Category: How To

4 Unconventional CRM Strategies For Touching Base With Customers

(Source : http://blog.planningpod.com/2012/08/16/4-unconventional-crm-strategies-for-touching-base-with-customers/)

1. Invoice Notes
2. “How Can We Improve?” Calls
3. Open House / Party
4. The “Project Completion” (Or “Transaction Completion”) Thank You

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KANO Model for Customer Satisfaction

Recently, our Senior Director Mr. Venkatesan Sundaram delivered an interesting session on “KANO Model for Customer Satisfaction”. It was a fun filled session with lots and lots of interactions, practical examples and tips.

#CRMIT senior director Venkatesan delivers a session on "Linking Product / Service Design to Customer Satisfaction"

Find below a Short Mind Map explaining this useful concept. You can click on the picture to see it in full size / download it for future reference.

Hidden Pricing Power

Donald V. Potter discusses many tips on pricing, in his classic article “Discovering Hidden Pricing Power”, published in “Business Horizons” magazine, during November, December 2000. His inputs to go beyond the standard rate cards, % discounting, fixed price and T&M models, so that you have the edge when trying to make that sale.

Here are some useful tips from this wonderful article:

  • Bundle Benefits
  • Unbundle Benefits
  • Offer alternative service levels and price points
  • Link Future Purchases to Current Transaction
  • Understand the components of the cost better to keep cost and price moving together
  • Shift some of the price to suppliers
  • Set Prices Selectively, Not across the board
  • Move Prices in Smaller Increments
  • Raise Invisible Prices
  • Match Price Moves to the Market
  • Use Discounts strategically to build relationship with important clients
  • Price Against The Leader (Price it down when leader is reluctant)
  • Follow the leader (Move the prices up, if leader increases)
  • Seek out new segments that tolerate high prices

Venkatesan Sundaram,

Senior Director, CRMIT

CEM : Customer Experience Management

Yesterday I had a casual lunch conversation with one of my colleagues and the topic of “Online Purchases” came up. He quoted a particular website and said “Their website is good, but the way they run their buses, it is horrible to say the least!”

I was surprised, because to my knowledge that website doesn’t run any buses. They just allow you to book tickets from various bus service providers and that’s it.

Personally, I have used this website many times, I know they don’t run any buses and hence I only book tickets from bus services which are highly rated by fellow users. As a result, I never had a bad experience. I would gladly recommend their website to anyone.

But my colleague, had a totally different view on this. He said he will never book tickets from them anymore.

So, I decided to probe further and asked him about the ‘bad experience’ he had with this website. His response was ‘Their buses start late, arrive late, they are dirty, Air conditioning is poor…’

‘But wait, these are the problems of Bus Service Provider, The website where you booked the ticket can’t be held responsible for these operational issues. They just act as agents and allow you to book a ticket at the comfort of your home, that’s it.’

‘I don’t care. For me they sold the ticket, and they are responsible for my travel experience. Isn’t it?’

Now, you can’t argue with this logic!

Few days back, I had a similar experience when we tried to buy a washing machine for home. We went to a super market, looked at various models, and were debating on which one is best for our needs. My wife had some additional questions about few of those models, and asked the sales person.

Unfortunately, that person was not able to answer any question my wife asked. It was clear that he didn’t understand anything about washing, forget machines. He is simply paid to stand there and tell people what models are available and how much they cost.

My wife got really upset about this. ‘Let us go to some other store’, she decided abruptly.

‘But why?’

‘These guys don’t know anything about the products they sell!’

I tried to explain her how retail industry works. ‘This super market deals with hundreds of brands, thousands of products, it is practically impossible for them to know technicalities of all those goods they sell.’

Her response was almost same as my colleague’s, ‘I don’t care. I buy from this shop, and they should give convincing answers to all my questions, Else, I am not buying from them!’

So, Consumers are not ready (or don’t want) to understand the gap between Sales and Delivery / Usage Experience. It is for companies to manage. They don’t care if you sell somebody Else’s product, they want the entire process to be smooth and you are responsible for it, end to end!

When you look at the way most companies are organized, there is a Research division which looks at various customer needs and imagines products. Then we have a production division which makes these products, we have Sales / Marketing divisions which take care of the selling process and Support division to take care of customer issues. Each one of these divisions have their own problems / solutions and boundaries.

Not anymore. A sales guy can’t say “My CRM ends when an opportunity is converted to an order”, a Service guy can’t say “No Purchase, No Support”, Whether we like it or not, we need to do everything possible to make sure that EVERY touch point a customer has with us, are giving them the best possible experience.

For example, someone coming to your website, visiting your twitter page / facebook wall, buying your product in a small store, calling the telesupport number to report an issue, talking to their friends about how your product functions … all these touch points (and more) are important, and as a company you need to make sure all these experiences are great. This is not optional anymore, one bad experience in any of these touch points can drive tons of business away from you.

Customer Experience Management, that’s where the future lies. CRM is not enough, it’s going to be CEM Era now!

Naga Chokkanathan,

Senior Director, CRMIT

Originally Published In : http://nagachokkanathan.wordpress.com/2012/05/03/why-not-manage-experiences/

Customizing Oracle Fusion CRM

We have prepared a short video, which talks in detail about “Extending Oracle Fusion CRM”. It covers information about the MDS Repository, Engine, Various layers where customizations can be done, how these are stored in the repository and how they are retrieved at the runtime to provide different experience to different users.

Customizing Oracle Fusion CRM

We will be coming up with more advanced videos on Oracle Fusion CRM in the coming days. For more details and to answer any of your queries, feel free to reach us at st@crmit.com

Oracle Fusion CRM Reporting

Oracle Fusion CRM comes with a comprehensive Reporting Module, which is very easy to use, flexible, yet powerful enough to capture all your reporting needs.

If you are already comfortable with Oracle’s BI (OBIEE Or CRM On Demand Answers) way of creating reports, this should be very easy for you, there is basically not much to unlearn / relearn as you can see from the steps below:

Step 1 : Go to “Navigator” > “Tools” > “Reports and Analytics”

Step 2 : From the left navigation, click on “Create” Icon, It opens a popup screen

Step 3 : Select your Subject Area, Reporting Wizard Starts

Step 4a : Select Columns / Organize them as per your requirements

Step 4b : Name your report, Select Views (Table / Chart / Both), Decide on the layout

Step 4c : Edit Table

Step 4d : Edit Chart

Step 4e : Filter your records (to display limited information in your report), Sort them based on one or more fields (Ascending / Descending)

Step 4f : Define Conditional Highlighting (If any)

Step 4g : Define Location : My Folders / Shared Folders / Subfolders & Save

Step 5 : From the left navigation, Click on the folder specified in Step 4g, Click on the report name, Click on “View” to view the report, Or “Edit” to edit the same

Social CRM For Service Teams

One common source where people are sharing content online more than ever is certainly the social networking environment. This is the largest source of direct, honest and outspoken opinions and community assistance. While this real time social media thing is global, uncontrollable and dynamic that lets your prospects and customers talk about you online, it is definitely serving like a helping aid to Service Teams, as well.

While customers talk about issues that you may not be even aware of, using right tools you can actually uncover the posts that talk about various issues, problems or may be grievances about company products and services. This can facilitate you in enhancing your customer support and service.

Social CRM provides you an opportunity to automatically convert these customer posts into service requests into the existing support application for a better follow up and track.

Now, what kind of social media posts for customer support routine can assist you? It may be a complaint, suggestion, any positive feedback or may be an additional service or product offering.

Once you identify the kind of post that can help you further in the matter, social CRM can convert it into a service request and route it through the existing workflows. Most of the organizations answer these posts as first come, first served manner, but you can choose to answer these according to your high value customers or may be high rated products. But whatever you choose, that should be based on business needs and not social media dynamics.

With the scoring mechanisms of social CRM, efficient and timely segmentation of actionable posts becomes easy. So, while managing service requests and taking proficient actions accordingly, you can also enjoy various other benefits of social CRM like platform flexibility, greater influence over conversation, better accommodating complexity of customer relationships and achieving deeper customer engagement.

Charu Mehta

CRM Consultant, CRMIT