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Tesco, pricing and the iPad

Published on: March 20, 2012
Author: Epticablog

The launch of the new Apple iPad has dominated many sections of the media over the last week as retailers and rivals have tried to capitalise on the buzz around the launch.However an unfortunate pricing error has led to the wrong sort of headlines for Tesco. A misplaced decimal point saw the retailer advertise the new iPad 3 for £49.99, rather than £499, on its website. As news spread ...

Retail squeeze puts customer service centre stage

Published on: March 23, 2012
Author: Epticablog

The current recession is claiming more victims amongst hard-pressed retailers, with Game the latest company to file for administration. And new figures show that it is not just bricks and mortar retailers that are suffering, as UK ecommerce growth is also slowing. While UK shoppers spent £5.4 billion online in February 2012, this was the weakest growth since January 2010, with sales only cli...

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...

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 ...

Squaring the circle - improving multi-channel service and reducing costs

Published on: April 20, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Whatever sector you are in successfully managing customer service across multiple channels is a key differentiator in today’s competitive business environment. Customers want the ability to contact you – and get answers to their questions – whether they are using the web, email, phone or social media. And they want these answers to be delivered quickly or they will simply go else...

Financial services and Facebook

Published on: April 18, 2012
Author: Epticablog

As they operate in a highly regulated environment, many banks and financial services companies have been wary of becoming involved in social media. There has been a real fear that a throwaway tweet could be seen as endorsing a product when it isn’t the right fit for a particular customer, leading to potential misselling claims and action by regulators.However when handled properly the benefi...

A shock for utility customer service?

Published on: April 12, 2012
Author: Epticablog

In the past the UK utility industry has had a poor reputation for customer service. This has led to tough action from regulator Ofgem, for example fining npower £2 million and British Gas £2.5m for mishandling customer complaints in 2011.This week the government launched a new raft of planned measures that will tighten protection for consumers even further. These include direct compens...

Avoiding abandoned shopping carts

Published on: April 04, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Online retail is becoming ever more competitive, meaning that for retailers the experience and service they provide for their customers is crucial to winning and retaining business.So new research from Experian should act as a wake-up call to ecommerce companies. It found that an estimated £1.02bn of online shopping transactions were abandoned by UK consumers in 2011, with 20% giving up on t...

Domestic & General’s customer service success recognised at prestigious awards

Published on: March 29, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Whatever industry you are in, customer service revolves around providing fast, accurate answers to customer queries. However ensuring that your agents have the up to date information needed to deliver these answers can be difficult, as it is scattered across multiple IT systems, stored in physical folders or even kept in agents’ heads.  The key to delivering excellent customer...

Top tips for video customer service

Published on: March 28, 2012
Author: Epticablog

From the BBC iPlayer to YouTube, video is one of the fastest growing ways for consumers to access content on the web. Faster broadband connection speeds and wifi on mobiles make video simple and quick to view wherever we may be.Part of the reason for the growth of video is the power it has to get a message across in a highly visual, simple to understand manner. This makes it perfect for customer s...

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