Your CRM strategy

The glamour for effective CRM solutions is accelerating, and Gartner predicts that the worldwide CRM market will have increased to $36.5 billion by 2017; a significant growth on the $20.6 billion figure of 2013. But what’s fuelling this growth?

Increasingly, organizations are realizing that with the cost of new customer acquisition typically being 5 times more expensive than managing existing clients, budget focus should be more aligned towards better relationship management, and CRM represent a cost effective way of achieving this.

Developing a business case

Making a compelling case needs to be thought out. Done badly, not only are your chances of securing funds limited but, perhaps more critically, senior management will not appreciate and support the necessary changes in organization, culture, processes and business practices. Done well and you will be well placed to quickly break down any barriers to investment and adoption.

The most compelling business cases will:

  • Demonstrate why the system is a strategic winner
  • Quantify benefits at a detailed level
  • Get specific about how the system will achieve those benefits

Considered business case steps

CRM solutions offer greater opportunities to communicate and collaborate than ever before. It is now possible to customize products, prices, promotion and even place for every individual customer and prospect, on a profitable basis. Based on this, presenting a compelling business case is essential to secure the necessary investment of time and budget, and the following steps represent the primary considerations to cover off when doing so:

  1. What is CRM? Although CRM is a fairly well understood phrase, it’s important to set expectations of the role that CRM plays in connecting disparate data sets and enabling more seamless engagement experiences for all internal and external stakeholders.
  2. What are CRM systems? With so many alternatives out there, provide a clear definition of what it means to your business.
  3. Calculate the benefits: Showcase how any CRM system will support wider business functions from marketing and sales, to HR and finance; supporting strategies for the business on a much higher level.
  4. Reaching ROI: Setting objectives and implementing stage markers that let the board clearly see a bath to the point where their investment is paying dividends is essential.
  5. Assessing the impact: What are the risks, how can you overcome them; do your homework and calculate potential pitfalls and remediation solutions to implementation and adoption.
  6. Presenting the case: Demonstrate the bigger picture clearly, and prove that the system will add unquestionable value

Gartner’s latest forecasts show that enterprises are realizing the most valuable assets they have are solid, long-term customer relationships, and Microsoft Dynamics CRM presents a compelling solution to enabling this, getting your business case right, first time, is the key to getting your project off the ground.

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