7 Benefits of a Good CRM
CRM programs have been around for a long time, but many sales teams have been slow to adopt them. Now is a good time to consider a few of the benefits. Both you and your sales team can find your jobs much easier with a good CRM program to support you.
They Save Time
A CRM automates a lot of the usual time-devouring, non-sales-related tasks, giving salespeople more time to do what they are paid to do: namely, sell to prospects. More time spent in front of potential customers (instead of shuffling paper) means more sales, which makes everyone happy.
They Look Professional
Which do you think looks better to a prospect: a salesperson who keeps all their information in a computer database and can pull up vital details immediately, or one who keeps their information on Post-It notes and has to scramble for ten minutes just to find the scheduled appointment time? Many CRMs can be accessed remotely via smartphone, so your salesperson can pull up information right in the middle of a presentation if needed.
They Save Money
Sure, the more impressively arrayed CRMs can cost a lot of money. But if you don't need quite that much technology working for you, it's easy to find less expensive or even free alternatives. And just think how much you'll save on Post-It notes if you're putting all that information into the computer instead.
They Are Convenient
If the whole sales team is using the same CRM, then it's easy to share that information as needed. Most CRMs allow you to develop templates for phone scripts or frequently used emails, and the team can share these templates. And remember, many CRMs even support mobile devices, so you can access all that information from your iPhone or enter a few quick notes right from the prospect's office.
They Are Secure
What happens when the nightly cleaning crew accidentally throws out someone's Post-It archive? With a CRM, information is usually stored either in a central database or the CRM provider's system. At the very least each salesperson can back up copies of their databases to another computer.
They Create Faster Lead Generation
A good CRM can help enormously with lead generation. For instance, many CRM programs can integrate with website and social media campaigns, sending leads from these sources directly to the appropriate salesperson. That means the sales team is spending less time cold calling and more time working warm leads, which tend to be far more fruitful. And by tracking each salesperson's activities, it can keep lead lists up to date so that you don't have five different salespeople calling the same lead.
They Simplify Goal-Setting
By pulling all the data together into one place, CRM programs make it easy to track performance both within and across the team. CRM programs can also bring all this information together into reports that help with forecasting. Having this level of analysis available makes setting the next period's goals much easier and makes it more likely that these goals will align with reality. And with a CRM, your salespeople will find it much easier to track their metrics so you'll know what to fix to make the next month better.