4 ways of raising the profile of customer service in your organization

Published on: September 30, 2016
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen

National Customer Service Week (NCSW) will soon be celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic. Running between October 3-7, it highlights the importance of customer service to every organization, and provides the opportunity to learn from best practice and to celebrate success across the sector.

Why making it memorable is key to customer experience success

Published on: September 28, 2016
Author: Steve Nattress

Consumers are constantly undergoing new experiences, but very few leave a lasting impression, with only those that are truly memorable remaining in our brains. These tend to be experiences that drive strong emotions – either of delight or anger. This is particularly true when it comes to the experience consumers receive from brands, with the majority quickly forgotten.

Digital disruption in insurance – why it is all about service

Published on: September 21, 2016
Author: Chris Eideh

Over the past few years we’ve seen whole industries transformed thanks to digital technology. From publishing to retail to transportation, new entrants have shaken up mature markets, and unseated existing leaders through innovative business models.Recent research from Fujitsu points to insurance being next in line for digital disruption.

Balancing investment between digital and traditional customer service

Published on: September 16, 2016
Author: Derek Lewis

Many organizations are embracing digital transformation, making investments to enhance the customer experience they deliver on these digital channels, such as email, chat, the web and social media. However, new research from Accenture Strategy underlines the importance of offering a full range of channels to meet all consumer needs.

Getting ready for Christmas – 5 areas for retailers to focus on

Published on: September 14, 2016
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen

It may seem like a long time in the future for consumers, but as every retailer knows Christmas is coming – fast. Now is the period for finalizing plans and ensuring that the vital holiday season goes as well as possible. Customer service and the experience you offer consumers is a critical part of this, so what should companies be doing NOW to ready themselves?

Can you afford to lose half your customers?

Published on: September 09, 2016
Author: Neil Cox

Recent research highlighted by customer service guru Shep Hyken demonstrates the importance of delivering an experience that meets the needs of your customers. It found that businesses in the US are losing $62 billion every year, due to people switching following poor customer service. Just under half of customers (49%) said they switched after a bad experience....

The importance of understanding language in customer service

Published on: September 07, 2016
Author: Chris Eideh

People use a whole range of different words to refer to your products – many will differ from those words that your organization uses internally. For example, research found that there are 57 names for the humble TV remote control, including the flipper, the changer and even the doofangle. This wide range of language can create problems for customer service...

Are you joining the dots when it comes to customer service?

Published on: September 01, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden

Today’s consumers want the freedom and flexibility to make contact using whichever channel they choose – and get a fast, helpful response to their query. They also want to be able to seamlessly move channels during the course of a conversation, without having to repeat themselves...

What do consumers want from brands today?

Published on: August 26, 2016
Author: Derek Lewis

Companies understand that meeting customer needs is central to business success. But it can be more difficult to find out what consumers value most when it comes to the overall experience – and what drives them to switch to rivals. New research from the Institute of Customer Service (ICS) therefore provides some vital insight - read on to find out more...

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