Driving Customer Advocacy in a Social World: Reflections from #SocialShakeUp

We tapped on the window of a disinterested taxi driver and asked if he would take us to the stadium. He gave us “the tightlip”, and slowly accommodated us by opening each of the four doors. When asked how long it would take to get there, his thickly accented, Eeyore-like response was simply “We’ll … Read More»

How Social Technologies Contribute to a Better Customer Experience

This post is on behalf of the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya During each interaction with a brand, organization, or institution, the person on the other end of the interaction has a perception of how things went. Over time, the accumulation of these touch points deepen the customer's … Read More»

Optimizing the Full Spectrum of Customer Interactions

This post is on behalf of the CIO Collaboration Network and Avaya Last weekend I had the pleasure of introducing a movie for the first time to my 5 year old son - a movie that incidentally, I first saw when I was 5 years old. In it, an iconic message was communicated via a channel that … Read More»

Trust: It matters (more than you think)

"Organizations are no longer built on force, but on trust" - Peter Drucker "Technique and technology are important, but adding trust is the issue of the decade" - Tom Peters "Mistrust doubles the cost of doing business" - Professor John Whitney, Columbia Business School "As you go to work, … Read More»

Six Things Customers Want

Often, when asked a question by media, existing customers, or prospective customers, I find myself answering with some version of "It depends." What's the biggest priority in 2012? Should we begin a Social CRM initiative? What's the first thing we should do? Which software solution should we … Read More»

Customer Relationship Innovation for the Emergent Social Business

Speaking at an event hosted by SugarCRM and IBM Social Business this week, I informally polled the audience. "How many of you are NOT on facebook?" No hands were raised. "How many of you have a twitter account?" Most of the room raised their hands. "LinkedIn?" Most of the room again raised … Read More»

Networks, Signals, Reputation and Delight

The era of mass marketing, sales driven information gathering and sharing, and being "just good enough to win" is being shattered by the rapid emergence of a smart, networked, and increasingly demanding generation of empowered customers. In the fragmented and fast moving world of concepts, … Read More»

Social Media, Collaboration, and Customer Insights with an elite group of experts: April 4-6, 2011

When SugarCRM asked me to assemble the social track for SugarCon, the first thing that impressed me was the "spirit" of the track, and conference for that matter. It had little to do with touting Sugar; the company, or the products they make. Rather, it was all about creating a gathering of thought … Read More»

It’s a 2.0 World – Part One: A recap of the Sales 2.0 conference

It's a 2.0 world. Everywhere I look, there's either a 2.0 on the end of a word, or social at the start of it. Hype and hyperbole bombard us with new shiny toys, and snake oil to cure what ails us. However, beyond the rah-rah and kumbaya, there IS INDEED a shift going on around us. The shift is … Read More»

The Evolution of Customer Acquisition at CRM Evolution #CRMe10

Last week, I had the privilege of attending and speaking at the CRM Evolution Conference at the New York Marriott Marquis. It was a great couple of days. Big hats off to Paul Greenberg, David Myron, the rest of the team at Information Today, and the unsung heroes that race around behind the scenes … Read More»