CRM Industry Luminary on Social CRM at OOW, Paul Greenberg

Oracle CRM Moves Forward In Quality...And In Thinking

...what Anthony Lye, Mark Woolen, Christine Viera, Melissa Boxer and Adam May showed at an executive briefing yesterday on the advances in CRM was heartening because they are molding their CRM applications - traditional ones - with social and collaborative features that make them infinitely more valuable. Anthony Lye, SVP in charge of Oracle CRM and the intellectual driver for much of this, started off with a discussion on the idea of reinvention rather than recovery as the strategy that companies need to take aggressively during poor economic times. He then framed the soon to appear demos by talking about what he saw as 3 game changing strategies:

1. Executing the cross-channel customer experience flawlessly - Anthony distinguished between multi-channel and cross-channel (which was something like the difference between multigrain and whole grain) - multi-channel was a strategy that delivered an experience in mobile, field, community, call center etc. Cross-channel was a strategy to traverse all the individual channels at any given time by embedding processes to instrument business so that the customer experience was consistent. PG: While I thought the strategy was smart from a software and processes standpoint, I wasn't truly sure that cross-channel was that much different from what I know as multi-channel. But regardless, the idea of a consistent (though he didn't talk about authentic which is the companion piece of consistent when it comes to the customer experience) customer experience accessible whenever across channels was dead on.
2. Tap into the power of the social web - this is the one that goes without saying and is the technological and process driven aspect of how Social CRM works - though by no means all of it.
3. Deliver CRM data, when, how, and where users need it - this was the most interesting actually...

example: Swedish Rail Social Marketing iPhone App
What makes this application powerful is that it literally allows you use the points you have in a loyalty program to purchase items from Swedish Rail including tickets that are not only shipped right to your iPhone when you've used the points to buy them but can be redeemed via the iPhone. Additionally, you can make reservations directly and then have your itinerary delivered to your iPhone and if you choose to make it public so your friends (chosen friends) need to know where you are going - it can be delivered to Facebook for public or semi-public scrutiny. Swedish Rail then gets all this new data about your transactions and interactions and can use it to create targeted offerings on the spot.... read more

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