Email retains its position as the number one marketing channel

In a recent survey carried out by Experian Data Quality, it was revealed that in 87 per cent of the companies contacted email marketing campaigns remained the most popular option.   "Email is still a hugely important channel when it comes to marketing," noted Beatriz Santin, Experian Data Quality’s senior director of marketing, adding: "Though email marketing has had to adapt to changes within the channel and the growth of other channels such as mobile, it remains one of the best ways to reach customers and marketers are continuing to rely on this evolving yet effective method.”   Nurturing customer relationships is essential, especially in smaller businesses and se... [More]

How CRM Software Can Help: to increase CLV in your customer base

Firstly I need to define CLV as I have heard it called many things, but in principal this is where your organisation builds a loyal relationship between your customer and your brand. I will take a look at a couple of key points and explain why the customer and CRM experience is so important.  Research has proven that once a customer enjoys the experience of owning a product or working with a brand, a loyalty is formed and customer will return to make further purchases. Customer lifetime value (CLV) is the term that we all use to measure a customer's satisfaction with a product; if their CLV is good, the customer will be loyal to the brand.  Here's how a good CLV level be maintai... [More]

HOW CRM SOFTWARE CAN HELP: reduce errors that no one should make

In previous weeks, we have explored the idea of customer relationship management and how it can be used in a positive way.  Today, we're going to look at the other side of the coin: where people go wrong.  Let's take a look at some of the biggest errors that people make when dealing with CRM software. Not appealing to the mobile market Customers all over the world now use their mobile devices to browse the web.  This means that if your site is not optimised for mobile devices, you are likely to suffer from a serious loss in traffic.  As a result, you won't be able to access invaluable CRM mobile data.  It is not a smart move to ignore mobile and changes to the way ... [More]

HOW CRM SOFTWARE CAN HELP: with better relationships

CRM is all about one thing: customers! It's therefore important to make sure that the relationships are managed in the most effective way.  One thing that is paramount to implementing a CRM project is that it is not just a software component for your business, in fact it is so much more, too much for one post but today I’m going to take a look at some of the specifics in terms of how the software can help Building psychological profiling Modern CRM software is capable of a great deal, and one of the most useful features is its ability to genuinely gain insight into how customers think when shopping.  Some, for instance, might always do their shopping first thing in the mo... [More]

CRM and Good Communications.

I recently picked up this interesting article on Information Age which relates broadly to the new age of CRM, but is it really a new age or are these just key points that every business in some way should be implementing. Below I’ll cover some of the points as they are key to successful CRM and Sales. One of the key points to overall sales success is ensuring that communications reach their fullest potential.  Here I’m going to take a look at how communications can be improved and how CRM software can become part of the overall process. Personalise things It's vital to ensure that the modern customer feels like he or she is being catered to exclusively.  Effectively... [More]

CRM software – an advantage for the owner of a small Online business

Running a small business is not easy; a fact that rapidly becomes apparent to anyone taking those first tentative steps into the world of commerce. The product or service has to be right and if the enterprise is to succeed, customer service has to be top quality.  The advent of modern technology has made starting a business easier in some respects. Using the internet and social media it is now possible to quickly gain exposure for a new enterprise, promoting it at a lower cost and much more effectively than in the days of the old advertising techniques. Interaction with and relationship management of customers has also been made easier using modern technology. Knowing how to use these ... [More]

Key decisions when choosing CRM software

When choosing between different CRM systems, there are a number of key decisions that a business needs to make. Today, we're going to take a look at what we consider the most important considerations. Users vs. non-users CRM software can be invaluable to a number of different departments, including sales, marketing and customer service. This means it is a good idea to double-check just how many people are going to actually use it. This can affect which software is chosen, as some packages may be more expensive when required to serve a large number of staff. Licensing could also be an issue. Connectivity It is also important to take a look at how well the software in question will integra... [More]

Mobile marketing and how CRM can help

Mobile remains a crucial part of any modern marketing strategy, and effective use of CRM software can be vital in achieving success within this realm.  Today, we're going to look at some of the key methods for getting great results in the mobile world and how CRM software can help. From a number of posts I’ve made over the past year Marketing and sales are still the key crucial areas to drive new business.  Today we look at that favourite email marketing from a source article I found on Business 2 Community. Targeted mobile e-mails With more and more people now comfortable shopping on the web, targeted e-mails can be ideal in terms of helping to reach an audience.  Mo... [More]

Creating the sales pipeline using CRM a 6 step plan

In my Last post I discussed how CRM managed sales in Microsoft Dynamics CRM but here I’m going to take a step back and review a 6 point plan I found on Business 2 Community Let’s look at exactly how that sales pipeline can be built and how CRM software can help you accomplish this task. Finding the prospects There are a number of different ways to generate leads, and many of them are common marketing techniques.  However, CRM software can offer a substantial amount of help in this regard.  For example, it can be linked to a lead capture form such as a "Contact Us" page, where it can start to build useful customer information right away. The contact data can be used ... [More]

CRM and business process management

We are always keen to take a look at different aspects of CRM and how the software can help to enhance each step of the process. Today, we are going to look at how it can link up with business process management. It can help improve efficiency The aim of investing in CRM software is, of course, to help improve sales conversion rates. Yes, relationship building is vital, but more sales is the ultimate goal. CRM software combined with a positive business process can help ensure that all sales staff members know exactly how to close each sale and gives them access to the information that enables them to do so. It minimises inconsistency CRM software, like all business software, has an ROI, ... [More]