CRM and content marketing drives your business

One of the keys to CRM success is using the software in combination with other marketing and sales techniques.  I recently found a good article that describes content marketing with in a business and this made we think about all the avenues of content that is used by MyCRM to build awareness and Brand. The article on CMS Wire cover content and keeping users engaged which is fantastic but there is also video and social media posts to consider. The key points below cover some to the topic areas that are important when creating and reviewing content used in your organisations Marketing approach. Post-sale engagement One of the keys to building up a detailed CRM profile on customers is to continue to develop the relationship after the sale. This is especially useful with first-time customers.  Content marketing is a great way to keep customers informed about new products and when combined with CRM software, it can lead to a detailed and genuinely useful set of data on them. Creating expertise One of the keys to any sale is trust, and content marketing remains a very effective way of building that trust.  By showing customers and potential customers that your company is a genuine expert in the field, you are more likely to inspire them to get in touch.  This means that you'll have their contact details on record, allowing the CRM software process to work its magic. Attracting attention One of the key parts of the CRM process as well as the sales process in general is actually getting customers to sign up in some way, so you want to have at least one contact address or number on record. However, they are not going to sign up for no reason; effective content marketing is a great way to really wow the customer and grab their attention.  It is then that the real sales process can begin. Source: CMS Wire To understand more about how an integrated mail marketing CRM system can help your business then please visit www.mycrmhosted.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/   As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

CRM software – an advantage for the owner of a small Online business

Running a small business is not easy; a fact that rapidly becomes apparent to anyone taking those first tentative steps into the world of commerce. The product or service has to be right and if the enterprise is to succeed, customer service has to be top quality.  The advent of modern technology has made starting a business easier in some respects. Using the internet and social media it is now possible to quickly gain exposure for a new enterprise, promoting it at a lower cost and much more effectively than in the days of the old advertising techniques. Interaction with and relationship management of customers has also been made easier using modern technology. Knowing how to use these new tools is essential if a business is to thrive in the online world. Online shopping removes the traditional trader/customer interaction. Trading in a digital marketplace such businesses never meet their clients, as a result customer relationship management (CRM) software has grown in importance, with Cloud based systems growing in popularity. Such software and automated systems can cope very well with the customer relationship side of running an online business. These systems manage a customer base by tracking and organising it, allowing the user to grow the customer base and hopefully the business. CRM tools are particularly useful to small business owners as they provide the means to greatly improve an eCommerce store. Customer feedback and tracking of accounts forms one important element of such software. Clients can access advice, make delivery enquiries or complain more easily than ever before, something that most online customers regard as essential. Ignored customer emails to a company can do great harm to its reputation. With access to social media now so common among internet users a customer’s displeasure can immediately be transmitted to the world using Twitter, Facebook, etc. The use of CRM systems can help to avoid such calamities, thereby protecting the integrity and the good name of an online business.  As we see continued growth in global economies new and intuitive business are beginning to spring up and these new types of businesses are looking for intuitive technology that is easy on easy off and cost effective. Using a supplier Like MyCRM for your own business needs and requirements is a sensible approach as there is no long term contracts, integrations and email marketing can be built into the monthly user price and all the hardware and software licences are taken care of. To find out more about MyCRM Hosted Services please visit http://www.mycrmhosted.com   About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.    MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements.   We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/   As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.  

Key decisions when choosing CRM software

When choosing between different CRM systems, there are a number of key decisions that a business needs to make. Today, we're going to take a look at what we consider the most important considerations. Users vs. non-users CRM software can be invaluable to a number of different departments, including sales, marketing and customer service. This means it is a good idea to double-check just how many people are going to actually use it. This can affect which software is chosen, as some packages may be more expensive when required to serve a large number of staff. Licensing could also be an issue. Connectivity It is also important to take a look at how well the software in question will integrate. Does the company have different connectivity issues with different departments? Can a particular batch of software facilitate connections with all of the departments, and can it do so seamlessly? Are you including social marketing? Social media marketing can be an extremely effective method for building detailed profiles of customers. However, it is not necessarily the right approach for every company. For those that do want to make use of social marketing, it is important to make sure that their CRM is able to link up with social media accounts and can relay all of that information to different accounts.  Your place or mine? Do you want to take control of the software or just subscribe to an online service, many technology article talk about clouds and online services, but if you not the kind of business that has the opportunity of an internal IT department then go cloud and find a solution provider like MyCRM. Do you go for mobile? Finally, it is a good idea to make sure that mobile connectivity is included within the software. If you are targeting the mobile device market, then the CRM also needs to target it. Why MyCRM Many needles one CRM haystack. After spending just over 15 years working in the CRM advisory and technology space, experience allows me to bare reference on what is good and what is not so good.  Ass a CRM provider in 2014 and as a Company MyCRM would only recommend Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a cost effective fit for purpose generic business platform that can empower business owners to not only manage customer relationships but drive sales and manage marketing in an effective and pro-active manner.    Source: Business 2 Community About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/   As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

Mobile marketing and how CRM can help

Mobile remains a crucial part of any modern marketing strategy, and effective use of CRM software can be vital in achieving success within this realm.  Today, we're going to look at some of the key methods for getting great results in the mobile world and how CRM software can help. From a number of posts I’ve made over the past year Marketing and sales are still the key crucial areas to drive new business.  Today we look at that favourite email marketing from a source article I found on Business 2 Community. Targeted mobile e-mails With more and more people now comfortable shopping on the web, targeted e-mails can be ideal in terms of helping to reach an audience.  More importantly, it can bring them news and offers that are relevant to the type of shopping they like to do.  CRM data can help provide more detailed profiles of users and indicate which types of e-mails they'd like to receive. Timing One of the keys to engaging with customers is to send them information at the right time.  If you bombard them just as they are heading into a business meeting, they are likely to get annoyed. CRM software can help any company work out when customers are going to be most receptive to receiving information. Context It is important to make sure that customers are communicated with in the context that most suits them.  For example, whilst they might be happy to browse on their mobile, they might prefer to actually order when they get home.  CRM data can help analyse their shopping patterns and can prevent the company from trying to make the hard sell at times when the customer is less likely to engage positively with it.  This timing is vital for any firm that doesn't want to put its customers off. Source: Business 2 Community A number of points in this article are highlight the need for an integrated email marketing suit with your CRM platform, and there are many solutions including those from MyCRM http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eCampaign.aspx About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/   As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

Using CRM in different Sectors and Verticals

I came across this article on CRM buyer and it reignited thoughts of past implementations when CRM was still a new concept and every opportunity was an opportunity to sell to a new vertical.  What I mean by this was that the company I worked for would win a project say in energy and then they would present themselves as specialist CRM providers in the energy business sector. Things have moved on a lot since the early software days and the CRM market has matured a lot with major payers like Microsoft delivering great platforms like Microsoft Dynamics CRM along with a number of industry templates and solutions. But the truth of the matter is CRM software can still hugely benefit companies in a number of different ways, but these benefits largely come from the ability to benefit the customers themselves.  I’m going to take a look at three different types of customers and how CRM software can be used to help improve their experience. B2C In any B2C environment, the key is to provide customers with products that will genuinely enhance their lives.  The goal here is to build ongoing interactions with the company in a bid to fully understand their needs and also how their needs will develop.  For example, someone learning to play the guitar will likely need more gear as he develops his skills, and if he has a positive ongoing relationship with a store selling said gear, he is more likely to go back there when he needs something new. B2B Customer need evolution becomes even more important in a B2B relationship, but the plus side is that relationships are often a bit easier to maintain.  The driving points for the buyer are usually stated upfront, such as price, timely delivery, and payment terms.  As long as the seller satisfies those points, the relationship will usually be maintainable.  Over time, the needs of the customer will often evolve, and CRM data can help track these needs.  Partners / Suppliers It is important to cultivate relationships with direct vendors and suppliers, as these will also develop over time.  Once the vendors' needs are met, it is also vital to ensure that value is increased in terms of training and that they feel like legitimate partners; again, this can be combined with CRM data to help build a better profile of the suppliers or vendors. Source: CRM Buyer In future articles I will be looking at the different vertical templates that are available for Microsoft CRM. If you looking for help implement your Microsoft Dynamics CRM system then please take a look at how MyCRM can help About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.  

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 to fully integrate customer social media information.  This means that a profile of the customer is built immediately.  With integration to powerful email marketing and social tools Determining the real potential It is also vital to ensure that enough information has been obtained about a customer so that a realistic estimate can be made as to exactly how much money they might spend.  Again, CRM can aid the company in this endeavour by helping to collect as much relevant information as possible.  Once a customer's spending has been estimated, the sale can be planned. Identify the decision makers In some cases, the person responsible for making the final decision might actually be the lead himself.  However, for many customers, especially those in B2B, the decision maker will actually be a key executive who has to judge solely on statistics, which is something that CRM can help to provide. Meaningful follow strategy Creating activity to have teams follow up is key and this should where possible be an automated process, if individuals are interacting with the organisations web site and requesting information via email or by phone then a process should be in place to capture the content of the activity though workflow or integration. By having seamless activity creation the process by team members for follow-up is made far easier and guaranteed to be done, as the activities are already in the queue. Measure results As long as the follow up process is slick and well defined and that the data is being recorded then the measurements of results will come naturally as the data being recorded will be part of the CRM and in the database.  Solutions like Microsoft Dynamics CRM have some great chart and reporting capabilities built in and these tools can help present collated data as a snap shot view of what is happening in your business. Analyse results Using reports in you solution you can analyse and review targets and get a quick snapshot of what is happening, but that said this level of analysis only comes if the correct data is being input to start with and the old adage is still true “rubbish in means rubbish out” or put a better way “you will only get out what you put in” Source: Business 2 Community If you looking for help with implementation for CRM or just need some support then contact MyCRM http://mycrmgroup.com/support.aspx About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.      

CRM and business process management

We are always keen to take a look at different aspects of CRM and how the software can help to enhance each step of the process. Today, we are going to look at how it can link up with business process management. It can help improve efficiency The aim of investing in CRM software is, of course, to help improve sales conversion rates. Yes, relationship building is vital, but more sales is the ultimate goal. CRM software combined with a positive business process can help ensure that all sales staff members know exactly how to close each sale and gives them access to the information that enables them to do so. It minimises inconsistency CRM software, like all business software, has an ROI, and combining its abilities with a strong business process is the ideal way to improve that return. Implementing a solid business process within the sales funnel can help to ensure that all members of the company act in accordance with the same procedures and policies. This helps to remove inconsistency across the board, ensuring the customer experience itself is more coherent, which in turn should generate more sales. It can help track profitability Thorough analysis on a sales process enables a high level of optimisation. As a result, the combination of a good business process and CRM software is invaluable. In addition to the customer data provided by the CRM software, the business process can provide information on the team itself, such as which techniques are most effective as well as which staff members perform the best and how to learn from them. All of this information can help to increase performance. Source: Destination CRM If you looking for help implement your Microsoft Dynamics CRM system then please take a look at how MyCRM can help About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

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 to be hit, what we need is SRM Sales Relationship Management” After a very short demo of the sales process in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and an explanation that sales are made to customers I had a new “Raving Fan” on my hands, a "convert to CRM".  This was not because the demo I had given was the best ever demo but clarification of how CRM can help in that department in that instance i.e. managing sales opportunities had opened the door to other discussions on how CRM could be used within the organisation. In this post I look at how a tool like Microsoft Dynamics CRM can be used to manage a Sales Pipeline out of the box.  To any Sales Manager or Director the management of closed and open sales opportunity is key to meeting targets and here I look at how CRM does this effortlessly. Understanding Prospects So the question you are probably asking is what is a prospect and where are they coming some?  IN Microsoft CRM a Prospect is a Lead record and looks like this:-     A lead record can be captured from many different sources including Social, Web, Phone or Email but the details are always the same, with the idea being that the individual is interested or may be interested in the products and services offered by your organisation. Once a new lead or prospect has been added to your CRM then you should have a standard business process on how you want to contact that person. This may include email marketing, an introduction email, a phone call or some other interaction but this should be recorded at the lead or prospect level. Understanding Prospect to Customer Status. The next stage is to understand the best time for your business to convert the new lead to a customer, and it most cases this is when a number of process have been completed in CRM to qualify the Lead Prospect with the right information. One of the great new features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 (see Screen shot above) is the help to qualify process which has 4 key steps from Qualify to Close.  This new easy to use process helps deliver lead / prospect creation, qualification, development, proposal and completion to an active pending customer. The activity feed in the centre of the screen shows the real time status of activity for the customer record which has been converted from the original prospect or Lead record.        Helping to manage follow-ups Once the initial leads have been generated, it's important for the sales staff to be able to manage the follow-up communications effectively. Fortunately, the CRM software means that information such as the action required, contact details and planned dates for the follow up can all be kept in one place, allowing for efficient communication between different sales staff. Records can easily be assigned to individual sales team members with an over view and dashboards provided to Managers and Directors Measuring results Needless to say, one of the key parts of managing the sales funnel is to ensure that all of the most relevant information regarding results is added to the database.  Keeping this data enables a company to predict future sales results, meaning that relatively accurate sales forecasts can take place, enabling the business to optimise its planning and cash flow for the future.  Microsoft CRM come complete with in-built sales forecasting reports and dashboards.     Analyzing the results The final key in terms of managing the sales pipeline is to ensure that the data used is analysed fully.  If there is a particular path that has led to sales success in the past, then it can be followed again.  Improvements to strategies should be made, and positive techniques put into action.  This enables the company to demonstrate to the sales staff exactly why some processes are being used and others not. To find out more and to see why MyCRM specialise in delivering Microsoft CRM as a service contact us at www.mycrmgroup.com. Article Source: Firmology About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.    

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 the sale later on can engage the customer in a manner consistent to the communications that they've already had. With the development of such tools like Skype and integrations with Microsoft Dynamics Call recording and file store of conversations is possible. It enables input from the team The main benefit of a CRM system is that it can provide a full range of data on a customer or client.  The ability to build and enable access to the same facts is crucial - this way, there will be no inconsistencies in terms of the products that the customer is targeted with and the offers they're given. It stops contradictions between different teams If a customer receives several different points of contact for one company, they might become confused or uncomfortable with the way that they're being handled. CRM software enables entirely different sales teams to offer a united front in terms of how the customer is treated, minimising the risk of the client being put off. There are also many other benefits that can help you different teams to gain efficiency in completing tasks. Use Maps to plan routes to gain efficiency There are many great features and benefits to using a system like Microsoft Dynamic’s CRM http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/pricing.aspx in the cloud, but coupled with powerful Map solution’s like eMap http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eMap.aspx and marketing solution like eCampaign http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eCampaign.aspx your CRM system can soon become a very powerful platform for Success. Manage your business not your IT The world of IT systems is changing and with this comes a load of new acronyms and buzzwords like “Cloud” and “SaaS” but all these things mean is that someone is going to manage the service for you, so you can get on with what is important to your business. If you need help with the implementation of a CRM system or need additional tools then register with MyCRM http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/default.aspx Source: http://www.firmology.com/2014/01/08/3-ways-sales-reps-can-reduce-mistakes-by-using-crm-software/  About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.    

Getting ready for the next big things in CRM, Ready!

I recently saw this article on Enterprise Apps Today and it made me think about what 2014 means for CRM and more so MyCRM and the App Store and the release of our 2013 managed service. See more http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/ CRM as a concept and methodology is an ever changing landscape and it needs to be as technology never standstill long enough for you to catch your breath. It's a good idea for those of you working on a new CRM system to take a look at what are some of the key trends expected to take place in the sector this year. This article highlights some key areas and it is worth thinking about, especially as how your business might benefit:- Smarter CRM One of the biggest factors expected to take place this year is the advent of smarter systems, capable of both storing more data as well as analysing it more effectively.  As the consumer's browsing habits grow more complex, so the software will need to grow alongside it. Integration CRM systems have previously evolved much in their own accord.  This year, though, many people are considering it quite likely that future evolutions in the software will be constructed in conjunction with other sales solutions in order to maximise its usefulness. Contact centre tie-ins There have previously been questions about why CRM is not integrated more frequently within contact centre environments.  It's anticipated that this will change during 2014, with the unique sales environments looking to further improve their own processes by making use of relevant data from the software. Usability In the end, CRM progress this year will come down to simple usability.  Is the software easy to use? Does it make the lives of sales staff that much easier?  Does it work on a mobile basis?  If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then the chances are that the software will achieve success. Go Mobile We are all working more and changes in working patterns continue and this is where mobility is a key contributor.  You will need to make sure you CRM provider can allow you access for people at home or in the field.  Make sure you can get to important data before a meeting and make sure you have the right information on hand when responding to a support call. Social Marketing I have done a number of post of socialising your business and MyCRM have used the likes of Twitter https://twitter.com/MyCRMGroup and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyCRMGroup to great effect. You might ask is it right for your business, well its definitely worth having a think about as statistics have shown this last December that most Christmas retail was done online so being there can only drive more business. More Software as a Service Cloud, Hosted SaaS and even Managed but what do they mean, putting the acronyms and buzzwords aside what all this means is someone has the IT headache and it allows you to get on and run your business, but remember if you’re going down a service route make sure you can get help and advice from the provider on how best to use the software for your business. I will be posting more about things that are happening and new solution coming from MyCRM Source: Enterprise Apps Today MyCRM provide a dedicated managed CRM service and can offer help and advice on getting you started.  Help you set up Email Marketing campaign and track customer activity. About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/  As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.