A number of things to think about when getting your CRM features set up in 2014

With the New Year celebrations now done and dusted, and the plan for the New Year’s Resolutions beginning to fade then now is the perfect time to start considering exactly which CRM system or how to extend your current Microsoft Dynamics CRM to meet the growing expansions for 2014 / 2015. Is there ever a right time to take stock of your business and CRM needs that will improve the way you track interact and support your customers? Well I would argue yes now is the right time as country and global economies begin to grow and the feeling of confidence returns, now is the time to make sure your business processes are set up and ready for the next year. After spending what is now some 15 years building and implementing CRM systems I have seen bubbles and downturns and more importantly recoveries.  A good well implemented Customer based system and strategy for your business is key regardless if you are a start-up or a well-established organisation. As technology is always moving forward and the way we all work is changing it is important that your staff and your customers have access to your business in more than one-way.  We saw in the UK that this December (2013) Christmas shopping online for the first time over took high-street and supermarket shopping for present buying and organisation that can deliver through multiple channels will have greater success. I’m sure reading this as a business owner you will have no doubt that taking your business forward is a priority for you own personal success, but with years of experience in implementation you probably have lots of questions about how you can use an effective CRM. If you don’t already have a CRM application that is set up in your businesses then talk to MyCRM as we can offer a complete solution with email marketing from £50 per user per month which is just £1.66 per day. But before you do you need to give some thought into what your business needs to achieve with CRM, Marketing, Sales and Support and if you need an online or social presence. Below are a number of key areas to think about. Mobility This is perhaps the most vital modern ability of any CRM software. Just as customers are becoming increasingly reliant on their mobiles in order to browse the web and purchase items, so the companies should also be developing their abilities to manage their sales workload whilst out and about.  The ability to update data on a particular sale in real-time can be hugely beneficial to any firm looking to improve their sales process, and the right CRM system can ensure seamless communication. Social Another key characteristic of CRM software is the full integration of social media data. The simple fact is that social media is now ubiquitous, with almost everyone making use of at least one network. Mining this data is therefore almost simple common sense.  It will enable to provide better information about customer likes and dislikes, as well as data on things like when they're most active. Real, provable feedback This is a constant in the world of CRM, and will be no less important in 2014. It's vital to ensure that the CRM software is able to genuinely increase sales and revenue - if it does this and can prove it, then it becomes well worth the investment. Self Service If you want to trade outside of the standard 9 to 5 and give access to customers to help themselves then you need to make sure the web site service or social media page can support this. Get a Provider Finding the Right Solution Provider is also key as there are many different types and the cost can vary, but as an organisation that is looking for fixed costs then it is worth discussing with providers the ability to have a hosted or managed service. MyCRM provide a dedicated managed CRM service and can offer help and advice on getting you started.  Help you set up Email Marketing campaign and track customer activity. About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/  As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centrhhere: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

Dont let you Business get dragged backwards by the Myths about CRM software

I found this article recently and thought I would post some of the points outlined as it is true, I regularly get asked why should we bother, and although CRM software is often an essential tool for businesses to enhance sales, generate helpful information, and gain the ability to successfully manage the sales process, it can be perceived as over-priced, fragmented, and underutilised. Business 2 Community have written an article, trying to dispel some of the more common myths, and we have covered the main points below: Troublesome to implement Populating a new CRM can often be perceived as a highly daunting task for managers, especially as you will have to deal with bringing your staff up-to-speed as well. It doesn’t have to be such a massive undertaking though, because a decent CRM will be able to populate fields by using the downloaded files from the old CRM. In terms of your staff, once they have their own user, they will have prompts on the screen to help them learn the new ways. Technically difficult For the standard employee, today’s CRM’s can actually be easy to use, and the good one’s are not overly tasking on your IT department either. Don’t have time Some CRM’s can be overwhelming due to the amount of information they require, however good CRM software will be able to give you a streamlined user interface, mobile-ready screens, and intuitive navigation, all of which is easily digestible. Too expensive Professional tools rarely come free, however you should feel like you are getting good value from your CRM and that it earns its place in your business. As long as you shop around for the most appropriate CRM for your business so you are able to get the most out of it, then you should have a good product worth the cost. No Return on Investment The question usually asked is what is the return on the investment for the business? This can be several fold from generating more leads and sales which increases growth to a better customer experience and better overall support. Source:  http://www.business2community.com/cloud-computing/5-myths-crm-software-0728787#!rMYyT About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centrhhere: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account. 

CRM in 2014 is looking good for SME’s

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

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.  

Exploring social CRM in more depth, part 1

Social media has - and will continue to have - a big role in the world of CRM. A piece in hospitality technology previously shed light on the social side of customer relationship management, and over the next couple of days we're going to take a look at some of the key ways that it's benefits can be maximised. I recently blogged on the point of taking your business social see http://blog.mycrmgroup.com/post/2013/10/21/Does-socializing-your-business-mean-good-CRM.aspx  Here these is a review on some good points for all business Developing a strategy It is important for everyone involved in a team's marketing strategy to know exactly what the overall aim is in terms of the brand's perspective.  What is the overall goal for a company's social media promotion? Is it to raise awareness? To drive sales? Or simply to help speed up the sales process? Firm goals mean success. Pick the right technology It's important to ensure that when first choosing the relevant software, the right one is picked. The ideal method is to choose software that already fits the needs of the company, rather than having to manipulate the firm's processes so that they fit the way that the software works.  If the company's sales process already works, there's no reason to change it. Have a single person monitor the process Whilst in many cases a number of people will help to manage the social media process, this isn't necessarily ideal. Preferably, one staff member should be placed in order to specifically manage social CRM. This way there is someone firmly in place whom relevant CRM and social information can go to. Follow up and respond quickly Social CRM is important as if you’re not responding with two way communication then you’re not being social, you can easily message out but you need to be aware of what people are saying about your business and respond to prospects and customers if you’re using social channels. 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. 

News Flash: Microsoft Buy Parature: Think Self-Service CRM

Microsoft's planned Parature acquisition will improve Dynamics CRM customer service app to compete more successfully with Salesforce.com and Oracle RightNow Read More:- http://www.informationweek.com/software/enterprise-applications/microsoft-parature-buy-think-self-service-crm/d/d-id/1113340 Read More:- https://community.dynamics.com/crm/b/crmconnection/archive/2014/01/07/microsoft-dynamics-crm-and-parature-a-match-made-for-you.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.  

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 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.

Measuring CRM effectiveness and ROI

One of the biggest investments your business can make is software and hardware, so it is critical that the decisions made are not on a whim but made with the correct information to hand. As an investment, there's no doubting the fact that CRM software can represent excellent value for money. However, being able to measure exactly how effective it's being is a key part of working out exactly how valuable it's being. That's why a new piece on Investment News is worth looking at: it details some of the key attributes to look at in order to work out CRM software's ROI. Engagement How pro-active is the software in terms of actually creating engagement with customers. Yes, it sends out e-mails, but does it receive them back? How many people have engaged with the brand that otherwise wouldn't have if the CRM software was not in place. Key things to consider is the configuration of the system and how metrics can be gathered and used for business purposes.  As an example CRM with email marketing from MyCRM has an average cost of £50 per user per month and enables an organisation to send unlimited emails and track responses.  If those responses are not then used for sales and further engagement where is the ROI?  Well it might be an ROI in driving more traffic to your web sites, but predominantly real ROI in anything is dictated by the number of returning sales and profit generated. Percentage of clients The chances are that before the CRM software was installed, your firm already had a number of clients in place. The key, then, is to work out how many of the clients you now have were brought in through the software. Are there clients there that probably wouldn't have bought a product or service had it not been for the software? But as you wil know the software is just the enabler so the strategy for your CRM is how you can drive more business and record and react on the information you have.  Many organisation will start small and define a single process.  Some define the whole business, either way at MyCRM we can help you work towards a goal of successful customer management and sales generation. Client turnover This is another key factor. Removing client turnover full stop is virtually impossible for any business. However, it should be possible to measure whether or not this figure has gone up or down since the software was installed. Remember, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management: the software is there to help you improve the ways that you engage with your clients. It's important for statistics to bear out the fact that it's doing that. Source: Investment News If you are looking for some help with the implementation of development of your Microsoft Dynamics CRM then you can contact me here http://www.mycrmgroup.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in understanding how CRM as a technology and CRM as a process can work in business and has therefore developed a number of off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre, with a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/   As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

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.