How CRM software can help manage a company’s sales pipeline, when you know what it is! CRM that is!

From years of experience in the CRM market place I have come to realise, and some may disagree that CRM means many different things to many different people even when they are from the same organisation. I recently spent time with an organisation where the Sales Director sat across the table and clearly stated that “CRM is rubbish and it is all make believe and as an organisation we don't needed any of it!”.  My obvious response was just to smile and then, I asked why he thought that was the case.    I was truly surprised by the response which was “What we need as an organisation is something to manage Sales and Opportunity to know if our targets are going t... [More]

Your CRM software can your teams minimise errors

CRM software is already well reputed for helping sales reps to improve their conversion through providing useful data about both the sales process and the customers themselves. However, it can also be useful in reducing mistakes by the sales team and other teams.  Here's how: It can help record calls Some CRM software is capable of recording calls between potential clients and sales reps, meaning that they can then be gone back over once the call has completed.  This serves two purposes: firstly, it means that the rep that made the call can analyse their technique and see if they're making and repeating mistakes.  It also means that any other members of the team that pick up... [More]

Dont let you Business get dragged backwards by the Myths about CRM software

I found this article recently and thought I would post some of the points outlined as it is true, I regularly get asked why should we bother, and although CRM software is often an essential tool for businesses to enhance sales, generate helpful information, and gain the ability to successfully manage the sales process, it can be perceived as over-priced, fragmented, and underutilised. Business 2 Community have written an article, trying to dispel some of the more common myths, and we have covered the main points below: Troublesome to implement Populating a new CRM can often be perceived as a highly daunting task for managers, especially as you will have to deal with bringing your staff up-... [More]

CRM in 2014 is looking good for SME’s

With the New Year upon us and economic growth seeing real green shoots, it comes with good news for small and midsize companies who use CRM. The CRM trends for 2014 will be concentrating on what SME’s have asked for from their CRM, and what customers want to see from companies who use CRM. http://blog.mycrmgroup.com/post/2013/12/17/Top-CRM-Buyer-trends-in-2013-by-Software-Advice.aspx What SME’s are looking for in CRM solutions? At small and midsize companies, marketing automation and sales force automation are fast becoming trends in IT department purchases. Recent studies show that there is a substantial move towards pricing-as-a-service (PaaS), and it is thought that we wi... [More]

Managing the CRM process in your business

I recently came across an interesting new article in Forbes has explored some important points regarding the buyers journey, a number of which can be linked to the CRM software process. Use the software tactfully CRM software can be genuinely invaluable. However, it's important to ensure that it is presented to the sales staff in a way that isn't too threatening. Rather than presenting it as some sort of all seeing eye, it should be presented as exactly what it is: software that can make the lives of sales staff far easier. Buyers can channel-surf It is important to remember that in the digital age, buyers use the web at every single stage of the process. Previously, it was normal to est... [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 modern marketing relates to CRM

An interesting article in Forbes magazine has highlighted some intriguing new viewpoints about how the modern marketing world is adapting.  We thought it would be interesting to explore the viewpoints related to the CRM process: Modern marketing represents engagement The article voices the possibility that the modern method of genuinely engaging with customer using digital and social technologies is actually a far better way of doing things, as it keeps the customer happy directly.  The modern process puts the customer first; as such, it means that it is more likely to obtain positive results. Online body language is key Modern customers reveal a lot about themselves by their c... [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]

Good CRM means clean data so lets see how to maintain data in your business

Another interesting article from Business 2 Community has explored in more depth some of the most effective ways in which to manage data as part of a CRM system.  The old saying rubbish in means rubbish out apply here or better still you only get out what you put.   Maintaining the quality of data is obviously a key part of the process, so it is worth taking a look at some of the tips.   Clear out anything that is too old   One of the most important factors in keeping data useful is to ensure that it remains accurate. Once it has reached a certain age, it is unfortunately more likely to be irrelevant. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid using data over a couple of... [More]