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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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 ...

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