Thursday, June 28, 2012
Your prospect and customer data is as important as your CRM application. Accurate data helps improve a company's CRM strategy. Even the most cutting edge technology can not satisfy users if the data is not clean and accurate.
The number of personnel changes, address changes, company acquisitions along with customer records with missing or incorrect information means a whole lot of bad data.
There are many ways to improve this situation. Forward-thinking companies appoint a customer data individual who is reponsible for data management and data quality. This person's only job is to check records and clean them up. Calling and verifying data is extremely important for sales and customer service departments.
Also, whenever user contacts a person, they must make sure their data is accurate. This is a simple way to correct data while the client is on the phone. Typical tasks might include determining data security measures and working to resolve data integrity issues. Some companies even tie in incentives to the integrity of the data - the higher the data quality, the more the individual is compensated.
These small steps can mean big change and profits for the company who is using CRM software.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Building upon a client relationship takes more than simply making a client feel important during the sales cycle. The customer relationship is just getting started after the sale is made.
Using a CRM solution to maintain a complete history of all customer's open and closed issues will help improve on the client's perception of your company. Recording product defects and resolutions and managing issue trends in CRM software is an important way to resolve issues and even notify customers of an issue before it becomes a potential problem. A CRM solution with a knowledge base allows service representatives to search all the customer issues to determine the best solution.
By using a CRM application, you will impress your customers with a consistent message and provide exceptional service. The invaluable information will be accessible to the entire organization making it easy to respond quickly to your clients while keeping them happy at the same time.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
An ongoing challenge that businesses face is improving customer satisfaction. Many companies use CRM Software to help impact their customer retention levels.
A company needs to define the organization’s customer service direction and ensure that customer service is defined as a top responsibility for each department.
Sharing the customer service strategy through a CRM software application is ideal. The CRM application can record activities and meetings as well as notes that can be helpful in understanding each customer’s wants and needs. Encouraging all CRM users to add interactions into a customer ‘s record will help everyone within your company provide excellent customer service.
Thursday, June 07, 2012
When a client visits your location, this is your time to utilize the WOW factor to set yourself apart from your competitors in order to be successful. By making some simple changes including the use of CRM software, you can address this quickly.
First, keep in mind that long presentations aren't going to win anyone over. Keep to an agenda for your meeting, refer to CRM notes and ensure that the customer's objectives are part of it.
Second, give special attention to their visit. Do not hand the reins over to someone internally who plans meetings, often they may misunderstand details that could be significant to the client. You should know your client's personality and what is important to them based on your CRM notes, so ensure you've done you homework.
Third, ask if they would like to see your facilities, don't just assume. Some may not see as much value in a tour whereas another client may have extra time available to do this.
Fourth, ensure that your top staff is available for the meeting and be sure that they are educated on what is important to the client based on your CRM notes, as well as what they dislike. Also, update them on the meeting agenda and discuss details to validate that all questions are answered.
Fifth, get the client talking by allowing them to share some information about themselves. Be sure to incorporate any information into your CRM software. Realize the meeting is about your customer, not you or your product/service.
Finally, a sales visit to your office should be thoughtful and should demonstrate that you are trying to help the client address their issues, hopefully by utilizing some of your products. By studying your CRM notes and ensuring that you ask good questions and listen, the problem solving process becomes easier and will make you more successful.
Friday, June 01, 2012
CRM solutions are a great tool for managers to help measure and manage the effectiveness of their internal processes. Managers spend a good portion of their time studying CRM dashboards that identify sales opportunities, deal stages, and close rates daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.
These CRM sales performance metrics can also be evaluated by individual, group, or region. Additionally, as companies get more adept at bringing together customer information from various areas, including sales, customer service, accounting and the supply chain, the job of the sales manager will become more comprehensive.
By gaining better visibility into other departments, a sales manager will become more of a facilitator, removing internal bottlenecks that crop up or quickly notifying all stakeholders when a change is introduced.
The sales people will more closely and accurately track active engagements and the interest levels of prospects with CRM reporting. Management will be able to quickly grasp the position of prospects in the sales cycle and provide assistance when needed. The pipleline will be clear and everyone will know what to expect come quarter-end. CRM solutions can help run your sales department better.