CRM Idol Competition – Get Nominations In By June 10





CRM Idol Season 3

The deadline for technology companies to compete in CRM Idol is fast approaching.  Monday, June 10, 2013 is the entry deadline.

CRM Idol takes a broad view of what constitutes CRM technology — it’s a competition to discover the most promising new marketing-related technologies.  Here is a sampling of the kinds of technology that may qualify:

  • CRM applications
  • Marketing Automation
  • ocial Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Sales Force Automation
  • Sales Intelligence
  • Sales Optimization
  • Sales Enablement
  • Sales Operations
  • Customer Service
  • Web Self-Service
  • Customer Experience Management (CEM, CXM)
  • Social Media Monitoring
  • Customer Analytics
  • Enterprise Feedback Management
  • Reputation Management/Engine
  • Innovation Management

Companies must have less than $12 million in revenue and have been founded less than seven years ago.

“The submissions for this competition keep getting better and better,” said Paul Greenberg, CRM Idol founder. “Every year we see great companies committed to innovation in the CRM space, and I’m sure this year will be no different.”

Once submissions are in, those who meet requirements will be announced June 20. After product demonstrations, interviews, and voting by judges and the public, the CRM Idol 2013 winners will be announced Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013.

This is the third year for the CRM Idol competition.   Eight former participants in the competition have been acquired, with many others enjoying increased visibility and great success.  Former winners and participants cite CRM Idol as an important differentiator with both prospects and investors.

The primary judges for CRM Idol 2013 for the Americas include industry experts Brent Leary, co-founder and partner of CRM Essentials LLC, Denis Pombriant, founder and managing principal of Beagle Research, Esteban Kolsky, principal and founder at ThinkJar LLC, Jesus Hoyos, partner and co-founder of Solvis Consulting, and Paul Greenberg, managing principal at the 56 Group.

Winners of the competition will be awarded with consulting hours from the judging panel, the opportunity to pitch to investing partners including Bain Capital Ventures, publicity with leading industry publications, and technology licenses with valuable tools including Salesforce.com, Infusionsoft, and Marketo.

Go here for complete rules.  To submit a nomination, request a submission form by emailing:  request@crmidol.com

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Anita Campbell


Anita Campbell Anita Campbell is the Founder, CEO and Publisher of Small Business Trends and has been following trends in small businesses since 2003. She is the owner of BizSugar, a social media site for small businesses.

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  1. Anita,

    Thanks for the info on CRM Idol.

    If I’m allowed to mention one name, I’d suggest Sugar CRM ( http://www.sugarcrm.com/feature/mobile-crm )for mobile CRM, as I am a big fan of anything mobile working right now.

    I love their one-touch access to phone, email, text messaging and map (note: I’m not affiliated with them in any way.)

    • Anita Campbell

      Thank you, Ivan. If I am not mistaken, Sugar CRM has been in CRM Idol. It’s a good app — I appreciate your bringing it up.

      Lots of opportunities for CRM-ish type startups or young companies.

      – Anita

  2. Sounds like a great competition!

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