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We are the Champions
Here, the winning strategies of five CRM project leaders who successfully championed CRM initiatives within their organizations.
Is it possible to strike a balance between optimizing productivity and providing top-notch service and profit from it? Yes.
6 Barriers to CRM Success And How to Overcome Them
Take the following advice on how to overcome these six barriers, and keep your organization from being among those that have squandered their CRM investments.
CRM Scores With Sports Fans
The average cost of taking a family of four to an NBA game passed $280 this year, according to Team Marketing Report. When you drop that kind of money for an event, sports is about more than the thrill of victory.
A Powerful Mix
Customer Loyalty? Get Over It. Customer Satisfaction? Way To Go.
Customers are rarely loyal. They are willing to jump at the first perceived slight or problem, even if they have been dealing with you for years.
In CRM initiatives, faster may mean better--but not always.
Vertical Market: Education
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Heard and Overheard
Market Watch: Midmarket CRM
Everything from phased deployments to optimizing business processes to implementing self-service to the rise in hosted solutions is being spurred by companies' desire to cut costs.
What's Hot in CRM
There is a need for more marketing accountability and precision; companies should look at ROI across the enterprise, for example, CRM and supply chain together; and total customer value should include each customer's current value, their future value, and associated value.
Talk Is Cheap
When it comes to communication devices, people simply prefer using the phone.
No Means No
Companies need to balance the potential of bringing in more revenue with overly aggressive tactics that might send a customer running to a rival.
It's Not Brain Surgery
A mobile piece makes it possible for Intuitive sales reps to capture critical data in real time.
Fancy Email-Management Footwork
Skechers cut its email queries in half, to 4,500 each month, and can capture more customer information for marketing purposes--all now done with one tenth the old staff size.
ROI in Progress
HOT PROJECTS: Automotive, Travel, & Transit
Taking a Cautious Approach to CRM
Secret of My Success
Making Discordant Systems Work in Harmony
RTI's CRM suite was written to help software developers support software, so it was right in line with Harris-Baseview's business model.
Bill Moller, as told to Ramin Ganeshram
IN BETA: May the Force Be With You
Salesforce.com is reinventing itself with what CEO Marc Benioff says is the company's most significant release since launching its hosted CRM product.
IN BETA: You Can Quote Us On That
Oracle's new product seeks to not only automate the administrative aspects of the selling process, but also optimize effectiveness.
IN BETA: Hospitality Is Just a Click Away
To drive down procurement costs, Choice Hotels built ChoiceBuys.com, an electronic marketplace for its hotels and supply vendors.
New & Noteworthy
Efficiency Versus Quality
Many customer-centric initiatives fail because they are done on the surface level and do not reach to the core of the business.
Content Marketing Isn't Mature Enough Yet, Forrester Report Finds
Lithium Unveils Lithium Social Web Analytics
Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise Mobility
6.5 Ways to Crush Small Business CRM Adoption Woes
Oracle Announces LinkedIn Support, Touts Key Updates to Social and Marketing Clouds
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