May 17th, 2021 | 5 minute read
How our Marketing department leverages Microsoft Teams to excel in busy times
Inova Solutions participates yearly in Microsoft's Partner of the Year Awards contest
Monday morning, 8:00 AM, April 19th, 2021
The Marketing department at Inova Solutions is focusing on their upcoming deadline – the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards (POTY) nomination submissions. This yearly project requires input from the entire Inova Solutions team, and with the current lockdown in Curaçao – where the Marketing department is located – the team is working from home. Thankfully, Microsoft Teams has the necessary tools to help Inova Solutions successfully complete this project.
The Marketing department is responsible for the activities and budget of every country where Inova Solutions operates. For the POTY submissions, the team expects to write 10 case studies with the help of their colleagues and submit them in several categories in the hopes of bringing the awards home.
Manager Adriana Wong started the POTY engines at Inova Solutions at the beginning of March, by announcing the submission deadline on Yammer, an internal social network integrated with Microsoft Teams.
Afterwards, Adriana coordinated the case study nominations. During a Microsoft Teams meeting with each Country Manager, she discussed the requirements to be eligible to submit nominations in the different categories with the help of screen sharing, while Digital Marketer Marcy van Ooijen used the integrated OneNote tab to take notes of the suggestions of the Country Managers.
A Channel for Optimal Communication and Collaboration
When Inova Solutions started participating in the POTY awards several years ago, the Marketing team created an ‘POTY Awards’ Teams within Microsoft Teams, and created a subchannel for each year. The team could easily communicate with other team members working on the POTY project. The meeting notes, planning, case studies and submissions are all stored in the subchannel according to each year. This allows every member to easily access documents from past years for reference, as well as access, edit, and upload any necessary content for the current submissions. Members can also post updates in the channel, share files and tag other members if they want to share anything with them.
Thanks to this setup, the Marketing department can easily monitor the progress of the case studies needed for the submission and communicate any updates relevant to the POTY submissions.