Much as a journalist is expected to report on the “who, what, when,” etc. when filing their story, professional business-to-business (B2B) sales reps are more likely to open doors, nurture opportunities, and close deals when they know more about their prospect or customer. Sales Intelligence, as a broad category of tools and services within the Sales Effectiveness space, represents a significant opportunity for all varieties of sales-oriented job roles to better understand their buyer both before and during the traditional — and non-traditional — sales cycle. This Research Brief summarizes initial Aberdeen research findings based on recent sales intelligence data collected from 206 survey respondents, and provides specific guidance regarding best practices and technologies that sales leaders and sales operations practitioners are well-advised to adopt.
Recent Aberdeen research conducted for Motivate, Incent, Compensate, Enable: Sales Performance Management Best Practices (January 2013) reveals a number of specific best practices that sales leaders — and their vital sales operations support teams — can adopt, in order to create more opportunity for them to achieve Best-in-Class performance. This Research Brief isolates a number of core competencies and technology enablers that are proven paths to superior corporate and sales-specific results.
Build your business case for MDM with an illustrated, step-by-step approach that shows executives and managers how MDM generates a single, reliable data set to empower customer- and partner- facing teams to improve sales, customer service and channel operations.
Seamlessly integrating e-signature into the sales order process will result in dramatic cost savings, improve client preception and enable organizations to scale their sales operations more effectively.
We live in an era in which customers expect perfection from their service providers. With competitors only a click (or tap) away, companies have a strong incentive to deliver flawless operations. Online retailers have “set a high bar” in the way they engage customers throughout the entire sales process—not just during the commercial transaction, but before, during and after the transaction. Your operations must be seamless, because individuals enjoy an interconnected and ubiquitous experience. And your operations must be insightful, because every personal and professional interaction is targeted and relevant. A Smarter Process approach helps you to reinvent business operations in the era of the customer.
In this Forrester Wave evaluation of customer relationship management (CRM) suites for enterprise organizations, we identified the nine most significant CRM suites solutions — Infor CRM (formerly known as SalesLogix), Microsoft Dynamics CRM, NetSuite, Oracle Siebel CRM, Pegasystems, Salesforce, SAP CRM, SAP Cloud for Customer, and SugarCRM — and researched, analyzed, and scored them. This report details our findings in order to help application development and delivery (AD&D) professionals supporting CRM operations select the right partner for their customer engagement initiatives.