Why do I need CRM?
What Does CRM Do?
Some people believe that sales is an art, where a rep can close a deal with charm and charisma. That might have worked in the past, but modern salespeople has to rely on much more than personality — they need process and analytics to help close big deals.
On the surface, CRM sounds like a digital rolodex that stores your contact’s basic information. However, when using a CRM system, the most successful sales reps are not only personable, they also play it smart by following an insight-driven sales process. CRM helps your team move through the process of winning deals with greater efficiency and rigor. It helps your reps get a 360-degree view of the customer, which helps them close deals and build the relationship. Savvy business owners have discovered that a CRM is a powerful business tool that will truly help them grow.
Simplify Lead Management
Salespeople spend only one-third of their time selling; they spend the remainder of their time with administrative tasks, such as lead qualifying, chasing down information, researching, and keeping track of details. This is important to note because oftentimes success in sales is determined by how much new business is generated. In fact, driving new business was deemed the top objective by salespeople working for small businesses, according to our recent survey. Closing deals has gotten tougher as busy sales teams have seen an increase in competition. Without a well-defined workflow to manage incoming sales opportunities, time is wasted. CRM was designed to help businesses overcome this challenge and make closing a deal as easy and quick as possible. Leads are routed as they come in, complete with contact information, account activity, and relevant company information. Working in tandem with marketing automation tools, the CRM’s workflow engine ensures that leads are automatically scored. Leads that aren’t ready to purchase can be sent to lead nurturing campaigns, and good leads can be routed to the appropriate sales rep. Comprehensive performance metrics help to better define what is working — and what isn’t.
Keep Your Team Connected
Despite all of the advances in modern technology, sales success remains dependent on one thing: communication. There are hundreds of emails going back and forth, social media channels to monitor, and leads to nurture. A cloud-based CRM app helps your teams stay productive whether they’re at their desk or in the field. Sales teams can access all files and update customer records while on the go using mobile apps such as the Salesforce1 Mobile App, allowing teams to be ultra-responsive. Many of those on-the-go solutions include collaboration tools where your employees can work across the organization on sales opportunities, service cases, and campaigns. Running your business from your smartphone will soon be as commonplace as ordering food using an app.
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