My previous post outlined how consumer behaviors are changing and technology is creating new expectations. While these should be welcome developments, they're posing major challenges to retailers. That post also explained why an omnichannel-enabled contact center is a critical part of the solution. In this article, I detail how omnichannel will help retailers positively impact both…
As consumers partake in the busiest time of the year for shopping, retailers everywhere will be wondering how they can maximize their share of wallet. While the spending is still happening, the foundation is already in place that will determine how those buying decisions will be made over the next few weeks. Consumers are increasingly…
Many frontline customer service reps are judged on how quickly they can get a customer off the phone, a metric we've repeatedly pointed out leads to customers’ issues going unresolved. But the folks at Zappos.com apparently aren't as clock-minded, with one record-setting call crossing the nine-hour mark. In fact, that endurance test of a phone call was closer to 10 hours, clocking in at nine hours and 37 minutes.
Amazon.com said it plans to open a new 70,000 square-foot customer service facility in Winchester, Ky., near Lexington. Amazon said it will invest more than $20.7 million and create more than 550 full-time and 600 seasonal jobs by 2017 at the facility, which will provide customer service and technical support. The retailer said the Winchester customer service center is expected to open in late summer and will be based at a temporary location until the permanent facility opens in 2013.
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Meeting the multichannel challenge means providing highly customer-focused strategies, applications and platforms, as well as call-center agents equipped with the training and tools they need to provide consistent service across all contact media.
Talk about valuing your customers and providing exceptional customer service! It's no wonder that GMCR is one of the fastest growing brands out there today, with 11 consecutive quarters of better than 40 percent net sales growth.
A simple CSR training program can solve the lackluster attitude and increase conversion. Using this technique at one company I worked with, we increased conversion rates by as much as 20 percent. Also, by fostering an atmosphere of teamwork and healthy competition, we increased the enthusiasm and morale in its call center as well.
No matter what company I visit, I always come away with the same thing: They're not as efficient at converting sales as they could be. I get that knowledge the old fashioned way; I listen to calls in the call center, and I make a number of test calls externally. I also go to a client company's website and just order (or attempt to in some cases).