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 t... [More]

CRM and Marketing for better Sales

After reading an interesting article of Business 2 Community I have to concur that a CRM system remains an effective investment for many people. However, there are several keys to making it work, especially within marketing. This is interesting, as it's often seen as being part of the more specific sales-side of things. Interestingly, though, statistics showed that 46% of marketers using more mature lead management processes will then in turn have sales teams that follow up on more than 75% of the leads they've generated. Sales teams linked to 25% of these marketers will be able to contact prospects within around a day - the figure otherwise is around 10%. There is obviously, then, a lot of... [More]

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]

How modern marketing relates to CRM

An interesting article in Forbes magazine has highlighted some intriguing new viewpoints about how the modern marketing world is adapting.  We thought it would be interesting to explore the viewpoints related to the CRM process: Modern marketing represents engagement The article voices the possibility that the modern method of genuinely engaging with customer using digital and social technologies is actually a far better way of doing things, as it keeps the customer happy directly.  The modern process puts the customer first; as such, it means that it is more likely to obtain positive results. Online body language is key Modern customers reveal a lot about themselves by their c... [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]

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]

Convert CRM records to PDF and email attachment ePDF for CRM2013 RELEASED

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing versions of our product range for #CRM2013 and following on from our release of eMap last week http://blog.mycrmgroup.com/post/2013/11/05/Using-Maps-to-find-your-way-in-CRM-2013!-EMAP-2013-RELEASED.aspx We are now ready for the next solution: Popular since CRM 4.0, our ePDF solution is now fully compatible with Microsoft CRM 2013. Below are a number of screen shots that walk through the process of quickly converting a record to a PDF attached to a CRM email. For the purpose of this overview of the ePDF functionality we have used the quote record, but ePDF can be added to nearly all CRM entities that have a report, including custom entities. Fi... [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]

What makes data-sets valuable to CRM?

A new article by the smart data collective has sought to analyse what makes certain nuggets of information valuable.  The results are quite interesting, as they argue that size has nothing to do with value.  Here are some of the key takeaways from the piece: Evaluate content Business interactions vary substantially.  On some occasions someone may be a customer and at other times they might simply offer consultation.  That means that context is important in terms of CRM. For instance, to many firms, an insurance agent represents an outgoing but to a few specialist companies, they are a customer.  It is important to remember that there is not one single definition of... [More]

Microsoft complete switch on of Dynamics CRM 2013 - Online

Microsoft has now completed its staggered rollout of the cloud-enabled CRM management suite, keeping to the release timetable that it first released back in July.  Dynamics CRM 2013 is now fully available worldwide.  As well as the software itself, it is now possible for users to access the accompanying applications on their tablet devices and make use of the cloud.  The relevant smart-phone apps will also be released this month. Simon Hutson, who represents the Microsoft Dynamics Sales team, revealed in a new blog-post that Dynamics CRM 2013 "is now live in our EMEA [Europe, Middle East and Africa] data-centers. (APAC [Asia-Pacific] data-centers went live last week, and th... [More]