Measuring CRM effectiveness and ROI

One of the biggest investments your business can make is software and hardware, so it is critical that the decisions made are not on a whim but made with the correct information to hand. As an investment, there's no doubting the fact that CRM software can represent excellent value for money. However, being able to measure exactly how effective it's being is a key part of working out exactly how valuable it's being. That's why a new piece on Investment News is worth looking at: it details some of the key attributes to look at in order to work out CRM software's ROI. Engagement How pro-active is the software in terms of actually creating engagement with customers. Yes, it sends out e-mails,... [More]

5 Steps to migrate to new CRM software

If you've made the decision to move to a new and more productive CRM system, then it's important to be able to justify the migration. A new piece in the Business 2 community website has highlighted some of the ways in which this can be justified. Through research Anyone who's made use of CRM software before knows how vital it is for the software to be fully compatible with the needs of the team. If you're able to highlight some of the ways that the new CRM system will blend in with company processes, then you're halfway towards selling it. Discuss the idea with everyone It's important to discuss every aspect of the CRM process with the sales team. Try and glean from them information rega... [More]

Top CRM buyer trends in 2013 by Software Advice

An interesting set of research results has been highlighted by Software Advice an organisation that typically helps buys of software pick the right solutions You can see the full article here http://www.softwareadvice.com/crm/buyerview/report-2013/ The research was conducted with 5,279 software buyers between January and August this year and uncovers the top deployment model, features and motivation for evaluating new technology. Here are some of the key findings:  · Of companies who indicated a deployment model preference, 96 percent requested a cloud-based solution · Seventy five percent of integrated suite buyers requested sales force automation ·&... [More]

Managing the CRM process in your business

I recently came across an interesting new article in Forbes has explored some important points regarding the buyers journey, a number of which can be linked to the CRM software process. Use the software tactfully CRM software can be genuinely invaluable. However, it's important to ensure that it is presented to the sales staff in a way that isn't too threatening. Rather than presenting it as some sort of all seeing eye, it should be presented as exactly what it is: software that can make the lives of sales staff far easier. Buyers can channel-surf It is important to remember that in the digital age, buyers use the web at every single stage of the process. Previously, it was normal to est... [More]

How can CRM software help manage the sales funnel?

There are a number of different benefits to CRM software, and one of these being how it helps to manage the sales funnel. A new article in the Smart Data Collective has highlighted some of the ways that it does so, and we're going to take a closer look here: It records all of the interactions CRM software enables the company to build a definitive repository for customer contact data, meaning that it can in effect replace three things: the company's individual contact list and address book, the main marketing database and the resolving issues database. All three can be monitored from one place. It provides a pipeline to follow If it's been configured properly, then the CRM software used s... [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]

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]

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]

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]

How can CRM software aid different business processes?

After doing some research and reviewing a number of articles including this new piece on CIO.com, I just thought I‘d take the opportunity to cover off some of the key processes and areas that a good implementation of CRM can be used for. The article on CIO talks about 3 key areas and explores the CRM sector in a different way.  Essentially, it looks at three ways in which an effective CRM system can help to improve a company's business processes.  But from experience and understanding what CRM systems can be used for I’ve taken the opportunity to add what is missing. A CRM system implemented correctly is and can be so much more. The first three points below are correc... [More]