Should You Renovate or Detonate Your CRM
At first, CRM can seem like the perfect solution to all your major business issues. However, all too often, it seems to create more problems without solving anything at all. When this happens, it can be tempting to scrap your CRM project and go back to manual spreadsheets and time-consuming processes. But the potential value of the right CRM solution is often worth giving it one more try. If your CRM system is not working for your business, read below to find out why and decide whether you should renovate or detonate your CRM system.
1. Out-of-the-box CRM solutions
Choosing the right CRM solution is the first step towards CRM success. Out-of-the-box CRM rarely meets the needs of any business. CRM systems should be tailored to suit your unique business needs to provide solutions that streamline your processes and help increase profits. If you are using an out-of-the-box system that isn’t working for your business, speak to your CRM provider about tailoring it to your business’s needs.
2. CRM data inaccuracy
CRM systems require regular maintenance to work effectively. Otherwise, they can be rampant with duplicated and inaccurate data or missing data completely. This will only cause frustration and discourage your team from using your chosen CRM solution. Investing in resources to regularly maintain your CRM system is a great way to revamp it and start seeing positive results.
3. Poor or inconsistent CRM usage
Businesses often see their teams working against the new CRM solution or using it inconsistently, eventually leading to CRM failure. This can occur for many reasons, including:
- A poor implementation strategy
- A lack of training
- Unclear benefits
- A lack of an overarching CRM strategy
- Time-consuming processes
- Complex processes
A successful CRM project means getting it right every step of the way, from purchasing to implementation and beyond. This means involving staff from start to finish so they are on board with the project and are delivered with are user-friendly CRM solution that meets their needs.
If staff are frustrated, uninterested or using the CRM system inconsistently, you could:
- Hire an implementation consultant
- Offer regular training
- Demonstrate the benefits of the CRM system
- Create an overarching CRM strategy with clear and specific goals
- Simplify and streamline processes
- Meet with staff to discuss issues and brainstorm solutions
- Work with your team until they begin to see positive results
4. Unnecessarily complex CRM system
It can be tempting to implement a CRM solution that large successful businesses use; however, this often leads to CRM failure. These well-known CRM systems are not suitable for businesses of all types and sizes and can, therefore, be much too complex for your unique business needs. Unnecessary complexity usually means that staff get confused and overwhelmed and attempt to avoid using the CRM software.
These CRM systems can also be quite expensive, which becomes more problematic when they fail to solve your business needs. To encourage the adoption of the CRM solution and improve its chances of success, keep the system as simple as possible. If you’re noticing poor adoption of the system, it might be time to look at whether the system is too complex and might benefit from simplification.
5. Poor or no CRM support
Your team is likely too busy to take on any extra work, so it’s vital to provide everything they need to get the CRM software working for them immediately. This includes email and message templates, sequences and sales content, as well as straightforward training manuals. Staff should have access to support whenever they need it and management should check in regularly. Once they start seeing positive results, staff will be much more eager to adopt the new system.
To renovate or to detonate?
If your CRM project isn’t going according to plan, there is plenty you can do to get it back on track. Before deciding to scrap it completely, try meeting with staff to determine what isn’t working. The above strategies may then help transform your CRM solution into a beneficial resource for your business.
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