Investing in a new technology platform comes with time, learning and trial and error. However, the benefits of adding a system, such as marketing automation, to your organization is worth the investment. These investments, when fully implemented and adopted, can produce an impressive return on investment. They allow organizations to better personalize their efforts with customers and improve their actions moving forward.
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In the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “Rumpelstiltskin,” a poor miller’s daughter was able to spin ordinary straw into gold. In many ways, business data is similar in nature: a series of ordinary tables contain rows and columns of data representing business entities, objects, transactions, interactions, numbers, dates and other bits of information that can be transformed into something of value to your business.
Increased revenue. Better brand recognition. New business development. These are a few of the reasons companies conduct marketing programs. There are many tools to help businesses accomplish this, with a new one gaining a lot of attention recently: the marketing automation system.
With cloud solutions becoming more commonplace in companies, departments are enthusiastically integrating these technologies into their processes to provide more streamlined internal operations as well as a better customer experience.
According to a recent survey regarding the customer experience, 76 percent of customers see customer service as the true test of value. About 70 percent of clients say they do not forgive a bad service experience, leaving a low client forgiveness rate following a negative experience. The high-cost associated with losing a loyal customer is causing companies to realize that optimizing customer service is a critical priority. In order to keep their customer base loyal and happy, companies are investing in opportunities that ensure delivery of a consistently positive customer experience.
Change can be difficult, especially for a seasoned veteran. Whether it’s a sales territory, product line, company structure or even a technology change, your company’s long-time salespeople will not be enthusiastic about adjusting to the use of a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool. These seasoned veterans have created a system based on the processes they know and changing that system typically is not a task they enjoy doing.
As we approach the release of Microsoft Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM) 2016, we are learning more about its new and updated features. Heightened customer service capabilities in CRM is a big theme with this release. Two new updates include Microsoft’s Azure Machine Learning and greater customer service dashboards with Microsoft Social Engagement insight.
It’s no longer enough to offer a great product at a competitive price. Global sourcing and sales mean customers have many choices when it comes to buying goods. While a superior product might pique a customer’s interest, it’s their experience working with your brand that will make the difference between a sale and a dissatisfied buyer. A good experience keeps customers coming back.
As technology plays an increasing role in the landscape of marketing, the need for showing an ROI increases concomitantly. One example of this role is seen with marketing automation. In addition to adding efficiency to lead nurturing and customer outreach, automation can also allow for increased personalization.