We all know that social media as a marketing and sales tool grew out of its infancy stage quite a bit ago. If you still need one final piece of proof that it has become a mainstream business channel (other than the fact that every major business uses it heavily, of course), consider that marketing industry watchers are predicting that as much as 20% of most companies' marketing budgets will be dedicated to social channels within the next few years. I doubt it takes that long.
For several decades CRM has stood for Customer Relationship Manager. Yet sales organizations are seeing the customer can no longer be managed at all. Managing the data about customers must be done, but the customer is driving the ship these days. They refuse to be managed.
Businesses that master the art of a successful social media strategy enjoy a number of benefits. Social media networks provide the opportunity to get to know your customer, start a conversation and elevate your brand in an influential sphere driven by consumers who know what they want.
Customer relationship management is essential for any company. Fortunately, these days, social media has made it easier than ever before. However, this only holds true if you’re using it the right way. Keep the below advice in mind and you’ll marry the two perfectly for better engagement.
I’m excited to be heading down to Atlanta for Social Media Today’s The Social Shakeup this week where I'll be moderating a panel on Overhauling the Customer Relationship in Automotive. Coming off last month’s CRM Evolution there are some trends emerging in how brands communicate with their customers and their ecosystem as a whole and I'm eager to see what some of the leading social and digital thinkers have to say.