Spotlight Reporting's Top 20 of 2020

As economies around the world began to contract, we decided that we wanted to help support our customers by providing useful, timely content, amongst other things. We worked hard to bring you webinars, blog posts, and downloadable resources that were relevant, helpful, and inspiring. And we had fun doing it!

2020 was a record year for Spotlight content—we hosted 149 webinars, and published over 60 blog posts. We don’t expect you to consume it all during the holiday season though, so here are our top 20 webinar recordings, blog posts, downloadable resources, and Spotlight highlights for 2020. 

Happy learning!!


Top 5 Webinars

1. Join us for the next level: Consolidated Forecasting

Learn more about our powerful Consolidated Forecasting tool, and take your forecasting to the next level.

2. Adding value with cash flow management

Given the extreme importance of cash flow, this webinar recording will help you understand how to work on a cash flow management plan for your clients.

3. Delivering the ultimate advisory session

Get advice from the best in the business on how to deliver advisory services and show value quickly.

4. The role of cash flow forecasting in a downturn

If understanding how to manage cash flow wisely during economic shocks is important to you and your team, watch this webinar recording.

5. Protecting and creating cash flow during a crisis

US-based experts share their tips on how to create and protect your cash flow during difficult periods.

Top 5 Blog Posts

1. Powered by Spotlight: Marina Cook from Playcentre Aotearoa

Placentre Aotearoa saved $300k in auditing costs, and $60k in contractors, just by switching to Spotlight!

2. Advising Clients in Troubled Times

Advice from Spotlight Reporting CEO Richard Francis and other accounting professionals on how to deal with the effects of the pandemic.

3. How to Deliver the Ultimate Advisory Session

Richard Francis, Steph Hinds, and Sam Musgrave discuss how to deliver the ultimate advisory session.

4. Powered by Spotlight: Matt Serpell from Hemingway’s Brewery

This interview made us dream of blue beaches, cold beer, and hot sand. In other news, Matt no longer takes 3-4 weeks to create a consolidated report (by which time, the data is out-of-date anyway).

5. 3 Ways Spotlight Can Help Your Business Survive

Spoiler alert: our software is easy to understand, simple to use, and delivers powerful results. 


Top 5 Downloadable Resources

1. Transform! eBook

Richard Francis is on a mission to transform the way accountants offer advisory services—and based on the number of downloads of his ebook this year, he’s succeeding.

2. Cash is King Whitepaper

Don’t just focus on profit and loss—cash is the lifeblood of every business. Find out why.

3. Consolidation in the Cloud Whitepaper

Consolidate using cloud technology, and escape the “Excel Circle of Hell” forever.

4. Smart KPIs for Accounting Firms Whitepaper

If you’ve been impacted by recent events, now is the perfect time to recalibrate your KPIs.

5. The Perfect Advisory Relationship Whitepaper

Build strong, lasting relationships with your clients, and watch your business grow.

Top 5 Highlights of Our Year

1. Consolidated Forecasting Release

After months of hard work and preparation, we released our latest gamechanger: Consolidated Forecasting. It took a lot of behind-the-scenes work and collaboration, and we’re thrilled to end the year on such a high note.

2. On a more personal note, we’ve had a lot to celebrate:

- CSO Kristin Harris completed her MBA in June. We have no clue how she does it all.

- US-based Senior Account Manager Patrick Stern moved cross-country—with help from his trusty English Bulldog Lola.

- US-based Account Manager Dan Shively became a father! Congratulations, Dan! 

3. The Spotlight Family is now officially 50 strong 💪

We now have 50 employees in five different countries across the world!

You can meet three of our newbies, Johannes Schlecter, Vanessa Bosnich, and Flynn Owen over on our blog

4. The Legend of Nik George continues

We said goodbye to our longest standing employee, in February—only to get him back in April! Nik George left us to start the next chapter of his journey in Australia, but decided to return home before lockdown. Australia’s loss is our gain.

5. Our Christmas in July

After a difficult Q1 and Q2, we decided to celebrate our team’s hard work with a Midwinter Christmas potluck. Highlights include the costume competition, the bucket of KFC wicked wings our Product Manager brought, and our CEO receiving a figurine of Darth Vader. 

Phew! What a year!

From our team to yours, happy holidays! We can't wait to see you in the New Year.

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