Social Media & Communities

  • Zopa: Peer-to-Peer Lender Celebrates 10 Years

    Spawned a Global Multibillion Industry; Still Going Strong

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    Over 50,000 British consumers have invested in providing loans to over 100,000 British consumers and small business owners via Zopa since 2005. Lenders have provided £770,000 of their money to their peers, in exchange for an average return of 5 percent.
    Mar. 20, 2015
    Strategies
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  • The CaringBridge Customer Ecosystem

    Millions of People and Hundreds of Companies Align around Patients’ Health Journeys

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    CaringBridge.org’s apps and tools help to provide emotional support during a health crisis. Using an online journal and guest book, each patient can provide updates for friends and family to track.
    Aug. 8, 2014
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 1Q2014

    1Q2014 Quarterly Overview: Renewed Focus on Customer Service Integration

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    Our review of customer service suppliers in Q1 2014 pinpointed a renewed focus on customer service integration. Integration of all customer-impacting information expands and streamlines the customer service experience.
    Jun. 5, 2014
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 4Q2013

    4Q2013 Was a Good Quarter for Customer Service

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    4Q2013 was a good quarter for customer service for suppliers Clarabridge, Creative Virtual, eGain, IntelliResponse, KANA, Moxie, Next IT, Nuance, Oracle, and Salesforce.com. Verint acquired KANA in the 4th quarter of 2013.
    Mar. 7, 2014
    Technologies
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  • Next IT Alme

    Virtual Agents that Can Answer Complex Questions in Any Language

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    Alme (All me) is the virtual agent product from Next IT. Use Alme to deploy virtual agents on web and mobile channels. Its virtual agents can deliver answers in any language, can speak answers, and can integrate application data into their answers.
    Dec. 13, 2013
    Strategies
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  • Secret to Successful Customer Engagements

    Beware of These Four Things that Will Doom Your Customer-Centric Initiatives

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    If you want to involve customers in co-designing products, services, and/or customer-impacting business processes, you should know about, and avoid, these four common pitfalls.
    Sep. 27, 2013
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  • Four Reasons Why Customers Prefer Twitter for Customer Service

    Quick Response, Fast Action, Public Shame, & Instant Updates

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    Twitter is becoming the preferred customer service channel for many people. But many companies aren’t paying attention. Providing good customer service on Twitter could differentiate your firm and reduce support costs.
    Sep. 19, 2013
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  • Customer Co-Design for Elder Independence

    Approach for Elders to Age in Their Homes

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    Dr. Allan Teel's new book  tells the remarkable story of an innovative “virtual assisted-living” program that was co-designed with 40 elders in Maine and is now rolling out across the country. 
    Jun. 13, 2013
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  • Tackling a Wicked Problem: Water Issues!

    How the Delta Dialogues Project Is Using Dialogue Mapping to Build Shared Understanding

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    The Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta Conservancy wanted to engage key stakeholders in planning the future of California’s fresh water supply. They used CogNexus Group’s Dialogue Mapping™ to build shared understanding among polarized players.
    May. 30, 2013
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  • How to Address “Wicked Problems”

    Use Dialogue Mapping to Build a Shared Understanding and Evolve a Group’s Thinking

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    Jeff Conklin’s book, Dialogue Mapping: Building Shared Understanding of Wicked Problems, is a “must read” for people in groups grappling with intractable issues and/or for people who are designing products or solutions. Here’s why.
    May. 23, 2013
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  • Boston Globe Masters Social Media in a Crisis

    How the Boston Globe Covered the Boston Marathon Bombing

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    What does it take to beat all the major news and cable networks in news coverage? An amazing team and a commitment to getting it right! Learn how the Boston Globe became the trusted source of information during the Boston Marathon crisis.
    Apr. 25, 2013
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  • What Constitutes a Customer Community?

    Hint: It Isn’t a Bunch of Facebook “Likes”

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    What constitutes a “true” customer community? A shared sense of purpose and ownership and a distinctive, often well-guarded culture.
    Feb. 28, 2013
    Strategies
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  • BuzzCar—Peer-to-Peer Car Rental

    Building a Platform for Participation for a “Peers Inc.” Business Model

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    Buzzcar is a peer-to-peer car rental company that started in France. Instead of leaving your car in driveway, rent it to a neighbor! Founded by Robin Chase, the co-founder of Zipcar, Buzzcar uses what Robin calls a “Peers Inc.” business model.
    Oct. 11, 2012
    Strategies
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  • How to Think About Privacy and Managing Your Online Identity

    Use Your Head and Use Your Manners

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    How should you manage your online identity in an era in which all your communications and activities are being tracked both online and offline?
    Jun. 21, 2012
    Strategies
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  • Managing Customer Innovation at Alaska Airlines

    Alaska Airlines Combines Customer Innovation with E-Commerce & Mobile

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    As Managing Director, AlaskaAir.com and Customer Innovation, Curtis Kopf combines ecommerce, mobile, and customer innovation in a single role focusing on giving information and control to customers in the areas of their lives they care about the most.
    May. 31, 2012
    Strategies
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  • Social-Service Evaluation Framework

    Products that Monitor Social Posts, Identify Customers’ Questions and Problems, and Help Deliver Answers and Solutions

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    Our framework for evaluating social-service products that help organizations deliver customer service to the social web has four top-level criteria: customer service best fit, analytic functionality, customer service integration, and viability.
    Apr. 5, 2012
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  • Facebook’s Timeline: Seductive and Dangerous?

    Applications Integrated into Timeline Track Everything that You and Your Friends Do

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    Facebook’s new Timeline is much more than a new user interface. It’s a seductive forced march designed to lead us all into a marketers’ nirvana in which our activities and life events are tracked.
    Mar. 22, 2012
    Strategies
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  • Unintended Risks of Using Facebook

    Pay Attention to What Information, and Whose Information, You Are Sharing with Whom!

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    Be a good steward of your privacy and the privacy of your friends and family members on Facebook. Learn how applications are mining and analyzing your and your friends’ Facebook behavior and what you should know about those practices.
    Mar. 8, 2012
    Strategies
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  • The Next Big Thing: Customer Ecosystems

    Six Secrets for Designing Business Networks Aligned To Help Customers Get Things Done

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    Customer ecosystems are business networks that are aligned to help customers get things done—both the things they want to accomplish and the things they want to manage. We’ve found six keys to designing successful customer ecosystems.
    Jan. 12, 2012
    Strategies
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  • Toward Boosting Our Collective IQ: A Knowledge-Centric Approach

    A Selection of Writings by Douglas C. Engelbart

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    Adaptations on seminal reports from Dr. Doug Engelbart on his vision of a dynamic knowledge ecosystem and how it boosts the Collective IQ. Updates by Christina Engelbart on what is still to be accomplished.
    Mar. 10, 2011
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