Lots of people are talking about Social CRM, and almost everyone has their own definition. I really don’t want invent yet another definition, but I do think that even the best definitions need a little explanation.
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.
OK, that’s great, but what does that mean in practice? Here’s how I explain it:
Customer interaction with a company has typically been through CRM systems and customer services departments
Customer forums are often completely detached from CRM/customer service, if they exist at all:
To some companies, “Social CRM” is simply enabling better interfaction between customer service and the rest of the company, without any direct benefit to the customer:
To others, it means getting customer service to participate in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter:
But to me, Social CRM means integrating all of these to enable better communication between customers, customer service and other company employees, whatever channel is used: