G Suite: Gmail & Calendar iOS Updates

Gmail Google Workspace iOSWhile Google has its own mobile phone and tablet operating system, the company needs to remain mindful of the fact that millions of consumer and business Gmail customers are iPhone and iPad users.

In fact, over the last 30 days, 63% of the mobile & tablet visitors to this website, as reported by Google Analytics, are iPhone or iPad users.

For years, Google has offered iOS apps for Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and more. However, until recently, the Gmail app had not been updated since December 4, 2012.

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How To Use Google Sites In Business

Updated: January 28, 2019

New Google SitesNew Google Sites rolled out to all Google Workspace customers in November of 2016.

The original Google Sites, now called “Classic Google Sites” was released in 2008 after the acquisition of JotSpot in 2006. The product did not see much in the way of enhancements for many years.

The new Google Sites was built from the ground up, which means not only a modern set of design components and full device responsiveness, but an app that fits in much better with the rest of the Google Workspace offerings.

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Google Workspace: Editing Microsoft Office Files

Edit Microsoft Office Files in Google AppsOne of the things that has prevented some organizations from making the switch to Google Workspace is the fact that they still would need to maintain and/or purchase Microsoft Office licenses for most of their users.

However, Office licenses may only be needed for a few power users within an organization, as there are two ways that any user can open and edit Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint files using Google Drive. “Power users” can include those who work with very large Excel spreadsheets or who rely on macros within certain Excel spreadsheets. It can also include those who need to exchange redlined Word documents with third parties.

There are two ways that Google Workspace users can edit Office files without the need for Office software.

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Google Analytics Event Tracking Examples

Google Analytics Event Tracking ExamplesGoogle Analytics Event tracking allows you to incorporate visitor activity from many different sources within Google Analytics.

Once the information is in Google Analytics, as we covered in the previous post, comparative visualizations can be created in Google Sheets.

Here are five Google Analytics event tracking examples. You can use these to measure the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. This is all predicated on the fact that you are using the Universal Analytics tracking code.

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Google Analytics Reports in Google Sheets – Using Filters

Google Analytics ReportsOne of many benefits to using Google Workspace is that Google Workspace users with access to their organization’s Google Analytics account can easily share specific slices of Google Analytics data with their co-workers.

The Google Analytics Add-on for Google Sheets lets a Sheets user who has a Google Analytics login create a variety of comparative visualizations within Google Sheets.

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Present Data in Google Slides – In Real Time

Import Google Sheets Chart Into Slides

Google Workspace users can present real time data in Google Slides.

Until Google introduced this functionality, charts had to either be pasted as images into Google Slides or they had to be created using shapes. When the underlying data changed, a more up-to-date chart image had to be pasted into the slide or the shapes had to be modified. This could be very time consuming.

Google has provided two ways to embed data-driven charts right within individual slides.

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4 Ways to Add Animation to Your Website With Google Slides

Controls in Embedded Google Slides

Google Slides can easily be embedded in any website by using the code provided in the File > Publish to the web… menu.

By default, there’s a set of controls at the bottom of an embedded Slides presentation that diminishes the website animation effect. The controls provide multiple options including downloading the Slides as a PDF or PPTX file.

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How To Create And Embed A Poll Using Google Forms

Google Forms Poll

Updated: November 5, 2018

With Google Forms, it’s easy to embed surveys, polls, and other types of questionnaires into your website.

We created a Google poll using Google Forms and embedded it below. If you answer the question, you’ll be able to see how others answered the same question simply by clicking the See previous responses link after you submit your response.

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9 Reasons Companies Select Google Workspace

Google is a household name for internet search. Most people are aware of consumer Gmail. However, many businesspeople are not aware of Google’s suite of applications for business, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite).

“Gone Google” is a term Google coined for companies that have adopted Google Workspace. At the time of publication of this post, Google states that over 5 million companies have gone Google. With over 125 million businesses in the world, there’s clearly some upside for Google.

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5 Use Cases For Google Sites

Google Sites Uses

Google Sites is not necessarily the first application that enters the mind of most people as a platform for building out a corporate website. However, there are a number of Google Sites use cases that individuals and organizations can take advantage of. One of the … [Read more…]

Publishing Pivot Table Charts to Your Website With Google Sheets

Google Sheets - Move Chart to Own Sheet

We used SurveyMonkey Audience to collect data about what CRM systems were deployed at organizations across the U.S. The main question we asked in the survey was “What is your organization’s primary CRM system?”

After the survey finished its run, SurveyMonkey provided us with a CSV file of the survey results from approximately 750 respondents. The first thing we did was to upload the CSV file to Google Drive and then open the file with Google Sheets. Once we had the data in Google Sheets, we were able to easily create pivot tables and associated charts.

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Three Great Apps For Scheduling and Tracking Gmail

Schedule and Track Gmail

Through the use of simple-to-install browser apps and extensions, several vendors now offer Gmail users instant access to business productivity and sales enablement tools.

Users of business Gmail, part of Google Apps for Work, have several options for scheduling emails, tracking whether emails were opened and finding out whether links were within opened emails were clicked by recipients. And this is only a subset of the empowering functionality that’s available to Gmail users.

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6 Google Slides Tips & Tricks

Updated: August 14, 2019 Google Slides allows you to collaboratively create business presentations with others in your organization. With Google’s continuous delivery of new features and functionality, there are always new ways to make your presentations more effective. Here are some tips and tricks for … [Read more…]

Moving to Gmail for Business: Migration Options

Moving to Business Gmail

If you are thinking about moving from your current email provider to business Gmail for your organization, you’re probably wondering what would be involved with associating existing users’ email addresses, which are in a name@yourcompany.com type format, with a new Google Workspace account.

Also, what’s the best way to get your users’ often years worth of sent and received email into their Gmail accounts?

A move to business Gmail involves a number of technical tasks. However, this post is designed to provide a mainly non-technical overview of the tasks and options involved.

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Chromebooks vs. Tablets for Corporate Sales Teams

Chromebooks - Nothing but the webCould Chromebooks be the sleeper device that IT managers have been waiting for?

Ever since laptop computers first became widely adopted within corporations, IT departments have been responsible for imaging machines, updating software and providing remote technical and application support to salespeople and other mobile users.  Any time a notebook computer breaks, is lost, stolen, or invaded by malware, there’s a time consuming replacement and/or repair process.

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5 Reasons to Integrate HubSpot With Your CRM

HubSpot to CRM IntegrationHubSpot is the company that defined the Inbound Marketing category. They provide the leading solution to SMBs that are looking for ways to have more people find their site on the Internet and to convert more site visitors to sales Leads.

Integration solutions are available to connect HubSpot to most of the leading CRM solutions, including Salesforce, Microsoft Dynamics 365, SugarCRM and NetSuite.

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Business Collaboration with Google Docs & Sites

Google has been actively touting the collaboration features of Google Apps and has developed some excellent marketing content around the various components of Google Apps.  But, what are some specific, real world examples of how Google Docs and Google Sites can be used for collaboration … [Read more…]

The “World is Flat” Google Infrastructure

Flat World InfrastructureIt’s easy for a user of free GMail or of Google Workspace to take for granted the massive and highly sophisticated infrastructure behind what’s on their screen.

In fact, most people don’t really have any reason to think about what’s behind their user experience, any more than they care about what’s generating the electrical power that runs lights and appliances inside their house—as Nicholas Carr points out in his book, The Big Switch.

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In Cloud We Trust – The Tiers of Cloud Vendors

There’s no doubt about it. Cloud computing is gaining some serious momentum. Part of this momentum is due to the fact that the trust issues that were commonplace several years ago among buyers have been reduced to mere pockets of concern.

But, who are the most trustworthy application vendors in terms of customer data being safe and secure — and the application being available — should disaster strike one physical location?

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Making the Move to Google Workspace

Updated: March 8, 2022


Author’s Note: We first published this post over a decade ago after we adopted the then “Google Apps for Work.” The product, since rebranded Google Workspace, has served us well for all these years. In fact, we liked the product so much that we eventually transformed this website into a blog about Google Workspace.

 

Move to Google Workspace

An increasing number of our clients have been making the transition to Google Workspace for their email and other collaboration needs. After recently weighing the pros and cons of upgrading our current email server, we decided to make the move to Google Apps as well.

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