About James Davidson

James is 7Summits’ leading digital strategist and community expert with a proven ability and track record of driving measurable business outcomes. He works closely with clients in the Fortune 1000 across a variety of industries including Financial Services, Recruiting and HR Services, Higher Education, Healthcare, CPG, Engineering, Professional Services, and Product Manufacturing.

The Evolution and Future of Online Communities

Originally posted on CMSWire

Have online community platforms reached their maturity point?

This question came up recently after reading two different posts: Sameer Patel’s “Why Collaboration Fails”, and Altimeter’s report “The 2015 State of Social Business: Priorities Shift From Scaling to Integrating.” Patel’s post highlighted the gaps and opportunities in aligning collaboration with […]

AdmissionsConnect: Transform the way you recruit, retain & engage prospective students

At 7Summits, we’ve been working in higher education for over 4 years. In that time we’ve worked with a number of schools to deliver online communities across the student lifecycle – serving prospects, students, alumni, faculty and staff. One area we’ve spent a lot time analyzing is admissions and enrollment […]

By |March 16th, 2015|HIgher Education, Salesforce|0 Comments

We are a Social Business

A former boss and mentor of mine used this phrase a lot: “We need to eat our own cooking.” This has always stuck with me throughout my career. How can you advocate for social business and technology in a client project, strategy or a technical solution when you’re still using […]

By |December 4th, 2014|Jive Software, Salesforce|0 Comments

Replacing or Redesigning your Portal? Consider a Community (Part 1)

In my role as a Senior Strategist at 7Summits, I have the benefit of meeting with a lot of clients during their discovery to discuss strategy, solution architecture and implementation roadmaps. One of the growing trends that I see in many corporations across all verticals and sizes (Mid, Large and Enterprise) […]

Altimeter Group Partnership

If you haven’t already heard by now 7Summits has formed a strategic alliance with Altimeter Group.


Check out Twitter and or the press release here for more details:
Happy to announce our strategic alliance with @7SummitsAgency! http://t.co/UULwKJIGRa

— altimetergroup (@altimetergroup) October 10, 2014

Business transformation through social and online communities transcends silos and requires a […]

By |October 14th, 2014|Social Business Strategy|1 Comment

Academically Social Webcast: “The SocialBiz and Digital Revolution of Higher Education” #highedsocbiz

For those that missed our Jive software webcast today title “Academically Social – The Social Business and Digital Revolution of Higher Education” with Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) and Penn Foster. We’ve posted a copy of the deck, here is a link to the presentation on Slideshare. You can also […]

By |June 10th, 2014|HIgher Education, Jive Software, Webinars|0 Comments

Social Strategies for Successful Student Engagement in Higher Education

For those looking for it, here is a copy of our presentation titled “Social Strategies for Successful Student Engagement” from the Salesforce Foundation Higher Education Summit 2014 presented by myself. Enjoy!

Salesforce Foundation HESUMMIT 2014 7Summits Social Strategies for Successful Student Engagement from 7Summits

By |June 9th, 2014|HIgher Education, Salesforce, Webinars|0 Comments

Gamification #201 Webcast: Winning with Gamification, a Guide to Success

For those that missed our “Jive software webcast today title “Gamification 201: Winning with Gamification, a Guide to Success” with Hitachi Data Systems and  SolarWinds. We’ve posted a copy of the deck, here is a link to the presentation on Slideshare. You can also watch a recording of the webcast here.

Thanks to Michael Torok @ SolarWinds. And […]

By |March 11th, 2014|Gamification, Jive Software, Webinars|0 Comments

The Benefits of Creating an Online Community

Originally posted on the ForeFront Magazine blog.
“A new class of company is emerging—one that uses collaborative technologies intensively to connect the internal efforts of employees and to extend the organization’s reach to customers, partners and suppliers…”

This quote from a McKinsey study has always resonated with me as I consider the […]

#Jiveworld 2013

We couldn’t be more excited to be sponsors at #Jiveworld 2013, this is our 5th year! 7Summits is attending the event in full force and we’d love to meet you.

Meet our Team
Stop by and say hi to our Sherpas at our Booth P2. We’d love to learn about your business and […]

By |October 22nd, 2013|Jive Software, Social Business Strategy|0 Comments