Exploring social CRM in more depth, part 2

Yesterday, we started to take a look at some of the different ways in which the social media process can be improved and perfected. A lot of yesterday's focus was on the pre-management and selection of the software, whereas today we're going to look at the management of it. Engage important customers Whilst social CRM does indeed help to generate new customers, there are nonetheless always going to be particular brand advocates that regularly mention the products. These people are more likely to get other people to choose the firm, so it's important to get them involved through activities like sending through gift certificates or regularly re-tweeting them. Respond, fast One of the key b... [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]

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]

Questions to ask before investing in your next CRM system

A CRM system can have a number of positive impacts on almost any company.  However, it is important that before a system is invested in, certain key questions are asked of it: Is it easy to use onboard? It is important to make sure that one, intuitive cross-referencing tool is used in order to allow that offline customer data is used in order to increase the online audience.  This should be do-able in an immediate, genuinely actionable way. How compatible is the system? It is important for a CRM system to be able to link up effectively with other data and tools.  Therefore, whatever particular apps a company considers essential, whether it is advertising click data or shop... [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]

Microsoft Dynamics 2013 Apps in an App Store near you

It has been announced that Redmond has rolled out the new tablet app for Microsoft Dynamics.  The app can now be downloaded from both the Apple app store and the Windows store. The main Dynamics CRM software (RTM) set was released earlier this month. It has received good reviews from those who've used it, and the hype for the tablet app has continued amongst those who downloaded the software. The app itself promises to involve the user in all of the main activities from the main software itself.  It's easy for users to access their current activities, view their accounts, and look at current open leads and opportunities as well as viewing their contact books. Interestingly, the ... [More]