Learn how to get started and utilize all the major features of Cirrus Insight for Outlook (on Windows).
To download Cirrus Insight for Outlook on your Windows PC,
1. Close Outlook.
2. Click this install link, which will open a new web page in a separate tab.
3. Choose where you want to download the installation package and click Save.
4. After downloading, run the installer by clicking CirrusInsightForOutlook.msi (which should appear at the bottom of your browser).
5. Select the Run button to launch the installation wizard.
6. Follow the steps in the wizard and install in the default location.
7. After completing the installation wizard, open Outlook and sign into Cirrus Insight (via Salesforce).
8. Enter your Salesforce credentials and Log In.
This completes your Salesforce account authorization. Next, you'll need to authorize your email/calendar account.
In order to utilize all the rich features of Cirrus Insight, you'll need to authorize your email/calendar account.
1. From Chrome or Firefox browser, click this authorization link and sign into the Cirrus Insight Dashboard with your Salesforce credentials.
2. Select the radio button beside your email/calendar account type*. Click the Begin Authorization button.
3. Sign in with your email/calendar credentials and grant any necessary permissions.
After completing this authorization, you can choose to enable Email Sync and/or Calendar Sync (if your organization has turned on these features). Learn more in the next section.
Email Sync is a background process that will automatically log your emails to Salesforce. It runs around-the-clock and will sync any email to or from existing contacts/leads.
From the same Dashboard page where you completed authorization, click the Enable Email Sync button to start syncing your emails.
Calendar Sync is a background process that will automatically sync your Outlook calendar to your Salesforce calendar and vice versa (bidirectional).
It supports creation of new events, updates to events, and deletion of events on both calendars. The sync process runs around-the-clock and will sync events that are up to 2 weeks in the past and 1 year in the future.
CAUTION: Connect with your Cirrus Insight Admin before enabling Calendar Sync.
To enable Calendar Sync, follow the steps below for your calendar account type:
Office 365 or Gmail
If you use Exchange, your Cirrus Insight and Exchange Admin(s) must first enable Exchange Calendar Sync for your organization.
After the admin setup is completed,
The Cirrus Insight side panel allows you to view, edit, and create Salesforce records without ever having to leave your inbox. There are four views that will allow you to easily navigate records.
When you’re emailing a lead or contact, Cirrus Insight will automatically load the matching record (based on email address) into the Snapshot view of the side panel.
From here, you can quickly review the person's contextual data such as open opportunities, past synced emails, or recent email open metrics.
Tip: Snapshot is fully interactive, so you can click on any of the records or metrics for more details.
The Details view displays all the fields of any kind of Salesforce record, from contacts to custom objects.
If you need to make changes to the record, select the Edit button. Saving the edits will immediately transfer them to the Salesforce record.
The Related view shows both standard and custom Salesforce objects that are related to the record you’re viewing.
For example, if you’re displaying a contact record in the side panel and want to see that person's case history, you’d navigate to the Related view and select Cases. You could even create a new case from there (see also "Create a Record" below).
In addition to using the three views to navigate records, you can leverage the side panel to search, keep up with tasks, create records, and more.
From the Search Salesforce field, you can search by object type (account, opportunity, etc.) or by Person if you’re not sure whether you’re looking for a lead or contact.
Power Search allows you to search across multiple objects at the same time to give you a more complete list.
Click on the three vertical dots at the top right of a record to View in Salesforce. This will open the record in Salesforce in your browser.
At any time, you can create a new Salesforce record by clicking the red + button.
Select the object type from the menu (this list can be configured by your Cirrus Insight Admin).
For example, if you chose to create a new contact, you'd add the relevant data, fill out any required fields (the field name will show in red) and complete any look-up fields (click the magnifying glass icon to search), just like you would in Salesforce. Then hit Save.
In addition, you can easily compose a new email, log a call, or create a task— any of which will be automatically related to the record loaded in the side panel at the time of creation— by using the red shortcut buttons Email, Log Call, or Task.
You can review your Salesforce tasks and other lists by selecting the Tasks tab. This will show you a list of all open tasks in the selected time frame.
You can also use the Tasks tab to access list views that you’ve created in Salesforce. Just click the dropdown arrow to see the different objects you can filter by.
Now that you can navigate the side panel, you’ll want to take advantage of the features that Cirrus Insight brings to your emails.
If you want more control over which emails are logged to Salesforce, you can manually log emails to Salesforce by using Add to Salesforce.
Add to Salesforce is available from both Outlook’s inbox view and from the compose/reply view.
Inbox view (for inbound/received emails)
Compose/reply view (for outbound emails)
After selecting the Add to Salesforce button, you’ll have the ability to relate the email to the contact/lead, as well as to other Salesforce objects such as opportunities or cases.
The example below explains how to log an email and relate it to the right contact and opportunity:
If your email has more than one recipient, Cirrus Insight will log the email to each recipient’s contact record, as long as your organization has Shared Activities enabled in Salesforce. Refer your Cirrus Insight Admin to this article for the Salesforce setup required.
Tip: Click the primary recipients' name in the email banner to view each recipient and if their email address is tied to a person record in Salesforce.
Book Meeting provides an easy, interactive way to insert your calendar availability into an email.
After you click the Book Meeting icon, a new window will open where you can select the times that you’re free to meet and add or change meeting details.
Once all the details are set, click Insert Times and Cirrus Insight will format the invitation email to contain clickable links for your recipient. Once your recipient clicks on their desired meeting time the event will be scheduled and you’ll both receive confirmation emails.
Email Tracking determines if your outbound emails are being opened by recipients and if links within those emails are being clicked. This data helps you determine if your emails are successfully reaching and engaging recipients.
1. Navigate to Home in Outlook and then open Cirrus Insight Settings.
2. From Settings, select Tracking on the left-side menu.
3. Decide if you want to enable any of these Tracking features:
If you already enabled the setting Track Emails by Default, Email Tracking will automatically enable itself on all outbound emails.
If you'd prefer to manually enable Email Tracking on a per-email basis, click the Tracking icon from an outgoing email. The icon will turn blue after it's enabled and you'll see the text "Tracking: on".
You can review your Tracking statistics from the in-depth, searchable Tracking Details window or from a simplified view in the side panel Snapshot view.
Snapshot: When you're viewing a contact/lead record in the side panel, you can see that individual's basic tracking statistics within the Email Tracking section of the Snapshot view.
Tracking Details: Here you’ll find all your open and click statistics. You can search for specific contacts or emails, filter results based on date, and view emails.
From Outlook, navigate to Home and then Email Tracking.
NOTE: Email Tracking embeds a pixel into the email body to help track opens of emails. Tracking pixels can be blocked for a number of reasons, including pixel blocking software or security firewalls. Because of this, Email Tracking statistics may not be able to reflect all opens and clicks.
When composing an email, click the Templates window to use a Salesforce email template.
From the Templates window, you can select an existing template by filtering from Salesforce folders or you can search for a template by name. Once you find the template, you can preview it, edit it, or see how it has performed in the past. You can also create a new template.
You will have the same access to templates that you have in Salesforce. This includes any of your personal templates or shared folders that you have access to in Salesforce.
| Updated Jan. 2021
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