Your CRM Rollout
There are many excellent CRM software packages on the market like Goldmine. Once you’ve made your purchase it’s time to plan for your CRM Rollout. Being organized is key to a smooth successful rollout.
Having employees that are excited and have bought into the CRM idea is very important. On top of that excellent communication is successful to a smooth CRM rollout.
When planning your CRM rollout try to involve both customers and staff in your communication. Customer will make it clear what’s important to your customers and staff input is important to understand their concerns and relieve anxiety.
If it is at all possible try to rollout your CRM system in phases. It reduces the interruption to your business and other problems that can arise. It also reduces your implementation costs.
Unless there is a major reason to do a one time huge rollout, try to avoid it at all costs. And we do mean really major – for example your Wal-Mart and you do not want a great deal of down time so you do a huge rollout one night after store hours.
It’s also important to have the right support on hand when you do your CRM rollout. That means either staff that have been trained or you have hired trainers do be onsite. There is nothing that will flop a rollout faster than having inadequate guidance from qualified personal. It may cost you a little more but now is not the time to cheap out.
You need to break everything down. There is no perfect way to phase your CRM software in. The closest thing to perfect is break your rollout into manageable phases. Here are some tips to help you break into phases that are managed by decision.
Job Function – Sales, call center, marketing, accounting, and customer service
Type Of Business – services and products
Geographic Locations – where your customers are located based on where your company is located, international customers, remote areas, where your company retail customer resides and where your company wholesale customer resides.
Next you need to determine how much functionality will be rolled out during each phase of the rollout. The first stage of the rollout should have the absolute minimum for functionality. This will be the rollout stage that has the most difficulties so keep it smaller and less stressful if at all possible. Then pilot testing needs to occur. Of course this applies after each phase rollout.
There is no perfect time to rollout any new software in a business that is in operating but you do the best you can. Install during closed hours, close the business for one off peak day, or do what you need to do to make it happen. It may require special planning depending on the geographic location such as in remote cases.
Some packages such as Goldmine install easier. But no matter the package when you do your homework in creating workable phases for the rollout and when you prepare your staff properly your rollout will be much smoother. Then add good communication and the results are a successful rollout.