Best Practice

Bridging the gap between purchase and service

Published on: March 23, 2016
Author: Chris Eideh - North American Sales Executive

For the majority of us, buying something that we really want gives us an emotional buzz. Whether it is a car, TV, clothes or even something as small as a book or new headphones, getting our hands on a new purchase makes us happy. Consequently, companies across all industries try extremely hard to make the buying process as simple, straightforward and engaging as possible. As we know...

The importance of integrating Twitter into customer service

Published on: March 09, 2016
Author: Dharmesh Ghedia

The conversational, open nature of Twitter easily lends itself to customer service – in fact, the social network itself claims that tweets to major brands have increased by 2.5 times over the past two years, and that 80% of some company’s inbound social media customer service requests come through Twitter.However, resourcing customer service over Twitter can be difficult...

Why it is time to focus on the customer service journey, not just the touchpoints

Published on: February 23, 2016
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen - Senior Business Consultant

Research shows that 82% of consumers say they’ll switch to a rival if a mistake made at one of these touchpoints* is not addressed. It is easy to see why businesses focus on making every interaction as seamless and high quality as possible.However, a new report by consultants McKinsey points out the downsides of focusing solely on individual touchpoints rather than also...

5 ways to successfully deal with angry customers

Published on: February 16, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden - Marketing Manager

Given the complexity of business today and the rising expectations of consumers, most organizations will be on the receiving end of customer complaints. It could be down to a problem with an order, overcharging, or a complete failure to provide services, such as when a telco’s network goes down.What all of these examples have in common is that it will be the customer service team.

Using email customer service to build emotional engagement

Published on: February 09, 2016
Author: Steve Nattress

Email has been a mainstay of customer service since its inception, providing a digital alternative to the telephone for consumers. Despite the growth of other digital channels, such as social media and chat, it continues to thrive – 69% of people still want to contact companies through email, according to Forrester. In some sectors (such as retail), ...

Meeting Millennial Customer Expectations

Published on: February 05, 2016
Author: Neil Cox - Account Manager

In 2015 the US Census Bureau reported that Millennials outnumbered Baby Boomers for the first time, meaning they now make up a quarter of the population. Here’s the breakdown: 1 million Millennials (born 1982-2000), 66 million Generation X (born 1965-1982), 4 million Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964). We’re currently at a tipping point, as more and more Millennials...

Making the change from call center to contact center

Published on: February 03, 2016
Author: Laurence Chami - Managing Director

20 years ago customer service existed in a world dominated by voice, hence the widespread reliance on call centers to manage customer service interactions. Things have obviously moved on since then as email, and more recently digital channels such as social media and chat, have become a regular part of managing customer service delivery. Call centers have now evolved into...

Customer service lessons from the hotel sector

Published on: January 29, 2016
Author: Eptica

Since the days of coaching inns, providers of accommodation have had to focus on delivering the right customer experience to their guests. Constant competition and travelers sharing their feedback with those they encountered meant that inns could quickly gain a good reputation – or lose it just as swiftly if standards slipped.Today, the customer experience is even more vital...

Social customer service – why it is a continuous journey

Published on: January 27, 2016
Author: Eptica

All brands should now understand the importance of social media to customer service. For example, over two thirds (67%) of consumers say they’ve used social media for customer service, rather than phoning or visiting a company website, according to research from J.D. Power. Over 1 million people view tweets about customer service every week. However, many companies are still...

5 customer experience lessons from the 2015 Holiday Shopping season

Published on: January 08, 2016
Author: Robin Tandon - Senior Product Marketing Director

While the peak season for retailers isn’t yet over, many companies are already taking stock and looking at their performance, as well as studying the wider trends that emerged in the run up to Christmas 2015.The positive news is that overall spending in the US was up by nearly 8%, according to figures from MasterCard. However, not every retailer will have felt the benefit...

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