Smart CRM through Smart Internet of Things

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  1. 1. SMART CRM THROUGH SMART INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT) By Bhaskara Reddy Sannapureddy, Senior Project Manager, Infosys
  2. 2. Trends and Milestones in the Evolution of CRM Analytics, especially predictive and self-learning adaptive models increasingly mined from Big Data and leveraged in marketing and sales, and as well as service and support With the ability to learn from the market as well as customer behavior during a specific customer interaction, analytics is a useful tool to strategize the Next-Best-Action for a specific customer, taking into consideration the individuals background as well as transaction and/or interaction history. Social networking has also had a profound effect on CRM, as it has given customers a powerful voice, allowing them to instantly provide feedback (good and bad) and share ideas about products, services, and companies. Mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) have become a significant channel for CRM With evolved CRM, companies can leverage both the analytics and social networking to deliver targeted marketing promotions, optimized and automated sales processes, and guided service interactions
  3. 3. Evolved CRM
  4. 4. Smart Connected World In conjunction with mobile devices, Smart Devices and Things are increasingly becoming new channels for digital marketing; up-sell/cross-sell of goods or services; as well as customer service and support. From Internet connected kiosks, smart watches, wearables, connected vehicles, interactive retail goods, or Things such as appliances connected to the Internet to name a few - IoT is providing tremendous new opportunities for the customer relationship management in the digital era. IoT is the most important digitization trend. All major enterprise initiatives especially CRM are being transformed through the availability of increasingly ubiquitous and intelligent smart connected devices.
  5. 5. IoT Channel for CRM IoT as an increasingly significant channel combined with the end-to-end digitization of the value stream that optimizes the connection of the customer to the rest of the digital enterprise is transformational for CRM!
  6. 6. Future Trends of CRM Customer Relationship Management (CRM) technology is NOT DYING. Apparently it's getting a lifeline from the Internet of Things (IoT).
  7. 7. New Edge for CRM Real time marketing promotions: The mobile channel now provides brands with the opportunity to establish location and context for their customers. The opportunity to send real-time promotions to customers has never been greater. But these promotions can no longer be generic and must consider customers buying history, preferences and current context. On-demand pricing: Once a company has established the ability to do on-the-fly promotions, it can then use live data streams to establish the right pricing at the right time. No longer will price optimization models need to rely on static and statistical assumptions; they can instead be based on real-time behaviors and events. Pricing for products and services can now be personalized to an individual level. Next-generation customer service: IoT will considerably improve the customer service experience by using IoT-related data to do predictive analysis and enable proactive support. Using customer information on status, location, functionality and preferences enables the prediction of problems. Devices also become self-aware and are now able to fix and maintain themselves. In-store experiences: Creating fully immersive, omnichannel experiences requires seamless integration between online and brick- and-mortar experiences. Store associates should know what the customer is looking for when he walks into a store, what his preferences or sizes are. They should know what he takes into the fitting rooms and be able to suggest additional items in real-time. Banks should know exactly what type of offers to present him the minute he walks through the door, with the use of iBeacon technology.
  8. 8. Advantages of IOT for CRM Centric Systems Using IoT, smart machines can easily interact with each other through the exchange of data, via an integrated network. From the perspective of a consumer, this has implications for accessibility, convenience and productivity; for a business, this means an opportunity to capture context-based, unambiguous data about a potential customer to understand their behavior, which can be used in various ways to improve the general customer experience. Provides a Customer-Focused Sales Approach: Customers are no longer restricted to engaging with businesses through a single marketing channel with the rapid technological advancements occurring on an almost-daily basis, they are becoming accustomed to seamless transitions between the myriad channels. A customer can go from browsing products in brick-and- mortar establishments, to checking product reviews on their mobile to ordering the product from their laptop, all within the space of a few minutes. While the customer is performing these activities, businesses can capture bits of data in real-time, such as time spent on browsing, product(s) selected, time spent on checking reviews, mode of payment, etc. This information can then be coupled with existing customer data, which is generally stored and organized in a comprehensive CRM database, to paint a complete picture of the customer average spends, frequency of purchases, product preferences, and so on. All of this becomes possible because a business can capture and record data that is generated by customers devices through the Internet, and this allows them to modify and personalize the price of their offerings on the fly.
  9. 9. Advantages of IOT for CRM Centric Systems Contd Allows for Real-Time Marketing : Conventional marketing techniques relied on historical data and statistical predictions to target the customers. With IoT, businesses can fine-tune and personalize their messages in real-time by obtaining a context from their customers. This can be in various forms, ranging from location data, purchase history, and even comments and posts on social media platforms. Facilitates Self-service : Through the utilization of IoT, businesses are now equipped with automated tools that allow them to be proactive when dealing with service requirements from their customers, all without directly engaging with them. Businesses can now monitor the health of their customers devices in real-time, with hardware information being fed to a central tracking database; if a customers smartphone battery is starting to fail, a replacement service can be set up at a convenient time before they face an issue; if a car engine component is near the end of its life, a maintenance service can be automatically scheduled and notified to the customer. These automated, self-service activities allow a business to maintain a personal relationship with their customers and lets them know that they are being cared for actively. This has paramount value in boosting customer satisfaction and brand loyalty, and creates the right business image in their mind.
  10. 10. IOT Creates more Opportunities for CRM 1. Rich and contextual data: IoT generates significant quantities of data. Within the proper context data turns into valuable business information about customers needs, behaviors, location or patterns. CRM can take advantage of this information to anticipate opportunities and create specific tailored service to each customer but powerful analytical capabilities must be assured. Cloud services such as the ones provided by Microsoft Azure, ORACLE, SALESFORCE are important to facilitate the connection of different sources and devices across platforms and to provide advanced analytics capabilities. 2. Real-Time Interaction: IoT provides real time interaction. This demands more from CRM regarding workflows and process automation in order to improve lead-times and increase customers satisfaction. 3. Predictive Service: sensors, chips or tags built into IoT devices can detect potential problems and trigger maintenance request, reshaping warranties and SLAs and allowing the monitoring of the devices performance. The traditional business scenario of an agent receiving an inbound call and opening a case on CRM will leave the stage for events generated from connected devices, triggering workflows, notifications and outbound calls if necessary.
  11. 11. IOT Creates more Opportunities for CRM Contd 4. Support for marketing and sales: as companies became able to know how and where customers are using the products that have been purchased, marketing strategies can incorporate more accurate and timely data about customers needs and behaviors. CRM should be able to transform insight into action. Besides CRM should be proactive when the product is approaching the end of its lifecycle and needs renewing. 5. Value-added services: IoT has the potential to increase de services offered on top of each product and turn these services a key differentiator between obsolete and innovative products. This transforms the way we market, sell and support or products. Traditionally most business models relied just on the supply chain integration with suppliers in order to sell products. Companies used to know nothing about their products besides sales values, at least until a warranty is activated. Who bought it? When or where? How are it being used? IoT unlocks new business models with value-added services demanding customers to register with the product to be eligible for warranties and other services. Therefore the brands are relying more on contacts with final customers and CRM are mandatory for that
  12. 12. IOT Creates more Opportunities for CRM Contd 6. Cost of operations: as the price of IoT technology continue to decline, IoT will cut the cost of operations. If we consider that an inbound agent from a contact center can hardly answer 100 calls per day, IoT not only contributes to eliminate bottlenecks as it can reduce a lot those costs with support. A recent research published on The Economist, argue that call center agent is the n1 job threatened with 99% of chances of being eliminated by technology in 20 years. CRM should be able to support easy integrations with IoT ready devices and friendly configurations of all information flows. CRM is critical to exploit the opportunities with IoT. For those companies that are selecting now a CRM system but not fell ready for IoT yet, my advice is that you should select a solution that dont limit your moves in a close future.
  13. 13. Use Case Demos https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr63r0OjiCI 1. Opencell IoT Use Case Demo - Dynamics CRM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8z9NkZfznPI 2. Toyota connects people and cars with Salesforce: Some use-cases that demonstrate how the IoT can be leveraged to drive deeper customer relationships and loyalty: Combine usage behavior with other customer history to predict and prevent churn Recognize buying behavior to adjust merchandising and align with local preferences Deliver customized offers at the perfect moment (e.g., when a customer enters a store) Manage inventory volume based upon demand and purchases Understand product usage and trends to improve future product development efforts
  14. 14. Potential IoT Challenges The Internet of Things brings a lot of great potential for ERP, CRM, and the manufacturing industry; however, it also brings many challenges. Below are a few potential problems that the IoT may bring: Data security will likely be the biggest pressure point when it comes to the IoT. While IoT welcomes more data to the use of manufacturers, it also opens the door for more data to be breached, specifically with mobile devices or wearable tech. As a newer technology solution, IoT users will need to be able to find a way to secure large amounts of data from sources such as mobile The cost of adding IoT will probably be a major initial investment, something that many small to mid-size manufacturers just wont be able to do. Analysis of data from IoT is still relatively weak, meaning that manufacturers still have to manually parse through large amounts of information.
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