3 Reasons It’s Important to Implement a CRM As Soon As Possible

3 Reasons It’s Important to Implement a CRM As Soon As Possible

Growth and focus is important for any Small or medium-sized business is essential if they hope to succeed. The easiest and most cost-effective way to do this is with a customer relationship management (CRM) system. If you haven’t implemented a CRM tool with your business, it’s best to start early while your company is still small. 91% of companies with more than 11 employees use a CRM system while only 50% of companies use a CRM system if they have 10 or less employees. As your business gets larger it’s important to organize customers, employees and tasks. A CRM system is the perfect way to do just that.

Last week we discussed 6 considerations to help you choose the best CRM for small business. This week we’re going to discuss some of the key benefits of implementing a CRM system early.

1.) Centralize and Automate Business Tasks

It can be difficult to keep up with all of those sales appointments, client meetings and internal brainstorms. With a CRM you can centralize these tasks in one location to which where you and you your employees have access. Follow-ups and task management become easy as pie when you have a CRM that will automate appointment scheduling, post surveys and update customer profiles.

2.) Simplify Marketing

A CRM can help your business understand who has bought what and how much they spent. This data is crucial when your SMB is looking to expand its market to the right customers. CRM allows you to break down customer profiles and purchase histories so you have the upper-hand in knowing what your customer needs in the future. With a CRM you will be able to optimize your marketing resources efficiently.

3.) Improve Customer Relations

Customer satisfaction may be the number one goal when using a CRM. It makes your business run more smoothly and increases communication between you and your customers. Being able to anticipate their needs will keep them happy and more willing to try more of your services, ensuring a long and fruitful partnership. In the best case scenario, your customers will recommend you to other companies once you prove you can provide efficient and satisfactory services.

When shopping for best software for project management remember that you’re not looking to simply make a purchase — you’re looking to make an investment. CRM offers an average return of $5.60 for every $1 spent. SMBs need CRM just as much as large corporations and those customer relationship management systems should be easy to use, time  efficient, cost effective and have the ability to be accessed from mobile devices. It’s never too early to invest in a CRM for your SMB.

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About Dave Oshlag

W5Templates CEO & Founder and President of Project Marketing Associates, a company in the business of assisting leaders deliver results without increasing overhead. Dave's passion is project management. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon's Engineering and the University of Chicago's Business programs, he offers a practical and results oriented approach to CRM and Project Management based on 25+ years of experience.

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