Salesforce Launches Next-Generation Community Cloud

Salesforce Community Cloud MobileSalesforce (NYSE: CRM) today announced the launch of the next generation of the Community Cloud. With new innovations including Targeted Recommendations, Lightning Community Builder and Templates and Salesforce Files Connect for Google Drive, companies are empowered to connect with customers, partners and employees in a whole new way.

Before Community Cloud, companies found it difficult to engage customers, partners and employees in communities that were also connected to their businesses. With Community Cloud, customers can deliver better service, sell more through channel partners and create more engaged employees. Digital communities result in 48 percent faster case resolution, 48 percent increase in employee engagement, 45 percent increase in customer satisfaction and 43 percent increase in partner sales, according to recent research from Salesforce.

The next generation of Community Cloud enables companies to extend this success with new innovations, including:

  • Intelligence: Targeted Recommendations use powerful algorithms to analyze both structured and unstructured data to deliver the most relevant content including posts, resources, files and groups to each member. The new feature identifies experts by understanding the quality of a user’s contributions, then surfaces her as a subject-matter expert and recommends her to other community members. Community managers can also suggest content with specific information or post an announcement into the feed and target it to a specific group, member type or individual. Now, a community manager can send a new employee a personalized note to connect her with an onboarding training course, or target a consumer with a coupon for running shoes within a community about fitness.
  • Speed: Lightning Community Builder and Templates enable any business user – not just developers and IT staff – to quickly and easily deploy a customized, branded and mobile-optimized community. Companies can use Lightning Builder to create their own custom community and even develop their own custom apps with Lightning Components and embed them into the community. For example, a nonprofit could quickly build an app to organize volunteer events and embed it into the homepage of their community. In addition, new drag and drop Templates allow customized design, usability and data integration.
  • Engagement: Salesforce Files Connect for Google Drive accelerates engagement by enabling community members to easily collaborate and share any file created or stored in Google Drive. For example, a marketing team can share a Google file into a campaign planning group for easy access and collaboration. Files in Google Drive can also be attached to a record, such as a sales opportunity or service case, placing files into the flow of business and delivering the power of a centralized, universal file-sharing solution.

Community Cloud enables companies to combine their business data and processes with the power of the world’s #1 CRM platform to quickly create trusted destinations that are personalized, intelligent and mobile. Built on the proven Salesforce1 Platform, Community Cloud is connected directly to Salesforce CRM as well as third-party systems and data sources through the Connect API so companies can connect customers, partners and employees with tools and information they need to be successful. Today, demand for Community Cloud fuels a robust and expanding partner ecosystem including system integrators like Accenture and Deloitte and ISVs like CloudLock and Social SafeGuard.

Pricing & Availability

  • All new innovations of the next generation Community Cloud are included in existing Community Cloud licenses as the products become generally available.
  • Targeted Recommendations are generally available today; additional features will be introduced in the second half of 2015.
  • Lightning Community Builder and Templates are generally available today; additional Community Builder functionality including drag and drop components and integration of custom Lightning components are expected to be generally available in the second half of 2015.
  • Salesforce Files Connect for Google Drive is generally available today for Chatter and Employee Community licenses; Salesforce Files Connect for Google Drive is expected to be generally available for Partner Community and Customer Community licenses in the second half of 2015.
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