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Customers today are more knowledgeable and can reach more ears faster with their message about a company’s products and services. To monitor and engage in those conversations, businesses must listen and engage with their community of customers and prospects.

Adding social CRM to the existing tools and systems already in place, a business can level the playing field and be proactive with customer conversations that might impact the company. Social CRM is a powerful marketing asset because businesses can:



  1. Leverage the same reporting systems. Social CRM can be integrated with your existing reporting systems. Keeping track of social activities, community interactions and other marketing activities is vital---all of these activities need metrics collected. With SCRM, you don’t have to retrain personnel, invest funds or other resources into new reporting systems.


  2. Keep track of social media campaigns. Keeping track of B2B social media marketing campaigns is critical for B2B marketing. With the use of an active community and social CRM in place, marketers can track, understand and respond to prospect activities across social channels.


  3. Consolidate social media. Having too many feeds and social networks to track is a common problem for B2B marketing activities. With SCRM, the marketer can bring together feeds and data from public social networks, such as Twitter, into to their SCRM framework for further analysis and action.


The more in touch a business is with its community of prospects and current customers, the more it understands the problems being faced. This leads to rapid responses with helpful solutions. Adding the power of social CRM to marketing’s existing systems helps keep a business close to the community, build relationships and nurture a brand.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Maria Pergolino works as Director of Marketing at Marketo, where she specializes in demand generation, inbound marketing, and campaign optimization. She has worked in marketing for over ten years, and specifically in online marketing including social media, search marketing, and lead generation and nurturing for the past six. Maria has a Marketing Degree and MBA from the School of Business at Rutgers University, is a Salesforce Certified Administrator, and a speaker at numerous marketing events. She is the author of the most success social media book created specifically for B2B Marketers, The Definitive Guide to B2B Social Media, and has also written for many marketing blogs, including frequent contributions to Marketo's popular blog, Modern B2B Marketing, found at http://blog.marketo.com. You can reach Maria at http://www.twitter.com/inboundmarketer or maria@marketo.com. For questions about marketing automation please email sales@marketo.com.