CRM applications should be more than a database of information; when leveraged and integrated properly, effective use of CRM software leads to increased incomes through the creation and application of customer knowledge. For sales leaders, ensuring that their teams are responsive to customers’ needs and are equipped with the right knowledge to be successful is critical.
You invest in a state of the art CRM platform. You spend months tailoring it to the needs of your organization. Weeks of data mapping and migration tests ensue. You plan, build and deliver rigorous user education. Sales leaders are excited. Salespeople … don’t use it or at least, they use it to the minimum degree that is required by the organization. In sales learning and development, we face a similar challenge.
We’ve all seen it happen: A group of key employees attend an intensive sales training program and then, once the session ends, fail to apply much of what they learned. Why does this happen?
One reason might be lack of demonstration of how to use what was taught. Another is a shortfall in post-training skill reinforcement. Reinforcement of learning is commonly overlooked — but it’s critical to the success of a learning implementation and ensures maximum return on investment for an organization. Most organizations today have invested in CRM tools. These platforms can play a vital role in ensuring skills are applied on the job.
More Than a Database
The hard truth is that CRM systems and sales training often exist in parallel, without being integrated. This results in missed opportunities to improve overall sales performance through increased application of skills and adoption of CRM tools.
CRM software should be more than a database of information; when leveraged and integrated properly, effective use of CRM programs leads to increased revenues through the creation and application of customer Reach More Customers with Live Chat – Free Whitepaper knowledge. To promote sales excellence, it is vital that CRM integration is part of the organization’s learning strategy. When this happens, there is a higher likelihood of creating more mutually beneficial customer relationships, resulting in:
- Higher win rates: When sales professionals are trained to create positive customer interactions that satisfy client needs, they are likely to succeed at closing more deals.
- Shorter sales cycles: When a client is provided superior service and information, sales cycles are shorter with higher purchasing confidence.
- Expanded deal size: As clients enjoy efficient and proactive service with sales professionals, they build trust in the organization’s ability to satisfy their needs, leading to potentially larger deals.
- More satisfied sales teams: Teams that are successful at forging mutually beneficial relationships with their clients are often more satisfied with their jobs and confident in their ability to execute sales excellence.
An integrated approach to CRM and sales training reinforcement has proven successful for many businesses. For example, technology platforms like Salesforce CRM offer, through partner vendors, embedded applications, like sales call planners and account planners. This allows salespeople to work within their CRM platform to get the reinforcement they need.