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Social Business By Design: Transformative Social Media Strategies for the Connected Company by Jeff Dachis, Peter Kim, Dion Hinchcliffe

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Chapter 1

Social Media

Drivers of Global Business Opportunity

For German software giant SAP, the road toward social business started, as so many other business success stories have, with a problem. Beginning in the early 2000s, as the firm grew by leaps and bounds, acquiring companies and developing major new versions of its products, it encountered steadily increasing challenges in the ways it provided its vast network of global prospects with information and customers with vital support services and customer care. Although SAP used what were commonly accepted customer support channels such as e-mail and phone, customers were not satisfied with the timeliness or usefulness of the support they received from the company. Another barrier to growth ...

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