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Colliers International Drives Better Customer Insight with Microsoft Dynamics

5 June, 2013 | Sydney, Australia

Customised CRM Platform Increases Productivity and Revenue

Sydney, Australia – 5 June, 2013 – Today Microsoft announced that Colliers International has consolidated its customer information into a single system through its implementation of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011. The implementation delivers on the company’s customer engagement strategy to improve client conversions and the ability to target the right information and initiatives at the company’s existing and growing customer base.

Throughout Australia and New Zealand, Colliers International has 46 offices with approximately 1,400 employees, providing a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, research, valuation, consulting and appraisal services.

Within the property sector, customer and marketplace data is critical and employees at the company previously generate vast quantities of data which was stored in a variety of systems, including email, spreadsheets, an in-house property system and a dedicated customer relationship management (CRM) system. As the systems were not integrated, compiling this data had become laborious and time consuming and did not automatically aggregate.

“Through a culture of service excellence, we empower our teams to partner with clients, to listen to their unique business needs and design an integrated service offering, and technology is a key enabler,” said David Coorey, General Manager, Information Technology, Colliers International. “In property, efficiency gains are a paramount objective, so the quicker we can supply our customers with essential data, the greater the opportunity to negotiate a deal for our clients.”

Colliers International needed a CRM system that was easily accessible by its employees whether they’re in the office or visiting a prospective property. Its employee base includes agents, valuers, researchers and project managers, who use the collective knowledge about property markets across Australia to help clients and customers make the right property decisions. As a result, the company began formulating a number of key requirements to improve its customer data management and in July 2012, Colliers International deployed Microsoft Dynamics CRM2011 with the help of MicroChannel Services, a Microsoft Gold Partner.

With centralised data management, employees have now significantly reduced the time taken to complete basic tasks. “The new system has dramatically improved critical-process efficiency, reducing the number of screens and mouse clicks and providing our employees with a single source of truth in relation to marketplace activity” said Coorey.

Faster reporting has also dramatically affected the time taken to create stacking plans. Instead of reports being created ad-hoc, Microsoft Dynamics CRM automatically generates each report for each property, displaying tenants within all floors of the property. These reports are scaled accordingly to the size of the unit/suite that a tenant occupies and are colour coded according to their lease expiry. “Employees can create a colour-coded stacking plan in less than one minute, saving up to four hours per report,” said Coorey. “Because they aren’t double-handling data any more, our employees can produce client reports on a scale we have not seen before.”

With greater access to data and improved reporting capabilities, Colliers International can better understand where their revenue is coming from, and improve their client engagement. By using a central database, the company is also able to link the enquiry and listing sides of its business. “If a prospective client is interested in purchasing or leasing office space, agents can now immediately access a list of available properties, and search for prospective clients who have a property requirement that matches a listing,” said Coorey. “This makes it easier for agents to instigate conversations, ultimately increasing our revenue.”

 

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About Microsoft Dynamics

At the heart of every successful business are the people who make things happen. Microsoft Dynamics designs modern business solutions that empower individuals with intuitive tools that allow them to do their best work. Our proactive, easy-to-use business applications adapt to the way people and systems work, enabling businesses to rapidly deploy and be forward-looking in an ever-changing world.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realise their full potential. More information can be found: www.microsoft.com.au

About Colliers International

Colliers International is a global leader in commercial real estate services, with over 13,500 professionals operating out of more than 482 offices in 62 countries. A subsidiary of First Service Corporation, Colliers International delivers a full range of services to real estate users, owners and investors worldwide, including global corporate solutions, brokerage, property and asset management, hotel investment sales and consulting, valuation, consulting and appraisal services and insightful research. The latest annual survey by the Lipsey Company ranked Colliers International as the second-most recognised commercial real estate firm in the world.

Founded in Australia in 1976, Colliers International is the largest locally formed real estate services firm with professionals worldwide. Find out more at www.colliers.com.au

For the latest news from Colliers International, visit: Australia – colliers.com.au/news │ International – colliers.com/news. Or follow us on Twitter: Australia – @ColliersIntAust │ International – @ColliersIntl.

For further information or interviews please contact:
Rudolf Wagenaar
Ogilvy PR
02 8281 3879
Rudolfwagenaar@ogilvy.com.au

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