Managing your business is becoming as easy as communicating on Facebook and Twitter. We are thrilled to announce that Salesforce and Softbank group have invested in Seesmic.
Seesmic has integrated its social networking applications with Chatter, already available on Android (on the market) and Seesmic Desktop (in beta at request) and will be on Seesmic Web, Blackberry, iPhone and Windows Phone 7 soon.
Connecting external social networks with innovative internal communications networks such as Salesforce Chatter now available for free offers a new way to manage your business. This integration turns Seesmic into a management dashboard which can be used to view internal activity streams (follow your R&D, sales and HR simultaneously for example) or for customer service by connecting Twitter, Facebook and more than 50 other services to internal communication groups. Seesmic has an open platform with an SDK and more than 60 plugins available.
Softbank group also invested in Seesmic, which has about 10% of its one million registered users in Japan.
Seesmic will keep its free offer for end consumers and launch dedicated offers for business users in the near future.
Here is the full press release, and some coverage from AllThingsD, TechCrunch, Business Insider, Mashable, The Next Web, Venture Beat, Uberbin (spanish), presse-citron (french), Frenchweb (french), mocoNews and PaidContent.org
Seesmic Receives $4 Million Investment
SAN FRANCISCO – Feb 1, 2011 – Seesmic, the leading maker of applications that monitor social networks across mobile devices, today announced a $4 million investment from salesforce.com, inc. and a Softbank Group company managed by Softbank Holdings Inc.
Seesmic helps companies monitor, engage and build their brands across social networks and mobile devices. The Seesmic Desktop provides a single console that lets companies view and respond, in real time, to comments being made about their brands in Twitter, Facebook and other social networks. Seesmic Desktop works with Apple’s iPhone and Macintosh computers, smartphones running Google’s Android or Windows Phone 7 mobile operating systems, Research in Motion’s Blackberry and on personal computers.
Salesforce.com, the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, and Softbank group join previous investors Atomico, Omidyar Network and Wellington Partners. Seesmic has received a total of $16 million, including the most-recent investment round.
Seesmic and Salesforce.com have worked closely for more than six months to create a seamless integration between Seesmic Desktop and Salesforce Chatter, the industry’s first enterprise social collaboration app and platform. Leveraging the social features popularized by Facebook and Twitter — such as profiles, status updates and real-time feeds — Chatter lets employees “follow” documents, people, business processes and application data. The result is a new level of productivity that crosses departments and organizational barriers. By integrating with Chatter, Seesmic Desktop will enable salesforce.com users to immediately see comments that customers have posted on Facebook and Twitter.
“Salesforce.com has become a valued partner as we work together to bridge external and enterprise social communication with Chatter. These investments will enable us to reach more enterprise customers” said Loic Le Meur, CEO, Seesmic.
Founded by Loic Le Meur, Seesmic builds applications that help small business and enterprise customers build their brands. With Seesmic, customers can publish content to more than 50 social networks with just one click. Users of Seesmic range from individuals looking to interact with their following, to community managers engaging their clients, to big brands managing their social media initiatives.