Today’s marketing landscape has been significantly disrupted by technology, with formerly unlikely bedfellows, the CMO, CIO and CTO, now forming a crucial corporate axis. It’s this partnership, becoming increasingly common across industries, that brings about both quick wins and true transformation. It enables marketers to work more effectively, while simultaneously championing organisational change across an organisation through team collaboration, communication, data and analytics.
The launch of Office 2016 continues that trend, providing productivity tools that empower marketers, enhance their output and free them to focus on what’s important without admin and process disrupting their own disruption.
Discover the five essential Office 2016 tips that today’s marketers are using to change the game.
1. Ditch document doctoring dilemmas
The night before a big pitch to enter a new market, David says he has made changes to the presentation. Katie added her comments “in line”, while John is still waiting on feedback to a few queries. And they’re all using different versions of the same document. If fewer people are hunting down that elusive “Presentation_Final_V7.1_Update_JohnEdits.pptx” file, and spending less time seeking out where changes were made and by whom, time and resource is saved.
That’s just what the improved “Version History” feature in Office 2016 enables. Forget collaboration calamities by viewing a complete list of changes, organised by time, date or the person the changes were saved by, to improve man hour investment and the number and quality of pitches you make.
2. Access files at your fingertips
OneDrive for Business boosts collaboration and saves project management resources. Enjoy the freedom and ability to access the most up-to-date version of your file from anywhere, anytime and on any device. Let’s say you receive the final budget figures for your strategy presentation on the train, you can quickly log in and make the required adjustments from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. How did Don Draper ever manage with only cocktail napkins at his disposal?
3. Take notes. Share notes. OneNote.
Keeping teams informed and connected across projects and content proposals can be costly, in terms of time and budget. However, sharing notes doesn’t have to be a manpower-sapping exercise anymore. Do away with scanned documents and misconstrued data points and make better decisions with Office 2016. Simply gather notes in Microsoft OneNote and share the complete notebook with as many colleagues as you wish without having to leave the application. You can even send a notebook to those without a Microsoft account and monitor changes and comments without wading through a phonebook-sized email thread.
4. Think ink equations
You don’t have to dismiss your creative roots with Office 2016, even if you’re working with crucial information in Excel. Whether your costing projects, tracking investment or looking at trajectory of your new product launch, the new Ink Equation feature enables you to do what comes naturally and save time when it comes to calculations. Simply write equations by hand using a mouse, trackpad, stylus or touch screen and they are magically applied to your document.
5. Forget questions, get answers
Nothing breaks the creative flow like trying to figure out how to do something with the software you are using. However, “Does anybody know how to?” doesn’t have to be a common cry around the office anymore. Rather than use trial and error to add that flashy graph to your research document, get the answer right away with Tell Me in Office 2016.