4 Ways Salesforce CRM Improves Lead Conversions

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When done right, a CRM implementation (Customer Relationship Management system) can significantly improve a business’s success with lead conversions, while also performing a number of different functionalities.

In the marketing and sales world, CRM helps in nurturing leads and build better long-standing relationships with customers even before interactions with the sales team happen.

Ultimately what matters is the quality of leads that matters, not the quantity. So, instead of populating your database with unqualified leads, focus instead on how you can use CRM for lead generation and conversions by incorporating different techniques and integrating with different platforms and applications.

Let’s explore four different platforms/applications you can integrate into a Salesforce® CRM that will go a long way toward improving your lead generation process to attract – and convert – the quality leads you are seeking.

1. AI-Powered Lead Generation

Lead generation tools powered by AI (artificial intelligence) are assisting marketers to understand and find new leads and convert them. AI has enabled them to select the most valuable accounts and even decide on suitable marketing communication based on lead characteristics.

Typically, a marketing campaign could include digital ads, along with an email blast, social media posts, and possibly an event. If the campaign is effective, customers and prospects respond by generating activities such as website visits, shares, and clicks. They might also wind up filling out a form or doing something else that effectively turns them into a lead.

Today, with an AI-powered CRM using Salesforce’s Einstein™, you can not only monitor that kind of engagement but use the data to adjust campaigns even once they’re already underway. This could mean tweaking the copy in an email to appeal more to a particular segment, or boosting the reach of a digital ad because one is performing better than the others.

The big takeaway about AI working for lead generation is that it draws out the most critical insights from the Salesforce Customer Success Platform and helps deliver recommendations that power all kinds of marketing activities that will lead to conversions.

2. CRM and Marketing Automation

Lead generation is an extremely important step in any business’s growth and goals toward conversions. Automating the many steps between marketing and sales gives your team more time to focus on overall strategy and nurturing the leads that show real promise. That means more prospects and more customers.

A CRM marketing automation tool, such as Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud™, can also give you a richer, more detailed picture of potential customer behavior. For instance, you can initiate behavioral tracking methods such as following a user’s path through your website. Marketing automation software can also help your marketing team understand prospects’ interests and where they are in the purchasing lifecycle. Following up can then be customized around those specific insights.

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3. Integration with Social Media

Social media is one of the best tools for businesses to generate highly qualified and sales-ready leads that you can turn into conversions. It is a perfect place for businesses to find their targeted audiences, as well as turning them into the new sales-ready leads.

Baked into Salesforce’s Marketing Cloud is a social media tool known as Social Studio™. Here you can connect your marketing, service, and sales teams with your customers through social channels to build meaningful relationships. You can also discover what your customers, prospects, and competitors are saying about your brands.

4. Email Marketing Tool

One of the ways to fill your sales funnel with high-quality leads to close more deals is to implement an email campaign tool into your CRM. With a tool such as Salesforce’s Pardot™, you can initiate lead nurturing campaigns by automatically sending emails and perform marketing tasks based on triggers including time, user interactions, and other custom parameters.

In addition, you can respond to prospects when it matters, learn what’s happening between sales calls, and get alerts about prospect actions.

So, are you frustrated with populating your database with unqualified leads and want to better focus on how you can use CRM for lead generation and ultimately conversions? The Ad Victoriam consulting team can help you incorporate different techniques and integrate different platforms and applications that will put your business on a successful path toward more lead conversions starting today. Just fill out the form below, or click here and we’ll get right back to you immediately.

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Why Your Business Needs a CRM

Why Your Business Needs a CRM

From revealing sales opportunities to tracking every single customer interaction, implementing a Customer Relationship Management platform (CRM) positions your business for real growth.

Why is a CRM Important?

At its core, CRM enables your business to deepen relationships with your customers, service users, colleagues, partners, and suppliers. You can see everything in one place. There's a simple, customizable dashboard that can show you your customer’s previous history with you. You will also see the status of their orders, any outstanding customer service issues, and much more.

Think of CRM as a tool that creates a 360° view of your customers.

CRM also helps you find new customers, win their business, and keep them happy by organizing customer and prospect information in a way that helps you build stronger relationships with them and grow your business faster.

CRM is Not Just for Sales Teams

A CRM platform implementation helps the sales team to better understand their sales pipeline. Sales managers can access reliable information about the progress of individual team members. Sales reps can spend more time selling and less time inputting data. Less time, means they’re more productivity!

But other departments in your company will benefit from a CRM, too.

For instance, marketing teams use CRM to make forecasting simpler and more accurate. Sales gets a clear vision of every opportunity or lead through a mapping of the whole customer journey from inquiry through to sale, with a better understanding of the sales pipeline. Marketing can then use that information to create email, social media, and advertising campaigns targeting your company’s leads.

Another department that benefits from a CRM implementation is Customer Service. Those teams can effectively track conversations across multiple channels. Perhaps a customer might raise an issue in one channel – say, Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter – then Customer Service teams can switch to email, phone or live chat to resolve the issue in private.

Remember, without a common platform for customer interactions, communications can be missed or lost in a sea of information. That leads to an unsatisfactory response to a valued customer.

Additionally - and you may never have thought of this - but your HR department can also benefit from a CRM platform. It enables the team to accelerate recruitment, track employee performance, speed the on-boarding process, analyze resourcing needs, identify skills gaps, and support the staff retention targets.

What Else Can a CRM Do?

A CRM platform can also connect to other business apps that help you to further develop customer relationships. A CRM solution can also integrate with your other business tools, such as an ERP, EHR/EMR, document signing, and accounting and billing. Now, information flows freely, giving you a true 360° view of your customer.

Lastly, today's new generation of CRM platforms goes one step further with built-in intelligence. This automates administrative tasks, like data entry and lead or service case routing, so your teams can free up time for more valuable activities.

These automatically generated insights will help you understand your customers better. They will also predict how customers will feel and act so that you can prepare the right outreach.

Ad Victoriam’s team of consultants can show you how a Salesforce CRM platform implementation can change and grow with your company’s processes. That helps with efficiencies and will have an enormous impact on your company’s bottom line. Let's talk today! Just fill out the form below, or click here.

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Salesforce Einstein: Marketing Cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Salesforce Einstein

Internet technologies, especially concerning cloud marketing, change on a daily basis. Artificial intelligence (AI) applications are currently at the forefront of development.

In 2016, Salesforce announced its latest artificial intelligence initiative, Einstein, at the Dreamforce conference. Einstein was certainly the main attraction, and it symbolized Salesforce’s drive toward growing its cloud technology.

What is Salesforce Einstein AI?

At its core, Salesforce Einstein is a group of technological products designed to improve Marketing Cloud strategies and ideas by imitating the human brain’s own capabilities.

According to Eliot Harper, a Salesforce Marketing Cloud consultant, Einstein “works out of the box and surfaces analytical information to the user by assessing data, and identifying signals and insights that a sales or marketing person may not otherwise pick up on.”

In other words, AI systems like Einstein can be used as a fresh set of eyes for marketing professionals. Patterns in sales, potential audiences and the likelihood of engagement can go unnoticed, especially after a long examination of statistics and data.

Artificial intelligence platforms are designed to mimic human brain activity while relying on the consistency of algorithms and large amounts of data.

What’s next for the Marketing Cloud?

YouTube and Amazon use similar AI engines to offer suggested products or videos based on your tastes and previous activity on the site. Salesforce is now unlocking access to such information for marketing professionals so that they can provide the most optimal experience possible for their target user audiences.

Salesforce is currently working on the ambitious task of integrating Einstein into all aspects of its platform.

To learn more about Salesforce solutions and how you can make the latest marketing cloud technologies work for your business, contact the certified Marketing Cloud consultants at Ad Victoriam Solutions today.