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How customer service techniques can ensure a stress-free Christmas

Published on: December 23, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

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...

How satisfied are consumers with the APAC hospitality sector?

Published on: December 21, 2015
Author: David Chew

Customer satisfaction is key to success in every industry across Asia Pacific, but in few places is it as visible as the hospitality sector. The service a consumer receives contributes a large part of the experience in a restaurant, hotel or attraction – meaning it can make the difference between a satisfied customer and one that will never return. Additionally, in the age of social media an...

Telecoms customer complaints rising in the UK

Published on: December 18, 2015
Author: James Gladwish

Telecoms has always been important at Christmas, with families and friends keeping in touch by telephone for many years. However, the rise of superfast broadband, social media, IP telephony and on-demand/pay-TV services mean that it is now an essential part of the Christmas experience for the majority of families. Whether it is watching sport on satellite TV, downloading the latest music...

Customer service in a multigenerational world

Published on: December 16, 2015
Author: Dharmesh Ghedia

Housing demographics are changing across the world, driven by longer lives and the increasing cost of getting onto the property ladder. In the United States 4 out of 5 households don’t fit the traditional mold of two parents and pre-college kids, with a growing number containing multiple generations, such as grandparents or boomerang children that have left, then returned home...

Festive failings in UK customer service

Published on: December 11, 2015
Author: Derek Lewis

As every retailer knows, a good Christmas can make the difference between success and failure. This is particularly true in the UK, with research from ING finding that Britons are the most generous present purchasers in the world, and expect to spend an average of £294 (US$446) on gifts this Christmas. By contrast American shoppers are aiming to spend £250 ($38...

5 Ways of improving handling times this Christmas

Published on: December 09, 2015
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen

We’re now into the busiest time of year for retail, with contact centers facing huge volumes of incoming queries from consumers on the phone, email, Twitter, Facebook and chat channels. This means that even if companies deploy effective web self-service systems to provide consumers with fast, consistent answers to their most commonly asked questions...

How APAC brands can improve the customer experience

Published on: December 07, 2015
Author: David Chew

Increased competition and ever more demanding consumers mean that organizations across the Asia Pacific region need to focus on continually improving the customer experience that they offer. However, given the complexity of today’s multichannel world, knowing where to begin with customer experience can appear daunting. Jeff Rajeck, APAC research analyst at Econsultancy, recently published...

Happy Holidays? How good is retail customer service?

Published on: December 04, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

With so much money spent at this time of year, the Holiday period is crucial for retailers. In today’s competitive industry, a good Christmas can literally mean the difference between survival and going bankrupt. But getting it right isn’t easy – the internet has greatly increased competition, putting pressure on prices, while consumer demands are ever increasing. They ...

The importance of customer service to midsize businesses

Published on: December 02, 2015
Author: Robin Tandon

Delivering outstanding customer service is central to every business, but is especially important to midsize organizations, which may not have the brand recognition or marketing budgets of their larger competitors. These companies, who typically have between 100-999 employees, tend to have fewer resources to dedicate to implementing new systems and may not have the experience of deploying...

Mobile – at the heart of the customer experience

Published on: November 27, 2015
Author: James Gladwish

According to new academic research people check their smartphones 85 times a day and use them for a daily average of 5 hours. The study, from Nottingham Trent University, also found that much of the time most users don’t even realize they are doing it, with consumers spending twice as much time on their phones as they think.For many, their phone is the first thing they...

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