Tip #49: How to increase marketing email open rate

What now, your marketing emails are ignored and trashed without reading? You are not alone then. If you search internets in attempt to increase open rate for your emails, you’ll find plenty of advice, typically in the form of “{Random integer between 4 and 10} tips to improve your open rates“. Tips usually revolve around […]

Tip #32: Change your CRM Online URL

Stuck with a shortsighted choice of URL for your organization, like choosespain.crm.dynamics.com? Now you can easily change it in Office 365 Admin Center. Simply edit the URL and, if it’s available, it’s yours! Few things to be aware of: Old URL will be available for 24 hours after the change. Advise users of the new […]

Tip #30: Use ConnectionDialog for easy connection to CRM

If you’re writing Windows Forms or WPF application that needs to connect to a number of Dynamics CRM organizations on ad-hoc basis, e.g. custom tool, then try using ConnectionDialog class instead of home-grown connection code. It is very surprising how little attention receive CRM Developers Extensions in general and a little obscure but very handy […]

Tip #28: Beware of autosave in your scripts

CRM 2013 introduced autosave feature that, depending on a specific scenario, could be really helpful. There is also ability to switch autosave off across the organization using Administrator > System Settings dialog. Unfortunately, this flag only controls form behavior when user explicitly edits the record. The record will still be saved if user navigates away […]

Tip #26: Self-service for CRM users

One of the most valuable input channels for CRM customizers and developers is direct feedback from the users. The problem is that average user is either too reluctant or too busy to spend time on feedback and that pretty much rules out third-party systems like getsatisfaction, uservoice, etc, however useful and clever they might be. […]

Tip #24: Use children to update running workflow

Service Activity Reminder with Child workflow

Running workflows always cache the definitions and are unaffected by any future definition changes. This behavior is by design, however, occasionally it’s desirable to have some of the steps to use the latest definitions, e.g. content of the email. Isolating these steps into a separate child workflow effectively allows users to modify properties of a […]