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How VICE’s Creative Agency Predicts the Future With Harvest Forecast

From their provocative documentaries to their incisive reporting, VICE has been a force in the media since it first exploded into popularity at the turn of the millennia. The company now represents the success of a veritable media empire, with everything from news shows to meal kits appearing in recent years.

But one part of the VICE family that you’re probably less familiar with is Virtue, the creative agency by VICE. They’ve crafted campaigns for everyone from Lululemon to Mercedes-Benz. We were given special insight to this well-oiled machine from Mischa van Lomm, Senior Project Manager at VICE Media in Germany.

 

Mischa and teammates at VICE Virtue

 

He answered our biggest question: how do they do it? How do they execute with their signature high quality every single time — even for true industry challenges, like a client that requests a range of social assets be produced in under a month, or making a client’s wishes come true and not going over budget?

They manage their projects meticulously. From planning who is working on what for each day of every week to doing full post-mortems on large projects, Virtue maps out what exactly should happen at every step of the way using Harvest and Forecast.

The level of granular, transparent planning they can do with software outpaces any manual system, and is the key to success in the fast, hectic world of advertising.

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Behind The Onion’s Hyper-Productive Workflow

Part of our company mission is to help people work smarter—and that doesn’t stop with our products. We believe we can all benefit from sharing the collective wisdom of our community. So, from time to time, we dig into the inner-workings of our customers and share what we’ve learned with you. We hope these stories provide some insights and/or inspiration that you can take back to your own work. Drop us a line and let us know what you think!

When you think of how the Onion works, you might think of their legendarily tough editorial meetings: writers reading out lists of potential headlines, hoping to get a laugh (or at least a chuckle) of approval from the other very funny people sitting around the table. You might think of ClickHole, which parodies clickbait culture under its motto that “all content deserves to go viral.”

You probably don’t think about the nuts-and-bolts of how the Onion produces such a high volume of hilarious content every single day—but the truth is that’s just as impressive.

The Onion production team shooting with SNL’s Kenan Thompson.

The Onion was born in Madison, Wisconsin as a weekly print paper and quickly acquired a reputation for their satirical take on the news. They started publishing their articles online earlier than most publications—in the spring of 1996—to stem the flow of “bootleg” versions being disseminated without proper attribution.

Today, the Onion is fully online, with five properties (the Onion, the A.V. Club, ClickHole, Onion Labs, and Onion Studios) and partnerships with film companies like Lionsgate.

We knew that bringing the Onion into the 21st century had to mean bringing their workflow along too—they’re a Harvest customer, after all—so to get the full scoop, we reached out to Rick Livingston, director of post-production at the Onion.

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Track Time from Safari

The title says it all: you can now track time right from your Safari toolbar once you download our new extension. You can start/stop a timer, enter time, or see if a timer is running without having to fully open up Harvest in your browser.

Better yet, this extension will allow you track time right in Basecamp or Trello. Previously, you had to use Chrome to track time in these apps. Now, once you download the Safari extension, you’ll see timers appear right inside Trello and Basecamp so you’ll never have to leave your account to track time.

Safari Extension

To download the Harvest for Safari extension, follow the instructions here. If you have any feedback or questions, drop us a line!

Harvest for iPhone 3.1: Manage Invoices from Mobile

You and your clients are doing more business on mobile as smartphones become more sophisticated and bigger. Our iPhone app lets you track time and expenses, but invoicing is not as mobile-friendly. Starting today, you can manage invoices from anywhere with the latest release of Harvest for iPhone.

iPhone Invoice Management

Review and Update the Status of an Invoice

Simply whip out your iPhone—like at a bank, or a client’s office—to review and update the status of an invoice. You can view the status of sent invoices, and see which ones are paid and outstanding. And just as easily re-send invoices to clients who misplaced them.

Paired with our mobile-friendly web invoice, clients can view and pay invoices right from their phone.

Receive Push Notifications for Payments and More

With 3.1, push notifications notify you immediately of payment on sent invoices. As soon as your client pays an invoice via Stripe or PayPal, the invoice is marked as paid in Harvest, and account owners are notified on iPhone. For old-fashioned clients who prefer to pay by check, manually mark their invoices as paid and keep receivables up-to-date.

Businesses with timesheet approval also receive notifications sent as reminders to submit time — you’ll be less likely to forget, and you can submit easily right from the app in case you’ve already clocked out and left the office.

Send Clients a Thank You Note

After receiving payment you can send a thank you note right from the app to show your appreciation (and then splurge on some fancy coffee beans). You won’t miss a beat when surprising your clients with an immediate follow up.

This is the first step in managing invoices with Harvest for iPhone, and we plan to release more updates in the future. If you like what you see, please let us know with a review in the App Store.

Harvest for Android 1.7: A Reliable Business Tool

Harvest for Android continues to get better this year with the release of 1.7. Following the modern design introduced last month, the latest update is much more reliable, with a slew of bug-fixes aimed to increase stability and improve syncing data to Harvest.

Harvest for Android 1.7

Quickly Search for Projects and Tasks

Reliability is matched with performance. Time and expense entry has been completely redesigned, with a focus on making input and selection painless. Customers with many projects and tasks can now quickly search and select without having to scroll through long lists.

Create Clients, Projects, and Tasks on the Fly

Not only can you search through projects and tasks, you can also create them.  Clients, projects, and tasks can be created on the fly, even while offline. You won’t have to wait until you have access to a computer to start on something new.

Secure Data Remotely

In the event your Android device is lost or stolen, you can revoke access to Harvest for Android by visiting your Account Profile via a web browser. You’ll also notice the app requesting new permissions to access account services. We’ll be better equipped to securely manage and sync your Harvest account with this enabled.

We invite you try 1.7 with your Android device today, and stay tuned for features like invoice management in the near future. Please write feedback to support@harvestapp.com, and leave a review in the Google Play store if you like what you see!

Meet the New Harvest for Google Apps

Google Apps is ingrained in our workflow here at Harvest, and many of our customers share the same story — checking e-mails in Gmail, collaborating on docs in Drive, and more.

Harvest fro Google Apps

The latest release of Harvest for Google Apps takes advantage of these tools already familiar and frequented by teams everywhere. It introduces the ability to pull users from Google Apps right into Harvest without re-entering any information. There’s also a tighter integration with Gmail. The team can take action on submitting timesheets and more right from Gmail’s inbox. Read on for the complete rundown of features.

Single Sign On

Sign in to Harvest with your Google Apps account and have one less password to remember. If you’re already signed in to another Google property like Gmail, you won’t have to re-enter your password to get into Harvest.

Import Users from Google Apps

With employees already in Google Apps, you can quickly add them to Harvest. From Manage > People in Harvest, click Import from Google. Then check off the Google Apps users you’d like to invite to Harvest. They’ll receive an e-mail with information to setup their account.

Gmail Actions

While viewing your inbox, a button now appears near the subject line of certain e-mails received from Harvest. These Gmail Actions provide one-click access to timesheets — either your own, or another employee’s timesheet for approval.

Export to Drive

Create the perfect time report and export it to Google Drive. Simply click Export > Google Drive from the report to export it to Google Drive. From there, manipulate the data in the resulting Google Spreadsheet, share it with colleagues or clients, and more.

Add the integration via the Google Apps Marketplace, and leave us a review if you like what you see! If you have any feedback, or if you’re having trouble please get in touch with our support team.

Harvest for iPhone 3.0: Refined & Simplified

We’ve updated our iPhone companion app with a more modern design, and a cleaner, simpler user experience. Behind the scenes, we simplified our codebase to gear up for future updates. Tracking time and entering expenses from iPhone feels even easier than before.

Harvest for iPhone 3

Here’s a rundown of the updates:

  • A brand new look & feel for iOS7
  • Swipe an entry to access start/stop or delete shortcuts
  • Better accessibility support for visually impaired users

The latest release is available today from the App Store — enjoy!

Connect Harvest with QuickBooks Online

Our newest integration with QuickBooks Online (QBO) makes invoicing a lot easier on your accountant or bookkeeper. With Harvest for QBO, invoices and recorded payments in Harvest are copied right to QBO. No longer does the person handling your books have to manually re-enter each line item or payment into QBO.

Harvest for QuickBooks Online

That means less time spent manually re-entering data into your QBO account, and fewer interruptions for your team. Simply create an invoice as you normally would in Harvest — detailed invoice information like billable hours and amounts are included as usual. Invoices will be copied from Harvest to QBO when you send them to your client, so you don’t have to remember to sync.

Here are step-by-step instructions to get started:

  1. Go to Accounts Settings > Integrations > Connect to QuickBooks.
  2. Select a Deposit Account, then Save.
  3. Create an invoice in Harvest as you normally would.
  4. Send the invoice to your client, and it will automatically copy to QBO.
  5. You may also copy the invoice to QBO from the More Actions menu of the invoice.

After the invoice copies to QBO, you can find it under Customers in your QBO account. When it’s time to get paid, payments recorded in Harvest are synced automatically to QBO.

For more information visit our Help Center article. We hope this integration puts a smile on the faces of bookkeepers and accountants everywhere!

Harvest for Android 1.5.1: Better Performance, Team Status, and More!

Recently we released a long awaited update to Harvest for Android. In previous versions, there were reports by some users experiencing issues with syncing, sluggishness, and even crashing. We did a serious overhaul of the codebase to fix these issues and to make further enhancements much easier to implement. The result is a more reliable app with vastly improved performance and usability.

  • Optimized Timesheet — Now you can jump to today’s date from any day of the week in the timesheet. Behind the scenes, logged time updates to Harvest more efficiently than before.
  • Team Status — Administrators can stay in sync with their team by viewing their team’s timers in real-time from the app.
  • Refer a Friend — The next time you mention Harvest at a cocktail party, you can share a unique link with partygoers and earn credit ($) towards your next month’s bill.

android-time-tracker

This build should feel more solid than ever before, and we invite you to give it a try! And as always, we’re listening — don’t hesitate to leave us feedback in a review on the Google Play store.

JIRA Issues Meet Harvest Timers

JIRA is issue and project tracking software used around the world by development teams large and small. Now you can start a Harvest timer right from issues in JIRA. You’ll know exactly how much time is spent on the issues keeping you from hitting the next project milestone — whether it’s a bug, new feature, or other improvement.

JIRA time tracking

Every feature is designed to keep the focus on your work, not your timesheet. The name of an issue is pulled in automatically into the notes field of a timer. Total time spent and by which team members is included in the timer window, so you’ll know who to follow up with before you get started. And in case you’re starting a timer for a project that doesn’t exist yet, you can create a project on the fly without leaving JIRA.

Grab the integration from the Atlassian Marketplace and start tracking time on the next issue!