In a few short minutes not only will you know the answer but you're probably going to use what you learn here to make your business more efficient
and more profitable because, let's face it, operating a business has its challenges.
Every day you have to make decisions that affect your employees. Whether you're deciding what kind of coffee to buy for the office, how much
you spend on recruiting or which software is best for managing your sales pipeline. We get it you wear a lot of hats and we're sure that on top
of all of that managing your customer relationships is one of your major priorities. If you don't know what CRM stands for or what you might need
it for don't worry because you're not alone but in just a few minutes not only will you know exactly what CRM is but you'll probably be scheming
up a few different ways that using a CRM system will dramatically improve your business and boost your profits.
So let's get to it shall we? The acronym CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management but that's pretty general isn't it. I mean what
does customer relationship management actually mean for business and why is it necessary to have a customer relationship management system in place?
Let's drill down a little bit more. CRM in its simplest form is a way to manage leads (people interested in your business) and your existing customers in the most efficient way possible. To extract the most value and buy value I of course mean money. More specifically it refers to the system a
company uses to analyse customer interactions and measure data throughout the customer lifecycle.
The goal of CRM is to improve business relationships with customers through retention and acquisition and when you're able to
effectively manage your leads and your customers more leads end up being happy paying customers. You build a loyal customer base who become your
advocate and customers have a better experience with your company. Whether you're a small business looking for a place to store information and
have it accessible across multiple devices or you're a larger business wanting to manage customer interactions and focus on improving customer
satisfaction; you'll want a CRM software.
Many businesses surely try to solve these issues by using spreadsheets emails and other more exotic means before realizing that it's never too early
to start using a CRM system because it simply makes everything much easier.
So now let's look at five ways you and your company can benefit by using the CRM.
You'll have much better data organization just import your list of leads contacts and customers into your CRM and start tracking sales and engagement
with leads and customers
You'll have enhanced communication make it easy for your sales team to follow up with outstanding proposals by scheduling automatic reminders and
creating a set of email templates.
You can easily share information by giving your sales team access to the same resources through selective data sharing.
You will catch all leads just create web to lead forms and embed them into your contact pages on your website. The information that is captured
will automatically be pushed to your CRM and assign it to the appropriate salesperson which allows for a quick follow-up so you don't lose
You'll know your numbers. You can schedule weekly emailed reports so each of your sales team members know how close they are to achieving their
monthly quarterly and annual goals. In fact, in a recent survey of users who have a CRM system in place; 67% said using a CRM system helped
them better follow up on opportunities and leads and 56% said it improved customer relationships because all customer interactions are accessible
in one place.
Think of a CRM as a tool you need to manage business relationships practices and processes. It's not a tactic, it's a strategy. It helps
you manage more than just your business context but also your vendor relationships, internal sales activities and marketing teams.
An effective CRM helps you gain insight into your business sales performance so you can adjust your strategies based on trends. You'll also
help your sales team stay on task by setting up something called automatic workflow rules which are basically automated actions and messages that
are triggered by certain events. This ensures interactions with potential customers don't fall through the cracks and saves you time from having
to repeat the same steps over and over again.
As you can imagine, there are certainly a lot of benefits to implementing a CRM system in your business. Let's take a look at some very common problems
that having a CRM can help you solve.
You feel like you're swimming in information and can't keep track of it you're losing business because leads are falling through the cracks.
You have no idea if your marketing dollars are helping or hurting your business
You waste time try to find emails from a customer you're missing appointments and not following through on all of your tasks
You have no idea if your business is growing or how it's growing
Your customers have to repeat themselves every time they call your business
Each person on your sales team has a different sales process
You lost a hot lead or list of leads when an employee left your company
There's no consistency and email messaging sent to your leads
You have no idea if your Google AdWords campaigns are profitable because most sales closed offline
Your sales team has no way of prioritizing their task list
You don't have a way of collaborating as a team
You can now see that a good CRM lends itself to solving several different problems that rear their ugly heads in every business. And now that you're
an expert on what customer relationship management is, it is probably time for you to consider how it might help you in your business.
How it helps and why businesses should use it
Start thinking about ways in which it can help your business I'm sure you've already got a few ideas brewing in that brain of yours. At the end of
the day your business should be focussed on how it can "Close more deals in less time".
With what you have learnt here you're well on your way to doing just that.If you would like to look more closely at how a CRM solution can work for
your business then call us at Top Left Designs to discuss your ideas and needs and we can assist you in determining if indeed you are ready for
a CRMand what will be entailed to prepare you.
Written by: Greg Tomkins