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...

Getting buy-in from your customer service team

Published on: November 23, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Excellent customer service combines great people and strong processes, underpinned with the right technology. Experience shows that it is vital that these three elements are balanced – after all the best people can’t do their jobs if their IT doesn’t provide them with accurate and up to date information that meets their needs.Unfortunately we’ve all heard stories of well-in...

Engaged employees, customer service, performance... and profitability

Published on: November 21, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Guest blog by Steve Hurst of the Customer Engagement Network.When we launched the Customer Engagement Network over three years ago in the wake of the banking crisis and economic global meltdown it was because we had a vision for the future.That vision was that organisations would be facing a perfect storm – with the elements of that storm being the greater need for customer retention strateg...

Social media – give your customers the choice

Published on: November 19, 2012
Author: Epticablog

It is fair to say that the rise of social media worries many organisations. It provides a very public way for customers to communicate with you and to complain. And unlike traditional channels such as email and phone, what customers say (and how you respond) is visible to the entire world. This, and the widespread belief that social media is solely used for negative comments mean some companies ha...

NHS Business Services Authority And Eptica Win At Customer Contact Association Excellence Awards

Published on: November 15, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Eptica and NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA), have won the Most Effective Use of Self Service category at the prestigious 2012 Customer Contact Association (CCA) Excellence Awards. NHS BSA has seen training time for new agents drop by 30% and first year savings of £121,000 since its Eptica-powered self-service knowledge management technology project called Sherlock went live.Sherlock...

Eptica acquires Lingway to strengthen multichannel customer experience

Published on: November 08, 2012
Author: Epticablog

Eptica today announced that it has acquired multilingual semantic search engine and sentiment analysis software developer Lingway. The addition of Lingway’s advanced search technology will further strengthen Eptica’s multichannel customer service suite, improving the experience for consumers. Following on from its successful fund raising round earlier in 2012, the new acquisition demon...

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