Build a Bigger Pie & Create a Collaboration Center Built for Success

Date: Jun 18, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Some business academics have framed the failure of American passenger railroad companies in the early 1900’s as an error in self-definition. As automobiles, busses & planes rose in popularity, the railroads continued to define themselves as railroads. If those companies had only thought bigger and considered themselves transportation providers, they might have found a way to survive and grow in a different form.

In the same way, collaboration centers depend on definition for their impact and success. Most SMB leaders are attuned to the collaboration imperative: the need to break down silos and align disparate teams. The vision may be brand growth, product innovation, or improving internal customer service. All commendable goals, they are however limited in their internal gaze.

Building a strong internal collaboration center is a good way to prepare for (and discover) even bigger possibilities, collaboration may (and should) reach farther than your company walls. By raising your eyes and extending your collaboration goals beyond your limited view, out into the industry and marketplace as a whole, the opportunities for innovation and achievement expand exponentially and come fast.

Why a Collaborative CRM is the Key to Managing Millennials

Date: Jun 16, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Millennial adults—those ranging in age from 18 to 33—are entering the workforce in droves. They've been getting a lot of bad press as well, with folks complaini

ng about their laziness, sense of entitlement, and need for constant praise.

Of course, older generations are notorious for griping about the new kids on the block, so we're willing to bet that Millennials are no better or worse than their predecessors...they're just different.

However, if you're managing Millennials and want a sure-fire way of doing so effectively, consider using a collaborative CRM. Here's why.

How a Small Business CRM Can Improve Cross and Upselling

Date: Jun 12, 2014 8:55:00 AM
A hundred years ago, most small towns had a corner store that provided everything from groceries to toys to clothing and sewing supplies. The store owner knew everyone in town, knew their families, what they usually bought, and how often they shopped. When a new product became available, the store owner knew who might be interested in it.

While these days are long past, small business can create an echo of this kind of relationship by using the right kind of CRM software.

How Can Small Businesses Create Collaborative Learning Environments?

Date: Jun 4, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Maybe you've been hearing more about the importance of sharing knowledge within a small business and breaking down the so-called "silo mentality." So what should happen next? How do you build a true collaborative learning environment where employees can share knowledge, transition seamlessly between working together and working independently, and remain happy and productive to boot?

We'll be honest: if your small business is new to the collaboration mindset, it won't happen overnight. But with thoughtful planning, plenty of support from everyone in your organization, and the right tools, you will eventually be able to enjoy and reap the benefits from a collaborative learning environment.

Focus on these strategies to get started.

6 Ways Virtual Companies Can Benefit from a CRM for Small Business

Date: Jun 2, 2014 8:45:00 AM

Several weeks ago, we discussed how creating a collaborative work environment is important when managing virtual teams. We also mentioned that a CRM for small business can go a long way in fostering this collaborative environment.

Now, we want to focus on the myriad other benefits virtual companies can experience from a collaborative CRM.