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Turn the Internet into a Strategic Sales and Interaction Channel
With the emergence of the Internet, the business environment has changed for many organizations, and will change to an even greater extent in the future. Indeed

collecting sales tax  in this effort: by collecting profile information directly from the customer, by systematically tracking customers' online activities, and by mapping against previous purchase and interaction history. Through these different types of information about customers, you can better understand your customers and make more accurate inferences about your customers' interests and intent. This intent-based marketing approach provides customers with a more tailored and therefore desirable experience than do

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting all data from every interaction, every customer makes with a company from all access points whether they are phone, mail, Web, or field. The company can then use this data for specific business purposes, marketing, service, support or sales while concentrating on a customer centric approach rather than a product centric. Customer relationship management defines methodologies, strategies, software, and other web-based capabilities that help an enterprise organize and manage customer relationships. Customer relationship management applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services. 

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