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.

Exploring social CRM in more depth, part 2

Yesterday, we started to take a look at some of the different ways in which the social media process can be improved and perfected. A lot of yesterday's focus was on the pre-management and selection of the software, whereas today we're going to look at the management of it. Engage important customers Whilst social CRM does indeed help to generate new customers, there are nonetheless always going to be particular brand advocates that regularly mention the products. These people are more likely to get other people to choose the firm, so it's important to get them involved through activities like sending through gift certificates or regularly re-tweeting them. Respond, fast One of the key benefits of CRM software is that it allows the company to respond to queries quickly by monitoring social data to look for when the firm is mentioned. It's vital, therefore, for the company to respond as quickly as possible in real-time to any mentions online, whether they're positive or negative. Monitor online reputations Another key benefit to social CRM is that it allows the firm to monitor when it is mentioned on relevant industry sites, e.g. when a hotel is mentioned on sites like Trip Advisor.  Staying on top of this data means that the firm can more effectively manage its reputation, and help to work with any customers that have had a bad experience. Making the effort to do this is well worth it: reviews remain a key part of the decision making process for many customers. Source: Hospitality Technology To help drive your business CRM strategy in 2014 contact MyCRM today 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.  

4 Potential CRM trends in 2014 to help your business get ahead

A great new article today from Business 2 Community which highlights some customer service trends.  One of the key parts of remaining successful in the CRM data world is to ensure that you stay on top of the latest trends.  Fortunately, a new piece in Business 2 Community has taken a look at some of the key trends that are likely to emerge in 2014: Below are 4 keys things your business may embrace over the next year. Social customer service comes into its own Because so many business are now using social media for CRM purposes (as they should be) the focus will now shift onto who's actually doing it well. Integrating the social side of things with all other customer service channels should now become a key factor. Big data steps in Big data has become a reasonably big deal in the last couple of years, and it's expected that the trend will continue within the next year. One of the key parts of marketing success is going to be the ability to actually leverage that information in order to provide a more beneficial experience for the individual customer. People are still the key No matter how much the customer service side of CRM becomes based around the various web technologies now in operation, it's important to remember that in the end, it is all about the individual person. Technology should mean that firms are able to take a more personal approach, even when dealing with a large amount of customer service claims.  The ability to treat every single web customer as special will likely set companies apart from the competition over the next couple of years or so. The Sky’s the limit with Clouds The paradigm for business I.T is shifting and the trust in hosted and managed service from small to medium enterprise is growing.  This is mainly down to cost effective services being offered and the need for flexibility and access to data. In Gartner’s 2013 CRM Applications Report, software-as-a-service offerings accounted for almost 40% of total software revenues from CRM spend in 2012 and it’s only going to grow further as business activity should not be about IT and making your systems work it should be about making sales and supporting customers in your direct sector. 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.

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.

CRM and Building a Business Sector Community

It's important to always try and stay on top of trends within CRM, as this is one of the key parts of obtaining success. Interestingly, many people believe that community will play a key part in the industry during 2014. Building an online community has long been considered a key part of general online success, and it's hard to imagine that it won't therefore impact CRM software in some way. It's likely that customer interaction through the community will become a key part of generating sales general. If run effectively, for instance, communities can provide a lot of relevant information to companies regarding the general viewpoints of customers, how they view certain products and ranges, where they'd like to see improvements, etc. It's therefore entirely possible that community will receive an enhanced budget from many companies during the upcoming year.  The potential for community data to be integrated with CRM software is obviously limitless. CRM software relies on genuine data from customers on likes and dislikes, when they're most likely to purchase, what area of the business they're interested in, as well as a number of other factors. Community offers a chance to obtain such areas of relevant data, whilst helping to generally build on the company's online reputation. If managed effectively and given the opportunity to thrive, online communities could be the ideal way for a firm to push their sales onto the next level whilst improving their own reputation and keeping customers happier: in this sense, it's almost the ideal addition to the CRM process. Source: CRM Buyer If you are looking for some help with the implementation or development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact our team 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. If you have any questions need advice or general support then MyCRM can help you move forward. 

CRM in 2014 the right choice for your business

Recently seeing this article on Customer Think Customer Think it gave me the opportunity to pen some thoughts about using CRM in your business in a growing economy.  As the world recovers from what was the worst financial correction in our recent history one thing that is for sure is that small and young businesses, and some of those that are established will be look for efficiency to help create growth.  Delivered and implemented correctly a software solution like Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 which enables growth and efficiently can help drive your organisations CRM Strategy. It's important to try and stay ahead of any industry in order to obtain success. That's why we thought it would be interesting to take a look at a new article, which has made a few predictions regarding CRM trends in 2014. These are some of the keys: Linking configuration, pricing and quoting More and more companies have invested in the ability to link the configure, price and quote process, and it's considered likely that this will continue during 2014, with the aim being to be able to automate more tasks that would otherwise be manual. Self-service It's possible that businesses in 2014 may also choose to continue to adopt self-service community portals. These can not only lower service costs overall, but can also draw in users by adding reward systems or gamification features. Field force management It's also considered possible that more CRM-driven field force tools will be used in order to make sure that the service force efficiency is being maximised. This should lead to a number of positive measures including the improvement of scheduling efficiency, automated inventory review and the increase of lead generation. Mobility becomes even more important There's no denying that - as is the case with many different industries, mobility will become more important in the CRM sector. Compatibility with smartphones means that sales staff can access everything they need whilst on the road. This can have a hugely positive impact on sales figures when the devices are used in the right way. If you are looking for some help with the implementation or development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact our team 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.   If you have any questions need advice or general support then MyCRM can help you business move forward.

Top CRM buyer trends in 2013 by Software Advice

An interesting set of research results has been highlighted by Software Advice an organisation that typically helps buys of software pick the right solutions You can see the full article here http://www.softwareadvice.com/crm/buyerview/report-2013/ The research was conducted with 5,279 software buyers between January and August this year and uncovers the top deployment model, features and motivation for evaluating new technology. Here are some of the key findings:  · Of companies who indicated a deployment model preference, 96 percent requested a cloud-based solution · Seventy five percent of integrated suite buyers requested sales force automation · Seventy six percent of best-of-breed buyers requested sales force automation · Nearly 90 percent of buyers requested contact management, note-taking capabilities and/or reporting and analytics As we move into 2014 and 2015 the software industry will continue to change and those vendors that are ready with download one use apps will likely prosper along with the solution providers that offer easy access to functionality for download or from within the cloud as a servers also known as Software As A Service. The research goes on to show the views of CRM buyers, and below the commentary from leading analyst Paul Greenberg discusses the points raised. Implications for CRM Vendors  In discussing our results with leading CRM industry analyst Paul Greenberg, we discovered a few implications of this report for software vendors. For one, CRM vendors need to ensure they focus on their products' reporting and analytics features -- companies increasingly expect these features to deliver real-time insights that enable them to personalize the customer experience and not just report on productivity. Additionally, vendors need to make social an integral part of their product; both in reporting capabilities as well as in the information included in contact profiles. In addition to Greenberg’s insights, our analysts see another implication for software vendors in this data. While 91 percent of buyers were interested in a standalone, best-of-breed solution, 25 percent still asked for integration with other critical systems. Vendors need to invest in making solutions capable of integrating with a variety of business programs, including those within the CRM industry, as well as other critical enterprise systems. Analyst Commentary  “In its early days, CRM systems were really good at creating operational efficiencies,” said Paul Greenberg, president of The 56 Group, LLC. “They still do this today, but now it's also about how effective they can make each interaction in terms of actually growing revenue - not just cutting costs.”  “CRM vendors should focus on adding or improving capabilities that will increase the efficiency of CRM’s bread and butter, sales force automation,” said Ashley Verrill, CRM analyst at Software Advice. “While many buyers are still looking for standalone functionality, there is a significant demand for CRM that works with social and other forms of data to streamline customer service efforts and take action when it matters most.” Methodology  The data presented in this research was obtained through Software Advice’s interactions with 5,279 CRM software buyers between January and August 2013. In these conversations, buyers were asked which functionalities, integrations and applications were crucial in their new system, as well as which deployment model would work best for their organization. Of the buyers included in the sample, 68 percent were currently using non industry-specific software or manual methods to manage customer relationships. 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 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.   

Managing the CRM process in your business

I recently came across an interesting new article in Forbes has explored some important points regarding the buyers journey, a number of which can be linked to the CRM software process. Use the software tactfully CRM software can be genuinely invaluable. However, it's important to ensure that it is presented to the sales staff in a way that isn't too threatening. Rather than presenting it as some sort of all seeing eye, it should be presented as exactly what it is: software that can make the lives of sales staff far easier. Buyers can channel-surf It is important to remember that in the digital age, buyers use the web at every single stage of the process. Previously, it was normal to estimate where they were in the sales process simply by viewing their engagement with different channels. Now, though, individual channel preferences for different buyer personas are vital in gauging the sales process. Good sales staff will already know what they're doing It is also important to remember that by their nature, good sales staff are already very intuitive, so the chances are that they'll know how invaluable the CRM software could be to them. Work with the outstanding members of the team to try and help implement the new process and share the exciting potential of the software. Plan, plan, plan As with all new integrations, it is important to plan everything out and to never be afraid of altering the sales and marketing process if new CRM data suggests that a change might be necessary. Source: Forbes 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.

Combining social media and CRM

I recently posted an article on socializing your business with CRM and what CRM could be defined as http://blog.mycrmgroup.com/post/2013/10/21/Does-socializing-your-business-mean-good-CRM.aspx in this post from Hospitality Technology the author highlights some key points to be considered. Customer relationship management remains one of the most valuable modern marketing tools, and utilising social data plays a key part in its success. This new article has highlighted some of the ways that social strategy can be improved or deployed effectively. Have a real strategy It's important for social promotion to have some sort of brand message, as well as an end-goal. For some companies, this could be to drive sales, for others it’s increasing the general reputation of the brand. Find the Correct Vendor Most solutions by default will be an 80% fit for your business but some organisations that provide systems will have a tailored or vertical solution which may be a perfect fit, but this should be evaluated as some templates or vertical solutions can be over time become restrictive to businesses, that change dynamically. Ensure responsibility CRM software can be brilliantly effective, but it's important to ensure that it's managed well. All businesses using CRM should ensure that they have at least one person who is responsible for managing the social media information flow. When one person is responsible for this, it's easier to ensure that the data is being managed effectively. Engage as much as possible It's vital to ensure that engagement in social tragedy is constantly built up. Indeed, for many companies social strategy is entirely based around trying to increase engagement with customers. CRM platforms are perfectly designed in order to aid this, so there's no excuse to not focus on it. Respond quickly One of the brilliant things about social and CRM is that it enables sales teams to respond to enquiries as quickly as they can through social channels. It’s important that the team does so. Use the tools effectively In the end, the emphasis should be on ensuring that the CRM software combines perfectly with social media data to increase sales and brand awareness. What Tools Exist A number of tools exist for social CRM but make sure your definition of what your organisation wants to achieve is well defined as if you linkup lots of data sources you may very quickly end up with a Database that is not that useful. Source: Hospitality Technology 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.