Customer relationship management (CRM) is more than a technology. It’s a business strategy that aims at identifying customers and their needs and then creating sales and service strategies that are unique to them.
Here is a quick look at CRM—from buzzwords to trends, to some recommended solutions.
Hot and Trendy in CRM
To be successful, there are certain things your business can’t—or shouldn’t—be without. One of those things is CRM. Why wait until one of your competitors gets the latest and greatest in CRM technology—leaving your business in the dust? Do your CRM shopping today by finding out what’s new, hot, and trendy in CRM for 2009. At the same time you’ll learn about the different ways your organization can retain customers in these hard economic times.
#1- Going Mobile
Many organizations have already adopted mobile CRM to help improve productivity and enhance the customer experience. In the service sector, mobile CRM has become a big priority, as it provides the ability for sales people in the field to access and update CRM information anywhere they can use a mobile device (PDA, Blackberry, etc.)
With instant access to customer information, sales reps can easily update records, respond to leads, as well as customer’s requests. Mobile CRM helps businesses and their sales force improve its customer service; it provides greater visibility to real-time data, and helps to shorten the sales cycle.
#2 - Analytics and Forecasting
Today, more and more companies are investing in understanding customer value and modeling customer behavior. As such, through the use of analytics, businesses now have a comprehensive way of capturing data and learning more about the customer, their spending habits, and much more. Here are some examples of what analytics can provide.
- customer sales analysis
- sales analysis by salesperson
- sales analysis by sales region
- sales analysis by product group
- statistics of all customer visits
- creation of sales forecasts
Marketing and Service
- reports on how well your marketing programs are doing
- multichannel campaign tracking
- statistics of all telephone calls made
- customer service response times
#3 - Social Networking/Social Computing
Everywhere you go these days, people are connected in one way or another. I don’t mean in the “six degrees of separation” kind of way, but literally connected—through their computers, laptops, pagers, cells phones, SmartPhones, iPhones, or Blackberries. And through forums like MSN Messenger, wikis, podcasts, Facebook, LinkedIn, Classmates, MySpace, Reunion.com, personal blogs—just to name a few. The list is endless. This is what is known as social networking, social computing, or Web 2.0 (in this case CRM 2.0).
While social networking is certainly not a new technology, it seems to be gaining momentum. For the über-shopper, new technologies like StoreXperience now allows consumers to communicate with stores through a simple application download to their cell phone through text message. Not only can consumers check prices by scanning the price tags with the phone’s camera while shopping, they can also receive detailed product information instantly on their phone from the retailer.
In addition to communicating through many different forums, users can communicate about many different topics—including what products they’ve purchased and how they rate them. You might be thinking that for manufacturers and retailers this might be a bad thing. On the contrary, these organizations are welcoming Web 2.0 as a means of helping them to improve their product and ultimately their brand. By using social networking tools, companies can test new ideas with the consumer and get their feedback.
CRM and the Economy
With the economy in a downturn, 2009 is expected to be a very tough year for businesses. Even though consumers will likely be tightening their pocketbooks in the coming year, companies still need to ensure that the customer’s they do have are well taken care of. By leveraging new technologies that can help improve performance, you can turn your call center from a cost center to a profit center.
CRM Offerings at a Glance
If you’d like to take a closer look at the above vendor’s CRM offerings, or if you’d like do a comparison analysis, visit TEC’s Software Evaluation Centers for the latest in CRM enterprise software solutions.
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CRM is a excellent opportunity to grow analytically - but without a solid stable data (Customer Data Integration?) platform you are going to be at risk of a lot of problems.
I want to know about CRM buzz words could U explain me
Buzzwords are like “fads”-often used to impress rather than explain. They are used in many different ways and in many different industries, however, in the context of enterprise software, while buzzwords are certainly words to pay attention to they may also be words to be wary of.
I’ve touched on a few of these buzzwords in the above blog, however, some of the others you might want to know about in regards to CRM are: eCRM, relationship marketing, customer-centric, workforce automation, customer analytics, customer loyalty, sales force automation (SFA), software-as-a-service (SaaS), service-oriented-architecture (SOA), and Voice Over IP (VoIP).
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The new CRM Buzzword around now is Social CRM a push to get people believing CRM will fix all your Social media needs as it was long pushed as a fix to all your sales needs our of the box. CRM is a technology that will not simply solve your business issues. It need to be combined with implementation, user adoption and business process mapping to get a successful outcome. 50-70% of CRM projects fail in the eyes of the customer depending which survey you read, no wonder why when many CRM vendors oversell it as the solution to all and that its easy.