Paul Greenberg

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.

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The Thing About Analysts - And PR/Marketing Folks

I was reading Ray Wang's great post on "The 7 Tenets of Building a Star Analyst Firm" and then Vinnie Mirchandani's  follow up "More Tenets for the Nex Gen Analyst" and it got me to thinking - on a tangent, but on something that might matter to all those PR and marketing people responsible for analyst relations and to anyone who deals with analysts in the industry any day of the week because they need/want to.

July 29, 2010 by


SCRMish Thoughts - A Look Back at 1st Half of 2010

I've been doing some thinking about the 1st half of 2010 and have some observations, some of which deserve a probably longer treatment than I'm about to give them and some of them that only need a sentence or two.  They are not entirely random but they are a series of slightly disconnected thoughts on what's occurred in 2010 re: SCRM/CRM.

July 21, 2010 by


Gartner Customer 360 - Their First Social

For many years, I've participated in Gartner CRM conferences, oftentimes as a speaker for them, sometimes as a guest and attendee and last yearI was at the conference as a thought-leader-under-contract so to speak for Sage. So, I've had the benefit of attending all the conferences from 2005 through now.

July 3, 2010 by

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Zuora and the Subscription Economy

Every now and then a vendor does something that genuinely surprises and even delights me. They come up with a new feature at the least but at the most, they define a concept, which while it certainly pushes the vendor's agenda, it also adds a new way of thinking to the overall discussion and even has a practical merit.

June 27, 2010 by


Sustainability & CRM: Pombriant Think Forward 2010 Awards

Denis Pombriant is perhaps the only CRM guru/analyst/thought leader that I know who has the uncanny ability to look at the world through not just the typical micro lens that many of us peer through but also through a macro lens. He can expand concepts and place the complex matrix of human interrelationships in a context that can locate the greater forces that work to affect that matrix.

May 27, 2010 by


SAP: The Culture Leads the Products

In the last post on SAP I wrote, I remarked that I wasn't a Kremlin watcher but had a fascination about how CEOs and changes in CEOs affect companies.  Its been about 2 months since I wrote that and by now, as I wrap up my experience (and I am carefully choosing that word) at Sapphire, I have to say, that the effect on SAP of the co-CEOdom of Bill McDermott and J.

May 23, 2010 by


Lithium's LiNC - Coming from the Other Side

I think that the power of conferences is both overestimated and underestimated. Its overestimated because often the vendor, when its over and they "done good" sits back with an incredibly self-satisfied smack of the lips and thinks that a huge amount of their branding work for the year is done because it went well.

May 18, 2010 by