Zombie businesses score at the lowest end of the CRM maturity model.
A typical company in this category is making limited use of their CRM and many fail to achieve their objectives, or just fail outright. Often these deployments have been rushed with very little planning or a lack of understanding of what the solution can do for your business.
Most Zombie businesses undertake activities in isolation and focus on customer-facing activities performed by staff, e.g. how many sales calls were there today? How many cases were resolved by the service team? There is very little focus on the future, with most of the analysis being retrospective.
You may be producing pipeline and forecast reports, but these are often padded with dead wood so therefore are unreliable. Sales may go up after spending money on a campaign, but you don’t know which elements were the impactful ones and it’s very difficult to show direct revenue contribution.
Adoption of the CRM system is patchy and best practice is not commonplace. People find their own work arounds, reverting to using spreadsheets, diaries and contact books – this just compounds the issue.
Zombie businesses want to see what’s happened, and you know that things ought to be better, but you don’t know how.
Advice to improve your CRM maturity
The good news is that all is not lost. Even though you aren’t achieving the benefits you would have hoped for, you can get things back on track.
In order to increase the productivity of your CRM system, Zombies typically need to focus on:
Developing a CRM strategy that looks at how the system is to be used across the whole organisation, linking successes to help deliver specific business objectives
Establishing business process maps for each part of the customer journey, in order to deliver a consistent approach and to provide an enhanced customer experience
Identify all sources of customer data and integrate within the system so that you have a single customer view across both Accounts and Contacts
Creating core KPI reports and dashboards, so performance can be managed, and more informed business decisions can be made
Working on increasing user adoption across employees through training and showing them the benefits of embracing the system
How Arrk can help you realise the potential of your CRM
Companies in the Zombie category have benefited from this range of Arrk services:
Our trademarked CRM health check provides you with:
5 point dashboard
Reduce the cost and implementation time by 20%:
Rapid successful delivery
Cost efficient teams
A configurable support package, flexible to meet your needs:
Service and admin requests
Heath check assessments
CRM User Training
Increase the adoption of productivity of your employees: