Informed employees make empowered employees. And empowered employees create satisfied customers. Customer Relationship Management refers to a system for storing and organizing information about your clients, vendors and partners.
Your current CRM system might involve a sophisticated computer software program (such as SageCRM) or maybe you have notes written on business cards stored in a Rolodex. Chances are you're probably using some sort of CRM already. But is your current CRM helping inform and empower your employees?
CRM is more than just software or a set of processes. It's a business culture solidly focused on winning and keeping the right customers. A good CRM system builds value for your business by opening up communication channels and creating a common client-focused knowledge base that will allow you to better serve your clients. CRM is about understanding the buying habits and preferences of your customers and prospects, so you can:
- Build and strenghten customer relationships to keep them coming back
- Provide value-added services that are difficult for competitors to duplicate
- Improve your product development and service delivery processe
- Increase your staff's awareness of customer needs
- Reduce customer frustration by not asking the same questions over and over
By effectively integrating your marketing, sales and customer service functions, a good CRM system makes it easier for everyone inside your company to work together and share critical information - remember, informed employees make empowered employees.
An effective CRM system empowers your customers and prospects to do business with you - the way you choose. Imagine connecting your customers to your employees and business partners across any department, through any process and through any communication device - phone, fax, email, chat, as well as the internet. A properly configured CRM system can help you improve your business by providing:
- New sales opportunities
- Improved customer service
- Better decision making
Does your current CRM help increase productivity across your sales, marketing and support functions? If not, it may be time to look into a CRM that will help increase your company's effectiveness, and better equip you to communicate those benefits to decision makers.