First Salesforce Essentials user on the Salesforce blog

Who was it?  Why, your humble servant, of course!

Rekha Srivatsan (PM of Essentials) interviewed me on the SMB use case for Essentials.  She told me she loved my story, and as the keynote speaker for this year’s Dreamforce conference, wanted to present it.  WOW!  (What am I going to say, no?)

So we had a conversation which she summarized on the Salesforce blog.

Thanks, Rekha and the Salesforce team!

CSV Stock Update for Zen Cart

Lots of people have found my Quick Quantity Update mod to be useful – it ,allows a single item’s quantity to be changed with one click.

Some people need more power though – if you’re doing 100 updates, one-at-a-time is not an option. For those people, I created CSV Stock Update. Update a product’s quantity for as many products as you like, all from a CSV you created in Excel or with a text editor.

Google Customer Reviews by Numinix

I recently installed Google Customer Reviews on my Zen Cart plugins store.  I used the Google Customer Reviews integration from Numinix, which I found quite satisfactory.

Google Customer Reviews basically takes over from Trusted Stores (which was sunsetted).  You need to have a Google Merchant Center account to use it, and the threshold for having your reviews show up is pretty high (150 reviews), but I think it could be useful for some web shops.

One change I needed to make because my store is downloads-only: the file


checks the delivery_country field in the orders object.  I changed this to check the billing_country.

If you get prompted to take this Google survey after making a purchase from my store, I would appreciate you filling it out!  Thank you.

Zen Cart Products Prices into Salesforce

Yesterday we imported products from Zen Cart into Salesforce.  Now we have to set prices for those products, since products and prices are separate in Salesforce.

So I created a Zen Cart Export Prices for Salesforce tool to help you do that.  Just like product import, it uses  It’s a little tricky, because you use different techniques to import prices for new products vs updating prices for products that already have prices, but I walk you through everything.

Zen Cart Products into Salesforce

Recently I wrote up a blog post about putting your Zen Cart Customers into Salesforce.  Although many people stop there, if you want to build Quotes in Salesforce, the next thing you need to do is a product import.  So I created a Zen Cart Export Products for Salesforce tool to help you do that.  It’s not as easy a process as exporting customers because the Salesforce Data Import Wizard doesn’t handle products, but does – and there’s a generously sized free tier, so give it a shot!