The art of customer enchantment

I recently picked up this article on Search CRM and thought it would be worth sharing as there are a number interesting points highlighted, one key point is that, it is your approach to good customer service and not a software application that is going to help you succeed. The key to longevity in any industry is rising above the fray and becoming an enduring brand. Silicon Valley author, investor, speaker, and business advisor Guy Kawasaki, who has worked for Apple in the past, has revealed in his new book The Art of Enchantment the three pillars that every great organisation should have in order to enchant customers and build a stronger brand. Kawasaki shared his point of view at the AIIM Conference earlier this month in Orlando, Florida, in a session named for his best-selling book. "The key to implementing technology isn't so much about the bits and the bytes and acronyms," Kawasaki explained. "It's about enchanting people. It's about changing people's hearts and minds and actions." Customer relationship management, or CRM, is all about enchanting the customer.  Kawasaki urges businesses to build the trust and loyalty of customers by sticking to these three principles: ·         Be likeable.  The expectations of the average consumer today are quite high, which means it is now more important than ever for businesses to be likeable.  This might mean giving customers that little something extra and offering great service by going above and beyond. ·         Be trustworthy.  Just because a company is well liked doesn’t mean that it is trustworthy.  Building trust means implementing policies that favour customers and their needs. ·         Offer quality services or products.  Companies need to go beyond offering only good service; they need to outshine the competition.  Offering lots of great features, functionality, and something people want or need goes a long way. In short, being exceptional, connecting with customers and standing out is the basis of building a solid relationship with customers. Source: http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/news/2240217569/From-good-to-great-Kawasakis-art-of-enchantment   If you are looking for some help moving your CRM solution forward or looking for help with migration or upgrade then contact MyCRM today www.mycrmgroup.com   About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com   MyCRM Download Centre and App Store  You can also register with the MyCRM App Store and Download Centre for Microsoft Dynamics CRM here http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/

Bad customer data management means bad customer experience

I recently came across this article and it brought back some thoughts of CRM implementation that had gone astray or where customer needed help in moving the right solution forward. So Today, we are looking at data and how it can be used effectively as there seems to be so much talk about big data that many business owners are starting to think it’s a passing fad, but the truth is that it is something that is here to stay. Just think about CRM – customer relationship management – and how it helps to determine what customers are doing and how to upsell them.  What many managers fail to consider is what this actually means to the customers who are sharing their personal data. If customers think a business is taking advantage of their personal information, it is very likely they will discontinue working with that company.  To put it plainly, customers are a lot savvier than most businesses think. The information infrastructure A company’s information infrastructure is where customer interactions begin and end.  Customers need to know that businesses are managing their personal data carefully and securely.  These same consumers also know that strides in technology have made it easier for companies to serve them, so they can grow impatient when there are service delays. Most importantly, many consumers can tell when they are being duped, like when they get spammed with tons of "special offers." The impact of data management Data management is extremely critical to the customer experience.  Businesses are either creating new customer records or adding to existing ones.  The data management system should focus on improving speed, accuracy, and security.  These features should make search and retrieval, authentication, and metadata management more efficient.  Making these aspects better on the company’s end is important, but the impact of improving the system should also make the customer’s experience faster and higher quality.  Keeping the customer in mind when enhancing these functions will benefit both the customer and the company. Source:  http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/tip/Poor-customer-data-management-equals-poor-customer-experience If you are looking for some help moving your CRM solution forward or looking for help with migration or upgrade then contact MyCRM today www.mycrmgroup.com   About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com   MyCRM Download Centre and App Store  You can also register with the MyCRM App Store and Download Centre for Microsoft Dynamics CRM here http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/

Mid-Week MyCRM News and Article Round Up.

Welcome to this week round up of some of the great CRM news and business articles of the week. I’ve had the opportunity to summarise some of theses but the links are included and always.  It’s been quite a busy week this week at MyCRM as we have been working on the release of some of our new Social Integration tools along with a number of new platforms and solutions This week we have 4 great articles that are all CRM related, so let us know what you think in the comments below   CRM best practices Even companies that have had CRM systems and practices in place for years can benefit from some reminders about techniques that can turbo-charge their CRM initiative. Having a CRM system in place is an excellent first step, but that isn’t the only thing managers must do to help boost their bottom line and make the most out of their investment.  Here’s a look at some CRM best practises that every manager should know. Gather only needed information.  If there are fields that are no longer necessary, remove them from the CRM system.  Clean up unused menus and consolidate forms; the sales team will be able to work much more efficiently this way. Stop relying on Excel.  The CRM system is there for a reason.  Use it.  Stop relying on Excel worksheets so much and start focusing on how to use the reports from the CRM system more effectively. Talk to everyone and find out what they think about the CRM system.  This means having a conversation with those who use the system and those who do not.  Get everyone on board.  Once everyone is using the same system, the benefits are undeniable.  Review the CRM system and learn more about it.  Many managers only use about 20 per cent of their CRM system and are unaware of its true potential.  Take some time to really look at it and find out what is not being used.  Is there an opportunity to improve production?  If so, take it! Clean up the data.  A major problem that many managers have is that they have old data.  Every year, take some time to clean it up and get rid of bad information.  The savings on things like outbound mailings will be shocking. Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list of all the best practises one can observe in order to make the most of a CRM system.  The key is to stay on top of it, learn as much about the system as possible, and use it to its fullest potential to garner the best results. Source: http://www.successwithcrm.com/blog/bid/95171/14-CRM-Best-Practices-for-2014-Start-NOW   The "Internet of Things" and CRM There is no question that customer relationship management (CRM) will be at the heart of most companies’ operations in the very near future.  CRM is a cost-effective and efficient way of building a brand, generating sales and maintaining customers.  With millions of devices now connecting to the "Internet of Things", it may become even more essential. Today, it is commonplace to spend a significant amount of time and money to enhance customer experience.  The demand for modern technology is a major driving force in the expansion of CRM software and platforms.  As buyers focus more on technology, CRM systems are becoming even more effective and savvier than ever before, making them a requirement for any business hoping for success. As it currently stands, areas of CRM investment tend to focus on social media, mobility, ecommerce, and web analytics.  However, that is all about to change. The "Internet of Things" is soon going to join those ranks as more products become connected.  Cars, chairs, buildings and even bodies are getting connected, and this is changing almost every industry.  A shift in sales, customer service, and marketing will be at the forefront of these fundamental changes. By the end of this year, connections to the internet via smartphones and other mobile devices will exceed PC users significantly, having a direct impact on the way in which businesses will interact with their customers. Source: http://www.cio.com/article/750847/How_the_Internet_of_Things_Drives_CRM_Investments?source=CIONLE_nlt_entapps_2014-04-07    Enhancing the CRM experience Almost every manager knows that focusing on revenue will help to drive project objectives, but how can this be done effectively? Customer data plays a powerful role in improving operational efficiency and selling effectiveness.  Payment histories, product shipment analyses, and customer satisfaction surveys are all excellent resources for nurturing strong customer relationships, taking advantage of every upselling opportunity, improving support issues, and even helping in the collections department. Perhaps most importantly, when a salesperson does not have to search for customer information, he or she can close that deal even more quickly.  That’s where the CRM system comes in.  This type of system offers an all-encompassing snapshot of the customer and can be a great tool, but it can also set teams up for failure if every department has not integrated the system into their daily routine. Here are some great tips for enhancing the CRM experience and making the most of it: Bridge the data and processes.  A good CRM system will have an infrastructure of data that bridges all departments and customer experience.  The system, when used properly, can cleanse, parse, profile, and standardise information to create useful reports and customer profiles. Allow for multichannel access.  In an effort to drive CRM adoption, many managers neglect other systems that are also important.  Allow authorised users the chance to collaborate on ideas and make mobile part of the strategy.  Using innovation is a great way to build customer trust, loyalty, and brand value. Listen.  A key to success is paying attention to both the customer and the process.  The principle of any CRM system is to enhance customer experience and therefore improve business performance.  Listen to what the customers want and need and apply those points into daily operations. Different CRM systems have different characteristics, but they all will inevitably lead to an improved portal experience and improved productivity.  However, in order to make the most of any CRM system, commitment, time, and a little legwork are required. Source:http://www.destinationcrm.com/Articles/Web-Exclusives/Viewpoints/5-Tips-for-Making-CRM-an-Enterprise-Portal-95552.aspx   Using CRM data effectively There is no question that implementing a CRM system will help maintain positive customer relationships, bring in new business, and boost that bottom line.  However, if one is not prepared, the data garnered from the CRM system can be overwhelming. How can one use CRM data effectively?  The trick is to dig a little deeper and learn how to make a correlation between business activities and levels of productivity.  Sometimes, this can be difficult to do, especially when a team is new to the CRM system. It is important to understand that the CRM system is where all the customer data lives.  Managers must consider what they want to do with this data and what they want to learn.  Otherwise, it is simply a lot of data and nothing more.  Data can help give the sales team some more tools in getting – and keeping – customers.  The CRM data can also help track service interactions, identify profitable customers and locate problems. Deciding what to do A lot of the time, figuring out what one wants to learn from data is retrospective – that is, based on past experience.  Use CRM data to see which offers have gotten a good response, and then generate similar offers to that.  You could also track how many times a lead needs to be contacted before converting to a sale.  Look for patterns that can help mould the way staff handle certain situations in the future. Just remember, the CRM system will speak for the customers and let managers know what is really working and what is not.  The trick is to really pay attention and use that data to make informed decisions. Source:http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/80180.html   About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com  

Mid-Week CRM round up from MyCRM

Again this week I have had the opportunity to browse soe of the latest news articles that relate to our industry and thought I’d continue to share a number of these as I know they are quite popular Today we are list 3 article that cover Small Business Big data, How outsourced CRM platform are best and a case study on CRM success for DirecTV.   Do small companies benefit from Big Data and CRM? It emanates almost ubiquitously – seeping from the internet, business applications, machine logs and data logs.  Big Data can help all sorts of businesses grow, making them more profitable and more strategic.  Do small businesses really benefit from Big Data? Big Data, often described as variety, velocity and volume, is a term that encompasses the massive amounts of information businesses collect from different sources.  With the proper tools, businesses of any size can benefit from Big Data.  A driving force behind the benefit of Big Data is applying algorithms and predictive models to draw value out of the data, which can then be used to solve specific business problems. That’s where customer relationship management, or CRM, comes in.  A CRM system helps to manage how a business works with both current and potential customers, and it is used primarily by the sales staff and managers.  This type of system helps a company become more profitable by helping the sales staff close more deals while helping to create loyal, happy customers. Those not familiar with CRM often think it is the same as Big Data.  Although they aren’t the same thing, they are very closely connected.  A CRM system can help extract value from Big Data.  In other words, it helps to take all of that information and translate it into smart data that decision-makers can actually use. The bottom line is that even the smallest of companies can benefit from today’s advanced CRM systems that integrate easily with Big Data to mine out what really matters.  CRM helps businesses cut through the noise and levels the playing field, which allows for businesses – even small businesses – to compete on a wide, if not global, level. Source: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6053-big-data-vs-crm.html   Outsourcing data analytics with CRM in mind Many CIOs have turned to outsourced solutions for handing a number of IT issues such as maintenance and infrastructure in hopes of reducing spending and freeing up in-house staff for more desirable projects, including the perfection and integration of their CRM system.  Until recently, CIOs have not really included data analytics on the list of things to outsource.  Businesses are now starting to enhance their in-house analytics with external providers. These providers help to bolster the data businesses already have from their own efforts, such as CRM system data, with their own data consisting of observations from a number of sources across a wide range of demographics.  They then apply predictive analytics to this combined data to get a clearer picture of how to understand, find and keep customers.  Predictive analytics include a range of scores including those forecasting potential fraud, wealth, churn, social influences, shopper type, and recommendations. Businesses may opt to use such services while they build their own internal capacity for gathering and analysing data from their existing CRM systems or instead of doing just that.  The car rental giant Hertz is one example of a company successfully using outside data expertise to supplement their existing system of data collection and interpretation.  In short, the analytics outsourcing done by Hertz has allowed the company to give their customers a voice and to really hear what they are saying, which is a key to successful and effective customer relationship management. Companies just starting up or those modifying their existing CRM scheme may consider outsourcing analytics services to speed up the delivery of new products and services as well as to provide upgraded technology to their client base.  It can be a short-term solution to help figure out a more permanent data analytics strategy, or it can be the ideal solution for companies that have limited time and resources.   Source: http://www.cio.com/article/749877/Why_CIOs_Should_Look_Outside_for_Data_Expertise?taxonomyId=600010   DirecTV enjoys massive sales success thanks to CRM Thanks to integrated sales and an effective CRM system, DirecTV has been able to capture more customers than ever. In the past, handling DirecTV sales calls was a real juggling act – one in which agents would be constantly referring to cue cards, punching numbers, toggling between applications, and jotting down notes.  The company also had three outsourced call centres, all using their own customer records. Back then, nothing was consolidated and it started affecting productivity and DirecTV’s £18 billion bottom line. "If you started the sales process and then hung up to check with your [the customer’s] wife, the next time you called in, you'd be routed to a different call centre and a different agent and none of that original information would have been captured," explains Mike Benson, DirecTV’s CIO. With a little legwork and planning, DirecTV officials are happy to say that their new CRM system, which is completely integrated, works seamlessly with all their call centres and office locations globally.  Sales agents now have a real-time, whole view of the customer at any given moment. This new CRM system has garnered some pretty fantastic results.  Call-handle times have been reduced and the percentage of calls that convert to sales has increased.  Furthermore, agent training has been streamlined, making it possible for new hires to hit performance goals within a week or so of getting on the floor. Real-time guidance similar to that of DirecTV is growing in popularity among businesses, especially those with call centres across a number of locations.  End-to-end CRM tools improve productivity and cut operating costs, which are two very important factors in success. Source:http://www.cio.com/article/749846/Integrated_Sales_and_CRM_System_Lets_DirecTV_Capture_More_Couch_Potatoes?page=1&taxonomyId=3005   If you would like to find out more about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and take a trial for your business then you can register here http://www.mycrmhosted.com/demorequest.aspx   About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com    

Sales Force Automation Software Buyer Views 2014

  Every year, Software Advice talks with thousands of professionals looking for the right sales force automation (SFA) software for their company."  This provides us with unparalleled insight into the needs of SFA software buyers across a wide range of industries.      Software Advice BuyerView: Sales Force Automation Report from Software Advice   About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com  

MyCRM Weekly News Roundup

In our latest series of the MyCRM News roundup we have a number of interesting articles from the various news feeds and the world of CRM.   1.Microsoft launches its Social Listening tool 2.Big data, small world 3.NatWest using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.When a company really needs CRM     Microsoft launches its Social Listening tool   At Microsoft’s Dynamics Convergence conference the software giant announced Microsoft Social Listening, a new tool that is to be a free add-on for professionals already paying a licence fee.   Kirill Tatarinov, the executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, went so far as to call the feature “revolutionary.” It will form a part of the Dynamics CRM platform within a few weeks.   This initiative arose as a direct result of Microsoft’s buyout of Netbreeze in Q4 of 2012. The monitoring and social analytics software platform used by Netbreeze has been utilised by Microsoft to create its Social Listening software.   Tatarinov told the media at the conference: “Netbreeze have done something revolutionary. It listens in to a broad range of [social] channels, and Microsoft can give them access to even more. They build listening technology that can generate sentiments by listening to innate languages, of which it supports 28."    Microsoft obviously hopes that businesses will welcome this new software, as it is sophisticated enough to measure sentiment in social conversations. This will allow fast responses to changing situations.   Overall the tool will assist users to monitor events in real time relating to brands, products, and other elements relating to online business. This should lead to a better understanding of customers’ wants and opinions.   The big question is, does business really want this tool? It is clear that some major UK retailers are less than convinced that social analytics is worth the bother. To assess likely demand could be the reason Microsoft are initially offering use of the tool free of charge    Source:- http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/analysis/2333627/is-microsoft-just-testing-the-waters-with-social-listening      Big data, small world Information, information, information.  It’s coming out of our ears and seems to be everywhere we look.  Big Data is like the Big Bang of information and can be just as dazzling, but is it just too big and unwieldy for the small to medium size businesses?   The plethora of data gathered from the internet can be overwhelming, but it can be put to good use whatever size marketing budget your company has.  Javier Aldrete, director of product management at sales software provider Zilliant, explains: “The benefits of the Big Data movement has more to do with driving action and value out of data by applying algorithms and predictive models to solve specific business problems.” Even small businesses can tap into this data explosion by using certain types of business applications, CRM (Customer Relationship Management) being the prime example.   CRM is a system used by businesses to manage their relationships with current and prospective customers, usually with CRM software.  The software can provide a place to store and organise customer information. As they have developed, CRM systems have gained the ability to track the health of accounts and sales pipelines.  CRM can benefit small businesses by helping them obtain sales and develop closer relationships with customers.  It gives businesses a “bird’s eye view” of which industries, company sizes and other types of targets are most profitable so they can focus their energies on the most efficient course of action.   The amount of information to be deduced from CRM systems is invaluable.  In this world of Big Data, even small businesses can benefit from streamlined information gathering.   Source: http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/sbc/2014/03/11/big-data-vs-crm-how-can-help-small-business/       NatWest using Microsoft Dynamics CRM   NatWest bank decided to replace its out of date CRM facility with a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system during 2013.   The bank’s old system was under some strain and was not providing the functionality required by the major high street bank. It became apparent to the bank that to keep up with the demands of customers, particularly business clients, change was badly needed. The bank considered other suppliers and systems but decided that the Microsoft option was best for the organisation.   NatWest is of course owned by Royal Bank of Scotland and the head of CRM for the business and commercial arm of RBS, David Russell stated that, “a consolidated view of all customer touch points” was required. The overall objective is to streamline processes to release employee time to maintain a fuller relationship with clients. He also stated: "We also sought powerful analytics capabilities that would allow us to further improve those customer relationships while driving cross-selling opportunities through value-added customer interactions." He went on: "CRM helps us to deliver a personalised service, which supports customers in achieving their ambitions."   One of the main concerns of the bank was that staff would be able to quickly adapt to a new CRM system; it had to be easy to use and quick to learn. The new system had to be seen as part of the solution the employees already had.    Another feature that attracted the bank to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system was the on-premise option offered. Not all systems are available with this feature that NatWest saw as being essential for its needs.   This move by a big-player like NatWest further highlights the importance and the need for an effective CRM system for all businesses that regard customer care as being of major importance to the success of the organisation.    Source: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2330582/natwest-selects-microsoft-dynamics-crm-ahead-of-salesforcecom-and-oracle     When a company really needs CRM When a business first starts operating time and money can be short and all hands really do need to be on deck. In those early days, things often get done any way they can, but how long can that effectively last? A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application can really make a difference in managing critical customer information and streamlining everything.   Here are a few signs that a company really needs to consider CRM. •Multiple information sources. Having information in multiple systems and a general air of disorganisation can impact customer service and employee productivity. Everyone should have the same single view of customer history.   •Tedious reporting. Getting business data and pulling reports is never fun, but it shouldn’t be painful. With CRM, it becomes a lot easier to see sales forecasts, business data and performance reports.   •Data loss. If there isn’t a single source of information, then there is no question that data is being lost.  This can cost time and money. Make sure that data is kept safe and secure, no matter who is working.   •One-size-fits-all approach to customers. Not all customers are created equal. Targeted marketing and savvy sales approaches can drastically improve the bottom line. A good CRM platform can help to ensure this happens.   •Hardly any visibility. As the company grows, it can become more difficult to gain insight into customer interactions and outcomes. It is important to understand exactly how the team is performing. A good CRM application really is necessary for any growing business. It helps to maintain critical customer information and provides a more detailed and insightful look at the business as a whole.     Source:http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/sponsored/seven-signs-you-really-need-crm-18032014.html   If you looking for help in either the Public or Private sector with the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM then find out more 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.

MyCRM 2013 – and we are nearly ready to Go Go Go!

As we move through Q1 and into Q2 we are pleased to confirm that our New MyCRM platform is nearly ready for production. After a few months of work to bring most of the app store up to the new version we will now be offering   CRM 2013 with our integrated product set. How to get a trial? You can request a trial of CRM from MyCRM here http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/demorequest.aspx just fill in the form and we will set everything for you giving you full access to your own version of CRM Need Help? Setting up your CRM can be complicated so why not talk to us about setting up your data and users for you to help you get start. Countdown to April 2014 As we progress though into April we will be releasing a number of new sites including the new download centre and updates service offerings.

#CRM News Round up from the MyCRM Team, 4 of this week’s top articles

Following on from my latest post I have found a number of other news articles that grabbed my interest so in the second of our round new offering you can find 4 of the more topical CRM pieces. 1.    Fostering an effective CRM solution CRM systems remain an excellent way to help improve the effectiveness of any company's customer service operations.  There are several challenges involved in ensuring that it works as planned, however, and these are some of the most vital: Awareness Too many companies invest in a quality CRM system without actually being sure what the investment is for.  Unfortunately, if the company is unsure what the product is meant to do, there is no effective way to measure whether or not it is actually working!  It's important that everyone using the software knows exactly what it can do. Usability It is the responsibility of both the service provider and the senior staff member at the company to ensure that any CRM systems invested in are fully useable and that employees know exactly how to make use of them.  A lack of usability and skill in using the software will lead to weak results. Ensuring everyone is on board One of the most common oppositions to CRM software is people within the company who do not want to make use of it.  It is important, therefore, to make sure in advance that absolutely everyone in the company is able to voice any opposition and that the benefits of the software are properly explained.  Ecology It is important that the CRM software is adapted into the company ethos.  Any company that sticks religiously to "just the way we do things 'round here" is usually one that ends up failing because of a lack of adaptability. Source: Business 2 Community   2.    Ensuring CRM integration does not affect the customer One of the most important aspects of managing CRM software is ensuring that it can be integrated effectively into the existing systems.  We've covered this before.  However, it is also important to ensure that the integration does not affect the customer experience in any way.  Today, we're going to take a look at how this can be avoided. Understanding and mapping out systems It's important to make sure that the customer's journey through the sales process is mapped out.  This is to the benefit of the customers themselves because they receive a more streamlined process and also benefits the staff because it lets them know exactly where they should be going. Ensuring the right technology is in place It is also extremely important to make sure that every tool the company makes use of has a reason to be there. Any wastefulness should be avoided, and every piece of software should make a positive contribution to the customer service process. Establishing excellence Ensure that there are one or two staff members who are charged with optimising the CRM process.  This "centre" of operation will mean that any changes being made can be fully vetted by those in the know.  This, in turn, is ideal for ensuring that the system doesn't become too clogged up with irrelevant open source tools. Collaborating It's always a good idea to ensure that different departments get involved with planning the system.  There is a wide range of CRM software out there, and it is in the company's interest to make sure that the one chosen works for everyone. Source: Destination CRM   3.    CRM for solo entrepreneurs We have talked a great deal about CRM benefits for small and medium companies. As a general rule, these are typically the firms that make use of the technology most frequently.  However, there are also a multitude of benefits for solo professionals and consultants.  Here are a few of the most important. Building brands One of the most important aspects of building success as a consultant or industry expert is to create a genuine brand around your name.  Larger brands tend to take on more engagements.  CRM software can help to build up industry expertise in terms of how to develop sales and build customer relationships, which are both vital parts of brand building. Higher fees The more knowledge consultants are able to provide, the more valuable they will be to the company paying them.  Consultants who are highly valued by their clients are able to command higher rates.  Once the overall fees increase, the solo operators will be able to increase their fees for group consultations as well. Generating more leads One of the most commonly cited benefits of CRM is that it is a great tool for helping to make the user aware of where potential leads have appeared.  Again, data remains invaluable for building an audience, and CRM software will enable any consultant to obtain information on potential customers, their optimum reading time, their previous purchase history regarding any products, and a host of other factors.  As ever, relevant information is power, and CRM helps to provide this information. Source: Clickz   4.    What are the main CRM problems a business might experience?   Recent research has revealed that some businesses are struggling to realize the greatest benefit from their CRM projects. So what is the problem?   In some cases the technology is not performing as it should; employees are not using it at all, or if they are it is being used incorrectly; the CRM software is not suitable for the business that is using it and in some cases changes in management has negatively impacted its use.   Obviously the creators of CRM systems design them to work efficiently; however, there can be a problem if a system is not easy to access or use. Employees can quickly become disillusioned with a system if they have trouble accessing it, or using it as and when needed.   In general, employees are an adaptable bunch and will do their best to come to terms with new systems as quickly as they can. When employees shy away from using a CRM system the reason could well be that management is not fully committed to its use. It will soon become apparent to an employee if management are not making full use of the data, and he or she will conclude that inputting is a waste of time. This is quite rare but it has and does happen. Most management personnel now appreciate the value of CRM and it is essential that to encourage employees to do their best with it everyone in the business should be seen to be using it.   If a system is not doing everything that a business requires it is most likely because the business itself has changed, expanded and moved on. Sometimes this problem can be difficult to address without major changes to the system that can of course be expensive, as replacement projects are usually more costly than the original system.   CRM systems can be of great value to a business, however, managers must remember that to ensure success everyone must be committed to its use.       Source: http://www.business2community.com/customer-experience/4-common-crm-issues-0784409#!zE2zE   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. 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