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How to Implement Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solutions?

Here at Astir IT, we believe the success of any Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solutions is dependent upon the commitment of an organization. There are many benefits to implementing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution, but they cannot be realized simply by buying software and installing it. Astir IT attests that it is vital for any organization to have support from the organizations’ top management, straight down to the individual team members (and it is important for your marketing team to be involved too.) Contact us at (908) 279-8670 ext. 704 to learn more.

The first step in implementing a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution is identifying the types of customer information you want to collect. You will also need to decide what you wish to do with this information once it is collected. A good example would be a grocery store that tracks a customers’ purchase history in order to market the appropriate items likely to fit in their individual diet. Customer coupon packets are custom designed to include specific products as determined by the purchase history and mailed to individual customers. This will result in increased revenue for the grocery store because customers are enticed with deals on the items they want.

Secondly, you need to identify all the possible ways new and existing customer information can flow into your system. This includes where and how this information is stored, how it will be used, and who will be using it. With the variety of ways information can be collected (“touch points,”) from mail campaigns, seminars and trade shows to electronic marketing, websites, call centers, and help desks, your solution must be designed accordingly.

Astir IT Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solutions will connect all of these customer “touch points,” giving all of your team members the same view of the data. Astir IT will employ powerful analytical tools that manipulate this data, and generate reports that provide holistic views of customers and prospects.

Finally, the reports generated by Astir IT will supply you with an abundance of customer knowledge. You will be provided with all the information necessary to keep current customers happy, and attract new ones. Astir IT has trained specialists who can help with all business process analysis. We can customize and install Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software perfect for your organization, train your staff, and help you manage your new system. We are experts in CRM, and can bring unparalleled value to your organization.

How Much does Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Cost?

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solutions come at varying costs depending on your needs. This range runs the gamut from 3rd party hosted solutions for a nominal, monthly fee, to full-blown, customized implementations that require more resources. Astir IT works with clients to understand their business needs, time concerns and budget issues. This way, Astir IT can design a solution that is perfect for you in every way.

How do I ensure the Successful Implementation of an Astir IT Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution?

First and foremost, there needs to be a full commitment to any Customer Relationship Management project. This encompasses everyone, from the very top to the very bottom. Everyone needs to fully understand the importance of their role in upholding that commitment and CRM can have on the organization. Yet, although this is an important commitment, the project should be made fun and rewarding. Incentives for the key employees using the system are always a good tactic in making the project work. Also, the more involved they are in the early planning and implementation stages, the more ownership they will feel.

Breaking down the projects in to smaller, more manageable pieces with small milestones will help the team tackle the project. Each part of the team should have manageable responsibilities, work together, and maintain a team methodology. Using a robust database platform, such as an Astir IT Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution, will allow you to collect huge amounts of data quickly. Astir IT solutions will grow and perform accordingly so you stay ahead of the game.

Finally, keep in mind that your system has been designed around the customer and the prospect. Make sure that it is used to its’ full potential and serves them well.

What Department/s should be Responsible for Customer Relationship Management (CRM)?

This is a question that is asked quite often, and the answer is quite simple. Everyone has a stake in the performance; therefore the responsibility falls equally on all team members. Make sure you spread project responsibilities across all departments, although typically the IT department takes lead. This ensures consistent buy-in across the organization, and team attitudes and ownership stay high. Astir IT contends that the most important commitment needs to come from, and be supported by, the organizations’ top executives.

Can an Astir IT Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solution be Customized for my Vertical?

When working with us, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Solutions are designed to be open enough to allow for even the most complex customization. Astir IT solutions can mold to any vertical, and can be customized to work exactly the way your industry, and your organization, needs them to work. It will save countless hours of manual labor and frustration in dealing with customers and prospects. Many industry pundits see these custom vertical CRM Systems as the future of Customer Relationship Management.

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