gmail, you likely receive email from friends and family with gmail.com addresses.

What many people don’t realize is that Gmail is also available to organizations.

Gmail is just one of the components of Google Workspace. Other components include Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and Sites.

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Bitcoin vs Gold in Google Sheets

Updated: July 28, 2020

Bitcoin vs GoldGoogle Sheets, available as part of both consumer Gmail and organization-wide Google Workspace, allows users to easily create trend charts based on any source that can be connected to a Google Sheet.

The GOOGLEFINANCE function for Bitcoin was not working for a time, but seems to be working again now. You can “set and forget” the function—cells will auto-populate or auto-update at regular intervals.

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7 Useful Apps That Are Included With Google Workspace

Google Workspace Included ApplicationsThe core applications of office productivity suites such as Google Workspace are: email, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. These are the basic software tools most people use at work.

In addition to these core applications, there are a number of Google Workspace extras that are included in the monthly per user price. Not everyone is aware of these bonus applications.

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How To Set Up Salesforce Files Connect for Google Drive

Updated: December 26, 2019

Google Drive Files on Lightning Page ComponentSalesforce Files Connect for Google Drive allows specified users to add Google Drive files to the Files section or a Lightning Page component of any record.

The Salesforce Files tab will show Google Drive as a Connected Source. A custom tab called Google Drive can be created. This tab can have list views like any other tab.

Setting up Files Connect for Google Drive requires administrative access to both Salesforce and the Google Cloud Platform console (the same admin login as Google Workspace).

It’s best that the same username is used for logging into both. This may mean temporarily making a Google Workspace admin a Salesforce System Administrator or visa versa.

While the following may seem like a lot of steps, the ability to set up secure server-to-server integration in about 30 minutes represents a tiny sliver of time compared to setting up other types of system integrations.

If your organization is not yet using Google Workspace, you can try this setup yourself with a free trial of Google Workspace.

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Five Google Workspace to Salesforce Integrations and How They Benefit Businesses

At Salesforce’s annual Dreamforce conference in 2017, a strategic partnership with Google was announced.

Often, these alliances come and go. However, the Salesforce/Google partnership has gained momentum. Google had a noticeable presence at the 2018 Dreamforce conference.

Google Booth at Dreamforce 2018

Among a wide range of facets to the partnership are the following five Salesforce to Google Workspace integrations.

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How To Find a Google Workspace Partner To Help With Your Implementation

Find Google Workspace PartnerMany small businesses do not have the in-house resources needed to fully implement and properly manage Google Workspace. These companies often seek help from a Google Workspace Partner.

There are a lot of companies that advertise Google Workspace services, but not are all official Google partners.

In 2017, Google launched its Cloud Partner directory, which is a searchable listing of all companies that have been accepted into the Google Cloud Partner Program.

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How Admins & Users Can Make Google Workspace Security Even Stronger

Updated: March 14, 2019

Google Workspace Security KeyIf you’re using Google Workspace or considering Google Workspace for your organization, there may be questions about Google Workspace security in your mind.

After all company email and business documents (if you are leveraging Google Drive for cloud backup of local files) are stored in Google’s data centers.

Google Workspace, as you’d expect, has multiple levels of built-in security.

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Google Workspace vs Microsoft Office 365

Updated: April 10, 2019

Google Workspace vs Office 365Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) and Microsoft Office 365 are the two most popular cloud-based suites of business productivity applications on the market. Among the best known applications within these suites are email, calendar, documents, spreadsheets, presentations and online storage.

Google and Microsoft continue to add their own flavors of additional components to their respective suites. For example, Google Workspace includes Forms, Drawings, My Maps and new Google Sites. Google Jamboard and Voice for Google Workspace (2019) are paid extras. Included extras at no additional charge are Google Chat and Google Meet.

Microsoft Office 365 plans variously include Sway, Yammer, Skype for Business, Office 365 Video and Microsoft Teams.

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Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel: Moving Data Between The Two

Google Excel Spreadsheet Exchange DataLet’s begin with a distinction between Google Sheets & Microsoft Excel:

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application that is a part of Microsoft Office 365.

Google Sheets a spreadsheet app that is available with free consumer Gmail and also with Google Workspace (formerly G Suite).

Some people use only one or the other. Other people use both.

If a Google user who does not have Excel installed receives an Excel spreadsheet via email, the user can preview the spreadsheet within Gmail and then convert the spreadsheet to Google Sheets.

There are several ways to move spreadsheets and spreadsheet data between Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel. Here are examples of Google Excel information exchange.

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25 Ways Google Workspace Improves Business Productivity

Accelerate Business With Google WorkspaceThere are many aspects to Google Workspace that can add energy to a business. Most of them are not available with standard web host email. Some are available with consumer Gmail.

Through continuous improvement, Google regularly adds new productivity features and functionality to Google Workspace.

Unless noted, all of the functionality below is included with Google Workspace at no extra cost. Google packs a lot of business value into Google Workspace beyond email, documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Here are 25 ways your business can use Google Workspace to increase productivity.

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Google Chat vs Google Meet vs Classic Hangouts

Updated: July 15, 2020

Google Chat Meet HangoutsIt’s a challenge to keep with Google’s various iterations of chat, online meeting and Hangouts products—as well as the branding of these apps. In fact, we need to frequently update this post.

Google now has three distinct components in this category that are a part of Google Workspace’s core services, a.k.a. core apps.

Here is a roundup of the Google Hangouts, Meet, Chat (and now Rooms) offerings.

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Where is Google Workspace Data Stored?

Google Workspace Data StorageGmail and Google Workspace use the same global data storage as Google’s search engine.

Google currently has 15 data global data centers. The first data center was built on the Oregon side of the Columbia River in 2006.

Google stores subscriber data (email, documents, spreadsheets, etc.) in small pieces. Each of those pieces is copied several times and stored in multiple geographic locations.

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Google Workspace Enterprise Adoption: Steady Progress

Google Workspace Enterprise Adoption

Updated: April 25, 2019

Google has made significant inroads into the small business market with Google Workspace. For business owners and employees who have been using consumer Gmail, moving to Google Workspace is an easy transition.

However, Google has faced several barriers to widespread Google Workspace enterprise adoption. Here are some of those blockers and what Google has been doing to address them.

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A Sales Productivity Tool for Google Workspace and Gmail Users

Sales Productivity in GmailFor anyone who is in sales and who uses either Google Workspace or Gmail, there’s a new sales productivity platform from Cirrus Insight that’s worth taking on a test drive.

Cirrus Insight’s flagship product was a Chrome extension for Gmail to Salesforce integration. Recently, the company expanded its offering to become a a broad and useful feature set for any user of Gmail or Google Workspace — regardless of whether they are using a specific CRM application.

Through a combination of internal inventions and acquisitions, Cirrus has assembled a “dream suite” of tools that most salespeople will appreciate.

Here is an overview of a few of the ways that salespeople can benefit from the Cirrus platform.

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Google Workspace Pricing: What Your Business Can Expect to Pay

Updated: October 7, 2020

Google Workspace PricingThe current Google Workspace pricing is different than it was when Google Workspace was known as G Suite.

Prior to December 6, 2012, Google offered a free business version of Google Apps. Businesses that signed up for that version are grandfathered at no cost for up to 10 users.

Google still offers free versions of Google Workspace to qualified educational and government institutions as well as to qualified nonprofit organizations.

For for-profit businesses, Google Workspace does come at a cost.

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Google Workspace for Enterprises: The Shift is Underway

Google Workspace for EnterprisesThe adoption of Google Workspace began with small to mid-sized businesses. However, the shift to Google Workspace for enterprises is ostensibly underway.

At the March 2017 Google Cloud Next Conference, both Colgate and Verizon talked about their move to Google Workspace.

Colgate-Palmolive has moved 28,000 users to Google Workspace from IBM’s legacy Notes and Domino systems. Verizon is planning to move 150,000 users to Google Workspace.

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CRM for Gmail and Google Workspace: Chrome Extensions

Many CRM users, especially salespeople, live in Gmail. Because of this, a number of CRM vendors have developed Chrome extensions that provide access to CRM functionality within consumer Gmail and business Gmail (Google Workspace). A Chrome extension is a software program that adds functionality to the Chrome browser.

Historically, Chrome extensions have had little to no user interface. In fact, the original intent of Google’s developers was for extensions to be minimalist. From a user interface perspective, many extensions are no more than a button on the address bar.

As an example of basic functionality of a CRM for Gmail Chrome extension, a CRM user can search for records, edit records and add records — all without leaving Gmail. Some CRM vendors have taken their Chrome extensions to entirely new levels.

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Rackspace Webmail vs. Google Workspace For Small Business

Google Workspace vs. Rackspace WebmailWhen a small business owner or manager decides to make the move from free consumer email addresses (e.g., jake2874@comcast.net) to custom email addresses (e.g., jake@abbottsolar.com), there are a number of business email options.

Aside from Microsoft, two of the most popular business email providers are Rackspace and Google.

As service providers, Google and Rackspace differ in many ways. However, they do overlap in a couple of areas.

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How Google Workspace Gives Each User Unlimited Email Addresses

There are two ways in which a Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) user can have an unlimited number of inbound email addresses associated with their Google Workspace account. We’ll refer to these ways as “dimensions”, as they can be used in combination.

Google Workspace Email Aliases

The first dimension of unlimited email addresses are email aliases. Aliases are assigned to a user account by a Google Workspace admin. An admin can assign multiple values to what is technically called the Local-part of the email address, or the part before the @ sign.

In the following example, you will see that Lou’s default email address is lou@yourcrmdemo.com. Lou must use this address to login to her email account.

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