CRM and Building a Business Sector Community

It's important to always try and stay on top of trends within CRM, as this is one of the key parts of obtaining success. Interestingly, many people believe that community will play a key part in the industry during 2014. Building an online community has long been considered a key part of general online success, and it's hard to imagine that it won't therefore impact CRM software in some way. It's likely that customer interaction through the community will become a key part of generating sales general. If run effectively, for instance, communities can provide a lot of relevant information to companies regarding the general viewpoints of customers, how they view certain products and ranges,... [More]

CRM in 2014 the right choice for your business

Recently seeing this article on Customer Think Customer Think it gave me the opportunity to pen some thoughts about using CRM in your business in a growing economy.  As the world recovers from what was the worst financial correction in our recent history one thing that is for sure is that small and young businesses, and some of those that are established will be look for efficiency to help create growth.  Delivered and implemented correctly a software solution like Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 which enables growth and efficiently can help drive your organisations CRM Strategy. It's important to try and stay ahead of any industry in order to obtain success. That's why we thought it... [More]

5 Steps to migrate to new CRM software

If you've made the decision to move to a new and more productive CRM system, then it's important to be able to justify the migration. A new piece in the Business 2 community website has highlighted some of the ways in which this can be justified. Through research Anyone who's made use of CRM software before knows how vital it is for the software to be fully compatible with the needs of the team. If you're able to highlight some of the ways that the new CRM system will blend in with company processes, then you're halfway towards selling it. Discuss the idea with everyone It's important to discuss every aspect of the CRM process with the sales team. Try and glean from them information rega... [More]

How can CRM software help manage the sales funnel?

There are a number of different benefits to CRM software, and one of these being how it helps to manage the sales funnel. A new article in the Smart Data Collective has highlighted some of the ways that it does so, and we're going to take a closer look here: It records all of the interactions CRM software enables the company to build a definitive repository for customer contact data, meaning that it can in effect replace three things: the company's individual contact list and address book, the main marketing database and the resolving issues database. All three can be monitored from one place. It provides a pipeline to follow If it's been configured properly, then the CRM software used s... [More]

CRM and the sales team

A new article in the Business News Daily has taken an interesting new approach to the CRM process by asking exactly how the Wizard of Oz can teach companies about the CRM process.  There are actually some interesting lessons within the piece:   Sales teams should concentrate on closing   It's important to remember that any CRM software should be used to help compliment the work that the sales staff are carrying out, and shouldn't mean that they spend all of their time simply adding information to a database: as the article states, they're not data entry clerks!  It's important that the CRM software makes the sales process simpler.   Optimise the solution around... [More]

How to empower your team to integrate with CRM software adoption

An interesting new piece I found on the Computer World blog has explored in more depth a vital factor in implementing a new CRM system: namely, the staff that will be using it.  It's always worth exploring the potential 'people factor' in terms of effectively using the software Here are a number of topic areas that should be given consideration as part of the implementation plan as adoption of the system is key to success. Convince the workforce of the value Everyone who's worked with a CRM system knows how valuable the software can be.  However, it's still vital to ensure that everyone who is new to it is given examples and demonstrations that show how much easier their job wil... [More]

Using your CRM data during the Christmas build-up

It is now December and as almost everyone knows the festive season is also one of the key sales periods for any retailer, whether they are online, on the high street or a combination of both.  A new piece has highlighted how CRM software can help any company improve their festive sales. Analyse the customer data If a CRM system has been in-place long enough, it is possible to analyse customer data and anticipate exactly what sort of purchases will be made during the festive period.  What will different customers buy and when will they buy? Create unique messaging Some companies will send out e-mails based solely around Christmas, i.e. 'here is our new range of Christmas product... [More]

Using CRM software to measure offline marketing

An interesting new article in ClickZ has explored some of the key benefits that CRM software can bring to the more traditional forms of offline marketing.  As we normally focus on the web, we thought it would be interesting to share the ways that it can help when going old school. Measure everything The more you measure ROI for your different marketing channels, the easier it will be to achieve positive results.  Using CRM software to measure even things like leaflet delivery or attending trade shows enables a company to get the best ROI overall. Individualise results By using specific tracking links on flyers and promotional material given out at local events, it's possible to... [More]

Building efficiency in customer interactions

A new piece in 1 to 1 media has highlighted some of the key ways that CRM based customer interactions can be helped to be more efficient.  The points are worth further exploration: Reduce the time between engagement and action One of the keys to obtain real time CRM data is that it enables the company to act quickly in meeting the needs of customers.  This is important to adhere to. Ensure customers are empowered One of the keys to modern customer service is to ensure that the customers are engaged.  It is important for customers to always know exactly what they can do to take action.  The old call to action never stops being useful! Reduce any complexity Another ke... [More]

Choosing the right CRM system, software and provider.

As part of my quest to find relevant news articles and blog posts on CRM I found this new article in Business News Daily.  The article poses some interesting points for those looking to invest in a new CRM system, particularly those that are thinking about investing in new software.  The points below can be raised when considering many things for your business but consideration has to be given to cost, ROI (Return on Investment) and longevity of a solution. Also give thought to who is providing what, as although a hosting provider may offer software they might not offer consulting that is specific to your business sector or the manufacture of the software may provide it as a serv... [More]