Get Connected to Get Ahead

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Technological advances have changed the way we live, the way we work and our expectations.

CRM can connect your customers and your workforce and help you to exceed expectations. Not that long ago, the whole family used to have to take a trip to the supermarket on a Saturday morning to get the weekly groceries. Children were bored, the supermarket was busy and the parents must have been pretty stressed.

Fortunately, things have changed – a lot. Unlike the workforce of the past, many people no longer solely work 9 to 5 in an office during the week. Thanks to the development of digital and cloud technology, a large number of workers have flexible hours and many work part of the week from home. A report by the UK’s Trades Union Congress in 2015 found that 4.2 million Britons regularly worked from home, up from 3.4 million in 2005.

Not only have working practices changed, but shopping practices have too. Many busy, time-poor people now choose to shop over the internet. Groceries can be selected online and delivered to the home, or a click and collect system means they can be picked up from a store when it is convenient.

This convenience that online shopping offers needs to be mirrored in customer service.  Research in the US found that 66% of people surveyed about customer service expected a response to their queries on the same day, 43% believe they should receive a response within an hour, our e-book explores how Cloud CRM can help you manage these changes and new expectations.

A changing workforce and changing customer experience and expectation are two challenges that many businesses, not just those in the retail sector, face today. Just as advances in technology have led to these changes, technology solutions such as customer relationship management can help your organisation overcome obstacles and even take advantage of technology, read Cloud-Based CRM: The Beating Heart of your Organisation

Cloud-based CRM can make the connections that will help you meet customer expectations. It will give you access to all the information about a customer and their order, the order status and their previous experience and interactions with your company. The customer will be able to connect with your organisation at any time in the sales cycle and receive real-time and relevant insights.

CRM will also help you to connect with a disconnected workforce. Cloud-based CRM can correlate and merge data from different IT systems and new Internet of Things sources. You can connect your operations, finance, service, sales, marketing and human resources sections, so that everyone can be aware of what is happening and have access to information, wherever they are.

If you want to learn more about how CRM can be the beating heart of your organisation, download our eBook.

Natasha Spurr
Natasha is an experienced CRM professional with a unique ability to work across both marketing and sales functions. As CRM Marketing Manager at Edgewater Fullscope, Natasha has helped the organization to achieve multiple global partner awards and leadership status across the UK and beyond.
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