4 major components of CRM

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Here are the four components of customer relationship management…

 
 
 
 

In this article, I want to talk about four components of CRM in a customer-centric enterprise. I believe you still remember the definition of customer relationship management? If not you have to read my article where I wrote about customer relationship management and customer care. 

If you are coming to this blog for the very first time, I believe you will take the time to read my other articles too.
 
The reason is that without reading that article, you may not understand what I am about to say now.
In this article, I will be talking about components of the customer-centric enterprise. Follow me as we do justice to this topic together.
 
Information
When we talk about information in a customer-centric enterprise, we are talking about that hidden knowledge that you have about customers.
One of the basic knowledge you really need to know about your customers is to know who your real customers are.
I kept on emphasizing it that many organisations, large and small could not say precisely the total number of customer that they have.  
As an organization, if you cannot do that, you will not know when you are losing customers to competitors.
 
You also have to know what your customers are looking for in your products or services. This will help you to mobilize your front office and back office towards satisfying your customer base.
 

Process

When we talk about processes, we are more concerned about those departments in your organization that has direct interaction with customers.
Normally, the front office includes the Marketing, Sales and Customer service departments who help the organization to build a relationship with customers. They are to find out exactly what they are looking for in your products or services.
I have said it in one of my articles that the organizational structure that works for a product-centric enterprise will not work for a customer-centric enterprise.
That is why you have to give room for flexibility between the front office and the back office.
 

Technology

When we talk about technology in a customer-centric enterprise, we are referring to software and hardware. This will allow both front and back offices to do business from the customers’ perspective.
 
Also, you must set up processes first before thinking of technology that you will use to back it up. The most customer-centric organization failed because they put technology ahead of a clear customer strategy.
customer relationship
people
When we talk of people or organizational enabler, they are your employees.  They need reorientation as you embark on customer-centric strategy. You need to educate your employees to treat customers well. They should not treat customers as if they are doing them a favour.
 
They have to understand that customers’ loyalty is employees’ loyalty.
 
 
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2 comments

  1. Hi Adeniyi, first time reader here. Great points here about customer relationship. I think People is the most important out of all that you mentioned because they embody your business. They do your products for you, sell your products, and take care of your customers. They are the ones who go face to face with the consumers and so having appropriate relationship with them means a great relationship with your customers.
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