Getting ROI from CRM not just Like for Like

A new article in Business 2 Community has chosen to take a look at calculating ROI when using a CRM system.  Interestingly, within the piece are several tips highlighting the different mistakes that are typically made when using the system.  These are well worth further exploring: Information silos Businesses will often simply replace one set of information silos with another taken from the CRM silos.  There is no thought to the process, and often the new set of data is no more valuable. Understanding the business process and how this is implemented is key to the success of not only the implementation but giving your Customer the experience they deserve. No reconciliation Another very common error is the fact that there is often no reconciliation between the goals of sales and the goals of marketing.  These are two key departments within the CRM process, and it's vital for them to be able to co-exist. CRM can help join this departments and business processes together but thought needs to be given on the tools to be used and the implementation, using tools like eCampaign from MyCRM can help create follow-up phone calls for sales teams from marketing activities. Managers create reports for the sake of it Whilst there's little denying the fact that effective reporting can offer genuine insight capable of increasing sales and improving the process, it is still vital to ensure that this reporting is being conducted with legitimate aims, rather than just for the sake of it. Within tools like Microsoft Dynamics CRM you can easily create Dashboard activities to give a snapshot of activity without running and producing lengthy reports. Managers not accepting the CRM data On some occasions, it's an unfortunate fact that managers stuck in their ways will actually ignore the data that the CRM software has provided, and instead continue to try and control the conversations in a pre-CRM manner, this is down to engagement and end user training of the new implementation. Not actually using the system Some businesses still believe that a CRM system is the key to sales success, and it is.  However, it has to be used effectively: if it just sits there, then not much of interest will take place. The CRM implementation for your business is not about the purchase of a new bit of software but very much about bringing all teams together to share collaborate and work effectively placing your customer at the centre of your organisation. Source:  Business 2 Community 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 a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

CRM and the sales team

A new article in the Business News Daily has taken an interesting new approach to the CRM process by asking exactly how the Wizard of Oz can teach companies about the CRM process.  There are actually some interesting lessons within the piece:   Sales teams should concentrate on closing   It's important to remember that any CRM software should be used to help compliment the work that the sales staff are carrying out, and shouldn't mean that they spend all of their time simply adding information to a database: as the article states, they're not data entry clerks!  It's important that the CRM software makes the sales process simpler.   Optimise the solution around the sales team   Again, this is a matter of ensuring that the sales team's abilities are complimented by the CRM software being used.  Skilled sales people are capable of seeing opportunities and making the most of them.  The CRM software being used should enable them to thrive in making the most of their already existing skills.  It's important that it doesn't slow them down.   Value the opinion of the sales team   It's vital to always allow members of a team to contribute positively to the process in which they're involved.  In this sense, it's vital that the sales team are able to work with management in order to improve the processes that the CRM software is linked with.  They should be allowed to use their expert knowledge to help the management ensure that the software is working to the very highest levels of potential.   Source: Business News Daily   As we move in to 2014 and as economic growth returns to all areas of business you may be considering better CRM and automated system, if so, then contact MyCRM to help implement Managed CRM 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 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 to Improve the CRM Process

Once the CRM software has been invested in, it is important to ensure that you make the most of it.  That is why it is worth having a further look at a new piece in Mashable, which is focused on some key ways to improve the process: Foster word of mouth Even in the digital age, word of mouth remains invaluable in helping to increase sales.  The more customers talk about a company, the better!  Building a good online profile and obtaining a high level of trust with customers is the ideal way to help develop the profile enough for people to start passing on recommendations and a good CRM software system can help with this. Remember in a digital social world, a like or a tweet can have the same amount of response as human interaction and digital word of mouth should be part of your CRM strategy. Value feedback Asking for feedback on the web can be a brave step to take but it is a good idea.  Whilst customers will usually be brutally honest with everything they are unhappy about, they will rarely actually troll in the conventional sense.  Use feedback and combine it with relevant CRM data to improve the process. Also work with your customers and ask for references for your products and services, if they are unhappy they will soon tell you or not want to respond to the request. Always be honest One of the most important ways to handle the CRM process is to make honesty the key policy.  The key is to build up positive, trusting relationships with customers and honesty remains the best way to do this. Always take a personal approach to communications, especially if the company is smaller. Keep track of all the data As with all CRM software, data is invaluable in ensuring that relationships increase and sales grow as a result of the data.  Ensure that data is kept accurate. Source: Mashable As we move in to 2014 and as economic growth returns to all areas of business you may be considering better CRM and automated system, if so, then contact MyCRM to help implement Managed CRM 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 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 to empower your team to integrate with CRM software adoption

An interesting new piece I found on the Computer World blog has explored in more depth a vital factor in implementing a new CRM system: namely, the staff that will be using it.  It's always worth exploring the potential 'people factor' in terms of effectively using the software Here are a number of topic areas that should be given consideration as part of the implementation plan as adoption of the system is key to success. Convince the workforce of the value Everyone who's worked with a CRM system knows how valuable the software can be.  However, it's still vital to ensure that everyone who is new to it is given examples and demonstrations that show how much easier their job will be once they start using the software.  Ask them for feedback In the early stages of using the system, always encourage your staff to be vocal in asking questions.  If they're certain about everything, they're far more likely to obtain great results.  Whether it's an enquiry about workflow or simply a question regarding how to actually use the software, always make sure questions are answered. Provide a positive vision for the system It's important to provide the sales staff with a positive vision for the future.  Emphasise the ways in which the system will both reduce workloads and increase sales. Effectively manage the change process Effective change management is a skill in itself, and one that's vital when implementing any new software.  Once the staff know how valuable CRM software can be and how much it will help them, they can then begin the transition.  Ensure, though, that you stick rigidly to the three-stage process of preparing for the change, implementing it and then reinforcing the change once it's in place. Source: Computer World As we move in to 2014 and as economic growth returns to all areas of business you may be considering better CRM and automated system, if so, then contact MyCRM to help implement Managed CRM 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 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.  

Mobile Dynamics CRM proves effective

Microsoft's own Dynamics CRM software has been proving very popular since it's upgrade earlier this year.  In particular, the mobile apps that came alongside the software have been making waves big enough to be featured in a new piece by Sci-tech Today. The ability to create, update and delete CRM functions such as tasks, accounts, contacts and leads on opportunities has been applauded by many users of the software.  As well as this, the ability to attach images to records, to create and update notes and to make phone-calls all within the software has meant that the sales process has been streamlined for many of the companies currently using the software. The mobile apps were released across the board, with iOS users requiring either the 6th or 7th iteration of the software to operate it.  For Windows customers, only 8 will do, although there are interestingly some features that are exclusive to the latter operating system.  The ability to map customer addresses, view their social activity feed or view data that's already been looked at can only be carried out on the windows handset. Before the apps were released, Dynamics CRM could only be accessed through a browser, but the new iteration is far more customer friendly.  Brad Shimmin, an analyst at Current Analysis, said that Microsoft was obviously trying to create "a more consistent experience across devices, even as they make their Windows Phone devices' experience a superior one." Interestingly, outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer had already touted a One Microsoft vision focused on greater unity between devices and services. Source: Sci-tech Today If you need help implementing you CRM strategy or are just looking for a provider than can manage the service for you then please contact MyCRM today on 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 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 your CRM data during the Christmas build-up

It is now December and as almost everyone knows the festive season is also one of the key sales periods for any retailer, whether they are online, on the high street or a combination of both.  A new piece has highlighted how CRM software can help any company improve their festive sales. Analyse the customer data If a CRM system has been in-place long enough, it is possible to analyse customer data and anticipate exactly what sort of purchases will be made during the festive period.  What will different customers buy and when will they buy? Create unique messaging Some companies will send out e-mails based solely around Christmas, i.e. 'here is our new range of Christmas products.' However, it is important not to forget that all customers are different.  They should, therefore, be sent different e-mails.  Christmas focused, yes, but still based around their likes and dislikes. 'Christmas bargains' should go to some people, and 'spoil yourself this Christmas' should go to another.  CRM data is the key in helping to segment customers and the data should not be wasted. Send out useful information CRM data will enable a company to send customers relevant information about services and products over Christmas.  If, for instance, a customer has bought a Christmas hamper every year for the last four years, it is reasonable to expect that they will do so again.  Knowing this enables the company to send them information on the different hampers available at the moment and where they can pick them up from.  This targeted festive marketing is one of the key benefits of using a CRM system. Source: Clickz Once the Christmas Holidays have passed you there are a number of things you should look at to help drive you business year on year Here are a few points 1.Analyze your customer sales. 2.Segment your customers. 3.Create messaging for individual customers and/or pools of customers. 4.Nurture and educate them with relevant  information. 5.Send them an offer. 6.Watch sales roll in; track, test, evaluate and repeat. If you need help implementing you CRM strategy or are just looking for a provider than can manage the service for you then please contact MyCRM today on 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 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.

The 5 key guides of CRM Implementation success

Obtaining the right CRM system for your business can be a big investment.  However, there are several rules and guides that we recommend are followed in order to help make the right decision.  Below a 5 Key pointes that should be considered before purchase or implementation:- 1, Requirements Every single company will have different reasons for investing in a CRM system, and it's vital to ensure that these reasons are detailed in advance before any investments are made.  Whether the company's looking to increase brand awareness, generate more leads or close more sales, the details can make a big difference as to which system is invested in. 2, Deployment Type At the moment, companies are in the middle of two main options: software that is installed and used solely in house, and software that makes use of the cloud in order to function.  The former is considered by firms that have concerns regarding data security, (although the cloud is still a very safe option) with the latter very suitable for a firm whose staff are constantly on the move.  A full analysis of pros and cons for both is a good idea here. 3, Scale and Size Once the software has been assessed, then thought has to be given to exactly who is to use it and what parts of the business need to adopt the customer strategy, most organisation will start department by department but initial thought should be given to how CRM affects the business as a whole 4, Mobility Needs  Mobility for technology is still in its infancy but with the growth of online services and consumption of social media, thought should be given to how employees can embrace technology and use of a CRM system be become more productive in the Field. 5, Integration It's doubly important to check whether or not the data that the company already possesses (much of which will be quite useful) can be easily integrated into the CRM system in question.  This is a big deal, as no company wants to lose sales and customer profile information that they've worked hard to obtain.  Integration is a vital part of the process. Here at MyCRM we recommend that you find and work with the right partner that can help your CRM acquisition become a success and not just another piece of Software. 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 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: The Wise Marketer

6 key points on getting customer service right

It is important to never forget that the C in CRM stands for customer.  As a result, it is important to ensure that a company maintains its emphasis on good customer service.  These are some of the key factors: Happy customers are returning customers It is important to ensure that the main aim of using CRM software is still to build positive, ongoing relationships with customers.  If they feel that a company really values them, then they will be far more likely to return to it. Set and manage realistic expectations Effective CRM strategy is implemented through providing both clients and customers with genuinely realistic expectations.  Once these have been set out, it is vital to follow through.  The one thing to avoid above all costs, of course, is disappointing customers. Be ready to help, influence and be a connector When meeting someone new or working with a  new customer be ready to help and be prepared to listen not just head into a sales pitch, don’t be all pitch and sell understand what the person or organisation needs. Always document important information It is worth a business taking time to keep track of any important information about a customer, such as whether they have any family, when their birthdays are, etc.  This helps to ensure that the relationship is more personal, with businesses then able to add that special touch to their service. Respond quickly It is important for a firm to respond to customer queries as soon as they realistically can.  The quicker the response, the more valued the customer will feel, which should be something that every firm aims for.  Even if the response to the query itself has to be delayed, a company should still be able to ask if there is anything else the customer would like to deal with in the meantime. Source: Mashable It is also very important to remember nobody in any sector or walk of life enjoys a hard sell or being sold to, so remember at a human level treat people like you would want to be treated, Never sell to people just give them an opportunity to buy. CRM is so much more than just a software application it is the need to interact listen and deliver great service, the same service you would expect from any of your supplier as everyone is someone’s customer. 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 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.

Coming Soon eSpell 2013 the Spell Checker for Microsoft Dynamics CRM

On the success of the first release of eSpell for Microsoft Dynamics CRM some 3 years ago we have taken all the feedback from our customers and we are pleased to say eSpell 2013 is near ready for release And yes this time you can check the whole form in one click    eSpell still supports a number of dictionary languages and can still be added to custom entities as before   The spelling checking process now reviews all the fields on the form and checks in sequence giving an apropriate tick if the word is in the dictionary. This is one of the great productivity enhancement tools from MyCRM and if you have any questions please email Support@mycrmgroup.com To get a trail register on the MyCRM Downlaod Centre as eSpell 2013 will be released in the next 3 weeks. 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 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.