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The Royal Wedding and Customer Service

Published on: April 19, 2011
Author: Epticablog

The next two weeks see an unprecedented number of bank holidays across the UK. Easter, the Royal Wedding and May Day mean that many physical shops will be shut, driving potential customers onto the internet.While this is good news for ecommerce sites, ensuring they have the right level of customer service support to match demand is tricky. Estimating how many contact centre agents are needed on pa...

Eptica raises £5.7 million to accelerate growth

Published on: April 26, 2012
Author: Epticablog

In a difficult economic climate, raising new investment is notoriously hard, even for successful companies. So the news that Eptica has raised £5.7 million in a new funding round is a strong endorsement of the market need for our solutions and ability to grow. The funding comes from new shareholder Auriga Partners, alongside existing investor Omnes Capital (formerly Crédit Agricole Private ...

How to future proof retail customer service

Published on: April 27, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Competition in retail has never been harder – and the pace of change is ever accelerating. Just as traditional bricks and mortar shops have evolved to have a web presence, they are now faced with the challenge of integrating other new channels, such as social commerce and mobile into their strategies.While social commerce is still in its infancy, customers are increasingly looking to interac...

Delivering the right customer experience

Published on: May 01, 2012
Author: Epticablog

The technology behind better managing customer interactions is now a top 10 priority for CIOs, according to a new survey from Gartner. This rise up the rankings is being driven by a focus on improving the customer experience, particularly in the current recession, as well as the growing need to factor social media into company strategies. There’s also a major growth in the deployment of cust...

Why retailers shouldn’t ignore social media commerce

Published on: May 03, 2012
Author: Epticablog

When Facebook launched its e-commerce platform, a huge number of high profile retailers opened virtual stores on the social media network. Since then many of these have closed amidst poor customer take-up – for example recent research found that just 2% of French consumers would buy through Facebook. However new retailers are still opening F-commerce stores and niche boutiques are recording ...

Are companies actually engaging with social media customer service?

Published on: March 02, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Social media opens up a whole new way of communicating with customers. However companies need to understand that it is fundamentally different to other channels. Social media is much more of a two way conversation and, as it is held in public, the world can see the results. So while many companies have moved onto social media and are using it for customer service, what is vital is how engaged...

Why improving email performance is vital for customer service success

Published on: January 23, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden - Demand Generation Manager

Delivering superior customer service is an increasing challenge for all. Companies need to cover more and more channels while meeting continually growing demands from consumers, often with no corresponding increase in budgets. No wonder that the temptation can be to re-allocate scarce resources away from traditional channels such as email in order to focus more heavily on the likes of social media...

How business leaders are fighting the battle against customer churn

Published on: May 09, 2012
Author: Epticablog

This is a guest blog post from Jo Causon, chief executive of the Institute of Customer Service, the professional body for customer service.We live in an age of ‘austerity spending’, where businesses have to work harder than ever to hang on to their customers.Last year we commissioned research that concluded that the average cost to replace a lost customer is around £6,500 and 56 ...

Offshoring and the impact on customer service

Published on: July 13, 2011
Author: Epticablog

 Last weekend the British arm of banking giant Santander became the latest company to announce plans to return its international contact centres to the UK. The aim is to improve customer service, after previous poor performance was highlighted by the industry ombudsman.This is obviously good news for the 500 new UK staff taken on to handle the estimated 1.5 million calls that will now be &lsq...

Listening to customers on social media

Published on: May 16, 2012
Author: Epticablog

New research from American Express demonstrates the growing importance of social media to customer service. The US survey found that companies that resolve queries and complaints through Facebook and Twitter saw 21% more sales than those that just relied on the phone or via email. 17% of consumers are now using social media for customer service, with 20% of them turning to social media first befor...

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