Michael Maoz

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CIOs face choiceless choice for complicated CRM projects.

by Michael Maoz  |  June 19, 2014  |  4 Comments

Two of my colleagues just finished a tour of client visits in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Singapore, Taiwan and parts of China (or other parts, depending on ones politics). Their observations are in line with what we are seeing in most parts of the world: when it comes to building a next-generation CRM desktop, mobile interface, [...]

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Could your customer strategy make you as engaging as Cristiano Ronaldo?

by Michael Maoz  |  June 13, 2014  |  2 Comments

The digital marketing age that we are in poses more than a small challenge to the enterprise in that we want to be more engaging with fewer – far, far fewer – humans in the corporate ranks. Marketing is using more sophisticated algorighms to understand and target the right person at the right time in [...]

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CIOs never fail at Mobile CRM initiatives (because they don’t do customer strategy).

by Michael Maoz  |  June 12, 2014  |  3 Comments

Back after a month of quiet, mostly recovering from a mad quarter of travel, conferences and research on mobile CRM. It has been eye opening to see the complacency around most businesses around mobile. The view is: Digital Marketing is doing a fabulous job with customers. IT doesn’t consider customers customers in any case. They [...]

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Lessons to the CIO on Customer Experience from Henry the Fourth, Part I, Act 3

by Michael Maoz  |  May 14, 2014  |  2 Comments

I need a minute to work up to my point, so breathe. The primary residual gift of a university education is the people you meet. The secondary residual gift are the events that one attends, from Bacchanalian parties to concerts to theatre. And one such theatre event was at Mount Holyoke College where Shakespeare’s Henry [...]

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Note to the enterprise: CRM program success comes from the philosophical, not the technological.

by Michael Maoz  |  May 13, 2014  |  2 Comments

A trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles (or DMV) in just about any of the US 50 States is an eye-opening experience. I was only surrendering license plates and making a transaction, but as the line of citizens grew and snaked its way outside of and around the building, I knew I was about to hear [...]

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CRM vendor differentiation with the all look just the same

by Michael Maoz  |  April 30, 2014  |  3 Comments

Listening to clients as they search for the best software solutions struggle with the sameness of description that the software providers use to describe their wares. A refrain from the Pete Seeger song from the 1960′s (but written by Malvina Reynolds) comes to mind. (If you are one of the rare individuals not to have experienced the [...]

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Behind the magic of the CRM Customer Engagement Center MQ, 2014

by Michael Maoz  |  April 25, 2014  |  1 Comment

Kids in the western world from the Middle Ages on down would listen to magicians incant Hocus Pocus and Abracadabra before performing a feat of magic. They would wait for that key phrase Hocus Pocus and with slight of hand a ball would disappear or a dove appear – Magic. Of course the roots of [...]

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What Hemingway would say to the CIO on Customer Engagement

by Michael Maoz  |  April 23, 2014  |  3 Comments

The IT street beat has been a-drum with talk of data. During client enquiry it is a good habit to ask the folks on the call what their job titles are, though I eschew one for myself. Here is a list of the titles that I have not expected to creep into the conversation: VP, [...]

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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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