2016 was the year that saw Affino evolve faster than any previous year. In 2014 we rolled out approximately 280 user stories over the year, in 2016 we rolled out 1,264.
So much ground was covered in 2016 that it is very hard to pick a top 10, so we’ll give you the big picture highlighting the many key developments. The primary goal of 2016 was to transform Affino’s CRM capabilities and that was met with hundreds of improvements throughout the Affino CRM. For details on the rest see below and download the Mindmap above for a visual overview.
1,264 User Stories
Entire Affino application stack moved to the latest generation of platforms and services across the board.
We made hundreds of tweaks throughout Affino’s display side elements to improve formatting across the board in Affino.
Lots of little fixes which added up to greatly improved and much more productive design implementations
Breakthrough approach to laying out Design Elements for any page design.
We greatly improved all the core article listing elements in Affino to make them far more capable at realising clients’ design goals with the minimum of effort
Feature Scrollers and Carousels
Greatly improved and more dynamic page presentations with three new key design elements
Responsive drop-down and mega menu panels
Rolled out the v7 generation of responsive forms. Now all the forms look great.
Introduced conditional fields into both the registration and dynamic forms.
Custom IDs on Cells
Allow for much more targeted customisation that works across the entire site.
Smart Button and Text DEs
Incredibly smart buttons and layout text elements that look great
Pro Forma Orders (Order Builder)
A major breakthrough for Affino are the new Pro Forma Orders where you can create Pro Forma Orders and send Pro Forma Invoices. These can then be converted to closed Orders and Invoices
New Sales Report allows for rapid insight into all sales managed through Affino, both through the Order Builder and Ecommerce. All data instantly exportable
In fact all commercial order related data exportable whether it be the orders, order line items or aggregated sales data
The Sales Report was just the first of many new commercial reports including the Order Line Item and Previous Order reports, the Previous Order report and various tax and deferred income reports including Tax Period Summary Export and Sales Invoice Export.
New big screen optimised sales dashboard showing revenues, top sellers, top sales teams and people and most recent sales
Shopping Basket DE
Great new responsive shopping basket, with mobile smarts
Directly related to the commercial workflows are the new Production Elements for managing the commerce to production workflows. Used alongside the Order Line Item report for end to end sales and production management
Multiple improvements to orders add up to greatly improved order management, with improved invoicing, order management and filtering, creation from Pro Forma Orders and the enhanced Order export capabilities.
Smart Article Listing
Highly flexible and powerful new article listing element, meets virtually every layout requirement we’ve had at the flick of a switch (lots of them)
New Print Product management for managing print publications, circulation and distribution lists.
New commercial flatplan management for each print product, and directly linked to the new production management tools
Re-usable Article Steps
Steps can now be used across all articles. Great way to add footers, company and individual profiles, promotions and other content directly into and at the end of articles. A major breakthrough.
Site Search v2
Faster and better looking site searches, with more relevance.
It’s now possible to turn any section into a directory with the smart scoped search, just turn it on.
Directory Listing v1
Easy to create simple online directories
Prime Related Content DE
Now supports Channels, Section and Articles as well as Newsletters.
Multiple new filtering options.
FAQ’s and More
We added support for responsive FAQ’s; greatly improved the Blogs with the new Step support; HighChart support and improvements throughout all the content templates for better article presentation.
Responsive mailing list signups with improved preference management
Responsive message templates with great automation
Improved targeting, scheduling and speed
Improved Bounce handling
Added new broadcast events management for managing message broadcast schedules. When used with Production Elements and Creatives allows for full workflow management on message campaigns.
Users can now subscribe to both realtime and summary alerts for any article section, as well as RSS feeds. All presented nicely on one screen.
2016 was the year of the CRM for Affino and the main product develop focus
Every aspect of the CRM has improved significantly this year with major breakthroughs across the board.
New approach for managing both free and paid for subscriptions in a unified manner.
Complete subscription sign-up with one click sign up to print, newsletters and online.
Accounts and Contacts
Dozens of updates during the course of the year add up to major improvements in how you manage your contacts, create contact list, associate them with accounts and are able to manage their address and demographic information.
Greatly improved opportunities management allowing for more structured sales management processes, improved opportunity analysis and export.
New centralised Project resource, with a commercial focus.
Multiple updates to task management to greatly improve their utility including the great new task alert popups
Account and User Import Improvements
Greatly improved Account and User Imports and Exports. Far more capable than previous generations.
Major improvements in how notes are presented throughout Affino. Work in many more contexts
Google Apps email Integration for tracking emails, simply CC in for automated conversation logging with contacts and accounts.
Greatly improved contact lists this year with new filters, new more useful tabbed views, and the new Actioned option
Contact lists can now be used also for including and excluding filters.
New responsive Media Library, it’s now possible to list out all your media quickly and easily whether it be downloadable PDFs, Videos, documents, Images or audio, as well as many forms of social media.
Highly capable media listing design element updated to support grid views.
Multiple Demographic Profiles
Users can have unique demographic profiling across multiple sites
Human Resources Suite
New HR Suite launched, with the first component being enterprise grade, mobile optimised Timesheet management.
New v7 member listing works great across all devices, with improved member profiles.
It is now possible to create dedicated security notices for each level of security clearance, both to inform and up-sell. Great usability improvement.
All recruitment elements updated to v7 framework for greatly improved presentation
Conversion Event Import
This could have been posted to almost any category. Allows for much better segmentation and actioning on the community.
Cross Zone Authentication
Users can now be automatically logged in across multiple sites / domains
On-page Feedback DE
New on-page feedback Design Element which lets you easily solicit feedback on any page, either with a simple useful / not useful rating or additional feedback.
We added the ability to have a pre-defined list of avatars, and made it easy to upload and rotate user’s own avatars.
Greatly improved bot detection and much clearer analysis as a result (also remove admin traffic from analysis).
Great new live dashboard, made for the big screen, showing you what the top trends are right now on your site(s)
New Business Units, Product Lines and Product Categories for far more granular and targeted commercial analytics
Lots of new commercial reports including Sales Report, Order Line Item Report, Tax Reports, Income Reports and the Sales Leaderboard
We created a brand new Affino onboarding process with a simple approachable Affino reference design
Lots of improvements that make it easier to implement designs throughout the Design Centre
Extended Control Centre Help
New Help panel on top of every key Control Centre screen with useful help, related links and tip
The Control Site update is a precursor release to the major upcoming subscription and commerce release, with some great new intel tools and core updates, including new article and audience reports, enhanced campaign intel and a major update to the wysiwyg editor.
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