One way retailers can minimize supply issues and strengthen supplier relationships is by automating accounts payable. AP provides a key interface with suppliers and is the lynchpin to getting those suppliers paid on time. Slow, tedious AP interactions will lead to difficulties with suppliers.

The simplest way to define the difference between customer success and what many companies call customer service is that customer success is about taking care of your customers by providing proactive guidance to help them achieve their desired business outcomes.

Regardless of supply chain status, it is important for businesses to ensure their consumers know when to expect their products to be available or risk losing loyal customers. This can be accomplished in many ways.

INSIGHTS

Spreadsheet Mishigas

Recently McKinsey & Company did a deep dive on supply-chain planning -- which you might think is a long way from CRM -- but you might be surprised. The shocking finding to me, and the connection with CRM, is the statistic that 73 percent of respondents said that spreadsheets are their primary supply...

INSIGHTS

The Sustainable Customer

The customer version of sustainability requires that we capture scads of data about customers -- and today that means in an ethical and non-snooping way so that we'll have something to feed the monster we call AI.

INSIGHTS

The Great Upgrade

Today, we all need to be on platform-based CRM, and we need to become ninjas at platform-based application development and deployment. This especially goes for the newest tools on the platforms which include an array of analytics, machine learning, and voice assistants.

A new Forrester survey commissioned by Capgemini, Salesforce, and MuleSoft reveals companies face the same recurring customer experience (CX) struggles. They lack an integrated single source of truth for customer data and are strapped with subpar personalization capabilities.

Zoho’s Surround Strategy

Surround strategy is the antithesis of rip and replace. Rather than replacement, a business can move parts of its workload from some workhorse system, say ERP, to Zoho -- where things like pre-built reports and Zia, an AI-based digital assistant, can help business users interrogate data stored on th...

This is not good. A new report commissioned by Replicant tells a story of customers frustrated when service fails or is way too slow. That's not new -- and Replicant is not the only vendor to ring the alarm. For many years Oracle has reminded vendors that one bad service encounter is enough to make ...

INSIGHTS

CRM’s Levels of Abstraction

There are three levels of abstraction that we can study to derive benefit, and this is abundantly clear in CRM. First there's the object, a material product or service that is the thing we trade money for. Then there's the experience, see where I'm going? Lastly there's the concept.

The term "social commerce" is the trend du jour for marketers, yet there's confusion in many circles about what that really means. Some people equate social commerce with capital-I "Influencer" marketing. Others think of social commerce as the process of marketers reaching consumers directly via soc...

A pair of recent studies highlight changing shopper attitudes as the pandemic continues its stranglehold on the supply chain for most industries. Two clear-cut consumer trends have surfaced: online shoppers want more self-service options and an overall more-efficient shopping experience.

Leaf Home built its call center operation to drive potential customers to a cheerful encounter with all the departments to which they connect. That pleasant working relationship starts with Leaf's call center staff. We spoke with the company's chief human resources officer, Sean Loboda, to discuss ...

ANALYSIS

Making Sales Safe for Process

A sales process is a set of protocols that an organization uses to conduct selling. One's process needs not be complex, many organizations settle on processes that have around seven steps. But a sales process that everyone in the organization adheres to is fundamental to that organization's success....

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