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dashboard Support has gone !live!

It’s been a fun couple of months expounding on all the finer points of dashboard for the much anticipated launch of our support section. As of last night, the official dashboard support section is LIVE! Of course, with so many new features being created to simplify the lives of our loyal customers, I’ll have a lot more to write about with each new release. I hope our customers enjoy perusing the section as much as I loved creating it. Many thanks to Jason for his elegant and efficient styling. If it weren’t for him all of our lists would have cupcakes for bullets and our “back to top” graphics would be unicorn heads.

As always, your questions and feedback are welcome. Check out the new pages at http://www.getdashboard.com/support/index.php

So what’s going on at LeadLog

We have been quiet for a while and with some good reasons. We are working hard to get some important updates shipped as soon as possible.

These updates include:

  • Custom Lead Types support. (have as many forms and custom fields as you want)
  • Custom Lead Identifier selection (a popular feature request. Select how you’d like to view and search leads by)
  • Multiple actions in the lead and deals section (you’ll be able to delete, assign, share, etc multiple leads at the same time)
  • The first iteration of our API to handle web-to-dashboard.
  • Working on a paid version (more info to follow this)

We want to take this opportunity to thank everybody that has been with us since day one. You’ve helped us build dashboard to what it is today. We are working diligently to make dashboard the one tool you can’t live without.

So, what else is new? We are hiring!
Yes, we are going at it again! In an effort to get our product development moving forward we are in need of a couple of talented folks:

  • We are looking for a Back-End Guru. We need one or two individuals that can quickly become familiar with what we have going on here and help us make our app a better one. Check this out for more info.
  • We also need a UI Guru. Simply put, if you like our current UI and you think you can do it better, then here is where you belong. Check this out for more details
  • Lastly, we have one internship position open for someone with knowledge of technical writing. We have to start documenting our software and creating help documents.

Update from the crew at LeadLog

Dashboard hit 1000 accounts sometime last Monday! We’re very excited about this – many different companies have signed up for dashboard; Real Estate Brokers, Web Development Houses, NBA Franchises, Financial Trading Firms, Magazines, Law Firms, Production companies & EVEN Air Conditioning companies find it useful!

On another note – we’ve been kind of quiet. We know that we haven’t been vocal on our blog in the past few weeks, but that’s only because we have had our heads deep in thought – focusing solely on improving dashboard.

What’s new?

Filters: We understand that you need to be able to view certain leads based on criteria. We made a way to do that – filter out leads that are not important to you by selecting what is important from the drop downs in the lead/deal listing sections. (Filter based on Lead Type, Status, Source, Lead Owner or Tags)

Sorting: This suggestion came up a few times. You can now sort your leads by clicking on lead name, date, status, source or lead owner from the lead/deal listing sections. (See image above)

Tags: Organize your leads in a different way – we created colorful tags. (See image below)

Foreign Currency: This may be the second most useful feature for our users – How do we know? Because you asked for it!? You can now set your account currency to one of fourteen different international currencies.

What else has changed?

Ubiquitous “Add lead button”: This feature request has come true. Click on the box icon with a plus on it next to the search.

Improved Activity Feed: We’ve made the feed a bit richer with information – you can now see when new users are added to your account. The feed will continually be improved – so look for more changes in the future.

Improved CSV file Importing: We’ve improved the speed/reliability of the CSV uploader – but we’re going to tweak it some more in the coming weeks.

A lot more: Form data is retained when you mess up adding a lead. We’ve taken steps to improve support for Internet Explorer 7 & 8. Also – we’ve taken care of a lot of little bugs that have to do with notes, todos & documents.

So what is next?

Lead Types: This is definitely the MOST requested feature – we’re debating how to push this out. This would allow you to identify leads by what is most important to you and collect information that is vital to your business. You could get a surprise as early as next week.

Avatars: Soon you will be able to put up your own pictures for users. We’re going to get these out to you in a few weeks.

Data export: We believe your data is yours and should be free (and you do too, of course). We’re going to be allowing export of data in CSV & XML format.

Update: The nice folks at Useful Tools gave a pretty good writeup! We definitely recommend them. As always – we are available for support – just hit the “feedback” button or give us a call. We would love to hear how we can improve. Thanks for your support and we appreciate all of you.

Hiring is hard

Very recently, we were looking for a web developer to join our team at LeadLog. We searched high and low, nationally & even internationally to find the right person, and we did. It wasn’t easy though! We listed the position on Startuply, Hacker News, SnapTalent, Career Builder, Krop, Facebook & Craigslist; then we waded through 85+ applicants, followed up with about 25 of those people, and interviewing about 10 candidates. It was an invigorating endeavor, but it was a serious detractor – which took more time away from development than we originally anticipated.

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Overwhelming beta signup response.

First of all, I want to take a second to thank all of you who signed up to test dashboard, our lead management platform. I can’t describe how excited I am about this, I look like a little kid that has just discovered chocolate. We are looking at December 15th for the Beta launch date.

When we set up our blog, we thought we were going to have a slow organic growth. The blog has been up for a week now. I am very happy to announce that we have well over 200 beta testers signed up. Initially, we really wanted only 50. We haven’t made a decision yet as to how we are going to handle all of you. Though we are really excited, we want to make sure that we accommodate everybody so that we can gather an even greater feedback count.

I want to thank everybody for showing interest and we’re looking forward to pushing out the best product to help you all close more deals. If you haven’t yet signed up as a beta tester, click here or visit, www.leadlogsys.com

Getting a better picture of our company

There has been a lot of discussion in regards to my last post, “How to get a job working on Dashboard” (which is now: “‘How not to get a job working on Dashboard”). We were twittered, discussed and responded to in a rather… ferocious fashion. I feel like people misinterpreted the post entirely and there a few things I’d like to set straight and put into context.

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budgeting for new team members.

Hi, there has been some debate over Auston’s post. We are trying to hire a great individual first and foremost, someone that can share the vision, has a great personality and a great skill set. I guarantee, when we find that person, we are going to pay a fair amount of money to them.  We do not take advantage of anybody.

This leads me to my point: We are a start up, we are trying to build a business from nothing to a successful enterprise that delivers an excellent product (I will post on the product in the near future). We have been self funding this company so far and recently had our first successful round of angel funding. We are not done with this round!  We have a limited amount of resources to work with and no more - we have to work with what is in the bank. Sometimes, your budget only allows you to spend so much for a position, and no more.

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How not to get a job working on Dashboard

We’re currently looking for Web Developers here at LeadLog to work on Dashboard. If you know anyone… send them our way! We received tons of spam in response to our job ads on Startuply, Krop, Craigslist & Career Builder. We’re also placing ads on SnapTalent, 37Signals & Monster, but we’ll save that for another post.

We’ve been able to get a few qualified applicants, and we’ve set them up for interviews. Read more »