Have you ever tried to get contact details in and out of a CRM system, and ended up with a bigger mess? I have. The concept is easy: store all information about prospects and customers in one system, allowing you to have your communication efforts streamlined.
Reality, however, is harder: contact details entered on your website should be fed to the system automatically. Sending your periodic newsletter should be based on the details in your CRM system. Not to mention dealing with information on bounces. Integrating your CRM system(s) with mass mailing, campaign management and self service portals is helpful, but for some reason the major means of transporting lead and customer information still seems to be Excel… Leaving you with the necessity to mass import results, new contacts and changed information. Continue reading ‘Stop using Customer Relationship Management systems – and learn about possibilities to make dealing with customer information easier’