Email Marketing Apps for Economic Development Organizations

So you need to get email marketing off the ground and running “yesterday”! Your boss wants to leverage your investment in Salesforce to promote your EDO.  Requirements include:

 

  • Manage campaigns targeting key contacts associated with potential projects.
  • Build awareness with site selectors.
  • Provide stakeholders and investors with regular updates on your activities in areas which they might find of interest.
  • Promote your organization and its ongoing record of success to your community.

 

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Salesforce.com’s AppExchange is the best place to start.  Similar to the Apple App Store and Google Play, the AppExchange provides more than 5000 ready-to-install apps designed to integrate with Salesforce, including email marketing tools provided by MailChimp and iContact.  Both apps provide a robust feature set, including:

 

  • Real-time update of campaign member records, providing insight into email history.
  • Synchronize records with Salesforce, ensuring a single, updated contact database.
  • Cost-effective solutions that are easy to implement and use.

However, before you jump in feet first with a new email marketing app, you may want to consider utilizing features already available within Salesforce.com.  Benefits of this approach include:

  • Leverage existing Salesforce.com functionality at no additional cost.
  • Same-day rollout allows you to quickly launch your first campaign.
  • Identify detailed feature requirements prior to investing money and time in email apps that might not fully meet your needs.
  • Who knows – you might even find that existing features fully meets your needs!

Conrin Inc. is 100% dedicated and devoted to utilizing Salesforce CRM for EDOs.  Please feel free to contact us if we can be of assistance with Salesforce.com CRM, application selection, and integration. We are here to help!

 

 

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Data Security for Economic Development Organizations

By now, it’s obvious:  Work from home (WFH) is here to stay.  The number of WFH employees has been trending upward for years.  New COVID-19 regulations have accelerated the migration to this new business model.  Now more than ever, data security needs to be a top priority for all organizations.  EDOs, are no exception.  EDOs depend on irreplaceable data: Company records; activity history, and project information.  Loss of this data can be catastrophic, and result in loss of capital investment, jobs created, and jobs retained.

At the end of the day, security is the responsibility of IT.  That said, there are steps that can mitigate potential threats.  Here are five, easy to implement, security precautions I recommend to all of my Salesforce for economic development clients.

Password Policies

No one wants to change their passwords.  It’s not uncommon for individuals to use the same password for every application they use for years!  EDOs using Salesforce are no exception.  The solution to this one is easy.  Configure Salesforce.com to require more frequent password updates (quarterly), while increasing the required number and type of characters.

Also, be sure to deactivate users who no longer need access to Salesforce.com.  I have seen many examples of EDOs with active accounts for users who left the company two to three years ago.  Your organization, and the previous employee, will be better off for it.

 

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Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) has been around in the banking and healthcare industries for some time.  We are recommending that all of our economic development clients implement MFA.  It is easily enabled in Salesforce.com.  All that is required of Salesforce users is to enter a short code, sent by text or email when they log in.

 

 

User Privileges

One of the most often missed security risk is incorrectly configured user privileges.  Economic developers have sensitive data that must remain confidential.  Salesforce.com allows you to set your own security protocols at the user level.  Controls include:

  • View all data
  • Ability delete records
  • Export all data
  • Hide project-specific data (project, investor management, etc.)

These profile privileges can be quickly customized for any EDO using Salesforce.

Backup Your Data!

Incremental backups are a life raft for all economic development organizations and a must have “insurance policy”.  Salesforce backup procedures provide the following benefits:

  • Restore data that had been inadvertently deleted or overwritten
  • Mitigate the risk of ransomware. Including as much data as reasonable within Salesforce.com provides double redundancy.  The file is available on-demand on Salesforce.com.  It is also available in another secure location.

Data backups are absolutely necessary for all EDOs.  It is inexpensive insurance for data loss and security risks.

 

Economic Development data security is so important, Conrin offers a complimentary security audit.  For more information, contact Todd at 616-897-4325 or via email at tsmithee@conrin.com.

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The #1 Way to Measure ROI on Salesforce: Campaigns

Salesforce has an often overlooked feature, Campaigns, that you might not be currently utilizing.  It comes standard with most Salesforce.com Editions and is a powerful tool that will allow you to measure ROI on various marketing activities including trade missions, email campaigns, and seminars.

Salesforce.com describes a Campaign as “an outbound marketing project that you want to plan, manage, and track within Salesforce. It can be a direct mail program, seminar, print advertisement, email, or other type of marketing initiative. You can organize campaigns into hierarchies for easy analysis of related marketing tactics.”Measure ROI on Salesforce with Campaigns

Campaigns allows you visualize your marketing efforts and their ROI on Salesforce. You can create valuable reports that track and measure your campaigns, and their success or failures. Campaigns allows you to define a “success” that you establish at the beginning of the campaign will gauge the level of success for the audience targeted, responses, and impact on Projects as well as jobs created, projects closed, and overall response rate.

Once a campaign has started, you then track responses, through lists loads, web-to-lead forms, or syncing it with a marketing automation tool. This will allow you to report on the Campaign success and impact to opportunities.

Campaigns in Salesforce allows you to select specific groups that you want to contact based on certain criteria. Your Campaign history then shows up in the Contact and Lead record, giving you a quick idea of what people are responding to. The best part of Campaigns? It tells you the ROI on trade missions and all campaigns, as it is related to Projects.

If you are a Conrin client, you most likely already have Campaigns. It is included with the Enterprise Edition and Professional edition of Salesforce. Our goal is to have you use Salesforce to the best of its ability, so why not take full advantage of something you are already investing in?

Contact us for a free demo! It’s simple enough to set up yourself, but we are always here to help.

Improve CRM with Salesforce

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is the practice, strategy and technology that companies use to manage and analyze customer interactions and data throughout the customer life-cycle. The goal of a successful CRM is to improve business relationships with customers, assist in customer retention and drive sales growth. CRM is not just a sales and marketing tool, but instead is one of the biggest ways to improve productivity – from HR to customer services.

Salesforce Implementation of CRM

Salesforce is the world’s #1 CRM app. The offer features such as Sales Cloud, SalesforceIQ, Service, Cloud, Marketing Cloud, Community Cloud, Wave Analytics and more that improve your daily tasks all the way down to your organization’s bottom line.

Average improvements among Salesforce customers reflect favorable returns: a 36 percent increase in sales productivity, a 25 percent increase in sales pipeline, a 26 percent increase in sales win rate, a 30 percent increase in revenue, and a 45 percent increase in forecast accuracy.

Many think that CRM is just a software, however it is much more than that. It is a comprehensive approach to a lasting relationship with your customers. The most important factor of successful customer relationship management practice is human connection. Once an organization has their “people,” it then creates their process and puts their technology in place. This technology continually evolves around the needs of the people and process.

Conrin Salesforce Implementation

At Conrin, we focus solely on implementing Salesforce for economic development organizations across the nation. We follow a strategic three step approach that allows us to perform one-user implementations to complex, state-wide projects. Our first step is process discovery, then system configuration completed by step three, where we finalize deliverables. Salesforce Implementation is different for each client, but this process is flexible for each client.

If your CRM software does not take a holistic approach, or your organization does not use one at all – contact us.

Ask Us Anything – Salesforce CRM Services

It is no secret that we love Salesforce. We love the benefits that it brings to our customers, the ease of use, the organization, and the list goes on. Salesforce is in the business of making others successful, and that is what we strive to see. However, sometimes Salesforce brings up questions.

That is why Conrin is here for you.

Salesforce is a vital tool in the marketing process; you can identify marketing opportunities, devise strategies, oversee implementation, evaluate results, and focus on what really matters – your customer. Do you feel as though you are missing out on growth opportunities in Salesforce?

There are times Salesforce will make an announcement, and you aren’t sure if that affects you or what it even means.

Perhaps you gave Field Trip a try and can’t figure it out, or feel like you aren’t seeing the benefits.

Maybe you decided to poke around AppExhange and came across an app that looks like it could be useful for your organization, but are not sure how to implement it or if it will really be useful for you.

Whatever your question at hand may be, we are here to assist you with the implementation of Salesforce, as well as making sure you are getting the most out of all the great features Salesforce has to offer.Salesforce CRM Services

Ask us your CRM Services Questions

We want your Salesforce experience to help your organization excel and achieve success efficiently. So we want to know, what can we help you with? Do you want to know about helpful apps in AppExchange? Or maybe you want to hear about a client’s story of what worked for them.

Let us know in the comments or let us know on Facebook or LinkedIn.

Learn more about how CRM services can benefit your economic development organization.