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8 CRM Essentials: An Executive Guide to the Must-have Elements of Every Successful CRM Initiative
It’s no secret that winning and retaining customers is the key to growth and success. But that’s no small feat, with ever-increasing customer demands, as well

crm user community  show up. Too many CRM projects fail due to poor user adoption. After all, technology is only as good as the people who use it. To ensure that people do use your CRM system, it must be easy to use, accessible, and scalable, and significantly enhance productivity, efficiency, and visibility. On-demand CRM solutions that are delivered via a Web browser encourage adoption by replicating the familiar point-and-click interfaces of popular consumer Web sites, where everything must be user friendly. A look at

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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CRM for Financial and Insurance Markets

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting data from all customer interactions with a company from all access points (by phone, mail, or Web, or in the field). The company can then use this data for specific business purposes by taking a customer-centric rather than a product-centric approach. CRM applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services.  

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Maximizer CRM


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