Using email customer service to build emotional engagement

Published on: February 09, 2016
Author: Steve Nattress

Email has been a mainstay of customer service since its inception, providing a digital alternative to the telephone for consumers. Despite the growth of other digital channels, such as social media and chat, it continues to thrive – 69% of people still want to contact companies through email, according to Forrester. In some sectors (such as retail), ...

Meeting Millennial Customer Expectations

Published on: February 05, 2016
Author: Neil Cox - Account Manager

In 2015 the US Census Bureau reported that Millennials outnumbered Baby Boomers for the first time, meaning they now make up a quarter of the population. Here’s the breakdown: 1 million Millennials (born 1982-2000), 66 million Generation X (born 1965-1982), 4 million Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964). We’re currently at a tipping point, as more and more Millennials...

Making the change from call center to contact center

Published on: February 03, 2016
Author: Laurence Chami - Managing Director

20 years ago customer service existed in a world dominated by voice, hence the widespread reliance on call centers to manage customer service interactions. Things have obviously moved on since then as email, and more recently digital channels such as social media and chat, have become a regular part of managing customer service delivery. Call centers have now evolved into...

Customer service lessons from the hotel sector

Published on: January 29, 2016
Author: Eptica

Since the days of coaching inns, providers of accommodation have had to focus on delivering the right customer experience to their guests. Constant competition and travelers sharing their feedback with those they encountered meant that inns could quickly gain a good reputation – or lose it just as swiftly if standards slipped.Today, the customer experience is even more vital...

Social customer service – why it is a continuous journey

Published on: January 27, 2016
Author: Eptica

All brands should now understand the importance of social media to customer service. For example, over two thirds (67%) of consumers say they’ve used social media for customer service, rather than phoning or visiting a company website, according to research from J.D. Power. Over 1 million people view tweets about customer service every week. However, many companies are still...

5 customer experience lessons from the 2015 Holiday Shopping season

Published on: January 08, 2016
Author: Robin Tandon - Senior Product Marketing Director

While the peak season for retailers isn’t yet over, many companies are already taking stock and looking at their performance, as well as studying the wider trends that emerged in the run up to Christmas 2015.The positive news is that overall spending in the US was up by nearly 8%, according to figures from MasterCard. However, not every retailer will have felt the benefit...

How customer service techniques can ensure a stress-free Christmas

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

With the holidays now nearly upon us, spare a thought for customer service teams who have to keep working right up to, and through, Christmas itself. For retailers, the gap between fulfilling last minute orders and the start of the sales is now measured in hours, while consumer electronics manufacturers have to be ready to deal with any queries from customers trying to get their new...

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