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Web.com Small Business Toolkit: PipelineDeals (Sales Tool)

October 19th, 2012 ::

PipelineDeals

If you find yourself missing out on sales opportunities because your sales team is disorganized, you may just need PipelineDeals so you don’t miss out ever again. Import and track all your contacts, then organize contacts by status, source, tags and more. Set recurring tasks to remind your team to follow up, then collaborate between team members. You can even customize deal stages to suit your process. Dynamic charts make it easy for everyone on your team to see the big picture and set priorities. You’ll have a complete overview of the whole process so you won’t miss anything.

Web.com Small Business Toolkit: Jugnoo (Cloud-Based Social CRM)

September 25th, 2012 ::

Jugnoo

Sometimes the good stuff gets even better, and that’s the case with cloud-based social CRM tool Jugnoo. Jugnoo allows users to monitor and manage their social media activities; create content including video, slide shows and promotions; and track and measure social media efforts. Recently, Jugnoo added BufferApp integration, Google Analytics and social analytics for Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. From the Social Dashboard, business owners can consolidate all their social network accounts in one place, monitor multiple search streams, optimize key information from each social network and create videos from a variety of templates.

Reachable: Contact Database Organizer: Small Business Resource

June 18th, 2012 ::

Reachable

Do the contacts in your email address book and your various social media accounts add up to enough make your business grow? Or are you wishing you could find more potential customers and talented employees? Reachable pulls your contacts from Facebook, LinkedIn and your email address books and imports them into a new (and bigger) database of contacts so you can build your business faster and more efficiently. Reachable’s contact list includes more than 65 million professionals, putting everyone at your fingertips, but goes further by helping you create your own specialized database based on the kinds of contacts in your address book.

Small Biz Resource Tip: Nimble

April 26th, 2012 ::

Nimble

If you’re hooked on social media, it’s a good bet that Nimble’s approach to social CRM is going to be right up your alley. Nimble takes a social network approach to organizing your contacts, sales and activities, and ties into all your communication such as email and social media outlets. Nimble also offers project management (called “Activity Management”), and its sales tools can help you keep track of all your business opportunities in one place. Nimble also integrates with other solutions such as HubSpot and MailChimp, and unifies all your notifications and comments from your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts in one place.

 

Small Biz Resource Tip: Intercom

April 3rd, 2012 ::

Intercom

Are you an app developer? Here’s a way to connect with your app customer and build a relationship all in one easy package. Intercom lets you browse your users; sort and filter them by age, activity or other factors; view their social profiles to learn more about them; and reach out to them for feedback or to ask a question. If you want to store your history of communication with a user, simply add an inbox. You can respond easily and track your relationships to see how much attention the app user is getting.

 

Small Biz Resource Tip: Gist

April 22nd, 2011 ::

Gist

Small business owners are everywhere in the normal course of a business day—including everywhere online. Gist can help you gather and organize all your contacts from your different email inboxes, online address books, social networks and other sources. More than just having everyone in one place, Gist will create a business profile of each contact that consists of the person or business’s most recent news, status updates and blog posts. And the information is automatically updated so you don’t have to search multiple sites and services over and over. You can also use Gist to share information with your contacts and to gather personalized information for your next meeting.

7 Reasons You Need to Use a Social CRM

January 27th, 2011 ::

People talking in front of global mapOne of my business New Year’s resolutions is to embrace my Facebook page, become more social on it, and engage with my audience more.  Another resolution is to organize all of my contacts in one place and start using a customer relationship management (CRM) tool.  But in this day and age, of course, any technology worth its salt has a social element to it, so I am now hooked up with a social CRM called BatchBook.  Check it out.

If you have never heard of a social CRM, time to get cozy with one.  It will take your lead nurturing and conversion efforts to the next level.  Here are seven reasons why you need to start using social CRM today:

1. Keep your contact information safe and sound.

If you have ever experienced a computer crash, my sympathies.  It’s an ugly mess, and losing your precious client and potential client data could be disastrous.  Of the social CRMs I looked at, all information resides on their servers instead of your hard drive.  If your computer crashes, all is not lost—your information will still be intact and you can keep on keepin’ on.

2. Organize client notes, files and comments.

Any CRM, social or not, will allow you to organize notes, files, comments, and other information on your clients in one spot.  If you’re working on a team, this is a super helpful way to keep everyone on the same page without e-mailing updates constantly.

3. Find contacts on social media.

This is the biggie.  You will know where your clients and potential clients spend time online!  You can find your contacts on Facebook and Twitter, and you’ll be notified if they have a blog.  With BatchBook, you can even receive their new blog posts, tweets, etc. right on their contact page.

4. Listen to and analyze conversations.

The other biggie: You can find and join conversations that are happening online so you know what is important to your clients, and you can conduct searches to see what is being said about your company.  No need to use a separate program—everything will stay organized in one spot.

5. Automate lead nurturing.

Forget filling up your Outlook calendar with reminders to get in touch with potential clients.  Who can keep up with that anyway?  With any CRM, you will be able to send e-mails containing white papers, brochure, data sheets, and other relevant information to leads at set intervals.

6. Track sales

Use the built-in project management tool to keep track of the sales, deals, and projects for each client.  Another handy feature if you are working on a team.

7. It’s mobile.

Many social CRMs are mobile, so you can check the status of deals, update your to-do list, or add new client notes while you’re out and about.

If you use a social CRM, how has it helped you be more productive and increased your sales?

Image by Flickr user joey.ganoza (Creative Commons)

3 Online Tools That Will Send Your Marketing Efforts to the Moon

November 30th, 2010 ::

I am the first to admit that staying on top of near-constant changes in social media—from platforms and tools to plug-ins and apps—is nearly impossible.  So while I was at the Grow Smart Business Conference at the beginning of the month, I jotted down the name of every social media tool and plug-in that was mentioned.  I checked them out and realized that if you use the following three tools together, your online presence, brand awareness and lead generation efforts might just skyrocket through the roof.

Check ‘em out, and let me know what you think!

1. Find your customers online with Flowtown.

“Social Media Marketing Made Simple”—sign me up!  Flowtown is a very popular social media tool for a reason—it lives up to its tagline.  Flowtown helps you learn what your customers are doing and saying on which social platforms, and connects you to them on the social networks they use the most.

Cost: There are three plans; the basic plan is only $17/month.  Not a lot, considering what it can do for your social media efforts!

2. Write content your customers care about and can find with Scribe SEO.

Scribe’s SEO plug-in helps you write content that is SEO-ready.  First you do a keyword search to make sure your content (Web, blog, white paper, etc.) contains relevant search terms.  Then Scribe analyzes your content and suggests changes to make it even more SEO-friendly.  The best part: It helps you build links, aka SEO gold.

Cost: There are four plans; the Starter plan is $17/month.  (Same as Flowtown!)

3. Monitor what your customers are saying about you online with Scout Labs.

Having a good customer relationship management (CRM) tool in you arsenal is essential to growing your business.  Scout Labs just partnered with Lithium Technologies, which makes a social CRM networking platform, so you get shuttled over to Lithium when you start looking around Scout Labs.  However, their social media monitoring tool allows you to listen to what your customers are saying about your company and its products and services in real-time so you can react quickly to close a sale or protect your brand.  Pretty neat.

Cost: It’s a huge secret.  You need to get in touch with them.  Not neat at all.  But it’s a really powerful tool that’s worth a look-see.

Image by Flickr user caffaknitted (Creative Commons)

Integrating Social CRM into your Inbound Marketing Strategy

April 19th, 2010 ::

I am sure you have all heard of the term, CRM which stands for Customer Service Management. CRM systems have been around for the last two decades have taken on all shapes (sales focused, customer service focused), sizes (small teams and enterprises) and technology approaches (local installations and cloud services). They generally have five major functions – lead management, opportunity management, account management, document management and reports/analytics. For the most part this hasn’t really changed, only the processes and approaches to convert those at the beginning of the pipeline as a prospect to the end of the pipeline where they become a customer. Sure there are tools and other stuff to manage the customer when they have issues or want to order more stuff in the future but things in the last two years have seen a shift in the way we view the customer and communicate with them.

I am of course talking about social media.

Gone are the days of one-way communications or a back a forth with emails and phone calls. Social media means two-way engagement and at some times hearing customers talk about your company and your products in ways you might not be happy about. You have one of two choices at this point in time – ignore them and their voices will get louder and you will be considered obsolete or engage and talk to them hearing their concerns and responding in a transparent way so others see you as a company that actually cares about its customers.

So I have talked about CRM and social media. Let me introduce you to the concept of Social CRM.

I know, I know, everybody is slapping the word “social” on everything like they did with “e-” in 2000. I will give you that Social Media is on a groundswell right now but the concept of Social CRM is a great one and true evolution in a technology that needs a breathe of fresh air. Here is a great example of traditional CRM and Social CRM:

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Barack Obama, the Social CRM president

I was introduced to the concept of social CRM about two years ago by two friends, Brent Leary and David Bullock. They were following the campaign of this freshman Senator from Chicago that had just announced his run for the presidency. His name of course, Barack Obama. Senator Obama had assembled many talented people including young innovative campaign marketing staffers who began leveraging social media tools to build a community and begin what many call a movement to get Senator Obama elected. Over the course of the campaign, Brent and David created a site called Barack 2.0 and tracked all the tools utilized to create a comprehensive Social CRM system to help him get elected. It is a fascinating study and they eventually published a successful book on this entire process and you can check it out at the site Barack 2.0.

The 18 Use Cases of Social CRM

Fast forward two years and many companies have integrated Social CRM into their solutions. Many companies have attempted to implement some form of Social CRM process and last month, The Altimeter Group put together a great paper on 18 Use Cases of Social CRM and it is summarized in this chart below:

You can see that the use cases follow the segments of a typical CRM system the key here. You can read the full paper at http://www.slideshare.net/jeremiah_owyang/social-crm-the-new-rules-of-relationship-management and dive deep into the analysis.

Three Steps You Can Do to Integrate Social CRM into your Inbound Marketing Strategy

1.) Start Talking About it With Your Team - Now if you are a small business that team may be just you and in other cases it might be 50 people. In all cases you should look at the chart above and see which functions could be served by a Social CRM solution.

2.) Evaluate Your Social CRM Software Options – There are many Social CRM tools available for your small business. Some products, like BatchBlue CRM were launched from the beginning as a Social CRM solution. There are many others like Salesforce.com and Siebel that are adding Social CRM functionality to their solutions. If you already use these tools see how you can utilize these functions and if not, look around the web and search on “Social CRM software” to see your options.

3.) Integrate Social CRM practices into your inbound marketing processes – The only way to start using this is by doing it. If your company isn’t on Twitter, sign up. If it doesn’t have a fan page, make one and start promoting it. Learn what customers are using social media tools and engage with them. Social CRM software can help but ultimately your inbound marketing activities will use your Social CRM tool as a hub.

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