Delivering excellent customer service has never been more important to the bottom line. Ahead of National Customer Service Week we look at the key factors underpinning successful customer service today...
When interacting with brands, consumers want the process to be easy, effective and based on an understanding of their emotions and the individual needs. Recent research from Forrester outlines 3 ways that AI can help meet these changing customer expectations.
Not only are holidaymakers now booking their travel and accommodation online, but the web has also paved the way for new business models, with more people going direct to hotels and airlines rather than booking complete packages from traditional travel agents. In this digital first world, how are UK travel companies doing in terms of online customer experience?
The rise of artificial intelligence is leading many people to predict that the future of customer service will be driven by automation and technology, without the need for human agents to interact with consumers. However success will be more about balancing humans and technology in order to meet consumer needs.
Amidst all the talk of artificial intelligence, chatbots and the Internet of Things transforming the relationship between brands and consumers, it is easy to forget the vital importance of the human element to successful customer service. How can you balance both?
Despite the rise of new channels such as social media, email is still the number one digital channel for customer service, making up an average of 20.5% of incoming interactions to customer service teams. So how can organizations respond quickly, accurately and efficiently?
The run up to Christmas is both the busiest time of year for most brands and the most stressful for consumers. So it is no surprise that consumers become more demanding of the brands that they deal with during this time. How can they cope?
We live in the age of the connected consumer. Everyone understands the huge amount of time people spend on their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets – there is even a term (Nomophobia), describing the increased anxiety we feel when we are away from our mobile. What does this mean for customer experience and customer service?
How good are European companies at delivering the customer experience that consumers demand? The latest Forrester research paints a mixed picture, with companies in the UK, France and Germany all lagging behind the United States. The recently released Forrester 2017 European Customer Experience Indexes found that CX worsened in the UK and stayed poor in France.
Imagine having a conversation in a pitch black room. You can’t see the person you are talking to and their tone of voice shows no emotion at all. You can’t tell if they are happy, angry or sad, or even why they are talking to you. You might as well be talking to a robot. Building empathy – or even understanding them clearly – is almost impossible.Sound far-fetched? For most...