Why is No One Using Your New CRM System?

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You implemented a new CRM system. Great! The hardest part is done now, right? Well . . .  not exactly. Getting your employees to actually use your new system can often be a major hurdle.

According to Principal Analyst Bill Band of Forrester, the biggest threat to a successful CRM project implementation is slow user adoption. Band also states that not only is early and pervasive user acceptance one of the biggest indicators of success, it is a MANDATORY precursor to success. But before we dig into this, it’s important to define exactly what we mean by User Adoption

User Adoption Defined

User adoption is not simply the use of a CRM system. True user adoption occurs only when users want to use the CRM system. Users must be motivated and have a genuine desire to achieve key benefits that the system can bring. You can’t just force a new technology system on your staff. That strategy will never last long term and trying to push it through will be very painful for you and your entire staff.

Our CRM consultants have also found that having a power user, someone who is tech savvy and a team player, can help encourage others to use the new system. This can be helpful as users are often more likely to listen to their colleague than they are to an outside consultant. Having said that, there are five areas of focus that can make or break the user adoption of your CRM system:

5 Factors That Can Make or Break the User Adoption of Your CRM System

1. Executive Sponsorship

Getting buy-in from the executive level can make a world of difference. Leaders can articulate the strategy, goals and importance of the CRM system, making it easier for employees to understand their role in rolling out the project.

2. Business Processes

As you are preparing the roll out your new CRM platform, it is the perfect time to review your business processes. A system like Microsoft Dynamics CRM is highly configurable and has the flexibility to adapt to whatever business processes you identify. This also allows the CRM to grow with your organization, as your CRM partner can help you reconfigure the system as needed if your business processes change over time.

3. Communication

This seems like an obvious one but it can’t be overlooked. We encourage our clients to develop a communications plan to keep the executive team updated on the status of the CRM project, including “wins” along the way. Communication to the end users is also important so your staff is not left guessing as to what is happening and when.

CRM training to increase user adoption

4. Training

We recommend developing a training plan for your team to get the most out of the time spent training them. The plan should include information on role-based training and what training will be available on an ongoing basis. Whenever possible, you should train with real data as it is proven to increase retention among users.

5. Data Quality

Data quality is one the biggest challenges in maintaining your database. As you implement a new CRM system, it is the perfect opportunity to do a thorough cleanse of your data. Pulling bad data from the old system to the new system will only frustrate users. Utilize duplicate detection to merge multiple records into one. We also recommend using a data verification tool during this process to ensure the data is as accurate as possible as it get moved into the new CRM.

As we have covered, user adoption is one of the biggest hurdles a company must clear as they implement a new CRM system. But with a good plan and an experienced partner, you can set yourself up for success. For nearly two decades, our CRM implementation experts have implemented and optimized hundreds of CRM systems. Contact BroadPoint today for more information on CRM systems or to schedule a complimentary CRM requirements analysis.

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