Hello Microsoft Cloud Partners!
In case you missed the announcement from a few weeks back, I wanted to highlight that Microsoft recently released in Preview three new business apps that can give your current and prospective small business customers the tools they need to better manage and grow their businesses.
- Microsoft Connections. Email marketing service enables your customers to drive more sales by easily creating professional-looking email marketing campaigns through predesigned templates for newsletters, announcements, or customer referrals. Offers a simple way to join mailing lists or unsubscribe from them. And for your small business customers to track the success of their campaigns.
- Microsoft Listings. Makes discovering a small business online easy for potential customers. Publish and manage business listings on Facebook, Google, Bing, and Yelp, and monitor online views and reviews across sites—all from a single dashboard. So your small business customers can attract more of their customers, understand feedback, and strengthen their brands and reputations.
- Microsoft Invoicing. Enables your small business customers to create professional-looking estimates and invoices that can help speed payment. Works with PayPal, so your customers can accept credit and debit cards online. Includes a connector to QuickBooks.
The new Office 365 Business center brings Bookings, Connections, Listings and Invoicing together in a central location—giving your small business customers a simple way to access their business apps and data. A unified dashboard provides a view of key metrics from all the business apps, including total outstanding invoices, number of appointments scheduled, impressions across Facebook, Google, Bing and Yelp, number of new subscribers, and sent campaigns.
These new services have been rolling out in Preview over the last several weeks to Office 365 Business Premium subscribers in the US, UK, and Canada. Microsoft expects them to be generally available before the end of the year.
These new services can open opportunities for your practice to sell Office 365 Business Premium to a new kind of small business subscriber. Customers with limited time and technology expertise looking for simple-to-use tools to manage and grow their small businesses.
For more information, see the blog post at New business apps in Office 365 Business Premium help you run and grow your small business