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]

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... [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]

Using CRM software to measure offline marketing

An interesting new article in ClickZ has explored some of the key benefits that CRM software can bring to the more traditional forms of offline marketing.  As we normally focus on the web, we thought it would be interesting to share the ways that it can help when going old school. Measure everything The more you measure ROI for your different marketing channels, the easier it will be to achieve positive results.  Using CRM software to measure even things like leaflet delivery or attending trade shows enables a company to get the best ROI overall. Individualise results By using specific tracking links on flyers and promotional material given out at local events, it's possible to... [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]

Good CRM means clean data so lets see how to maintain data in your business

Another interesting article from Business 2 Community has explored in more depth some of the most effective ways in which to manage data as part of a CRM system.  The old saying rubbish in means rubbish out apply here or better still you only get out what you put.   Maintaining the quality of data is obviously a key part of the process, so it is worth taking a look at some of the tips.   Clear out anything that is too old   One of the most important factors in keeping data useful is to ensure that it remains accurate. Once it has reached a certain age, it is unfortunately more likely to be irrelevant. Therefore, it is a good idea to avoid using data over a couple of... [More]

What is CRM and how can I use my CRM data?

If you have ever asked yourself “what is CRM all about, and why does my business even need one?” then take a read though and I’ll try to explain how you can use the data you accumulate in your CRM system. But firstly - and lots have people have asked me this one - “What is CRM?” In short it is a database you collect information about your customers in.  I’d be surprised if you don’t already have one, although it might not be super effective and it might not be Microsoft Dynamics CRM. You might even have several with different information - some on spreadsheets like Microsoft excel. In this latest article, I try to discuss how CRM data can be us... [More]