How Customers Are Enriching Your CRM

May 27, 2013
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CRM is an essential business tool – this much has been realized by enterprises irrespective of their sizes. But, are they really making most of the CRM solution that they have implemented into their organization? Is it really helping you build relationships with your client that you have strived for?

CRM is an essential business tool – this much has been realized by enterprises irrespective of their sizes. But, are they really making most of the CRM solution that they have implemented into their organization? Is it really helping you build relationships with your client that you have strived for?

Customer management systems essentially collect data on your customers. The information gathered is then fed to the sales, marketing and customer service department in order to achieve higher sales and customer retention rate. But all these efforts aren’t visible to your customer. You may be aware that your CRM system must be gathering information to allow you to offer better services. But, is it really evaluating a customer’s true value to the organization?
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In order to achieve higher customer orientation you however have to look at your CRM system from the view point of a customer. You’d need to consider the information in the new light of improving customer retention and instilling brand loyalty.

CRM tools glean data on your customers. It then depends on you to implement the insight in improving your association with your customers. The advantage that customer relationship management software offers is that it collects personalized information on your customer. This insight then can be applied to in building personalized relationship with customers.

Earlier customer retention and loyalty programs were designed without much forethought about how it will impact the customer. But today a business can design a more customer driven loyalty or reward program that will create an impact upon the customer and will attach him with the brand for longer time.

The information collected by CRM can be applied to both B2B and B2C business environments in designing customer driven business model.

The crux is that customers through their conversations are pouring in valuable information to your CRM. If you delve deeper into the information gleaned through customer interactions you can find many useful pieces of information that will help you understand the actual requirements of an individual customer.

The need to garner as much information as possible to analyze customer requirements has made it essential to integrate big data to CRM solutions.

Author Bio: Paul Anderson is a CRM consultant based out in California. For over five years he has been offering CRM solution for SMBs. During this period he has observed what works and what doesn’t work for companies. He brings in his wealth of experience on CRM customization and solutions to his writings on blogs. He is an avid reader and enthusiast blogger and engaged with many online communities. He also loves outdoor sports and often goes fly fishing with fellow enthusiasts.