A few week’s back I came across this article “CRM Isn’t Enough – Here’s what next” by Forbes, which states that “CRM’s ability to deliver on its promise has stalled because it is not architected to address the challenges of today’s complex buying environment.” This statement makes us keep an ear to the ground and raise questions about modern topics on sales strategy on which active researches has been going on at Microsoft, Amazon e.t.c.
CRM, for majority of the organizations, has always been about sales and management and less on seller empowerment. To truly serve the modern customer, the current CRM model should be reversed. To put customer engagement at the center of a new modern selling engine, a research completed by Microsoft suggests that sales need to adopt a new hybrid sales model.
Empowering sales reps is more about helping engage with their customers, not efficiency through technology.
Better Engagement, Better Sales Quota
Companies need to revamp their sales strategy to concentrate more on a customer-centric model. One that blends digital journeys and highly orchestrated one-to-one engagement with our sellers at scale. When sellers precisely map the customer journey to the sales process, they attain a state of engagement. Microsoft research also shows that sales teams that emphasize engagement are 2.3 times more likely to achieve quota sales.
Big Data and Machine Learning
Better Customer engagement is not just about making a more dynamic sales process or adapting it to each buyer’s unique journey. Other functions within an organization also need to be inculcated, for e.g. orchestrating data, technology, people and automation to gain deeper buyer insights to coordinate the process of engagement
By utilizing a holistic customer views, a personalized experience can be created, driven by customer need at any point in their journey. big data analytics and machine learning can be leveraged to anticipate and dynamically deliver on those customer needs. Streamline the engagement process and deliver intelligent, hassle-free solutions that harness multiple channels to naturally engage customers when and where it is convenient for them using process automation.
Dynamics 365 Offerings
Dynamics 365 is uniquely positioned to offer the infrastructure, platform, business and productivity applications. Microsoft brings together disparate transactional and relationship data across your CRM and ERP, social networks, like LinkedIn, and your productivity, collaboration and email system with Office 365 to deliver customer-centered insights. Sellers can now deliver at scale, the authentic and personal engagement that today’s buyers demand.
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