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Salesforce.com Unveils Service Cloud SOS Button for Mobile In-app Support
Salesforce.com recently launched the Salesforce1 Service Cloud SOS feature that aims to revolutionize customer service and support by putting an SOS button

customer service and support  that aims to revolutionize customer service and support by putting an SOS button (similar to the Amazon Kindle Mayday button) directly inside any mobile app. With new live interactive video support and on-screen guided assistance, companies will be able to deliver instant and personalized customer service within any mobile app.   Last year, salesforce.com introduced a series of Service Cloud solutions including mobile communities, mobile chat, and knowledge base. Salesforce1 Service Cloud,

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Customer relationship management (CRM) focuses on the retention of customers by collecting all data from every interaction, every customer makes with a company from all access points whether they are phone, mail, Web, or field. The company can then use this data for specific business purposes, marketing, service, support or sales while concentrating on a customer centric approach rather than a product centric. Customer relationship management defines methodologies, strategies, software, and other web-based capabilities that help an enterprise organize and manage customer relationships. Customer relationship management applications are front-end tools designed to facilitate the capture, consolidation, analysis, and enterprise-wide dissemination of data from existing and potential customers. This process occurs throughout the marketing, sales, and service stages, with the objective of better understanding one’s customers and anticipating their interest in an enterprise’s products or services. 

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customer service and support  web-based sales support and customer service solutions to a broadband data and VOIP provider. We helped our client rapidly build and deploy web front end systems for order entry, self-care, and customer care and also integrated these systems with their fulfillment, inventory, and billing systems using service oriented architecture (SOA). This resulted in improved end customer acquisition and satisfaction and improved time to market and significantly reduced total development costs. Read More

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