"...Firms need to get it out of their heads that its not just about marketing to these people but responding to their questions and providing services."
I think those of us that understand social media would wholeheartedly agree. But that is not the point of this post. As a banker I have worked on many core processor installations/conversions, including Metavante, Fiserv and Jack Henry. And that got me wondering how cool it would be to have a module built in within the core processor that would automatically scan Twitter or Facebook or any other social media platform, for key words that affect my bank. These comments can then be automatically routed to a customer service rep for response - directly from the core processor console. No third party apps, no cumbersome multiple platform searches, no problems.
It sounds like Salesforce.com is working down this road. It will then only be a matter of time before core processors start incorporating similar functionality. This can be very powerful in enabling banks on social media platforms. The conversation power would be tremendous. And because it is built into the core processor banks will more easily adopt social media as a core practice versus the occasional dabble which does no one any good.