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 ... [More]

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... [More]

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 product... [More]

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 momen... [More]

How to use CRM software to encourage growth

One of the questions I get asked regularly is will a CRM help my business grow, and done properly the answer would be yes every time. One of the key benefits of using effective CRM data is that it can help to increase growth in the company.  That's why we're going to take a look at a new piece on the web that's highlighted some of the key methods for helping to increase this growth. This IS key to understand what you want out of your CRM and your business and this implemented correctly will drive growth is sales and repeat business. Sales funnel analysis Examining a sales funnel (i.e. the data that shows how many contacts are moving into each stage of the sales process) is an effecti... [More]

Building efficiency in customer interactions

A new piece in 1 to 1 media has highlighted some of the key ways that CRM based customer interactions can be helped to be more efficient.  The points are worth further exploration: Reduce the time between engagement and action One of the keys to obtain real time CRM data is that it enables the company to act quickly in meeting the needs of customers.  This is important to adhere to. Ensure customers are empowered One of the keys to modern customer service is to ensure that the customers are engaged.  It is important for customers to always know exactly what they can do to take action.  The old call to action never stops being useful! Reduce any complexity Another ke... [More]

Why CRM software use needs to be consistent

After looking through a number of pieces this weekend I found a number highlighted some key facts and some of the key reasons for ensuring consistent application within the CRM process and why this was extremely important to a business.  Here are a few to take a closer look at. With No CRM - It can lead to misguided communication One of the keys to success is ensuring that customers feel like they are being specially treated and CRM software enables a company to provide the customer with relevant product promotions in order to do so.  Ineffective infrequent use of the software means that a customer is likely to receive communications irrelevant to them.  When calling if the ... [More]

Microsoft review usability with CRM 2013 release

From as early as RU 12 on CRM 2011 a version of the new activity feeds were available, but in CRM 2013 this unique way of looking at customer interaction is embedded into the core customer screen for accounts contact and Leads, along with being available from the main Sales dashboard.   This makes working with the current release of Microsoft CRM easier and stream lines some of the activity tracking and is definitely a step in the right direction in helping end users get to the right information quickly. The CRM 2013 release has taken on a new bold design which give the application a brand new look and feel and the Microsoft design team have obviously given a lot of thought about end... [More]

Microsoft releases industry templates for CRM 2013

Microsoft is making an attempt to differentiate its Dynamics CRM software from other competitors in the sector by including a new set of 18 specific industry templates as part of the software.  These templates are designed to be used by companies in those industries, and include sports management, healthcare and even more specialist areas such as prison inmate data. The customised templates were announced during Microsoft's Convergence 2013 EMEA event, held in Barcelona. As well as the templates, Microsoft also publicised a new pricing offer which will bundle the Dynamics software with Office 365.  The offer will be available up until March 2014 according to the company’s... [More]

Questions to ask before investing in your next CRM system

A CRM system can have a number of positive impacts on almost any company.  However, it is important that before a system is invested in, certain key questions are asked of it: Is it easy to use onboard? It is important to make sure that one, intuitive cross-referencing tool is used in order to allow that offline customer data is used in order to increase the online audience.  This should be do-able in an immediate, genuinely actionable way. How compatible is the system? It is important for a CRM system to be able to link up effectively with other data and tools.  Therefore, whatever particular apps a company considers essential, whether it is advertising click data or shop... [More]