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The Goldilocks Syndrome
Following are three stories of how perseverance led to CRM success--and that's no fairy tale.
The Hard Sell
Even with commitment-shy executives and change-fearing employees, it is possible to sell CRM into your enterprise successfully.
The Changing Role of the Contact Center Agent
Driven by everything from sophisticated tools to brutal cost pressures, the role of the contact center agent is changing, in large part to create more business value from a smaller, more highly skilled workforce.
The Customer-Centric Enterprise
A customer-centric enterprise uses business strategies throughout the organization to best serve customers.
Great Service Is Your Call
There is no CRM success without communication.
Is Government CRM the Next Big Boom?
Government agencies are under increasing pressure to control costs, improve productivity, and deliver better products and services, but government agencies also face their own set of CRM challenges.
Don't Burden Customers With Your Costs
Growth does not come from cost cutting, but from customer relationships.
Making Sense of Too Much Information
A recent study by UC Berkeley reports that since 1999 there has been a 30 percent increase in the amount of data in the world.
CRM and Crisis Management
Technology companies contribute to disaster-relief efforts.
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Heard and Overheard
Vertical Focus: How Auto Dealers Drive Relationships
Automakers using CRM are getting savvier about their customers, which are essentially the dealers. Dealers using CRM are also getting a better handle on their customers and prospects.
Market Watch: Guided Selling Tools Boost Sales Results
Guided selling tools can help reduce customer churn and can allow salespeople to adapt to customer lifestyle changes that may affect a sale in real time.
Hot Seat: Tipping the Customer Service Scales
magazine asked, "Is it a good idea to implement a method of online tipping for customers to reward exemplary customer service?"
Building Relationships Grows Revenues
The company needed a CRM system that could help track customers for life, track sales leads and opportunities, and manage marketing campaigns to attract new customers.
The Right Customer Data Boosts Sales and Marketing Effectiveness
Informatica's analytics solution gives HPshopping.com deep visibility into the effectiveness of promotions and other sales activity, as well as the ability to quickly act on anything that may cause sales to drop.
PRM Puts RIM's Sales in Motion
RIM's goals for its partner relationship management initiative are to support its selling partners and their customers; to simplify how partners work with RIM; to provide an enterprise view of its customers across its 37 business units; and to gauge its sales and marketing effectiveness.
(Automated) Talk Is Cheap
By automating access to specific information Armstrong Floor Products decreased customer hold times, reduced customer call durations by 50 percent, and improved call completion rates by 123 percent.
How to...use training to get buy-in for CRM
Unless CRM project leaders bring to the training table a clear picture of how their teams will accomplish their CRM goals, their projects may be prematurely grounded.
In Beta: Merced Systems Is on Call With Siebel OnDemand
In Beta: New & Noteworthy
Salesforce.com Announces Salesforce Inbox Calendar
Analytics Give Companies Important Competitive Advantages
Drive High-Velocity Selling Through Salesforce
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Coming August 30th: "Extreme Call Deflection: Utilizing your Digital Arsenal"
While the phone still remains the most popular safety net for customer service, it's not the consumer's first choice. Today, 64% of consumers begin their journeys online, and over 70% will seek live agent assistance if they can't get what they need done on the website. Register for this free webinar and you will learn how to deal with extreme call deflection.
Coming September 7th: "Outperform Through Analytics: Understand Your Business, Optimize Your Resources, Satisfy Your Customers"
Join this webinar and learn how Qlik helped HDFC see the whole story within its data, increase end-to-end understanding of its business, and better leverage resources, resulting in cost savings, reduced customer response times and improved satisfaction, and increased growth, making HDFC Life one of the top private life insurance providers in India.
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