Telstra Proposed CRM Plan
CRM Plan Outline
1. Introduction of the Company
• The size by annual turnover
• Number of employees
• Organizational structure
• Type of products/ services produced
2. Current State Analysis of the Company
The first step in implementing a successful CRM project is to conduct an internal analysis.
This usually starts with an assessment of the current state of things. These most usually include the “aches and pains” that hinder your team’s productivity and detract from your company’s goals.
How do you know what the current state is? Begin by asking your sales, marketing and customer service teams a few key questions:
• What are the strengths and weaknesses of your company’s current processes?
• How can these processes be improved?
• What administrative activities are detracting from their productivity?
• What is the competition doing?
This section should be as brief and precise as possible. It then sets the stage for you to outline your project goals, objectives and requirements.
Note: Some of the things that typically emerge from the current state of things:
• Data redundancy/ duplication of customer data
• IT systems including database currently in silo architecture
• Marketing automation capability: customer segmentation, customer targeting,customer data integration, and campaign management done manually. Currently no software available for these marketing task to be automated.
• Salesforce Automation Capability: No clear capability to perform customer profitability analysis, time management, Call management, Opportunity management, Account management, Territory management activities.
3. CRM program/project objectives
The current state of things in the internal analysis could reveal “Revenue Gap”. It is the difference in revenue that could be derived if all of a company’s Customer Facing Departments were working with optimum information and at peak efficiency.
Many companies understand that the greatest competitive advantage they have is what they know about their customers and how they use that data. However, most companies have not established the systems and methods necessary to capture customer centric information and leverage it into higher revenues and profits. Once captured, this information may be used to strengthen customer relationships that will then help to differentiate your offering and decrease the necessity to engage in costly price wars. Your ability to capture and leverage this customer information will become the measuring stick for your company’s future success.
The overarching objectives of the CRM program could include one of the following:
• Increase customer retention rates
• Increasing customer acquisition rates
• Increasing customer loyalty
• Increase customer satisfaction
• Enhance cross/up-sell opportunities
• Increase marketing campaign response rates
• Reduce costs of sales
• Improve lead quality and conversion
• Increase profit margins
• Improve partner loyalty
• Reduce cost of marketing
Your project will begin to come into focus once you begin to drill down into the measurable, tangible project goals that address your CRM solution’s unique requirements and specific needs.
Example of project objectives could include the following:
• Reduce the time required to disseminate leads to the sales team (for Sales force Automation – SFA)
• Automate quote and proposal generation (for Sales force Automation – SFA)
• Create and distribute reports electronically (for SFA and Marketing Automation)
• Cut the time required to generate forecasting reports (for SFA and Marketing Automation)
• Eliminate duplicate data entry (for SFA ,Marketing Automation and Customer Service applications)
• Distribute pricing information, collateral materials or inventory (for SFA and Marketing Automation)
• Catalogs accessible more quickly (for SFA and Marketing Automation)
• Facilitate group scheduling and activity calendaring (for SFA)
Your project objectives will become your project’s critical success factors. You’ll use these to evaluate CRM solutions, and in turn, they will become the benchmarks or criteria that the solution must meet in order to be considered successful. If you don’t identify the project’s objectives, you’llnever know if you’ve achieved them.
4. Select a CRM Vendor Product Suite and Outlinethe Analytical capabilities and advantages of the selected CRM suite
There are over 400 front-office automation solutions on the market today. Your success depends on the ability of your company and your selected vendor to successfully integrate the new CRM solution into your existing ecology. Solution evaluation processes range from an informal discussion among the project leaders to a formal rating procedure involving the entire project team. The complexity of your business processes, the amount and detail of your project requirements, and the number of solutions you plan to evaluate will guide the format of your evaluation process.
The choice of a CRM vendor product is dependent on your business requirements. Having gathered the necessary information to create your business requirements (i.e. Marketing automation, SFA or Customer service), you can now define the solution, plan the implementation, test, and track system completion. Some of the Vendors that provide CRM solutions include SAP, IBM, Siebel, Oracle, Salesforce.com and Microsoft.
It is important you justify why you have chosen a particular CRM suite, particularly the analytical capabilities of the software solutions offered by the vendor of your choice and how this can be linked to key CRM theories such as the LTV, CLM and the CRM value chain model. You are required to apply only one CRM concept or model.
Always be reminded that the company’s business processes will ultimately dictate the configuration needed to be made to the CRM suite adopted. Most CRM suite are delivered of the shelf and start out of the box based on the notion that these software solutions represent industry “best practice”. These software solutions will need to be tweaked to accommodate the business processes of the company and not the other way around. Only in very exceptional circumstances the business processes of the company are fundamentally changed to reflect the business processes provided by the CRM suite purchased. In most circumstances the appointed vendor will be tasked to map out the process blueprints for various process (e.g. order handling, quotation provision, etc.)By carefully establishing your complete strategy and automation potential, you will avoid choosing the wrong CRM vendor product suite.
Example of a Order Handling Process
5. Determine Infrastructure Requirements
First, consider the type of infrastructure needed to support the new CRM system. This section should be only briefly discussed and technical details left to the technical experts.
To determine the infrastructure requirements, ask yourself these questions:
• How is the current database architecture presented?
• Are they in silos?
• If so what must be done to integrated the databases in order to obtain a 360-degree view of the customer?
A simple diagram of pre and post CRM implementation of the database architecture will be appropriate in this section. There is a need to highlight the importance dealing with the silo structures and streamlining the infrastructure to obtain a 360 degree view of the customer.
Once you’ve implemented a CRM solution, the real work begins. Your customized system will be full of timesaving, moneymaking features; but without training, no one will be able to take advantage of them. Without a doubt, training can make or break an automation implementation. Successful CRM projects typically set aside 10% to 20% of their overall budget and plan 1 to 2 full days for training for each user when the system is rolled out.
The number one predictor of system failure is a lack of use. Lack of use is often a direct reflection on the effort directed towards training.
In this section also briefly discuss the issue of culture. Employees need to change their thinking and the way they conduct their work with the implementation of these CRM. They must begin to work efficiently with other departments and other divisions around the world, in cases where a multinational organisation is considered. Additionally, many of the daily functions of an organisation can be performed via the World Wide Web – which requires a change in both procedure and attitude. How will management deal with such issues should be briefly adressed.
7. Establish a Timeline
The length of the planning process can range from a few weeks to several months depending upon the complexity of your company’s processes. Low-end contact management applications that are implemented “out-of-the-box” require less time than high-end enterprise solutions with complex customizations. Implementing the typical middle market CRM solution, not including your pre- implementation planning, usually requires 30 to 120 days to complete. Many factors can affect the implementation timeline, including the depthand breadth of your customizations, amount of your internal IS department’s participation, the number of users to automate, the amount of data to convert, and the degree to which the CRM solution will be integrated with existing systems.
8. Establish a Budget (Approximately: 100 words)
The cost of these products will vary significantly based on functionality, scalability and architectural elegance. While the CRM marketplace is crowded and fragmented, you should be able to compile a short list of systems to review based on your specific CRM objectives, business requirements and CRM module selected (i.e. Marketing automation, SFA or Customer Service Automation). The greater your functional requirements, expect the cost for the system to increase.
There are two categories of costs commonly associated with a CRM project:
• Implementation Costs: These are the costs associated with the initial system implementation.
o Consulting (analysis and project management)
o Customization, Integration and Data Conversion
o System Implementation
o User and Administrator Training
o Technical and User Support
• Annual Costs: These are the ongoing costs associated with the long-term maintenance and support of the system.
o Software Maintenance
A typical middle market CRM solution implementation costs from $1,000 to $4,000 per user.