I’m at Microsoft Convergence in Barcelona. I’m also in the middle of compiling a report on multichannel marketing.
Both of these endeavours leave me bemused as to why I haven’t heard people using the phrase ‘the year of CRM’.
Perhaps it just doesn’t have the ring to it that ‘year of mobile’ always did. Perhaps it’s because a lot of the CRM action is occuring in enterprise B2B and isn’t as sexy as above-the-line brand campaigns.
Anyway, the point is that CRM, a very traditional concept, through cloud and mobile, is a sophisticated and rapidly growing market. The market in 2013 was valued at $20.4bn by Gartner.
This growth isn’t set to change pace, with Econsultancy’s Marketing Budgets 2014 report showing CRM to be the technology most earmarked for investment this year (see chart below).
Microsoft Dynamics itself lays claim to 41 quarters of double digit growth, 4.4m users and 80% year-on-year net seat growth.
It has just announced increased ‘omnichannel’ functionality and seems to be coming up on the rails in a top five of CRM providers who are all making hay – Salesforce especially.
So, I thought I’d round up some reasons for this rise in CRM.