What is Customer Relationship Management (CRM)?
Customer Relationship Management has lots of theoretical definitions.
Community definitions of Customer Relationship Management include:
- A lasting customer relationship
- Knowing what drives your customers
- Knowing what your customers are like
We have also asked members of our community about how to define CRM in an easy-to-understand way – particularly in the contact centre / customer service environment.
Here are their definitions of Customer Relationship Management:
1. A Lasting Customer Relationship
CRM is making sure that our customers will be our customers for ever.
Thanks to Mike Brown
2. Knowing What Drives Your Customers
CRM is determining what drives your customers and also what makes them angry.
Knowing this will help you create one-call resolutions and better handle time on each call.
Thanks to Ashandra Cruthis
3. Knowing What Your Customers are Like
I would describe it as: knowing and following what your customers like and dislike and shaping the company to suit both ways – toward customers and toward company.
Thanks to Vladimir Maletin
4. Knowing Your Customers by Name
When I walk into my local, they greet me by name, know what I order and accommodate me appropriately.
CRM is the industrialisation of this process.
Thanks to Martin Taylor
5. Going Beyond the Service Level Agreement
It’s going above and beyond the contractual obligations and defined service level agreements.
More often than not, organisations meet the expected SLAs as defined in the contract but clients are still unhappy.
Going beyond the service level agreement is making the client see that the team performance is ‘looking’ and ‘feeling’ on their side.
Thanks to Angela Katimbang
The Definition of CRM Software
…And here are a couple of definitions of CRM software:
A Visible View of a Customer’s Interactions
It’s a fully understood and visible view of a customer’s interactions, across all touchpoints, enabling you to develop intelligent and appropriate messages/conversations/instructions.
Thanks to Michael Anderson
Giving Everyone in your Team Access to your Customer Database
If used properly, cloud-based CRM software provides everyone in the team with instant access to your customer database, productivity and social media needs, providing a more up-to-date and personal approach to interactions with your customers. A CRM Can Help Improve Customer Experience
Thanks to Barry John