In this post, we'd like to share with you some of the problems businesses with ineffective CRM systems have highlighted. You could be experiencing some, perhaps all, of them. They may be the reason your lead generation system isn't producing the desired results. 1. What's the problem? A CRM system can turn out to be a clunky excavator machine to dig out new 'customers'. For small businesses, it can be too large a machine. Most CRM systems are end-to-end solutions. But knowing where on that spectrum your problem sits is important. In other words, at which stage of the sales cycle are you stuck? When you've pinned this down, it's easier to press the right button on your CRM system and get it working for you. 2. Know the strategy When you have asked the question above, it's easier to look for the solution to craft the strategy. The CRM system isn't going to work by itself. It needs a directive from you to work towards the goals you've set in your strategy. Whether it is to shorten the sales cycle, generate more leads from a new segment or reduce churn, the functions and features embedded in the CRM system will work accordingly. So, be clear of your CRM strategy and input it into the system. 3. Let customers know about the CRM system you are using Your prospects and customers may have their own CRM systems or may be exposed to their other suppliers'. One more system to deal with can be a hassle for some. As such, it is important you share with them the benefits they will experience with yours. In as much as it is important to get buy-in from internal stakeholders, it is critical to secure it from customers too. Their active use of it will ensure both parties will be in a good position to nurture a relationship of mutual benefit. There are other pitfalls you must avoid to make a CRM system work effectively. They aren't difficult to overcome. To learn more about any of the above or others, get in touch today.