Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

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23 Apr: Beyond Physicians: Growing Pharma Sales Using Relationship Maps

Times are changing for the U.S. pharmaceutical sales market. Companies and sales teams are challenged with the controversy of the opioid epidemic and the advancement of marijuana legalization. And while a big chunk (42 percent) of sales continue to go through doctors’ offices, the on-the-rise areas of focus are government agencies, managed-care organizations and the patients themselves.

This change in prospect focus is top of mind for executives, with one survey even rating their concern with the shift ahead of new product development.

Branching out into new sales areas means seeking out and building new connections with an…

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26 Feb: 5 Can’t-Miss Prep Steps for Your Next Client Meeting

Along with many other aspects of our lives, the internet revolutionized the business meeting. With tools like Skype, GoToMeeting, Zoom and even FaceTime, we can connect with clients in an instant, from anywhere. But nearly everyone agrees that there’s nothing quite like a face-to-face meeting to build relationships and close deals.

In fact, 95 percent of respondents to a Harvard Business Review survey said face-to-face meetings are essential for gaining and maintaining long-term business relationships, and 89 percent believe face-to-face meetings are critical for “sealing the deal.”

But in an era of texts and voicemail tag, it’s notoriously difficult to…

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11 Feb: 5 Tips for Better Relationship Management in 2019

Which of the following is on your business development to-do list for 2019?

Close more new customers Decrease customer churn Increase referrals All of the above

If you didn’t answer D, you’re either wildly successful (in which case, congratulations!) or you’re in trouble. But regardless of your answer, the real question is: What will it take to meet your goal?

Prospecting is hard—it takes about 18 calls to connect with a buyer. And customer retention has its own challenges, as unhappy customers are more likely to simply leave you than complain.

But never fear. This list of 2019’s…

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18 Jan: How to Use CRM to Increase Upselling and Cross-Selling Opportunities

When it comes to growing revenues, the data all points toward cultivating active client relationships:

It’s 68% more expensive to earn $1 from a new customer than from an existing customer (forEntrepreneurs) 70-95% of sales comes from upsold or cross-sold revenue (forEntrepreneurs) The probability of selling to an existing customer is 200-1,400% higher than selling to a new prospect (Groove)

The data speaks for itself, but how can firms identify those cross-selling and upselling opportunities that should be low hanging fruit? Which clients have the greatest potential to expand their serviceable needs and how can sales and business development accelerate…

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08 Jan: 3 Ways to Keep Sales, Marketing Contact Data Fresh

Contact data doesn’t keep forever. In fact, businesses lose as much as 70 percent of their customer relationship management (CRM) records to “decay” each year. In layman’s terms, the contact info your sales and marketing team so diligently gathered is now out of date and useless.

Experts in the industry agree, including Fenwick & West’s Director of Marketing Technology, Jon Metcalf.

“The biggest hurdle to developing a useful, valuable CRM program is not the system,” he noted. “The biggest hurdle is how to get quality data into the system in the most efficient manner; not only at the…

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18 Dec: How to Change Your CRM Thinking from System to Systematic

Is your CRM generating the ROI your law firm deserves?

With 63 percent of law firms reporting user adoption and data quality as their top CRM challenges, odds are the answer is no. If your lawyers and business development team aren’t using the tool, quality customer data won’t get entered, creating a vicious cycle of poor adoption and data that does the opposite of drive new business.

So, how can you correct course and right the ship?

In my experience, it all comes down to your approach to CRM. Instead of thinking about your CRM as a system, you need…

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15 Nov: Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Invests in Relationship Intelligence Automation to Deliver Superior Client Experiences

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, a leader in Canadian business law, launched a new suite of services from Introhive, the leader in relationship intelligence and CRM automation for the legal industry.

Toronto (PRWEB) October 09, 2018 – Over a five-year partnership, Osler has worked with Introhive to develop cutting-edge solutions that would enable the firm to better meet its clients’ legal and business needs. The partnership was created to support the firm’s commitment to finding new and better ways to deliver world-class client experiences. This latest evolution in Osler’s innovation roadmap will allow the firm to gain deeper insight into…

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18 Aug: [INFOGRAPHIC] The Headaches of CRM Data Entry

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems can be great tools for driving sales, providing better service for customers, and keeping everyone across an organization on the same page.  Unfortunately, to achieve the benefits that companies are looking for, CRM users are required to continuously log new records and update existing ones, can cause some serious CRM headaches for your organization.

A recent Salesforce Research report discovered that upwards of 66% of a sales persons day is spent not actively selling, but managing data entry, administrative tasks and prepping for meetings. The time spent on these tasks typically results in headaches and…

02 Jul: Putting the Relationships Back in CRM: How to Retain Customers

Customer churn is one of the most painful parts of business. Businesses understand and agree that it’s more cost effective to retain customers than acquire new ones but businesses continue to struggle in sustaining long lasting relationships with their clients.

A recent study from IBM showed that most companies using CRM use it to solely gather transactional information with little focus on relationships. They focus on sales and place very little emphasis on what the “R” in CRM actually stands for.

The same study shows that companies who use data to foster relationships outperform those don’t. As such, it’s not…