Why Do Sales Reps Hate Their CRM?

Alicia CRM

Meet Dave. Dave hates his company’s CRM. It’s unintuitive. It asks for unimportant information. The company’s CRM goes completely against the way he makes sales. Dave’s days run long. He doesn’t have the time or patience to spend another couple hours entering data each evening. Dave does what so many other sales reps in his position do. He half-heartedly throws …

Rumsfeld's "unknown unknowns"

Can You Afford Not To Have A CRM Consultant?

Alicia CRM

I once had a client come to me for help, distraught at the failure of his company’s latest CRM implementation. It turns out the company had spent tens of thousands on a package recommended by the IT department. Unfortunately for my new client, that software implementation didn’t take into account the needs — and abilities — of the Sales team. …

scene from Blazing Saddles

We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ CRM Training

Ben Consulting, CRM, Sales, Training

One of the least addressed reasons for the dis-satisfaction (and sometimes outright failure) of new software deployments, particularly CRM systems is not having a good focus on training. There is always a tendency to let on-the-job, organic training take the place of formal instruction. After all, everyone now is ‘computer literate’ and we don’t want to insult our employees by …

CRM sales funnel

What’s in Your CRM?

Ben Consulting, CRM, Strategy

If you have followed any of my writing you already know that I wish we had a good alternative for CRM.  The only word in “Customer Relationship Management” that  is relevant is “Relationship”.  The discipline is simply not always about customers and even if it were they certainly cannot be managed. For years I have advocating for a broader use …

CRM Sales Buzzwords

Technology and Sales Don’t Need Any More Acronyms

Ben CRM, Sales

OK, let’s face facts, CRM is not the new kid on the block that everyone has to have!  Although the technology provides immense benefits and is almost a competitive necessity in modern business, many more people have iPhones than use CRM software!  This a mature product line with a rich history and a bright future. Warning! Short history lesson ahead:  …

Getting CRM Right the First Time

Ben Consulting, CRM, Strategy, Training

If you meet with as many business owners or sales executives as I do you will be certain to hear that their current Customer Relationship Management software is not meeting their expectations. In the beginning there are usually high hopes and lots of conversations about how wonderful, productive and easy to use the new system will be for the sales …

Just How Hard Can IT Be?

Ben Consulting, CRM, Sales, Strategy

The company servers were running slow again and users kept getting kicked out of the network several times a day. Finally management had had enough and decided in executive meeting that the IT infrastructure needed to be replaced – what they had in place just wasn’t getting the job done.

It was felt that this would be a big deal for the,,,

What Was The Question Again?

Ben CRM, Sales, Strategy

I was on my way to Richmond from a speaking engagement in Kansas City — and as usually happens when I choose to fly, weather declared primacy. While waiting in the lounge in KC I checked the weather app on my Google Nexus phone.  A very brightly colored screen appeared showing storms and more storms all over the east coast and …

Who’s Driving The Bus?

Ben Consulting, CRM, Sales

OK, I’m up on the soapbox again about TLAs — Three Letter Acronyms.  And our tendency to make terms, words and phrases mean whatever we wish them to.  Some days I feel like I have gone Through the Looking Glass again. “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it …

3 Type of Customers – Part 2

Ben Consulting, CRM, Sales, Strategy, Training

The second type is the company that has already started on their journey but has run into some roadblocks. The project is in danger and corrective action must be taken to get it back on track.