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Online customer service critical factor

As part of its Online Shopping Customer Experience study, market research firm comScore found that customer service is a critical consideration for consumers looking to buy online. Thirty-six percent of the more than 3,100 respondents said the availability of live customer service is a major consideration in where they shop, and comScore noted that website […]

M&S the greenest of retailers

A report from the iconic  high-street brand shows all operated stores, offices, warehouses and delivery fleets in the UK and Ireland have been certified as being carbon neutral. This means the retailer has been removing as much carbon emissions from the atmosphere as it puts in by improving its energy efficiency and buying carbon offsets. […]

Big data investments mean big prizes

 The survey of business executives and IT leaders, conducted by business technology firm Avanade found that 84% of respondents believe that big data helps them make better business decisions, and that 73% of companies have already used their data to increase revenue. For the most part, these increases were achieved by growing existing revenue streams […]

Companies deaf to social service complaints

Over a quarter (26%) of Brits are complaining more now they can use social media to communicate with companies – but organisations simply aren’t listening. 17.5% of their complaints are left unanswered and an enormous 83% of those who have complained are unhappy with the response they received.  These are the headline findings of the […]

Mind the customer experience gap

 Even though almost all organisations understand the critical impact customer experience has on their businesses hardly any believe themselves to be leading lights in the field according to a survey from marketing firm infusion and BPM expert Pegasystems.  The survey report, entitled 'Designing and Managing Customer Experiences for Improved Brand Performance', found that although 95% […]

Retailers lagging on click-and-collect services

 Despite its growing popularity, less than half of the UK's top retailers (including grocery, department stores, clothing, general merchandise and home improvement) offer their customers a 'click and collect' service, according to a study of the UK's top 50 multi-channel retailers by IVIS Group.  The company's first annual multi-channel benchmark study found that only 44% […]

Customers want to be listened to online

 With an ever-growing number of publicly accessible online communication choices available to consumers, a recent Maritz Research Consumer Preferences study shows consumers overwhelmingly want their voices to be heard by companies via the web.  They expect companies to be listening and the study also reveals that 85 percent of consumers are very happy when businesses […]

Emotional employee engagement beats rational

Conducting employee surveys is a good thing, right? And surveys that reveal employees are highly engaged is even better, right? Not so fast, say researchers from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and Kingston University. In a recent study, CIPD and KU researchers concluded that there are two types of employee engagement – transactional […]

Social service ROI is a winner

In fact according to Hypatia Research Group survey of more than 500 organisations, 17.8% of customer service and support executives realise greater than 5% return on investment – defined as a percentage of total annual marketing spend.    Another 20% realise between 3%-5% return on investment. Leslie Ament vice president, and senior analyst at Hypatia Research […]

Most VoC initiatives are succeeding

 The survey, conducted by Verint with Peppers & Rogers Group and 1to1 Media, aimed to gauge the current state of VoC initiatives, and found that even though linking VoC results to bottom-line metrics can be difficult, most companies have an overwhelmingly positive view of the value of their VoC initiatives.  Data mining was cited as […]