MyCRM Weekly News Round Up 12/8 – Latest CRM articles.

Each week, we like to try and bring you 5 topics from across the spectrum relating to CRM news from various news and blog sites.  This week we have found our top 5 topics with links to the relevant sites 1.CRM software industry grew significantly in 2013 According to recent analysis by Gartner, the customer relationship management (CRM) software industry grew by about 14 per cent globally last year, and the numbers for 2014 are looking very positive. The Gartner report, called "Market Share Analysis: Customer Relationship Management Software, Worldwide, 2013", indicates that there was a very strong demand for SaaS, or software as a service, a category that includes CRM software.  Back in 2012, the CRM software market was worth around £10 billion.  Last year, CRM software revenue was almost £12 billion. The report also shows that the competition within the CRM software industry has become even fiercer than before, with the top five players comprising almost 50 per cent of the sector’s total revenue.  Microsoft CRM was in the top five. Customer experience and digital marketing initiatives are the main driving forces of the CRM software market. "CRM will be at the heart of digital initiatives in coming years," stated Joanne Correia, Gartner’s VP of research.  "This is one technology area that will get funding because digital business is critical for companies to remain competitive." It is worth mentioning that the IT services, communications, and media industries happen to be the biggest spenders within the CRM software market, primarily because they focus on large groups, which tend to use call centres.  These industries also require strong analytics in order to improve the overall customer experience – a principle of any CRM strategy. Source: http://www.techradar.com/news/software/business-software/global-crm-market-shows-strong-growth-in-2013-1247155?attr=all   2.CRM secrets every small business should know  The internet can be a difficult place to compete, especially for small businesses.  However, small businesses can thrive online with the right strategy and plenty of focus. That’s where CRM – customer relationship management – comes into play.  The customer experience is what drives sales and builds a loyal, satisfied clientele.  Small businesses simply need to identify their strengths and build on them to make their customers happy. The small business competitive edge Small businesses often have an advantage over their larger counterparts because they can take the time to really get to know their customers.  The competitive edge here is that small businesses can offer things that big business cannot, such as personalisation.  Get to know the customers and give them the benefit of small business customer familiarity. Be knowledgeable A strong CRM strategy doesn’t mean just investing in the latest CRM software; it means also taking action to provide the best possible customer experience.  That is why businesses should have knowledgeable staff members who are prepared to answer any and all questions.  Investing in additional training for sales and customer service staff is always a good idea. Act like a small business Even the savviest of customers appreciate the feeling they have when they patronise a mom-and-pop shop, which is why small businesses should act like small businesses, albeit carefully.  Emphasising staff training, as mentioned above, is a must.  However, it goes further than that. Make sure the staff spends time with customers, either via the chat programme, emailing or even on the phone. These ideas aren’t exactly revolutionary, but they do often fall by the wayside as small businesses try to compete with larger companies in their respective sectors.  All too often, they forget that there is a certain advantage to being a small company.  Remember, CRM is so much more than a programme; it is also a strategy. Source: http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/80280.html   3. When CRM fails, it is usually because of the team Many times, CRM is thought to simply be a technology, but it is not so much a technology as it is a business discipline.  However, it is not a discipline to be practised by one person; it is actually a group effort.  Everyone in the business must be committed to CRM to enhance the overall customer experience. However, CRM practises aren’t always embraced right away, often because implementing a solid CRM strategy comes with integrating CRM software.  There is always a learning curve, and a little bit of time is usually needed to adjust to the new system. Sometimes, management deems CRM to have failed, but why?  In most cases, the cause isn’t the CRM system but rather the failure of those using the system to fully embrace it.  Here is a look at the staff that can often make the most – or the worst – of a new CRM strategy or system. Sales executives.  Often, a new CRM system is brought in because of perceived problems in the sales process.  However, if the executives don’t fully buy into the strategy or system, there will be no benefits.  Even if the sales team uses the programme, the data will go to waste if the higher-ups aren’t using it. Support staff.  Customer service representatives are constantly in contact with customers and play a huge role in building loyalty.  If these employees see entering data into the CRM system as optional, the bottom line will fall.  Make sure that the support team enters everything they can into the CRM system. Marketing department.  If the marketing department doesn’t add sufficient information about each lead into the CRM system, how will sales and support know what the next step is?  If sales and marketing aren’t communicating, customers could feel neglected and might not trust the business. Sales staff.  There is no doubt that the more information a salesperson has about a particular customer, the more likely they are to close that deal.  Often, the failure of sales staff to use the CRM system effectively starts with leadership.  The success of the CRM strategy should be shared with all employees so that everyone commits to its adoption.  Remember, this is a team effort! Source: http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/80382.html   4. Improve fitness sales with a CRM system An increase in sales is always good for the bottom line in any industry, which is why even fitness facilities should consider adopting a customer relationship management (CRM) system. Tracking sales opportunities, analysing customer data, and predictive analysis are all essential tools to a business’s success.  They are all also very difficult to achieve without an automated system.  That’s where CRM software comes in.  A CRM programme turns these challenges into opportunities by uniting the sales, marketing, and customer service departments via a single platform that everyone has access to. It doesn’t matter what size a facility is or its service scope; a good CRM system is a must-have for any company that wants to attract and keep members.  Often, the perception that CRM is only for large businesses stops smaller companies from taking advantage of the benefits that CRM has to offer.  Remember, CRM isn’t just about the software – it is also a strategy. Getting to know the customer is not a trend.  It is a legitimate business strategy that can reap long-term rewards. So, how can a CRM system help a fitness facility?  First of all, the cost of finding new customers is more expensive that retaining existing ones.  A CRM system can help increase sales by helping marry customer needs with facility strengths to keep customers happy and loyal. Another way that a CRM system can help boost sales is through better lead management.  The days of losing hot leads are gone when everyone on the sales team has access to up-to-the-minute information.  This means a decrease in response time and more efficient customer service. So, what’s the delay?  Invest in a CRM system right away! Source: http://clubindustry.com/resourcebeat/crm-software-makes-selling-easy-your-fitness-facility   5. Turning CRM around with reporting tools  Business intelligence, or BI, is a vital tool that helps businesses make the most of their efforts.  Often, BI is thought to be limited to customer information, but that isn’t exactly the case.  In reality, BI plays an important role in the CRM strategy. The CRM system helps businesses gather lots of information about leads, customers, and sales practises, but it can also help record data about the way a business actually uses its CRM strategy.  This can be a great help to any business, but the trick is actually using the reporting tools to turn the CRM strategy around. One of the great “forgotten features” of the CRM system is the internal reporting.  This is unfortunate because there is so much it can do for a business. Using the tools If more businesses would simply use the internal reporting tools that come with the CRM system, they would have a much clearer understanding of their business’s efforts.  Knowing how widely, how frequently, and which employees use the system is extremely beneficial in understanding the effect the CRM strategy has on the company’s success. This information can help determine which departments are lagging in performance and which ones are excelling. The internal reporting tools can also provide evidence of patterns, which might help managers coach personnel to improve their use of the system and increase sales.  These patterns can also help identify leadership issues. There is a lot that CRM can teach managers about the business itself, and it can teach them even more about the customers.  So, if business owners are open to learning these lessons, they should make better use of the reporting tools in their CRM system. Source: http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/80365.html     About MyCRM  MyCRM limited are a managed service CRM provider of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, currently in our 5th year of trading with customers in 26 countries.  We can provide either a full managed service platform based on Microsoft technology or have a range of software extensions though our App Store which enables end organization’s to adapt and extend their CRM systems.  We have a full in house product design and development team, along with support and service team to help organization get the best from their Microsoft Dynamics CRM implementation. Contact http://www.mycrmgroup.com/ App Store & Download Centre http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/          

The secret to successful customer engagement

Technology has brought business a long way in the last few years, but there is no doubt that it will forever be the age of the customer. This means that engagement between employees and customers is more critical than ever. In most cases, engaged customers are typically better brand advocates, more loyal, and spend more money with that business. Therefore, it is important for businesses to have a clear understanding of the foundation of customer engagement in terms of how to attract and influence them. Here are some secrets to engaging the customer that every business owner should know. Trust and transparency Even though this is business, there is an emotional component to customer engagement, which is often more powerful than rational engagement. The customer sentiment cannot be ignored, nor should it be. Customers who are emotionally engaged will complain less frequently and give more compliments. Respect customer privacy and give them a voice; they will be loyal in turn. Make a commitment to fairness Everyone wants fairness in life and work. Although some businesses view ethical engagement as optional, it really isn’t. With social media and mobile devices, businesses can no longer hide their social responsibility actions or lack thereof. Fairness is a fundamental value that consumers want in the companies they support. Make knowledge available Customers put a lot of value on quality, detail, innovation, service, and knowledge. A business that provides helpful, relevant information in addition to their products and services will be viewed as more valuable to its customers. This could be achieved through a weekly newsletter, offering helpful hints on a social platform, or anything in between. Incorporate social, mobile, and traditional elements When there is active customer engagement, businesses will find that customers are more willing to interact with them by making purchases, offering feedback, and providing invaluable insights on their experiences. Therefore, organisations should not discount traditional elements to customer engagement while at the same time embracing modern methods such as mobile and social platforms. Source: http://www.cmswire.com/cms/customer-experience/4-secrets-to-successful-customer-engagement-024622.php   If you are looking for some help moving your CRM solution forward or looking for help with migration or upgrade then contact MyCRM today www.mycrmgroup.com About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com   MyCRM Download Centre and App Store You can also register with the MyCRM App Store and Download Centre for Microsoft Dynamics CRM here http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/  

Regardless of your business the customer comes first, and CRM is key

See how car deals improve customer relationships with CRM. No matter what business sector your organisation is in, it helps to understand that keeping existing customers is a lot more profitable than attracting new ones.  Customers may well out grow your service but it is paramount you deliver the best experience while you can. Customer relationship management (CRM) helps businesses take control of their interactions with both future and current customers. A CRM system is a multi-faceted one that uses technology to automate, organise, analyse, and synchronise customer data for sales, marketing, technical support, and customer service purposes. CRM is essential to modern car dealers, but many simply do not know how to make the most of such a system. Here are a few tips: Keep a clean database. The secret to making the most of any CRM system is to keep the database clean. That means getting rid of any junk or useless data about every two years. Use the CRM system to revisit customers. The sales and aftersales departments need to work closely in order to keep customers coming back. Create a holistic approach to the customer experience and make sure it is a positive one. The software isn’t the only key. Too many business owners think that the CRM software is the only thing they need to worry about. However, CRM is a lot more than software; it is a business strategy. Don’t forget that. CRM allows for authentic customer reviews. Every car dealer knows just how important customer reviews are. Using CRM allows for authentic and honest testimonials to be used. People shopping for cars often check out what others have to say, so this is crucial. Use social media. Social media is not separate from CRM; it is an important aspect of it.  Car dealers should take advantage of social platforms to connect with customers and potential buyers. The article below covers some additional excellent points on how different business sectors can apply good customer service Source: http://www.am-online.com/news/2014/4/8/10-ways-car-dealers-can-improve-their-customer-relationship-marketing/34801/?page=1 If you are looking for some help moving your CRM solution forward or looking for help with migration or upgrade then contact MyCRM today www.mycrmgroup.com About MyCRM Here at my CRM we offer our customers http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx the best solutions to help them drive business forward and gain real benefits from implementing Microsoft Dynamics CRM. We are in our 5th year of trading as a business and have seen incremental growth year on year in profits, our team are based in the Isle of Wight, UK and we maintain relationships with customers in 26 countries. If you need help, support or advice with your Microsoft CRM then we are waiting for your email. Sales@mycrmgroup.com MyCRM Download Centre and App Store You can also register with the MyCRM App Store and Download Centre for Microsoft Dynamics CRM here http://downloads.mycrmgroup.com/   

MyCRM Weekly News Round up

Hi and we are back, with the latest rollup of CRM news articles that has been doing the rounds this week Our first article this week is from Dynamics Business gives the 7 points of why you need a CRM system and covers some very good points, see below We then follow on with a compelling article about Software subscriptions from Search CRM which being a provider of subscription based software made interesting reading, and finally this time we are looking at an article from Tech Radar. When a company really needs CRM When a business first starts operating time and money can be short and all hands really do need to be on deck. In those early days, things often get done any way they can, but how long can that effectively last? A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application can really make a difference in managing critical customer information and streamlining everything.  Here are a few signs that a company really needs to consider CRM. ·         Multiple information sources. Having information in multiple systems and a general air of disorganisation can impact customer service and employee productivity. Everyone should have the same single view of customer history. ·         Tedious reporting. Getting business data and pulling reports is never fun, but it shouldn’t be painful. With CRM, it becomes a lot easier to see sales forecasts, business data and performance reports ·         Data loss. If there isn’t a single source of information, then there is no question that data is being lost.  This can cost time and money. Make sure that data is kept safe and secure, no matter who is working. ·         One-size-fits-all approach to customers. Not all customers are created equal. Targeted marketing and savvy sales approaches can drastically improve the bottom line. A good CRM platform can help to ensure this happens. ·         Hardly any visibility. As the company grows, it can become more difficult to gain insight into customer interactions and outcomes. It is important to understand exactly how the team is performing. A good CRM application really is necessary for any growing business. It helps to maintain critical customer information and provides a more detailed and insightful look at the business as a whole. Source: http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/sponsored/seven-signs-you-really-need-crm-18032014.html Do CRM software subscriptions make sense? In recent news, several CRM companies are reporting significant revenue coming from subscription models, but do these really make sense for the average small- to medium-sized business? In short, the answer is yes.  Lots of companies can benefit from the CRM subscription model because it is a cost-effective way to deliver solutions to their customers. Using a subscription model allows companies to gather customer use, billing information, and feedback data, to name a few, all of which can be used to identify trends and patterns, ultimately resulting in happier customers.  Everyone knows that happy customers lead to money in the bank. The secret to succeeding with the CRM subscription model is to make sure that the business also develops metrics to gauge progress and performance.  Essentially, these can be used in analytics to determine negative situations that could potentially affect the revenue stream.  Such metrics allow managers to see how staff is performing, which customers might need help, and can ultimately prevent customers from becoming frustrated.  Thanks in part to technology, instant gratification is a huge factor in today’s society, which means that subscriptions have begun to permeate the CRM culture.  Consumers now expect a certain level of service, and the flexibility and accessibility of a subscription model definitely affords that.  Many vendors who do not offer subscription-based CRM solutions may find that they are at a disadvantage. As the CRM subscription model becomes even more prevalent, the business world will likely see big players such as Microsoft making a more aggressive push into this new arena. Sources: http://searchcrm.techtarget.com/podcast/CRM-software-subscription-models-Do-they-make-sense http://cdn.ttgtmedia.com/rms/editorial/sCRM-Subscriptions-Pombriant-031014.mp3 http://searchexchange.techtarget.com/news/2240178709/Microsoft-continues-subscription-push-with-new-Office-365-versions MDM essential to CRM optimisation According to a recent study by research firm Gartner, master data management (MDM) plays an integral role in the success or failure of customer relationship management (CRM). In order to successfully interact and serve customers, businesses need to know their customers. CRM has been an effective tool for doing accomplishing this task.  However, before switching to a CRM platform, many organisations store their data in several different places.  MDM helps to check for duplicated information during integration.  It is only after the possibility of duplicates has been eradicated that businesses can truly understand their clients. MDM is basically a large-scale approach, and it will likely become critical to businesses in the very near future.  In conjunction with a CRM platform, MDM will provide a multichannel view of customer activity and employee performance, and it will open a whole new realm of possibilities for improved marketing, sales, e-commerce and customer service. The research also suggests that any company operating without MDM between now and 2017 will likely get misleading results that could aggravate customers, resulting in a reduction of 25 per cent in potential gains.  In essence, not having MDM means a very low bottom line. In the last few years, overall IT spending has been overshadowed by CRM software sales, which means CRM leaders must start to consider the importance of MDM and its benefits and make it part of their strategy. Source: http://www.techradar.com/us/news/world-of-tech/management/master-data-management-vital-to-crm-optimisation-1226759   Latest Updates from MyCRM We have now launched our MyCRM 2013 version of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 as a managed service and are actively taking trials and migrations.  To find out more please visit MyCRM. http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/about.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/

MyCRM Weekly News Roundup

In our latest series of the MyCRM News roundup we have a number of interesting articles from the various news feeds and the world of CRM.   1.Microsoft launches its Social Listening tool 2.Big data, small world 3.NatWest using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.When a company really needs CRM     Microsoft launches its Social Listening tool   At Microsoft’s Dynamics Convergence conference the software giant announced Microsoft Social Listening, a new tool that is to be a free add-on for professionals already paying a licence fee.   Kirill Tatarinov, the executive vice president of Microsoft Business Solutions, went so far as to call the feature “revolutionary.” It will form a part of the Dynamics CRM platform within a few weeks.   This initiative arose as a direct result of Microsoft’s buyout of Netbreeze in Q4 of 2012. The monitoring and social analytics software platform used by Netbreeze has been utilised by Microsoft to create its Social Listening software.   Tatarinov told the media at the conference: “Netbreeze have done something revolutionary. It listens in to a broad range of [social] channels, and Microsoft can give them access to even more. They build listening technology that can generate sentiments by listening to innate languages, of which it supports 28."    Microsoft obviously hopes that businesses will welcome this new software, as it is sophisticated enough to measure sentiment in social conversations. This will allow fast responses to changing situations.   Overall the tool will assist users to monitor events in real time relating to brands, products, and other elements relating to online business. This should lead to a better understanding of customers’ wants and opinions.   The big question is, does business really want this tool? It is clear that some major UK retailers are less than convinced that social analytics is worth the bother. To assess likely demand could be the reason Microsoft are initially offering use of the tool free of charge    Source:- http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/analysis/2333627/is-microsoft-just-testing-the-waters-with-social-listening      Big data, small world Information, information, information.  It’s coming out of our ears and seems to be everywhere we look.  Big Data is like the Big Bang of information and can be just as dazzling, but is it just too big and unwieldy for the small to medium size businesses?   The plethora of data gathered from the internet can be overwhelming, but it can be put to good use whatever size marketing budget your company has.  Javier Aldrete, director of product management at sales software provider Zilliant, explains: “The benefits of the Big Data movement has more to do with driving action and value out of data by applying algorithms and predictive models to solve specific business problems.” Even small businesses can tap into this data explosion by using certain types of business applications, CRM (Customer Relationship Management) being the prime example.   CRM is a system used by businesses to manage their relationships with current and prospective customers, usually with CRM software.  The software can provide a place to store and organise customer information. As they have developed, CRM systems have gained the ability to track the health of accounts and sales pipelines.  CRM can benefit small businesses by helping them obtain sales and develop closer relationships with customers.  It gives businesses a “bird’s eye view” of which industries, company sizes and other types of targets are most profitable so they can focus their energies on the most efficient course of action.   The amount of information to be deduced from CRM systems is invaluable.  In this world of Big Data, even small businesses can benefit from streamlined information gathering.   Source: http://smallbusiness.foxbusiness.com/sbc/2014/03/11/big-data-vs-crm-how-can-help-small-business/       NatWest using Microsoft Dynamics CRM   NatWest bank decided to replace its out of date CRM facility with a Microsoft Dynamics CRM system during 2013.   The bank’s old system was under some strain and was not providing the functionality required by the major high street bank. It became apparent to the bank that to keep up with the demands of customers, particularly business clients, change was badly needed. The bank considered other suppliers and systems but decided that the Microsoft option was best for the organisation.   NatWest is of course owned by Royal Bank of Scotland and the head of CRM for the business and commercial arm of RBS, David Russell stated that, “a consolidated view of all customer touch points” was required. The overall objective is to streamline processes to release employee time to maintain a fuller relationship with clients. He also stated: "We also sought powerful analytics capabilities that would allow us to further improve those customer relationships while driving cross-selling opportunities through value-added customer interactions." He went on: "CRM helps us to deliver a personalised service, which supports customers in achieving their ambitions."   One of the main concerns of the bank was that staff would be able to quickly adapt to a new CRM system; it had to be easy to use and quick to learn. The new system had to be seen as part of the solution the employees already had.    Another feature that attracted the bank to the Microsoft Dynamics CRM system was the on-premise option offered. Not all systems are available with this feature that NatWest saw as being essential for its needs.   This move by a big-player like NatWest further highlights the importance and the need for an effective CRM system for all businesses that regard customer care as being of major importance to the success of the organisation.    Source: http://www.computing.co.uk/ctg/news/2330582/natwest-selects-microsoft-dynamics-crm-ahead-of-salesforcecom-and-oracle     When a company really needs CRM When a business first starts operating time and money can be short and all hands really do need to be on deck. In those early days, things often get done any way they can, but how long can that effectively last? A Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application can really make a difference in managing critical customer information and streamlining everything.   Here are a few signs that a company really needs to consider CRM. •Multiple information sources. Having information in multiple systems and a general air of disorganisation can impact customer service and employee productivity. Everyone should have the same single view of customer history.   •Tedious reporting. Getting business data and pulling reports is never fun, but it shouldn’t be painful. With CRM, it becomes a lot easier to see sales forecasts, business data and performance reports.   •Data loss. If there isn’t a single source of information, then there is no question that data is being lost.  This can cost time and money. Make sure that data is kept safe and secure, no matter who is working.   •One-size-fits-all approach to customers. Not all customers are created equal. Targeted marketing and savvy sales approaches can drastically improve the bottom line. A good CRM platform can help to ensure this happens.   •Hardly any visibility. As the company grows, it can become more difficult to gain insight into customer interactions and outcomes. It is important to understand exactly how the team is performing. A good CRM application really is necessary for any growing business. It helps to maintain critical customer information and provides a more detailed and insightful look at the business as a whole.     Source:http://www.dynamicbusiness.com.au/sponsored/seven-signs-you-really-need-crm-18032014.html   If you looking for help in either the Public or Private sector with the implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM then find out more 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.

MyCRM 2013 – and we are nearly ready to Go Go Go!

As we move through Q1 and into Q2 we are pleased to confirm that our New MyCRM platform is nearly ready for production. After a few months of work to bring most of the app store up to the new version we will now be offering   CRM 2013 with our integrated product set. How to get a trial? You can request a trial of CRM from MyCRM here http://hosted.mycrmgroup.com/demorequest.aspx just fill in the form and we will set everything for you giving you full access to your own version of CRM Need Help? Setting up your CRM can be complicated so why not talk to us about setting up your data and users for you to help you get start. Countdown to April 2014 As we progress though into April we will be releasing a number of new sites including the new download centre and updates service offerings.

#CRM News Round up from the MyCRM Team, 4 of this week’s top articles

Following on from my latest post I have found a number of other news articles that grabbed my interest so in the second of our round new offering you can find 4 of the more topical CRM pieces. 1.    Fostering an effective CRM solution CRM systems remain an excellent way to help improve the effectiveness of any company's customer service operations.  There are several challenges involved in ensuring that it works as planned, however, and these are some of the most vital: Awareness Too many companies invest in a quality CRM system without actually being sure what the investment is for.  Unfortunately, if the company is unsure what the product is meant to do, there is no effective way to measure whether or not it is actually working!  It's important that everyone using the software knows exactly what it can do. Usability It is the responsibility of both the service provider and the senior staff member at the company to ensure that any CRM systems invested in are fully useable and that employees know exactly how to make use of them.  A lack of usability and skill in using the software will lead to weak results. Ensuring everyone is on board One of the most common oppositions to CRM software is people within the company who do not want to make use of it.  It is important, therefore, to make sure in advance that absolutely everyone in the company is able to voice any opposition and that the benefits of the software are properly explained.  Ecology It is important that the CRM software is adapted into the company ethos.  Any company that sticks religiously to "just the way we do things 'round here" is usually one that ends up failing because of a lack of adaptability. Source: Business 2 Community   2.    Ensuring CRM integration does not affect the customer One of the most important aspects of managing CRM software is ensuring that it can be integrated effectively into the existing systems.  We've covered this before.  However, it is also important to ensure that the integration does not affect the customer experience in any way.  Today, we're going to take a look at how this can be avoided. Understanding and mapping out systems It's important to make sure that the customer's journey through the sales process is mapped out.  This is to the benefit of the customers themselves because they receive a more streamlined process and also benefits the staff because it lets them know exactly where they should be going. Ensuring the right technology is in place It is also extremely important to make sure that every tool the company makes use of has a reason to be there. Any wastefulness should be avoided, and every piece of software should make a positive contribution to the customer service process. Establishing excellence Ensure that there are one or two staff members who are charged with optimising the CRM process.  This "centre" of operation will mean that any changes being made can be fully vetted by those in the know.  This, in turn, is ideal for ensuring that the system doesn't become too clogged up with irrelevant open source tools. Collaborating It's always a good idea to ensure that different departments get involved with planning the system.  There is a wide range of CRM software out there, and it is in the company's interest to make sure that the one chosen works for everyone. Source: Destination CRM   3.    CRM for solo entrepreneurs We have talked a great deal about CRM benefits for small and medium companies. As a general rule, these are typically the firms that make use of the technology most frequently.  However, there are also a multitude of benefits for solo professionals and consultants.  Here are a few of the most important. Building brands One of the most important aspects of building success as a consultant or industry expert is to create a genuine brand around your name.  Larger brands tend to take on more engagements.  CRM software can help to build up industry expertise in terms of how to develop sales and build customer relationships, which are both vital parts of brand building. Higher fees The more knowledge consultants are able to provide, the more valuable they will be to the company paying them.  Consultants who are highly valued by their clients are able to command higher rates.  Once the overall fees increase, the solo operators will be able to increase their fees for group consultations as well. Generating more leads One of the most commonly cited benefits of CRM is that it is a great tool for helping to make the user aware of where potential leads have appeared.  Again, data remains invaluable for building an audience, and CRM software will enable any consultant to obtain information on potential customers, their optimum reading time, their previous purchase history regarding any products, and a host of other factors.  As ever, relevant information is power, and CRM helps to provide this information. Source: Clickz   4.    What are the main CRM problems a business might experience?   Recent research has revealed that some businesses are struggling to realize the greatest benefit from their CRM projects. So what is the problem?   In some cases the technology is not performing as it should; employees are not using it at all, or if they are it is being used incorrectly; the CRM software is not suitable for the business that is using it and in some cases changes in management has negatively impacted its use.   Obviously the creators of CRM systems design them to work efficiently; however, there can be a problem if a system is not easy to access or use. Employees can quickly become disillusioned with a system if they have trouble accessing it, or using it as and when needed.   In general, employees are an adaptable bunch and will do their best to come to terms with new systems as quickly as they can. When employees shy away from using a CRM system the reason could well be that management is not fully committed to its use. It will soon become apparent to an employee if management are not making full use of the data, and he or she will conclude that inputting is a waste of time. This is quite rare but it has and does happen. Most management personnel now appreciate the value of CRM and it is essential that to encourage employees to do their best with it everyone in the business should be seen to be using it.   If a system is not doing everything that a business requires it is most likely because the business itself has changed, expanded and moved on. Sometimes this problem can be difficult to address without major changes to the system that can of course be expensive, as replacement projects are usually more costly than the original system.   CRM systems can be of great value to a business, however, managers must remember that to ensure success everyone must be committed to its use.       Source: http://www.business2community.com/customer-experience/4-common-crm-issues-0784409#!zE2zE   About MyCRM MyCRM has over 20 years’ experience in helping small to medium sized businesses understand and implement CRM as a technology and CRM as a process.  We can help drive adoption and ROI in businesses and organisations that are implementing a marketing solution through a CRM like Microsoft Dynamics.  You can read our customer testimonials here http://www.mycrmgroup.com/customers.aspx.  MyCRM don’t only provide a managed service but also off a range of product solutions which are off-the-shelf extensions to enhance CRM productivity, along with dedicated support packages to meet business requirements. 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