Garbage In, Garbage Out
Tips to keep your CRM data sharp!
No doubt you’ve heard the old saying, “Garbage in, garbage out.” Well, it couldn’t be truer when it comes to managing your business data. A cluttered CRM will hinder your business processes and your customer engagement.
You’ve worked hard to get your CRM configured just right for your business! It serves you well, and you’re growing–Congratulations! Now you’ve hired additional people, and they’re all working hard, adding new contacts, new companies, and new opportunities. As you may have already experienced, things can get really messy really fast if you don’t have some processes and guidelines in place to keep your information clean.
CRM Spring Cleaning Steps
We have some tips for you on how to clean and maintain your CRM data. In the spirit of spring, begin now! Moving forward, if you adopt this mindset and establish good habits, from now on spring cleaning won’t be so daunting.
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It’s Monday morning, and you’re staring at your computer, waiting for the coffee to kick in. Your inbox has 3,700 emails, and 152 of them are unread. You’ve got three hundred or so contacts in Outlook (or is it Gmail?) and a stack of business cards on your desk.
What do you really know about the people your business serves? Your email contacts and spreadsheets with notes (and that pile on your desk) have some useful customer information, but you don’t have a system to help you dive into your work this morning. Which leads should you contact first? Which customers need attention right away?
Just because it’s a “good problem to have,” doesn’t mean it isn’t a problem. Doesn’t mean it isn’t painful. Doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be solved.
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute had a good problem.
In 2014, this award-winning Denver nonprofit was growing and its impact was expanding. That brought more opportunities and more to do. And more to do meant a larger team, which meant tasks were more widely distributed.
More cooks in the kitchen.
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As a small business owner you probably have heard about sales marketing automation. But what is it? And is this something that applies to your business?
What Does Sales Marketing Software Do?
Sales marketing automation replaces hiring a large team of email marketers, outreach specialists, salespeople and account managers (or trying to do it all yourself!). Marketing automation software gives you the tools to keep track of leads, personalize and customize your emails automatically, and get easy-to-understand reports on how your sales and marketing efforts are working.
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Our Valentine’s day gift for you is a cloud software match making tip.
At Mocko Consulting we match our CRM with an Email Marketing solution.
How does this integration help us? It saves us time. When we add a new contact to our CRM database, the same contact is automatically added to our Email Marketing software. We use tags in order to segment our contacts in CRM, and this segmentation is maintained in the Email Marketing platform, making it easier for us to target our communications.
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Choosing a CRM for Your Small Business
Recently we worked with a small manufacturing company on a CRM selection project. We started by getting to know them and how they work. They do custom projects and would need to add about 20 users to the new CRM from their management, sales, and fabrication teams. Working with this team, we helped them select Microsoft Dynamics CRM as the best fit for their business.
But that wasn’t the end of the decisions the principal owner faced. He still had to make one of the key decisions businesses have with any complex software implementation: Do you buy your own on-premise system, or do you subscribe to a partner hosted CRM?