Planning Your Budget and Time For a Salesforce Implementation

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Part 5 of our blog series discussed a suitable set of implementation phases. To maximize your Salesforce implementation, you must have your time and budget for these phases planned out. The amount of budget and time you will need to allocate will vary depending on your Salesforce requirements. An excellent consulting partner will spend time upfront to walk you through your time and budgeting needs.

Implementing Salesforce: Budget

Budgeting for the cost of a successful Salesforce instance will change due to the necessary features or services, the number of licenses (users), the cost of consulting, and more.

The license pricing for Sales Cloud users per month starts at:

    • Essentials ($25 User/Month)
    • Professional ($75 User/Month)
    • Enterprise ($150 User/Month)
    • Unlimited ($300 User/Month)

Other Budgeting Factors Include:

    • Consulting Costs: Consultants typically charge at an hourly rate. The price of the hourly rate depends on the company. It’s crucial to find an experienced partner with a vast knowledge of the platform and your industry.
    • Data Migration: Migrating data from another system into Salesforce depends on how much data there is, data quality, and time.
    • Integration/Customization: Expenses will depend on the level of customization and optimization wanted or needed by the customer. A phased deployment helps with user adoption and lower budgets.
    • User Training: To ensure adoption, it’s important to have your users go through training to learn Salesforce. Poor user adoption can lead to wasted time and money, and sometimes abandonment of Salesforce.

Spending quality time with a consultant to detail out a phased approach will help you maximize your Salesforce investment.

Implementing Salesforce: Time 

Custom Implementations

When you are implementing Salesforce with a consulting partner, there are two main periods of time where you will be heavily needed for custom implementations: Pre-Implementation and Walk-through/Training.

Pre-Implementation

On the front end of the project, this is where your executives and other key members of your business will get involved in what is called a Specification Design. Specification Design meetings will take about 1-2 weeks of your time where your partner will dive deep into your current pain points, your business processes, and the overall goals of what you’re trying to accomplish. After 1-2 weeks, the partner should provide you with a detailed Statement of Work for your approval and signature. Once signed, the partner will begin to work on your Salesforce org! Spending quality time with your partner here to specify every detail of the project will help result in a maximized system.

Traning and Walkthrough

At the end of the project, your executives and any other key members will need time to walk through the configured system. Your partner should provide a thorough walkthrough of your system for your approval and handoff to your team. Additionally, partners will spend time training users on how to use key features to ensure user adoption.

Service Agreements

A more successful engagement than Custom Implementations, ongoing service agreements provide ongoing support and training at will. Service Agreements can be utilized for any challenges your company may be facing: BPO optimization, additional Salesforce customization, ongoing training, support requests, and more. Service Agreements help ensure your employees are comfortable and in control of Salesforce. Through our experience, we have found that companies prefer service agreements because of the ongoing support and training provided by Salesforce architects and developers.

If you would like to learn more about implementing Salesforce on your budget and time, please contact us!

About Corrao Group

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2 or contact us today!

Salesforce Winter ’22 Release Notes Highlights

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The Salesforce Winter ’22 Release Notes bring many exciting features for companies across all industries. Last month we posted Our 8 Favorite Enhancements from the new Winter ‘22 Release. In this blog, we dive deeper into the release notes to highlight the new features for Consumer Goods Cloud, Sales Cloud, Service Cloud, and Pardot. It’s important to note that most of these newly released features are only available in Salesforce Lightning and not Classic. The features outlined in our blog are some of the best features available in the Lightning interface.

Consumer Goods Cloud

Boost Field Reps’ Productivity with Product Sequencing

Boost field rep’s productivity by placing their onsite tasks in the best order to make the most of the time they spend at stores. You can now eliminate confusion with a predefined, logical sequence of products to help your reps understand which product’s assessment indicator to capture next.

Maximize Store Sales by Using Predictions

Sales managers can now make smarter decisions to improve sales by using predictions that give them intelligent insights into store sales activities. Out-of-the-box templates can be used to create your smart sell story. Smart sell story predictions can help schedule store visits and identify the best selling activities for your sales reps.

Manage Product Availability with Account Hierarchy for Products (Generally Available)

The products that a sales manager assigns to a retail store parent account are now automatically available to all stores in that account hierarchy. Previously, the manager has to assign products to each individual store.

Consumer Goods Cloud Mobile App

“Complete field execution activities wherever you go.” Field reps can now access store information and data, and complete activities offline even if they are disconnected. You can synchronize data during or after the visit once reconnected. Salesforce is also introducing offline inventory audits in this release.

Sales Cloud 

Pipeline Inspection Enhancements

With the help of Einstein, use the new AI-driven close date predictions to see which potential sales opportunities are least and most likely to close each month.

Einstein Conversation Insight Enhancements

You can now match your phone and video conversation records from video and phone calls to the corresponding opportunity so you can get a continue to execute a 360-degree view of the deal. This allows for other team members to get caught up without slowing others down.

Territory Planning Enhancements

Develop territories based on your sales team structure (Inside sales, sales operations, new hires, senior management). Based on capacity constraints, intelligently plan for all your teams and skillsets to sell smarter.

Multiple Variant Testing

According to Salesforce, High-Velocity Sales is a streamlined solution tailored to inside sales teams (including sales development and business development reps) and designed to speed up the sales process. With new A/B testing in the High-Velocity Sales (HVS) Cadence Builder, you can now test up to three variants per node for each action type (such as comparing email templates) to discover which best practice is truly the best for each step.

Service Cloud 

Customer Service Incident Management

Diagnose root causes and address major incidents faster, all while improving the customer experience and satisfaction. Customer Service Incident Management allows your service teams to rapidly identify and prioritize tasks, assign the right expert, and improve customer communication.

Appointment Assistant: Self-Service Scheduling

Increase customer loyalty by providing real-time appointment updates and flexible scheduling. To minimize call volumes, balance agent workload, and avoid no-shows, empower your customer to make, reschedule, cancel, and confirm appointments using digital channels.

Einstein Bot Enhancements

With the latest enhancements, you can now build an intelligent Einstein Bot in only a few clicks. Admins can now build new bots quicker with the “Intro Template”, which comes prebuilt with relevant workflows and dialogs to handle common service and sales use cases.

Service Cloud Voice: Prescriptive Setup for Partner Telephony

Admins can now use easy templates and menus to create a contact center and connect their partner telephony account for user syncing, single-sign-on, and queue mapping.

Pardot 

Send Slack Notifications to Pardot Users with Completed Actions (Beta)

Speed up your sales pipeline with a completion action that notifies your team in Slack when prospects or customers interact with your marketing assets.

Build Landing Pages Faster with Drag-And-Drop Editor

If you’re using the Pardot Lightning App, you can now create landing pages inside the Lightning Experience. Enabling these features allows your users to create a landing page record in just a few clicks.

Create Custom Components for the Email Content Builder

Create custom email components to use in Pardot’s drag and drop builder. Custom components will help your users create more engaging content for their customers.

Bring Your Own Encryption Keys to Pardot

Users can now bring and manage their own encryption keys to protect their Pardot data.

About Corrao Group 

Since 2002, we’ve helped B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2 or contact us today!

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    • Salesforce Winter’22 Release Notes
    • Salesforce Winter ’22 Release Trailhead
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Choosing a Suitable Sequence of Salesforce Implementation Phases

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In part 4 of our blog series, we mentioned how working with a Salesforce consulting partner is the best route for success. It’s now time for your partner to take you through a suitable sequence of implementation phases. Salesforce is best implemented in phases, setting up and training users from each department. Doing so helps boost user adoption and allows for the correct transfer of business processes into Salesforce. Making sure each department is set up on Salesforce before moving onto the next department is key to a successful implementation.

Implementing Salesforce in Phases

Before diving into the implementation, it’s crucial to take the time to map out all your business processes and core KPIs. These KPIs could be based on revenue, tasks, service, sales, or more. Understanding the current pain points of your organization will help ensure Salesforce is customized and maximized to ensure business success. With an entirely new platform, Salesforce can become overwhelming to your users because of its flexibility. The phased approach for implementing Salesforce allows your users to ease into the platform and ensure adoption.

Best practices for implementing Salesforce in phases include:

    • Phase 1: Migration of current systems. Quick and efficient phase. Best practices include importing your data to start managing the data based on Salesforce stages, activities, and emails. In this phase, it’s important to have your managers engaged and using the system’s features such as reports and dashboards, leads, contacts, tasks, and more. A good partner will have your Salesforce set up in about 3 months with training to help your users adapt to the new platform.
    • Phase 2 and 3: Integration of legacy systems. These phases are typically “bolt-on” expansions where you should integrate your accounting system, databases, or in-house systems. Phases 2 and 3 offer you the best way to take advantage of the vertical applications Salesforce has. Best practices include creating a 2-year roadmap that will allow you to plan and track progress as you expand and install different databases.

Phased Approach

    1. Map out and Optimize Business Processes
      • Identify all business processes and how they possibly intertwine when mapping out your company’s processes. Interview key stakeholders to make sure nothing is missed. Take this time to review any outdated processes and how they can be improved, both with and without Salesforce.
    2. Create a Salesforce Implementation Plan
      • Salesforce recommends a certified consulting partner for both new and existing customers to help with implementation. An expert knows which features out of the thousands that Salesforce offers will best help your company without wasting any time or money. They work with you to build out a phased implementation approach to ensure maximum success and adoption. At Corrao Group, we’ve been optimizing the business processes of all industries since 2002 and ensuring their successful transition into Salesforce.
    3. Implement Salesforce and Ensure User Adoption
      • Follow your implementation plan, making sure users are aware of what has been set up. Training should be held walking through all users of the new system and how their specific processes are carried out going forward. A learning curve is expected, but your users will start to come up with suggestions on how to improve the system, making it more custom to your business. Once one department has been set up and trained, it’s time to repeat until your implementation plan is complete.

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven that you need a cloud-based system that is flexible to your ever-changing business processes. If you need help implementing Salesforce, please contact us.

About Corrao Group

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2 or contact us today!

 

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Salesforce Winter ’22 Release Notes: Our 8 Favorite Enhancements

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The Salesforce Winter ’22 Release notes are officially here. The release notes were posted on August 18, and the Sandbox preview started on August 27. As we do every year, we have gone through the release notes and have highlighted our eight favorite enhancements. Click here for a deeper dive into new features specifically for Sales Cloud, Pardot, Service Cloud, Consumer Goods Cloud.

Einstein Search

At no extra cost, all features of Einstein Search will be enabled by default. Users will get a more intelligent search without giving up the search features they rely on. Einstein Search delivers three main features:

    • Based on a users activity, personalization provides relevant search results.
    • Natural language search allows users to type common phrases and words in their queries to filter their search results.
    • Actionable UI allows your users to perform tasks (Logging a case/Creating Account) from the search box.

Flow Updates

Salesforce added a ton of new flow updates to their flow builder resource. Below are some of the many new flow updates:

    • Call another flow from a record-triggered flow using a subflow element.
    • Send outbound messages with Salesforce flow.
    • Connect a Record-Triggered Flow to an External System using Asynchronous Path.
    • Roll Back pending record changes when a flow element fails at run time.
    • Supercharge scheduled paths with enhancements for minutes, batching, and limits.

New Mobile homepage

The new “Mobile Home” feature is now available to both Android and IOS users. This gives Salesforce mobile users a new home page and the ability to customize the cards that are displayed to accelerate productivity.

new mobile homepage from salesforce winter 22 release notes

Dynamic Interactions

Developers can now use dynamic interactions to construct lightning components that dynamically react to a users activity or another component. In the example below, clicking on a new customer will change the display to show the exact location and data of the customer.

Lightning Page Performance

Salesforce has put a lot of attention on empowering Admins to increase the speed of their Org in the last year. Admins can use the “Analyze Button” on lightning pages to see predicted load times, number of cores, browser speed, and network latency.

Salesforce also added more components to help users improve page performance. Performance Analysis for App Builder now alerts you if a component contains:

    • External CSS
    • Unminified JavaScript
    • A use of lightning:recordEditForm
    • A use of layoutType=”FULL”
    • A use of lightning:tabFocused listeners

New forecast category

Salesforce usually has four types of forecast categories: Pipeline, Best Case, Commit, and Closed. Salesforce is now adding a 5th category named Most Likely.

Dynamic Gauge Charts

Before the update, gauge charts only allowed you to track KPIs based on static numerical goals, but now that number can dynamically respond to your business. In the example below, you can see a filtered gauge chart to only show the revenue of a Singapore subsidiary.

Send list emails your way

You can now send list emails through Gmail, Office 365, or Microsoft Exchange to ensure that emails look manually sent rather than looking like email automation. Recipients are more likely to open an email that appears to be sent directly rather than through automation. List emails are in stored in the user’s sent folder, keeping the send history intact.

setup showing the new feature in the salesforce winter '22 release notes

If you are interested in learning more about the Salesforce Winter ’22 Release notes, please contact Corrao Group.

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Digitally Transform Your Company With Consumer Goods Cloud

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To remain competitive in today’s market, consumer goods (CG) companies are rapidly adjusting to meet the B2B route to market. A recent Salesforce report found that during COVID-19, 99% of CG companies accelerated digital transformation in 2020. To stay ahead of the competition, consumer goods companies need to drastically transform their business to keep up with the ever-growing digital changes. With Salesforce’s Consumer Goods Cloud, your company can improve field execution, account planning, and channel partner relationships.

The Desired Shift to Transform Digitally

While there was already a steady rise in digital purchases online, the global health crisis sparked a digital boom. A Salesforce report found that there has been a 40% increase in new online shoppers, accelerating the need for transformation. However, the need for field reps to work with retailers hasn’t been reduced. The vast majority of CG sales are still driven by the B2B relationship between CG companies and traditional retailers. According to Salesforce, “Fast-moving consumer goods annually earn $1.01 trillion in the U.S. – and 95% of those sales come from traditional retail.” Still, CG leaders are facing issues with visibility to customer and retailers data, field representatives efficiency and productivity, shelf-management, or managing their supply chain. In the same Salesforce report, Salesforce found that $104 billion is spent annually on poor in-store execution. The right digital tools can enable Consumer Goods companies to maximize their trade planning and execution strategies. Salesforce’s Consumer Goods Cloud gives companies a 360-degree view of their customers’ and partners’ valuable data, allowing them to accelerate account and retail growth from planning to execution.

Salesforce Consumer Goods Cloud Solution

Salesforce’s Consumer Goods Cloud is a single platform that seamlessly integrates customer data from legacy systems and third-party sources. A 360-degree view of your customers’ and partners’ data helps your team improve account/retail planning, management, and execution. Deliver intelligent growth utilizing Tableau CRM for Consumer Goods to enhance your field sales performance by prioritizing visits based on intelligent recommendations. Consumer Goods Cloud also optimizes your field sales team’s route with Salesforce Maps to drive performance, reduce downtime, and enable your reps to sell more. Consumer Goods Cloud also offers you the ability to manage trade promotions with performance analytics/insights and full fund management visibility. With Consumer Goods Cloud, your company can build relationships and grow your business with the #1 retail CRM.

Consumer Goods Cloud B2B Advantages

If you are interested in learning more about Consumer Goods Cloud, please visit our website for a FREE consultation.

About Corrao Group

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2 or contact us today!

 

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Slack Component of SurfaceTrends™ is Helping Companies Stay Informed Through Delta Variant

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As more companies return to work, SurfaceTrends™ has been helping businesses utilize its Slack component to communicate results of reducing bacteria, viruses, and Covid-19 in their workplace. Slack is the collaboration/messaging app that brings the right people, information, and tools together to get work done faster. The new solution lives within the Salesforce Work.com platform, leveraging real-time analytics and trends over time to help companies know how effective their cleaning and disinfecting have been. Since 2019, SurfaceTrends has been utilized by numerous Coastal Health USA customers in Southern California to help keep their employees and guests safe.

Coastal Health USA has been providing ongoing SurfaceHealth™ Environmental Testing for companies apart of their infection control plan. Using SurfaceTrends™, companies are alerted of hygienic surfaces that are failing cleanliness tests in real-time. Utilizing the Slack component of SurfaceTrends™, automated notifications are sent to the building’s maintenance team, janitorial group, and company executives to take immediate action. SurfaceTrends™ continues to provide companies with real-time reporting on the cleanliness of their facilities’ surfaces through the ongoing pandemic.

Slack notifications for SurfaceTrends

If you would like to learn more about SurfaceTrends™, please visit our website.

About Corrao Group

As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every department of your business. They’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. Since 2002, Corrao Group has helped B2B organizations of all sizes successfully optimize their business processes with Salesforce.

About Coastal Health USA

Coastal Health USA was established in 2018 with the mission of bringing Healthcare Infection Control solutions to the masses. Coastal Health USA audits the cleanliness of their customer’s facilities, implements solutions to reduce bacteria, viruses, and COVID-19, and maintains the quality of these solutions over time. With over 15 years of Infection Control experience, their team has successfully implemented washable, antimicrobial, and UVC technology in facilities worldwide.

Why You Need a Salesforce Implementation Partner

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In part three of our blog series, we discussed selecting and implementing the right CRM. Currently, there are many excellent CRM’s that can manage your business effectively and efficiently. Throughout our 19 years of industry experience, we have found Salesforce to be the clear leader among the current CRM platforms. The Salesforce platform offers limitless flexibility to allow companies to work from anywhere, and an experienced implementation partner can guide your company to optimize your system for your business needs while ensuring user adoption is achieved.

Implementing Salesforce – The Right Way

Companies typically face three big obstacles when implementing Salesforce: implementation, adoption, and platform capabilities. The sheer scope of a Salesforce implementation is tremendous. Implementation starts with mapping out your business processes, determining what needs to be built, configured, or coded, who will need access to data, accounts, record pages, identifying opportunities for automation, and much more. Rather than taking your staff away from their usual tasks to set up, learn, and configure a new system, your implementation partner can have you up and running much faster and provides the training your employees need to succeed.

Experienced Partners Save Salesforce Customers Thousands Yearly

What your business can do with Salesforce is truly limitless. Rushing through an implementation or using templates as a baseline foundation will come back to cause mid to long-term scalability and poor user adoption issues. As Salesforce pushes three major releases a year, it quickly becomes a complex CRM system with hundreds of new features. Great Salesforce Implementation partners have thousands of successful implementations completed that can be leveraged for best practices throughout your implementation and training. These best practices and knowledge can’t be found in online Salesforce training classes. Through our 12 years of experience helping companies implement their Salesforce systems, we’ve found that the best way to maximize your Salesforce investment is with an experienced Salesforce partner.

Implementing Salesforce Since 2008

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2 or contact us today!

Selecting and Implementing your CRM

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In part two of our latest blog series, we mentioned the importance of ensuring your new business culture supports work from anywhere. The 2020 pandemic accelerated the future of work as the work-from-anywhere mentality has to be considered when deploying a new CRM. Once your new business culture is established, it’s time to select the right CRM based on your business needs and research.

Choosing the Right CRM

When selecting a CRM, it’s critical to choose a platform that can adapt and modify as your business’s needs, products, services, and partnerships evolve. The business processes you currently have in place will change within a year. Having a CRM that is flexible to digital workflow changes will be critical for your business’s success. Secondly, choose a platform that is a leader in CRM with years of experience. It’s essential to make sure your platform has the financial capacity to continue to evolve the products every year. For example, Salesforce has three major releases every year that delivers new innovations across their Customer 360 Platform. Finally, it’s essential to make sure you select a CRM with a secured platform. In today’s world, cyber threats are becoming more and more prominent. You must partner with a company that has a robust, secure, and backed-up platform in case of any cyber-attacks. Through our 13 years of experience, we have found that Salesforce is the clear leader among CRM platforms.

Implementing Salesforce: Leverage a Partner’s Expertise!

Whether you have decided to pick Salesforce as your CRM or are strongly considering doing so, questions that regularly follow are, “Can I self-implement? Why do I need to hire a consultant?” You can self-implement, but it’s not recommended unless you have had years of hands-on experience with that specific solution. Even with experience, implementations are a full-time job that takes months. Having a Salesforce consultant team implementing your platform will provide years of knowledge to ensure that your Org is optimized and performing to its full potential, rather than spending more money to fix potential bugs and issues as they come up.

The next question that comes up is, “How do I choose the right partner?” The right Salesforce implementation partner should have a list of different criteria that must be met before partnering with them. For example, review the record of successful implementations and online reviews from customers. Do they use the Salesforce platform for their own business? Do they implement the Salesforce products I’m using? At the end of the day, it’s important to partner with a company invested in your vision. A Salesforce implementation will be the foundation of how your business will run.

If you are interested in learning more about Implementing Salesforce, please visit our website for a FREE consultation.

About Corrao Group

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2!

Introducing Consumer Goods Cloud

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According to Salesforce, “U.S. consumer goods companies spend about $200 billion every year for in-store merchandising and marketing, but consumer goods leaders say that 52% of their merchandising and marketing plans aren’t executed as intended within stores, leading to more than $100 billion in annual trade spend not being optimized”. This means that companies are losing more than $100 billion annually in the money they spend to increase demand for their products.

Whether it’s sales reps visiting important accounts or field reps selling in the field, the conventional distribution model for consumer goods has always been centered on face-to-face meetings. Brands need a way for sales teams to understand how well their products are selling, what’s needed in the store, and which locations need attention from field representatives. Brands also must support field teams by providing task management tools that enable field reps to execute and audit accurately and quickly while in the field.

Consumer Goods (CG) Cloud can help consumer goods companies transform their business by providing field reps with a strong and intelligent solution that helps elevate the in-store experiences for the end consumers.

The Consumer Goods Cloud Solution

CG Cloud gives companies a single view of their customer, allowing them to accelerate growth from planning to execution. As a result, brands can provide agility on a flexible and scalable platform and achieve faster time to value. CG Cloud helps businesses modernize their route to market by offering a digital solution to better coordinate with channel partners on one single platform. Additionally, CG Cloud provides sales managers with insides and analytics to better understand their accounts, as well as empowering reps to execute in the field. Key capabilities of CG Cloud include:

    • Managing Key Accounts – Integrate all your sales planning on one platform for a full 360-degree view of your accounts, sales agreements, and more.
    • Deliver Intelligent Growth – Utilize Tableau CRM for Consumer Goods to improve field sales performance, and use Einstein Visit Recommendations to prioritize visits based on smart recommendations.
    • Optimize Field Execution – Optimize your field sales team’s routes with Salesforce maps to drive efficiency, minimize downtime, and empower your reps to sell more.
    • Accelerate Time to Value – With industry apps, data models, and integrations, you can scale your digital transformation across your entire organization.

If you are interested in learning more about Consumer Goods Cloud, please visit our website for a FREE consultation.

Consumer Goods Cloud showing features

About Corrao Group

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2!

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Make Sure Your New Business Culture Supports Work From Anywhere

Estimated 2 min. read

In part one of our latest blog series, we mentioned the need for businesses to move to a cloud-based system. Once your company has decided to move in that direction, it’s now time to develop a new culture for your staff. It’s essential to have an internal team committed to evolving their processes as a business with your new CRM technology.

Defining Goals/KPI’s

In every business, there are certain goals or KPI’s that are established to track your success. A public company’s goal may be more focused on shareholders, while a private company could solely focus on revenue. Regardless, you should have 3-5 KPIs that you are tracking year in and year out to measure performance.

If your company has a revenue goal, sales and marketing should be focused on achieving that mutual goal. If it’s a customer satisfaction goal, sales and your customer service team should be focused on getting perfect customer CSAT scores. It’s vital to have your KPIs established because if not, it becomes hard to measure whether or not your company has succeeded or failed in reaching those metrics. Especially in the work-from-anywhere world, it becomes crucial that you have analytical data that can easily define your success or lack of success.

Mapping Out your Business Processes

Once you have agreed as an executive team to move to an all cloud-based system, it’s essential to have all your business units map out plans of how they will support the company’s KPIs. A CRM system alone will not magically streamline your business processes from the start. Being able to define your entire Business Process Optimization (BPOs) on paper is critical. You have to clearly articulate the journey you would want a prospect, customer, or support customer to go through. A CRM will allow you to achieve your goals, but you first have to become your own business’s subject matter expert. Once you feel like you have your hands around your perfect business processes, it’s time to start looking at budgets, guidelines, and what CRM is right for you.

Picking your CRM

If your company hit a speed bump during the pandemic, you could get back on track to become even more efficient with a CRM system like Salesforce. Choosing a CRM system is as essential as picking your financial package. Your business will have to be prepared to put the time in up front to ensure everyone is bought into this new culture. Moving to a CRM will result in a much more collaborative and connected culture, especially in the work from anywhere world.

If you are interested in discussing more about moving to a CRM or setting up your new business culture, please visit our website for a free consultation.

About Corrao Group

Since 2002, we have been helping B2B organizations of all sizes optimize their business processes with Salesforce and their third-party applications. As everyday Salesforce power users, Corrao Group understands how flexible the Salesforce platform is to support every business department. We’ve worked with nearly 1,000 customers, implementing, customizing, and optimizing over 2,100 Salesforce projects. If you are interested in learning more about how Corrao Group can help your company, read our reviews on G2!