Planning for recovery

Published on: August 21, 2013
Author: Epticablog

At long last the UK economy seems to be improving. Figures from the Office of National Statistics show growth of 0.6% in Q1 2013 and the CBI is forecasting an increase of 1.2% over the whole year. Other recent surveys have shown positive results in manufacturing, housing, services and construction.Obviously this is all good news, but how does it affect customer service teams? After a prolonged per...

Customer Service and the Commonwealth Games

Published on: August 23, 2014
Author: Pauline Ashenden - Marketing Manager

Tickets for the 2014 Commonwealth Games have just gone on sale, and organisers are reporting high demand. The 11 day games, which begin on 23 July 2014, will see 4,500 athletes from across the world compete in 17 sports across 14 venues in Glasgow. Given the overwhelming triumph of the London 2012 Olympics, Glasgow will be hoping for a similar success story, boosting the Scottish economy and inspi...

Are brands finally getting the message about social customer service?

Published on: August 28, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Despite the fact that millions of people now regularly use social media, many brands have been slow to embrace it as a customer service channel.  But now there are signs that some companies may be starting to get the message about the importance of social customer service.According to a new survey, around 80 per cent of consumers who have contacted a brand through social media received a resp...

Why linguistics are key to tomorrow’s successful customer service teams

Published on: September 03, 2013
Author: Epticablog

Guest post by Dominic Tavassoli, VP Product Management, Eptica Customer service teams should look to leverage cutting edge linguistic technology to address challenges of scalability and efficiency, as well as customer satisfaction.Great hospital emergency rooms excel at what is known as triage, being able to rapidly determine the priority of the treatment of patients, based on the severity of thei...

Driving the customer experience

Published on: November 13, 2013
Author: Eptica

What is good service worth? For US Mercedes-Benz dealers it’ll be a share of a cool $60m in 2014. The automotive giant is rewarding dealers that earn high customer service ratings as part of a number of initiatives to ensure that the experience for buyers matches or goes beyond their expectations.And the focus on the customer experience isn’t solely being driven by Mercedes. In a move ...

UK customer service hits five year low

Published on: January 28, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden - Marketing Manager

The Institute of Customer Service’s latest six monthly UK Customer Satisfaction Index (UKCSI) reveals the lowest figures since 2010 – and marks the fourth consecutive fall in customer satisfaction levels.The overall Index fell from 76.3 in July 2014 to 76.0 in January 2015 – in January 2013 it was 78.2. No fewer than 58% of the organisations (113 brands) in UKCSI have seen their ...

What does 2015 hold for customer experience?

Published on: January 07, 2015
Author: Pauline Ashenden - Marketing Manager

The New Year always bring a plethora of predictions as companies and analysts look at what is likely to happen in the next twelve months across the customer experience market.

Scaling up to meet peak customer service demand

Published on: January 30, 2015
Author: Lloyd Buxton - Business Development

Digital channels bring new opportunities and challenges to retail businesses. Unlike in a physical shop it can be difficult to predict demand, making it more complex to ensure that you can scale to meet customer needs. Fail to deliver the right experience and consumers will simply move elsewhere, reducing sales and impacting profits.This is particularly true at Christmas. It may be the busiest tim...

Delivering customer service in a crisis

Published on: August 14, 2013
Author: Eptica

Many customer service teams need to provide fast answers in times of crisis – for example when products or services go wrong. However when it comes to utilities, crises can be much more serious – essentially a matter of life or death when flooding, storms or other natural disasters strike.The perfect example is Western Power in Australia. Headquartered in Perth and with over 1 million ...

The last mile – where the retail battle is won or lost

Published on: December 20, 2013
Author: Lloyd Buxton - Business Development

By the time you read this most people will have completed the bulk of their Christmas shopping, particularly anyone buying presents online. And the latest figures show that more and more consumers are now purchasing on the Internet. Online sales are still climbing – hitting £10.1 billion in November 2013, according to the IMRG Cap Gemini e-Retail Sales Index, up 10% on 2012.There are a...

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