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CRM solution that assists businesses with sales, customers, leads and more.
CRM solution that assists businesses with sales, customers, leads and more.
CRM solution that assists businesses with sales, customers, leads and more.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
HR Management Software helping companies to monitor the progress, leaves and payroll.
HR Management Software helping companies to monitor the progress, leaves and payroll. Features include ticketing, leave, billing and task management.
HR Management Software helping companies to monitor the progress, leaves and payroll. Features include ticketing, leave, billing and task management.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Cloud-based CRM solution that assists businesses with lead interaction, contact management, reporting and more.
Cloud-based CRM solution that assists businesses with lead interaction, contact management, reporting and more.
Cloud-based CRM solution that assists businesses with lead interaction, contact management, reporting and more.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Green Spoon is an affordable fully-integrated, small business ERP software approach eliminates the need for multiple software packages
Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or e-tailer, Green Spoon can help you manage your business faster and better. Green Spoon offers a complete solution for your business, from your online store and sales teams to customer service, warehouse, inventory, shipping, manufacturing to accounting and reporting. Green Spoon helps small and mid-sized customers like you streamline operations, act on timely and complete information, and accelerate profitable growth.
Whether you’re a manufacturer, distributor, retailer, or e-tailer, Green Spoon can help you manage your business faster and better. Green Spoon offers a complete solution for your business, from your...

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  • Marketing Automation
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  • Lead Qualification
Host Billing & Automation Suite for the Web Hosting Industry.
Host Billing & Automation Suite for the Web Hosting Industry.
Host Billing & Automation Suite for the Web Hosting Industry.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
CRM solution that helps businesses manage leads, appointments, billing, expenses, inventory, quoting, invoicing, and more.
CRM solution that helps businesses manage leads, appointments, billing, expenses, inventory, quoting, invoicing, and more.
CRM solution that helps businesses manage leads, appointments, billing, expenses, inventory, quoting, invoicing, and more.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Cloud-based sales CRM solution designed to help businesses manage sales reporting, customer communication, marketing, leads, and more.
Cloud-based sales CRM solution designed to help businesses manage sales reporting, customer communication, marketing, leads, and more.
Cloud-based sales CRM solution designed to help businesses manage sales reporting, customer communication, marketing, leads, and more.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Office24By7 CRM software allows your team to be more productive & efficient. Automate workflows, improve communications & boost revenue
Make use of incredible tools for effective business growth. Manage contacts, filter your leads, boost closing rates, and drive huge revenue for your business. Automate your business operations and never miss a single opportunity to increase sales in number. With Office24By7 CRM software, organize and prioritize your tasks effectively, improve customer interactions, build better relationships, and thus, provide a seamless experience to your customers.
Make use of incredible tools for effective business growth. Manage contacts, filter your leads, boost closing rates, and drive huge revenue for your business. Automate your business operations and...

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
CRM solution that helps businesses manage leads, KYC status of contacts, trading activities and more.
CRM solution that helps businesses manage leads, KYC status of contacts, trading activities and more.
CRM solution that helps businesses manage leads, KYC status of contacts, trading activities and more.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Agency Online is a front-end application designed to help sales agencies consolidate sales information.
Agency Online is a front-end application designed to help sales agencies consolidate sales information.
Agency Online is a front-end application designed to help sales agencies consolidate sales information.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Customer relationship management solution that helps businesses nurture prospects, manage projects, and track interactions.
Customer relationship management solution that helps businesses nurture prospects, manage projects, and track interactions.
Customer relationship management solution that helps businesses nurture prospects, manage projects, and track interactions.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Fraame Healthcare’s Case Management (CRM) software FileVision Health, fits the needs of any organisation, whatever the size.
Fraame Healthcare’s Case Management (CRM) software FileVision Health, fits the needs of any organisation, whatever the size. Small and medium sized organisations and enterprises alike make use of the FileVision Health’s document management software, document imaging, workflow and case management technology. FileVision Health is the Client/Case Management tool, designed suitably and priced right for any business. With added functionality such as application integration to any line of business.
Fraame Healthcare’s Case Management (CRM) software FileVision Health, fits the needs of any organisation, whatever the size. Small and medium sized organisations and enterprises alike make use of the...

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
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  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
CRM solution that enables businesses to automate sales, manage marketing campaigns, and track leads on a unified interface.
CRM solution that enables businesses to automate sales, manage marketing campaigns, and track leads on a unified interface.
CRM solution that enables businesses to automate sales, manage marketing campaigns, and track leads on a unified interface.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
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Averox Sales CRM

Averox Sales CRM

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Averox Sales CRM is a full suite of integrated applications designed to help sales, services, and marketing teams run smoothly.
Averox Sales CRM is a full suite of integrated applications designed to help sales, services, and marketing teams run smoothly.
Averox Sales CRM is a full suite of integrated applications designed to help sales, services, and marketing teams run smoothly.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
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Averox Services CRM can help businesses increase performance and remain professional while interacting with customers.
Averox Services CRM can help businesses increase performance and remain professional while interacting with customers.
Averox Services CRM can help businesses increase performance and remain professional while interacting with customers.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
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Fitfactory CRM

Fitfactory CRM

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Fitfactory CRM enables manufacturing SMEs to build strong customer relationships and share live work-order status with customers.
Fitfactory CRM enables manufacturing SMEs to build strong customer relationships and share live work-order status with customers.
Fitfactory CRM enables manufacturing SMEs to build strong customer relationships and share live work-order status with customers.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
LeadSnap helps you develop your digital marketing business with our our CRM's automation and AI.
LeadSnap helps you develop your digital marketing business with our our CRM's automation and AI.
LeadSnap helps you develop your digital marketing business with our our CRM's automation and AI.

Features

  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
AI powered digital office for financial advisors that includes built-in security for compliance, and an interactive client portal.
AI powered digital office for financial advisors that includes built-in security for compliance, and an interactive client portal.
AI powered digital office for financial advisors that includes built-in security for compliance, and an interactive client portal.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
A CRM customized to fit the needs of foodservice companies and distributors. Get information about suppliers and end users.
Peercore CRM is customized to fit the needs of foodservice manufacturing companies and distributors. Some of the capabilities include sales pipeline management, suppliers profiles, lead generation, customer retention, a multi-level database and sales history. As dealing with the food industry, Peercore CRM includes Quality Control and reports/alerts of any deviations from normal quality standards.
Peercore CRM is customized to fit the needs of foodservice manufacturing companies and distributors. Some of the capabilities include sales pipeline management, suppliers profiles, lead generation,...

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Track your hotel sales strategies and execution in real-time, and unify all your hotels data with Metasphere's cloud-based software.
Metasphere's Sales CRM solution gives you instant access to real-time hotel sales data to help you better understand what your global sales team is doing and how they are performing at every step of the sales process. In simplified terms, it is a cloud-based SAAS sales software that will help your team manage the sales pipeline efficiently and stay on-track on their KPIs through: Centralized database, Lead nurturing module, 15 plus reports, Strategy and tactics management an more.
Metasphere's Sales CRM solution gives you instant access to real-time hotel sales data to help you better understand what your global sales team is doing and how they are performing at every step of...

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
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Crank CRM

Crank CRM

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The scalable toolkit for small businesses with a unique pricing model.
Crank CRM is the complete toolkit for small businesses to grow & manage your business from one platform. With no packages, you can use a platform your business needs, even on a budget. Crank CRM is available in multiple languages and countries but unlike other CRM's with set packages, Crank has a unique pricing model so you only pay for individual features you need. Gmail & Calendar integrations, real-time Evernote sync, full contact management profile, tasks, & events included for every user.
Crank CRM is the complete toolkit for small businesses to grow & manage your business from one platform. With no packages, you can use a platform your business needs, even on a budget. Crank CRM is...

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
CRM Plus is a web-based CRM system that offers a comprehensive solution for the entire company.
CRM Plus is a web-based CRM system that offers a comprehensive solution for the entire company.
CRM Plus is a web-based CRM system that offers a comprehensive solution for the entire company.

Features

  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Fully customizable, Cloud-based CRM software consisting of Sales, Marketing, Project management, HR, Helpdesk, Invoicing Clouds.
CloudOffix is a cloud-based CRM software that assists businesses with Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Invoicing Helpdesk and HR Clouds. Along with many other great and unique features such as website visitor tracking and mail automation, CloudOffix offers extensive full customization so that you don't have to settle for out-of-the-box products. With context based collaboration within the platform, without having to leave is an amazing comfort feature to have.
CloudOffix is a cloud-based CRM software that assists businesses with Sales, Marketing, Project Management, Invoicing Helpdesk and HR Clouds. Along with many other great and unique features such as...

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification
Zimasoft is a business management solution designed to help SMEs handle invoices, payments, customers, suppliers, projects, and more.
Zimasoft is a business management solution designed to help SMEs handle invoices, payments, customers, suppliers, projects, and more.
Zimasoft is a business management solution designed to help SMEs handle invoices, payments, customers, suppliers, projects, and more.

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  • Internal Chat Integration
  • Email Marketing
  • Territory Management
  • Task Management
  • Marketing Automation
  • Calendar/Reminder System
  • Lead Qualification

CRM Software Buyers Guide

Introduction

CRM software makes it easier for businesses and their employees to manage interactions with customers, clients, business partners, and leads. CRM stands for customer relationship management, and CRM systems allow companies to manage relationships with customers throughout the entire customer journey, starting with the first point of contact, right through to a purchasing decision, and then into the post-sale phase.

Some of the core features you would expect to find within CRM solutions include a searchable database containing relevant customer data and a communications log, which brings together conversations and interactions from emails, social media, telephone calls, and other channels. You can also expect an email management system, which can help synchronise email communications, and an alert system, which will remind employees to get in touch with a customer.

The ability to continually log customer communication from different channels and bring it together in an accessible database can greatly enhance collaboration between sales, marketing, and customer service teams. Aside from this, CRM software can help to improve automation within an organisation and facilitate easier analysis of customer data. This, in turn, makes it possible to gain valuable insights into customer behaviours, views, and expectations.

CRM solutions often have a main focus area, just like sales, marketing, or customer support software. However, some CRM systems are multi-purpose and offer a more comprehensive range of options. Moreover, CRM software can be broadly separated into on-premises software applications, which require installation, and Software as a Service (SaaS) options, which are accessible via web browsers on a wide range of different devices.

There are a number of considerations that businesses need to factor into their decision-making process when seeking out a CRM system. These include the size of the organisation, remote and mobile access requirements, employees' technical skills, and the level of compatibility between the CRM software and other core software packages. To be included in the CRM software category, solutions will usually:

  • Allow customer communications from different channels to be compiled in one location, making it easier for sales, customer service, and/or marketing teams to access and utilise the information contained within
  • Enable the creation of a comprehensive customer database, which can be easily accessed, searched through, and analysed, so that companies and their employees can find relevant information quickly
  • Offer integration with social media platforms, as well as other software applications
  • Provide email management options, making it easier to personalise any emails that are sent to customers
  • Include document storage capabilities so that letters, contracts, forms, faxes, and other important paperwork can be kept in digital formats and accessed by employees across the different departments

What is CRM Software?

CRM software is customer relationship management software, used by businesses to effectively manage their various interactions with customers. CRM systems are designed to allow businesses and other organisations to deal with customer support issues, manage leads and the sales pipeline, and oversee long-term relationships with past, current, and potential customers. Furthermore, CRM tools can help to ensure that a company's sales, marketing, and customer service processes become more integrated, coherent, and consistent.

Modern businesses communicate with customers across a wide range of different channels, for example telephone, email, social networking sites, video calls, and live online chat services. Through the use of CRM systems, it becomes significantly easier to compile communication data from these channels in a single, centralised location. Past conversations or correspondence to be referred to during future interactions, and gathering data from across the various communication channels makes it possible to build much more comprehensive customer profiles.

Many businesses turn to CRM software for assistance with some of the key challenges associated with modern customer relationships. For instance, customers expect personalised user experiences, where they are treated as an individual rather than as another face in the crowd. Achieving this requires intelligent use of data so that all forms of communication can be tailored to them. Moreover, modern customers are more likely to adopt an omnichannel approach to dealing with businesses. When this is the case, they want to be able to move across different platforms or communication channels without running into unnecessary friction, obstacles, or contradictions along the way.

What are the benefits of CRM software?

The benefits of using CRM software are numerous and wide-ranging, with many of these centering around the idea of bringing customer communication associated with customer service, sales, and marketing into one location. Some of the more specific advantages linked to the use of CRM systems within business settings include:

  • Centralisation of customer data: centralising data related to customer communication facilitates improved coordination and collaboration between different departments. At the same time, it allows certain sales, marketing, and customer service processes to be automated, aiding efficiency. CRM software also has the potential to make it easier for businesses to understand customers, including their needs, wants, and expectations, both collectively and on an individual level.
  • Fully searchable customer data: centralised databases can be accessed by multiple departments, including sales, marketing, customer service teams, and senior management, with options to search for specific customers and specific information within customer records. The very best CRM tools will also allow access to customer data from multiple devices, meaning it will be readily available, regardless of when, where, and why an employee needs it. When sales, marketing, and customer service employees are able to access information quickly, it becomes much easier to deliver personalised communication that is relevant to the customer or end-user.
  • Integration with all channels: good CRM systems will allow data from customer communications to be added from all of the various contact points, including telephone, email, social media, live online chat, and online messaging apps. This then allows for a more coherent customer experience, with cross-channel communication becoming much easier to manage, both in the short and longer-term. This means a customer can move from one communication channel to another, dealing with different staff while still enjoying a seamless experience.
  • Potential for improved automation: customer relationship management software can make it significantly easier for companies to automate tasks related to sales, customer service, and marketing. This is especially true when standardised processes are in place. Data can also be automatically centralised and continually updated, making it accessible by the various departments as and when they need it. The end result here is improved cross-departmental communication and collaboration, with a clear focus on customers and their needs.
  • Insight into customer behaviour: data that is added to CRM solutions can be collected and easily analysed, allowing for deeper and more meaningful insights into the behaviour, habits, preferences and expectations of customers. This will then enable businesses to gain a much clearer sense of what their customers want, what they need, the products they like, the products they dislike, as well as any patterns of behaviour that exist. When this information is collected from direct communication with customers, it can be compared and contrasted with wider industry trends. This will establish whether a company's customers face specific issues, are exhibiting specific behaviours that may require strategic adjustments, or require extra consideration in the future.
  • Improved levels of personalisation: the ability to access previous customer interactions and other important data from a single place makes it much easier for customer service teams and other employees to deliver a high level of personalisation. This is important because 80 per cent of customers want personalisation from retailers, and they are more likely to make a purchase when this is on offer. Modern customers want to be treated as individuals, each with their own concerns, needs, and opinions. CRM software makes it much easier to meet customer expectations in this way because data is collected and continually added to.

What are the features of CRM software?

CRM software tends to consist of core and common features, which are seen in most offerings, along with a range of other features that can vary significantly from one application to the next. Here are some of the most common features of HR software:

  • Contact management: create, manage, and continually update a database that includes the contact information for past customers, current customers, prospects, business partners, and anyone else that is regarded as strategically valuable for sales, marketing, or customer service teams. In most cases, this database will also be fully searchable, making it quick and easy to identify a customer, based on their name, email address, delivery address, telephone number, social media handle, or any other information the business may have access to.
  • Communication tracking: log communications and interactions with customers across multiple different communication channels. Conversations from telephone calls, social media, email, live chat functions and even in-person discussions can be documented and stored for future reference. Marketing, sales, and customer service employees are all able to refer back to previous communications for strategic purposes or in order to resolve customer interactions. This means customers will spend far less time repeating their problems to different employees. At the same time, businesses can achieve faster contact resolution times and higher overall success rates.
  • Lead management: manage leads and track their progress through the entire customer journey, from the first contact, all the way to the point at which they make a purchase, and beyond. Data related to everything from lead capture to pipeline management can all be captured, stored, analysed, and referred back to by marketing and sales staff to maximise revenue generation and reach financial goals.
  • Calendar/reminder coordination: set up reminders, which can be integrated with individual users' calendars, as well as wider departmental and company calendars. This helps to ensure that customers who have been promised a call back will receive one at the right time, even if the person who made that promise is unavailable. Many CRM systems will include different options for the reminder function itself, such as email reminders, desktop notifications, calendar notifications, and text message reminders, depending on personal preference.
  • Social media integration: consolidate social media interactions, across a variety of different platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, Pinterest, and YouTube. With the rise of social networking sites, the way companies interact with customers has fundamentally changed. In response, the best CRM solutions have also evolved, placing a stronger focus on social media channels and options for managing these interactions. For example, they can automatically pull contact information from profiles, sync this data with CRM profiles, manage customer support queries across all channels, and more.
  • Email management: look after an entire email marketing strategy from within CRM software. Various email systems from different departments can all be synchronised, permitting access from one place. In many cases, CRM systems will include email templates, which can be integrated with your CRM database, facilitating effortless personalisation. Furthermore, CRM solutions with email management functionality will typically also include notifications, allowing employees to respond to emails faster, resulting in greater customer satisfaction.
  • Document storage: keep important documents stored in one location, where they can be organised, accessed on multiple devices, and easily shared with others. Many interactions with customers will result in paperwork, and filing this paperwork can present challenges to companies. With CRM software, this can all be handled digitally as letters, faxes, emails, contracts, and other documents are all kept within a built-in file management system.
  • Segmentation: divide customers, clients, and business contacts up into different categories or groups, based on the factors that really matter. Separate people based on age, gender, location, occupation, income, marital status, preferences, spending habits, values, product usage status, membership level, and almost any other grouping. This then allows for much more targeted sales and marketing activities, with less time and effort wasted on communication types that will be ineffective or irrelevant for particular sections of the audience.

What should be considered when purchasing CRM software?

When purchasing CRM software, buyers need to carefully consider a number of factors. The numerous CRM solutions on the market are not created equally. For example, some will have features that are better suited to small or medium enterprises, while others are intended for large corporations. Likewise, some solutions are traditional software offerings requiring installation, while others are Software as a Service (SaaS) options, which can be accessed through a web browser from almost any device. For this reason, finding the right option will largely depend on the specific strategic and operational needs of the business in question and its employees. Below, some of the more specific considerations that should be thought through when buying a CRM solution are outlined in more detail:

  • What are the key features of the CRM? It is important to closely consider the range of features available, as well as issues surrounding functionality. While most CRM solutions will have core features, like contact management and interaction tracking, some will have a more comprehensive range of supplementary features than others. In some cases, the additional features may not be relevant or particularly useful, however, so a balance needs to be struck. The main focus should be on finding an option that offers useful features and a solid user experience.
  • What are the objectives of the CRM? CRM software can often be divided into one of four focus areas: sales, marketing, customer service, and options that provide a more comprehensive offering. Sales-based options will usually prioritise features like inventory management and order processing, while marketing-based options will prioritise email management and other tools that can assist with advertising and marketing communications. Options primarily geared toward customer service will prioritise interactions tracking and social media integration, while the comprehensive options will cover all three areas, although often in less depth. Companies need to think about what a CRM system will be used for and choose their preferred option with this in mind.
  • What are the costs of the CRM? Pricing is an important consideration for any purchase, but with CRM software, this consideration needs to be broken down into upfront costs and continuous costs. For instance, cloud-based solutions are likely to operate on a Software as a Service model, with ongoing subscription fees required, while the costs associated with most on-premise options are largely going to centre around the initial investment. On top of the costs associated with buying software and keeping it operational, investment is also likely to be required in areas like training and technical support. Employees need to know how to use the software and be able to find help when necessary.
  • Can the CRM help the business achieve its goals? Prior to deciding on a CRM software option, businesses should be clear on what they are hoping to achieve and the problems they are hoping to solve. Are there specific business challenges to overcome? Is there a need to alter core sales, marketing, or customer support processes? How will success or failure be defined? Answering these key questions can help frame precisely what the need for CRM software is, making it easier to select the option that is most likely to facilitate these goals or objectives.
  • Does the business need mobile CRM? An ever-increasing number of businesses are adopting either remote or hybrid work models. In fact, a 2020 Gartner, Inc. survey found that 82 per cent of companies are intending to permit remote working at least some of the time. In organisations where this is the case, the ability to remotely access a CRM system is essential. Depending on the devices used by employees, it may also be important to prioritise mobile accessibility and compatibility with a range of web browsers as well.
  • Is the CRM suitable for the size of the business? The needs and priorities of a small business, with only a few sales, marketing, and customer service employees, may be substantially different from the needs and priorities of medium-sized enterprises and larger organisations. Beyond this, specific business realities are another major consideration, and this includes issues like the level of technical knowledge that exists within the business, the number of staff that will need to access the CRM software, and the budget that is available to work with on customer relationship management.
  • How does the CRM handle customer data storage? Businesses need to give careful consideration to their approach to customer data storage, factoring in legal requirements and the need for compliance while also prioritising accessibility. One of the biggest decisions in this area is usually whether or not to store customer data on-site, taking full responsibility for backing it up and keeping it safe. The main alternative is to turn to off-site, cloud-based storage, in which case a solution that functions on a Software as a Service model may be the best route to explore.
  • Is the CRM compatible with other software? Finally, it is vital to take into account integration with other software packages when making a decision on which CRM software to use. The precise applications used by a business and its employees will vary, but compatibility with the most common applications associated with sales, marketing, and customer service should be regarded as a plus point for a CRM solution. Furthermore, integration with other applications, including email clients, word processors, and spreadsheets, can be valuable too.

CRM software trends—alongside wider technology and industry trends— will also need to be factored into any decision-making process at the time of purchase. The most relevant trends within the field of customer relationship management are:

  • Increased focus on social media: A huge number of customers will now utilise social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, in order to interact with brands, ask questions, and make complaints. Managing communication through these channels is vital because much of it will be publicly visible, meaning it has the potential to cause damage to a company's reputation if not handled effectively. At the same time, it can be advantageous for businesses to try to move the conversation away from these platforms and into a more private setting. CRM software can play a valuable role in facilitating this move, especially when different departments are involved, as it can help ensure the experience is as seamless as possible for the customers.
  • The rise of automated chatbots: Modern customers have extremely high expectations when it comes to customer service response times. One of the ways businesses are attempting to counter this is through the use of AI-powered chatbots, which can provide rapid responses on a 24/7 basis. With this in mind, one of the biggest CRM trends right now is the need for increased integration with these chatbots, allowing customer communication from this channel to be collected alongside more traditional live chat, email, and telephone conversations.
  • Continued growth of artificial intelligence: The use of AI within marketing and customer service is one of the most significant technology trends of recent times. In fact, the number of marketers who reported using AI increased from 29 per cent in 2018 to 84 per cent in 2020. While the chatbots mentioned above are a good example of this, AI is also used for everything from market segmentation to data analytics. Given this rapid expansion in AI deployment, it can be critical for businesses to find a CRM software option that offers AI support.
  • Demand for remote accessibility: Many employees are now able to carry out their jobs remotely, including from their own home or while travelling. The growth of remote and hybrid working models is one of the major global trends and is observable in a wide range of industries. Businesses adopting these models are going to require solutions that allow for remote access. There is also a shift towards more companies adopting 24/7 customer service, which means any CRM software may need to be accessible at all times of the day as well.

Sources

The features highlighted were identified based on their relevance and the percentage of products in Capterra's directory that offer them. The following sources were used for this document:

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  2. Personalizing the customer experience: Driving differentiation in retail (Date accessed: Friday, July 2, 2021)
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  4. State of Marketing: Sixth Edition - Salesforce Research (Date accessed: Friday, July 2, 2021)
  5. 7 Considerations When Choosing a CRM Solution for Your B2B Firm (Date accessed: Saturday, July 3, 2021)
  6. Top 10 Critical CRM Trends to Keep an Eye on for 2021 (Date accessed: Saturday, July 3, 2021)