Zoho Finds CRM is a Game-Changer for Small Businesses

Zoho Finds CRM is a Game-Changer for Small Businesses

By Tracey E. Schelmetic

Customer relationship management (CRM) solutions can help businesses of all sizes, but there have traditionally been some barriers for smaller companies, particularly in the days of expensive premise-based solutions. This has resulted in a lingering unwillingness for smaller companies to put CRM to use as they fear it will cause more problems than it solves. This is unfortunate, because CRM can be a game-changer for smaller businesses.

Technology company Zoho recently announced the results of the 2023 State of Customer Operations for U.S. Small Businesses report. The study, commissioned by Bigin by Zoho CRM and conducted by the SMB Group, surveyed small businesses (companies with 100 employees or less) on how they use technology and their satisfaction with their current business operations. The findings revealed that while many small businesses are hesitant to use a CRM, operations move faster and run smoother when CRMs sit at the center of their technology suite. This leads to high levels of satisfaction, according to the study: Of the respondents who use a CRM, 58 percent claimed to be "very satisfied" with how they conduct business, as opposed to roughly 30 percent of non-CRM users. Nearly two-thirds of the non-CRM users surveyed saw the benefits of deploying a unified CRM system to power customer operations.

When it comes to current pain points around customer-facing functions and operations in small businesses, the top three challenges cited were personalizing interactions for different customers, getting repeat business and converting prospects into sales. The top four overall challenges that small businesses face today were growing revenue, attracting new customers, improving employee productivity, and improving customer experience.

"In the world of small business, success is about wearing many hats," said Laurie McCabe, cofounder and partner of SMB Group, in a statement. "A comprehensive CRM puts all of the necessary sales, marketing and service tools and information in one place, helping them improve operations and cater to customer requirements. Our study shows that CRM is a game-changer for small businesses striving to attract new customers, boost revenues, and enhance customer experiences."

Edited by Greg Tavarez
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