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While it’s one of the enduring tenets in the CRM market, a 360-degree view of the customer is fundamentally flawed.  Why is that?  Having all the information at your fingertips about any given customer is of little value if you can’t do anything with it to better serve the customer at the point of interaction, across all contact channels and organization silos. The first wave of CRM software solutions concentrated on delivering a data-centric view of the customer.   That is, pulling all of the information about the customer into a consolidated database to make it available to a customer support rep (CSR).   For today’s customer —whether B2B or B2C— it is not enough to know what products or services they have purchased in the past.  They want you to meet their particular need ‘at the moment of interaction,’ i.e. when they contact you.  Today’s consumers want you to ... (more)

Marketing Your Way Out of The Recession

It's anyone's guess when the recession bottoms out and we get back to growth.  Rather than remain in a "state" of denial - like California did for too long - or adopt a hunker down mentality - "let's just ride this one out" - as many companies have, there's a middle path of taking proactive measures steps now, so that when growth reappears, your company is better positioned to gain an unfair share of the increased customer demand that will be there to harvest.  Here are a few considerations to come out will your guns ablazing. Get back to basics.  One of my colleagues recently s... (more)

Selling the “Strategy Imperative” to the CEO

Given all the pressure to deliver "in quarter" results, it's becoming increasingly difficult to get executive attention on strategy formation and/or re-examination.   Executive energy is largely consumed with driving operational excellence and available "cycles' are devoted to sales and growth initiatives designed to drive near-term, measurable improvements in sales and/or profitability.  It makes sense given we are still "heads down" working our way out of an enduring global recession. Nevertheless, there's a risk that by ignoring meaningful strategy formulation today, your com... (more)

B2B Companies Play Catch-up in Social Media Arena

This Q/A with Grant Johnson, conducted recently by Drew Neisser, CEO of Renegade, a NYC-based social media and marketing consultancy, also ran here on The Drew Blog. B2B companies for the most part have been playing catch up to their B2C counterparts in the social media arena. One company that is coming on strong in this area is Pega, a company that helps other companies be more focused on their customers via BPM and CRM software solutions. I was delighted to able to catch up with Grant Johnson, Pega’s CMO as part of the soon to be released Social Media Fitness Study. (BTW, CMO’... (more)

Is Your Brand Architecture a Foundation or a Façade?

If you haven't revisited your brand architecture in more than a year, it's likely what you're building is a façade, rather than reinforcing a foundation.  Because technology and innovation are inextricably linked, tech companies are continuously introducing new products and services, and in most cases, adding brands and sub-brands into their product portfolios.  Over time, even a sound architecture can begin to crumble under the strain of too many overlapping brand layers. It's not as if tech marketers are trying to create brand disorder and chaos, it's just that  inattention to... (more)