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Customer Relationship Management Strategy: Designing Effective Blueprint For Customers Success

Customer Relationship Management Strategy: Designing Effective Blueprint For Customers Success

 

 

Introduction
In defining CRM strategy in chapter one, we said that any organisation that desires to be customer-centred must have a laid down plan on how they want to achieve their objectives.

 

In this article, we will be talking about those things that needs to be present in any CRM strategy before we can say that it is worthwhile. Let’s look at this together.

 

At the end of this article, readers should be able to understand

  •  The qualities of a good customer strategy.
  •  What are those things that should be present before a customer-centric strategy can be successful?

 

Scenario

Mr Winfred is an entrepreneur. His products were well-known in his country and beyond.

 

Introduction
In defining CRM strategy in chapter one, we said that any organisation that desires to be customer-centered must have a laid down plan on how they want to achieve their objectives.

 

In this article, we will be talking about those things that needs to be present in any CRM strategy before we can say that it is worthwhile. Let’s look at this together.

 

 

Scenario

Mr. Winfred is an entrepreneur. His products were well-known in his country and beyond.

 

Until the recent time, he held sway as he controlled a large percentage of the market share.

 

There was also another entrepreneur, Mr. Hanold, a business man that had decided to do business from customer perspective with technologies to back it up.

 

At the onset, Mr. Hanold decided that profit will not be of priority. He decided to meet the needs of his customers first, by meeting every of the prospects and the customers at the right place, right time with the right products.

 

 

When Mr. Winfred could not hold it any longer, he contacted a consultant to help him out of the situation.

 

The consultant advised him to formulate policies that will allow them to meet the customers/prospects with the right product at the right place.

 

He also advised him to treat his loyal customers especially in order to retain them for life.

 

He told him that before he could formulate a good strategy, there are some factors that must be considered. These are in the diagram below

#1 Integration

A good CRM initiative should be integrated to the business processes throughout the enterprise.

 

What we are saying here is that there must be a conscious process to change the orientation of the various departments in the organisation, most especially those that deal directly with the customers, that is, marketing, sales and customer service departments of the organization.

 

They must be taught how to deal with the customers and make them the center-piece of the entire organisation.

 

 

#2 Accessibility

A good CRM initiative must be accessible to every personnel involved in customer’s interaction with the organisation to provide a consistent approach and enhance customer’s experience.

 

Much of the customer-centric ideology must revolve around the customer.

 

The levels of success that will be recorded have much to do with the amount of information that the organisation have about their customers.

 

This information must be available to all the departments in the organisation so that they can take decisions without much delay.

 

Although there is the need for the organization to protect customer’s information but this should not be done in a way that it will slow down business processes or it will be difficult for those that need it to access it.

 

 

#3 Measurability

The problem we have in most part of the world, most especially countries is that, there is no maintenance culture. In formulating a customer-centric enterprise, there must be a way of analyzing and measuring the results.

 

When the process is being monitored, it will be very easy for the organisation to measure the progress and make necessary changes as the situation demands.

 

 

#4 Unified Data

At times in many banks in Nigeria, you would have observed that it’s always difficult for some calibres of staff to attend to you.

 

This is because some of them  do not have the required information concerning the customers.

 

 

Each department in the organisation must have the same information as regards their customers.

 

This information must be made available to every department in the organisation that might need it in order to take decisions.

 

 

#5 Coordination

A good CRM strategy must have a coordinated process and strategy.

 

There must be a project manager who is well vast in customer relations to manage the project.

 

As soon as the initiator have the support of top management, a team must be set up to manage the whole process in order to ensure that, it is well coordinated.

 

 

#6 Web-Based And Real Time

A good CRM strategy must be web-based and it must be available twenty-four hours a day and seven days a week.

 

There is the need for it to be web-based because some of your customers also have their own business that they are doing, therefore they must be able to do business with your organization from the convenience of their homes.

 

 

It must also have reporting metrics which notify you when things are going wrong.

 

There are also applications that will suggest to you some important information about their customers. Just feed in your customer information; the application will provide the results. 

 

 

SUMMARY

In this lesson, we have learned that a good customer-centric strategy must be:

  • Integrated into the business processes throughout the enterprise;
  • Accessible to every personnel involved in customer care; and
  • Web-based and process real-time analytics with closed-loop reporting features.

Brainstorming Session

  1. As the consultant employed by Mr Winston, how will you go about the job of turning his firm from a product-centric enterprise to a customer-centric Enterprise?
  2. In your own view and using a well-known organization in Nigeria as a case study, explain what CRM strategy is.
  3. Differentiate between Customer strategy and CRM strategy.

 

 

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I know you might agree with some of the points that I have raised in this article. You might not agree with some of the issues raised. Let me know your views about the topic discussed. We will appreciate it if you could drop your comment. Thanks in anticipation.

 

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