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]

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]

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]

Choosing the right CRM system, software and provider.

As part of my quest to find relevant news articles and blog posts on CRM I found this new article in Business News Daily.  The article poses some interesting points for those looking to invest in a new CRM system, particularly those that are thinking about investing in new software.  The points below can be raised when considering many things for your business but consideration has to be given to cost, ROI (Return on Investment) and longevity of a solution. Also give thought to who is providing what, as although a hosting provider may offer software they might not offer consulting that is specific to your business sector or the manufacture of the software may provide it as a serv... [More]

Unique ways that CRM can aid a company

A new piece in the Box Free IT website has taken an in-depth look at the CRM industry. It has highlighted some of the key benefits that CRM can have with the emphasis firmly on providing genuine results. The first point that is highlighted in the piece is that CRM data and software can help to introduce a genuine system to smaller businesses.  SMEs often lack an in-place system designed to help record and follow up on potential prospects, which means that some genuine leads often fall through the cracks, leading to a revenue loss. Secondly, it highlights the value of putting into writing all of the steps of its sales process.  CRM software can enable a company to both initially d... [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]

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]