CRM: The Missing Link to Your Website?

Most smaller website use forms to gather leads. Information collected by the forms is then sent via email to a mailbox (e.g., where they are then distributed to salespeople or manually entered into a CRM system.

As sales pick up that email system can become a bottleneck. A few days may slip by before the leads get entered in. Some names and names might be entered wrong. Or worse, leads could be lost altogether. Relying on any manual system like this once a certain level of traffic is reached is risky. Here at Radar Media, we’re seeing this more as our smaller clients grow up into larger, more successful ventures.

Fortunately this problem has been solved many times before, so there’s no need for you (or your integration partner) to reinvent the wheel. What’s needed is an automatic link, or integration, between your company’s CRM system and the website forms. These days, many companies use one of the leading CRM systems such as, Microsoft Dynamics or to keep track of their leads. Many such systems are sold on a service basis and are in the cloud. They help salespeople enter customer information, track pipeline activity, set up reminders, share leads and even calculate commissions.

Getting the information from your website into the CRM is a standard request that these CRM systems have been getting for several years now. So it’s no surprise that virtually all of them have developed plug-ins and other pieces of software that make the process pretty easy, especially if your site is built on one of the popular content management systems such as WordPress, Joomla or Drupal. This code is typically installed on your website, often in tandem with your forms, so that the information being entered into the form is then passed automatically into the CRM.

In some cases, the form itself will reside inside the CRM system and will be “framed out” on the website. To make this work, developers typically use an “iframe.” In this way the form appears to be seamlessly integrated with the rest of the site, even though the form part of it is “in the cloud” running on, say, servers.

Whichever way the CRM integration is handled, suffice to say it’s been done before. If your sales department is constantly asking about the new leads in the email pipeline, perhaps it’s time to automate the problem away.

Until next time….

March, 2013

March 2013—Under development for three months, our new website for Mirror Image launched this month. Based in Tewksbury, Mass., Mirror Image is a leading provider of highly scalable online services that speed up delivery of rich media like video and music over the Internet.  Its clients are based all over the world.

The new site involved the creation of all new content, design and functionality. Because the content is database-driven, updates made to one part of the site — the news section, for example — is automatically updated in other sections. News headlines appearing on the homepage are automatically refreshed whenever a news story is added to the back end.

The homepage design conveys the global coverage of the company with a stylistic image of the globe encircled with the company’s Dynamic Data Network. Meanwhile, Radar refreshed and modernized the company’s logo to work better on the web and in print media.