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UK TalkTalk call centre set to close

A number of TalkTalk workers from Preston are either losing their jobs or having their contracts transferred to the outsourcing company Careline Services, also based in Preston. At the end of April, Careline, which also provides call centres for consumer goods conglomerate Unilever and the London Olympics, took on 60 TalkTalk staff after winning the […]

Oracle makes a social media virtue out of Vitrue

Oracle will enter the social media publishing and campaign management market with the acquisition of Vitrue, the company announced Wednesday. Vitrue is a cloud service for managing social media publishing and structured marketing campaigns across Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, with particular emphasis on Facebook for embeddable page tab content and applications, such as the Vitrue […]

Most employers not engaging staff with social media

Sixty per cent of workers do not have any contact with their employer via social media channels, found a poll of 1,000 working people from recruitment process outsourcers Hyphen. While the majority of businesses do use social media for marketing purposes – only 17 per cent said their employer does not use it at all […]

Only one in ten businesses measure social media ROI

The study, entitled 'Tackling the social challenge', by multichannel digital marketing firm EPiServer.  found that while all figures point toward continued growth of the uptake of social media by British brands, the majority are still clearly struggling to measure its impact. Over the past year, almost one third (29%) of UK businesses have set up […]

UK banks ramp up double-dip recession loyalty efforts

The survey of more than 1,000 British consumers found that 74% have seen firms "wake up to the need to give their customers better, more individual service, attention and offers" as businesses and their clientele have continued to face tough economic conditions in recent years. The research from retail loyalty specialist GI Insight also showed […]

Thunderhead goes .com to deliver customer engagement everywhere

Thunderhead.com, a customer experience management company has launched its cloud-based ONE platform to help businesses deliver highly personalised, relevant and engaging experiences across all digital devices and channels.   Previously known as Thunderhead, the company officially became Thunderhead.com today to signal its focus on digital customer engagement and availability as software-as-a-service (SaaS) for all its […]

Customer service not yet aligned with customer communication channels

Vendor Genesys has released its Getting Closer to the Customer Report written by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The global study surveyed more than 798 senior executives worldwide, finding that more than half (58 per cent) of C-level respondents consider the CEO responsible for new customer communications channels such as social media and mobile. However, less than […]

Only one in ten companies measure customer experience effectively

A new report from Temkin Group finds that only 10 percent of firms have good customer experience metrics programmes.  Temkin, a customer experience research and consulting firm, surveyed more than 200 customer metrics programmes in large organisations. Through a self-assessment questionnaire, Temkin found that only 41 percent of executives look at customer experience metrics more […]

Why bad feedback can be good for business

When it comes to social commerce, bad product reviews are good for business as two in three (68%) consumers say they trust reviews more when they see both good and bad scores   The Reevoo research found that customers who go out of their way to read bad reviews convert 67% more highly than the […]

Banks have ‘until the summer to start treating customers better’ or else!

Martin Wheatley, managing director of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), said banks were still not "fully engaged" in providing top quality core services and were making it harder to restore public trust after being bailed out by taxpayers. "We wrote to all banks in January to encourage a more proactive approach," Wheatley said. He added […]