New Bullhorn CRM Designed to Aid Sales Growth, Spot Trends

Bullhorn CRM screenshotNo longer a temporary fix for a sudden spurt in a company’s workload, contingent staffing has become such a strategic part of the corporate workforce mix that predictions are temps will soon account for more than 20% of the Fortune 500 headcount.

With that growth comes a need for greater sophistication by staffing firms to predict client demand, enhance productivity, and uncover opportunities from the dozens of client and potential client contacts a busy agency makes every day.

That’s what Bullhorn’s newest iteration of its CRM was designed to do.

“The way larger buyers are using their workforce is shifting,” says Gordon Burnes, Bullhorn’s CMO. “There is a trend toward more sophistication.”

Sales CRM is a no-cost upgrade for the company’s enterprise customers; the hundreds of larger agencies that typically have more than 35 employees.

The emphasis for this upgrade is on providing agency managers and leaders a broader view of the sales and placement process to identify client trends and identify successful processes that can be used to improve both sales and service.

“This is really about (a firm) taking an easy to use tool,” Burnes explained, “and then using the data that surfaces up to think more strategically about their resources.”

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“Can you forecast revenue by client? By recruiters? By office?” Burnes says rhetorically. With the CRM you can.”

Here’s an example: A client who typically has contact with their sales rep in a split-desk agency, is beginning to more often use a VMS to fill staffing needs. Bullhorn’s CRM provides the transparency into that scenario, Burnes says, that makes it possible for the agency to detect the trend early and formulate a strategy for dealing with the client.

It’s this data analytics component that is the real advance over the existing Bullhorn CRM. That makes it a competitor to Salesforce, which some of the larger staffing agencies use. Because Bullhorn’s CRM was specifically built for employment agencies, it connects both sides of the equation, connecting sales and placement giving managers a more powerful view of the process from start to finish.

The new CRM will will be packaged as part of Bullhorn Enterprise Edition and available in the next several weeks.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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