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MOMENT OF ZEN. CRM provider Zendesk has rolled out a new Sales Suite tool and expanded its Support Suite offerings. The Support Suite has a refreshed design enabling a comprehensive overview of customer communications and new social messaging features. The newly introduced Sales Suite is geared toward team collaboration. Why we care: Being able to combine customer service and sales communications within the CRM platform gives marketers a more holistic view of the customer journey. Source: Zendesk
LEAN IN: Leanplum, a multi-channel customer engagement platform, has raised $27 million in Series D funding and named George Garrick, the former CEO for both IRI and A.C. Nielsen, as its new CEO. The company says the money will go toward product development and go-to-market efforts. Why we care: Leanplum reports it enabled marketers to send more than 150 billion mobile messages last year. With more money now available for product development — and a consumer behavior expert leading the team — the company is positioning itself to be a top customer engagement solution. Source: Leanplum