In an age of tech-savvy customers and self-service channels, do companies still need to invest in contact centers and staff to provide support?
The answer is, yes.
Consumers have been trained to find the information they need on their own online or with their mobile device. But when they do pick up to the phone and reach out to customer service, they expect representatives to solve what are often complex questions. They expect human interactions.
This enormous shift in which customer service representatives are perceived as a last resort puts increased pressure on contact center associates who already have the odds stacked against them. The staff must be trained to quickly handle issues that frequently require access to a wide variety of information, but a lack of investment means many associates are often unprepared and lack the right resources to help customers.
To change the outcome, customer service representatives need the right training and tools to not only understand the issue,
Live Chat software can help you to increase online sales conversions and customer service productivity - if you use it correctly. To maximize your live chat ROI it's important to select the right live chat vendor. This PDF provides some essential tips that you should consider in making the best selection.
Business Service Management (BSM) is of growing importance in the IT world. By managing IT systems according to the business services they support - like order entry, online sales, shipping, or customer service - IT is able to deliver on real business goals like providing competitive advantage, improving customer satisfaction, driving revenue growth, and increasing shareholder value.
On 14 September 2019, new requirements for authenticating online payments called Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) will be introduced in Europe as part of the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2).
The changes introduced by this new regulation are set to deeply affect internet commerce in Europe. Impacted businesses that don’t prepare for these new requirements could see their conversion rates significantly drop after the enforcement of SCA.
This guide takes a closer look at these new requirements and the kinds of payments they will impact, including ways to use exemptions for low-risk transactions to offer a frictionless checkout experience. Download the guide to learn more.
Online video plays a critical role in today's digital marketing strategies for engaging with consumers. With a majority of U.S. web users regularly watching video, the potential for online video is clear: It can effectively drive clicks and conversions, turning casual consumers into loyal customers. Conversion is one of the most powerful and easily measurable benefits of video. A well-placed video supporting complex products and services can create up to a 90% conversion uplift.
Platform businesses are reshaping our economy and disrupting entire markets by seamlessly connecting buyers and sellers. However, processing payments and the exchange of value on a platform or marketplace can be challenging.
Stripe commissioned Forrester Consulting to evaluate the challenges that platforms and their sellers face, and the solutions they seek. Through a global online survey of 2,030 platform sellers and four in-depth interviews, Forrester found that platforms struggle to provide their sellers with much-needed payment capabilities, reporting, and customer support services with in-house resources alone. Meanwhile, sellers demand that platforms provide these services and will prefer platforms that are service-rich over platforms that are service-poor.
• The complexities of managing a platform force executives to divert resources, which stalls growth.
• Going global is easier said than done.
• Sellers will flock to platforms that simplify the process of sellin
Published By: Zendesk
Published Date: Jan 03, 2019
To successfully meet customer demands for more immediate, personalized attention, companies are leveraging new technologies that go beyond traditional voice and email. By implementing such channels as live chat, social media, mobile apps, SMS/text messages, self-help solutions, and more, companies can now be ready wherever and however the customer wants.
The following report, sponsored by Zendesk, is based on an online survey of 1,044 U.S. consumers who have received online or phone customer service. The research goal was to better understand present customer expectations and to quantify the impact of customer service on business results. Questions were asked about past experiences with customer service, as well as preferences and opinions. Certain questions were repeated from a similar 2013 survey to enable trend analysis.
The past five years have marked the beginning of the “Age of the Customer,” in which technology and economic forces have put customers in control of their interactions with businesses.
These businesses, hoping to understand and serve customers in a global and digital economy, are almost universally undergoing digital transformation, which involves realigning and investing in new technology and business models with a specific focus on the customer experience.
The world of computing is changing before our eyes. Industries that had a consistent and predictable business model for generations are being turned upside down. In the digital economy, a seamless customer experience is critical. Whether a retailer is exploring new innovative online selling strategies or a bank is determining how to anticipate customer needs for new services – a high performing and scalable IT ecosystem is key to success. At the end of the day, as an IT leader, you need to help your business anticipate opportunities, drive growth and proactively prevent threats to your company’s revenue.
Technology plays a key role in online shopping, where online retailers gain a greater understanding of their customers through data from their browsing and purchasing habits. Today, when consumers shop in brick-and-mortar stores, they expect the same personalized and responsive service.
To help retailers achieve this level of service, a combination of hardware and software—Intel® Vision Accelerator Design products, cameras, AI deep learning video analysis technology— do the work for you.
Uncover how Advantech system uses the Intel Vision Accelerator Design with Intel Movidius VPU to drive
• Overall store performance such as the number of visitors and transactions, point-of-sale data, sales per shopper and the store’s ranking, and can distinguish traffic patterns by weather and time of day
• Traffic and sales analysis for better staff allocation and marketing-event planning
• Store heatmap analysis for more precise merchandise placement and product promotion
Today’s consumers are more demanding than ever before. They want experiences that are personalized, relevant, and consistent—whether they’re interacting with your company online, in-store, or on the phone. Oh, and they want only positive experiences. Poor customer service is unacceptable across any channel, including the often-overlooked mobile device.
Download this brief to learn how you can deliver the most meaningful, positive, and consistent customer experiences across all channels that enhance loyalty and deliver results.
With the number of food delivery users to be over 802 million worldwide by 2023, it’s clear that the online food delivery industry is in the midst of massive growth. In a crowded diner and delivery service landscape, are you positioned to stand apart?
Gain insights about the online food delivery industry from a global level, as we examine the three most competitive global markets, the unique challenges they face, and the biggest local players vying for customers.
Hungry for more? With this eBook discover:
Key insights to succeeding in these crowded markets
How location services can optimize routing and delivery
The role of drones, diner behavior and the future of restaurant kitchens
Industry leaders are engaging in multichannel integration for some very good reasons. More effective cross-channel strategies lead to more satisfied consumers as well as more efficient, more profitable retail operations. In fact, as the survey indicates, consumers expect integrated multichannel experience from their favorite brands.
Published By: ServiceNow
Published Date: May 21, 2015
Today, enterprises are increasingly dependent on business services delivered by their IT organizations. These services underpin almost every business function, ranging from manufacturing and supply chain through to customer service and online sales. Because of their critical nature, business services need to be highly available and responsive – any disruption has a major financial and customer impact.
Download this study to learn more about ServiceNow’s ServiceWatch and how it can help your organization prevent outages that could lead to:
• Lost revenue
• Lost employee productivity
• Lost customers
Published By: SiteSpect
Published Date: Apr 14, 2015
New E-Book from SiteSpect Explains Five Ways to Enhance the Online Customer Experience
Financial services companies around the world have extended their businesses online, and with that comes the ability to better target and interest prospects as well as offer new services and information to clients. One thing is clear: optimizing the online customer experience is key to achieving your marketing goals.
Published By: Vindicia
Published Date: Oct 04, 2017
If your company provides subscription based online services or softwareas-a-service (SaaS), your business success depends upon improving two key metrics: customer acquisition and customer retention. At Vindicia, our in-depth experience in handling more than 240 million accounts that have transacted over $21 billion for our clients enables us to provide unique insights into how well companies performs relative to industry standards. Such business insights can help your company improve your online services business, potentially leading to millions in incremental revenue through increased acquisition and retention numbers.
If a retailer views “Buy Online, Pickup In-Store” as purely e-commerce, they’re losing. Each transaction in which customers pickup in-store is a chance to add value to the relationship. Whether that means speed, cross-selling, or a unique bit of customer service that amplifies the visit, BOPIS plays just as important a role as the rest of the brick-and-mortar experience. Some trips may not translate to additional purchases right then and there, but the way a retailer handles pickup can dictate how the customer feels about the brand.
To get the most out of BOPIS, retailers should ask themselves a few important questions.
Published By: Flexential
Published Date: Jul 17, 2019
In a data environment that’s become increasingly centralized by public cloud services, the “edge” is emerging as a critical solution for reducing latency for network-based services. Consumption habits of services and the need for analytics are shifting beyond core population centers, becoming local and even hyper-local within a region or city. As the online population continues to grow and new services emerge, the ability to handle data traffic securely – close to the customer or application – will become a common pattern for the new service evolution.
Published By: CodeBaby
Published Date: Nov 27, 2012
Healthcare organizations are integrating intelligent virtual assistants to enhance online experience and reduce costs. This guide overviews the capabilities and benefits of using virtual assistants to engage, optimize, and complement existing service channels.
Published By: CodeBaby
Published Date: Nov 27, 2012
This guide reviews market drivers which are spurring innovation in benefits self-service and enrollment as well as wellness engagement. In addition, it overviews the main capabilities of the leading virtual assistant solution, CIVA benefits advisor.
Published By: CodeBaby
Published Date: Nov 27, 2012
This guide reviews some market drivers which are spurring innovation in patient engagement and wellness participation. In addition, it overviews the main capabilities of the leading virtual assistant solution, CIVA health adviser.
Technology has had a profound impact on society, influencing everything from the way we communicate with each other to how we conduct business transactions. In the financial services space, technology has brought banks closer to their customers, offering a wide range of online services to appeal to a population of consumers who now view their smartphones as something they can’t live without.
In the process of shifting their practices to accommodate this new generation of customers, banks are transforming and reinventing themselves from the corporate office to the branch office through innovative services and technologies that take banking beyond the traditional experience. Networks are playing a central role in this transformation.
Effective Competition Depends on Continuous Delivery of Quality Software In today’s application economy every company is a software company, no matter what industry it is in:
• Shipping companies depend on logistics software to efficiently route packages, arrange drivers and automate warehouses.
• Retail companies rely on software to manage inventory, engage with customers online and to give in-store associates the tools they need to answer customer questions on the spot.
• Marketing firms lean on applications to gather consumer data and parse it, automate communication with prospects and effectively manage advertising campaigns. The examples are endless.
The point is that in order to compete today, every business must be able to quickly build and tweak software to adjust to always evolving market demands. Ultimately, business success depends on faster development iterations while still maintaining the high quality of service expected by customers, stakeholders and end users.
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