Usability and functionality features pay off for CRM providers

A great article I picked up over the weekend which highlights the point that as a provider of CRM having the ability to plugin additional solutions is key, here at MyCRM we pride ourselves on being a CRM provider with a catalogue of extended product solutions. The Article covers a discussion on CRM providers who invest significantly in functionality and usability are leaving the competition in the dust. According a recent study by Nucleus Research, customer relationship management (CRM) providers who focus their time, energy and resources on improving usability and functionality are stepping to the forefront of the industry.  These providers are making their interfaces even easier to use in order to boost productivity. "While the accelerated cadence of releases from most cloud CRM vendors and continued acquisitions in this space have driven some significant shifts in positioning since the last CRM Value Matrix, the real standout this half is usability. Providers focusing on real usability improvements and following the dark cockpit principles of simplify, focus, and automate are starting to widen the gap, challenging others to play catch up," explains Vice President of Nucleus Research, Rebecca Wettemann. Customer relations management systems help businesses attract and maintain customers through data management and analysis.  CRM providers on the cutting edge of the industry are also offering new capabilities in configure-price-quote, performance management and territory management into the core features. In the next few years, as consumers become more diligent in their shopping and even savvier in their spending, experts project that CRM will become an even more enterprising application for success, which means that upgrades to CRM systems or switching to entirely new systems will become essential.  As CRM grows in importance, businesses will be looking for providers who offer a quality system whilst also exhibiting an overall commitment to helping their customers soar above the rest. Source: http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/212638/crm-providers-gains-investing-usability-functionality   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/  

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/

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  

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  

Latest news cast from the CRM industry

Some great articles in the last couple of weeks although we have had the usual Easter and Mayday lull here in the UK, So now we are back at full steam I have collated 5 of the latest articles that might be of interest. Also don’t forget If you would like to take a trial on the MyCRM 2013 platform don’t for get to register here http://www.mycrmhosted.com/pricing.aspx   Ok back to the news!! Almost half of businesses say cloud adoption is a "go" According to a recent Microsoft-commissioned study, nearly half of organisations are in the process of adopting the cloud.  Additionally, about 33 per cent of companies already have a solid cloud computing plan. The “Hosting and Cloud Go Mainstream: 2014” study also sought to find the best practises for cloud computing with the top four being having a well-defined security architecture, knowing the end users, training users on access and security, and having a well-defined performance architecture.  The study also indicated that 26 per cent of on-premises spending was on private cloud development. A majority of respondents – about 70 per cent – also indicated that they secure website hosting, with 64 per cent procuring backup and storage services and 56 per cent paying for dedicated servers.  The findings do indicate that spending on public cloud will likely remain the same for the next two years at about 25 per cent, whilst the spending on hosting for private clouds is expected to rise to about 32 per cent. Experts believe that hosted private cloud is a natural gateway to hybrid cloud environments for many business customers.  More and more companies have transitioned away from the discovery phase and are moving into deploying cloud solutions. Cloud deployments are only expected to increase, which leads to security concerns for business owners and IT professionals alike.  The study asked respondents about security, and 60 per cent of them indicated that they would be willing to pay for premium security options. The report focused on more than 2,000 IT professionals working at a number of companies of various sizes throughout 11 different nations including Brazil, Germany, India, the UK, and the United States. Source: http://www.crm-daily.com/story.xhtml?story_id=1130060YCPWY   Thinking of changing CRM platforms? CRM platforms are very important to the success and operations of any business, but many managers still dread the thought of adopting a new one.  The time required to effectively research all the different CRMs available and implement a platform may seem like a daunting task to many managers, but this can really pay off.  Once a particular product has been chosen, the next step is figuring out a process for organising all the data and integrating the CRM into daily operations as seamlessly as possible.  A major concern is always the risk of losing any and all information already collected on clients. Most managers will say that their biggest hesitation about changing from one CRM platform to another is the potential loss of data. Loss of data can happen during the transfer process from one CRM software product to another because each program maps data a little differently.  More and more CRM providers are actually making this process a lot easier and less painful for businesses. As CRM platforms that integrate well with other software programs become the new mainstay, business managers could find that adopting a new CRM platform significantly benefits their company.  This means using CRMs as more than just a glorified Rolodex and more as a tool for storing, managing, and analysing data. It is important to keep in mind that a lot of CRMs have similarities between features and navigation, so once the data transfer has taken place, there will be some familiarity.  It is advisable that managers begin with simple things like task management and calendars before moving on to marketing and workflow features. Picking a provider like MyCRM can help your business gain that momentum that is required for additional grows, as the team at MyCRM have over 20 years of experience and have prebuilt a number of extensions for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and 2013. Source: http://www.investmentnews.com/article/20140321/FREE/140329982   A few considerations for those who need a CRM system Today, maintaining good industry partner and customer relations is essential to operating a business, which is why a good CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system is so important.  CRMs make it a lot easier to manage such relationships while simultaneously helping managers monitor efficiency and employee productivity. Luckily, most of today’s CRM systems work really well and can track things like customer contact information, past interactions with clients, invoices, contracts, emails, and even appointments.  Some CRM systems have integrated a bit of project management into their features.  Most even have reporting tools that allow easy monitoring of what actions work and which ones are not getting results. Although most CRMs are fundamentally similar, they are not all the same and many offer different functionality and price points.  This is why business owners should always take the time to research the options and determine which might be best for their particular company.  A CRM system must ultimately fit the size of the business, so a more robust CRM system may not make sense for a small business.  Start with a list of functions that are necessary and take it from there.  The amount of functionality one requires will undoubtedly affect price.  Most of today’s CRM systems are operated on a subscription basis. Something else to consider is how the CRM system will be accessed; there are server-based CRMs, cloud-based CRMs and even web-based CRMs.  Will mobile functionality be a requirement?  If so, it might be worth it to consider a system that works well with smartphones and other mobile devices.  Compatibility is also something to note as there are some CRM systems designed specifically for Mac users while others work only on PCs.  Some have been optimised for both. It is also possible to customise a CRM system to meet the specific needs of a business.  This could ultimately cost more than a subscription-based product, but it may be well worth it for specialised companies. The bottom line is that no matter which CRM system is implemented, it will change the way a business operates for the better. If you are ready to take a trial of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and work with a provider like MyCRM that can help deliver business excellence then you can get a trial from here http://www.mycrmhosted.com/pricing.aspx or see what our customer have to say here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx Source: http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2014/03/24/comparing-crms-customer-relationship-management-systems/   More data isn’t always better This is a great article and every manager knows that without enough data, it is virtually impossible to make a sound business decision.  However, there is such a thing as too much data, especially in the world of CRM. The foundation of any CRM system is to track the interaction between businesses and their customers.  However, more records in a system aren’t necessarily better, especially if that data is not of sound quality. Some tell-tale symptoms of problematic data might include duplicate contact entries, duplicate lead records, improper lead handling, incorrect routing of leads and contacts, unreliable suppression of outbound email marketing, the inability to generate an accurate customer mailing list, and the excessive use of simple text fields. There is really only one way to resolve data issues in any CRM system and that is to get everyone who uses the system to use it in the same way.  Managers should not assume this is going to be a quick transition as old habits can be difficult to break. A good rule of thumb is to keep some guidelines on how to treat data.  For example, a name is just a name – usually from an email blast.  It isn’t a lead until the person has expressed interest in the product or service.  Leads transition into contacts once they have reached the next level in the sales process.  Every business is different, but this should give most managers a good base to start from. Here at MyCRM we can work with you to get best value and understand your data needs and system requirements.   Source:  http://www.cio.com/article/750353/With_CRM_Data_More_Isn_t_Always_Merrier   Keeping the best until last We thought we would keep the next article to last as it shows and confirms the need for Social Media Integration.  This fits well with all the social integration work that MyCRM are now doing to bring different social data streams into Microsoft Dynamics CRM.   It is easy to add data feeds but the integration has to be done in a meaning full way     Social media changing CRM’s future Every day, more than two million people open new Twitter accounts. This says a lot about how important social media is in today’s world.  Thanks to social media, there are plenty of new challenges as well as opportunities within the world of customer relationship management (CRM).  People are using social media to do just about everything, including providing unsolicited customer reviews. According to a recent survey, around 70 per cent of customer tweets to companies are ignored, and everyone knows that ignoring a customer can cause irreparable damage to one’s business. Now is the time for companies to begin embracing the connection between customer service and social media.  Some of the biggest companies, such as Zappos and Delta, have begun using platforms such as Twitter to directly communicate with their customers, and those who do are reaping great benefits. However, incorporating social channels into one’s CRM plan can be a logistical nightmare for the IT department.  Some of the most prominent challenges include the vast amount of social interactions, a new stream of customer data, and operational efficiency.  All that noise needs to be filtered out in order to use social media interactions effectively. The CRM workflow should ideally prioritise social messages within the context of a customer’s experience and history.  This will allow for the most important data to be collected and used effectively.  Businesses might also look to cloud contact centre systems, which are traditionally better equipped to meet the scale of social interactions but can be seamlessly integrated with existing CRM systems. Remember, customers want timely responses and positive resolutions, regardless of how they contact the company.  Companies want customer satisfaction and repeat business.  Businesses that listen and respond through all channels, including social media, will inevitably build a solid and loyal customer base. Source: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/customer-experience/contact-centers-drive-the-social-crm-revolution-024524.php    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

#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. 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  

Forrester’s Top 10 CRM Trends in 2014

Obtaining success within an industry relies heavily on staying on top of the latest trends.  That's why we're going to use today to look at some of the key trends that are emerging during 2014. From the original post by Kate Leggett on February 23, 2014 Trend 1: Companies Strive To Be Experience Driven. In 2014, we predict that an increasing number of organizations will adopt a more-disciplined approach to customer experience transformation. You can advance your organization's customer experience maturity by following a four-phased path: repair, elevate, optimize, and differentiate. To help enterprises excel at CX, leverage Forrester's framework that outlines 40 essential practices across six disciplines: customer understanding, measurement, governance, strategy, design, and culture. Trend 2: Enterprises Will Embrace Tools That Create An Outside-In Perspective. To make meaningful improvements, organizations must align their customer experience ecosystems. That requires understanding customers' deep needs, viewing interactions from the customer's perspective, and socializing customer insights - and organizations will embark on this journey in 2014. Trend 3: More Organizations Will Become Digital Disruptors. Digital disruption occurs any time a company uses digital tools or platforms to deliver better product experiences to customers in less time and for less money. In our digital disruption readiness survey, 89% of executives agreed that digital disruption is headed right for them, yet only 32% believe that their policies and practices will enable them to adapt - practices that must mature this year. Trend 4: The Mobile Mind Shift Will Force CRM To Evolve Quickly. Mobile CRM solution support will continue to rapidly evolve, and every CRM vendor has a mobile offering. But assembling the components of an effective mobile CRM solution to meet the precise use case for a specific type of mobile worker, or customer interaction, requires navigating a complex set of technology, process and people decisions. Trend 5: Big Data Will Turn Into Customer Insight. We expect more organizations to ramp up their efforts to turn big data into business insights. But most organizations don’t know where to start. Use Forrester's framework to help measure the maturity and guide the improvement plan of customer data management capabilities, as you capture, analyze, share data and evolve an organization to support your CRM strategy. Trend 6: Social Will Connect At All Stages Of The Customer Life Cycle. Social technologies have changed the way businesses interact with their customers. Yet, nearly 10 years into the social media boom, many executives are still reactive about adopting social media technologies, instead of focusing on the goals they want to accomplish. We predict that more companies will use a strategic approach, such as Forrester's approach, to leverage social technologies across all stages of the customer life cycle. Trend 7: Rapid Adoption Of CRM SaaS Solutions Will Continue. SaaS CRM deployments are here to stay, with over 70% of enterprises of all sizes having deployed all or some CRM, or planning to deploy CRM as a SaaS solution. And organizations don't choose SaaS only because its typically less expensive. In many cases, it gives organizations the much needed agility to quickly react to changing business pressures. Trend 8: More Companies Will Aspire To Become Agile Enterprises. All companies aspire to have a single, consolidated version of "the truth about customers," and they continue to rely on structured processes, transactional systems, and packaged apps to do this. Yet, over time, these systems have developed inflexible architectures and have become aligned with silos built around business functions that now present a serious barrier to many fast-moving companies. In 2014, we expect to see more companies to break down these technology, process, and organizational barriers to become more agile, and as a result, more competitive. Trend 9: Marketing Leaders Will Put Customer Insights To Use. Most companies treat marketing technology as a set of tools to buy and use rather than as a core competency to exploit. Marketers gather a great amount of data that can yield insights which can be leveraged across the organization. In 2014, we predict that this data will be used to enhance contextual marketing programs for greater personalization. Trend 10: Enterprise Will Support Employees To Embrace New Technologies. In our recent survey of over 600 organizations, more than two-fifths stated that their problems with CRM technologies were the result of "people issues," such as: slow user adoption, inadequate attention paid to change management and training, and difficulties in aligning the organizational culture with new ways of working. The result? Underutilized CRM investment and unmet business objectives. We predict that more organizations will apply the lessons learned from past failures to successfully deploy CRM technologies in 2014. If you are looking for some additional support with Microsoft Dynamics CRM or need help and advice on how to get stared then contact us today 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.

How CRM Software can help: manage customer complaints

I have been researching a number of really good articles this week and this one on Business 2 Community highlighted some very good points.  This article initially about the tour industry applies well to all organisations as if a customer has a complaint about a product or a service they need it to be dealt with quick and efficiently. One of the key ways to ensure that customers stick around and for you organisation to build loyalty is to deal with any complaints quickly and efficiently.  Today, we're going to take a look at how CRM can be used to put an efficient complaint response system in place. Ensure that the complaints policy is set out firmly It is important to make sure that your company has a firm policy for dealing with complaints and that this is clearly set out and that all employees understand the process and complaint policy.  A customer complaint must be dealt with efficiently and this is where a CRM system like Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help.  Using the CRM system you could create a configured case and track the defined complaint process, help your organisation collate all information gathered from the customer and act and resolve the situation quickly. Ensure that your staff are fully trained Again, this is an important factor in getting the best results.  Just as CRM software ensures that all sales letters and responses are uniform, it can also provide the same service for complaint responses.  It is important for customers to feel like they are being given a committed response.  If they don't feel this way, they are not likely to return to the company any time soon. With the rise of social media it is extremely important to get this process correct as a disgruntled customer can quickly let their feelings known on the likes of Facebook or Twitter.   Ensure that a little bit of communication continues afterwards Whilst most customers do not want to engage in repeated conversations with a company after making a complaint, there is still a lot of value in touching base once to see if the problem was sufficiently resolved, assuming that this wasn't established in the initial conversation.  Touching base can also present the company with the opportunity to offer the customer a gift or discount to increase the likelihood of future business. The act of regular communication, reaching out or touching base also shows that the company truly values the customer. Source: Business 2 Community If you are looking for some additional support with Microsoft Dynamics CRM or need help and advice on how to get stared then contact us today 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.

How CRM Software Can Help: improve customer service

In our latest post in the series of How CRM can help articles today we are looking into the customer experience and the delivery of customer service. One of the keys to CRM success is to already have a good customer service process in place.  To start with we are going to take a look at some of the things that make up good customer service and how CRM software can help implement them. The article on Business 2 Community highlights some good points and it is worth thinking about how you expect or want you customers to get the best experience and general engagement from your business as just selling something or shipping a product is not always enough. Always make the most of interactions Customers are using their own money to purchase your products or services.  That is why it is vital to ensure that you completely stand by what you've said you will offer them.  Whether it is quality products, responsive service or excellent tech support, you absolutely must give customers what you say you will.  Customer service interactions provide the opportunity to ensure that even if their initial investment has gone awry, it can be fixed to ensure that your reputation remains. An example of using this type of interactions you will need to think how you can do this to best benefit your business, but as an example the giant supermarket chain Tesco has a loyalty card, the card will record all the data of all the purchases you make this way Tesco can send appropriate offers to you, based on your buying habits. Now it is unlikely your business is as big as Tesco and you might not have a sophisticated loyalty scheme, but you can easily use a tool like Microsoft Dynamics CRM from MyCRM to monitor and record this level of information.  You can then provide the service level based on your product offerings you have. Caring and being compassionate Caring about a customer's needs remains the best possible way to implement high quality service.  It is important to ensure that customers are being served in the way they deserve.  CRM can be invaluable here, providing data that lets you gain insight into the how they like to work, whether it is through e-mail or a phone call at the end of the day. A CRM solution like Microsoft Dynamics CRM is the perfect tool for tracking history and be able to present this information in an intelligent and informative way customer by customer. Building a structure It is important to ensure that there is a solid structure in place that measures and manages your customer service so that the same standards are conformed to each and every time.  Again, CRM can help by providing all of the relevant information about how a company's processes will work. Automated workflow can be used along with processes to help align end-users experience with the system software, which will enhance overall customer service as the process will be consistent for all. Source: Business 2 Community If you are looking for some additional support with Microsoft Dynamics CRM or need help and advice on how to get stared then contact us today 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.