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Sales and CRM Overview

Salesforce via Coursera


This course is the first of a series that aims to teach you the foundational skills in Salesforce that will prepare you for a variety of entry-level sales roles, including the sales operations specialist position.

This course is designed for beginners. No previous experience in Salesforce, sales, or CRM is necessary to be successful. In this course, you will be introduced to essential concepts like the fundamentals of the sales process. You'll also learn about what Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are and what they are used for, you'll dive into Salesforce's main products and their use cases, and you will gain a working knowledge of the key functionalities of the Salesforce Sales Cloud that help support a business’s growth.

This course is the first step in your learning journey with Salesforce. It will provide you with the foundation you need to go into depth with more advanced Salesforce tools taught later in the certificate, and ultimately launch your new career. Please note that if you already have background knowledge in sales and CRM, or if you want to dive immediately into content that goes into more depth with Salesforce, it is recommended that you start with Course 2 in this certificate: Lead Management in Salesforce.


  • Salesforce for Business
    • Welcome to Sales and CRM Overview, the first course of the Salesforce Sales Operations Professional Certificate! By enrolling in this course, you are taking the first step to kickstarting your career in Salesforce. In the first week of the course, you'll learn more about what Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems are and what they're used for. You will discover what Salesforce is and how it is used across industries and teams. You will also learn about what a sales ops specialist does and why Salesforce is such a critical part of their job. Let's get started!
  • The Sales Process
    • Welcome to the second week of Sales and CRM Overview! This week is all about sales and the sales process. By the end of this week, you will be able to distinguish between two major types of sales: B2C and B2B, identify each step of the sales process and explain their importance, explain how the sales process might differ across different companies, and distinguish between the different roles on a sales team. Remember, this is critical information not only for the sales ops specialist role, but for any entry level sales job. Let's get started!
  • Data that Matters in CRM
    • Welcome to the third week of Sales and CRM Overview! This week is all about Data that matters in CRM. By the end of this week, you will be able to describe the function of a database in the context of CRM, discuss the importance of tracking data and data hygiene in CRM, identify the benefits and challenges of using sticky notes and spreadsheets as CRM tools, and summarize some of the advantages that Salesforce offers as a CRM. Remember, Salesforce is essentially a database. And having a clear understanding of what high quality data is, and why it’s so important, is critical to not only the sales ops specialist role, but any entry level sales job. So without further ado, let’s get started!
  • The Sales Cloud
    • Welcome to Week 4 — the final week of Sales and CRM Overview! You’ve done a great job making it this far, so first of all, take a moment to appreciate your effort. But there’s still work to be done so let’s stay focused and make sure we finish strong. This week you will have the chance to enter Trailhead, Salesforce official learning platform, enabling you to navigate and explore some of the features of the Salesforce Sales Cloud. By the end of this week, you will be able to create and set up a Trailhead account, identify key components of the Trailhead learning experience, set up a Trailhead Playground, and describe the key functionalities of the Sales Cloud CRM that helps support a business’s growth. The finish line for this course is in sight for you. Let’s run through it!

Taught by

Trailhead, Angela Prakash and Anthony Jones


4.6 rating at Coursera based on 525 ratings

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