From my experience, too many organizations embark on a mission looking for a CRM solution that they define as a “CRM initiative.” The reality is that a CRM solution should be seen as a support mechanism for a much more strategic organizational goal—in this case, the focus on the customer and his/her experience, not on the CRM technology. As outlined in this Forrester blog by Mr. Bland - organizations are honing in on better ways to improve upon a customer’s experience.
Think about it in terms of a treadmill. Purchasing a treadmill should not be the focus—the treadmill is a support mechanism for a larger goal of getting in better shape. If you are looking at implementing CRM in
|2013, consider the trend Mr. Band pointed out—improving your customer’s experience. A CRM solution can be used to enhance your customer’s experience, just as the treadmill can be used to reach your fitness goals and improve your health. As you plan for a CRM solution, CRM can be the collaboration tool used to help your team improve internal communication about a customer, which in turn can improve his/her overall customer experience.|