Creating the sales pipeline using CRM a 6 step plan

In my Last post I discussed how CRM managed sales in Microsoft Dynamics CRM but here I’m going to take a step back and review a 6 point plan I found on Business 2 Community Let’s look at exactly how that sales pipeline can be built and how CRM software can help you accomplish this task. Finding the prospects There are a number of different ways to generate leads, and many of them are common marketing techniques.  However, CRM software can offer a substantial amount of help in this regard.  For example, it can be linked to a lead capture form such as a "Contact Us" page, where it can start to build useful customer information right away. The contact data can be used ... [More]

Using CRM to retain and empower your Sales Team

Today’s article originally from Business 2 Community highlights some of the point on why having a well implemented CRM in your business can help retain your Sales team and make them more productive. Over many years I have worked for several CRM based organisations and have realised Sales team members are happiest when they are selling successfully and CRM can be part of the tool set that helps individual’s achieve pre-set management goals. One of the key ways to make sure that CRM software is doing its job is to look at the impact it has on the sales team.  Indeed, the source of this article has taken a look at some of the ways in which the software can be used to help bui... [More]

A number of things to think about when getting your CRM features set up in 2014

With the New Year celebrations now done and dusted, and the plan for the New Year’s Resolutions beginning to fade then now is the perfect time to start considering exactly which CRM system or how to extend your current Microsoft Dynamics CRM to meet the growing expansions for 2014 / 2015. Is there ever a right time to take stock of your business and CRM needs that will improve the way you track interact and support your customers? Well I would argue yes now is the right time as country and global economies begin to grow and the feeling of confidence returns, now is the time to make sure your business processes are set up and ready for the next year. After spending what is now some 15... [More]

Measuring CRM effectiveness and ROI

One of the biggest investments your business can make is software and hardware, so it is critical that the decisions made are not on a whim but made with the correct information to hand. As an investment, there's no doubting the fact that CRM software can represent excellent value for money. However, being able to measure exactly how effective it's being is a key part of working out exactly how valuable it's being. That's why a new piece on Investment News is worth looking at: it details some of the key attributes to look at in order to work out CRM software's ROI. Engagement How pro-active is the software in terms of actually creating engagement with customers. Yes, it sends out e-mails,... [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]

Unique ways that CRM can aid a company

A new piece in the Box Free IT website has taken an in-depth look at the CRM industry. It has highlighted some of the key benefits that CRM can have with the emphasis firmly on providing genuine results. The first point that is highlighted in the piece is that CRM data and software can help to introduce a genuine system to smaller businesses.  SMEs often lack an in-place system designed to help record and follow up on potential prospects, which means that some genuine leads often fall through the cracks, leading to a revenue loss. Secondly, it highlights the value of putting into writing all of the steps of its sales process.  CRM software can enable a company to both initially d... [More]

Can CRM benefit higher education and what are the parallels with business?

A new piece in the Financial Post has highlighted the potential that CRM could bring to the higher education sector.  Interestingly, research has already indicated that institutions could gain a 42% increase in revenue by making use of an effective customer relationship management process piece Four key requirements for a CRM system were explored: Complete tracking of students A successful CRM system in the higher education sector would need to build a detailed profile of each student's interests, including their preferences and their purchase intent, not to mention their academic financial and communication history.  Essentially, this has the same aim as a business profile whic... [More]

Do you need to troubleshoot your CRM processes and do they still work for your business?

A new article on CIO has taken a look at how best to explore your current CRM process and if you are having any issues, the sorts of problems that you should be looking to troubleshoot. Data quality is the first thing looked at, and with good reason, as it is often cited as being a contributor to user dissatisfaction.  Some of the reasons for a lack of quality data include duplication of records, mis-owned or improperly assigned records, field accuracy (especially with contact details and addresses) and a lack of completeness. Functionality is also noted by the article as being worthy of exploration.  For instance, if there are some items missing in the records, it needs to be as... [More]

eMap the next generation of CRM Mapping version 1.1.3 has been released

After many months of work and some great customer feedback from all of our customers using eMap for CRM 2011 we now have a new release with a range of new functionality which extends data visualisation and manipulation even further in the Microsoft CRM interface.  The new functionality includes 1.       Pivot Data through relationships 2.       View Selector at entity layer 3.       Default Pan and Zoom   Pivot Data and Pivot Rules though data relationships One of the great new features with eMap is the ability to pivot related data from a single pin, this means you can now select a sin... [More]