Your investment will be waste if your team cannot learn to use, e.g., they find it too difficult, too inflexible to use, or too basic to handle the business.
When you find CRM that is easy to use, do start small and extend bigger later. Don’t try to get your team to learn everything and do everything in one shot. They will get too overwhelmed. Instead, plan your rollout in phases, start with priority modules. Then adapt to add more modules, say 3 months later. If the CRM is easy to learn, your team will be able to adapt it.
Data when scattered or silo-ed are the source of headache that slows down whatever that you need to do. With this CRM, can you see customer data in a single view of customer? Can you see customer as the center? Not pile of sales orders. Not pile of complaints.
Single view of customer means that you should be able see customer profile plus communication trails plus related transactions that customer has made with your company through your available channels such as shop, sales team, customer service, marketing message, social media, etc.
Customer data should all be in “single windows” or “single page” with quick summary that helps your staff understand your customer. If your team understands, they will be mindful and will be able to make proper offer to the customer. If your team does not understand, they will be betting a lot on luck and will be messing around with customer’s satisfaction.
In a successful company, successful people have process that they can follow and that can guarantee successful outcome. CRM that can help you manage the sales process will help you get successful outcome.
Reporting is another key for managing your team. Reporting in the CRM software must be flexible. When your business environment changes, can you create or adjust reports quickly by just click and choose? These days, it is outdate if you still wait for a programmer to code you a report every time you need to know something.
Can CRM get you the reports automatically via email every day so that you know your team activities and their performance? Then you can coach, can advice, and can steer your team to the desired success.
Global, one-size-fit-all CRM is nice cliché and sounds auspicious. But in reality, it often becomes too oversized and getting stereotype. It often arrives with mono point of view and trades off quite expensively the insightful moment to understand and win customers in the local context, local culture, and local trust.
In any market, it always has its own insider and its own way to compete on building trust and earning business with customer. Check whether the CRM vendor has a dedicated team that can build new modules specifically for your market or not.
Good CRM application requires a lot of time and efforts to build. While it will not be cheap, it should not need to be expensive either. Check whether the CRM vendor has developed any practice to keep the cost of making and servicing to be effective and sustainable for serving your business in the years to come.
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