Managing CRM to leverage maximum success

It being a weekend I was just scouring all the latest news articles and posts around CRM and this post on Business 2 Community came to my attention as it highlights some of the keys point that make CRM a success in business. Some organisation do make the mistake of believing that if they buy or subscribe to a CRM platform then they will have implemented great customer service. This idea is not exactly true, but they will be on the way to implementing great customer service as having the right software like Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a great starting point, along with a global provider like MyCRM. Below are a number of key points that can help make CRM a success in any small, medium or enterprise organisation.  Let’s look at these in more details and see why CRM software can be effectively managed in order to achieve the maximum results. Tidy up the home page As the area from which all tasks spring, it's important to ensure that the home page is clear and easy to navigate.  If multiple clients are open at once, the name should appear somewhere on the title so it is easy to move around. This enables an end user to quickly get access to the source of information about any one customer and a solution like Microsoft Dynamics is pre-configured to help define easy navigation. Only open what is necessary Keeping tabs open when they are not being regularly consulted is generally a bad idea.  Keep the unnecessary tabs closed so you know exactly what you are looking at. The new look and feel of a solution like Microsoft Dynamics CRM enables an end user to easily navigate the right information about a selected customer. Always update everything It is important to keep all prospects up to date.  Not only will this ensure that you don't get lost in what you're doing, but it will also make it possible to pull completely accurate reports at any time. Log all activities It is important to make sure that all activities are logged so that the sales funnel can be accurately viewed.  Whether it is a brief telephone exchange or an e-mail that was received, anyone looking at the folder should know exactly where the prospect is in the sales funnel. Always ask questions CRM software is usually quite flexible, so it is a good idea to ask if there are any settings that could be changed in order to make using the software easier.  One minor change in terms of page structure could make the software a lot easier to use. Source: Business 2 Community To find out more about MyCRM please visit http://www.mycrmgroup.com/ and if you are already using Microsoft Dynamics then see the latest support offering here http://www.mycrmsupported.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/ As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.    

How CRM Software Can Help: to increase CLV in your customer base

Firstly I need to define CLV as I have heard it called many things, but in principal this is where your organisation builds a loyal relationship between your customer and your brand. I will take a look at a couple of key points and explain why the customer and CRM experience is so important.  Research has proven that once a customer enjoys the experience of owning a product or working with a brand, a loyalty is formed and customer will return to make further purchases. Customer lifetime value (CLV) is the term that we all use to measure a customer's satisfaction with a product; if their CLV is good, the customer will be loyal to the brand.  Here's how a good CLV level be maintained. Learning and acting on customer tendencies One of the things that is evidently important is being able to have the ability to monitor and gauge how a customer will typically act regarding sales and this is a key part of the CRM process. This is where a solution like Microsoft Dynamics CRM provided as a fully managed service from MyCRM can help.  CLV can be increased by accurately gauging how customers will react and responding in a way that meets their needs.  For example, if a customer always buys a product in the lead up to Christmas, he or she should be presented with the most promotion around that time of year.  It is best to make a customer's experience as individualised as possible. Tailoring, offers around previous buying patterns, will help highlight the right offers to returning customers and by using Microsoft Dynamics you can easily do this by recording all orders previously made. A strong call to action and relevant information One key thing to understand and do well is the ability to remain relevant to customers in the modern age.  After all, they are constantly bombarded with messages from competitors.  Surveys indicate that customers simply want their overall shopping experience to be improved.  Customers should always know exactly where they need to go in order to complete the transaction.  It is wise to maintain regular communication until the customer takes action, either to end the communication or moves to re-purchase. Cross-selling Cross-selling and upselling are not as prevalent as they once were, but they remain key ways to increase CLV.  By upselling and cross-selling, the sales staff are able to remind customers just how many more options they have when purchasing from the company. These methods are still considered a great asset in sales approach for bringing awareness to new service lines and new products. Source: Business 2 Community Social Awareness More and more social media is becoming a centre point strategy within marketing and sales positioning. Customer will be looking for your brand on platform like Twitter and Facebook and by having a strong presence will increase CLV in the digital world we live. To find out more about MyCRM please visit http://www.mycrmgroup.com/ and if you are already using Microsoft Dynamics then see the latest support offering here http://www.mycrmsupported.com About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. We offer from our own fully managed datacentre a licence per user Microsoft Dynamics CRM platform, you can see more about using MyCRM as a managed service here: http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/   As an Independent Software Vendor (ISV) we offer a range of pre-built application extensions for your Microsoft CRM Solution. You can get access to a range of products for Microsoft Dynamics CRM from the MyCRM download centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.

HOW CRM SOFTWARE CAN HELP: with better relationships

CRM is all about one thing: customers! It's therefore important to make sure that the relationships are managed in the most effective way.  One thing that is paramount to implementing a CRM project is that it is not just a software component for your business, in fact it is so much more, too much for one post but today I’m going to take a look at some of the specifics in terms of how the software can help Building psychological profiling Modern CRM software is capable of a great deal, and one of the most useful features is its ability to genuinely gain insight into how customers think when shopping.  Some, for instance, might always do their shopping first thing in the morning.  Others might prefer to wait until there is a sale.  In obtaining this extra level of detail, it becomes possible to send customers promotions that automatically tick the boxes in terms of what they want. With popular solutions like Microsoft Dynamics CRM from MyCRM creating the right profile and capturing data from social media or from your own web site can be quite straight forward. Product specifics Another key set of data that CRM can acquire is information about the products themselves.  For example, a holiday firm would be able to find out which flight companies were most popular for which destinations and which hotels had the most rooms open at different times of the year.  Again, this information is valuable in terms of improving sales. But as you can see it’s not about the software but definition of data.  An example would be a Super market loyalty card which tracks what as an individual you purchase, the CRM system which analyse the data and provide the best offers to you based on what you have previously purchased to the experience is tailored.   How should the relationship be managed? It's also important to develop information on exactly how the customer wants the relationship to be sorted.  Some customers might absolutely hate receiving calls and should be noted as such.  Others might like to call the store before they place an online order.  However they work through their sales, CRM software can provide the relevant information to help the process. Source: Travolution If you’re looking to increase business sales and customer support then visit MyCRM at www.MyCRMGroup.com I’m sure we 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.

CRM and Good Communications.

I recently picked up this interesting article on Information Age which relates broadly to the new age of CRM, but is it really a new age or are these just key points that every business in some way should be implementing. Below I’ll cover some of the points as they are key to successful CRM and Sales. One of the key points to overall sales success is ensuring that communications reach their fullest potential.  Here I’m going to take a look at how communications can be improved and how CRM software can become part of the overall process. Personalise things It's vital to ensure that the modern customer feels like he or she is being catered to exclusively.  Effectively targeting customers in a personalised way means that they are far more likely to invest due to the fact that they are being presented with products and services that suit them. The days of one advert going out to every single customer are long gone. Ensure CRM is in place CRM software and management systems in general are the standout tools in the modern sales world because they enable companies to manage and make use of a wide range of different data so they can ensure that the sales process is managed effectively.  This can have a huge effect on the quality of communications, as it ensures that the customer never feels bombarded with information and only ever receives genuinely useful information. Pay attention Everyone has seen the images taken from social media of automatic "bot" accounts delivering irrelevant replies to legitimate questions from customers.  It is vital to ensure that if a company does decide to invest in social communications, they really do take it seriously.  CRM can help by providing a set of relevant data on the customer to ensure that the replies sent are both relevant and consistent with their previous communications with the company. Source: The Information Age   If you need help with implementation or support for you Microsoft Dynamics CRM please visit www.mycrmsupported.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.

Key decisions when choosing CRM software

When choosing between different CRM systems, there are a number of key decisions that a business needs to make. Today, we're going to take a look at what we consider the most important considerations. Users vs. non-users CRM software can be invaluable to a number of different departments, including sales, marketing and customer service. This means it is a good idea to double-check just how many people are going to actually use it. This can affect which software is chosen, as some packages may be more expensive when required to serve a large number of staff. Licensing could also be an issue. Connectivity It is also important to take a look at how well the software in question will integrate. Does the company have different connectivity issues with different departments? Can a particular batch of software facilitate connections with all of the departments, and can it do so seamlessly? Are you including social marketing? Social media marketing can be an extremely effective method for building detailed profiles of customers. However, it is not necessarily the right approach for every company. For those that do want to make use of social marketing, it is important to make sure that their CRM is able to link up with social media accounts and can relay all of that information to different accounts.  Your place or mine? Do you want to take control of the software or just subscribe to an online service, many technology article talk about clouds and online services, but if you not the kind of business that has the opportunity of an internal IT department then go cloud and find a solution provider like MyCRM. Do you go for mobile? Finally, it is a good idea to make sure that mobile connectivity is included within the software. If you are targeting the mobile device market, then the CRM also needs to target it. Why MyCRM Many needles one CRM haystack. After spending just over 15 years working in the CRM advisory and technology space, experience allows me to bare reference on what is good and what is not so good.  Ass a CRM provider in 2014 and as a Company MyCRM would only recommend Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a cost effective fit for purpose generic business platform that can empower business owners to not only manage customer relationships but drive sales and manage marketing in an effective and pro-active manner.    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.

Mobile marketing and how CRM can help

Mobile remains a crucial part of any modern marketing strategy, and effective use of CRM software can be vital in achieving success within this realm.  Today, we're going to look at some of the key methods for getting great results in the mobile world and how CRM software can help. From a number of posts I’ve made over the past year Marketing and sales are still the key crucial areas to drive new business.  Today we look at that favourite email marketing from a source article I found on Business 2 Community. Targeted mobile e-mails With more and more people now comfortable shopping on the web, targeted e-mails can be ideal in terms of helping to reach an audience.  More importantly, it can bring them news and offers that are relevant to the type of shopping they like to do.  CRM data can help provide more detailed profiles of users and indicate which types of e-mails they'd like to receive. Timing One of the keys to engaging with customers is to send them information at the right time.  If you bombard them just as they are heading into a business meeting, they are likely to get annoyed. CRM software can help any company work out when customers are going to be most receptive to receiving information. Context It is important to make sure that customers are communicated with in the context that most suits them.  For example, whilst they might be happy to browse on their mobile, they might prefer to actually order when they get home.  CRM data can help analyse their shopping patterns and can prevent the company from trying to make the hard sell at times when the customer is less likely to engage positively with it.  This timing is vital for any firm that doesn't want to put its customers off. Source: Business 2 Community A number of points in this article are highlight the need for an integrated email marketing suit with your CRM platform, and there are many solutions including those from MyCRM http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eCampaign.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 and business process management

We are always keen to take a look at different aspects of CRM and how the software can help to enhance each step of the process. Today, we are going to look at how it can link up with business process management. It can help improve efficiency The aim of investing in CRM software is, of course, to help improve sales conversion rates. Yes, relationship building is vital, but more sales is the ultimate goal. CRM software combined with a positive business process can help ensure that all sales staff members know exactly how to close each sale and gives them access to the information that enables them to do so. It minimises inconsistency CRM software, like all business software, has an ROI, and combining its abilities with a strong business process is the ideal way to improve that return. Implementing a solid business process within the sales funnel can help to ensure that all members of the company act in accordance with the same procedures and policies. This helps to remove inconsistency across the board, ensuring the customer experience itself is more coherent, which in turn should generate more sales. It can help track profitability Thorough analysis on a sales process enables a high level of optimisation. As a result, the combination of a good business process and CRM software is invaluable. In addition to the customer data provided by the CRM software, the business process can provide information on the team itself, such as which techniques are most effective as well as which staff members perform the best and how to learn from them. All of this information can help to increase performance. Source: Destination 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.

How CRM software can help manage a company’s sales pipeline, when you know what it is! CRM that is!

From years of experience in the CRM market place I have come to realise, and some may disagree that CRM means many different things to many different people even when they are from the same organisation. I recently spent time with an organisation where the Sales Director sat across the table and clearly stated that “CRM is rubbish and it is all make believe and as an organisation we don't needed any of it!”.  My obvious response was just to smile and then, I asked why he thought that was the case.    I was truly surprised by the response which was “What we need as an organisation is something to manage Sales and Opportunity to know if our targets are going to be hit, what we need is SRM Sales Relationship Management” After a very short demo of the sales process in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and an explanation that sales are made to customers I had a new “Raving Fan” on my hands, a "convert to CRM".  This was not because the demo I had given was the best ever demo but clarification of how CRM can help in that department in that instance i.e. managing sales opportunities had opened the door to other discussions on how CRM could be used within the organisation. In this post I look at how a tool like Microsoft Dynamics CRM can be used to manage a Sales Pipeline out of the box.  To any Sales Manager or Director the management of closed and open sales opportunity is key to meeting targets and here I look at how CRM does this effortlessly. Understanding Prospects So the question you are probably asking is what is a prospect and where are they coming some?  IN Microsoft CRM a Prospect is a Lead record and looks like this:-     A lead record can be captured from many different sources including Social, Web, Phone or Email but the details are always the same, with the idea being that the individual is interested or may be interested in the products and services offered by your organisation. Once a new lead or prospect has been added to your CRM then you should have a standard business process on how you want to contact that person. This may include email marketing, an introduction email, a phone call or some other interaction but this should be recorded at the lead or prospect level. Understanding Prospect to Customer Status. The next stage is to understand the best time for your business to convert the new lead to a customer, and it most cases this is when a number of process have been completed in CRM to qualify the Lead Prospect with the right information. One of the great new features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 (see Screen shot above) is the help to qualify process which has 4 key steps from Qualify to Close.  This new easy to use process helps deliver lead / prospect creation, qualification, development, proposal and completion to an active pending customer. The activity feed in the centre of the screen shows the real time status of activity for the customer record which has been converted from the original prospect or Lead record.        Helping to manage follow-ups Once the initial leads have been generated, it's important for the sales staff to be able to manage the follow-up communications effectively. Fortunately, the CRM software means that information such as the action required, contact details and planned dates for the follow up can all be kept in one place, allowing for efficient communication between different sales staff. Records can easily be assigned to individual sales team members with an over view and dashboards provided to Managers and Directors Measuring results Needless to say, one of the key parts of managing the sales funnel is to ensure that all of the most relevant information regarding results is added to the database.  Keeping this data enables a company to predict future sales results, meaning that relatively accurate sales forecasts can take place, enabling the business to optimise its planning and cash flow for the future.  Microsoft CRM come complete with in-built sales forecasting reports and dashboards.     Analyzing the results The final key in terms of managing the sales pipeline is to ensure that the data used is analysed fully.  If there is a particular path that has led to sales success in the past, then it can be followed again.  Improvements to strategies should be made, and positive techniques put into action.  This enables the company to demonstrate to the sales staff exactly why some processes are being used and others not. To find out more and to see why MyCRM specialise in delivering Microsoft CRM as a service contact us at www.mycrmgroup.com. Article Source: Firmology 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.    

Your CRM software can your teams minimise errors

CRM software is already well reputed for helping sales reps to improve their conversion through providing useful data about both the sales process and the customers themselves. However, it can also be useful in reducing mistakes by the sales team and other teams.  Here's how: It can help record calls Some CRM software is capable of recording calls between potential clients and sales reps, meaning that they can then be gone back over once the call has completed.  This serves two purposes: firstly, it means that the rep that made the call can analyse their technique and see if they're making and repeating mistakes.  It also means that any other members of the team that pick up the sale later on can engage the customer in a manner consistent to the communications that they've already had. With the development of such tools like Skype and integrations with Microsoft Dynamics Call recording and file store of conversations is possible. It enables input from the team The main benefit of a CRM system is that it can provide a full range of data on a customer or client.  The ability to build and enable access to the same facts is crucial - this way, there will be no inconsistencies in terms of the products that the customer is targeted with and the offers they're given. It stops contradictions between different teams If a customer receives several different points of contact for one company, they might become confused or uncomfortable with the way that they're being handled. CRM software enables entirely different sales teams to offer a united front in terms of how the customer is treated, minimising the risk of the client being put off. There are also many other benefits that can help you different teams to gain efficiency in completing tasks. Use Maps to plan routes to gain efficiency There are many great features and benefits to using a system like Microsoft Dynamic’s CRM http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/pricing.aspx in the cloud, but coupled with powerful Map solution’s like eMap http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eMap.aspx and marketing solution like eCampaign http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/eCampaign.aspx your CRM system can soon become a very powerful platform for Success. Manage your business not your IT The world of IT systems is changing and with this comes a load of new acronyms and buzzwords like “Cloud” and “SaaS” but all these things mean is that someone is going to manage the service for you, so you can get on with what is important to your business. If you need help with the implementation of a CRM system or need additional tools then register with MyCRM http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/default.aspx Source: http://www.firmology.com/2014/01/08/3-ways-sales-reps-can-reduce-mistakes-by-using-crm-software/  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.    

Getting ready for the next big things in CRM, Ready!

I recently saw this article on Enterprise Apps Today and it made me think about what 2014 means for CRM and more so MyCRM and the App Store and the release of our 2013 managed service. See more http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/ CRM as a concept and methodology is an ever changing landscape and it needs to be as technology never standstill long enough for you to catch your breath. It's a good idea for those of you working on a new CRM system to take a look at what are some of the key trends expected to take place in the sector this year. This article highlights some key areas and it is worth thinking about, especially as how your business might benefit:- Smarter CRM One of the biggest factors expected to take place this year is the advent of smarter systems, capable of both storing more data as well as analysing it more effectively.  As the consumer's browsing habits grow more complex, so the software will need to grow alongside it. Integration CRM systems have previously evolved much in their own accord.  This year, though, many people are considering it quite likely that future evolutions in the software will be constructed in conjunction with other sales solutions in order to maximise its usefulness. Contact centre tie-ins There have previously been questions about why CRM is not integrated more frequently within contact centre environments.  It's anticipated that this will change during 2014, with the unique sales environments looking to further improve their own processes by making use of relevant data from the software. Usability In the end, CRM progress this year will come down to simple usability.  Is the software easy to use? Does it make the lives of sales staff that much easier?  Does it work on a mobile basis?  If the answer to all of these questions is yes, then the chances are that the software will achieve success. Go Mobile We are all working more and changes in working patterns continue and this is where mobility is a key contributor.  You will need to make sure you CRM provider can allow you access for people at home or in the field.  Make sure you can get to important data before a meeting and make sure you have the right information on hand when responding to a support call. Social Marketing I have done a number of post of socialising your business and MyCRM have used the likes of Twitter https://twitter.com/MyCRMGroup and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MyCRMGroup to great effect. You might ask is it right for your business, well its definitely worth having a think about as statistics have shown this last December that most Christmas retail was done online so being there can only drive more business. More Software as a Service Cloud, Hosted SaaS and even Managed but what do they mean, putting the acronyms and buzzwords aside what all this means is someone has the IT headache and it allows you to get on and run your business, but remember if you’re going down a service route make sure you can get help and advice from the provider on how best to use the software for your business. I will be posting more about things that are happening and new solution coming from MyCRM Source: Enterprise Apps Today 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 centre here: http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com after registering for an account.