Salesforce MVP => Salesforce “My Very Passion”

Salesforce MVP

Today I became a Salesforce  MVP. I was not fully aware until my phone didn’t stop buzzing because my twitter feed started exploding 😉

I’m super thrilled with that honor, in fact, I’m still not sure I fully understand how I deserved it, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be 😉 and hopefully for many years to come!

What is a Salesforce MVP?

For those who don’t know what the MVP Program is and why it’s such an honor to be recognized and accepted in the program, let’s start by explaining what it is:

According to Salesforce, the MVP Program recognizes exceptional individuals within the Salesforce community for their leadership, knowledge, and ongoing contributions to the community. They embody and represent what the spirit of the community is all about by being accessible & responsive while sharing their expertise and knowledge about the ecosystem. MVPs are also leaders in the community and brand advocates for Salesforce as well as the community.

Reading that I think you can realize how very honored and excited I am to even be nominated and accepted.

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Resources for Passing the Salesforce Certified CPQ Specialist Exam

Most of you know I love working with Salesforce CPQ and for a short time also Salesforce Billing. If you don’t know what the new Salesforce Quote-To-Cash is and why I like it so much then read my blogpost on it.

Beginning of February I had the chance to participate in the Beta Exam for the new Salesforce Certified CPQ Specialist certification exam. Having passed 6 Salesforce certifications at first try, having followed the Steelbrick CPQ Technical Training course, passing the CPQ Brown Belt accreditation and having more than 7 months experience in assessing & implementing Salesforce CPQ configurations, I thought it would be a walk in the park… Well I guessed wrong,…VERY WRONG! I failed a Salesforce exam for the first time. Major Bummer! But I’m not ashamed of it 😉

I’ll share with you what resources I used to pass the Salesforce CPQ Specialist Exam!

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Resources to study for passing Salesforce Platform Developer I certification exam

Preparing for the Salesforce Platform Developer I Certification exam? As always, this raises the question “What do I need to study and where can I find any good resources?”. 

As a good habit, I developed over the last years I try to start the year off with a bang and getting a new certification always does the trick 😉

So in this post, I’ll share the resources that I’ve used to study for the Salesforce Platform Developer I exam and what to expect from the exam.

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Interactive Salesforce Marketing Cloud Demo with real Use Case

Most of you have seen some Salesforce Marketing Cloud demos before at events like the Salesforce World Tour, Essentials, roadshows or even Dreamforce. The problem with those demos is that they look very high-end and sofisticated and when you purchase such a product you come to the conclusion that almost nothing comes out-of-the-box.

That is why we have tried to present a real use case only based on point-and-click functionality at our User Group meeting with The Belgium User Group and also with The Netherlands User Group.

All participants were thrown into a real customer journey upon registration and in the course of a month they received some emails (with personalised & dynamic content). Based on their engagement with those emails and several calls-to-action they followed the journey untill some of them converted from lead to customers and when the deal was won were shot into an onboarding journey.

We have used several different features from the Marketing Cloud that we will show you behind the scenes like Automation Studio, Contact Builder, Journey Builder, Personalised Content, Dynamic Content, Social Studio and ofcourse integration with Sales Cloud and Service Cloud through the Marketing Cloud Connector.

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Salesforce Trailhead: a new way to learn working on the Force.com platform

As a Salesforce Administrator & Developer I’m always looking to expand my knowledge on the Force.com platform.

Salesforce provides lots and lots of different resources to its customers which help them to better work with the platform and deliver “best-in-class” results. Ranging from the Help & Training portal to the different Customer Success Communities, as well as the different free workbooks and paid instructor-lead courses they offer.

A couple of days ago I stumbled upon a new, completely free, way of learning that Salesforce developed called Salesforce Trailhead

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Sharing my Salesforce Certified Administrator preparation notes

While preparing for my Salesforce Certified Administrator exam, which I passed in april this year, I wrote some notes down to review just before taking the exam.

The majority of the notes came from someone else who took the exam somewhere beginning of 2012, and as I was watching the video’s on Premier Help & Training portal, I edited and corrected them and even added some content to them.

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Nice way to start 2015: Passing the Salesforce Advanced Administrator exam.

For the past few weeks, while the family was eating, drinking and having fun over the holidays, I was actually preparing myself for the Salesforce Certified Advanced Administrator exam.

Maybe this seems a bit dorky to you, but I was actually having fun too ????

Discovering functionality that I hadn’t used before, playing with it in a developer org, making notes, trying out some own ideas tweaking the exercises… that’s just pure fun isn’t it?!

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The not-so-scary Visualforce Email Template as Order Confirmation Email

Almost every Salesforce admin knows how to create an email template which can then be used in Workflow Rules, Process Builder, Visual Flow or just manually from the “Send email” button in the activity history related list.

Actually when creating an email template you’ve got 4 options:

  • Text
  • HTML (with a letterhead)
  • Custom (without using a letterhead)
  • Visualforce

The first 3 options let you create email templates containing mergefields of a particular object and fields of lookup relationships going up, but not down.

In most cases that’s all you need. But what if you would like to create an email template containing records from a related list like for example an Order Confirmation Email, containing the Order Details and a table of it’s related products ?

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