|CRM Winners and Losers|
|During Q1, 2013 we saw some changes in the continuous jockeying for CRM software market share leadership. Or more specifically, according to CRM buyers, we saw some vendors increase their presence and more importantly increase the messaging and alignment with what CRM buyers say is most important to them. Here's this quarters CRM Winners and Losers results.|
|Sizing Up the CRM Software Market|
|IDC reports that the 2012 CRM software market is about $18 billion, while Gartner says it’s about $11 billion. What each analyst firm counts as “CRM software” and how they source their data leads to some differences. In this CRM software market analysis, we examine the global CRM software market size and growth, and the top CRM vendor market share rankings as reported by analyst firms.|
|Oracle Strategy Update and Review|
|In a meeting between Oracle and the analyst community, Mark Hurd led the discussion of Oracle’s most pressing business strategies, which he described as engineered systems, cloud, social, mobile, Customer Experience (CX) and Big Data/Analytics. Here's some musings and analysis of Oracle's progress and where they stand in the competitive market.|
|The Biggest CRM Industry Events of 2012|
|2012 was a notable year for the CRM industry, and in many ways outpaced the innovation, change and progress as compared to prior years. In this CRM annual review, we reflect on the biggest events and most accelerated trends in the CRM software industry during 2012, and also consider how social CRM, cloud CRM, CX and the competitive CRM software landscape look to impact future years.|
|CRM Idol Lessons for Emerging Growth Companies|
|CRM Idol offers a classic business lesson in what the most successful emerging growth technology companies do differently than their peers. From CRM Idol founder Paul Greenberg and the primary judges, here are four critical success factors for entrepreneurs and business leaders to keep in mind if they aspire to create the next great technology company.|
|Greenrope—a Vendor Solution Brief|
|Greenrope offers an SMB all-in-one CRM, marketing and more solution. The CRM software gets the job done, and the social CRM is compelling, but its the email marketing and marketing automation which give this solution unique capabilities, and help small businesses acquire more customers by using software automation for digital lead acquisition, lead scoring, nurture campaigns and rich analytics.|
|Dealing with the Change Prevention Committee
|They're called the 'Change Prevention Committee' — the unorganized or semi-organized forces of resistance that form spontaneously to thwart implementing CRM systems. CRM deployments may run into an informal, but very real, resistance based on the simple fact that it changes the way people do things. This has to be planned for, recognized and dealt with as part of the implementation.|
|Sage CRM Deep Dive Review|
|Sage Group delivers three CRM software solutions to a global market. Sage CRM, also called SageCRM.com, and SalesLogix both serve the global small and midsize business market. In this Sage CRM review, we examine the more focused cloud CRM solution, while at the same time pointing out strengths, weaknesses and differences among Sage CRM and SalesLogix.|
|Step Up Your CRM KPI's for Big Performance Gains
|Managers spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing the wrong data; or at least not the most valuable data that can lead to the most strategic progress. The challenge is to discover which data sets deliver the biggest impact, identify the most telling metrics and display them in a way that makes the information immediately actionable.|
|Zoho CRM Deep Dive Review|
|Zoho CRM is acquiring customers based on its ease of use, freemium pricing model, low cost and fast deployment. The company is focused on meeting the needs and budget constraints of SMB's, in fact, its name is a play on small office/home office (SOHO) acronym. In this Zoho CRM review, we evaluate the application relative to SMB requirements and the competitive landscape.|
|Converge Enterprise CRM Review|
|In a sea of CRM software products, it takes something truly special to stand out. Converge Enterprise is a new CRM solution that offers an exceptional UX, BPM automation and flexibility that allows SMBs to adapt the software to their business processes, not the other way around. Here's a Convergence CRM review that examines a new up and comer and points out why I think this vendor will make inroads.|
|Beating The CRM Data Entry Blues|
|When the difficulty or burden of data entry exceeds perceived benefits, user adoption becomes quickly challenged and the CRM deployment becomes at risk. Here we look at the cause of a classic CRM software failure, and identify concrete steps to ease data entry with simpler, more intuitive and streamlined CRM software forms and transactions.|
|Five Ways to Increase ROI from CRM|
|For too many companies, their CRM system has become a necessary evil—a little-understood, complicated business system that delivers on its promise to share data and improve customer service, but not much more. However, pursuing a few well chosen recommendations can dramatically increase ROI from your CRM software investment.|
|3 Reasons CRM Fails to Deliver|
|The CRM software implementation success record is pretty depressing. Studies have shown than anywhere from 20 percent to two-thirds of all CRM software efforts have either failed to meet expectations or failed outright. In this article, Rick identifies three top causes and mitigating measures to keep your CRM software implementation project on track.|
|The Facts, Figures and Forecasts for the Enterprise Software Market|
|Before diving into a series of articles covering enterprise software, CRM software and software as a service (SaaS) in each of the major global regions we thought we'd set the stage by starting with the big picture — and understanding the market sizes for each region in both absolute and relative terms - and try to also tap into the analyst projections for trends and forecasts.|
|Sizing Up The CRM Software Market|
|CRM software spending will reach $12 billion in 2012, of which social CRM will consist of $1 billion. "Over the next three years, social CRM (SCRM) will continue its exponential rise, Software-as-a- Service will become routine, Salesforce.com will reshuffle the market order, and consultants and system integrators will sell their own CRM software," advised Gartner's Ed Thompson.|
Paul Greenberg's blog, Social CRM: The Conversation, sets the pace for innovative thinking, writing with clear understanding and fairly extolling the virtues and vices of many leading CRM and Social CRM platforms and products. If you're new to the CRM industry, and want to accelerate your journey, this blog is your starting point.
Beagle Research Consulting blogger Denis Pombriant is a recognized industry visionary who delivers practical forecasts and applies particularly interesting insight to the CRM industry's news and events.
Brent's Social CRM blog is THE information source for small businesses seeking practical advice and information on CRM and social CRM. Brent is a no-nonsense technology leader who explains the promise of technology in simple and realistic terms.
CRM Intelligence and Strategy by Esteban Kolsky is a CRM blog that delivers thoughtful analysis, practical insight and actionable advice.
Some other helpful CRM software resources sites include CRMlandmark.com, CRMforecast.com and CRMsoftware360.com.
Customer Relationship ManagementCRM systems include sales force automation (SFA), marketing automation and customer support functions—and deliver benefits such as increased sales win rates, improved marketing campaigns and increased customer share. Additional capabilities such as Partner Relationship Management (PRM), sales order processing and CRM analytics often compliment core CRM business systems. Newer advents such as open source CRM software as well as delivery methods such as software as a service (SaaS), sometimes called on-demand CRM, hosted CRM software or just the Cloud, also introduce new opportunities for CRM acquisition, implementation and utilization.