Michael Maoz

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Entries Categorized as 'Applications'


The age of the senses, moving from marketing to service.

by Michael Maoz  |  April 17, 2014  |  2 Comments

Perhaps less a backlash to the Digital Age than a result of, more companies are latching on to the primal role of the senses in driving the brand. In full disclosure, one of my daughters is a marketing Wunderkind at Sephora in San Francisco, the epicenter of the sensorial. Walking through the way they have [...]

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All that a CIO needs to know about CRM was said already by the Dalai Lama

by Michael Maoz  |  April 8, 2014  |  2 Comments

I am about to release the draft of the Customer Engagement Center Magic Quadrant 2014 for review to software vendors. This is the MQ that was formerly known as the CRM Customer Service Contact Center MQ. For two years we’ve been writing about Customer Engagement Strategies, and this new MQ focuses on the role of [...]

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What every CIO could learn from Tufts University about understanding the customer experience.

by Michael Maoz  |  March 19, 2014  |  2 Comments

Tufts University, with a campus on the outskirts of Boston filled with bright, eclectic students, has introduced an amazing program that every CEO should consider for their CIOs hoping to understand the business better.  Full disclosure: Tufts is a family Alma Mater. They do not excel at most sports. They do have a statue of a PT [...]

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Hey, Marketing leader, isn’t it time to share your social media strategy?

by Michael Maoz  |  February 27, 2014  |  2 Comments

We just published our 2014 Social for CRM Vendor Guide (if you are a Gartner client you can view it at  http://gtnr.it/1ft8B8o ), and among the interesting insights is our survey that shows that Marketing controls Social strategy in 41% of enterprises, compared to 8% IT and 7% Customer Service. The more interesting evolution of social media strategy [...]

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Why great CIOs focus on the customer more than the software and services vendors.

by Michael Maoz  |  February 3, 2014  |  2 Comments

As a lead up to our Customer Strategies and CRM Conferences* in April and May, we are beginning to receive and review entries for our 2014 CRM Excellence Awards. I first suggested the idea of an award for the businesses that best represent excellent customer service almost 12 years ago, based on what we saw the [...]

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Care for the customer or employee experience hovers between neglect and disdain.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 23, 2014  |  3 Comments

Close your eyes and think about the Apps you enjoy the most. Now open your eyes and write them down. They are going to be Pinterest and Twitter and Dropbox and Waze and Facebook (well, for some of us) and Instagram and Proust and Vine and Google and WhatsApp, or some similar list. What will [...]

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CRM Excellence from the IT Edges, while we pay a fortune to the core.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 21, 2014  |  4 Comments

If you are a CIO at a large corporation, you feel the pain of national governments that attempt to direct funds on behalf of the citizens of the country in new and innovative ways, only to find that almost all funds are mandated to existing programs. Maybe a few percentage points are up for real discussion. A [...]

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Why the CIO’s dream of a CRM Application Suite is just that.

by Michael Maoz  |  January 10, 2014  |  3 Comments

It is hard to comprehend, but tomorrow it will be just ten years exactly since Mark Zukerberg registered his domain, THEFACEBOOK.COM. There was just about nothing of a social network before that. And smart phones? Even seven years ago we were tied to our laptops and desktops and non-smart mobile phones, and there was not much [...]

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Thank you from the trenches of CRM and Customer Experience.

by Michael Maoz  |  December 31, 2013  |  Comments Off

Everyone is off on holidays, making this a thank you to those of you in abstentia. Michael Bloomberg, who serves his last day as Mayor of NYC after twelve years, summed up his time as Mayor in a speech to city leaders – not the politicians – this way: “I have always been envious of [...]

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A Tale of Two CRMs

by Michael Maoz  |  December 18, 2013  |  Comments Off

When Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities with “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” he could have been speaking about the massive opportunity and challenge of changing CRM strategies and technologies. The dissonant chorus of banshee from the Cloud-vendors cries out about the demise of on-premise software, while [...]

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