Written by Bob McElwain

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Can We Afford It?

Even if all works out nicely, this technology won't be cheap. The underlying structure depends upon a comprehensive database, and nobody is giving this kind of software away. My hunch is that prices will be out of reach for small one-person businesses, at least until they are able to produce strong profits. For those just getting started, forget it. We're talking of dollars inrepparttar thousands at least.

So What's One To Do?

You don't have to wait on technology to implement CRM. As suggested earlier, it's a way of doing business that works. Simply be sure customer support and satisfaction isrepparttar 134822 fundamental goal of your company. Sure you want to sell, but not atrepparttar 134823 expense of this core aspect of your business.

Here's a partial list of things you can do right now to demonstrate that for your company, your customer comes first.

> Be sure site content is complete and easy to read.

> Make certain navigation is a dead cinch.

> Keep order forms as simple as possible.

> Throughout your site, encourage feedback in every possible way.

> Respond quickly to email. Be sure you have answered repparttar 134824 question completely. And as possible, anticipate and respond to other possible concerns as related torepparttar 134825 question.

> Provide complete contact info atrepparttar 134826 bottom of every page on your site. And yes, you must include a street address and a phone number, preferably an 800 number that is answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by someone who knows what they are about.

> Provide a fax number as well; some people love paper.

> Follow up on all queries and sales. Make certain a high level of satisfaction has been generated.

> Be sure your product or service delivers more than expected.

> Offer an unbeatable guarantee. 12 months has merit in that customers will not feel hurried into making a decision. And later they may not feel comfortable making a request.

CRM Technology

I'm looking forward to seeing such systems in action. And I hope they are as effective as those designing them claim they will be. To achieve this goal, designs must be customer directed and controlled.

But with or without such tools, there is a lot we can do right now to demonstrate our concern for our customers. Our bottom line reflects how well we are doing in this matter.

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10 Profitable Reasons To Add A Discussion Board Or Chat Room To Your Web Site!

Written by Larry Dotson

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6. When your discussion board or chat room becomes popular, you could sell advertising space on them. This will give you an extra income stream for your web site.

7. You can network with other businesses by having a chat room or discussion board. You could exchange business ideas, leads, advertising, etc.

8. You could allow other web sites who don't have a discussion board or chat room to use yours. You will get free advertising by allowing them to link to your online community.

9. When you have a discussion board or chat room you can get free advertising by listing them in online community directories. You can also join web rings with similar discussion topics.

10. You can make money by advertising your own products and services on your discussion board or chat room. You could also join other people's affiliate programs and make commissions advertising them.

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