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DEFINITION: Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances that has no more than five intermediaries. The theory was first proposed in 1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called "Chains."In the 1950's, Ithiel de Sola Pool (MIT) and Manfred Kochen (IBM) set out to prove the theory mathematically.  … 
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Increase End User Productivity and Reduce Operating Costs with a Social Collaboration Platform
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In this Forrester brief, learn how a social collaboration platform can improve productivity by providing a unified location for content, reduce the burden on IT resources by bringing disparate resources together, provide anytime, anywhere access to information, and more.
Posted: 12 Feb 2016 | Published: 12 Feb 2016


Evolving Toward the Next Phase of Email
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: In this Osterman Research report, learn how email is evolving and combining with new technologies. Explore how you can ensure that your email is securely integrated with new capabilities such as mobile and social, so that you can leverage email as a competitive advantage rather than allow it to become a liability.
Posted: 11 Feb 2016 | Published: 30 Jun 2014


5 Ways Wholesale Distributors Can Succeed with the Millennial Generation
sponsored by Infor
WHITE PAPER: This resource features a checklist of five tactics that can help you prepare your business to succeed with the next generation of customers, partners and employees. Access now and you'll also unlock the details and benefits of each tactic.
Posted: 20 Jan 2016 | Published: 20 Jan 2016


Market Analysis: Social Software in the Workplace
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: Access this Gartner assessment of 14 social software vendors so you can begin to zero in on which social software tool will best serve your enterprise.
Posted: 08 Dec 2015 | Published: 26 Oct 2015


Selling with Social: New Research to Improve Online Sales
sponsored by Bazaarvoice
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper you will examine who is generating and using consumer-generated content, where they are using it, and how it is impacting offline buying behavior. Read on to explore the findings of this study and recommendations on how to apply these insights to your own marketing endeavors.
Posted: 03 Dec 2015 | Published: 03 Dec 2015


Selling with Social: How Social Curation Drives Engagement and Sales
sponsored by Bazaarvoice
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper now to learn how your business can use rich social content and customer feedback to drive engagement trust and conversion.
Posted: 24 Nov 2015 | Published: 24 Nov 2015


How Customer's Social Conversations Drive Acquisition, Retention, and Innovation
sponsored by Bazaarvoice
WHITE PAPER: Using the banking industry as a use case, access this white paper about social media to discover how you can seize the opportunity to redefine your brand and earn new customers by tapping into conversations, status updates, and more.
Posted: 24 Nov 2015 | Published: 24 Nov 2015


5 Questions Every Sales Department Should be Able to Answer and How Analytics can Help Answer Them
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WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, learn how organizations can empower their sales reps with answers to 5 questions that are crucial to sales success. Additionally, see how sales reps are better able to tackle new challenges with analytical insights that can be accessed on any device.
Posted: 18 Nov 2015 | Published: 18 Nov 2015

Social Software and UC Create Collaborative Communications
sponsored by Oracle Corporation
EGUIDE: This expert guide discusses how Collaborative Communications will change how enterprises do business, both inside the organization, and with your partners.
Posted: 13 Nov 2015 | Published: 13 Nov 2015

Oracle Corporation

Five Ways to Optimize Your Customer's Journey through the Contact Center
sponsored by Genesys
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover the five steps you can take to make sure your customer's journey through your contact center is enjoyable from beginning to end.
Posted: 29 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014


Anatomy of the New Decision: Five Factors That Are Shaping the Future of Business Analytics
sponsored by Information Builders
WHITE PAPER: Access this informative white paper to find out which technologies are converging to help organizations drive innovation, empowering leaders to make smarter decisions. Learn practical, proven methods you can apply to your current information management strategy, such as cloud-based information services.
Posted: 08 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2013

Information Builders

Assessing the Benefits of Social and Cloud-Based CRM Tools
sponsored by Microsoft
EGUIDE: Do the cloud and CRM go hand in hand? Most will argue yes, but why? In this expert e-guide, tap into advantages of CRM in the cloud, and learn how technology company Shuttle Cloud uses cloud tools to manage customers, organize sales leads and hire internally. Plus, gain tips for making social CRM tools work effectively in your organization.
Posted: 02 Feb 2016 | Published: 01 Feb 2016


Expert Tips for Social CRM: Why Companies Are Pinning Their Hopes on Pinterest
sponsored by Microsoft
EGUIDE: Discover how you can formulate a winning social CRM strategy, and knock your customers' expectations out of the park. Tap into why Pinterest is piquing the interest of businesses and get an exclusive look at how MLB teams engage with their customers via personalized mobile updates.
Posted: 02 Feb 2016 | Published: 01 Feb 2016


CRM Analytics: How to Make the Most of Customer Data
sponsored by SearchCRM
EBOOK: The right combination of technology and human resources behind CRM analytics can provide a competitive advantage. Discover how you can empower sales, marketing, and customer service teams to make smarter, data-driven decisions with CRM analytics.
Posted: 22 Jan 2016 | Published: 22 Jan 2016


CRM Stories: Rogerseller
sponsored by Microsoft
RESOURCE: In this resource, Rogerseller's Geraldine Smallacombe illustrates how she was able to give her customers a more dynamic journey. Access now and learn how to achieve a social presence that engages customers and gauges sentiment, in-depth knowledge of preferences and profiles that results in better targeting, and more.
Posted: 07 Jan 2016 | Published: 24 Jun 2015


Collaboration and Messaging Apps in the Enterprise
sponsored by Magnet
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, learn how new, real-time collaboration tools are driving greater productivity in the business, but more importantly, learn why CIOs should still keep an eye on the consumer messaging market.
Posted: 04 Jan 2016 | Published: 04 Jan 2016

Why Creating Closer Customer Relationships Depends on Master Data Management
sponsored by TIBCO Software Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This dynamic terrain is rocky, but it also holds enormous potential. The following white paper reveals what strategies you need to achieve close customer relationships and increased loyalty.
Posted: 16 Oct 2015 | Published: 16 Oct 2015

TIBCO Software Inc.

Creating an Effective Social Media Strategy
sponsored by Microsoft
EGUIDE: In this expert e-guide, learn how to use social media intelligently to engage customers and build credibility online. Additionally, learn why organizations need to make sure their company culture is conducive to implementing a social CRM program before they can take full advantage of social media.
Posted: 09 Oct 2015 | Published: 09 Oct 2015


Your Planning Guide for Collaboration and Content in the Cloud
sponsored by Dropbox for Business
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, analysts break down communication, collaboration, content and social platforms - or, 3CS systems. Discover how to leverage these essentials with mobile, cloud and other technologies across the enterprise.
Posted: 30 Mar 2015 | Published: 29 Mar 2013

Dropbox for Business

Take Advantage of Multi-Channel to Improve Your CEM
sponsored by IBM
EGUIDE: In this e-guide, explore the business-driving benefits of integrating your data across all channels. Additionally, discover the latest contact center technologies that will boost customer service with multi-channel support.
Posted: 05 Mar 2015 | Published: 05 Mar 2015


How Michigan State University Calculates Likelihood of Philanthropic Engagement
sponsored by IBM
CASE STUDY: This case study describes how MSU leveraged business intelligence and predictive analytics to gain deep insight into an individual alum's potential to give.
Posted: 20 Feb 2015 | Published: 30 Jan 2015


Speech-to-Text Analytics Reveals New Insights Into Consumer Behavior
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes how Telerx, a global contact center outsourcing provider, embrace the methods that modern consumers are utilizing to share their opinions and turned raw data into valuable insight for their clients.
Posted: 20 Feb 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2013


IDC MarketScape for Jive Software
sponsored by Jive Software
WHITE PAPER: This IDC MarketScape report looks at enterprise social network vendors and features Jive in this excerpt. Learn about Jive's strengths, challenges, key features, and more.
Posted: 17 Feb 2015 | Published: 17 Feb 2015

Jive Software

The Age of Social Media: Lead Generation and Brand Authenticity
sponsored by Marketo
WHITE PAPER: This white paper considers the advantages of social media in regards to lead generation. Access now to find out how you can implement a profitable social media strategy by targeting a variety of platforms with specific plans of action, and how your sales leads will benefit.
Posted: 28 Jan 2015 | Published: 28 Jan 2015


3 Pillars of Customer Experience in Today's Connected World
sponsored by
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn three steps to meeting customers' rising expectations in today's hyper-connected world: Personalized service, smarter support, and faster connection.
Posted: 19 Jan 2015 | Published: 19 Jan 2015
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SOCIAL NETWORKING DEFINITION (continued): …  Although they were able to phrase the question (given a set N of people, what is the probability that each member of N is connected to another member via k_1, k_2, k_3...k_n links?), after twenty years they were still unable to solve the problem to their own satisfaction. In 1967, American sociologist Stanley Milgram devised a new way to test the theory, which he called "the small-world problem." He randomly selected people in the mid-West to send packages to a stranger located in Massachusetts. The senders knew the recipient's name, occupation, and general location. They were instructed to send … 
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