Understanding your customer – why it is key to delivering the right service in APAC

Published on: June 25, 2015
Author: David Chew

The move online has transformed how consumers interact with businesses, and opens up completely new markets to companies. However, as you cannot physically see your customer it can make it more difficult to understand them and their motivations, and consequently provide a personalized customer experience. For example, the degree of formality customers expect in written and verbal communications...

The widening online customer experience gap

Published on: June 19, 2015
Author: Anne-Merete Jensen

The amount of time – and range of activities – that consumers carry out online continues to grow. It is now the first port of call for everything from shopping and banking, to researching and buying insurance policies, switching telecoms supplier or booking a holiday. No wonder that in 2014 UK ecommerce sales broke the £100 billion barrier for the first time, making up ...

The importance of customer experience to building a Digital Business

Published on: June 17, 2015
Author: Robin Tandon

Last week’s Gartner Customer Strategies & Technologies Summit in London provided a perfect opportunity to take the pulse of customer service and customer experience, and to look at future trends that companies need to start preparing for now. The two day event was certainly packed with presentations, and well attended by both vendors and end users, demonstrating the vital ...

The importance of empathy in customer service interactions

Published on: June 12, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

One of the biggest complaints consumers have when they raise an issue with a company is that customer service agents don’t show sufficient understanding or sympathy for their plight. In contrast, when agents apologize and demonstrate that they realize that there is a problem that is causing inconvenience, customer satisfaction rises. This is even the case if the issue can’t be solved...

The 4 factors driving customer impatience in financial services

Published on: June 10, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

Across the financial services industry, providing a tailored, high quality customer experience is becoming vital for success. Whether a retail bank, insurer or provider of investment products such as pensions, organizations have to make the customer journey clear, seamless and easy to understand if they want to win and retain clients.The old model of a customer signing up to a bank for life or aut...

What’s the state of digital customer experience in UK banking?

Published on: May 26, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

The reputation of banks with consumers has suffered a dramatic fall in recent years. Branch closures, misselling cases such as those around PPI and, of course, the part that banks played in the financial crisis have all contributed to low consumer trust in the sector. At the same time the UK government has made it much easier for consumers to switch providers, attracting new entrants to the m...

The rise of the Customer Engagement Center

Published on: May 22, 2015
Author: Robin Tandon

Delivering a superior customer experience can now be extremely complex for companies. Consumers want to use multiple channels, and expect to be able to switch between them seamlessly on the customer journey, while still receiving the same high level of fast, consistent service, personalized to their needs. At the same time the number of incoming interactions is growing rapidly, particularly on dig...

What are the factors affecting channel choice?

Published on: May 20, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden

In today’s multichannel world, providing service through the channels that customers want has never been more vital. Obviously you need to deliver a consistent experience across every channel, but with resources tight, how you split agent time can be a juggling act.So it is important to understand what channels your customers are likely to use most. There are a number of factors to take into...

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