Customer service in a mobile-first world

Published on: June 03, 2016
Author: Steve Nattress

For increasing numbers of people mobile is their preferred means of connecting to, and communicating with, the outside world. Time spent on mobile devices grew by 117% year on year between 2014 and 2015 and nearly half of all ecommerce transactions now take place on mobile devices. This shift to a mobile first world has a big impact on the customer experience and...

What is holding back chat in customer service?

Published on: June 01, 2016
Author: Neil Cox

Amongst consumers, chat is fast becoming a mainstream channel for customer service. Thanks to the rise of messaging applications, people have grown used to having text based, real-time conversations, meaning they feel increasingly familiar with chat in a customer service scenario.Research indicates that millennials in particular are very comfortable using chat for customer service from...

Narrowing the gap between US and UK customer experience

Published on: May 27, 2016
Author: Derek Lewis

Consumers in the US are six times more likely to receive outstanding consumer experience than their counterparts in the UK. That’s the stark finding from new research from KPMG Nunwood, based on a survey of 7,500 US consumers covering 243 brands across 10 sectors.By comparing this data with previous research in the UK, KPMG Nunwood found that not only did US consumers...

Mapping digital transformation in customer experience

Published on: May 25, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden

In the fast-moving world of customer experience there is no shortage of new trends and technologies for companies to evaluate and adopt. How do they choose their priorities and ensure that they meet both customer needs and that they gain buy-in from the board?The Global State of Customer Experience 2016, a new research report from the CX Network, provides some interesting insight into what is...

Moving off the customer service treadmill

Published on: May 11, 2016
Author: Michael Cheung

At a time when brands face an increasing volume of customer service interactions, across more and more channels, some may feel tempted to question whether they will ever get on top of delivering the service that consumers want. It can feel like they are running on a treadmill with the pace continually being ramped up, increasing the likelihood that they’ll be catapulted off the end before to...

Knowledge – the jewel in the customer service crown

Published on: May 04, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden

At a time when consumers want a fast, seamless experience, knowledge is at the heart of delivering excellent customer service. For example, Forrester found that 55% of US adults say they are likely to abandon their online purchase if they can’t find a quick answer to their question. The same applies within the contact center – if they are to solve customer queries over the telephone...

Hanging on for telecoms customer service

Published on: April 18, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden

According to UK industry regulator Ofcom, customer experience is improving across the sector. Its latest data found that the total volume of telecoms and pay TV complaints decreased between Q3 and Q4 2015. The only sector where issues grew was pay monthly mobile, where the average rose to 10 complaints per 100,000 customers, from 8 in the previous quarter. While there were spikes in issues...

The move to meaningful conversations in customer experience

Published on: April 13, 2016
Author: Olivier Njamfa

Over the past fifteen years, the importance of customer experience has grown dramatically. It is now increasingly central to the lives of consumers, meaning that companies that satisfy their needs benefit from a competitive edge over their rivals. On the flipside, a poor conversation with a company can ruin the customer’s day and cause them to switch to an alternative supplier...

Technology with the human touch

Published on: April 08, 2016
Author: Robin Tandon

Technology has the power to transform how we communicate with each other, and has made huge advances over the last twenty years. We’ve seen the growth of email, the rise of social media and the emergence of web chat all provide new ways to interact with friends, families and organizations. In turn, this has revolutionized customer service, adding new channels an...

Where are the UK’s Chief Customer Officers?

Published on: April 06, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden

The combination of growing competition and more demanding consumers means that customer experience is now recognized by businesses everywhere as crucial for success. Analyst reports back this up – research from Forrester found that companies with superior customer experience demonstrate improved revenue growth, while Gartner analysis predicted that by 2016 89% of...

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