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The Leading Companies and Hottest Trends and Technologies in Customer Service, Marketing, and Sales: The 2020 CRM Top 100

CRM presents its second annual rundown of the leading companies and hottest trends in customer relationship management

The Top Marketing Trends: Automation and AI Are the 'New Normal'

Marketers will continue to lean on chatbots, voice search, artificial intelligence, and video in the post-COVID world

The 2020 CRM Top 100 Companies in Customer Service, Marketing, and Sales

CRM presents its second annual list of the 100 leading vendors in customer relationship management

Zero-Party Data: Personalization and Privacy Can Coexist

When customers provide data directly to companies, consent takes on a new meaning for marketers

Demystifying Cryptocurrencies: Promise and Potential Lead to Growing Appeal

Marketers can boost their image with tech-savvy consumers by accepting e-cash

Selling Opens Up with 3-D Visualization

Marketing and sales reps are using 3-D technology to reach potential customers wherever they might be

Marketers Need to Optimize for Voice Search

The voice channel presents unique opportunities and challenges for marketers

Social Media Influencers Can Boost Customer Service’s Image

Businesses ask happy customers to share their feelings on social media

Get Back to Basics with Direct Mail

Companies still find value in letting the post office deliver their customer messaging

In Modern Marketing, It’s All About Location, Location, Location

Technological advances are expanding what businesses can do with location-based marketing

Personas Become Key to Successful Marketing

Customer profiles can help reach buyers with precision, but it takes effort

2020: The 5G Revolution Begins

Wireless carriers finally begin their 5G rollouts, and the business potential is huge, as a world of new opportunities opens not just for consumers but for the companies that want to do business with them.

Customer Data Platforms Emerge as Marketing’s Latest Holy Grail

Companies adopt a new way to collect information in their ongoing quest to gain a single view of the customer

Channels Collide as Physical and Digital Converge

In 2020, customers will demand both in-store and online touchpoints

Customer Service Becomes a Marketing Tool

As businesses today compete on customer experience (CX), marketers have a tremendous opportunity to leverage effective customer problem resolution to increase loyalty and, potentially, sales. This approach integrates marketing and customer service in the ways that CRM always promised.

Tips to Avoid Drowning in Data

Having tons of customer data means nothing unless companies can turn it into actionable intelligence that they can use to influence or alter the bottom line. That translation might not happen immediately, but it has to happen eventually if data projects are to sustain themselves.

It’s Not Too Late to Add Text Messaging to Your Marketing Strategy

Customers are showing a growing acceptance of text messaging by businesses

Deeper Relationships Require Intelligence

Companies need new technologies to connect the dots in customer data

The Best Software, Solutions, and Leaders: The 2019 CRM Market Awards

The Best CRM Software and Solutions: The 2019 CRM Market Leader Awards

Our finalist and winners in nine categories point the way forward with the latest products and capabilities hitting the market