|I had an intriguing demonstration yesterday from social CRM vendor Nimble. Since "social CRM" could mean just about anything, it's important to explain what Nimble actually does: it combines traditional contact management with automated access to social media information about those contacts.
That might not sound like much, but in practice it's pretty darn slick.
Here's how it works. Say you're selling a product related to, oh, circuit boards. You can do a Twitter search for messages on that keyword, scan the Twitter profiles and Klout scores of people sending those messages, and push a button to add the interesting people to your contact list. Once you've added a contact, Nimble will automatically display their most recent Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn activity every time you call up their record and let you send them messages through any of those products or by email. This is all done in the same system as traditional contact management activities: tagging contacts, assigning tasks and events, sending and receiving emails, tracking deals, building lists, searching your database, and managing your calendar.