Warming up leads using CRM and social media

This is a great follow on article from my original post about socialising your business, and as social media is becoming more of the norm in business I’ve taken this opportunity to highlight some further points of why social media is a get asset to business. I’ve always promoted positively and discussed the importance of social media to the CRM process.  It is inarguably one of the most crucial ways to engage customers.  Here I’m looking at how it can be used to help generate warm leads for the sales team and how CRM software can help with the process. It helps a company get to know a prospect When used effectively, CRM software really can help a company to understand a potential customer through the extraction of relevant social media data.  The company can monitor their online footprint.  They can also follow and share the customer's content if they have any and share their own.  This remains one of the most effective ways to build organic intimacy with potential clients. Look at the buying cycle Again, CRM software can be invaluable in terms of its ability to extract relevant data and analyse where in the buying cycle the customer currently is.  If they've recently had a trigger event (such as relocating, hiring new staff, participating in a merger, etc.) then they are far more likely to be open to potential sales.  Using social media, it is entirely possible to uncover this information and make use of it. Deeper engagement Where possible, social media should always be about asking questions and shortening the selling cycle.  A company should be ready to share helpful, relevant content and offer genuine solutions to the problem.  CRM software can help a company see when these sorts of questions are being asked. Just a tool in the box or a strand to your bow I’d also like to note that although MyCRM and I are an advocate of using Social media like Twitter and Facebook along with Linked in it should not be seen as the only solution and should be only part of the inbound and outbound marketing approach taken. For more on this subject you can contact MyCRM here www.MyCRMGroup.com or review the source article 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

Which businesses suit which CRM software and which business functions count?

I found this article recently and it reignited thoughts around questions I have been asked so many times through my CRM career.  Business owners that don’t understand or have a tainted view of what a CRM system is always ask why they need it and this article on Destination CRM covers some very good points. But as I always say, CRM is a much bigger picture and as an organisation you must think about what the end goal or process is as CRM software is great for holding all the information but what is it you really want to achieve. Let’s look at some examples of how CRM can be used to improve business activity:- Marketing: As a business you probably going to want to do some targeted and tracked email marketing, with MyCRM you can do this with integrated eCampaign directly against your data in a single system. Customer Service You may as a business want to run Surveys to see how you rate or what your customs are thinking at any one time and these are all CRM activities. Events If you an organisation that is running events then a CRM system for you should include MAPS to segment data by region and give visualisation on how to select the best invitees, and you need to make sure that the solution come with an event management tool built in, with MyCRM you can go this with tailored solutions. It is important to ensure that anyone investing in a new CRM system takes the time to get the right one.  We've previously looked at some of the main reasons to choose a particular set, but today we're going to look at how different businesses should consider the various options. Cloud or non-cloud? In the days of effective cloud file sharing, it's vital to consider whether or not this type of technology is going to form an important part of your CRM solution.  For some companies, it may be possible to make use of an entirely on-premises CRM system that can't be accessed elsewhere.  This can also be valuable for those who want to obtain total control by paying a little bit more upfront.  However, start-ups with slightly lower budgets might consider it more sensible to take the cloud-based approach.  Users It's also extremely important to take into account the number of day-to-day users who will be operating the software.  The cloud-based programs allow for increased flexibility within this number, which makes them ideal for start-ups where employment is typically a bit more fluid.  Larger companies should, of course, look at the merits of buying an overall license. How will it integrate? CRM is an excellent investment, but it's important to make sure that it will fully integrate with any existing software and data that the company already possesses.  Any firm investing in CRM needs to make sure that their new software can take advantage of the customer information that they already have in place. Source: DestinationCRM If you’re looking to extend you Microsoft Dynamics CRM capability or just need to understand more then visit us here www.mycrmgroup.com If you need help with support then MyCRM offers a range of pre-packaged support options on a monthly subscription. http://mycrmgroup.com/support.aspx     About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

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

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

Using CRM in different Sectors and Verticals

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

Using CRM to retain and empower your Sales Team

Today’s article originally from Business 2 Community highlights some of the point on why having a well implemented CRM in your business can help retain your Sales team and make them more productive. Over many years I have worked for several CRM based organisations and have realised Sales team members are happiest when they are selling successfully and CRM can be part of the tool set that helps individual’s achieve pre-set management goals. One of the key ways to make sure that CRM software is doing its job is to look at the impact it has on the sales team.  Indeed, the source of this article has taken a look at some of the ways in which the software can be used to help build and retain stronger sales teams. It can help with training If new staff members are trained to use the software as soon as they start in the role, then they're more likely to engage with it and are more likely to use it to make sales. If they're trained to do this immediately they're more likely to model their working day on the stats rather than other colleagues. Use the metrics One of the pluses of CRM software is that it provides verifiable metrics that can be used to judge the success of a sales team.  It's therefore important to actually use it, and to hold the sales team responsible for meeting the necessary targets (as judged through the data).  This can help you work out where the weaker links in the team are. Employees can track their own progress One of the plus sides of the data is that employees can track their own performance, and work out in advance what their commissions should be.  As such, CRM software can provide genuine motivation for success in of itself, purely by the team seeing how much additional money they've made as well as how much more they could potentially make. Adding Extra Value for Sales Team Members Here at MyCRM we understand how to make CRM effective to help get the job of sales and marking streamlined.  With years of CRM experience we have developed tools like ePDF http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/ePDF.aspx for creating quick orders and Quotes we have created extensions like eMap http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eMap.aspx for Sales team in the field to create effective routes and minimise time on the road, or eCampaign http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eCampaign.aspx to help marketers drive new business. To find out more visit 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. Source: Business 2 Community

CRM in 2014 is looking good for SME’s

With the New Year upon us and economic growth seeing real green shoots, it comes with good news for small and midsize companies who use CRM. The CRM trends for 2014 will be concentrating on what SME’s have asked for from their CRM, and what customers want to see from companies who use CRM. http://blog.mycrmgroup.com/post/2013/12/17/Top-CRM-Buyer-trends-in-2013-by-Software-Advice.aspx What SME’s are looking for in CRM solutions? At small and midsize companies, marketing automation and sales force automation are fast becoming trends in IT department purchases. Recent studies show that there is a substantial move towards pricing-as-a-service (PaaS), and it is thought that we will be seeing a lot more growth in this area in 2014. The consulting company Software Advice examined its exchanges with IT decision makers over the course of 2013. They found that 91% of buyers wanted a best-of-breed solution as opposed to combined or multiple products. This result follows a trend that is echoed in both business and customer technology – if it is simple, efficient, and powerful, it will likely be a success. The key statement as spending is always restrained in early post downturn days is “Value For Money” for the past year MyCRM have been offering a number of key SME solutions that include Email marketing and CRM from Microsoft Dynamics for as little as £50 per user.  Business owners have reported back to say they agree that a fixed cost service is always best and helps plan expenditure. For the customers Knowing what your customers want from you is something that every company should keep on top of. A CRM solution that is compatible with your company should be focused on assisting marketing, sales and development teams to meet the expectations of your customers, and giving them a helpful and positive impression of your company. Customers want value for their money, accessibility and above all, a positive experience. As long as you give your customers a positive experience, you will be off to a great start. And here at MyCRM we believe that CRM is not just part of our name but our ethos to deliver great services to all customers About Software Advice Software Advice is a trusted resource for software buyers. The company's website, www.softwareadvice.com, provides detailed reviews, comparisons and research to help organizations choose the right software. Meanwhile, the company’s team of software analysts provide free telephone consultations to help each software buyer identify systems that best fit their needs. In the process, Software Advice connects software buyers and sellers, generating high-quality opportunities for software vendors. Since its founding in 2005, the company has assisted more than 150,000 software buyers. Software Advice is headquartered in Austin, Texas where it employs a team of ~80 (and growing). It has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States by Inc. Magazine. If you are looking for some help with the implementation of development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact here http://www.mycrmgroup.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

CRM 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.

5 Steps to migrate to new CRM software

If you've made the decision to move to a new and more productive CRM system, then it's important to be able to justify the migration. A new piece in the Business 2 community website has highlighted some of the ways in which this can be justified. Through research Anyone who's made use of CRM software before knows how vital it is for the software to be fully compatible with the needs of the team. If you're able to highlight some of the ways that the new CRM system will blend in with company processes, then you're halfway towards selling it. Discuss the idea with everyone It's important to discuss every aspect of the CRM process with the sales team. Try and glean from them information regarding how they would improve the tools that they're currently using, and what suggestions they might have in terms of software used in the future. Being able to combine relevant software with the needs that the team have specified is a strong factor in making changes. Analyse the opportunity costs When choosing between different CRM software, it's vital to ensure that the one you go with offers the best opportunity for improving sales. One of the keys to this is making sure that it offers the latest in mobile compatibility, and includes aspects such as phone integration and report generation. The better results the CRM software can produce, the more favourably it will be looked on as a good investment. Any data evidence to support this can only help the case. Rally the team involved. Once you’ve done the research and chosen a solution to propose, speak to others about switching CRMs and get them onboard, too. Start with your team and branch out to others in the company – tell them why they should want to switch, too. If management hears the suggestion that it’s time to switch to a new platform from multiple sources, it will be an easier message to digest. Get management buy-in. You made it to the final step. Congratulations! You’ve done your research, analyzed costs and gathered support from around your business. Now, write it all down and present your findings to management. Tell your boss why switching CRMs matters to you, your team, other teams, and last but not least – them. Source: Business 2 Community   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.

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.   

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.