This Friday at 6pm Eastern time, the seven CRM Idol finalists - 4 from the Americas and 3 from EMEA - will be submitting their videos that will pretty much determine who is going to be chosen the first ever CRM Idol finalist from the Americas and from EMEA. There is a lot at stake here.
Social CRM: The Conversation
Paul Greenberg focuses on not only what CRM is but where its going in this blog on CRM strategy, technology, stories, companies and personalities.
In addition to being the author of the best-selling CRM at the Speed of Light: Social CRM Strategies, Tools, and Techniques for Engaging Your Customers Paul Greenberg is President of The 56 Group, LLC, a customer strategy consulting firm, focused on cutting edge CRM strategic services and a founding partner of the CRM training company, BPT Partners, LLC, a training and consulting venture composed of a number of CRM luminaries that has quickly become the authority for the CRM industry.His book, CRM at the Speed of Light: Essential Customer Strategies for the 21st Century, now in its fourth edition, is in 8 languages and been called "the bible of the CRM industry". It is used by more than 70 universities as a primary text. It was named "the number 1 CRM book" by SearchCRM.com in 2002 and is one of two books recommended by CustomerThink. The Asian edition of CIO Magazine named it one of the 12 most important books an Asian CEO will ever read. Paul has also authored two other books including "E-Government for Public Officials" (Thompson Publishing, 2003). Paul is also the Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management CRM Centre of Excellence, and the Executive Vice President of the CRM Association.Paul is considered a thought leader in CRM, having been published in numerous industry and business publications over the years and having traveled the world speaking on cutting edge CRM and topics geared to the contemporary social customer. He has been called "the godfather of CRM", the "Walt Whitman of CRM" and even "the Bob Dylan of CRM" by analysts and organizations throughout the industry. He is known particularly for his work on the use of social media, such as blogs, podcasts and wikis and social networks/communities in CRM as tools and channels for customer collaboration with a company. He is seen often as the "voice of the customer" and is well known within the CRM industry for this work. His blog, PGreenblog has been named the #1 CRM blog every year from 2005-2010 by all industry award providers. He also has a podcast, Experience on the Edge, that has garnered a myriad of industry kudos and his collaboration with Brent Leary on the always funny, often cutting, CRM Playaz is the most popular broadcast in the CRM world.Paul was also named one of the most influential people in CRM by CRM Magazine in August 2008. In 2010, he was inducted into CRM Magazine's CRM Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Destination CRM Board of Experts and the SearchCRM Expert Advisory Panel as well as a member of the Board of Advisors for GreaterChinaCRM for many years. He also sits on the Board of Advisors of the CIE Institute and and multiple other companies.Currently, Paul lives in Manassas, Virginia with his wife and five cats. To reach Paul, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can follow him at Twitter or join up with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.
Oracle, Oracle, Oracle. WHAT am I going to DO with you?
The "Other" Technology StuffChatter was the centerpiece of the social enterprise that salesforce.com announced but still only part of the technological foundation.
The Keynote.... and The MythosYesterday, I covered the overarching principles that drive salesforce - the vision that this all - meaning the current drive for the social enterprise - and the thinking that created it.
Every time I write about Salesforce, I feel compelled to tell the same story as my opening. So I'm gonna again, because I genuinely think that its vital to understand where they are coming from with everything they do.
A note on this post: This post was written by Bob Greenberg, President of GHInternational, a noted expert on emergency response management and particularly the way that we can use contemporary means to get citizens engaged and organized in intelligence and rescue efforts. He is also my brother and someone who I trust with my life.
Okay, you've had time to digest the morning posts from CRM Idol, now time for the afternoon reviews That would be Vigilus, Assistly, Front Row Solutions. We've tried to be as kind as we can to the good and bad in these reviews.
The first round of CRM Idol 2011 - The Americas is now officially over with the EMEA competition looming. We have completed the demos/reviews of 39 companies for the Americas (we lost one due to personal reasons at the last minute) and about 25 of the reviews are completed and published.
Okay, its now 2pm and I'm getting weirdly sleepy. So I'm going to post three more CRM Idol reviews that I'm begging you, pleading with you on my hands and knees to write your comments on here or on the CRM Idol website in the reviews section.
Wow. We are pouring it on aren't we? CRM Idol has so far been interesting and you'll see at the end of week one and before we go to Dreamforce, an analysis of what the primary judges have noticed so far, given what we've reviewed.
Here's two more CRM Idol Reviews. We are almost done with the competition's Americas round.
More and more and more...CRM Idol reviews keep coming.
Its now 2pm ET and, right on time, here are the next two reviews for CRM Idol - Soluciones S.A.
From now on through the next few weeks, I'm going to bombard you with the reviews that an esteemed panel of judges (well, esteemed except me) are writing for the companies that are participating in the CRM Idol 2011: The Open Season competition.
CRM Idol 2011 begins today. Finally. And We're all ready.
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