Social customer service – why it is a continuous journey

Published on: January 27, 2016
Author: Michael Cheung

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...

So how did customer service perform in 2015?

Published on: January 22, 2016
Author: Pauline Ashenden

We’ve already covered the trends that have developed in customer service last year, and now is a good time to take stock and review the statistics on how customer service fared in 2015 – what went well, what went badly – and why...

Looking into the customer service crystal ball

Published on: January 20, 2016
Author: Robin Tandon

Having recently looked back on customer experience in 2015, what is predicted for the coming year? As always, leading analysts have provided their own thoughts and in this blog I’d like to look at trends highlighted by Forrester and Gartner.Kate Leggett of Forrester outlines 10 areas for focus in 2016, with these being 5 that she has shared through a recent blog...

Insurance, the Internet of Things and customer experience

Published on: January 15, 2016
Author: Derek Lewis

As a sector, insurance has already been heavily disrupted by the internet, with the vast majority of policies now researched, bought and renewed online, either directly or through third party aggregator sites. This has dramatically changed how insurers operate and increased the focus on the customer experience as companies look to engage with consumers and retain their business. According...

5 customer experience lessons from the 2015 Holiday Shopping season

Published on: January 08, 2016
Author: Robin Tandon

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 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...

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...

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 ...

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