Create a SharePoint Landing page that shows more links directly on the page than the default three in SharePoint 2013 and make the Quick Launch link point to the new page. Peter Kalmström shows how to do it. Also refer to
Create a button in PowerPoint and add it to a SharePoint site and make it a link. Peter Kalmstrom shows how to do it. Also refer to http://blog.kalmstrom.com/2014/08/sharepoint-image-links.html
Get an e-mail notification when a SharePoint list or library is changed. Peter Kalmstrom shows how to do it with SharePoint Alerts and with a workflow that allows you to add any column information to the alert message. For step by step instructions.
Refer to http://www.kalmstrom.com/Tips/SharePoint2013ChangeAlerts.htm