Customer relationship management (CRM) migrations require good data preparation to ensure success. It is crucial that the data to import is in the proper format for the migration to be completed in a timely manner. Poor formatting could lead to failed imports, conflicting data and additional efforts correcting data. This is the responsibility of the customer and can take hours of work. This article will provide information on best practices for CRM migration.
The following user roles can use CRM migration tools:
- Company Managers
- General Disclaimers
- Pipelines and Pipeline Stages
- Salesforce Sync and Migration
- Downloading Information from Salesforce
- Best Practices
- Frequently Asked Questions
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SharpSpring’s CRM Migration Tool is designed to provide a smooth transition of existing CRM and opportunity data from third-party systems into SharpSpring. The CRM Migration tool was built using Salesforce data exports as an archetype, but is written to try and accommodate as many CRMs as possible. Considering the number of CRMs—and the diversity with which they store and export their data—the migration will not always be possible with the initial data export for the preexisting system. The integrity and validation of data exports falls on the responsibility of the customer and the preexisting system. SharpSpring Support can assist with confirming the necessary data required and how the formatting must look, but should not be expected to format the data for you.
A lack of required fields will result in migration failure. Entries that have blank values for required fields will not be imported. If these fields are tied to other .CSV file, this can result in failure for multiple records, or even the entire migration. During the migration of the contacts .CSV, the system will attempt to find an account for a contact based on the account CRM ID or the name of the account. If one is not found, a new account will be created using either the name of the account or the account CRM ID, whichever was used in the contacts .CSV. If you have included custom fields in your .CSV column header that have not been created in SharpSpring, the content of these fields will not import. Ensure that you create your custom fields in SharpSpring prior to importing a .CSV containing custom fields, so the content has a landing destination in SharpSpring.
Pipelines and Pipeline Stages
When importing opportunities during a CRM Migration, you can specify the pipeline stage for the opportunity. Prior to importing, you should create your pipeline and their respective pipeline stages in SharpSpring. This helps to make sure opportunities are categorized and imported to both the correct stage and pipeline during the import.
Salesforce Sync and Migration
Salesforce provides two primary methods for export:
- Standard Export
- Export with Advanced Reporting
Export data from Salesforce using the Standard Export. Salesforce has a field called Salesforce CRM ID, which is eighteen characters long. However, when exporting data using Advanced Reporting, only fifteen characters show (the last three are truncated). If you import data received from Advanced Reporting, the truncated CRM IDs will create duplicates, resulting in misaligned data both for Accounts and Opportunities—and possibly other records. In addition, when setting up the sync with Salesforce and SharpSpring after migrating an Advanced Reporting export, duplicate records will be created in your platform from the sync as well.
This occurs as the Salesforce CRM ID (which is the unique identifier for contacts) will differ across contacts previously imported (fifteen characters) and the contacts synchronized moving forward (eighteen characters). By exporting data from Salesforce using the Standard Export, you will reduce the risk for redundancy for multiple contacts.
Occasionally, when users export their data from SalesForce, the alphanumeric code 000000000000000AAA will appear. If this code is migrated into SharpSpring as an account ID in the SalesForce contacts .CSV, 000000000000000AAA will show for all contacts’ company names. Be aware that 000000000000000AAA is an empty key in Salesforce.
Downloading Information from Salesforce
To download your information from Salesforce, do the following:
Note: This process can take up to 48 hours to download.
When using the CRM Migration Tool, consider the following:
- .CSV files must be UTF-8 encoded, and not ASCII.
- Strive for clean .CSVs without extra, unnecessary columns. It is easy to make mistakes with these extra fields cluttering the interface.
- CRM IDs are typically alphanumeric, but IDs that are exclusively integers will also work.
- Have a conversation with SharpSpring Support prior to beginning the CRM Migration process. They can review your CSVs prior to import to ensure all of the necessary fields are in place.
- Make a note of the time of your import. In the event data for that specific import needs to be completely wiped out, having this timestamp will assist the Support Team in fulfilling this request in a timely manner.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: My system does not have separate First Name and Last Name fields. I just have a Name field that contains a full name. Why?
Q: My system does not use a CRM ID. What do I do?
Q: Why do I not have a point of contact for one or more of my opportunities?
Q: When I have a value set to $1,000, this causes an error on import. Why?
Q: I do not have separate fields for Closed and Won. I have a field called Status that includes Open, Closed Won, or Closed Lost. Why?