Have you ever stopped to think about how long it takes to make a phone call?
On the surface it seems like a simple process, but even with a CRM you need to search for the contact, find their phone number, manually dial it into your handset, check it twice and ring: just to then be hit with a voicemail. You and your sales teams lose vital time that puts you behind your competitors.
Bring your business processes up to speed with the simplicity of modern tech by connecting your CRM with the business communication tools you use daily. No more searching for contacts, manually dialling their number and losing the notes you scribble down on a post-it note. All the relevant call information, alongside the call recording, call notes and follow up tasks can be logged against the contact record in the CRM.
This is just the beginning for a CRM communication integration; there are plenty of simple but effective ways for your sales teams to save time, combat missed opportunities and get ahead of competitors using advanced communications tools.
We’ve always known that creating quality content is key for any business. At CloudCall, we like to share our knowledge and ideas about what strategies have worked effectively for us, what issues we have come across and how we have resolved them. The fact that our business caters to different industries has also ensured that our knowledge is ever-growing, providing us with the right resources and ideas that we use to help our customers and prospects drive their businesses forward.
Do you use a CRM system to manage information related to customers and prospects? Does your sales team use the phone extensively to connect to prospects while storing data in CRM? Is your customer services team optimised to handle a large amount of inbound calls? If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, it may be time to consider a switch from a traditional business phone system (PBX) to computer telephony integration (CTI).
Last week, we shared tips on how you can help users to love your software by boosting user adoption. Today, we discuss the role that user training plays in driving the process of user adoption. A 2010 study by Oracle revealed that even then approximately 44% of employees found that insufficient training was a barrier to adopting new workplace technologies. Training is, therefore, a critical factor in the success of software utilization and user adoption.
You’ve purchased and implemented state-of-the-art software for your business but it isn’t exactly meeting your expectations of improved productivity, reduction in costs and increase in revenue. Getting users to embrace new software is a big challenge for many businesses. According to the Butler Group, 50% of software functionality paid for and licenced by businesses is not actually used. How can you change that? We believe that the answer to this lies in user adoption – software can only offer a return on investment if the levels of user adoption are high.
Recruitment consultants spend a significant amount of time making calls to prospective candidates and clients whilst working on storing these interactions into their CRM. It is clear that these two disparate systems need to be connected for recruiters to work more efficiently and be able to place candidates more successfully. To bridge this gap between your phone and your CRM system, a good starting point is investigating CRM-telephony integration.
For most of us, the word ‘disruption’ has negative connotations associated with – generally unwanted or unplanned – disturbance to an activity or process. This is, however, untrue for digital disruption which is truly transforming various industries – for the better. Take the Recruitment industry, for example. Digital disruption is helping recruiters become more productive, freeing up their time to attract and connect with more candidates and clients.
From working with many recruitment businesses that use our product, we have an understanding of the time-pressured environments that recruiters can operate in, and equally, understand just how long it can take to search for a candidate record or upload detailed call notes straight to your CRM system.
Technology has heavily influenced sales and marketing strategy. We have come a long way from the days of using spreadsheets, Filofax and fax machines, and even phones, as part of the sales process. These days, it’s all about using one, single technology solution that covers all key business activities. There are a number of software tools or platforms available for boosting a business’s productivity.