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Customer service and sales

Published on: October 25, 2012
Author: Epticablog

This week’s Eptica Multichannel Customer Experience Conference brought together leading businesses and industry experts to help share best practice when it comes to multichannel customer service.As well as insightful presentations from Domestic & General, Thomson Holidays and the Customer Contact Association, delegates heard from Paul Barnes, Eptica’s UK managing director on the tr...

Making electricity and gas simpler for consumers

Published on: October 22, 2012
Author: Epticablog

The maze of different tariffs and deals offered by utility companies has long been criticised for confusing consumers and making it difficult for them to find the best deal for their particular needs. Two new announcements, from the Prime Minister David Cameron and industry regulator Ofgem aim to make it simpler – and in doing so increase the importance of customer service in the sector.&nbs...

Staying within the law online

Published on: October 17, 2012
Author: Epticablog

A recent check of retail UK websites found that more than a third could be breaking the law. The research, by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) uncovered issues at 62 of 156 sites, ranging from unlawful restrictions on refunds, failure to notify buyers about additional charges such as for delivery and not providing email contact details.Following the survey, the OFT has asked sites to change t...

Improving the multichannel customer experience

Published on: October 12, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Happy customers are at the heart of successful businesses. While this sounds obvious, in today’s fast moving, multichannel world keeping customers satisfied – and winning new ones - is much more of a challenge than ever before.Companies need to look at their overall strategy and ensure that the processes and technology within their organisations are allowing customer service teams to d...

Succeeding in an ‘always on’ world

Published on: October 09, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Our last post talked about the strains facing companies as consumers demand faster and faster responses to their queries. However it isn’t just speed that customers value – they want to be able to get an answer through whatever channel they choose, whether online or offline. And if you don’t provide the right experience they’ll simply take their custom elsewhere.To help Asi...

The need for customer service speed

Published on: October 05, 2012
Author: Epticablog

When it comes to customer service, consumer expectations only move in one direction – upwards. The combination of excellent service from market leading companies and increasingly high standards are continually raising the bar. This means companies need to be continually investing in improving their service to delight customers and match their peers.The perfect example of these increased expe...

Bringing customer service strategy to life

Published on: October 03, 2012
Author: Epticablog

We’re currently part way through National Customer Service Week (1-7 October), which acts as a focus for the importance of customer service to UK businesses. Led by the Institute of Customer Service, each day during the week has a separate theme  - from Bringing your Strategy to Life to Improving Processes and The Future.The sheer breadth of subjects covered and the enormous number of o...

Dialling the right number for telecoms customer service

Published on: September 28, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Telecoms companies have traditionally had a poor reputation when it comes to customer service, but new research from Ofcom shows that overall the picture is getting better. Overall complaints against broadband, landline and mobile suppliers are falling, according to the regulator’s latest report which covers April-June 2012.Topping the league for both poor landline (0.53 complaints per 1,000...

Changing channels in the public sector

Published on: September 25, 2012
Author: Epticablog

In the current economic climate, the public sector, like all industries, needs to increase efficiency so that it can operate within tighter budgets. But what is vital is that all citizens still receive a high quality customer service that meets their specific needs.The positive news is that technology has the power to deliver this combination of efficiency and good service. As the population switc...

Doctor, Doctor

Published on: September 21, 2012
Author: Epticablog

According to recent figures from the General Medical Council (GMC), complaints against doctors in the UK have risen by nearly 23% in just a year, while written complaints across the whole of the NHS increased by 8%. However, at the same time overall customer satisfaction surveys and performance ratings of doctors have improved. And of the 8,781 complaints made in 2011, nearly 5,000 were taken no f...

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