Customer relationship management (CRM) is a crucial aspect of modern business. As we've defined it elsewhere, CRM is: “A system that stores and organizes the info a business has about its leads and customers. It can also take that info and provide actionable next steps for what do with those leads. It helps businesses that need to improve sales and/or be better organized in how they engage with prospects, leads and current customers."
In the realm of financial advising and other financial services, CRM is even more important. Advisors need to have quick, ready access to all the information about their clients, including previous interactions, so that they can provide the most comprehensive, actionable advice possible.
In an industry that relies on personal relationships between advisors and their clients, CRM software can help businesses grow their client base while still personalizing their interactions with these clients and maintaining positive relationships. That's why CRM systems specifically geared toward financial services are so crucial for today's financial advisors.
This buyer's guide will explain what makes financial CRM software unique, explore some common features of many systems and discuss the specific questions your business should consider before purchasing.
Here are the aspects of financial CRM that we'll discuss:
On the most basic level, CRM software consolidates all customer information into one database, allowing users across the company to organize, manage and access that information without working cross-purposes. In addition, the software can automate some common practices, monitor performance/productivity and analyze data in order to provide reports that can help you predict trends or refine your practices.
Financial CRM software is an industry-specific type of CRM geared, as the name suggests, toward the financial services industry. This software is specifically geared toward financial advisors. Many top financial CRM software providers are, in fact, general CRM vendors offering a particular subsystem or add-on.
What differentiates CRM for financial advisors from a more generalized CRM system is that the software will not just capture the contact information of customers, but also their broad financial information, their relationship to the firm and their specific interactions with different advisors and other team members across the entire business.
The next section will discuss both general CRM features and those specific to financial CRM.
|Customer data management||This core feature provides a searchable database to anyone with access to the system. That database will house customer information as well as relevant documents. In general, this means the database stores contact information, preferred means of contact and other general information about the customer. For financial CRM systems, this information will also include important financial information about the client, such as assets, liabilities and insurance policies.|
|Interaction tracking||In addition to holding customer information, CRM databases will also store a history of all interactions with a client or prospect, whether those were conversations on the phone, in person or through live chat, email or any other channel. These can be either logged manually by advisors or automated by integrating with phone and email systems. This helps keep the entire advisory team on the same page with each client, to make sure that no efforts are doubled up or wasted due to miscommunication.|
|Activity tracking||Similar to interaction tracking, this function will help prevent confusion and miscommunication by tracking all of the activity associated with a particular account. This way, multiple people across the company can help manage a client's financial assets and make sure that all activity is documented and tracked.|
|Client segmentation||This feature can differentiate and segment clients (based on their information) into unique groups that require different services and different types/amounts of contact, helping your business streamline its best practices for each client.|
|Workflow automation||This function allows you to standardize business processes through a combination of task lists, calendars, alerts and templates. For example, once a task is checked off as complete, the system can automatically set a task for the next step in the process. The software can thus provide a combination of automated messages and calendar alert reminders for advisors to reach out to clients personally.|
|Analytics and reporting||Based on activities logged into the database, the CRM system can track the performance and productivity of individual advisors, in order to provide reports on how they can improve that performance. The same function can also be used to generate predictive forecasts of future activities.|
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Financial services firms can vary widely in size, and this variation will lead them to different requirements in their CRM systems. You will likely find your business falling into one of the following categories:
Other factors to take into consideration when choosing the right financial CRM for your business include:
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