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 years building and implementing CRM systems I have seen bubbles and downturns and more importantly recoveries.  A good well implemented Customer based system and strategy for your business is key regardless if you are a start-up or a well-established organisation. As technology is always moving forward and the way we all work is changing it is important that your staff and your customers have access to your business in more than one-way.  We saw in the UK that this December (2013) Christmas shopping online for the first time over took high-street and supermarket shopping for present buying and organisation that can deliver through multiple channels will have greater success. I’m sure reading this as a business owner you will have no doubt that taking your business forward is a priority for you own personal success, but with years of experience in implementation you probably have lots of questions about how you can use an effective CRM. If you don’t already have a CRM application that is set up in your businesses then talk to MyCRM as we can offer a complete solution with email marketing from £50 per user per month which is just £1.66 per day. But before you do you need to give some thought into what your business needs to achieve with CRM, Marketing, Sales and Support and if you need an online or social presence. Below are a number of key areas to think about. Mobility This is perhaps the most vital modern ability of any CRM software. Just as customers are becoming increasingly reliant on their mobiles in order to browse the web and purchase items, so the companies should also be developing their abilities to manage their sales workload whilst out and about.  The ability to update data on a particular sale in real-time can be hugely beneficial to any firm looking to improve their sales process, and the right CRM system can ensure seamless communication. Social Another key characteristic of CRM software is the full integration of social media data. The simple fact is that social media is now ubiquitous, with almost everyone making use of at least one network. Mining this data is therefore almost simple common sense.  It will enable to provide better information about customer likes and dislikes, as well as data on things like when they're most active. Real, provable feedback This is a constant in the world of CRM, and will be no less important in 2014. It's vital to ensure that the CRM software is able to genuinely increase sales and revenue - if it does this and can prove it, then it becomes well worth the investment. Self Service If you want to trade outside of the standard 9 to 5 and give access to customers to help themselves then you need to make sure the web site service or social media page can support this. Get a Provider Finding the Right Solution Provider is also key as there are many different types and the cost can vary, but as an organisation that is looking for fixed costs then it is worth discussing with providers the ability to have a hosted or managed service. 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 centrhhere: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

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 will be seeing a lot more growth in this area in 2014. The consulting company Software Advice examined its exchanges with IT decision makers over the course of 2013. They found that 91% of buyers wanted a best-of-breed solution as opposed to combined or multiple products. This result follows a trend that is echoed in both business and customer technology – if it is simple, efficient, and powerful, it will likely be a success. The key statement as spending is always restrained in early post downturn days is “Value For Money” for the past year MyCRM have been offering a number of key SME solutions that include Email marketing and CRM from Microsoft Dynamics for as little as £50 per user.  Business owners have reported back to say they agree that a fixed cost service is always best and helps plan expenditure. For the customers Knowing what your customers want from you is something that every company should keep on top of. A CRM solution that is compatible with your company should be focused on assisting marketing, sales and development teams to meet the expectations of your customers, and giving them a helpful and positive impression of your company. Customers want value for their money, accessibility and above all, a positive experience. As long as you give your customers a positive experience, you will be off to a great start. And here at MyCRM we believe that CRM is not just part of our name but our ethos to deliver great services to all customers About Software Advice Software Advice is a trusted resource for software buyers. The company's website, www.softwareadvice.com, provides detailed reviews, comparisons and research to help organizations choose the right software. Meanwhile, the company’s team of software analysts provide free telephone consultations to help each software buyer identify systems that best fit their needs. In the process, Software Advice connects software buyers and sellers, generating high-quality opportunities for software vendors. Since its founding in 2005, the company has assisted more than 150,000 software buyers. Software Advice is headquartered in Austin, Texas where it employs a team of ~80 (and growing). It has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine. If you are looking for some help with the implementation of development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact here http://www.mycrmgroup.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 and Marketing for better Sales

After reading an interesting article of Business 2 Community I have to concur that a CRM system remains an effective investment for many people. However, there are several keys to making it work, especially within marketing. This is interesting, as it's often seen as being part of the more specific sales-side of things. Interestingly, though, statistics showed that 46% of marketers using more mature lead management processes will then in turn have sales teams that follow up on more than 75% of the leads they've generated. Sales teams linked to 25% of these marketers will be able to contact prospects within around a day - the figure otherwise is around 10%. There is obviously, then, a lot of potential for marketers to use CRM software effectively. One of the key ways in which CRM can aid marketers is profiling and segmentation. The marketing team needs to be able to ask the right questions in terms of what the different customer demographics want, and the CRM software can help to provide this extra level of insight. Integration with e-mail marketing is another useful benefit of CRM systems. According to Jupiter research, relevant, on-the-ball e-mails help to drive around 18 times more revenue than general broadcast e-mails. And working with a provider like MyCRM can benefit organisations further as they not only offer best of breed CRM using Microsoft Dynamics CRM but can off extended function all in one place and include things like email marketing directly from the hosted managed CRM system. This offer some great advantages as marketing users can automate the CRM system to create lead follow ups for sales based on a scored criteria or location of prospect.  You can see more here http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eCampaign.aspx Finally, general ROI management can be aided substantially by the CRM process.  By using metrics such as customers acquired, attrition rates, cross-sell rates, up-sell rates and the average number of transactions, marketers can more accurately adjust their processes in order to help achieve higher levels of sales, and to better increase communication with customers. 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.

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, but does it receive them back? How many people have engaged with the brand that otherwise wouldn't have if the CRM software was not in place. Key things to consider is the configuration of the system and how metrics can be gathered and used for business purposes.  As an example CRM with email marketing from MyCRM has an average cost of £50 per user per month and enables an organisation to send unlimited emails and track responses.  If those responses are not then used for sales and further engagement where is the ROI?  Well it might be an ROI in driving more traffic to your web sites, but predominantly real ROI in anything is dictated by the number of returning sales and profit generated. Percentage of clients The chances are that before the CRM software was installed, your firm already had a number of clients in place. The key, then, is to work out how many of the clients you now have were brought in through the software. Are there clients there that probably wouldn't have bought a product or service had it not been for the software? But as you wil know the software is just the enabler so the strategy for your CRM is how you can drive more business and record and react on the information you have.  Many organisation will start small and define a single process.  Some define the whole business, either way at MyCRM we can help you work towards a goal of successful customer management and sales generation. Client turnover This is another key factor. Removing client turnover full stop is virtually impossible for any business. However, it should be possible to measure whether or not this figure has gone up or down since the software was installed. Remember, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management: the software is there to help you improve the ways that you engage with your clients. It's important for statistics to bear out the fact that it's doing that. Source: Investment News If you are looking for some help with the implementation of development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact me here http://www.mycrmgroup.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how CRM as a technology and CRM as a process can work in business and has therefore developed a number of off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre, with 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 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 should be able to be configured in such a way that it exactly matches the company's sales pipeline. It's therefore possible to see exactly where any single account is in terms of the sales funnel - it's even possible to edit the software so that it works in 'stages'. This means that the sales team can see when a particular lead is in the riskiest stage of the sales process, allowing them to provide the extra attention. It can automate Some of the most mundane and time consuming parts of the sales process can be automated using the CRM software, saving money and time. Things like delivering e-mails according to schedule, collecting responses and then monitoring click-through, message opens and other statistics, can all be conducted by the CRM software's processes. Intuitive Reporting Sales team member loving seeing how they have done and how they are doing against target, and motivation can be attained by showing real time comparisons on how other team members perform so make sure CRM is equipped with real-time reports and dashboards. Source: Smart Data Collective If you are looking for some help with the implementation of development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact me here http://www.mycrmgroup.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how CRM as a technology and CRM as a process can work in business and has therefore developed a number of off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre, with 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.

Coming Soon eSpell 2013 the Spell Checker for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

On the success of the first release of eSpell for Microsoft Dynamics CRM some 3 years ago we have taken all the feedback from our customers and we are pleased to say eSpell 2013 is near ready for release And yes this time you can check the whole form in one click    eSpell still supports a number of dictionary languages and can still be added to custom entities as before   The spelling checking process now reviews all the fields on the form and checks in sequence giving an apropriate tick if the word is in the dictionary. This is one of the great productivity enhancement tools from MyCRM and if you have any questions please email Support@mycrmgroup.com To get a trail register on the MyCRM Downlaod Centre as eSpell 2013 will be released in the next 3 weeks. About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how CRM as a technology and CRM as a process can work in business and has therefore developed a number of off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity. 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 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 measure each channel individually.  This is ideal in enabling a company to get an accurate impression as to which forms of offline marketing work effectively. Ask the customers One of the important factors in measuring effective offline marketing results is to ask the customers exactly where they heard about the company.  Over time, this will enable a firm to measure whereabouts most of their custom is coming from.  In turn, this will mean that they're able to further invest in the most efficient channels and can discard the others. It can compare percentages When you send out marketing to the offline world, it's easy enough to be able to measure the amount of leads that come back.  However, it's virtually impossible to measure percentages.  CRM software can help a company compare how many flyers, etc, were sent out with how many leads they generated.  This can help gain insight into which channels are most effective in a percentage sense. Source: Click Z If you looking for help with you Microsoft CRM Installation then please contact us today We believe CRM is more than just adopting some software it is a methodology of putting your customer at the centre of everything your organisation does so invest and spend time on the whole process to gain the best results. Here at MyCRM our aim to help deliver effective CRM. You can see what our current customers say here: http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx, but more importantly we want your business to succeed with the use of a great software solution.   To get a trial of Microsoft Dynamics CRM you can register with MyCRM here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/demorequest.aspx To gain access to product extensions from the MyCRM team please register here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/Account/Register.aspx About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how CRM as a technology and CRM as a process can work in business and has therefore developed a number of off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity. 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.  

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 service but then there is no support of help with setup leaving in the hands of partner consulting organisation. So when considering the implementation of any software consider the whole picture not just the software element. Below are a couple of points that should be considered: Know your initial requirements It is important that any company looking to invest in a new CRM knows exactly what they are hoping to gain from it. After all, the point of the investment is to benefit in specific ways.  Rather than focusing on the cosmetics of a system, it is best to ask in what specific ways it will benefit the firm. Consider developing a scope document that key parties can refer to and work against so that all objectives are highlighted and achieved. Make sure all key parties from your organisation are involved in the review process as ending up in the position where a new system is forced upon people will probably not improve productivity and acceptance. Know where the data is being stored With the explosion of “Cloud Software” and “Software as a Service” it is very easy to get confused with the jargon so if your organisation is going to be subscribing to an internet based service for your CRM software then ask the provider “Where is my Data?” Any company that offers CRM software should be prepared to let their clients know where customer information is being stored.  As a general rule, software will store all relevant data on one server in a single none shared database but this might not be the case.  It is the client’s right to ask where that system is and what security processes are in place to keep it safe. Does the software suit your business size? As with nearly all services, CRM software will have an optimum business size with which it functions best.  It is therefore a good idea to check whether a particular software set will suit your own firm, as obtaining software built for a smaller firm will likely lead to another upgrade in a couple of years. Also give consideration to not only the now but can the software evolve with your business make sure the solution can be easily updated configured and changed without expensive consultancy or development being sort, when simple field or page changes are needed.  The secret of a great CRM deployment is internal adoption, ownership and usability. Check for integration It is important that the relevant CRM software is compatible with any enterprise resource planning software that the company already uses.  Whilst full integration is not always required immediately, it is still worth knowing that it is possible further down the line. Also if you don’t have an ERP system and some smaller business don’t look at how your finance system will reconcile if you’re billing directly from the CRM against your customer records. Not Just Software. CRM is more than just adopting some software it is a methodology of putting your customer at the centre of everything your organisation does so invest and spend time on the whole process to gain the best results. MyCRM aim to help deliver effective CRM. You can see what our current customers say here: http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx, but more importantly we want your business to succeed with the use of a great software solution.   To get a trial of Microsoft Dynamics CRM you can register with MyCRM here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/demorequest.aspx To gain access to product extensions from the MyCRM team please register here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/Account/Register.aspx About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how CRM as a technology and CRM as a process can work in business and has therefore developed a number of off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity. 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. Original Article for reference http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/5425-how-to-choose-the-best-crm-software.html