Turning customer service excellence into sales

Published on: April 10, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Successful organisations have long realised that delivering the best customer experience has a direct impact on their profits. Happier customers remain loyal, buy more and tell their friends about the good experience they’ve had. Upset customers move to your competitors and use social media to tell the world about the poor experience they’ve had to endure.This is backed up by research ...

Extending retail customer service

Published on: April 03, 2013
Author: Epticablog

The retail landscape is now extremely complex. In an omnichannel world companies need to provide excellent, consistent customer service across a growing range of channels. However retailers don’t always have 100% control of every part of their operations. Logistics are outsourced to courier companies, contact centres can be run by third party providers and the infrastructure behind some new ...

Preparing for the peak shopping season

Published on: March 28, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Retailers are facing unprecedented pressures. They need to move to an omnichannel world, providing a consistent and satisfying experience however customers choose to shop while battling poor economic conditions that are putting a brake on consumer spending.Within these overarching challenges, Eptica has identified four key trends that retailers need to act on if they are to survive and grow in the...

Are insurers asking the right questions?

Published on: March 26, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Businesses today operate in a world of ever-changing regulations with the insurance industry a perfect case in point. Companies already need to comply with rules such as the Financial Services Authority’s Treating Customers Fairly (TCF) initiative as well as ensuring the meet tightening solvency regulations.The new financial year will see a new regulation become law. On April 6, the Consumer...

When customer service is taxing

Published on: March 21, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Delivering a compelling customer experience to people paying income tax is always going to be difficult. The combination of complex forms and cost mean that many consumers rate the experience as marginally better, but financially more painful, than having a tooth removed.For HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in the UK, the scale of its operations also provides a logistical challenge. In the 2011/12 fi...

Insurance at the crossroads

Published on: March 18, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Insurers today are facing growing challenges. The rise of the internet, greater competition, diminished customer loyalty and increased claim costs all require a radical shift in approach if insurers are to survive. It is no exaggeration to compare the sector to retail – where the damage caused by changing consumer behaviour has decimated traditional high street players.Efficiently delivering...

Avoiding online abandoned shopping trolleys

Published on: March 12, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Whether through advertising, search engine optimisation or simply building brand recognition companies invest significant resources in driving traffic to their websites. Then the customer journey begins in earnest, as organisations aim to move website visitors from browsers to buyers. Whatever you are selling, from books to insurance, it is vital that customers are guided through the process and p...

We’re all going on a summer holiday

Published on: March 08, 2013
Author: Epticablog

With the English weather remaining drab and grey and Easter coming up, many people are looking to book their summer holidays. But how they do it has changed dramatically over the last ten years due to the internet. The traditional trip to the High Street travel agent has been replaced by the web, which provides virtually unlimited choice of countries, flights, destinations and places to stay.Accor...

Improving the email customer experience

Published on: March 06, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Despite the growth of other channels, email is still the first choice for a large number of consumers when it comes to contacting organisations. It provides a full audit trail for customers (and companies) and people often feel it is the best way to raise specific complex or technical questions – provided of course, you get a fast, accurate answer.Independently testing the quality of the ema...

Delivering the right customer experience

Published on: March 01, 2013
Author: Epticablog

There’s a lot of talk about the need to provide consumers with a superior customer experience. But how do organisations begin to implement a customer experience programme, who should be in charge and how does it differ from existing customer service activities?Eptica’s own research has highlighted a pressing need to improve the customer experience. The 2012 Eptica Multichannel Customer...

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