social CRM (sCRM) definition : CRM + aggregator + socialytics

May 28, 2010
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While continuing my search for knowledge on the subject of social CRM (sCRM), I was able to attend a seminar this week in Atlanta on “Social CRM Strategies for Business” put on by BPT Partners.  During this seminar, I had the pleasure of meeting one of the presenters, Paul Greenberg, who is




While
continuing my search for knowledge on the subject of social CRM (sCRM), I was
able to attend a seminar this week in Atlanta on “Social CRM Strategies
for Business” put on by BPT Partners
.  During this seminar, I had
the pleasure of meeting one of the presenters, Paul Greenberg, who is one of CRM’s
most influential authors and speakers on social CRM.   After hearing
his definition and strategies behind sCRM, it gave me great insight into the
industry and a better understanding of sCRM and the role it plays.  As a
result of this new knowledge I’ve obtained, I am obligated to update my last
post on sCRM and my definition as I now see it.

 

My 1st attempt on the sCRM definition only spoke of a CRM software and
integrating socialytics. I did not differentiate between socialytics and the
aggregator tool, which was a mistake due to my ignorance on the understanding
of the product – as well as my lofty idea of a GRAND sCRM tool.  There are
2 main components to a sCRM product (CRM software and an aggregator), however,
socialytics being the 3rd component takes sCRM to a whole new level of customer
relationship management, and incorporates behavioral intelligence to better
understand your customer and profile and interactive data to potentially
identify new customers.  These of course are only examples of the most
simplified socialytics intelligence data uses, as there can be many more.

 

2nd
attempt on a sCRM definition:

 

social CRM (sCRM)

integration
of a social media aggregator into a traditional and evolving CRM software
product and at its most efficient use, incorporates and utilizes socialytics
to create an optimized social media campaign

 

3
main components of an all-inclusive social CRM product:

 

1.)
CRM software : based on traditional and evolving processes due to the new
social components

2.)
a social media aggregator : monitoring of identified users on social networks
and interactive communication tools between CRM users and social media users

3.)
socialytics
: utilizing social media user intelligence (social analytics) such as user
profile, behavioral and interactive data

 

When
I started my research on sCRM products, I just assumed (bahahaha) that all
major CRM software companies out there would be developing their own addition
of a social CRM tool to work with their current CRM software.  BUT
apparently that was an ignorant assumption.   After further research
and attending the seminar this week, it appears that there are a handful of
software companies that have created their own version of an aggregator tool
that will work with certain CRM software products in order to create a
“social CRM” software marriage.  The socialytics component that
I speak of appears to still be in the beginnings of creation and I have yet to
come across such inclusive tool that works with a sCRM product, even though I
see many social analytics products on the market.  I’m sure a good
socialytics tool for social CRM is just around the corner.

 

I would also like to include here Paul’s definition on sCRM,
as it, as well as his industry knowledge has led me to my better understanding
of this new tool.  Note:  my definition is a more simplified
translation of the basic components of sCRM and Paul’s version is a more
descriptive methodology based on the basic CRM processes.

 

Social CRM, by Paul Greenberg:

“Social CRM is a philosophy & a business strategy,
supported by a technology platform, business rules, workflow, processes &
social characteristics, designed to engage the customer in a collaborative
conversation in order to provide mutually beneficial value in a trusted &
transparent business environment.  It’s the company’s response to the
customer’s ownership of the conversation.”

 

Although, as of today, I have yet to read Paul’s book on social CRM, CRM at the Speed of Light, I do have it on order and have heard great things about it so I would like to mention it here as a resource on social CRM for all that are interested in the subject.  “This Fourth Edition was released in Q4 2009 and entirely focused on the evolving dynamics of the social customer and what companies need to know about social CRM.” BPT Partners

 

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