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Managing customer information and ensuring customer happiness has grown more challenging in the age of the internet. People have become much less willing to wait for proper assistance and instead require instant gratification. Luckily, customer relationship management (CRM) software can make managing your database of customers much easier.

Here are 5 easy ways to ensure that you are getting the most out of your system.

Choose a CRM That Is Workforce Tested

If you do not already have CRM software, do not let budget be your only guide in the selection process. Instead, also look for a company that has some history, is workforce tested, and has many successful customer stories to share. For example, look into the salesforce history of any company before you sign on the dotted line. Ask them if they have any case studies to share or a current customer list that you can review before you make your final decision. 

Ensure That Everyone Is Using the System Correctly

Organizations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on CRM software. However, a positive return on that investment isn't always immediate, particularly if employees are either unable or unwilling to use the system correctly. Host training sessions and encourage everyone in the company to input any necessary information into the CRM so that everyone can reap the benefits. If certain employees are still not utilizing the system, sit them down in a non-confrontational manner and explain why this database is so important. Even though the sales department will likely be the ones doing most of the legwork, it is important for everyone to understand that nearly every department will need to access customer data from time to time, so keeping accurate records is imperative to the success of your business.

Keep Track of Customers

Now that you have robust CRM software, use it to not only add new customer information, but also to track prospects for potential marketing opportunities in the future. Depending on the product you sell, it is also sometimes nice to check in and see how customers are doing with your product. This is also a great way to ask happy users for reviews for your product and company, which can be nearly impossible to get otherwise. 

Combine Your CRM With Marketing Automation

Even if you have a large amount of data stored in your CRM, this data can be made more powerful if you also combine it with aggressive marketing automation. This can be something as simple as an email campaign with multiple automatic touches to customers spaced out over a period of time, all the way to something more advanced, like tracking customers with cookies and retargeting them later with ads so they don't forget about your company. Regardless of what you do, marketing automation is something to seriously consider to boost your sales strategy.

Give Your Customers What They Really Want

Now that you have all of your customer information organized in one place, it is time to tailor your messaging and your offerings to their actual needs and interests. For example, if one of your customers is a healthcare organization, they will likely not care about your run-of-the-mill product that does not focus on data security and HIPAA compliance. However, if you do have a product that fits their needs, then by all means, let them know about it. The main gist here is not to send the same communications to every customer simply because they are a customer. Email inboxes are already overflowing, so in order to be seen and heard, you need to stand out and offer something to customers that they will really care about and will make their lives easier.

CRM systems are an essential part of a successful business, but if they are not utilized correctly, you could be seriously missing out on great sales opportunities. Follow these simple tips and you'll have happy customers and the prospect list of your sales department's dreams.