In May, we partnered with Act! to survey 1,146 U.S. small and medium-sized business owners and managers. The study was conducted to better understand how their usage of customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation solutions have impacted their financial success. In addition, we studied cloud adoption and drivers for moving to the cloud. Surprisingly, a large number of small businesses reported that they don’t use CRM’s, with 45% of the SMBs’ operations still relying on paper records and another 11% having no management system in place at all. The reasons given for this lack of management came down to respondents’ feeling that their business is either too small (47%) or that CRM software isn’t applicable to them (28%). To illustrate why making a change can have a positive impact on a business, the survey results show that “Respondents noted improvements from utilizing CRM technology across the board for their business, with the top five improvements being sales productivity (42%), customer service (35%), business productivity (33%), marketing outreach (32%) and customer satisfaction (30%). There was also a significant improvement in customer retention (28%) among respondents—which was noted as a top challenge for SMBs.”

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