Customer relationship management strategies bring to small businesses so much that it can be hard to quantify how many different ways a business will benefit from implementing cutting-edge CRM strategies. However, once you understand that CRM is both a strategy and a technology, that assists businesses in marketing, sales and customer service, you’ll begin to realize the various ways your business will benefit.
Reading and studying about CRM as both a technology and a strategy will go far in educating you about the importance of CRM for small business. Getapp.com has created, along with other professionals in CRM a free eBook, that will help you. Download the eBook at: PowerfulCustomerRelationshipManagementForSmallBusiness.
In the meantime, here are 14 ways that small businesses can benefit from cutting-edge CRM strategies.
1. Improved communications — Not only will your communication improve with customers, but it will also improve between your staff. By having a written history of all communications, you’ll spend less time repeating actions.
2. Enhanced details — Client data, client history, actions taken or not taken will all be collected during the course of business. From the time the first contact with a potential client is made, to the time the sale is made and beyond, all the details will be kept in an organized, efficient and reportable manner.
3. Easier collaboration — Due to all the information and the improved communication available to businesses that implement CRM your staff will be better able to collaborate to become yet even more amazing than they already are.
4. Superior reports — You’ll be able to analyze the data better by generating reports, which will help each department improve the way they manage customers. Often times, without studying the metrics, one is just hitting in the dark. With improved data, you’ll be able to improve the strategy easily.
5. Easier lead tracking — By using a CRM process that involves CRM software you’ll be able to track all interactions between your clients and different departments which will vastly improve outcomes.
6. More repeat customers — Customers enjoy working with efficient and knowledgeable businesses, and with better CRM you’ll be that business. You’ll find that customers will return again and again because they are satisfied and happy with how your business deals with their issues.
7. Less time wasted — By having a CRM your business will waste less time repeating issues over again because you’ll be able to easier identify issues, and customer service reps will be able to see the history of the problem without asking the client to repeat themselves over again.
8. Better-quality forecasting — By generating reports, and studying various marketing campaigns, you’ll have better for casing because it’ll be more scientific than just guessing at what is working and what is not working. You’ll know exactly what is working, and who is working.
9. Improved efficiency — Obviously, with all the integration between departments, and less repetitive systems, efficiency will be vastly improved over not having a strategy or a system.
10. More successful sales teams — Your sales teams will be able to learn from each other better even if they’re not located in the same area. They can easily generate reports and find out what is working and what is not working as well as see historical data on their own clients while seeking input from team members to solve problems.
11. More focused marketing — By having more customer details you’ll be able to focus your marketing by focusing on quality leads.
12. Higher quality leads – A CRM will enable teams to better qualify leads. Oftentimes departments collect leads that aren’t viable, and a system will enable the team to disqualify those leads quickly thus avoiding time wasters.
13. Better follow through – Because of the manner in which a CRM works in a systematic manner with each client and potential client, both in terms of strategy and in terms of technology, the customer will experience better follow through which will improve customer satisfaction.
14. More informed decision making-- The business at all levels and departments will function with improved analytics which will improve the decision making ability at all levels of the business.
Name: Elke Schmitt
About: Elke is an English Philologist from Germany with a passion for Online Marketing and Internet trends. She currently works as the online marketing manager for GetApp , the #1 Cloud Business Apps Marketplace. Her motto is : "Your life is what your thoughts make it." Connect with Elke on Google+ .