De Lijn offers improved, customized public transport service thanks to Dynamics CRM
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De Lijn wants to improve its customer service and is therefore introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM, with the help of its CRM partner, Travi@ta. Travi@ta is also integrating the software with various ...

De Lijn wants to improve its customer service and is therefore introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM, with the help of its CRM partner, Travi@ta. Travi@ta is also integrating the software with various backend systems so the new tool really is a single working environment for De Lijn employees.

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  • 1. De Lijn offers improved, customized public transport service thanks to Dynamics CRM tel. +32 (0)2 721 88 80 info@traviata.eu country: Belgium sector: public transport profile Flemish transport company De Lijn, provider of bus and tram public transport services, has a decentralized organization. Provincial departments or entities run the day-to-day service and contacts with passengers in each Flemish province. De Lijn employs approximately 8,500 people, with a further 2,400 employees from private companies also contracted and driving for De Lijn. In 2011, De Lijn transported 549 million passengers. challenge De Lijn wants to work in a more customer-oriented way. The introduction of the MOBIB chip cards will De Lijn wants to improve its customer service and is therefore introducing Microsoft Dynamics CRM, with the help of its CRM partner, Travi@ta. Travi@ta is also integrating the software with various backend systems so the new tool really is a single working environment for De Lijn employees. Dynamics CRM primarily ensures faster, more efficient and more customer-friendly responses to customer queries. Marketing campaigns now also run via Dynamics CRM, so the marketing departments in different provinces can harmonize their campaigns and share their knowledge and experience. A third project phase is to manage contacts with B2B clients. Having all the contacts and information in the new CRM system means De Lijn employees can stay up-to-date with the client histories. This helps them collaborate, communicate and sell better. In a final phase, employees who have direct contact with passengers will also start using Dynamics CRM. This will for example give employees in De Lijn stores a complete overview of all the available client information. This will help provide a better, more personal service. enable the organization to collect more informa- Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • 2. tion about their customers – including those who Some 300 employees at De Lijn are using Microsoft Dy- don’t have a subscription. De Lijn wants to use all namics CRM to assist with customer service, for communi- this customer information more efficiently to pro- cation, to manage B2B relationships and for direct con- vide a better and more personal service. tacts – including sales – with passengers. Partner Travi@ta is supervising De Lijn in this project. “We can bundle all solution Travi@ta is supervising De Lijn’s implementation and configuration of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 and is also taking care of the integration with Outlook, the website and various backend systems. The 310 CRM users can now find all the information they need in a single, central system. our customer information in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 so we can provide a better and more individual service,” says Jo Bellekens, CRM Project Manager at De Lijn. “It’s true that we’re a provider of public – so not individual - transport, but our service didn’t previously have sufficient focus on individuals. With the help of Dynamics CRM, we want to work in a more customer-oriented and individual way, especially in terms of communication, con- benefits Û Better service provision Û More efficient reporting Û Up-to-date information Û Customer-oriented Û Better collaboration Û User-friendly tacts and sales. It will help us encourage more people to use public transport.” Integration of CRM with Outlook The largest group of Dynamics CRM users at De Lijn is the 135 people in the customer services department and external call centre. They were therefore the first ones to start working with the new system in the first phase of the project. They now register all possible interactions with software&services customers in the ‘Customer Response System’. This can Servers involve complaints as well as positive feedback, requests Developer Tools tion of these contacts with customers are made via email. Windows the email system, thanks to Outlook,” explains Wim Geu- Desktop Applications Business Solutions Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Services for information or reports of lost property. A large propor“We were able to integrate Dynamics CRM perfectly with kens, Managing Partner at Travi@ta. “We also ensured integration with the website.” Now, when a question or complaint comes in, the employees at De Lijn create a dossier in Dynamics CRM. They can request input from a colleague straight away via email. The email reply to the customer is also sent automatically Microsoft Services straight to the correct dossier. “If the request comes from Microsoft Technologies look up their history thanks to the integration with the Microsoft Security a subscriber, the customer service employee can easily client database,” says Wim Geukens. “This helps De Lijn provide its customers with a more personal service. “Travi@ta also took care of the integration with all sorts of other backend systems. This gives the CRM users up-todate information about the journeys, bus lines and drivers.” Complaints resolved more quickly It’s this information that the customer service agents often
  • 3. Jo Bellekens, CRM Project Manager at De Lijn: “We can bundle all our customer information in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 so we can provide a better and more individual service.” need to answer questions or resolve complaints benefit. “Users can create their own dashboards and quickly. “The customer service department no views, for example for the number of complaints, longer needs to rely so much on colleagues looking turnaround time, or dossiers that have been open a up this information for them,” explains Jo Bellekens. long time,” explains Jo Bellekens. “This means they “This has dramatically reduced the turnaround time can prioritize the dossiers that have been open the for answering questions and resolving complaints, longest more efficiently, whereas they used to have so we can quickly close the increasing number of update individual tables for this. Reporting to the dossiers, which is very important as we are legally management is also much more efficient now.” obliged to always reply to customers within 45 days.” Coordinate marketing campaigns better In the second phase of the project, 30 employees De Lijn opted for a collaborative agreement with from the communication department also started Travi@ta following a European public call for ten- working with Dynamics CRM for managing market- der. Jo Bellekens: “Having a local partner was a dis- ing campaigns. De Lijn previously had central soft- tinct advantage, simply because we speak the same ware for this, so there wasn’t much campaign coor- language. The cost price was the most important dination amongst the various regions. “We didn’t selection criterion, but the ease-of-use and ability to make any agreements about which region was sup- build the system using modules also played an im- posed to do something at what time,” says Jo portant part in the selection. We started with a basic Bellekens. Dynamics CRM package that already works very well, which Travi@ta then modified for us.” Wim “Knowledge was also not being reused or shared Geukens: “It’s a large and complex project, partly amongst the different entities, but this is possible because we always have to reach a consensus about now that we manage all campaigns centrally via the different working methods in the various prov- CRM. We will also run more campaigns via email in inces.” the future. We’ll be able to collect as many email addresses as possible using the MOBIB chip cards, As well as its integration with Outlook, the reporting which will soon replace the magnetic card and pa- possibilities in the new system are also a great per subscriptions. And because email is a cheap and
  • 4. efficient form of communication, we want to make maximum use of it.” Interaction with government and companies A third project phase in the CRM project is managing contacts with B2B clients. This phase must be completed by the end of 2013. “To enable this, we are using Dynamics CRM to keep a record of all interactions with governments, companies and other business clients,” says Jo Bellekens. “We’re selling ‘third payer systems’ to companies. This means employers can for example intervene with the cost price of the subscriptions for its employees. A local authority can also pay for its employees’ or resi- Wim Geukens dents’ public transport. But this isn’t the only reason De Lijn has contact with local authorities. Our throughput coordinators, bus stop managers and controllers are also “Travi@ta also took care of the integration with all sorts of other backend systems. This gives the CRM users up-to-date information about the journeys, bus lines and drivers.” in regular contact with local authority departments. They often only have one contact person whereas we send different people to discuss different subjects. Our employees will be able to keep a record of what’s already been done for a client thanks to CRM. This will help us improve our collaboration and communication, and ultimately lead to better sales.” Better and more personal advice The final phase of the project is aimed more at normal passengers. All information that is collated about clients in the backend will then become available in the frontend to employees who have direct contact with clients. This includes the people who work in De Lijn stores. “They’ll be able to see all the information about the client on their PC monitors, such as how many and which subscriptions for more information For more information about Microsoft products and services, please call +32 2 503 31 13 or visit www.microsoft.be/cases, where you can read about other companies who use similar applications. For more information about Travi@ta, please call +32 (0)2 721 88 80 or visit www.traviata.eu For more information about De Lijn, please visit www.delijn.be. there are in the family, and the history of complaints and call-up bus service reservations,” says Jo Bellekens. “This will help them provide better advice to the clients, for example about transport tickets and journey routes.”