Do you track non-billable "goodwill" activities done for your clients?
Many organizations that use Microsoft Dynamics CRM track relationships with people and organizations that are not paying clients in the traditional sense; they still want to have some way to track, tabulate and report on the non-billable goodwill activities done to support those relationships. This could include meetings, events, phone calls, training, site visits. Maybe a sales rep sent them an anniversary card or gift. Any type of non-billable activity that provides value can be tracked.
After all, if you can’t quantify it, then it is just a feeling. If there is a change in response from the other party how can you substantiate all the goodwill your team provided throughout the year? And how can you hold your employees accountable for maintaining those relationships?
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Each of these companies can easily track their non-billable activity in Microsoft Dynamics CRM because they use
Grouping Goodwill Activities by Type
Using EditAble CRM Grid you can group all of your activities in Dynamics CRM by type. Perhaps you want to see how many phone calls, meetings or emails were made by a specific rep to a specific account.
You can also make quick updates. If you want to add details to a note field to show what the activity involved, you just use the inline editing features to go through each row quickly. It looks like you are on one big excel-like dashboard but it is organizing the information in Dynamics CRM, aggregating it, and allowing you to quickly update it without opening separate windows.
Calculating Duration of Goodwill Activities
If you want to quantify it further you can customize the Activity form to include a dropdown for “Duration” so every activity (such as a phone call) entered can have the duration tracked.
Using the EditAble CRM views you can look at all activities per organization on a weekly basis using different filters for a grid, calling it: “This Week”
"This Week" and “Last Week” (defined filters) will list all of the activities done, with the duration column included. Then it rolls up the duration number for each type of activity that you have provided. This makes reporting very easy.
What Can You Do with Goodwill Activity Reports?
We have customers that send out a nice report at the end of the quarter or the year to their accounts, showing the activities done for them. Thus substantiating their value as a partner.
Of course the reports can also be used to hold your team accountable. Ultimately employees are accountable for certain levels of activity they should be providing or substantiating how they are spending their time. And looking at these reports can help management to make adjustments in priorities.
Does Tracking Goodwill Activities Really Matter?
If you don’t make it easy to track these activities it simply won’t get done. When billable time and money are not involved it is easy to let it slip. And if all the activities are not entered, your reports won’t be accurate.
Using EditAble CRM Grid makes entering these activities, in a simple Excel like grid format, extremely easy. And the value to your organization can be tremendous.
There are so many ways you can expand the use of Microsoft Dynamics CRM beyond the traditional “client” relationship. The term CRM has been replaced by XRM. C equals customer but X equals any type of entity. (
By AbleBridge, Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner in Massachusetts,