An overview

The Pain Point

A CRM and website acting as two separate systems. The website had become increasingly difficult to navigate and didn’t have any integration with their CRM. This overcomplicated simple membership organisation functions and took up valuable time internally.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce also had many ideas on how to increase membership value and bring the organisation to the forefront of digital capabilities.

Our Solution

Through the tender process and a series of Discovery Workshops, we mapped out a solution which enabled the website and CRM to become a single harmonious system. We brought new ideas and ways of working to the table which would give the Chamber a strong foundation to achieve their vision.

Working on the Microsoft Dynamics platform, we added extra functions so that all membership registrations were stored in the CRM automatically, and payments could be managed quickly and easily. A GoCardless integration gave greater flexibility to the finance department and members alike.

Clean, user-friendly designs were presented to the team during the Tender process which enabled us to bring the project to life visually. We used these as the basis to create clear user journeys for each of their audience types; addressing their individual needs and creating simple pathways to information.

The Result

Feedback from Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has been fantastic; “they have created a website that has gone beyond our original expectations… At every stage they have accommodated our needs and offered new ideas and advice beyond what we originally had thought about.” - Emma-Jane Wright, Marketing Manager of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

Members now have a central Hub where they can self-serve and get more from their membership such as posting their own news, offers and tenders. Prospective members have access to innovative and engaging ways to find suitable packages for their needs, such as the guided “Help me choose” quiz. The team have a streamlined system to manage their members which frees their time to focus on providing quality service to their members.

This new solution will be invaluable to the Chamber continuing to make Sheffield an even stronger beacon for business.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce Website

Emma-Jane Wright - Marketing Manager, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

From the get-go, Arkom interpreted our brief precisely, and have created us a website that has gone beyond our original expectations... From initial design and specification through to build and amendments, throughout the entire process Arkom has worked and communicated very closely with us. At every stage they have accommodated our needs and offered new ideas and advice beyond what we originally had thought about. Aside from high quality and talented developers and designers, what really made Arkom different was that that they shared our enthusiasm to create and build a website that added value to our membership offering. As a member themselves, they understood what we do and what features would be of benefit to business. As a result they have developed and evolved an online members hub, an interactive area on the Chamber website where members can collaborate, share ideas and access the support and services available.