Let the train take the strain

Published on: January 11, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Train operators are often the target of complaints of poor customer service. Indeed, the Eptica Social Customer Service Study found that 14% of those in the South East had taken to social media to criticise train companies. Add in recent, above inflation, fare rises and record numbers of passengers leading to overcrowding on some routes and you can see why many commuters are unhappy with the servi...

New Year’s Resolutions for improving the customer experience

Published on: January 08, 2013
Author: Epticablog

As we enter 2013, it is a good time for companies (as well as individuals) to take stock of where they are and come up with New Year’s Resolutions. Commentators and analysts all agree that the customer experience is a vital part of business success, so what resolutions do you need to make to achieve it for your organisation?To help Eptica has come up with three key areas where you can focus ...

Christmas customer service – why it doesn’t stop when the shops shut

Published on: December 21, 2012
Author: Eptica

In the run up to Christmas shoppers naturally expect a high level of customer service from retailers. In store they want helpful staff, sufficient stock and no queues at the checkouts. Online they want a straightforward ordering process, a clear acknowledgement of their purchase and to be kept informed about delivery progress.As we’ve already found not all retailers are managing to provide t...

Father Christmas and customer service

Published on: December 18, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Given that we’re less than a week from the big day, we’ve spent some time looking at the customer service practices of Father Christmas himself. While this might risk us not getting any presents here at Eptica, what lessons can those running customer service departments learn from the man in red?We’re rated Father Christmas against some common customer service benchmarks to see h...

Why all Marketers should care about Customer Service

Published on: December 14, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Guest post by Dominic Tavassoli, VP Product Management, Eptica Picture the scene: you wake up one morning to find that your lovingly crafted company Facebook page is covered – horrors – in questions. Not the sort you wanted, such as “I love your brand, where can I buy more stuff?” but actual customer service questions and complaints! What do you do? Try to answer them yours...

Why customer service is key to a Merry Christmas for retailers

Published on: December 12, 2012
Author: Epticablog

The Christmas shopping season is in full swing. We’ve had Mega Monday (where online orders reached an estimated £10,000 per second), and overall Christmas ecommerce is expected to exceed £4.6 billion, despite the recession.Festive sales are vital to hard-pressed retailers. Given the overall economic picture and the importance of Christmas, those companies that fail to generate re...

Eptica speaks at major African customer service event

Published on: December 06, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Today, customer service is a global industry. Consumers all across the world are demanding faster responses to their questions – and increasingly the power of the internet and technology means that the answers can come from contact centre agents located in different countries.Africa is a growing location for contact centres due to its skilled workforce with multiple languages and strong ties...

Putting excellent customer service on the map

Published on: December 05, 2012
Author: Epticablog

When it comes to customer service the focus is normally on the web, email, social media and telephone channels. However it is vital not to overlook the importance of face to face customer service. After all, a huge number of consumers interact with businesses in this way – whether buying something in a high street shop, depositing money at a bank or when having a meal or popping down the pub...

The alternative customer service awards

Published on: December 03, 2012
Author: Epticablog

As we approach the end of 2012 we’re firmly into the awards season as the customer service industry highlights good practice across the sector. As part of this Eptica customer the NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA) has already been honoured at both the CCA and North East Contact Centre Association Awards.Amidst all the good news, there is inevitably a spotlight on those that are not p...

7 ways to annoy your customers

Published on: November 28, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Today, the customer really is king. The combination of ever increasing competition and greater customer expectation mean you need to deliver higher and higher levels of service, whatever sector you operate in.And, to be fair, most organisations understand the importance of customer service but many are failing to deliver what consumers actually want. This could be down to a lack of budget, not lis...

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