• Success StoriesTrade & Investment QLD

    With a mission to boost business in Queensland by attracting investment, assisting exporters, facilitating high-profile inbound visits from Ambassadors and trade delegations and outbound ministerial visits and trade missions, Trade and Investment Queensland (TIQ) has high stakes attached to the success or failure of its Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. TIQ has160 staff in 11 countries. While the organisation communicates internally in English, the staff are multilingual and communicate outside the organisation in the local language. All these communications need to be recorded and stored.

    • Date

      2015 Nov


      Trade & Investment QLD



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    • SalesFix quickly grasped our business process requirements, and then investigated and recommended solutions to ensure that they were met.

      Carmel Lawson
      Trade and Investment QLD
    • Although TIQ is one organisation, the sharing of information was limited by an inadequate CRM application. Staff were recording client details on spreadsheets with many duplicates and inconsistent entries.

      Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and quality measures were stored in a separate system altogether, and reporting of KPIs was poor and inconsistent across the organisation.

      TIQ Senior management recognised the need to improve their CRM activities by gutting what they had and implementing a completely new system. An earlier attempt to plan and document these processes with another consulting firm was also not entirely satisfactory, resulting in processes that did not work and could not be easily mapped across to the CRM.

  • Key Benefits

    • Central system

      Trade and Investment QLD (TIQ) now use one system to record client data which is immediately available across the entire organisation – in 11 countries – consequently reducing duplication of efforts and the burden of training.

    • Consistent

      One source of information across the organisation has streamlined data maintenance. SalesFix‘s CRM solution provides a single reference point, a place to correct inaccuracies, and a single source for facts.

    • Secure

      Staff no longer have to travel with spreadsheets of their contact lists and supporting information. It is available in whichever office they are working from, in a centrally managed, highly secure system – reducing the risk of information being lost or stolen.

  • The Challenge

    • TIQ needed an integrated system that could work with email and Citrix, as well as being able to train overseas staff easily.

      Functionally, the new CRM system had to record and classify new clients and manage the existing client base so that staff could retire their contact list spreadsheets. Clients needed to be tagged with multiple data elements including business sectors, subsectors, countries, and regions.

      Opportunities for exports and investments needed to be recorded, managed, and updated with progress reports and records of success or failure. Quality measures and KPIs needed to be stored so that they could be retrieved and updated easily without having to go to a separate system.

      As a top priority, the system needed to be simple, provide full visibility of activities across the organisation, and support the storing of key data in languages other than English.

      The initial goal was to implement a single CRM across all 11 countries so that all 160 staff could use the same system instead of disparate systems and methodologies.

      The next project will encompass the implementation of event management and mass email systems with the long-term goal of including other aspects of the business to drive business improvement.

    • The Implementation

      “SalesFix implemented Salesforce Sales Cloud on the Salesforce1® platform and integrated email and Citrix to deliver a working system for all staff – that’s all 160 staff in 11 countries.

      Buy-in from key senior executives was a key factor in the success of the implementation.

      “Because Senior staff were on-board from the beginning and could see the benefits of an improved system, things happened really quickly.

      SalesFix responded very quickly to our requests whether it was sample data or to observe processes. The process wasn’t slowed down by having to wait for resources.

      Senior management could see that Salesforce® was making their jobs easier – particularly having one source of reporting for all KPIs allowing them more time to manage their teams and improve performance rather than spending lots of time reporting on performance,” said Carmel Lawson.

    • The SalesFix Solution

      Knowing that the earlier work with the systems analysts had not resulted in processes that supported a CRM implementation, SalesFix provided TIQ with additional business process improvement consultancy and a proof of concept to meet their business requirements.

      “SalesFix quickly grasped our business process requirements and investigated and recommended solutions to ensure that they were met,” said Carmel Lawson.

      TIQ had its own project team that worked alongside SalesFix throughout the project. The TIQ team scheduled tasks and milestones – a moving target due to reporting requirements and business planning changes – and used a project management system for consistent and continual communication between TIQ and SalesFix.

    • Ongoing SalesFix and TIQ Partnership

      SalesFix have been working with TIQ since the initial implementation of their CRM in September 2015. With this long-term partnership comes trust. SalesFix take pride in understanding TIQ’s uses, requirements, and daily needs; consequently enabling us to provide excellent support. SalesFix can be different to other consultant partners, we really listen to our customers and put the focus on their needs rather than the bottom line.

      “Since 2015, SalesFix have been working with us in an operational sense, managing ad-hoc change and enhancements and upgrades to the system. SalesFix have a really good grasp of our business processes and how the system works, and also a great relationship with our stakeholders. The support from SalesFix has been essential to our success.

      Having SalesFix involved in the next phase of the project is essential to our success as this will focus on enhancing the client experience, implementing greater segmentation of TIQ’s clients, and more focus on how we qualify leads. Consequently, this will allow TIQ, as a government agency, to be more productive and more efficient.”  Jason Wadley, Trade and Investment Queensland

  • The Results

    • “The simple result is that the entire organisation now uses one system – Salesforce® – to record all client information and interactions.

      It also means that we can share information across all our offices about business opportunities.

      For an organisation tasked with promoting Queensland and Queensland businesses, the simple ability to disseminate opportunities across our entire organisation was immediately available following the implementation and is a huge improvement on how we worked before.

      The success of the implementation has consolidated buy-in across the organisation and given us the confidence to start work on our medium-term goal of implementing event management and mass email functionality.

      Our long-term goals of implementing the system for other organisational functions and to use it for business improvement are definitely looking achievable.” said Carmel Lawson, Project Manager Corporate Services, Trade and Investment Queensland.


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