CRM

Customer Relationship Management systems help businesses understand how customers interact with brands. As a result, many companies are creating roles to oversee the smooth running of CRM systems across companies. Salt’s network of specialist CRM recruiters in Asia can help find your perfect role.

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What is CRM?

CRM systems show businesses exactly how customers interact with them – whether by identifying subscribers to their email list or analysing characteristics of their social media followers. A CRM Manager’s job is to draw upon this data, using it to segment audiences in order to tailor their marketing strategies to each demographic’s individual preferences. This process can help a company’s email marketing efforts to effectively reach customers at different points in the buying cycle, tailoring content to them in a way that will be of most use at each stage. Automating these systems can be vital in forming and maintaining long term customer relationships

Salary information and career progression

Career progression for those in CRM jobs will vary, depending on the speciality of the candidate. Graduates tend to begin in entry-level junior roles, before moving into mid-level manager positions. After gaining enough experience, CRM Managers can eventually take up Senior Manager and CRM Director roles.

Opportunity 

Demand for CRM jobs has grown significantly in recent times. This is because an increasing number of businesses have caught on to just how advantageous CRM systems can be, particularly regarding the rising development of relationship marketing through email campaigns and automation.

Recent changes in the sector

CRM became the largest software market in 2017 and the fastest growing by 2018, which created a growing need for CRM experts. Most CRM data has begun to move into the cloud, allowing clients remote access to more bespoke systems at a fraction of the cost and with greater ease. In order to get ahead, future candidates for these jobs should focus on improving their knowledge of cloud-based CRM platforms, such as Oracle and SAP. Multi-channel and direct marketing campaigns have both become more prevalent in recent years, changing how businesses market to the public. It is imperative that CRM specialists keep up to date with these changes. 

Future prospects

CRM skills will continue to be in high demand, due to a sector-wide skills gap. With so few CRM specialists in the market, those with experience are liable to receive much higher salaries.

 

  • Salt’s advice for getting a CRM job

     

    Employers’ requirements

    Employers will want to know that a candidate can not only think, but do. Roles typically require someone who is technically minded and can communicate their ideas effectively. They should have the ability to manage and analyse large amounts of consumer data, as well as successfully manage budgets. No industry certification is required, but past experience is absolutely vital. Employers will, therefore, enquire into whether prospective employees have previously worked in a similar capacity to the role and, if so, how well it went. 

    CV requirements

    Your CV will almost certainly require a detailed history of CRM implementations and resolutions, so you will need to demonstrate a solid understanding of techniques and principles. Proving you have experience using different CRM systems (such as Salesforce, Adobe, and Mailchimp) is vital. Furthermore, you will need to demonstrate key metrics from past campaigns, such as email open rates or social media engagement, customer retention rates, and revenue generated. Finally, you should have good knowledge of complex database materials and the ability to simplify them for the understanding of others.

    Interview preparation

    Employers are likely to ask you about the types of CRM systems you have used in previous roles to gain an understanding of your level of expertise. Answering these kinds of questions not only gives them an insight into your skill set but also displays your personal skills, how well you can communicate with others, and how you explain complex ideas. They will also likely ask applicants about their knowledge of the company, whether you know about the systems they already have in place, and how well you would fit within the team you would work with.

    Educational requirements

    The educational requirements for CRM jobs can vary from role to role. CRM Specialists usually have marketing related degrees, but past experience in other data analytics jobs will typically be more important than a candidate’s educational background.

Top Tip

"Always add the tools you have used throughout your career and in each position you have held to your CV. Also, outline the size of the database you have previously worked on. - Jordan Finnegan"

— Lynn Yen Chua, Senior Consultant

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