Customer Service Reps

3 Customer Service Actions to Improve Brand Perception
January 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

Not long ago, customers wanting to make a purchase had two choices: physically walk into a retail store or call a 1-800 number to place an order. While these seem limited in today’s world of omnichannel commerce, there were benefits. Most importantly, it supported the ability to create and maintain a strong brand. After all,…

AI’s Impact on the Customer Experience and What it Means for Retail
January 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

As we begin 2018, it’s safe to say that artificial intelligence (AI) will continue to infiltrate our everyday lives and challenge business processes to become more intelligent and proactive. In fact, according to Forrester, 38 percent of enterprises are already using artificial intelligence, growing to 62 percent by 2018. Additionally, IDC believes AI will be a $47 billion…

This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Customer Service
December 18, 2017 at 6:01 pm

For consumers, the most wonderful time of the year is here. For retailers, it’s the busiest time — and customer service plays a vital role in the sales process. Contact centers are the backbone of any customer service strategy, and this is never more important than during the holiday season. Having an effective contact center…

Get in Sync With Customers to Capture Holiday Sales
December 14, 2017 at 1:35 pm

The holiday selling season is shaping up to be all about convenience and control for consumers. Successful retailers will deliver on this wish list by using the right strategies to capture holiday sales and win over consumers. Based on our work with many of the world’s most recognized brands, Alliance Data recently looked at how…

How Technology is Evolving Call-Center Agents’ Jobs
December 7, 2017 at 5:24 pm

The holiday shopping season is upon us, and its year-over-year transformation cannot be overstated. Twenty years ago, the ramp up to Black Friday looked vastly different than it does today — Cyber Monday didn’t even exist! — and that's entirely due to the ever-evolving technologies that are shaping our digital landscape and market demands. For…

How Tech Startup Enjoy is Winning With Customer Service
August 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

In episode 106 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the Total Retail Talks Live! event in New York City, Neda Navab, head of customer experience and innovation for Enjoy, an online technology shopping service that offers free home delivery and expert setup, talks about using customer service to enhance physical retail locations.

Brick-and-Mortar Key to T-Mobile's Future
August 7, 2017 at 12:54 pm

In episode 104 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at the Total Retail Talks Live! event in Seattle, Peter Francis, vice president of digital growth and acquisition for T-Mobile, discusses the role brick-and-mortar stores will play in the company's future. Francis addresses how T-Mobile views omnichannel retail, and what the company is doing to execute on…

A New Look at Customer Care: Hybrid Customer Service
July 10, 2017 at 8:53 am

"How may we assist you?” Customer service is the leading connection between a business and its customers. Providing positive experiences for customers increases the chances of receiving that customer’s ongoing business, thus providing a positive reputation for a brand. There are instances, however, when a service isn't what a customer hoped it would be. Poor…

From Drill Sergeant to Retail CEO: The Story of Grunt Style's Daniel Alarik
June 9, 2017 at 10:11 am

In episode 96 of Total Retail Talks, recorded at our live podcast event in Chicago earlier this spring, Daniel Alarik, founder and CEO of Grunt Style, an online retailer of patriotic apparel, discusses his unique career path, from a drill sergeant in the U.S. Army to the head of an online retail company. In addition,…

Hiring Oxymorons
April 19, 2017 at 7:43 pm

I’ve been in the management and customer service business for longer than I care to admit, but as the decades have rolled by, I’ve learned a thing or two about what to look for when hiring and training a stellar customer success team. And at the risk of offending sensitive ears, I think it’s worth…