5 Ways a CRM Can Streamline Your Sales Process

Your Nutshell customer relationship management (CRM) system is an invaluable tool when it comes to keeping track of your leads and prospects and delivering quality customer service to your customers. 

But the benefits of a CRM don’t stop there—with a CRM, you can streamline your sales process to capture and convert more prospects into valuable leads and, eventually, loyal customers.

Take a look at five ways your CRM can help you develop a streamlined sales process that captures and retains leads.

You can put all five of these tips (and more) into practice with ease with your CRM. Don’t have Nutshell yet? See what all the hype is about by signing up for Nutshell’s free trial or checking out a live demo!

1. Automate repetitive tasks

One of the best ways you can use your CRM to streamline your selling process is by automating certain repetitive tasks, like emails, so you can reduce “non-selling activities” and prevent leads from falling through any potential cracks in your sales pipeline.

Nutshell’s sales automation features allow you to:

  • Auto-assign leads to your representatives
  • Create automated drip sequences that automatically move leads through each stage of the sales funnel
  • Send automated reminders and helpful tips to your representatives
  • Send personalized, automated emails to prospects and customers

By setting up automated drip sequences and emails, you can ensure you follow up with every prospect at precisely the right time. Email sequences are triggered when prospects reach the sales pipeline stage of your choice or meet predefined goals, meaning no customer is left behind.

This means you don’t have to spend all day writing emails and manually tracking where prospects are in your sales pipeline—Nutshell does all of that for you so you can get back to closing deals and converting leads.

2. Manage prospects within your sales funnel

Imagine spending a solid chunk of your day just sifting through countless data points to determine where customers are within your sales funnel. It takes a lot of time away from actually advancing them to the next stage, doesn’t it? With Nutshell’s CRM, that’s a thing of the past.

Whether you want to view your sales pipeline via a traditional list or look at it from a geographical perspective via Map view, you can see what stages (and states) your leads are in and manage your pipeline with ease.

If you value having a bit more control over your sales pipeline, Nutshell also offers a Board view of your prospects. With Board view, you can drag and drop leads into different stages of your pipeline and mark them as won, lost, or canceled.

You can also prioritize important, or “hot leads”—this way, your most profitable leads are front and center on your dashboard, and you can give them the necessary attention they deserve.

3. Monitor progress with reporting and analytics tools

To continue managing an effective sales funnel, you need to be able to evaluate how your past and current sales efforts are performing. With Nutshell’s reporting and analytics tools, you can dig into the nitty gritty details of the happenings within your sales pipeline.

With Nutshell’s reporting, you can track things like:

  • Sales performance
  • Your team’s productivity
  • Future sales forecasts
  • Lead volume
  • Conversion rates within your sales funnel
  • Lost deals
  • Previous periods’ sales

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With all this information readily available to you, you can identify the strengths and weaknesses within your pipeline. This way, you can make improvements where needed and reinforce the stages that drive the most profit for your business.

4. Generate sales leaderboards and productivity reports

You’ve got all your prospects accounted for, but what about your own team? Nutshell’s reporting tools can also track the performance and productivity of your sales representatives so you can ensure everyone is meeting—and surpassing—quotas.

Nutshell also stores team interactions to foster seamless communication within your sales team. Don’t let lead follow-ups get lost in the shuffle, and keep members on task and in the loop at all times with a CRM that works to make your pipeline run smoothly.

5. Create a more effective sales handoff process

With sales team productivity tracking and reports at your fingertips, you can create a more effective sales handoff process.

A CRM shows you precisely where in the sales pipeline a lead is. Your sales team can keep an eye on these leads and, with the help of your CRM and marketing team, identify when the time is right to engage with that lead. 

From a business owner’s perspective, you can monitor what leads are being engaged with and by whom. With the eyes of you, your sales and marketing team, and your CRM on that sales pipeline, you can ensure a smooth lead handoff from marketing to sales with every prospect.

Streamline your sales process with Nutshell

Nutshell was made to make your life easier. From managing your leads to simplifying and streamlining your sales pipeline, Nutshell’s CRM is the tool for you.

Our sales automation, in-depth reporting, and pipeline management tools make streamlining your sales cycle a breeze. With an all-in-one CRM system that can do all that and help you manage your relationships with your customers, what more could you want?

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