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The new era of marketplaces in multichannel retail

By Ian Jindal, experienced multichannel retailer and Editor-in-Chief of InternetRetailing It’s a new era for marketplaces and retailers, after many years of debate and unease between the two. Once seen as a platform for SMEs, artisan businesses and niche retailers, marketplaces are now becoming a powerful force within the retail industry. You only have to […]

Harry Ashbridge

Rescue your business from the soulless language of CX

Here’s something mildly ironic. Customer experience, the discipline that wants to put emotion and how people really feel at the heart of business, is terrible at communicating. There’s no excuse for it. CX people understand that our gut emotional reaction is crucial to how we behave. And they know that breaking down internal barriers and […]

MarkHilary

Innovation And Agility Offers A Bright Future For El Salvador

I was speaking today in San Salvador, El Salvador, at the 2017 Investment Summit hosted by Proesa, the national export and investment promotion agency. The summit was a big event in El Salvador – for the first time ever president Salvador Sánchez Cerén came and opened the conference – speaking about opportunities for international trade across a wide […]

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It’s time to focus on the People

In the contact centre industry there is a constant drive to improve. Improve first time call resolution, improve average handling time, and improve systems through technology. But where do people fit into all of this? There has been such a strong emphasis on metrics and technology as key components for improving contact centre efficiency for […]

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Putting Intelligent Assistants In Charge of Managing Personal Data

Personal data is the mother’s milk of all nascent intelligent assistants. That image may be a little more graphic than most of us would like, but it provides a certain framing for a discussion of the sanctity of the relationship between an individual and virtual agent. The best agents, both virtual and live, best serve […]

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Can data consent be used to re-establish trust of organisations?

Data, and the use thereof, is growing exponentially as the sheer amount of data available increases. It has become even more valuable a commodity to businesses and their marketeers forging better relationships, based on trust, in this new data-driven economy; building more detailed customer profiling, and setting highly targeted and relevant campaigns. However, consumers are […]

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Personal And Proactive: The Reality of Today’s Contact Centre World

VoiceSage’s John Duffy shares some fascinating details of an important industry-wide probe into what’s happening in terms of current customer contact centre outreach Ever conscious of the need to be as competitive, relevant and visible as they can in a super-connected world, brands are being much more personal in terms of their outreach. That’s great […]

Dan Miller

Amazon Navigates Toward its own Cloud Contact Center

Digital commerce giant Amazon rattled quite a few cages in the contact center industry recently when a report by Kevin McLaughlin in the techie insider newsletter “The Information,” set mid-March as the launch date for a cloud-based contact center platform. This initiated a ripple effect in technology publications, including this piece by Andrew Dalton in […]

MarkHilary

Digital Disruption Will Impact On CX in 2017

I have often written how digital disruption has completely changed the way that customers engage with brands. The customer journey used to be defined and controlled by companies, yet the mobile Internet and social networking platforms have now handed control to the customers to determine how and when they seek information or try engaging with […]

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No excuse for discriminatory practices in the workplace

In this day and age there is no excuse for discriminatory practices in the workplace. With so much focus on gender equality it is absurd that women still have to fight for the right to dress as they wish against the male view of how they believe a woman should dress. A parliamentary investigation into […]