Alex Sirota: G2 Crowd Member Q&A #3

alex sirota g2 crowdHere’s the latest in our new member Q&A series. This time, we feature Alex Sirota (pictured), Director of NewPath Consulting in Toronto, Canada.

To be considered for future Q&As, all you have to do is post about five to seven business software reviews on the site, and email marketing-at-g2crowd-dot-com to get the process started.

Read the Q&A after the jump.

(more…)

Best CRM software: Fall 2014 rankings from G2 Crowd

Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics CRM earn Leader status in crowdsourced ratings, while 13 others earn High Performer status.

best crm platform fall 2014CHICAGO – September 18, 2014 – The updated Grid℠ report for CRM software, announced today by business software review site G2 Crowd, ranks 27 products to help CRM software buyers in their selections.

The Fall 2014 report is based on more than 1,700 reviews and ratings from business professionals, including more than 500 new reviews since the previous version of the report, released in January 2014.

The Grid℠, G2 Crowd’s software recommendation engine, factors in customer satisfaction reported by users and vendor market presence determined from social and public data to rank products.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems enable companies to track and manage all customer interactions across the customer lifecycle from lead to order to support in one master system of record. CRM software suites typically provide Sales Force Automation (SFA), marketing automation features, customer support features and a unifying database to manage customer data and customer-facing applications.

To qualify as a Leader, a product must receive a high customer satisfaction score and have substantial market presence. Salesforce and Microsoft Dynamics CRM were named Leaders, with 13 additional vendors named High Performers. High Performers earn high customer satisfaction scores with a smaller market presence than Leaders.

High Performers were Nimble, Workbooks.com, Salesnet, Base CRM, Contactually, Pipeliner CRM, PipelineDeals, WORK[etc], Pipedrive, Maximizer CRM, CiviCRM, InfoFlo Software and Nutshell.

Overall, Nimble and Workbooks.com were tied with the highest customer satisfaction scores.

Across all CRM products, reviewers reported the product they use meets their requirements at an average rate of 82%, and on average reviewers said they were 81% likely to recommend the product they use.

Some highlights from the CRM software reviews on G2 Crowd:

“I absolutely LOVE the customization capabilities of Salesforce. Pretty much anything can be tracked in Salesforce using one of the many apps on the [AppExchange]…If there isn’t one…, chances are good you can build a custom object (which is also easy to do without any development knowledge).” - Carissa Crittenden, Marketing Coordinator & Salesforce.com Administrator at BirdDog

“[Microsoft Dynamics CRM integrates easily] with other Dynamics products, workflows and other customizations [that are] included in on-premise installation. [It’s easy] to navigate, making adoption easier for our firm. I also like the ability to [customize]…reports for CRM in SQL Server Reporting Services.” - Tory Norman, Small Business & Technology Advisor at Squire

“I need to stay in touch and monitor [thousands of] contacts, and I do not want a copy of the information – I  want the actual information. [Nimble] is perfect for people who really want to build [their networks.]” - Brian Burns, Advisory board member of Stelligent and host of ‘The Brutal Truth About Sales & Selling’ Podcast

“We use Workbooks across all parts of our business. As the CEO I regularly access to a few dashboards that tell me the majority of information I need to know about the business performance in [real time].” - James Gray, CEO and Founder of Taopix

Of the 151 software vendors listed in G2 Crowd’s CRM software category, the 27 ranked products each received 10 or more ratings and reviews to qualify for inclusion on the Grid℠. New vendors listed on the Grid℠ include Contactually, Pipeliner CRM, Pipedrive, InfoFlo Software and Nutshell.

Satisfaction rankings are generated from the user reviews, and market presence is calculated from vendor size, market share, and social impact. Based on a combination of these scores, each software solution is categorized as a Leader, High Performer, Contender, or Niche.

Premium research access can be purchased on the site for $599 and offers the original data for filtering and weighting, as well as individual profiles of each software platform with the most helpful positive and negative CRM software reviews, detailed company information, user satisfaction ratings, feature scores and customer metrics. Future refreshes of the Grid℠ will provide updated rankings based on the latest reviews and social data.

Be sure to check out the new Grid℠ for the best CRM software and subscribe to the premium research.
For any questions, please contact G2 Crowd; you can also follow G2 Crowd on LinkedIn and Twitter for more frequent updates.

____________________

About G2 Crowd, Inc.

G2 Crowd is business software reviews and ratings to drive better purchasing decisions. Technology buyers, investors, and analysts use the site to compare and select the best software based on peer reviews and synthesized social data. Co-founded by the founder and former executives from SaaS leader BigMachines and backed by $4 million in capital, G2 Crowd aims to bring authenticity and transparency to business technology research. For more information, go to G2Crowd.com.

__________________

G2 Crowd featured in Yahoo Small Business Advisor – twice

g2 crowd yahoo small business advisor Late last week and earlier today, we were featured in two pieces written by Yahoo! Small Business Advisor blogger Adrienne Burke.

The first piece, titled “Buying Business Software? Ask the Crowd First,” is a company profile G2 Crowd and our approach to the business software review space. The second piece highlights G2 Crowd President Tim Handorf, the lessons he learned while growing up on a farm, and how those lessons translate into the tech business.

Be sure to check out the Yahoo! Small Business Advisor site to read the full articles. In addition, for more frequent updates from G2 Crowd, you can follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Steve Radick: G2 Crowd Member Q&A #2

steve radick g2 crowdHere’s the latest in our new member Q&A series. This time, we feature Steve Radick, VP, Director of Public Relations at Brunner, a Pittsburgh-based integrated agency.

To be considered for future Q&As, post about five to seven reviews on the site, and email marketing-at-g2crowd-dot-com to get the process started.

Read the Q&A after the jump.

(more…)

G2 Crowd included in new list of top B2B online customer communities

software reviews g2 crowd logoVanessa DiMauro, CEO of Leader Networks, recently compiled her second list of the top B2B Online Customer Communities around the Web, and we made the cut.

From the article:

The Big List functions as a much deserved acknowledgment of B2B communities and their dedicated community managers, fierce executive champions and collaborative members…The limited exposure of many B2B customer communities is why the Big List has become such a valuable resource – it generates conversation and insight into the diverse eco-systems of B2B communities and gives community professionals a chance to applaud the great work being done among B2B community builders. 

We’re honored to be listed along with some of the best and most robust communities on the web, including the American Express OPEN Forum, HR.com and the CIO Executive Council.

______________________

For more frequent updates from G2 Crowd, you can follow us on our LinkedIn company page, or from Twitter and Google Plus!