12 Successful CRM Implementation Case Studies to Learn From
CRM implementation can seem like a monumental task to complete. From knowing which CRM to choose, to understanding how to fit it in with the rest of your sales stack, there’s a lot involved from pricing to convincing decision-makers to making sure it works well from the start.
If you’re looking for CRM implementation case studies to give you ideas and confidence to get started, then look no further.
12 CRM Case Studies
Want to get this done right (the first time)? Learn from the CRM case studies of companies that implemented a new CRM successfully to improve the customer experience, drive customer engagement, and increase revenue.
1. How Customer.io Uses Automated Handoffs to Enable Smarter Sales
Customer.io is an established martech provider that needed a CRM to work better with both an inbound and outbound sales process. Plus, they needed it to fit well with their current tool stack and give them automated workflows.
This case study interview with Alex Patton, Director of Marketing & Operations at Customer.io, digs deeper into the technical setup the company uses with their CRM platform and how that process maximizes the team’s time and productivity.
2. 6 Tips for Assessing Your CRM + Optimizing Workflow—from a Revenue Coach
Company/Organization: High Kick Sales
Kyle Stremme’s consulting firm, High Kick Sales, enables sales teams to create an optimized process and tech stack. This case study digs into the insights Kyle learned from helping B2B and B2C companies develop their CRM system and process, plus details into how he helps managers analyze their current CRM and decide on a better system.
3. Implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) in Hotel Industry from an Organizational Culture Perspective
Company: Anonymous UK hotel chain
This study done by the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management looked into a hotel chain in the UK as they implemented a new CRM, taking note of what worked and what didn't about their process for implementation.
They administered a questionnaire among 346 managers of a hotel chain and found that organizational culture readiness was one of the most determining factors in the success of a CRM implementation.
4. Choosing and Implementing a CRM for Small Business
Company: Bean Ninjas
Bean Ninjas is an accounting firm for eCommerce businesses. Their tech stack was dissonant and unconnected, and their ‘CRM’ (actually a project management tool) didn’t even have email built-in. The lack of functionality was impacting their business.
Their self-written case study goes through the entire process of choosing the right CRM, implementing the system into a more optimized sales workflow, technical integrations, and the end results.
5. How AAXIS Digital is Saving an Estimated $250,000 by Switching from Salesforce to the HubSpot CRM Platform
This CRM implementation case study focuses on how an enterprise company chose to migrate from one large CRM to another, saving them lots of money on a system they weren’t using to the full.
The case study digs into how they chose their new CRM, and what they’ve been able to accomplish with it including increasing marketing automation and better aligning sales and marketing. Check out our list of CRM implementation resources for specific Salesforce resources.
6. Replacing HubSpot with Close: Scaling Trufan in a CRM Reps Love
Trufan (now Surf for Brands) is a fast-growing SaaS startup with a target market that is tech-savvy. So, they needed a CRM that could move quickly alongside their team, helping them build well-constructed automations that could scale as they grew.
This CRM implementation case study shows how a wrong decision slowed their progress, and how a new solution helped them scale faster.
7. A Successful CRM Implementation Project in a Service Company
Company: Anonymous service company from Slovenia
This academic case study by Piskar Franka and Armand Faganel digs into the process a service company in Slovenia took alongside CRM consultants to help them implement a new solution.
They concluded that a proper CRM implementation can improve the relationship with customers, achieve larger information sharing between employees, and lead to better strategic decisions. This is mostly interesting for historical purposes, as it gives you some insight into the complexity that were involved in implementing a CRM into a larger company in 2007.
8. Hownd Cut CRM Costs by 80% in 2 Weeks—While Saving SMBs During COVID
Hownd works with brick-and-mortar businesses to get more foot traffic, and their mission since the start of the pandemic is to help SMBs get back on their feet and recover. They needed a CRM that would help them cut their own costs in order to help others, and that would also help them move quickly to fill the needs of their customers.
This case study/COVID success story shows how Hownd found the right CRM for their business, cut costs, streamlined their process, and continues to help SMBs survive through hard times.
9. The Ultimate Team Effort: How the Close Sales Team Joins Forces to Build More Solid Deals
This unique case study is the story of our very own CRM software company and how we’ve implemented our own CRM tool into our sales stack. This case study digs into the nitty-gritty of technical setups and integrations, API, and how it all works together for a smooth, profitable process.
10. Switching to HubSpot Adds up for Casio
This enterprise CRM implementation case study shows how consumer electronics company Casio switched from a custom-built CRM to one that was more inclusive for their marketing and sales teams. It shows how they updated their inbound marketing process and increased their new customer sales by 26%.
11. The Unique Sales Process ResQ Club Uses to Power It's Mission to Zero Food Waste
Company: ResQ Club
ResQ Club, a Finnish company on a mission to make zero food waste a reality, needed a CRM solution that would help them track customers and partners and scale quickly.
This case study shows how they used Close to build their own custom processes with Custom Fields, email sequences that are personalized to different European cities, and Smart Views that keep sales reps focused on the right deals.
12. Strategic Issues in Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Implementation
Company: Anonymous UK manufacturing company
This paper from 2003 by Christopher Bull from the Department of Business Information Technology at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School discusses the effects of a strategic customer relationship management process and how it affected this manufacturing company.
The results of this study highlighted that CRM implementations frequently failed. It also referenced a study of 202 CRM projects which concluded that only 30.7% of organizations said the CRM implementation achieved improvements in the way they sell to and service customers.
Testimonials that Highlight the Benefits of CRM Implementation
Once you’ve implemented a new CRM, what kind of benefits should you expect? It depends on your company and current pain points. If you'r considering switching to a new CRM or implementing one for the first time, here’s what real CRM users say:
1. Nick Parker, Founder at FTOCloud
“With Close, we're able to keep track of hundreds of deals and clients over the span of multiple months while simultaneously unifying our team's communication.”
2. Tim Griffin, Founder & CEO at Cloosiv
“We didn’t start getting traction until we started using Close. I don’t know if the company would still be here if we hadn’t implemented it.”
3. Maryl Johnston, CEO at Bean Ninjas
“The real benefit of Close is less about sales admin time and more about closing more deals. Because Close makes it very easy to stay in touch with customers and for Sales to manage their pipeline without needing a sales admin, we can now go into Close and see all the leads in a broad view.”
4. Aimee Creighton, Sales Administrator at Bean Ninjas
“The biggest win for me is the cut-down in labor time of setting up leads in our task management system (not designed for lead management) and ensuring all fields are filled out. It significantly reduced the time-intensive manual process of documenting leads. I feel like Close has completely cut that down, and everything is right there from the dashboard. I think it’s been worth the investment.”
5. Monika Tudja, Business Development Manager at Now Technologies
“I can't imagine my work-life without Close - I've been using it at my previous company and I 'demanded' implementing it on my first day at the current one. I'm useless without Close. Seriously thinking about getting an account for my personal life.”
6. Sara Archer, Director of Sales and Marketing
“Since we've started using Close, we've QUADRUPLED our average revenue per user.”
7. Sarah Haselkorn, Head of Sales at MakeSpace
“You guys [at Close] have been a HUGE part of our growth so far, and with your support I have so much confidence that our sales team is set up to scale.”
8. Duncan Burns, VeggiDome
“I am able to stay on top of my outreach, correspondence, and follow-up seamlessly AND relax enough to do a better job, knowing that I'm not missing a beat!”
9. Michael Grady, Lazarus
“This is a CRM that is all about focus with no bloat which is exactly what inside sales needs.”
10. Aubrey Lim, ThreeTrees
“My first time using a CRM. 8 months in and it's frictionless to use. My favorite features: being able to pull up colleagues' emails to a particular lead, bulk-uploading contacts, email templates.”
11. Timothy Corey, Director of Sales at Commonwealth Joe
“Close allows us to see where we should spend our time and effort. We can look at our sales for the same quarter last year and know what worked well and what didn’t -- this allows me to know where to put my energy, on what companies, and in what markets.”
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