Dreamforce 2012, a.k.a. Dreamforce X, the annual nodal point and Hollywood(like) bash run by salesforce.com was bigger and better this year than ever. Thing is, that isn't just a comment on its coolness - though it was that, without any doubt at all. Without a single super-dramatic announcement, this may have been the most dramatic and most important Dreamforce ever.
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.
There were 10 companies that made the 6 months review list for CRM Watchlist 2012. Now, 8 months later, here's the final decision and discussion of who made the CRM Watchlist 2012 and a 1/2 - or not.
What to do when you realize influencer monogamy doesn’t work and you need to have and maintain multiple relationships.
There are some clear trends this year that reflect the change in the market and the interests and concern of emerging companies who think that this is how they will make it in the technology industry. We look at a few here. AND we'll let you in on who the semi-finalists are.
This is a teaser of posts to come on some of the work and thinking I'm doing on CRM related acquisitions, definitions of things like customer experience, CRM, customer engagement, big data and a few things that I think would be of interest for you. Consider this a series of excerpts from posts I haven't written yet.
I'm presuming that you've read Chapter 1 a.k.a. the first post on this.
(PG NOTE: I actually posted this a few weeks ago on PGreenblog, but in preparation for Chapter 2 which I'm posting on both ZDNet and PGreenblog tomorrow morning, I wanted to get this one up on ZDNet so you can read them in (reverse) continuity. So forgive me if you've read this before and if you haven't and care at all, then please feel free to read it or read it again if you wish.
Here are a few reasons why 2012 has already been a pivotal year from a small business CRM-Ish perspective.
For years, we have been talking about the value of CRM for small business. Yet, we the pundits of whatever, always have been publicly puzzled by what we thought was the slowness of small businesses to adopt CRM.
Each year, as many of you all know, we run CRM Idol. This is year 2 so we are still babes in the woods and learning but because we have an amazing braintrust in Brent Leary, Esteban Kolsky, Denis Pombriant, Jesus Hoyos, Laurence Buchanan, Mark Tamis and Silvana Buljan, (and me) we just make improvements both from year to year and on the fly.
Let me start this with a strange and seemingly incoherent (but truly more inchoate) statement."If SAP marketed to the rest of the world, the way they produce conferences, they could arguably become the best technology company on the planet.
I'm not sure why I'm writing this because any small company in the CRM world or social tools world or anything that is customer facing world that hasn't heard of CRM Idol or taken advantage of it by applying really shouldn't be getting the benefit of the doubt.I'm not trying to be harsh, lord knows, because we're doing everything we can to get companies to apply so that they can hopefully take advantage of the CRM Idol competition.
For many years, influencers/analysts have heard the a clarion cry from small CRM companies:You guys only cover the big companies and never give us coverageYou guys don't respond to usYou never review usWe have no idea how to go about getting involved and could you guys give us some advice on how to get the visibility?
Lithium is becoming a major player, even beyond its size, and will become even more important as the days go on. Here's a look at the conference, the product and the company.
I continue to be impressed with SugarCRM, year after year, time after time.