Lack of understanding holds back engagement in UK and France

Published on: May 13, 2015
Author: Robin Tandon

In a previous post I looked at the biggest frustrations amongst UK consumers when they dealt with brands through digital channels such as email or social media. Research carried out by Epticahighlighted that a lack of understanding and a failure to acknowledge their feelings were not just holding back engagement, but actively causing consumers to switch supplier.The E...

5 ways of spring cleaning your customer service

Published on: April 01, 2015
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen

Now that the clocks have gone forward, the weather is improving and the Easter break is nearly upon us, many people are setting to work on de-cluttering their houses and sprucing up their gardens. For those of us working in customer service, it is a good time to apply the same spring clean mentality to our contact centers, blowing away the cobwebs and ensuring that everything is performing smoothl...

The need to bridge the customer engagement gap

Published on: March 27, 2015
Author: Robin Tandon

Whatever industry an organisation operates in, building mutual understanding between customer and company is at the heart of creating engaged, long-term relationships. However there is a growing gap between the two sides, according to new Eptica research.

3 ways of successfully making customer service everyone’s job

Published on: March 25, 2015
Author: Michael Cheung

In today’s ultra-competitive markets, successful businesses understand that customer service is everyone’s job. Whether you are the CEO, staff the contact center, are a delivery driver or work in a store, you contribute to how consumers view your company. Brand reputation can be destroyed by factors as diverse as a security breach, poor public relations or even an ill-judged tweet by a...

What does 2015 hold for customer experience?

Published on: January 07, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

The New Year always bring a plethora of predictions as companies and analysts look at what is likely to happen in the next twelve months across the customer experience market.

The impact of the Millennial Generation on customer service

Published on: December 17, 2014
Author: Lloyd Buxton

The rise of Millennial Generation - also known as Generation Y – is having a far reaching effect on how companies deliver customer service. If your company has not already started adapting to the requirements of this group, you might be in danger of being left behind. Born between the '80s to the 2000s the Millennials are characterized by a collection of core values and beliefs that...

Maintaining customer service levels at the busiest times of the year

Published on: November 28, 2014
Author: Pauline Ashenden

One of the most frustrating experiences for consumers is calling a company with a query and being met with a recorded message saying 'we are experiencing high call volumes at present, please hang up and try later'. Frustration can boil over into anger if they receive the same message on numerous occasions, particularly if it includes the advice to check the company website for information ...

Keeping agent morale high at peak times

Published on: November 07, 2014
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen

As we move into the busiest part of the year for many contact centres, keeping staff morale high is even more crucial for delivering fast, efficient service. At the same time, contact centres are taking on extra staff to cope with demand, all of whom need to be motivated and trained to be ambassadors for your brand.Together, these factors add to the pressure on contact centre operations. How can y...

How close are we to the omnichannel future?

Published on: November 05, 2014
Author: Lloyd Buxton

Customer service is continually evolving. Driven by customer needs and channel expansion the original telephone-only call centres have added new contact methods, such as email, chat and social media, to become multichannel customer engagement centres. However the biggest shift is still ongoing – from a silo-based channel by channel approach to a more integrated, seamless and consistent omnic...

Overcoming the basic customer service pitfalls with technology

Published on: October 29, 2014
Author: Dharmesh Ghedia

I recently read a really interesting blog by Thomas Laird that looks at some of the underlying reasons that companies struggle with customer service. What struck me was how many of these issues could be solved with well-implemented technology to support agents doing their jobs.Here’s a précis of Thomas’s five points, along with my comments on where technology adds value.1 . Who runs y...